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Mercedes-Benz India launches the G 350 d at Rs 1.5 crore

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Mercedes-Benz India has launched the Mercedes-Benz G 350d in India at Rs 1.5 crore, ex-showroom. Globally, this is the entry-level version of the iconic SUV line but it India it complements the range-topping Mercedes-AMG G 63 which debuted last year. The G 350d is also offered with the connected car technologies that were recently launched in the country. You can read about Mercedes-Benz’s digitization programme here.

The new Mercedes-Benz G-wagon or the G 350d is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel engine. It produces 282bhp and 600 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine, which also powers the S-Class 350d in the Indian market. The engine is BS-VI compliant from the start as well. The engine is mated to a standard 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels. Mercedes-Benz claims that the G 350d can reach a top speed of 199 km/h while taking 7.4 seconds to sprint from 0 – 100km/h.

With bookings for the SUV starting today, the German carmaker said it will import the G 350 D as a completely built unit (CBU).

Martin Schwenk, managing director and chief executive officer, Mercedes-Benz India said the new luxury SUV offers several customisation options on the interior and the exterior of the vehicle ranging from handcrafted upholstery to more than six alloy wheel options.

Mercedes-Benz’s first luxury SUV from its G-Class portfolio was the G 55 model, which was launched in 2011 as a CBU.

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Labour bills passed by House, “historic game changers” says labour minister Santosh Gangwar.

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Three labour code bills, which will provide social security for workers in organized and unorganized sectors as well as remove hurdles for winding up of companies, have been passed by Parliament.

Rajya Sabha passed the bills on industrial relations, occupational safety and social security by a voice vote on Wednesday, amidst the continuing boycott by opposition parties over the suspension of eight MPs. The three bills, which were passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday, will now be sent to the President for his assent.

Describing the bills as “historic game changers”, labour minister Santosh Gangwar said they will harmonies the needs of workers, industries and other related parties. The reforms will prove to be a milestone for the welfare of the workers in the country, while also providing a transparent system to suit the changed business environment, he said.

The reforms will safeguard the interest of workers and provide “universal social security” to them by expanding the ambit of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Corporation of India. There will be a “social security fund” to cover the around 40 crore workers in the unorganized sector, he said.

The reforms will also allow firms with up to 300 workers to fire workers without government permission. As many as 16 states have already increased the threshold for closure, lay off and retrenchment in firms up to 300 workers without government permission, he said. He said it was not good for employment generation to keep the threshold low at 100 because it discourages employers to recruit more workers.

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