AutoQ: Tata Gravitas, Royal Enfield Electric Bike, FASTag & More

Here’s a look at the top car and bike news of the week.

Published01 Dec 2019, 03:07 AM IST
Car and Bike
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AutoQ is our weekly round-up of automotive stories.

Here’s What’ll Happen If You Don’t Get a FASTag By 1 December

The government is looking to impose penalties for people who do not have a FASTag.
The government is looking to impose penalties for people who do not have a FASTag.
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The Indian government recently announced that FASTag e-toll payment has been made mandatory for all cars, and will be in effect from 1 December.

FASTags use RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which makes electronic payments possible while crossing the toll. These RFID chipsets are linked to the user’s bank accounts or digital wallets from where the toll can be deducted automatically without the hassle of stopping.

However, if you are not able to buy a FASTag by 1 December and land up at a toll, you could land yourself in trouble.

Read the full story here.

Royal Enfield Electric Bike Could Be Launched Soon & Here’s Why

Image of Royal Enfield’s 835 twin concept, used for representation.
Image of Royal Enfield’s 835 twin concept, used for representation.
(Photo: Twitter)

The Indian automobile market is going electric as a plethora of two- and four-wheeler makers are switching to building electric vehicles.

Royal Enfield is the latest to jump on this bandwagon as even it has said that it is planning to make electric vehicles. Company CEO Vinod Dasari confirmed the same in an interview with The Economic Times.

Speaking about the current slowdown in the automobile sector, he said that the worst is over and the company is expected to grow from here on.

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Buying FASTag for Your Car? Here Are the Top Deals & Offers

Fastag will be available for free at NHAI Point Of Sale till 1 December.
Fastag will be available for free at NHAI Point Of Sale till 1 December.
(Photo Courtesy: Digital Indian Twitter)

If you own a car in India, a FASTag should definitely be on your shopping list. The Government of India has made FASTag mandatory for all cars from 1 December. This is why car-owners are in a rush to get one for themselves as ‘fast’ as possible.

The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) said it will be providing FASTags free of cost at the toll booth for a limited period of time but there are e-commerce platforms & digital wallets like PayTM and Amazon also selling FASTag RIFD devices.

Since there are many platforms selling FASTags at various prices here are some offers you can avail.

Year-End Discounts: Is It Worth Buying a Vehicle In December?

Nissan and Datsun vehicles ready to be shipped at the company’s plant in Chennai.
Nissan and Datsun vehicles ready to be shipped at the company’s plant in Chennai.
(Photo: The Quint)

You would have heard people advising you to not buy vehicles in December and to wait for the new year instead. And you would have also heard people telling you that it’s a great time to go bargain-hunting in December.

It’s a fact that car and bike manufacturers roll out hefty discounts in December to boost their sales and clear inventory. What do you have to gain or lose from such deals? Here’s a look.

Tata’s New 7-Seat SUV Is Called Gravitas, Will Sit Above Harrier

The Tata Buzzard (earlier code-named H7X) showcased at Geneva is now called Gravitas.
The Tata Buzzard (earlier code-named H7X) showcased at Geneva is now called Gravitas.
(Photo Courtesy: Tata Motors)

The Tata H7X was the code name for the seven-seat variant of the Tata Harrier (that itself was earlier called the H5X). At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, Tata showcased the production-ready version of the H7X and gave it a name – the Tata Buzzard for the international market.

Now, the seven-seat SUV has a name for the Indian market – the Tata Gravitas. It will be launched in February 2020. It is being positioned as a luxury SUV that will sit just above the Tata Harrier. It is based on the same platform as the Harrier with just the rear portion modified to accommodate an additional row of seats.

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