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Maruti Suzuki India reports near 33% drop in August sales



New Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Sunday reported a 32.7% decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August.

The company had sold 1,58,189 units in August last year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

Domestic sales declined by 34.3% at 97,061 units last month as against 1,47,700 units in August 2018, it added.

Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 10,123 units as compared to 35,895 units in the same month last year, down 71.8%.

Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, fell 23.9% at 54,274 units as against 71,364 cars in August last year.

Mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 1,596 units as compared to 7,002 units earlier.

However, sales of utility vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, rose 3.1% at 18,522 units as compared to 17,971 in the year-ago month, MSI said.

Exports in August were down by 10.8% at 9,352 units as against 10,489 units in the corresponding month last year, the company said.


Renault has launched the new Triber compact MPV in the Indian market




French automaker Renault has launched the new Triber compact MPV in the Indian market. The Renault Triber is a sub-4 metre seven-seater MPV and it carries a starting price of ₹4.95 lakh. The Renault Triber is based on the CMF-A+ platform which also underpins the company’s best-selling product, the Kwid.

The Renault Triber is available in four variants: RxE, RxL, RxS and RxZ. The base variant is priced at ₹4.95 lakh and the top-spec model carries a price tag of ₹6.49 lakh.

The Renault Triber draws power from a 1-litre petrol engine that produces 71bhp and 96 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox.

The Renault Triber features a modern design language similar to the company’s European-spec models. Upfront, the Triber features a large grille with a chrome treatment, projector headlamps, LED DRLs and faux skid plate. The rear profile of the Triber features wraparound tail light cluster, Triber branding on the centre of the tailgate and skid plate. The body cladding and roof rails add to the macho look of the MPV.

The interior of the Renault Triber features a black/beige dual-tone theme with silver accents. The main USP of the Tribber is the third-row seats which are completely removable, in case you want to stove extra luggage.

The standard safety features of the Renault Triber include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, front seat belt reminder and high-speed warning system. The top-spec model gets four airbags and a reverse parking camera.

Other prominent features of the Renault Triber include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, LED instrument cluster, AC vents on all three rows, engine start/stop button, cooled centre box and much more.



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