Whether there’s a downturn or a recovery, whether the terms are satisfactory or not, there is one constant in the auto industry, and that’s a fleet of glossy new models headed to dealerships like clockwork each fall. The class of 2018 is no different and there’s some great stuff arriving. Auto dealers reveal that some of the models are all- new while others are redesigns of existing vehicles. These hatchbacks, sedans and compact sports utility vehicles (SUVs) will be released after the 2018 calendar goes up on the wall.
CG MOTOCORP, the sole distributor of Japanese four-wheeler brand Suzuki in Nepal, has said that it plans to bring the new-generation Suzuki Swift in 2018. The new Swift feels more grown up with more space on offer just about everywhere. It also gets an absolutely new styling and looks more upmarket than its predecessor.
Karun Shakya, Senior Manager - Marketing at CG MOTOCORP, says, “The new Swift will be lighter and more agile and will set a benchmark for sportier hatchback cars in the market.”
“We recently launched the Ignis Dzire during Dashain which strengthened our market presence in the passenger car segment. Our new model has new design cues, better styling and a host of new premium features which will prove to be more successful than our previous releases,” he informs. The details of the car will be confirmed after the model gets released in the Indian market. “Our brand has maintained a legacy of 100 years and has its own values and morals. We expect to stand out more with the upcoming model with its unconventional design,” he adds.
Meanwhile, M.A.W. Enterprises, the sole distributor of Skoda in Nepal, will be launching Skoda Kodiaqin early January. Skoda Kodiaq is Skoda’s first ever seven-seater car, and its first large SUV.
Ramesh Danekhu, Assistant Manager at M.A.W. Enterprises, informs that the car will be priced at more than 1 Crore in the domestic market. He adds, “It will compete with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4.”
The vehicle is 4697 mm long and has a 2791 m wheelbase. Engine options range from a 121 bhp 1.4 petrol all the way up to a punchy 188bhp 2.0-litre diesel, with a choice of front and four-wheel drive / manual and automatic gearboxes. The company informs there are many fancy dashboard inserts placed to jazz up the interior if one feels the standard look is a bit bland, while the interior light pack also makes the Kodiaq feel special from inside. “Because of the higher price range, the vehicle is especially targeted at the niche market,” adds Danekhu.
The company will also be launching the Skoda Karoq in mid 2018. The model will sit below Skoda’s flagship 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq. This 5-seater SUV will be based on VW Group’s MOB platform and will be powered by TSI turbo petrol and regular 2.o-litre diesel unit.
Sipradi Trading, the authorized distributor of Tata Motors in Nepal, is all set to roll out its new Tata Nexon in the New Year followed by Tiago AMT and Tiago Diesel in March and Tata Nano Genx with AMT during Dashain.
Navaraj Niraula, the Product Manager of Sipradi Trading, informs that Tata Nexon will be priced between 35-50 lakhs, Tata AMT & Diesel between 28-35 lakhs and Tata Nano between 13-18 lakhs. “The Compact SUV section has the Total Industry Unit of 3000-3500 units while we expect to sell 800 units of the Tata Nexon alone which is about 30% of the segment,” he says. The company believes Tata Nexon will compete with Hyundai i20 Active, Maruti Brezza and Eco Sport, while for Tata Nano AMT, Renault Kwid , Datsun Redi GO can be a tough competition.“The Tata Tiago Diesel has no competition since it’s the first 1000cc diesel car in the market,” says Niraula.
With the launch of Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT) cars, the company aims to serve those with leg problems. The fuel efficient and smoother AMTs will make the drive more convenient. Tata Nano Genx is targeted towards the ladies and younger generation. The new Tata Nexon is a first crack at the sub-4-metre SUV space and is packed with goodies that include touchscreen system, automatic climate control and front armrest.
Syakar Trading Company (STC), the authorized distributor of Honda vehicles in Nepal, plans to release Honda WRV, Honda HRV and the New Honda City with S, SV, V, VX and ZX models.
According to Sharad Dhungel, Division Manager at STC, Honda WRV will be priced between 40-60 lakhs while New Honda City between 40-47 lakhs. The company informs that the WRV has been endowed with a sporty, stylish and aggressive design language and shares a lot of parts with the Jazz. Similarly, the City comes in 11 variants with 2 engine options which now features LED headlamps and DRLs as a standard feature.