24 Jun, 2024

Top Car News That Mattered This Week (Nov 6-10): New-gen Maruti Swift Spied, Citroen eC3 Price Hike, Tata Punch EV Spied, New Kia Carnival Interior Revealed, And More

The key highlight from this past week was the slew of updates about the upcoming new-generation Maruti Swift

Swift, Eletre, eC3

This past week, we received a whole host of updates on upcoming products in India. From the official debut of the new Suzuki Swift in Japan and it being spotted testing on our roads, to the entry of British automotive marque Lotus in the country. Let’s explore all the noteworthy four-wheeler headlines that captured our attention last week.

More Details On The New Swift

2024 Suzuki Swift

In its home country Japan, the new-generation Suzuki Swift gets a fresh Z series 3-cylinder petrol engine compared to the older 4-cylinder K-Series engine. However, the power figures of this engine are yet to be disclosed. We have also detailed the color options for the Japan-spec Suzuki Swift.

Just a few days after its debut in Japan, the new-generation Swift was also spotted in India last week, introducing new design details specific to its India version.

Citroen eC3 Price Hike

Citroen eC3

The Citroen eC3 has received its second price increase this year. Introduced in India in early 2023, the eC3 electric hatchback experienced its initial price revision in August. For detailed variant-wise pricing information, visit this link.

Mahindra Global

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Right to repair pact rejected by major players

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*Editor’s note: This story has been updated with reaction from the Tire Industry Association

An apparent agreement between three groups representing auto repairers, collision shops and automakers in the US on automotive right to repair is being met with pushback from two of the biggest automotive aftermarket organizations in the country.

The Auto Care Association, which includes representation of the distribution, auto repair, tools and equipment and other sectors, bluntly called the “so-called” pact “a thinly veiled attempt to confuse lawmakers and drivers” in the headline of its press release.

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, which represents the supplier end of the aftermarket, said in a separate statement that the deal “falls short.”

The agreement between Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRA) and Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) includes promises to guarantee automotive repair choice for consumers across all vehicle technologies while affirming the 2014 national agreement on right to repair .

The trio said the new deal includes access to diagnostic and repair information, education and training and a level playing field for future advancements.

The Auto Care Association was critical of the details, noting that as an original signatory to the 2014

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Discounts On Renault Cars In March 2024: Renault Kwid, Renault Kiger, And Renault Triber

Existing Renault customers also get a loyalty bonus of Rs 10,000 valid across all models

Renault Cars

  • Maximum benefits of up to Rs 82,000 are available with MY23 units of the Renault Kwid.

  • The MY23 units of the Renault Kiger are being offered with discounts of up to Rs 75,000.

  • Customers can save up to Rs 67,000 on the Renault Triber.

  • All offers are valid until the end of March 2024.

Renault has rolled out its offers across all its models – Renault Kwid, Renault Triber, and Renault Kiger – for March 2024. Both MY23 and MY24 units of these models are available with benefits with the maximum discounts reserved for the MY23 stock. The offers include cash discounts, exchange and loyalty bonuses, and corporate discounts. Let’s have a look at model-wise offer details below.

Disclaimer: Buying cars manufactured in 2023 may affect their resale value compared to buying an MY24 unit.

Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid

Offers

Amount

MY23

MY24

Cash Discounts

Up to Rs 40,000

Up to Rs 10,000

Exchange Bonuses

Up to Rs 20,000

Up to Rs 15,000

Loyalty Bonus

Up to Rs 10,000

Up to Rs 10,000

Corporate Discounts

Up to Rs 12,000

Up to Rs 12,000

Maximum Benefits

Up to

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Pakistan Amends Import Policy, Relaxes Restrictions On Import Of Used Cars

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce on Thursday amended the Import Policy 2022 to relax the restrictions imposed on the import of used and unregistered cars.

According to detail, the government has allowed the import of used cars having a mileage of 2,000 kilometers against the previous policy that only allowed the import of cars having up to 500 kilometers of mileage.

According to the new and amended import policy, those cars having mileage up to 2,000 kilometers could also be considered as “new”, and could be imported.

It is pertinent to know that imports have a significant impact on the country’s economy as the payments are mostly made in dollars which in turn affects the country’s forex reserves.

Previous governments, including the caretaker setup as well as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) coalition government had, in fact, imposed severe curbs on the import of cars in their bid to preserve the depleting forex reserves.

Earlier, last month, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced relaxing the regulations for advance payments of imports allowing the authorized dealers to make full payments in advance without prior approval.

Effects of Import Policy on Cars

According to media reports car

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Ongoing technician shortage continues to pose challenges

New reports are highlighting the consequences of the ongoing collision, auto, and diesel technician shortages including at least one college recently pausing its collision repair program due to low enrollment.

As the industry works to fill critical roles, details continue to emerge and highlight how available talent is affecting their businesses.

A 2022 survey commissioned by the Collision Engineering Program (CEP) indicated that there is a lack of awareness about collision repair careers, although people are open to exploring them. It found just 17% of survey respondents were “very familiar” with collision repair or engineering. The survey revealed that those who were familiar with the industry were more likely to pursue a career within it.

