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1. These Iconic Cars Will Disappear in 2019, But Some Will Return
The new stringent crash-test rules kicking in this year will see many cars undergoing significant changes or being completely discontinued. All existing models of cars have to meet the new crash-test norms by October 2019, while other safety features need to be introduced in a phased manner from April 2019 onwards.
And then comes the next point to highlight - In April 2020, India will move directly to Bharat Stage VI emission norms from the current BS-IV norms, jumping an entire level, putting the country on par with most nations of the developed world and ahead of many others. This means some engine lines will not be able to make the cut and will be discontinued.
So which are the cars that will not be able to meet the crash test norms or the new emissions standards?
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2. Mahindra XUV300 First-Drive Review: Loaded, Lavish & Powerful
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3. 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: What’s New With this Classic 350 Rival?
Bajaj is set to launch the new version of the Dominar 400 bike in India in a few weeks, but we’ve already seen how the bike looks and the changes that it will be getting.
All this and a BS-VI compliant engine means it will cost more than the original, but even then you’re not looking at a sticker price of more than Rs 2 lakh.
And for a bike that’s going head to head with the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the Thunderbird 350 and even the new Jawa bikes, what all new features and improvements can we expect to see this year?
Read here to know more about the new Dominar 400 from Bajaj, launching later this month.
4. The Standard Safety Features Indian Cars & Bikes Will Get in 2019
It’s 2019 and many car and bike manufacturers are scrambling to update their models. They are working against a tight deadline because between April 2019 and October 2019, all existing models of cars and bikes will have to comply with the new government mandated safety norms for cars and two-wheelers in India.
For you, the consumer, it means you’ll get additional features and, of course, safer vehicles. But the downside is that you will end up paying a few thousand rupees more for these features. These features have been standard on all new models of cars and bikes launched after April 2018, but now it’s the turn of existing vehicles to comply.
What’s new? Read here for the full list of safety features becoming mandatory in India.
5. Lamborghini Huracan Evo Launched in India at Rs 3.73 Crore
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