Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, Autobook, Hyosung Aquila Pro650 and 2013 G650R whir
Maruti Suzuki India price hike, Volkswagen India win a Polo or a Vento, Autobook launch, Gulf Foster a Child Car Drive, Hyosung Aquila Pro650 and 2013 G650R launch, Chevrolet Manchester United NAIAS, and drunk driving
Maruti Suzuki India will be increasing vehicle prices by Rs 20,000 from tomorrow, 16th January, 2012 to cope with exchange value pressures. This is the 2nd hike in 4 months in keeping pace with weak rupee value and rising costs. Maruti price hike across cars has not yet been made known but an average increase of 1.5% across models and variants is most likely.
New Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2013 is available in four variants, 3 petrol and 1 CNG. Wagon R LX comes for a price of Rs 3.58 lakh. While vehicle sales in India have not been increasing by leaps and bounds, General Motors and Hyundai Motor too have had to increase car prices in recent months. At the start of 2013, most auto manufacturers in the country have announced a price increase across their vehicle range.
Volkswagen India is now providing buyers a chance to win a Polo or a Vento in the 13th minute of any hour. Booking a car is essential for being eligible to participate in the contest, and terms and conditions apply. Those who are looking at buying and a big win, need to fill basic details, and specify which vehicle (Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat) they would like to take a test drive of. Concurrently, Volkswagen is also city partner for the ongoing Indo-German Urban Mela being held in Pune and has made available a fleet of VW cars to make commuting less cumbersome.
Classic Stripes Pvt. Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive decals through their retail brand, Autographix are launching a new social networking platform for Automobiles, Autobook. The interactive online application through Facebook allows automobile owners to ‘talk’ to each other as their car or bike, validating the fact that vehicle’s are not inanimate.
11th edition of Gulf Foster a Child Car Drive from Parel to Khandala ended successfully on the 13th. Aimed at changing people’s outlook, each car crew had a driver, navigator and minimum one child as well as an orphan child. A Tulip Route chart had to be deciphered to reach destination. 51 families participated, and 5 prizes were awarded to winners. Gulf awarded 3 prizes for all-ladies’ teams. Prizes were given for best decorated car and the best dressed team. The theme for the drive decoration was ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Save our trees & wild life’.
Gulf Oil President, Ravi Chawla had this to say, “Every year this event takes place, we feel the energy and exuberance that these kids are filled with. We ensure that every child goes back with happy memories. It gives us a sense of satisfaction to see the participating families and the under privileged children build a bond. That’s the objective of this event, and we are glad to see an increase in the number of participants this year. We look at raising the bar and hope to continue with the success rate of this activity.”
A participating family had this to say, “This is the 1st time we have participated in this Car Drive and it was amazing. Trying to learn the navigational map, the general knowledge questions at every pit stop, and simply driving up to Khandala with the kids and flying kites was so much fun. We would like to congratulate the Gulf Oil team who has conceptualized this event. We couldn’t have enjoyed our Sunday better.”
The Indian arm of Hyosung, Korean motorcycle makers, DSK Motowheels will be launching two new motorbikes tomorrow (January 16, 2013), Hyosung Aquila Pro650 and 2013 G650R. The latter will compete with Ninja 650 in the Indian bike market.
For those visiting the Detroit Auto Show 2013, Chevrolet has a Manchester United-themed player card and play a soccer challenge game that will note who can score most goals in a two-minute friendly on the NAIAS Chevrolet pitch. In 2012, Chevrolet became Official Automotive Partner of Barclays Premier League team Manchester United and founding sponsor of the One World Futbol Project. Chevrolet is also distributing 1.5 million virtually indestructible footballs to youth in disadvantaged communities globally in 3 years.
Drunk driving is a menace and it’s on most occasions that perpetrators go un-punished. However, in the case of Jacob Cox-Brown this wasn’t the case as after he clipped another car while under the influence of alcohol he published his exploits on social networking site Facebook. Though Jacob wasn’t caught at the scene, his jubilation was short-lived when an officer pieced together events after receiving a private message about the post. Police officers upon reaching the residence found a car that matched the description as also damage and broken pieces found at the scene of the mishap.
It can be said that though the internet is used for a wide variety of purposes, it does help apprehend wrong-doers who think they can get away scot-free. In this case one should note that the Astorian police have maintained a steady and reassuring social presence which helps them with their day to day jobs. After being formally charged with two counts of failing to perform duties of a driver, Jacob Cox-Brown was put behind bars to mull over the events and take to heart that at one point of time posts on social networking sites do go public.