Two years after American automobile major General Motors (GM) left India, its Chinese partner and the country’s largest car maker, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, will roll out its first vehicle on Indian roads. MG Motors, a SAIC subsidiary, will launch its SUV, Hector, in June. It is expected to cost between ₹17 lakh and ₹20 lakh.
The company will launch the SUV with iSMART technology, which includes embedded connectivity solution, maps and navigation services, voice assistant, pre-loaded infotainment content, emergency and information services, and built-in apps. MG Motors claims Hector will be India’s first internet car.
“The integration of internet with cars opens up a gamut of features that can ensure a seamless and updated ownership experience for MG customers in India. The Hector promises to do a lot more over time with constantly-expanding capabilities, to create a seamless driving experience, throughout the life of the car,” says Rajeev Chaba, president and managing director, MG Motor India. “Furthermore, with the advent of 5G connectivity in India, MG cars will have the potential to add new, breakthrough features to further enrich the car driving experience.”
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(This story appears in the 26 April, 2019 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)