Plenty to look forward to in 2018

Auto Today - - Editorial - Yo­gen­dra Pratap Ed­i­tor yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­day.com @Yo­genPratap

The Swift from Maruti-Suzuki has been one of the most revered name­plates in the an­nals of In­dian au­to­mo­tive his­tory. Apart from rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the In­dian au­to­mo­tive mar­ket, it has also won not one but two ICOTY awards, in­clud­ing the very first one and then with its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion car it was again In­dian Car of the Year 2012.

As Maruti pre­pares to launch the third gen­er­a­tion car next month, we had an op­por­tu­nity to drive the Sport vari­ant, which has what it takes to cat­a­pult the name­plate into au­to­mo­tive folk­lore.

While the com­pany has not an­nounced any plans for its launch, I feel that it would be wise for the Maruti-Suzuki to have an af­ford­able car that is ac­tu­ally sporty in its port­fo­lio.

An­other mar­que qui­etly mak­ing a name for it­self in a dif­fer­ent seg­ment of cars is Volvo, and with the launch of the XC60 it does not dis­ap­point.

Also in this is­sue, we pit the giant of an SUV, the Toy­ota For­tuner against the not-so-im­pos­ing Skoda Ko­diaq, and the moto-scooter Honda Grazia against the Suzuki Ac­cess. Is it a case of the un­der­dog felling a might­ier op­po­nent? Which one makes more buy­ing sense? The an­swers are all there in­side the magazine.

Fi­nally we have the TVS ver­sion of the bike it is mak­ing for BMW, the Apache RR310. Not only does the fully-faired super-sport bike look good, but it also im­pressed us when we first rode it and at just over two lakh ru­pees, it also seems to be good value for money.

It has al­ready been a very event­ful and im­pact­ful year with lots of fluc­tu­a­tions with the ef­fects of de­mon­eti­sa­tions first and then un­cer­tainty over GST later caus­ing ups and downs. Hope­fully, the poli­cies will re­main steady and with some cer­tainty about the short term fu­ture, mar­kets will re­turn to nor­malcy. Of­course, there are mo­men­tous things lined up for the fu­ture with the Auto Expo kick­ing off the year and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our own NCAP be­ing put into place we see an era of safer cars here in In­dia. Here’s keeping my fin­gers crossed and wish­ing all of you a very Happy New Year. Drive safe and keep us­ing seat-belts and hel­mets while driv­ing and rid­ing re­spec­tively.

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