News envelope: the latest news from the automotive industry – AUTO SPECIAL
Six essential airbags in all Indian cars
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted that a draft notice had been passed to make six airbags mandatory for vehicles in India. It comes after the ministry passed a mandate to make two airbags mandatory in vehicles, which came into force on January 1, 2022. The ministry is now working to make rear occupants of vehicles safer, adding four airbags for rear occupants increasing safety and decreasing fatal and non-fatal injuries. This mandate will apply to budget mid-range vehicles which are not equipped with rear passenger airbags (most cars on sale under Rs 20 lakh only provide rear airbags and side curtain airbags for high end variants). range). Needless to say, the mandate will make vehicles safer for occupants.
Mahindra XUV 700 wins ICOTY 2022
The Mahindra XUV 700 won the 2022 Indian Car of the Year award. The 17th edition of ICOTY announced the Indian SUV as the winner, beating out nominees like Volkswagen Taigun, Tata Punch, Citroen C5 Aircross, Force Gurkha, Maruti Suzuki Celerio , MG Astor, Renault Kiger, Skoda Kushaq and Skoda Octavia. The ICOTY Jury awarded the XUV 700 101 points while the Volkswagen Taigun came second with 89 points and the Tata Punch scored 71 points for third. Yogendra Pratap, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Today and Chairman of the Jury, ICOTY 2022, Dr Raghupati Singhania, CMD, JK Tire & Industries Ltd along with the other members of the judging panel presented the trophy to Veejay Nakra of M&M Ltd, CEO, automotive division, Satinder Singh Bajwa, senior vice president and head, sales and customer service, automotive division, and Harish Lalchandani, vice president, marketing, automotive division, M&M Ltd.
TVS Raider is the 2022 IMOTY
The TVS Raider 125 has been crowned Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2022. Other motorcycles shortlisted for the award include the new Royal Enfield Classic 350, Honda CB200X, Yamaha FZ-X, Bajaj Pulsar F250 and Bajaj Pulsar N250. Aspi Bathena, Editor of Bike India and Chairman of the Jury, IMOTY 2022, along with other members of the Jury and Dr Raghupati Singhania, CMD, JK Tire & Industries Ltd, presented the trophy to Aniruddha Haldar, Vice President TVS Motors senior, marketing, and Varghese M. Thomas, senior vice president, corporate communications.
Top three WCOTY contenders announced
The top three finalists in each category of the 2022 World Car of the Year Awards (WCOTY) have been announced. The six categories – World Car of the Year, World Urban Car, World Electric Vehicle of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car and World Car Design of the Year – are chosen by a jury of 102 automotive journalists from around the world. . Yogendra Pratap, editor, car today, is a juror for WCOTY. The winners will be announced on April 13, 2022.
The top three contenders for the 2022 World Car of the Year are the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. The top three contenders for World Urban Car of the Year are the Opel Mokka, the Toyota Yaris Cross and the Indian-made VW Taigun. As for the global electric vehicle of the year finalists, the Audi e-Tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Mercedes-Benz EQS are the latest contenders. The finalists for the World Luxury Car of the Year are the BMW iX, the Genesis GV70 and the Mercedes-Benz EQS. As for the World Performance Car of the Year, finalists include the Audi e-Tron GT, BMW M3/M4 and Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ. The final award is then World Car Design of the Year and finalists include the Audi e-Tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.