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NEW DELHI, Aug 30: The Cabinet today increase the cess on mid-size, large cars and SUVs from 15 per cent to 25 per cent under the new GST regime.

With GST prices of most SUVs were cut between Rs 1.1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh which will increase in cess, the cuts will be reversed.

The GST council, the apex tax rate setting body under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime raised the cess with the amedment to the Schedule of section 8 of the GST (Compensation to a State) Act, 2017.

It had approved on August 5 to raise cess on SUVs, mid-sized, large and luxury cars that had become cheaper post GST rollout on July 1.

Under GST, a cess was levied on demerit goods like cars, tobacco, and coal to compensate the loss of revenue.

Cars attract the top tax rate of 28 per cent. On top of this, a cess of 1 to 15 per cent is levied for the creation of the state compensation corpus.

The date for implementing the hike in the upper limit of the cess from 15% to 25% will be decided by the GST Council when it meets in Hyderabad on September 9.

Presently, large motor vehicles, SUVs, mid-segment cars, large cars, hybrid cars and hybrid motor vehicles attract a cess of 15 per cent over the 28 per cent GST rate.

Small petrol cars of less than 4 meters and 1,200 cc attract a cess of 1 per cent, while small diesel cars of less than 4 meters and 1,500 cc engine attract a cess of 3 percent.

GST Scenario 

GST present slab and upcoming slab rate on cars:-

Existing GST Rates Rate Classification
Petrol Cars with Engine < 1.2 Litre 28% + 1% Cess Petrol Cars for Mass Market
 Diesel Cars with Engine < 1.5 Litre 28% + 3% Cess Diesel Cars for Mass Market
 All other Cars 28% + 15% Cess All other Cars
GST Rates post New Development Rate Classification
Compact Petrol Cars with Engine < 1.2 Litre 28% + 1% Cess Compact Petrol Cars under 4 Meter
Compact Diesel Cars with Engine < 1.5 Litre 28% + 3% Cess Compact Diesel cars with Length < 4 Meter
Mid Segment Cars with Engine < 1.5 Litre 28% + 25% Cess Cars with Length > 4 Meter

Based on Existing Slabs, expected Category

 

GST Impact after increase in 10% Cess

Models Price Hike
Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, WRV, I20, Ford Ecosport, Maruti Brezza or Segment lower cars etc No Price Hike
Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano etc Rs 70K to Rs 1 Lakh
Mahindra XUV 500, Tata Hexa, Tata Safari Storme, Toyota Innova Crysta, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla, Jeep Compass Rs 90K to Rs 1.5 Lakh
Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endevaour, Skoda Superb, VW Tiguan Rs 2 Lakh to Rs 2.5 Lakh
Audi Q3, A4, A6, BMW X1, 3 Series, GT,  Benz C, E, GLE, GLA Class Rs 2.5 Lakh to Rs 4 Lakh

 

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2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 launched in India at Rs 15.99 Lakh

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New Delhi, June 18: Ducati India has just launched the 2018 Multistrada 1260 in the country at Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Multistrada 1260 S has been priced at Rs 18.06 lakh (ex-showroom). Ducati India announced the launch through its social media on Tuesday.

The 1260 is the company’s flagship adventure-tourer and comes with a number of changes over the model it replaces. These updates include additional power, a revised chassis and new equipment.

The Multistrada gets a new 1,262cc, liquid-cooled, L-Twin motor. It produces 158hp at 9,500rpm, a 6hp increment over the 2017 Multistrada. Torque, too, has gone up by 1.5Nm, bringing the total up to 129.5Nm, which is delivered at 7,500rpm. The new engine features what Ducati calls Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), which, combined with Desmo valve actuation, results in good low-end torque. This tech also helps make the engine Euro-IV emission norms compliant.

The DVT on the Ducati Multistrada 1260 combines variable timing with desmo valve actuation which delivers an ideal combination of horsepower, low-rpm torque as well as meets Euro-4 emission norms. The Multistrada 1260 DVT engine is now capable of 160 PS at 9,500 rpm and 129.4 Nm at 7,500 rpm. However, it now gets a very flat torque curve, delivering 85 percent of peak torque from as low as 3,500 rpm, something ADV riders will greatly appreciate.

Internationally, the Multistrada 1260 is available in four variants, the 1260, 1260 S, the S D|air and the Pikes Peak – the last two will only come to India later, if at all.

To make the most of the new engine, the chassis has been retuned as well. The steering rake has been increased from 24 to 25 degrees, adding 5 mm of trail, and the swingarm is 48 mm longer.

This takes the wheelbase to 1,585 mm from 1,530 mm on the earlier model. The longer wheelbase should be able to facilitate more comfortable riding and better stability. The Multistrada 1260 has 48 mm inverted forks up front and a rear shock by Sachs, both fully adjustable.

The 1260 S also receives a new high-definition colour TFT display, navigation, semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), as well as barrage of rider assist options including a vehicle hold control, as well as four riding modes – sport, touring, urban, and enduro.

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Mahindra Electric, Zoomcar partner to offer 100 EVs in Delhi

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New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Mahindra Electric on Tuesday announced its partnership with self-drive rental platform Zoomcar, as part of which the electric vehicles (EV) maker will offer 100 of its e20 plus EVs on the latter’s platform in the capital.

The electric mobility arm of automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra said the agreement is aimed at promoting shared and cleaner mobility.

“Mahindra’s commitment towards electric mobility continues. Our aim is to make EVs more mass adaptable in India in public transport, shared mobility and personal vehicles,” Mahindra Electric Chief Executive Mahesh Babu told reporters here.

The EVs under the deal are financed as part of an agreement between Zoomcar and Mahindra Finance. Apart the e2o plus, Mahindra also makes the e-Verito and e-Supro model EVs. Zoomcar operates in 30 cities across India, allowing users to rent cars by the hour, day, week or month.

At the event to announce the tie-up, Niti Aayog Chief Exexcutive Amitabh Kant said a massive revolution is required to usher in shared, connected and zero waste mobility, while tackling Delhi’s air pollution is not possible without private sector collaboration.

“In Niti Aayog, we have provided charging stations as the need for the government is to ensure that there are vast number of charging stations all over and we are, in fact, moving towards having all-electric vehicles,” he said.

While launching the National E-Mobility Programme here last month, Power Minister R.K. Singh said the government will soon unveil a policy on EVs. According to officials, the policy will provide that charging EVs would be a service and not sale of electricity — which requires a licence.

The policy on electric vehicle charging stations on points along identified corridors, draft of which has been finalised by the Central Electricity Authority, would provide that the price of power for charging electric vehicles be capped at the average cost of supply in the state, excluding discom transmission and distribution losses, plus 15 percent, officials said.

This would help the tariff for charging at an economical level of below Rs 6 per unit, they added. The governments’ National Electric Mobility Mission Plan launched in 2013 aims at gradually ensuring a vehicle population of about 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles in India by 2020.

The vision enunciated two years ago is for India to have 100 percent EVs by 2030.

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Audi India to hike vehicle prices

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Mumbai, March 16: Luxury car manufacturer Audi India on Friday announced a price hike of up to 4 per cent across its entire model range, effective from April 1.

According to the luxury car manufacturer, prices will be increased due to a hike in customs duty announced in the Union Budget 2018-19 and will range from Rs 100,000 to Rs 900,000.

“The increase in custom duty and introduction of Social Welfare Surcharge in lieu of an Education cess (which is higher than the erstwhile Cess) in the Union Budget made the increase in price inevitable,” said Rahil Ansari, Head, Audi India.

“We have tried to absorb the impact of the increase in Customs duty and have minimized the price hike for our customers.”

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