Despite auto slump, Kia Motors hits the gas on new car launches in India

MUMBAI : Kia Motors will continue with its ambitious product introduction plans for India, undeterred by the worst slump in sales in nearly two decades in the world’s fourth-largest automobile market. The South Korean automaker and the latest entrant to the Indian market plans to introduce half a dozen new vehicles over the next three years, said Kook Hyun Shim, chief executive officer and managing director of Kia Motors India. A key focus will be on the utility vehicle segment, which is largely dominated by Hyundai Motor India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd…

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Nivea plans customised India products

AHMEDABAD: German skincare brand Nivea plans to introduce in India products customised for tropical and dry weather instead of merely competing in the market on price parameters, its India managing director Neil George has said. “We are constantly mapping emerging trends and the concept of healthy looking skin has in fact emerged from the consumers. Indian consumers believe that ‘healthy-looking’ skin captures all their needs – glow, acne-free, smooth, supple, soft, beautiful, et al,” George told ET in a recent interview. “This is the aware and involved consumer who drives the consumption trends and behaviour in…

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India imposes higher customs duty on 28 US products

The increased customs duties will come into effect from Sunday India on Saturday announced a hike in customs duties on as many as 28 US products, including almond, pulses and walnut, in response to higher tariffs imposed by Washington on Indian products like steel and aluminium. The increased customs duties will come into effect from Sunday, an official notification said. The move will hurt American exporters of these 28 items as they will have to pay higher duties, making those items costlier in the Indian market. Amending its June 30,…

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Top 5 Cars News Of The Week: Hyundai Venue Mild-hybrid, Kia SP2i Sans Camo, Skoda Karoq India Launch And More

This week’s news was mainly dominated by SUVs. Hyundai is considering a mild-hybrid variant for the Venue, while the Kia SP2i was spotted sans camo outside India. Talking about spy shots, the XUV300 Diesel AMT was also spotted this week and Skoda has confirmed that its midsize SUV Karoq will make its way here. Last but not the least, Volkswagen launched another special edition for the Polo, Ameo and Vento this week. Hyundai Considering Mild-hybrid Tech For Venue Turbo: Korean giant Hyundai is claiming that the Venue turbo’s fuel efficiency…

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Maruti Suzuki To Launch 2 All-New Car Brands In India – Report

Maruti Suzuki will reportedly introduce Nexa as a separate car brand by 2022-23; will likely offer premium vehicles Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) inaugurated the Nexa premium dealerships in 2015 and the first product was the S-Cross. Despite the initial hiccups, it did get going well following the arrival of Baleno hatchback and four years on, it is significantly contributing to the brand’s sales tally every month. Maruti Suzuki is consistently expanding Nexa’s reach and it has been paying them good dividends. Along with it, the regular Arena as well…

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Top 5 upcoming cars in India 2019: Hyundai Venue, MG Hector, Tata Altroz and more

The Indian car market has already seen several big launches in 2019. The likes of Maruti Suzuki India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Honda Cars India and Ford India have either introduced new products or driven in facelifts. Some of the important launches this year have been 3rd-generation Maruti Suzuki WagonR, 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift, Ford Figo facelift, 2019 Ford Endeavour, Mahindra XUV300, 10th-generation Honda Civic and Tata Harrier. Even after so many launches, there is no halt to the flow of new vehicles in India…

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Citroen to launch three new cars in India after C5 Aircross

Citroen has revealed that it will launch the C5 Aircross SUV in India towards the end of next year. The SUV will be a rival to the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Kia SP2i and MG Hector. Apart from the Citroen C5 Aircross, the company will launch one new product every year from 2021 till 2023. The new vehicles will be manufactured and introduced first in India before being launched in the international markets. It isn’t clear whether these will be all-new nameplates or new-generation versions of the existing models. However, our understanding is that the…

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New car launches in India in March

Before stepping into the second quarter of 2019, car manufacturers in the country are gearing up to launch the last batch of new cars for Q1. The upcoming cars, namely the Honda Civic, Ford Figo and the Porsche Macan, have already created a buzz among enthusiasts and buyers. The new 10th generation Civic will be more-or-less similar to the concept version last seen at the 2018 Auto Expo event in the country. Meanwhile, the new Ford Figo and the Porshe Macan will be introduced with fresh cosmetic and feature upgrades. Read below to find out more…

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