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Skoda launches new Octavia in India for Rs 15.49 lakh

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New Delhi, July 14: Czech carmaker Skoda on Thursday launched its best selling sedan Octavia in India with price starting at Rs15.49 lakh.

“The (executive sedan) segment continues to offer tremendous growth potential as it caters to a growing class of discerning buyers with the penchant for luxury combined with the right value proposition…the New Octavia…will be a game changer in its segment and will continue to drive Skoda’s success in India.” Skoda Auto India director sales, service and marketing Ashutosh Dixit told reporters in New Delhi.

“The Octavia is the heart of Skoda brand. Globally, it has sold over six million units in total. In India, it has sold over 90,000 units since 2001 when the company entered the market with the model,” he added.

The car will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options.

The petrol version comes with two engine options of 1.4 litre and 1.8 litre, priced between Rs15.49-20.89 lakh. The Octavia diesel is powered by a 2-litre engine and priced between Rs16.9-22.89 lakh across four variants.

“We plan to grow our sales 30% this year on the back of new products and further consolidate our position in the premium segment,” Dixit said.

The hands-free parking, iBuzz driver fatigue alert and eight safety airbags features will help further boost the company’s sales.

“While retaining its strong characteristics of space, all round comfort, safety and technology, the new Octavia will be a compelling proposition in its segment and will continue to drive Skoda’s success in India,” Dixit said. T

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Tata Motors to increase prices of passenger vehicle up to Rs 40,000

According to the company, the hike in price from next year is due to rising input costs and increase in fuel prices.

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Mumbai, Dec 13 : Automobile major Tata Motors on Thursday said it will increase prices of its entire passenger vehicles range by up to Rs 40,000 from January 1, 2019.

According to the company, the hike in price from next year is due to rising input costs and increase in fuel prices.

“The changing market conditions, rising input costs and various external economic factors have compelled us to consider this price increase,” said Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.

“We are optimistic on maintaining our growth trajectory in the coming year on the back of our robust portfolio consisting of segment-leading products like Tiago, Hexa, Tigor and the Nexon. Early 2019 will also mark the entrance of our most awaited SUV — the Harrier.”

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Honda aims at getting balanced side for next ARRC season

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Buriram (Thailand), Dec 2 : Rajiv Sethu’s feat of gaining his first point outside Indian soil has not only brought smiles on the faces of the Honda India Racing contingent at the Chang International Circuit here, but has also raised a ray of hope as the team aims to build itself for the next season.

Rajiv and Anish have been instrumental in Honda’s success in the ongoing season and with the trials for the upcoming Asian Road Racing Championship taking place on December 4 and 5 here, all eyes will be on the likes of teenagers Senthil Kumar and Kritik Habib.

The 17-year-old Senthil has gained first hand experience by taking part in the Honda Thai Talent Cup on Sunday, while 18-year-old Habib will be itching to get his wheels rolling and get his endurance and ability tested.

Prabhu Nagaraj, the Vice President, Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) rightly pointed out that the test will be purely on performance and help decide the ARRC team for the next season.

“Habib is a product of the Honda Talent Hunt, and has been consistently among the top three in all the four legs of the season, three at the MMRT in Chennai and one at the BIC in Greater Noida,” Nagaraj told IANS here.

“It will be a good exposure for the young kid, but the focus will purely be on his performance in the test race. He has improved in each round, and hopefully give his best in the tests here.”

With Rajiv and Anish already playing the mentor’s role to these kids, the next season will expectedly be a mixture of youth and experience, carrying the hopes of a billion Indians in the continental competition.

(Tridib Baparnash can be contacted at [email protected])

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Honda set to unveil NSF-250 race machines next season

Highlighting the roadmap for the next season, Nagaraj pointed out that the focus will be on “preparing a world class Indian racer”.

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Buriram (Thailand), Dec 1 : India is still considered to be at a very nascent stage in motor sports but Japanese two-wheeler giant Hondas plans of introducing the NSF-250 in the country will surely ensourage a lot of enthusiasts take up the sport.

While most Indian riders are used to mass-production machines, Honda riders will be able to taste the actual road machine — NSF-250, the Moto3 machine, which will be imported from the 2019 season, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) said during an interaction on the sidelines of the final round of the Asian Road Racing Championship at the Chang International Circuit here.

Highlighting the roadmap for the next season, Nagaraj pointed out that the focus will be on “preparing a world class Indian racer”.

While Honda riders like Rajiv Sethu, Anish Shetty and Sarath Kumar have become household names with their accolades in the domestic circuit, Nagaraj agreed that Indians are still taking babysteps among the giants at the Asian and global level.

“This has been a long but fruitful process, from actually working on rider safety to actual participation of our riders in top class international competitions. I can’t say our riders have started ruling the track but the exposure they gain from such competitions is huge,” Nagaraj told IANS here.

“When we started some riders wore jeans and were without any safety gear. We took it one step at a time before actually preparing our riders race-ready.”

“The roadmap is very clear, not that we just select and send them to race but it also involves a 360 degree development program, that includes a three-day camp and off-road practice for better handling of the vehicles,” he added.

He also laid down the importance of introducing the NSF-250 machines, which he felt will help our riders get accustomed to the international standard.

“In India till this season we have been using the modified mass-production machines, while the developement of riders of the other Asian countries happen on the NSF-250, which are race machines. We will introduce these machines next season,” he revealed.

“The idea behing the Talent Hunt program is primarily to get those hidden talents from various parts of India on a common platform and help and nurture those talents for the big stage.

“We started it this year, and I am happy to see the progress of the riders. We hope to carry this to the next season and more until we find the potetial to compete in the Moto GP,” signed off Nagaraj, a self-proclaimed motorsports enthusiast.

(Tridib Baparnash cfan be contacte1d at [email protected])

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