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The Indian auto industry might be going through a rough patch at the moment, however, this has not stopped automakers from introducing new vehicles in the country. According to reports from Business-Standard, there are as many as 50 new vehicles lined up for an India launch.
The report suggests that over 30 four-wheelers and 20 two-wheelers have been lined-up for an India-launch by the end of this fiscal year (March 2020). These include cars, bikes, scooters and electric vehicles for the Indian market.
Although the market is witnessing a rough patch at the moment, many experts believe that the industry is expected to improve soon. This growth is expected to happen during the upcoming festive season and after; in the form of pre-buying ahead of the BS-VI emission norms implementation from April 1st, 2020.
Starting off with the list of cars launches, here are some of the expected cars arriving in the Indian market:
- Kia Seltos
- Maruti Suzuki Ertiga XL6
- Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
- Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara
- Maruti Wagon R Electric
- Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift
- Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift
- Hyundai Tucson Facelift
- New Honda City
- Honda HR-V
- Tata Cassini
- Tata Altroz
- Tata Altroz EV
- MG Hector (Seven-Seater variant)
- MG eZS Electric SUV
- Renault Triber
- Renault Kwid Facelift
- Renault Kwid Electric
- Skoda Karoq
- Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
- Jeep Moab
- Mahindra eKUV100
- BMW 3 Series Facelift
- Nissan Leaf
- Audi e-Tron
Out of the above list of upcoming car launches, many of them are expected in the month of August itself — here is the list of car launches expected in the month of August 2019.
Similarly, there is also a long list of two-wheelers entering the Indian market. These include, but are not limited to:
- Honda CBR300R
- Honda PCX 125
- Honda Activa 125 fi
- Bajaj Pulsar 125NS
- Bajaj Pulsar 180NS
- Bajaj Urbanite
- Hero Hastur
- Suzuki Gixxer 250
- TVS Creon
- TVS Zeppelin
- KTM 1050 Adventure
- KTM 390 Adventure
- KTM 790 Duke
- KTM 790 Adventure
- Revolt RV 400
- Ultraviolette F77
The Indian government is also pushing towards electric mobility in the Indian market. Companies are looking at EVs in India, however, with little to no infrastructure yet for charging stations, it might take a while before more such vehicles enter the market.
The Indian government recently cut the GST rates on electric vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent; further encouraging the shift to electric mobility. This reduction in GST has allowed electric vehicle manufacturers to reduce prices significantly, making them more affordable for customers.
Apart from the reduction of GST on EVs, the government is also amending the Motor Vehicles Act. This, according to the government will dissuade customers from buying conventional-powered vehicles, focussing the shift towards electric mobility further.
Companies are also offering a number of financial options, while also expanding their presence in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. This will also further help improve sales by giving rural and small towns better access to vehicles.
Thoughts On The Upcoming Car And Bike Launches In India
It is surprising to see the number of cars, scooters and motorcycles entering the Indian market. The Indian auto industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world, with many global brands, looking to create a market for themselves here as well. The next eight months sure seem interesting, with the large lineup of cars and bikes in-bound.