Darkness is in
Despite the blaze of color cars are popping up in these days, black has always been a popular shade with buyers. Now automakers are trying to capitalize on the black fetish by bringing “dark” themed vehicles to market. Tata Motors was among the first to do this and recently launched its “Dark” range for Altroz, Nexon and Harrier. All three vehicles are available in special black tones and have received some interior improvements.
BMW recently launched the Dark Shadow Edition for its top model, the X7 M50d. The SUV priced at Rs 2.02 crore, ex-Showroom Delhi, comes with additional bells and whistles and a black tone that the company calls Frozen Arctic Gray. Further equipment includes BMW laser light headlights, Sky Lounge panoramic sunroof (with 15,000 LEDs and lights up in the same color as the ambient lighting), front seats with active ventilation, five-zone automatic air conditioning, soft-close doors, 360 degree camera and tire pressure monitoring system.
Hyundai breaks the 10 million mark
Hyundai Motor India released its 10 millionth car from its manufacturing facility near Chennai in June. This makes the company the fastest automaker in the country to accomplish this feat. The ten millionth vehicle was a Hyundai Alcazar. It came off the assembly line in the presence of Hyundai Motor India MD & CEO SS Kim and Tamil Nadu’s Prime Minister MK Stalin.
The Hyundai plant near Chennai has an installed capacity of 750,000 units per year. The milestone of one million units was reached in 2006; Since then, Hyundai has gradually ramped up its production. It reached three million units in 2010, six million in 2015 and nine million in 2019.
Vintage badges for your car
India’s vehicle scrapping policy continues to be updated. It has been announced that vehicles older than 50 years will be considered “vintage” and re-registration will be allowed. The vehicles cannot be used every day, but only on special occasions or for maintenance purposes. Owners have the option of receiving new registration numbers that are tagged with the ‘VA’ to give them their vintage identity. If desired, the old registration numbers can also be retained. The Union Ministry of Roads and Highways has asked the public for suggestions on the proposed rules for registering vintage cars.
India’s longest high-speed test track
In June, the country received its longest high-speed line in Pithampur near Indore. The track extends over 1,000 acres and was developed by the National Automotive Test Tracks. At 11.3 km, the route is the fifth longest in the world. It is oval-shaped and has four lanes on which vehicles can reach speeds of up to 375 km / h. The site also offers facilities for testing braking force, mileage, handling and acceleration.