Of Ger­man res­ur­rec­tions and more

Auto Today - - Editorial -

Afew years back it was Mercedes-Benz that res­ur­rected it­self with a quick-fire series of new launches with fresh at­trac­tive prod­ucts to help turn the for­tunes of the Stuttgart-based premium car maker. It’s now the turn of an­other Ger­man com­pany to do the same. BMW is poised not only to launch new gen­er­a­tion mod­els of its al­ready ex­ist­ing cars but also push the en­ve­lope even fur­ther with an un­prece­dented range of never be­fore seen mod­els and like in its hey­day, also open up many new seg­ments and niches.

The process is al­ready un­der­way as we drive two new gen­er­a­tion cars in the X3 and the M5 this month be­sides the all new 6GT. How­ever, in our cover story this month we also pro­vide an insight into the up­com­ing mod­els from the Bavar­ian com­pany, in­clud­ing exclusive im­ages of the next gen­er­a­tion 3-series and the 2-series sedan. We also have spy pic­tures of the new X7 SUV that will sit at the top of the BMW X-range. And in the cov­er­age of the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show, we have the fore-run­ner of the 8-series.

The Swift was ex­pected to give tough com­pe­ti­tion to the premium hatch­backs and that it cer­tainly does, best­ing the com­pe­ti­tion on many pa­ram­e­ters but what could be even more trou­bling is how the car will slot in amongst the Marutis. More so, whether the car buy­ing public will take to its looks more than they did to the Baleno’s. But that’s a ques­tion for an­other day. In this is­sue’s road test, we pit the Swift against the face-lifted Hyundai i20 and the great fam­ily car in the Honda Jazz.

This is­sue has an over­load of mo­tor­cy­cles and ex­cit­ing ones at that too as we ride the Yamaha R15 and also fea­ture two of the TVS Apache range with the first ride of the RTR160 and the long term in­tro­duc­tion of the RR310.

With the year just hav­ing got un­der­way we have a whole lot of ex­cit­ing new cars and bikes com­ing up—on last count nearly a hun­dred of them! So stay tuned, more im­por­tantly ride and drive safe and stay con­nected with AUTO TO­DAY.

Yo­gen­dra Pratap Edi­tor yo­gen­dra.pratap@in­to­day.com @Yo­genPratap

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.