TOI Auto Weekly: TOI Auto Weekly: Kia premieres super Sonet, Delhi rolls out EV policy – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kia Sonet and Maruti Suzuki made the headlines this week while Delhi set a new benchmark for electric vehicles. Hold your horses in case you want to get a B-segment SUV as Toyota has revealed the first glimpse of the Urban Cruiser, which is based on Vitara Brezza. Read about all these and more in this week’s TOI Auto Weekly:
Latest launches: Kia Sonet, a rival of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Tata Nexon was the buzz for a long time. Kia’s third offering in India will continue to build on the strong performances of Kia Seltos and Kia Carnival. Sonet features the new iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) tech, giving the best of both automatic and manual transmissions.

Kia Sonet

09:13Kia Sonet: Made in India, designed for world

Kia Sonet: Made in India, designed for world

Maruti Suzuki also drove in the BS6-compliant petrol S-Cross. The car looks the same as the outgoing model. However, under the hood, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross features the new K-series engine and automatic gearbox now available as an option in three out of four variants on sale.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross BS6

Lexus goes the marine way: ‘A Yacht in the ocean’ – this is how Lexus has defined special Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition. The convertible covered in blue, takes its inspiration from a luxury marina. Lexus’ parent company Toyota also unveiled the Fortuner TRD limited edition in India, starting at Rs 34.98 lakh (ex-showroom).

Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition

Toyota Fortuner TRD Edition

Inspired from legends: Gordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its first Supercar T50. The T50 has certain cheeky technologies like the fan-inspiration from Brabham’s F1 car. The purist supercar is priced at Rs 23.13 crore (approx.).

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50

Teasers and announcements this week: Toyota teased the Urban Cruiser SUV, the rebadged Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which is the second car under the Suzuki-Toyota deal. Triumph Street Triple R has also been teased just ahead of its launch on August 11. Infiniti dropped the teaser of the QX55 Coupe which is expected to be revealed in November. Audi RS Q8 Sportback bookings have finally commenced in India. The Mahindra Thar will also be entering the market again on August 15.

Toyota Urban Cruiser teaser

Returning to the Indian market: Audi has introduced changes for e-Tron in 2021 model year. BMW brings back 320d Sport with a new price tag of Rs 42.10 lakh. KTM 250 Duke BS6 makes its back to the market with a few minor upgrades.

BMW 320d Sport

Taking the Electric Mobility Road: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched the new Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy. Under the policy, the government will waive the registration fee and road tax and offer incentives for new EVs in New Delhi. There are a lot of schemes that could be beneficial for the common man and ultimately could make the vehicle purchase lighter on their wallets too.
• Waiver on registration fee and road tax for EV
• Scrapping incentives
• Low-interest loan on the purchase of an EV
• Employment opportunities
• Subsidies on two-wheelers, cars, auto-rickshaw and freight vehicles.
Who’s leading the world wide charge in EVs?
Tesla has emerged as the top electric vehicle manufacturer in first six months of 2020, followed by Volkswagen Group and Renault-Nissan. During the pandemic, these three electric carmakers managed to sell 3.10 lakh units between January to June. In the entire EV segment, Tesla led the front with 1,79,050 units, followed by Volkswagen with as many as 124,018 units sold and the Renault-Nissan alliance takes the third spot with 84,501 units sold.

Tesla Model S

Gloomy days: Suzuki’s entire Q1 profit wiped out due to Covid-19 due to India alone, something that has not happened in the last 15 years. Due to pandemic, the Harley Davison is cutting down operations in India.

Harley Davidson’s most recent offering in India, the Low Rider S.

Auto industry getting back on track: The sales have been revving up as India takes steps to return to normal life. Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have reported jump in sales, almost all major manufacturers had reported rise in sales month-on-month
If this week is anything to go by, we are in for a series of exciting weeks with launches, revels and much more.

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