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Audi Q7 black edition launched in India

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New Delhi: In a surge of updating the style quotient of the SUV in the Indian market, Audi has also joined the bandwagon. The Audi Q7 Black Edition gets updated exterior for the price of Rs 82.15 lakh (ex-showroom India) and will be limited to 100 units in India.

As the name suggests, the Audi Q7 Black Edition gets a blacked-out grille along with the air intakes in the front. The sides display the gloss black finished door trims. A similar finish can be seen on the B and C pillars along with the wing mirrors. The roof rails and the alloy wheels are also finished in gloss black while the alloy wheels get a matte black finish. The updates are limited to the exterior only, while the cabin and the mechanicals of the SUV stay the same.

The Audi Q7 Black Edition gets the same petrol and diesel option as before – 3.0-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The former produces 249PS while the latter puts out 251PS. Both the engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Commenting on the announcement, Balbir Singh Dhillon, head of Audi India, said, “Audi has been a pioneer in the luxury SUV segment and the Audi Q7 particularly has maintained competitive advantage ever since its launch. At the top of luxury, our customers want to showcase their individuality and exclusivity; the new Audi Q7 Black Edition will offer our customers just that – great features and innovative accessories in a limited-edition model. We are selling only 100 units of the Audi Q7 Black Edition and are confident that Audi family members and luxury aficionados will grab the opportunity to own this attractive car. To uplift the consumer sentiment this festive season, Government of India’s initiative of 30 per cent depreciation will act like a booster.”

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Iconic Bajaj Chetak returns in modern avatar

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New Delhi:  Over 13 years after it ceased production, Bajaj Auto has relaunched its iconic ‘Chetak’ scooter in an electronic configuration. In an event in Delhi on Wednesday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and NITI Aayog chief Amitabh Kant sat on two models of the electric Chetak, flanked by Rajiv Bajaj, the head of Bajaj Auto.

“We have decided to move towards electric vehicles (EV) and started its production in September at the Chakan plant,” Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto said at the event on Wednesday.

The electric scooter market in the country is probably the most viable option for automakers right now, with cars proving to be an expensive proposition to sell. This, however, comes naturally to Bajaj, and according to the company’s chief, “electric vehicles cannot be made at the click of a finger by anyone.”

The company plans to start selling electric scooters (e-scooter) under the Chetak brand January onwards from Pune and then move to Bengaluru; and after gauging the response, expand operations to other locations.

The e-scooter would be rolled out from the company’s Chakan plant and would be retailed from the company’s Pro-Biking dealerships.

The company also plans to export the model to various relevant markets in Europe from next year itself. The Electric Chetak offers a driving range of 95 km in ECO mode and 85 km in SPORTS mode.

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