India to host the first ever BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy

The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will see its maiden event in India this year. This will begin with a qualifier round to be held in Goa between 26 and 29 October 2017. The best navigators and riders will be tested. BMW Motorrad commenced its operations in India earlier this year. The winning team from the qualifier in India will compete with teams from across the globe mentions the Car and Bike team of NDTV.

“The event is a celebration of the BMW motorcycles. The ride combines leisure, adventure, and the challenge of the rider. It is used to check team spirit, fitness, riding ability, and persistence. The event welcomes both men and women to participate”, informs Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group, India.

CNN News 18 explains that the top three participants from the Goa event will be representing India as a team for the final trophy. This is scheduled to be held in Mongolia next year. These selected participants will ride a personalized BMW GS motorcycle during the event. This will be a 10-day event; with seven days of riding, two days for in and outbound journey and a one-day briefing. This will test the participant’s physical and mental capabilities through a series of challenges. It will examine their team spirit and way to live and deal with encounters in this world.

The international trophy began in 2008. It is held once in two years. All BMW GS motorcycle owners in India can register for the event through the BMW website.

Sources-

  1. NDTV- https://auto.ndtv.com/news/bmw-motorrad-gs-trophy-coming-to-india-soon-1743774
  2. NEWS 18- http://www.news18.com/news/auto/bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy-indian-national-qualifier-to-debut-in-goa-1505099.html

BMW 5 series launched in India, priced between 49.9l and 61.3l

The new BMW 5 series unveiled its seventh generation in India on Thursday. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched the car at an event in Mumbai.

The luxury sedan, competing with the likes of Audi A6, Mercedes Benz E Class, Jaguar XF and the new entrants Lexus ES and Volvo S90, comes in one petrol and three diesel variants.

The 5 series was unveiled globally in October last year. It is available in three engine configurations – 520i with a 2.0 litre petrol engine priced at 49.9l, 520d with a 2.0 litre diesel engine prices at 49.9l and a 530d with a 3.0 litre diesel engine, with a common eight-speed automatic gearbox in all of them. 530d comes in two variants, viz., Luxuryline and M sport prices at 53.6l and 61.3l respectively

Hindustan Times quoted Sachin Tendulkar as saying, “Features like gesture control and touchscreen key are mesmerising and even my kids were amused by the sheer technology this new car offers”.

President and CEO of BMW Group India Vikram Pawah told Hindustan Times, since the German automaker entered India in 2007, the 5 series had sold more than 19,000 units and contributes 30% to BMW’s sales in India.

Sources:

Hindustan Times, Financial Express

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Autocar India

Hike in car price by up to Rs 50 K: Nissan, Skoda and Renault

Image source: Moneycontrol                               Nissan, Renault, Skoda to hike prices by Rs 50K from Jan

 

New Delhi: 2016 is set to experience a price hike up to Rs. 50,000 by major auto makers like, Nissan, Renault and Skoda. The announcement of almost three per cent price hike made by the three corporate giants will commence from the first week of January as a way to countervail the influence of surging input costs.

In a statement, Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra, said, “The price increase is to offset the rising input costs. The revision of prices will soften the negative impact and help the company stay competitive”.

According to the records of a showroom in Delhi, the range of vehicles under the brand Nissan Motor India, which is a 100% subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, Japan, is from the Micra hatchback to SUV Terrano, are priced from Rs. 4.47 lakh to Rs. 12.91 lakh. Whereas, the prices of the Datsun vehicles including the entry level small car Datsun Go and multi-purpose car Datsun Go Plus range from Rs. 3.23 lakh and Rs. 4.76 lakh. Renault, who had also made similar announcement of price hike, is a fully owned subsidiary of France’s Renault SAS, which has seven models, Pulse, Kwid, Duster, Scala, Lodgy, Kolos and Fluence, ranging from Rs. 2.56 lakh to Rs. 23.47 lakh.
To this, Skoda Auto India commented,” The increase will vary from two to three per cent across the entire product portfolio. The new prices, effective from January 1, 2016, are in line with increasing input cost and changing market conditions”.

Furthermore, depending on the model and the variant , the hike will get exhibited through a price rise ranging from Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 50,00. Skoda selling the four models, Octavia, Superb, Yeti and Rapid, has prized them between Rs. 7.55 lakh and Rs. 26.83 lakh.

According to experts, this is a strategy devised by the automobile companies to present year-end declarations, that help them to clear off stocks, just after the huge festival discounts.

 

Sources: Business Standard , Deccan Herald