The Er­tiga now seems to be a vi­able 7-seater

Auto Today - - Editorial - Yogendra Pratap Ed­i­tor [email protected]­to­ @Yo­genPratap

As an­other year draws to a close with the au­to­mo­tive mar­kets stag­nat­ing, there have been a cou­ple of sig­nif­i­cant launches at home while we have been to the end of Route 66 at Santa Mon­ica in Cal­i­for­nia to drive the new S60 sedan from Volvo. The Swedish car com­pany con­tin­ues its resur­gence with an­other car­line that stands above the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of the in­te­ri­ors are aes­thet­ics, is good to look at and is the com­pany’s sporti­est model yet.

How­ever, closer to home, Maruti-Suzuki has re­launched the Er­tiga based on a re­vised plat­form that of­fers more space as well as the mild hy­brid en­gine that we first saw on the Ciaz. The Er­tiga now seems to be a vi­able 7-seater and in a diesel-averse world.

On the other end of the spec­trum, Mahin­dra is still try­ing to make some head­way into the In­dian mar­ket with its Korean brand’s ve­hi­cles. This time it is the new gen­er­a­tion Rex­ton that has been launched in In­dia but with a new name and still un­der the Mahin­dra brand name. It is the most ex­pen­sive Mahin­dra car in the coun­try and though it has its high points, it will re­main a niche prod­uct as it faces tough com­pe­ti­tion in a very crowded mar­ket seg­ment. Also in this is­sue are the Tata per­for­mance cars, the Ti­ago and Tigor JTPs, de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with J Anand. These cars of­fer an X-fac­tor with the brand’s low end cars to make them premium and also the brand more at­trac­tive. We also have the com­par­i­son test of the sub-4m sedans, an­other mar­ket seg­ment that Ford has been try­ing to pen­e­trate with its re­vised As­pire sedan. With Maruti-Suzuki and Honda hav­ing a firm grip on this seg­ment, it re­mains to be seen whether the As­pire can re­gen­er­ate the magic.

And apart from the reg­u­lars and an ad­di­tional fea­ture on con­vert­ibles, we also have all the news from the worlds of two-wheel­ers as well as mo­tors­port and the most awaited ride of the twin en­gine In­ter­cep­tor and Con­ti­nen­tal GT twins from Royal En­field, which have im­pressed ev­ery­one that has rid­den them so far. Till the next is­sue of Auto To­day, ride and drive safe.

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