Automobile News India – February 2022

2022 Ford Everest Global Release Date Announced

Ford’s popular SUV known as the Ford Endeavour has been marketed under the name of Ford Everest in many international markets, ever since Ford stopped operations in India, it was a highly debated issue in the automobile news and the people sorely missed the big SUV. However, on March 1, the next-generation Ford Everest is all set to make its global debut, and sources suggest that it might be making its way back to the Indian markets as well, in the form of a CBU (completely built-up unit) which will be only brought to the country through imports. The car is expected to be having a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine or a 3.0-litre turbo V6 diesel engine for supreme power and off-road abilities. As per sources in the automobile news, initially, Ford is expected to have this SUV for the Australian and South-East Asian Markets then proceed to further areas. The features in the car are also expected to get an upgrade such as the touch screen infotainment system to get bigger and larger and have more technology, as well as the car being larger and stronger than ever before. Overall, the Ford Everest is certainly expected to be an exciting prospect globally, and may well satisfy the wants of the passionate car enthusiasts provided they wish to import the Everest.

Kia Carens 2022 Launched in India

Among the highly anticipated MPVs presently in the market, the Kia Carens 2022 has been finally launched in India. With the Kia Carens introductory price being between 8.99 lakhs to 16.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) the car is expected to give stiff competition to existing MPVs such as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, as well as cars from a premium segment such as the Toyota Innova Crysta and hence makes it to the top automobile news section! Kia opened the bookings for the Carens in January and since then they have received over 19000+ bookings, thus showcasing the excitement among the people for an MPV that brings luxury within a budget! It will be also important how Kia manage their production among the semiconductor shortage. Kia Carens 2022 is set to be having three engine options on offer, along with the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox spread across five variants whilst being loaded to the brim with an interesting list of features, the Kia Carens 2022 is certainly the car to watch out for! 

Kia Carens 2022
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Maruti Suzuki Clocks Highest Monthly Sales, Again!

Maruti Suzuki may have had a quiet time in the market since the pandemic began with no new cars being launched, yet they still have the highest number of sales among automobiles in India expressing how the Indians just love Maruti Suzuki Cars. Post the global semiconductor shortage, car production has also been low for a lot of companies, out of which Maruti Suzuki is among the most highly affected ones, yet they have managed to secure just a 7% drop in sales as compared to January 2021. With 1,28,924 unit sales in January 2022, Maruti has been well ahead of all competition. Hyundai has been consistently sealing the spot for the 2nd highest unit sales at 44,022 units sold in January 2022, whilst Tata Motors is now the 3rd highest in terms of sales as they’ve added a list of exciting cars to their line up, as well as are doing well in the electric vehicle segment. For Maruti Suzuki, the WagonR has been the bestseller once again along with the Swift and Swift Dzire. With new launches gearing up for this year, it will be interesting to see how Maruti Suzuki handles the semiconductor shortage situation while yet again grossing high sales! 

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Volkswagen Plans a New EV Factory

While globally, electric vehicles are now being acknowledged as the driving force of the future, every car maker is coming up with ambitious plans to ramp up their production of electric vehicles and secure dominance in this segment. Volkswagen too is working to develop their own set of electric vehicles, as they plan to increase their total production output by as early as the second half of 2022 despite the semiconductor situation still at large. They aim to build a state-of-the-art factory close to their headquarters in Germany to maximise their EV production in competition to Tesla. Volkswagen plans to develop a flagship electric sedan to further strengthen its position among electric vehicles and dedicate the new upcoming factory for the production of quality electric vehicles. With their aim at restricting sales of cars running on internal combustion engines by the year 2035, as well as the global semiconductor shortage, the increase in production capacity of electric vehicles is certainly a welcome addition to the Volkswagen group. 

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Tesla India

With the autonomous driving feature as its USP along with its eco-friendly engine setup, the buzz in the automobile news around Tesla’s arrival to India has been very high, since the inception of Tesla Motors India and Energy at Bengaluru in January 2021. Everyone expected Tesla cars to be up for sale very soon in India, after being manufactured here itself; however, that dream has been elusive to our people since the very beginning. After ample negotiations with the Government of India, Tesla is now seeking a cut in the import duties levied on them whilst they are not opting to be availing incentives from the PLI scheme launched by the Government of India under which automakers may avail great reductions in developing chemistry cells, as well as making the procuring cost of materials for producing electric vehicles far lower. Tesla’s demand for a cut in import duties shows intent from Tesla to sell electric vehicles in India, yet not produce them here itself thus stretching the debate on how soon would Tesla start operations in India further into uncertainties. 

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