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Looking to buy an automatic car: Here are your top 5 best options



Buying an automobile is a thoughtful investment and a time consuming one. Before purchasing a vehicle, there are certain factors one has to look for and automatic gearbox has become one big factor. However, automatic cars can cost a bomb, to a tune of at least Rs 1 Lakh more than their manual counterparts. So if you are in the market, eyeing a top-end hatchback under a budget of Rs 10 Lakh with an automatic transmission, here are some of the top options to chose from:

The automatic variant of the Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno runs on the K12M motor paired up with a CVT gearbox and is a refined offering to drive. The hatchback offers a premium experience and is spacious with beautiful and practically designed interiors and all the latest features you expect from a premium category vehicle. This makes the vehicle a worthy option to consider.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

A great offering from the South Korean automobile giant, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios not only sports a luxury appearance but packs in a plethora of features too. The vehicle comes with an Automatic Manual Transmission(AMT) version which though is not as seamless and refined as a CVT, but performs a decent job overall. The car is available in both petrol and diesel engines.

New Hyundai i20

The newest premium hatchback by South Korean automobile giant Hyundai is a perfect amalgamation of style and features. The new i20 offers a smooth driving experience and is available in a host of variants, including an automated manual option, a dual-clutch auto version and a CVT offering to cater to varied sections of prospective buyers. It is important to mention though that the dual-clutch gearbox option comes with a considerable price hike and surpasses Rs 10 lakh budget.

Volkswagen Polo

Despite being in the market for a long time, Volkswagen Polo has not lost its sheen. It comes with a 1.0 litre TSI engine coupled with a torque converter gearbox and offers a spacious cabin and the latest features.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift now comes with a powerful 1.2-litre dualjet engine as against the earlier 83 hp, 1.2 litre K engine. The vehicle comes in an AMT option which offers a satisfactory performance when it comes to offering comfort.

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Automobile producer MG Hector to deliver 100 ambulances in Nagpur and Vadodara



MG Motor India has delivered eight units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur local authorities in the light of rising coronavirus cases. The custom-built ambulances are equipped with modern life-saving systems.

The eight units delivered are out of 100 such vehicles requested from MG Motor India for Nagpur and Vidarbha regions by Union minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. MG says that it accepted the minister’s request and immediately delivered eight units of the ambulance to Nagpur local authorities. “The minister has called for our support at this critical time. We have immediately deposited 8 of the 100 requested Hector Ambulance units, “MG Motor India President and MD Rajeev Chaba said.

The retrofitted ambulances have been custom-built by the company’s engineers at its Halol plant located in Gujarat. All the SUV ambulances have been equipped with the required medical additions such as a medicine cabinet, ventilator, an oxygen supply system, 5 parameter monitor, auto-loading stretcher, an inverter with battery additional sockets, a siren, a lightbar, and a fire extinguisher.

In March this year, the company had donated five units of retrofitted Hector ambulances to Nagpur’s Nangia Specialty Hospital. For this, the carmaker has collaborated with the MG Nagpur dealership. Before this, the company had also donated these ambulances to hospitals in Vadodara and Halol in Gujarat. Speaking about this in March, Chaba had said, “We have received positive feedback about the Hector Ambulance from GMERS in Vadodara and CHC Hospital in Halol, wherein they have added tangible value to the region’s fight against the pandemic.”

Various automakers have stepped up to help the country reeling under the crisis of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Hero MotoCorp, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford India, Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor and Skoda Auto India, among others, have helped procure essential medical supplies, set up Covid beds and made relief donations.

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