It also found that respondents with less than 10 years of work experience were more likely to switch their careers to collision engineering when compared to others who’ve worked in a separate industry for more than a decade.

Fox Business noted in a recent report that if the automotive repair shortage continues to worsen, it’s likely to keep exacerbating wait times and driving up the cost of repairs.

“We’re starting to see a lot of the old timers time out of this repair industry,” Scott

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CARWOW ACQUIRES LEADING CAR MEDIA BRANDS INCLUDING AUTO EXPRESS TO BECOME ONE OF THE UK’S LARGEST ONLINE CAR-CHANGING DESTINATIONS

Carwow, the online car-changing marketplace, today announces the acquisition of Autovia, the automotive content and commerce media company, for an undisclosed sum.

Autovia reaches over 15 million car owners, buyers and enthusiasts every month through its leading print and digital titles including Auto Express, evo, DrivingElectric and Carbuyer, as well as its annual automotive satisfaction survey, Driver Power. As a leading publisher of automotive content, Autovia offers automotive partners innovative solutions in advertising and this acquisition will significantly grow Carwow’s reach and capabilities with in-market car buyers and sellers in the UK.

Combined with Carwow’s world-leading content, which includes its YouTube channel that generated over 1.1bn video views in 2023, the acquisition significantly expands Carwow’s audience reach. It will add to Carwow’s advertising and e-commerce capabilities for its car manufacturer and dealer partners, to help meet the growing digital demand to engage with millions of consumers who are considering changing their cars. The deal also presents new opportunities for embedding Carwow’s e-commerce offering for new and used–car sales across Autovia’s brand titles, as well as for motorists looking to sell their old cars.

Since 2011, Carwow has helped over 2.5 million people find, buy or sell a car, becoming a

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Global M&A trends in industrial manufacturing and automotive: 2024 outlook

Michelle Ritchie is PwC’s global industrial manufacturing & automotive deals co-leader. She is a partner with PwC US. Nicola Anzivino is PwC’s global industrial manufacturing & automotive deals co-leader. He is a partner with PwC Italy. Nathan Whitley is a director with PwC US.

The authors would like to thank the following colleagues for their contributions: Mark Anderson, David Bard, Cesare Battaglia, Danny Bitar, James Brewerton, Mike Brooks, Gabriele Capomasi, Wanfeng Chen, Sandie Costa, Matthew Davy, Coolin Desai, Cara Haffey, Motoyuki Hattori, Sven Heinemann, Martin Holzapfel, Michael Huber, Darren Jukes, Jin Jun, Michael Kamel, Nobutaka Kanazawa, Darrell Kennedy, Gentaro Kobayashi, Jorg Krings, Bob Long, Mona Hamzah, Martin Nicklis, Eric Parrish, Ty Pearson, Alexander Pirrie, Joe Rafuse, Colin Ryan, Harald Scheikl, Martin Schwarzer, Sarah Senyo, Daniel Sipple-Asher, Alessandro Spaghi, Daniel Steiner, Chris Temple and Nicolas Veillepeau.

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Würth Additive Group CEO joins 3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force

Industrial 3D printing specialist Würth Additive Group has announced its CEO AJ Strandquist has joined new task force focused on the use of additive manufacturing (AM) technology within the automotive repair industry.

The 3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force has bold ambitions to revolutionize the automotive collision repair process with 3D printed parts. The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of automotive repair by allowing collision repair professionals to access replacement parts faster and on-demand, while minimizing inventory, waste and environmental impact. The task force also said to be exploring the potential for 3D printing custom parts and components that are not currently available through traditional manufacturing methods. Würth Additive aims to support the initiative with printed parts via its advanced digital inventory management program DIS3DP.

The task force was initially launched in April this year by AM veteran Harold Sears and is thought to be an industry first. Sears, who has spent more than three decades working with rapid prototyping and AM technologies, was formerly Technical Leader of Ford’s Additive Manufacturing Technologies and led the integration of 3D printing technologies into Ford’s manufacturing environment. Most recently, he was appointed Additive Manufacturing Senior Advisor for IperionX, a

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FTC reveals new rule targeting auto dealership scams that hurt shoppers

The Federal Trade Commission announced a new rule Tuesday intended to stop auto dealers from using hidden fees and bait-and-switch price tactics on buyers.

The agency says such fees and tactics cost people in the US $3.4 billion a year and add 72 million hours to their time spent shopping for vehicles.

The FTC calls the new regulation the Combating Auto Retail Scams Rule.

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The agency says the rule bans misrepresentations about price, cost and other key information. It also requires dealers to provide the actual price consumers have to pay for vehicles, to disclose that additional items such as extended warranties aren’t mandatory and to state the full monthly payment consumers are accepting upfront.

Stacy Lupo of Winter Haven, Florida, said she and her son were victimized by those kinds of sales tactics when she bought a car for him at a Toyota dealership in 2021. They were offered an extended warranty and turned it down, but Lupo was concerned about the way the financing manager behaved afterwards.

She said she later reviewed the lease paperwork and

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