Top Automobile News – December 2021

Ola S1 & S1 Pro Deliveries to Begin from December 15

Two-wheeler automobile company Ola Electric has faced a lot of criticism since it has failed to deliver its scooters on their slated delivery dates twice. Between 25th October and 25th November, the scooters were to be available for delivery however, instead of the scooters, the customers with bookings only received an email stating further delays. To much relief, Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of Ola Electric announced in his tweet that the vehicles are getting ready, production is ramped up and by the 15th of December, Ola Electric scooters shall certainly be on road. They’ve also completed around 20000 test rides which commenced from November 20th so as to provide the customers with bookings of their scooters a chance to experience it beforehand. The bookings had opened at a nominal amount of Rs 499 and that brought in a whopping Rs 1100 crore worth of sales for Ola Electric in just 2 days. Customers have been waiting eagerly for the past 4 months for their electric scooters, it is exciting to see how the vehicle shall perform once finally on the roads Mid-December. 

Ola S1 delivery december 15
Source: Twitter

Audi Q5 Facelift Launched in India

The Audi Q5 facelift was launched on the 23rd of November 2021. The car had been discontinued earlier due to government norms on emissions, but now it has been powered by the new BS-VI engine and re-introduced by Audi. Balbir Singh Dhillon, head of Audi India stated how Audi saw a growth of 100% in sales in the first 10 months of 2021, and are expecting a higher growth with the return of the Q5, which has been among the most popular cars from the Audi portfolio. The German automobile company’s Q5 facelift will be available in two trims, the premium plus version launched at a price of 58.93 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) and the top-spec technology variant at 63.77 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) with the option to choose between five colour combinations namely Navarra Blue, Ibis White, Mythos Black, Floret Silver and Manhattan Gray. The changes on the Q5 facelift are quite subtle, however, with the new BS-VI compliant engine, the performance of the car certainly has become better and more refined. Audi Q5 happens to be Audi’s mid-size offering in their SUV segment and has been highly popular among those who afford it. Do check out our detailed blog on the Audi Q5 2021.

Read More: Full review of Audi Q5 2021

Audi Q5 facelift India 2021
Source: Audi India

Delhi to Dehradun in 2.5 Hours

The travel time and distance on the popular route between Delhi to Dehradun are all set to get a drastic makeover, as the government plans to construct a new road connecting these two cities by the Delhi-Meerut expressway and the Eastern peripheral expressway. This construction makes the distance between Delhi and Dehradun simply 210 Kms along with a speed limit of 100 kmph thus cutting down travel time from 6 hours to just 2.5 hours. This route also consists of Asia’s largest wildlife elevated corridor spanning around 12kms of the highway. The highway will be equipped with amenities for commuters at gaps of approximately 25-30 Kms along with rainwater harvesting technologies as well as a closed toll system so commuters pay only for the distance that they travel and not for the entire route. The route shall have seven major interchanges for connectivity to Haridwar, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Yamunanagar, Baghpat, Meerut and Baraut. The project cost is estimated at Rs 8300 crore covering the entire stretch to be a 6-lane zone, with a section between Saharanpur and Ganeshpur to be 4-lane. Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to lay the foundation stone for the project in the first week of December 2021.

Delhi Dehradun Highway
Source: Times Now

Price Hike by Automobile Manufacturers

The automobile industry is at the juncture where costs of production are continuing to rise. With the semiconductor chips falling short, the demand is greater than the supply and hence, manufacturers feel the need to raise the prices of their vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has already announced their hiking prices by January 2022. Luxury carmakers too have announced a raise in their pricing, Audi has announced a 3% increment across their entire range from 1st of January while Mercedes-Benz will hike prices by up to 2% only on select models. Following suit, Tata Motors, Renault and Honda are expected to raise their prices by the beginning of the new year too as costs of production are running high due to the rise in prices of raw materials and various commodities. As fuel prices are already skyrocketing, even the cost of transporting the vehicles from the manufacturing plants to dealerships has taken a high toll on manufacturers thus leaving them no alternative than a price hike. Hence, this December is the right time to make use of festive discounts and book a car before further price hikes! 

With this, we wrap up our picks for the top news from the automotive world.

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