Category — Automobile

Tesla Seeks Import Duty Waiver Till it Can Make in India

Founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is pushing for import tax waivers to launch its vehicle in India.

Musk  has shown support for India’s plans to have only electric cars on its roads by 2030. According to BusinessLine, India’s government is willing to talk to Tesla while also clarifying that the local sourcing norms don’t apply to cars.

Import duty of cars in India is as high as 125%. Completely-built electric cars priced less than $40,000 attract 60 percent customs duty. However, if assembled in India, the duty on a completely knocked down unit is 10 percent.

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June 19, 2017   No Comments

BMW Thrives in India

Munich-based BMW Group India posted a strong double digit growth in 2016 after two years of decline, and has carried the momentum into this year by logging 8% growth till May, confident that this figure will continue to rise in the coming months; it is currently the fastest growing luxury car brand.
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The company announced a fresh investment of $20 million. Vikram Pawah, MD and CEO of BMW India said that the firm will focus on profitability, bring in new technology, products, and enhance dealer network and customer engagement. He added that plans to locally manufacture the new 5 Series, will take the number of models made locally to 8, which is almost half its portfolio, reports the Economic Times.

“We are  sitting at less than 2% of overall passenger vehicle market, it can grow to 5-10% in the coming years and BMW would like to drive that growth,” said Pawah.

June 19, 2017   No Comments

India Aspires to Sell Only Electric Cars by 2030

A Government of India-led initiative – the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan – targets annual sales of 6-7 million EV/Hybrid vehicles by 2020. The government hopes that by 2030, all vehicles sold in India will be electric-powered says a blog post from India Energy.

Speaking on “Changing Energy Economics and India” at New Delhi, India’s minister for energy, Piyush Goyal, said that the country will help facilitate the electric car effort by offering subsidies for a couple of years. “After that,” he said, “the cost of electric vehicles will start paying for themselves,” reports CNN.

Elon Musk tweeted: India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030. It is already the largest market for solar power. https://t.co/EGBNTPzmE5 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017

India’s government is pushing to expand its solar energy capacity.

Modi tweeted: Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith: PM pic.twitter.com/8cnSqClBPf — PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 3, 2017

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June 12, 2017   No Comments

Mercedes-Benz Reduces Prices in India

German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz is reducing the price of its cars for the whole month of June in India. The price reduction will range from $2,170  on the CLA sedan to $10,850  on its Maybach S 500.

The company seeks to pass on the benefits of the new tax rate under GST due to be implemented on July 1, to its customers. However, in case GST is deferred, the company said it would hold the current  prices reports Firstpost.

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Mercedes-Benz India managing director and CEO Roland Folger said, “We now know more in details what taxes are going to be in various states. So we have decided to compensate the difference between the current and post GST prices for our entire Made in India range. Our decision to go ahead and reduce the price is also a reflection of our confidence in this government.”

Per GST rates, large luxury cars and SUVs with engine capacity of over 1.5 liters attract a 15 percent “cess” over and above peak rate of 28 percent, bringing down the overall tax incidence compared to the present of about 50 percent.

June 10, 2017   No Comments

Ford India Reports Healthy Growth

Even as General Motors exits India, Ford India‘s sales for May 2017  rose 36 percent, with total sales of 23,503 cars for the month. The company said that it had sold 17,279 units in the same month last year.

The Times of India reports that Ford’s sales within the country were up 16.64 percent to 6,742 units last month as against 5,780 units in May last year. Exports during the month grew by 46 percent to 16,761 units as compared to 11,499 units in May 2016, it added.

Managing Director Anurag Mehrotra said that the company has continued to grow faster than the industry in India.Ford's Ka+

June 9, 2017   No Comments