Top Automobile News – November 2021

Maruti supply levels improve after semiconductor shortage

Maruti Suzuki, the carmaker clocking among the highest sales in the Indian automobile market has always been a popular choice among the middle-class section however, the shortage of semiconductor chips had forced them to lower production of their vehicles till Sept 2019. Due to a severe shortage of spare parts, Maruti faces an order backlog of 250,000 vehicles which was earlier just 170,000. With the improvement in the production of the semiconductor chips, Maruti Suzuki has seen a 40% increment in production in October and foresee a further 20% in November thus bringing their production near to normal. They’re expected to produce around 145,000 – 150,000 vehicles in the month of November to steadily get back to their original production capacity and improve sales. Indians can no doubt look forward to booking their cars in this festive season. 

Maruti Suzuki News
Source: Shivam Autozone

5 Million Units Sold of the popular 'Scooty'

For over 3 decades TVS Scooty has been a highly popular option as a gearless scooty for riders, especially females. Whilst receiving timely updates from TVS and facelifts ensuring newer models to its loyal customer base, the TVS Scooty has had a remarkable journey on the Indian roads. Now TVS announced it has amassed the milestone of manufacturing over 5 million units of its scooty that have been sold all over the country, a feat commendable in this segment. While having sales of over 5 million units, they have throughout kept evolving the scooty, TVS also claims with the addition of the new ETFi Ecothrust engine, the scooty is expected to provide 15% more mileage and performance thus being an exciting option for any consumer looking to buy the iconic TVS Scooty while establishing TVS’ supremacy in the two-wheeler segment.

TVS Scooty
Source: TVS Motors

Bajaj Introduces the Pulsar 250

Bajaj Auto has launched the all-new Pulsar 250 series. Bajaj Pulsar has been among the most popular bikes on road for over 2 decades with various engine and body options being available to choose from. The introduction of the new 250 variants comes as a welcome addition to Bajaj’s portfolio of powerful bikes. The 250F variant is priced at Rs 1.40 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) while the 250N variant holds a price tag of Rs 1.38 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The 250 series comes powered with a single-cylinder engine which produces an exciting 24.5 Ps power at 21.5 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated with a 5-speed gearbox and a slipper-clutch for better performance, a fresh new design along with new LED lights, instrument cluster sporting a range indicator among other exciting features. It’ll be interesting to see the response the all-new Pulsar 250 series receives. 

Bajaj Pulsar 250
Source: Hindustan Times

Skoda's All-New Slavia

After Skoda introduced the Kushaq SUV under their India 2.0 program, the next car being manufactured under this is their all-new Slavia. While the Kushaq enters the compact SUV segment, Slavia is made as a mid-size sedan. And to ignite the buzz, Skoda has let the car be driven without revealing its exterior. The Slavia is expected to be unveiled globally on the 18th of November 2021. Skoda has not been keen on producing a diesel engine in their new range so the Slavia too gets the same petrol engine option with a similar power range consisting of options between the 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and the traditional 7-speed DSG transmission. With full specs yet to be revealed, one can expect top-notch safety standards including the availability of 6 airbags, as well as great features with all the latest technology that a consumer would require. Skoda aims to position Slavia as a direct competition to the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna which have been leaders in this segment for quite a while now. With superior quality and larger size, Slavia certainly aims to stir up a buzz after its launch in the Indian Automobile market in March 2022.

Read More: Detailed Review of the Skoda Kushaq

Skoda Slavia
Source: Carwale

BH Series No. Plate Commenced

The first number plate with the all-new BH series has been issued in Mumbai to a Chembur resident on the 27th of October 2021. The Maharashtra government has now launched the BH (Bharat) series while issuing vehicle number plates. These are specially introduced for vehicles that generally move across different states. The first number plate has been issued to a Chembur resident and government staffer Rohit Sute. Mr Satej Patil, Minister of State for Transport announced in a tweet saying “It gives us immense pleasure to announce that today the first beneficiary of BH registration in Maharashtra, Mr Rohit Sute from Chembur, Mumbai received his #BHSeries vehicle. People in Maharashtra are getting their BH Series vehicle before Diwali!” All employees from the government sector, belonging to either the State or the Centre shall be eligible to procure this all-new registration series whilst from the private sector, only the people working for a firm which has its setup in over 4 states or Union Territories in the country shall stand a chance to register their vehicle with this new series on a voluntary basis. It can be secured by filling up the RTO form 60 and having proper ID proof to show their employment. These new number plates shall be generated at random by computers at the RTO’s.

And that sums up the news for this month. Hope you enjoyed this quick rundown of current events in the automobile sector. For more understanding of the semiconductor shortage situation do check out our blog.

BH Series Number plate
Source: TOI

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