TOI Auto Weekly: TOI Auto Weekly: Segway’s farewell, Nissan’s resurgence plans

NEW DELHI: Breaking the internet and wallets this week was surely the surging prices of fuel. Cash-strapped Nissan is reworking towards a spirited comeback while it was the end of the road for the iconic Segway. Take a look at the top stories in TOI Auto Weekly:
Diesel’s historic high: Diesel prices shot up exceeding petrol prices for the first time in history. In the national capital, diesel and petrol both crossed the Rs 80 per litre-mark for the very first time. The continuous surge in rates of petrol and diesel prices for 21 consecutive days came to a halt on Sunday.
Nissan’s eyes revival: Nissan unveiled a comprehensive plan for Africa, Middle-East and India (AMI). The automaker announced a four-year strategy for the region under the company’s global transformation plan, announcing the launch of 8 new cars in the coming four years in this region.


Segway, no more: Segway Inc announced the end of production of its famous two-wheeled personal transporter vehicle. The company will stop the production of Segway PT from July 15 onwards and will now focus on its shared scooter business.


Now, corona impacts Bajaj: Another gutting news that shocked the country was the reported death of two employees of Bajaj Auto’s Aurangabad plant. Along with the deaths, 140 other employees have been infected due to coronavirus. The automaker said on Friday that the first case of coronavirus was reported on June 6.
Welcome move: The government has said those with mild to medium colour blindness can now obtain a driving license. The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has issued a notification in this regard for necessary amendments in required forms of motor vehicle norms.
Unseen losses: Coronavirus led to the loss of 20 lakh jobs in the private transportation sector affecting the lives of people related to private bus and tourist taxi operators. According to the Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India (BOCI), the private operators need government support in the form of waiver of taxes and interests on loans as many of them are going through a crisis.


Exciting cars in the pipeline: Ahead of the launch of its fifth-generation City in July, Honda Cars India on Thursday commenced pre-launch bookings for the same. The 5th Generation Honda City claims to be the longest and widest sedan in the segment. On the other hand, Audi also commenced the bookings for its RS 7 Sportback which is set for a July launch. Interested customers can book the upcoming model via Audi dealerships or through the car maker’s website at a booking amount of Rs 10 lakh.


Global newsmakers: Global launches and unveiling witnessed Volkswagen receiving an overwhelming response to the launch of Nivus in Brazil with 1000 units of the car being sold within just a few hours from the launch.
Nissan e-kicks also broke cover in Japan as the company announced its launch on June 30 in the country. The e-Kicks made its world premiere in Thailand in May and is yet another addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s electric cars and e-Power cars lineup.
Ford Motor Co unveiled the next generation of its F-150 pickup in an online event, showing a truck with a familiar look but that incorporates the automaker’s new strategy for profiting from software and connectivity.

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