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Mercedes-Benz delivers 550 cars during Navratri, Dussehra

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New Delhi: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz on Monday said it delivered 550 cars during Navratri and Dussehra thus driving into a robust festive season. The deliveries were in Mumbai, Gujarat, Delhi NCR and other Northern markets.

The festive season deliveries in the Delhi-NCR region stood at 175 units and there is anticipation of strong demand for upcoming Diwali and Dhanteras period, Mercedes-Benz India said in a statement.

Commenting on the performance, Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director & CEO Martin Schwenk said, “the festive season this year has begun on a very strong note and we are glad to witness this positive customer sentiment.”

He further said, “this impressive number of deliveries makes us confident of a good festive season and firmly underlines the trust and confidence that luxury car buyers have on Mercedes-Benz brand and products.”

On the outlook, he said, “we are confident of further driving this momentum for the rest of the festive period and the quarter. We have an exciting quarter ahead of us with new product introductions and it will remain our endeavor to keep exciting the market and continuing the recovery of sales for the rest of the year.”


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BMW G 310 R: 2021 BMW G 310 R India-spec version revealed in European markets

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NEW DELHI: BMW Motorrad has revealed the 2021 BMW G 310 R in Europe. The German automaker has revealed the India-spec version in the European market, which was launched a little more than a month back.
The motorcycle costs Rs 2.45 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
The BMW G 310 R is powered by a Euro-5 compliant 313cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 34 PS of power and offers a peak torque of 28 Nm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox and manages to clock 0-50 kmph in 2.5 seconds. The motorcycle achieves a top speed of 143 kmph. The engine now features an ‘electronic throttle grip’ for more sensitive throttle response.

The BMW G 310 R sits on the platform as its predecessor but it does get some new features that accentuate the motorcycle’s looks. The BMW G 310 R comes with a full-LED headlight with LED flashing turn indicators for better visibility and safety even while driving late at night.
The BMW G 310 R also offers a new clutch lever and handbrake lever which are adjustable in four stages. These two additions offer better ergonomics to the riders especially the ones with short hands.
To reflect the facelifted roadster’s dynamicity, the automaker offers it with a Titanium Grey painted engine housing, clutch, coolant pipe, footrest plate and rear grab handle. The 3 new base colours- polar white, limestone metallic and cosmic black- further accentuate the sporty and dynamic character of the motorcycle.


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Maruti Suzuki Subscribe extends services to 4 new cities

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NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki on Tuesday announced it will be extending its subscription services to Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. The Maruti Subscribe program is almost 4 months old now.
The Maruti Suzuki Subscribe program began in Delhi NCR and Bangalore initially and will now operate in 8 cities in total. The subscription program was recently launched in Hyderabad and Pune. The Maruti Suzuki Subscribe scheme allows customers to use a brand-new car by paying an all-inclusive monthly fee that covers maintenance and insurance for the complete duration.
The current subscription fleet includes Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Arena and Baleno, Ciaz and XL6 from the Nexa range. Customers will get a white number plate with the registration done under their names in the operational cities.
The cars can be subscribed for a fixed tenure of 24, 36 or 48 months. The lowest subscription scheme in the 4 new cities starts at Rs 14,665 for Swift LXI in Ahmedabad, while the same scheme costs Rs 14,691 in Gandhinagar, Rs 15,196 in Chennai and Rs 15,368 in Mumbai.
The scheme is inclusive of road tax, registration charges and insurance. Additionally, complete mainatainence and 24×7 road side assistance comes as part of the package.
“The Maruti Suzuki Subscribe program has received encouraging response from the customers. We have received over 6,600 enquiries in the first few months of pilot launch. We are delighted to introduce the program in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.We are aiming to introduce the Maruti Suzuki Subscribe program in 40-60 cities over a period of 2 to 3 years,” said Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, MSIL.


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GM withdraws support for Trump’s emissions lawsuit against California

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other auto industry executives on March 15, 2017. 

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General Motors is withdrawing from litigation led by the Trump administration against California over the state’s right to set its own fuel economy and emissions regulations, distancing itself from President Donald Trump.

In a letter Monday to environmental leaders, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company’s decision to withdraw from the litigation is effective immediately. It follows President-elect Joe Biden’s Nov. 3 election, his support for electric vehicles as well as his call for unity in the country, she said.

“We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions,” Barra wrote.

By withdrawing, GM is showing support for the incoming administration while distancing itself from Trump, who has publicly praised and condemned automakers during his tenure as commander in chief. GM has plans for a robust portfolio of electric vehicles in the coming years.

The White House did not immediately respond for comment.

Biden is widely expected to drop the litigation against California and allow the state to set its own standards. California was allowed to do so under a 2013 waiver it received under the Clean Air Act. Other states were allowed to adopt those standards as well.

The Detroit automaker along with Fiat Chrysler, Toyota Motor and other smaller automakers initially supported Trump’s efforts in late-2019. Trump at the time was fighting to rollback the Obama administration’s national emissions standards and strip California and other states of the right to set their own vehicle emissions regulations.

Four other major automakers — Ford Motor, BMW, Honda Motor and Volkswagen — reached a deal with California in July to toughen the gas mileage and emissions standards, drawing ire from Trump.

Barra invited other automakers involved in the lawsuit to “join us” and withdraw from the litigation. Fiat Chrysler and Toyota did not immediately have a response to GM’s call to withdraw from the lawsuit.

GM’s decision comes days after the automaker announced plans to spend $27 billion on all-electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, an increase of $7 billion, or 35%, from initial plans announced in March


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