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Hyundai Santro anniversary edition launched

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Hyundai India had launched the new generation Santro around the time of 2018 festive season. To mark 1 year of sale in India, the company has introduced a special Anniversary Edition. It gets a total of 9 changes – 7 on the outside and two on the inside with prices starting at Rs 5.16 lakhs. The model is available in two variants including Sportz manual and Sportz AMT.

Exterior highlights of the Hyundai Santro special edition, also known as the Santro Anniversary Edition, include blacked-out ORVMs and door handles, Glossy Black roof rails, Gunmetal Grey wheel covers, rear chrome garnish, body side moulding and the Anniversary Edition emblem on the boot lid. Inside, the Hyundai Santro Anniversary Edition will come equipped with all-black interiors with Blue inserts and a new fabric seat design.

The variant will be available in two colours options including Polar White and Aqua Teal, the latter being a new paintjob. The rest of the features will remain the same as offered in the Sportz trim of the Santro.

The Hyundai Santro Anniversary Edition continues to be powered by the same 1.1 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine offering 68 bhp power and 99 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox or AMT.

Where sales of the Hyundai Santro are concerned, sales have dipped over the past few months. Sales in January 2019 stood at 8,000 units dipping gradually over the past months to 3,502 units in September 2019.

Based on the premium Sportz variant, the Hyundai Santro Anniversary Edition offers all the comfort and safety features available on the hatchback carline. The list includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, MirrorLink, voice recognition, front and rear speakers, keyless entry, power adjustable wing mirrors, rear defogger, front fog lamps, wing mirrors with integrated turn indicator and full wheel caps for 14-inch wheel fitted with 165/70 R14 tyres.

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FM Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India, BPCL to be sold by March 2020

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that the central government is looking to wrap up the sale of state-run companies Air India and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) by March next year.

Sitharaman said that the sale has been strategically decided upon after being aborted a year ago due to lukewarm responses. Many investors have shown interest to purchase the two loss-making companies and it could help meet the government’s disinvestment target of Rs 1 lakh crore in the current fiscal year, she said in an interview.

“We are moving on both with the expectation that we can complete them this year. The ground realities will play out,” Sitharaman stated while speaking to The Times of India.

Earlier this month, Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani, in an open letter to Air India employees, had said that the divestment may enable the airline’s sustainability.

For Air India, there is a “lot of interest” among investors, Ms Sitharaman said.

Recently, the cabinet approved changes in the process of disinvestment where the prospective bidders will be heard in roadshows before the expressions of interest (EoIs) are floated so that concerns of the prospective buyers are addressed.

Last year, the government had floated the Expression of Interest (EoI) for Air India to offload a 76 per cent stake and management control in the airline but it did not get a single bidder. The government currently owns 100 per cent equity of Air India.

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