Mercedes-Benz has been planning to bring out more new models into the market this year, after their successful last year. Earlier, Mercedes-Benz has announced that the company has decided to launch more models this year and much awaited cars CLA200 and CLA200 CDI unveils in India. There will be two variants-CLA- Sport and CLA-Style. Both the cars are under the title CLA- sport. Mercedes Benz CLA’s Style variant costs Rs.31.5 lakhs and it will offer the diesel car without a few features. The cars will packed with satellite navigation system assisted by Garmin, a high end Harman & Kardon system, reverse parking camera, a new five-inch HD centre display with the latest COMAND system. The CLA is going to provide four color options, red, white, grey and silver and two interior trims, black and beige. Mercedes-Benz has offered the CLA with a black diamond grille, which it will gives aggressive look. Both petrol and diesel variants ride on 17-inch rims and have a generously large trunk providing 470-litre of storage space.
Toyota Motor Corp has been dropped in annual vehicle sales for the first time in past 15 years as the demand slide down in Japan, Indonesia and other major markets. According to the sources, Volkswagen is having possibilities to raise its market and crown this year. Toyota said the company has sold out around 10 million vehicles in 2014 and still lead top position in world's top automaker. It also expects 2015 global vehicle sales, including those of subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co and Hino Motors Ltd to fall 1 percent to 10.15 million vehicles. The world's largest car maker has not forecast a drop in annual vehicle sales since at least 2000, which excludes a mid-year revision in 2011, when natural disasters temporarily halted production. Toyota is expecting its parent-only sales to increase 0.4 percent to 9.18 million vehicles, with a 7 percent fall to 1.45 million in Japan, where a sales tax raised last year has hit demand. It is also planning overseas sales to rise 2 percent to 7.73 million vehicles.
Petrol and diesel prices have been cut down on Friday, as the international oil prices slide down to nearly six-year lows. Petrol price was cut by Rs 2.42 per litre, while the diesel price is also come down by Rs 2.25 per litre. It was the ninth consecutive cut down in petrol prices since August, and the fifth straight cut in diesel since October. However, petrol and diesel prices were last cut down by Rs 2 per litre each on December 15. Earlier, the government has increased excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each again. It was the fourth excise duty raised since November, which it will help raise additional revenue during the three months of the current fiscal year. In Delhi, petrol is going to cost Rs 58.91 a litre, the lowest in 44 months, compared to Rs 61.33 a litre now. Similarly, diesel will be cost Rs 48.26 a litre in Delhi, the lowest since April 2013, as against Rs 50.51 currently.
Audi has been leading top place in Indian luxury car sales, as BMW has just announced its sales number of 6,812 units this year. German carmaker Mercedes-Benz and Audi have crossed 10,000 units in 2014, with Audi being ahead by 600 units. This year, Audi has been planning to launch 10 new products into the India market, while Mercedes-Benz is likely to launch 15 products. BMW is going to unveil of its new cars and SUVs, beginning the year with the BMW i8, followed by more launches as the year progresses. However, BMW owns two more brands in India, Rolls-Royce and Mini. The Mini brand got in the latest-generation of Mini Cooper and for the first-time a five-door Mini Cooper was also launched. Volvo has sold out around 1202 units this year, while Jaguar Land Rover is still to reveal its numbers. Audi launched the R8 LMX and Mercedes-Benz will introducing the CLA-Class on January 22. It is going to be its new entry-level sedan and this will again help the German manufacturer to boost its current sales. The luxury car market is India is eyeing to grow and we see a lot brands entering this market.
The Adani Group Adani Enterprises Ltd is considered as India’s leading integrated infrastructure supplier, while the SunEdison Inc a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services signing for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Joint Venture (JV) to build the largest, vertically integrated solar photovoltaic manufacturing in India with an investment of around $4 billion (Rs 25,200 crore). The Chief Executive Officer of Adani Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd Vneet S Jaain insists that our country has began for an ambitious program to become a world leader in power generation from renewable technologies and sees solar will play a major role in realizing that goal. However, the facility is going to make solar panels to fuel substantial solar growth in India for clean and renewable energy independence. We are very proud to join along with Adani Enterprises to create the largest solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility in India says Ahmad Chatila, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison Inc. The new facility is going to be constructed in Gujarat’s Mundra within four years, which it will integrate all aspects of solar panel production on the site, including Polysilicon refining, ingots, wafers, cells and panels production with a broader ecosystem involving extended supply chain for raw materials and consumables.
Volkswagen India has failed to impress on much of a sales growth as expected last year and the company has been planning future plans with new cars this year. The German carmaker has decided of introducing sportier variants in the near future, which it will mainly be of the hatchback type. According to the sources, Volkswagen India is going to launch the Golf GT in India, which it will clash against rival Mercedes A-Class. Volkswagen Polo GT models have showed outstanding performance across several countries, which it has turn surprised the manufacturer. Polo GT is equipped with two versions, GT and GTI, which it can offer 150 hp and 189 hp of power, respectively. Meanwhile, GTI model is having ability to produce 0 to 100 km per hour in a mere 6.7 seconds. Ample safety features and adaptive dampers have made this car a runaway hit on international highways. Volkswagen Polo GT is powered by the 1.4-litre TSI and it can be found in the Jetta as well as Skoda Octavia. However, the 1.8-litre TSI powers the Polo GTI and it will be available at around 17 lakhs INR.
