And we come to the last weekend of 2014. In my mind i still faintly remember scenes from New year celebrations for 2014 like it happened yesterday and i`m sure its the case for you as well. A small fraction of you must`ve hit the gym this week to use what is left of the Annual membership you subscribed for on 1st of Jan 2014. Majority though is preparing their wallets for another annual payment to the gym of which, of the 364 days only 20..no only 8 will be used. For those of you busy whiling away your work hours arranging or looking for new years parties, here is the weekly news review
GM India is preparing for a new compact sedan based on the underpinnings of the Sail to be launched along with the updated Beat in 2017. The GM MCM platform, that is the codename, will have heavy investments riding on it since the company plants are presently functioning on only 30% capacity.
Mahindra and Mahindra will adopt a new strategy to gain its position back by launching a few utility vehicles in 2015. The Bolero replacement tops the charts with the new Thar and updated XUV500 not far behind.
Volkswagen has completed 7 years in India and to celebrate, they are offering huge discounts with all their cars. Operations started with the Polo and slowly VW overtook its sister brand Skoda which has presence in India since 2001.
Top news of the week: Tata Bolt launch confirmed on 20th Jan 2015. With new refreshed designs and the promise of the AMT Gearbox in a diesel hatch, the Bolt looks too hard to resist. And this time around Tata will make sure to keep taxi company owners 100 meters away from all their showrooms for obvious reasons.
Volvo unveiled another safety innovation, the Volvo Smart Helmet to alert car owners and cyclists of each other. Using IOT and Connected Car platforms, Volvo was able to achieve this along this with the help of Ericsson and POC, a leading sports safety brand.
Hyundai will target three new launches next year: the Verna Facelift, the ix25 and the i20 cross. Rumor mills suggest the ix25 might get an auto gearbox which might just throw the Duster and the Ecosport off-track if it is true.
Thats all Folks,
Have a refreshing New Year and don’t forget the seat belts.