Last year, the luxury car segment of India went through a lot of ups and downs. Despite showing positive growth as compared to 2016, most luxury automakers will agree that demonetization and GST initially acted as roadblocks in an otherwise smooth journey of the industry’s growth. Surprisingly, luxury car sales in India grew at a rate of 17% as compared to the previous year which provides some much-needed breathing space for automakers.The sales chart shows Mercedes-Benz enjoying a lead with over 15,000 dispatches during the year. A majority of numbers for the three-pointed star come from the 2017 E-Class, C-Class and the facelifted GLA and CLA. Meanwhile, the BMW Group registered a healthy growth of around 25% as compared to 2016. The Germany-based company has got BMW raking in 9379 units to secure the 2nd rank and MINI contributing 421 units to stand at the 6th spot.Replicating Tata’s comeback in the mass-market segment, Jaguar Land Rover reported a mammoth growth of over … [Read more...] about Luxury Car Sales In India For 2017, Mercedes-Benz Leads The Pack
Despite getting a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, the Mercedes-Benz GLS has been around in its current form since 2013. As we found in the latest Motor Trend SUV of the Year competition, the updates it received last year, no amount of improvement can hide the fact that it sits on a dated platform. But before the next-generation GLS goes on sale, Mercedes has created a new, more luxurious trim level: the Grand Edition.Available on both the GLS450 and GLS550, the Grand Edition adds Designo-level Nappa leather seats in either Porcelain or Espresso Brown that include “exclusive diamond quilting and special Budapest-design piping.”Nappa leather also covers the rest of the dash, with trim pieces now made from open-pore brown ash wood. To make owners feel extra fancy, ambient lighting is included as standard, as are Espresso Brown velour floor mats.On the outside, Grand Editions get LED lighting and special badging. Pick the GLS450, and it will get 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels, … [Read more...] about 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Gets a Luxurious Grand Edition
Brand unveils Lexus LF-1 Limitless, a new flagship crossover concept, as three-row RX 350L prepares to make Detroit debut. Lexus’ striking new concept vehicle – the Lexus LF-1 Limitless – will take center stage in Detroit in the Lexus display during the 2018 North American International Auto Show, which takes place January 13-28. The all-new Lexus LF-1 Limitless reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. It was created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California and will be introduced during the Lexus press conference taking place January 15 (8:35 a.m. EST). Lexus enthusiasts can receive front row access via livestream. Following its appearance at the L.A. Auto Show in November, the all-new RX 350L will make its Detroit debut at the Cobo Center. With the new model, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability. A longer body length and steeper tailgate window angle ensures good … [Read more...] about Lexus Puts Luxury Lineup in the Limelight at 2018 NAIA Show
Mercedes-Benz India’s 2017 sales numbers are 15,330 units in the Jan-Dec 2017 period Mercedes-Benz firmly retains it’s volume leadership in the luxury segment for the 3rd consecutive year. Globally, the brand sold 2,289,344 units growing by 10%. With these sales figures, Mercedes-Benz remains the leading global premium car brand.Here are some key facts From Mercedes-Benz that helepd them grow:BMW Group India delivered 9800 cars (BMW + MINI) in 2017, registering a growth of 25% as compared to 2016. BMW India sold 9379 cars in 2017, clocking a notable growth of 25% as compared to 2016. MINI is leading the small-premium car segment in India with 421 MINIs hitting the road in 2017, a growth of 17% as compared to 2016. Read this too: 6-Series GT unveiled, coming to India Read this too: 8 series concept images and details Read this too: 2017 BMW X3 arrives In IndiaVolvo Cars, announced today a robust 28 per cent annual growth in volumes, ending the calendar year … [Read more...] about 2017 Luxury Car Sales Continued To Be Dominated by Mercedes-Benz India – Volvo Shines Bright!
Toyota Australia has hinted at a luxury double cab version of the venerable Hilux ute, due around the middle of 2018. The “substantial update” to the Hilux was mentioned by Toyota Australia president, Matthew Callachor, at the announcement of the 2017 Australian VFACTS data, and will capitalise on high sales of the range-topping SR5 variant. “In the case of HiLux in particular, what we are seeing is a lot of interest in the high-level models and that is reflected right across the industry, so all I can really say is watch this space,” he said. “Our most popular HiLux accounting for one quarter of sales is a top-of-the-range SR5 4×4 double-cab with turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission.” “What I would probably say to you is stay tuned.” The upgraded ute will be Toyota’s answer to the high-end VW Amarok versions and Mercedes-Benz’ new X-Class. Unfortunately, a performance TRD Hilux is unlikely … [Read more...] about 2018 Toyota Hilux to get luxury version