Honda Cars India has increased prices of its vehicles for up to Rs 60,000 following the expiry of reduced excise duty concessions, which it also planning to offset rising input costs. The company also raised the prices of its entry level car Brio in the range of Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000 and it is going to cost now in between Rs 4.21 lakh and Rs 6.30 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). Honda also hiked sedan Amaze for up to Rs. 19,000 to Rs 26,000, which it will be available for Rs 5.18 lakh to Rs 7.78 lakh. Meanwhile, the prices of petrol version of the compact sedan have increased up to Rs 19,000-Rs 23,000, while diesel cars might get expensive by Rs 23,000-Rs 26,000. Honda's latest mid-sized sedan City will be available at Rs 48,000, while the prices of petrol variants of the car gone up by Rs 33,000 to Rs 46,000 and the diesel variants have become expensive in the range of Rs 37,000 to Rs 48,000. The model have been priced between Rs 7.53 lakh and Rs 11.53 lakh.
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz India has dominated with its strongest ever annual retail sales of over 10,000 units. According to the sources, the company has registered approximately 13 per cent growth in its total sales at 10,201 units in 2014 compared with 9,003 cars in 2013. It was the second consecutive year for Mercedes Benz to record a double-digit growth in its sales in India. Mercedes Benz is the second luxury car to achieve the annual sales of over 10,000 units in the domestic market in 2014. Meanwhile, German rival Audi was the first luxury brand to achieve that feet and it has sold out over 10,000 units in 2013. Mercedes Benz India said the company has launched ten new models and opening of 14 new dealer outlets, which it was the highest ever in one single year. Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern said the ‘offensive’ strategy in 2013 and the ‘excellence’ strategy in 2014 lead us in gaining new customer base and entry into new markets.
Audi has been planning to invest around $29 billion to develop technology and expand production to boost its five-year investment plan by 2 billion euros, where the company wants to overtake its rival BMW for the top position in luxury-car sales. According to the sources, around 16.8 billion euros, or 70 percent of the total, will be marked for new models like the Q1 subcompact sport-utility vehicle, the Ingolstadt, Germany-based car unit of Volkswagen AG (VOW) released a statement on Monday. Audi is expects to set record sales of more than 1.7 million autos this year. Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said in the statement that the company has decided of making large investments in the innovative areas of electric mobility, connectivity and lightweight construction, while they wants to intends to increase its lineup to 60 models by 2020 from 50.
Japanese car maker Honda has set new record of selling cars over 62 per cent growth in its sales in India this year at around 1.8 lakh units. Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Jnaneswar Sen insists that it was a successful year for the company and hopes it will continue its growth journey for the third consecutive year. According to the sources, the company has sold out around 1.65 lakh units, up 61.8 per cent, from 1.02 lakh units in the same period of previous year during the January-November period. Sen said Honda is aiming to set to end 2014 with a new record sales of 1.8 lakh units. The company also planning to launch more than 100 dealers by the end of the next fiscal year in India. Sen said Honda also forayed into the multi-purpose vehicle segment with Honda Mobilio, which it has sold out more than 22,000 units in the initial five months after its launch earlier this year.
India largest Carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has released a statement on Wednesday, the company is going to close this year with the record sales since 2010. Maruti expects sales of 11.48 lakh units this year, which will be largely driven by high demand for new launches Celerio, Alto K10 and New Ciaz sedan. According to the sources, Maruti has registered the highest ever sales in 2010 with 10.60 lakh vehicles. Maruti Suzuki India Chairman RC Bhargava insists that we are improving by 13 per cent in terms of volume till November and it will maintain double digit growth this financial year. He added the company has set record of five cars among the top 10 best selling automobiles in India. Maruti is most popular to selling models such as Alto and Swift. Maruti has raised its market share to 44.8 per cent in the April-November period, while rose up 4.1 per cent from the same period last year.
Tata Motors has been planning to launch its much-awaited Bolt hatchback in India, where the company will bring out its latest car on sale from January 20, 2015. Tata Bolt is going to be the second new product from the company's HORIZONNEXT umbrella. Bolt hatchback was designed by Tata engineers with the help of the three Tata Motors design studios- Pune (India), Coventry (UK), and Turin (Italy). Tata Bold hatchback will come out in both petrol and diesel fuel versions, while the gasoline version is propelled by a Revotron, 1.2-litre turbocharged unit that churns out a maximum power output of 90PS and a peak torque of 140Nm. Meanwhile, the engine will carry a five-speed manual gearbox driving the power to front wheels including multiple driving modes including Sport, City and Eco. The diesel version of the hatchback will come out by a Fiat’s sourced 1.3-litre multi-jet engine, which it will be capable of producing a top power output of 75PS and 190Nm of torque. The hatchback is packed with several advanced safety features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), Corner Stability Control and dual airbags (Driver & co-driver).