When Tata acquired JLR in 2008 it was in a less than enviable position with many even questioning the Mumbai-based automaker’s decision. However, if we fast forward to just six years, the company has become one of the most profitable ventures under the Tata banner. Now, for what seems like the first time, the company has revealed the extent to which collaboration is taking place between both manufacturers in terms of design and development.
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Volkswagen India has earned another feather in its cap as the German manufacturer today rolled out the 4,00,000th car from the assembly line at its manufacturing facility, in Pune. The plant located in Chakan, Pune became operational in March 2009 and caters to both the domestic as well as the company’s other global markets. The 4,00,000th car to be produced at the facility was a Polo Highline diesel variant.
The current generation Mercedes-Benz ML-Class has been on sale globally since mid-2011. Boasting of significant improvement in key areas including design, luxury and efficiency; the model, now in its third generation, continues to post impressive sales numbers for Mercedes-Benz in the luxury SUV segment.
The next-generation Toyota Innova has been spotted testing in India for the first time. Expected to go on sale in 2016, the new Innova will ditch its decade-old architecture to adopt the new TNGA platform, which is Toyota’s answer to other scalable platforms by manufacturers like Volkswagen and Honda. The car was spotted in Bangalore and was being tested alongside the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga as a benchmark vehicle.
Tata Motors has commenced the booking of its upcoming sub-4 metre sedan, the Zest, by paying a token amount of Rs 21,000. These bookings are however, limited to online only. The payment can be done either through credit card or debit card.
While the rest of the automotive world is progressing at a rapid pace with regards to electric vehicles and hybrids, India has been dragging its feet. What could be taken as a start towards a change is the news that the Delhi government is mulling offering a subsidy to car owners choosing to go electric. The move comes after the Centre offered a subsidy in this year's budget under the National Mission on Electric Mobility.
Earlier, Jaguar had announced the local manufacturing of the diesel variants of their flagship luxury sedan- the XJ. Now, the British manufacturer has launched two variants of the XJ which are locally manufactured at its production facility in Pune. The Premium Luxury version is priced at Rs 92.10 lakh while the Portfolio model costs Rs 98.69 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).
The Mulsanne is Bentley’s flagship luxury sedan which boasts of an elegant, stately design and packs in top-notch materials. It replaced the old Arnage when it arrived in 2010 and since then, it ranks among the most luxurious full-size sedans in the world.
Audi India is among the more sensible automakers out there that seem to know the needs of the Indian market quite well. The German brand has been doing great with its huge product range covering luxury sedans and SUVs to high-performance sports cars.
It is raining cats and dogs in the Mumbai-Pune region but these torrential rains don’t seem to hamper Mahindra's plans of testing the facelifted Scorpio. In fact, the company seems to have taken up the treacherous weather as a ground for more exhaustive testing of the 2014 version of the Scorpio. Another test vehicle was snapped doing high speeds on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.