In this edition of AutoSpace, we talk about the best of the automobiles that made news this week. N Chandrababu led Andhra Pradesh government has drafted a new EV policy to ban petrol and diesel car registration in the de facto capital of Amaravati. We also drove the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV and tested it on various parameters to understand how good it is to drive? An Indian origin Sikh businessman from London bought 6 new Rolls-Royce worth Rs 50 Crore. As usual, a couple of launches also took place. Here’s more from the AutoSpace-
The government of Andhra Pradesh led by CM N Chandrababu Naidu has become the first state to publicly announce an extensive electric vehicle policy to curb pollution. At the recently concluded Energy Innovation Summit 2019, Andhra government has announced to stop registration of petrol and diesel cars by 2024 and put 10 lakh electric vehicles on the road in the next 5 years.
Reuben Singh, a London-based Indian-Origin businessman has just bought 6 brand new Rolls-Royce luxury cars worth over Rs 50 Crore in Britain, 3 units each of Phantom luxury sedan and recently launched Cullinan luxury SUV. The Londoner earlier posted images of him wearing different turbans 7 days matching his collection of Rolls-Royce of various colors. Needless to say, the pictures went viral on the Internet.
Renault has changed the model line-up and added a mid-spec RxS diesel-AMT variant which has been priced at Rs 12.10 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This new variant replaces the top-end RxZ AMT variant seen earlier. Renault has also removed two variants - the entry-level diesel only standard variant and the mid-spec RxL model. The all-wheel-drive still only comes with the 110hp RxZ diesel variant. The Duster competes against the Hyundai Creta, which has also been updated for 2019, and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
One carmaker that has not tapped the potential gold mine of Compact SUV segment is the homegrown Mahindra, which left us quite surprised as Mahindra is known for utility vehicles and has launched some really good utility vehicles in the past. It seems like Mahindra has finally realized the sales potential of a smaller SUV in India and they are ready with their own compact SUV – the XUV300. We recently test drove the car in Goa ahead of the launch on 14th February and here’s our first drive review-
Automobili Lamborghini has launched the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO in India and features a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, updated to produce higher power output. The Huracan EVO outputs 640 hp with 600 Nm of torque. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds.