On stands now, the March 2022 issue takes a long cold look at EVs and how winter conditions affect range.
We also get behind the wheel of the Renault Megane E-TECH, an EV hatchback, that Renault India is keen on making their first EV offering to Indian consumers.
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At the recently concluded Indian Car of the Year and Indian Motorcycle of the Year Awards, the flagship automotive awards in the country, the Mahindra XUV700 and TVS Raider took top honours.
In the only other 2 categories, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi e-tron won the Premium Car Award and Green Car Award, by ICOTY resp.
In a consistently growing EV market, Audi India launched the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT sports saloons.
Priced at INR 1.79 Crore for the former and INR 2.04 Crore for the latter, prices are extremely steep. Astronomical import duties elevating prices, even if its an EV. Not the best signs for electric passenger vehicle segment if prices continue to be as high.
Volkswagen India launched the Taigun today. These are the prices.
1.5 TSI GT MT INR 14.99 lakh
1.5 TSI GT Plus DSG: INR 17.49L
1.0 TSI Comfort line 6-MT: INR 10.49L
1.0 TSI Highline MT: INR 12.79L
1.0 TSI Highline AT: INR 14.09L
1.0 TSI Topline MT: INR 14.56L
1.0 TSI Topline AT: INR 15.90L
1.5 TSi manual also happens to be the Most fuel efficient in the range with claimed 18.47kmpl.
Going to be an interesting week, another EV coming into the market. Audi India will launch the e-tron GT, a sportier sedan body type of their EV platform.
Followed up the next day by the launch of the Volkswagen Taigun. Both products from the same group. One petrol, one electric. Both at distant ends of rhe price spectrum. The former upwards of a crore, the latter maybe under INR 20 lakhs.
It’s been in circulation for 16+ years, with over 2.5 million units sold to date, 3 time Indian Car of the Year winner for 3 generations. 52% consumers below 35 years. The Maruti Suzuki #Swift indicates a hunger for drivers cars.
But, Maruti needs to start getting them top safety ratings too now, all your cars Maruti? As an industry leader, you need to step up and lead on this front too.
Ford India will be shutting both its manufacturing facilities in India. Sale of all products made in India will cease with immediate effect.
Despite being one of the first manufacturers to realise potential of the market, and making a foray 25 years ago, they sadly, can’t see stable future.
However will continue to offer imports and an EV portfolio. Sales, service and warranty support to continue.
Hyundai India is making a steong pitch to attract consumers to a more lifestyle oriented driving experience with their i20 N Line hatchback.
Based on the i20 and inspired by their interests in motorsports, the i20 N Line is the first step in a long line of mid-level sports tuned cars.
Read my review of this hatchback here.