TOI Auto Weekly: TOI Auto Weekly: Personal mobility revs up vehicle sales in June

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NEW DELHI: The increasing need for personal mobility due to the Covid-19 pandemic along with healthy rural demand accelerated the sales momentum of the automobile industry in July. A week to look forward to as Kia Motors is all set to take the covers off the Sonet SUV. Read these and more, in this week’s TOI Auto Weekly:
Green shoots:Maruti Suzuki India said its domestic sales in July stood at 1,01,307 units as against 1,00,006 units in July 2019. Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) saw its domestic sales at 38,200 units last month as against 39,010 units in July 2019, down by 2 per cent.
In the two-wheeler segment, Hero MotoCorp reported a 3.97 per cent dip in sales to 5,14,509 units as compared to 5,35,810 units sold in July 2019.
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Honda Motorcycle Scooter India’s (HMSI) domestic dispatch increased by 53 per cent in July on a sequential basis. Accordingly, the company’s total dispatches in July stood at 3,21,58 3 units – adding over 1 lakh units compared to the previous month on back of increasing demand for personal mobility in the COVID-19 era.
Does your helmet meet BIS hallmark?: The road transport ministry has initiated the process to bring helmets for two-wheeler riders under the mandatory BIS regime. Sources said the mandatory norm is likely to kick in from March or April next year, which means the sale of non-BIS certified helmets will be an offense once the notification comes to effect. Nearly 60-70% of helmets sold in India don’t conform to the BIS norms.
According to the transport ministry data, 43,600 two-wheeler riders without helmets had in road crashes in 2018 and this included 15,364 pillion riders.
End of road for Mitsubishi Pajero: As part of its restructuring plan, Mitsubishi, a junior member of the Nissan-Renault automaking group, said it would stop making the Pajero SUV crossover model next year, and close the plant in Japan which makes the vehicle. The maker of the Outlander SUV said it would reduce its presence in Europe and North America and focus on growing in Asia.

Kia Sonet

BMW bets big on electric: By the end of 2021, the BMW Group will offer five fully-electric production vehicles as part of sweeping product overhaul unveiled on Monday. The German carmaker seeks to lower vehicle emissions during production and on the road. “In ten years, the goal is to have a total of more than seven million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads – around two-thirds of them with a fully-electric drive train,” the carmaker said.
Tesla open to sharing batteries: Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains and batteries. Tesla has previously supplied batteries to Mercedes and Toyota Motor under separate partnership deals.
It was unclear which types of batteries it will supply. Tesla currently runs a battery joint venture with Panasonic Corp and also sources batteries from China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and South Korea’s LG Chem.

Launches around the corner: Kia Motors will premiere the sub-compact Sonet SUV on August 7. After days of hush-hush, the Korean carmakers revealed the images of the upcoming Sonet.
Maruti Suzuki, after months of delay, has confirmed to drive in the BS6-ready S-Cross on August 5. In the new avatar, S-Cross will sport the 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine.
Interestingly, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) plans to launch its compact SUV, based on Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, in the upcoming festive season.
“India loves the sub-four meter compact SUV category. And this segment alone is now 10-11 per cent of the total passenger vehicle sales,” TKM Senior Vice President sales and marketing Naveen Soni said.
Audi India announced the arrival of the RS Q8 in the here, dropping a teaser on Twitter. Audi RS Q8 is coming to India almost a year after its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The week gone by: FCA on completion of three years in India introduced the limited-edition Jeep Compass Night Eagle at Rs 20.14 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Motor India said the new generation Creta has crossed 55,000 bookings. The Creta has been on top of the list of utility vehicles sold in the last two months.



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