This week in Auto: MG Hector to be launched in June; Internet cars are the future

Imagine starting the car and setting the temperature at the desired level despite being nowhere near the vehicle or giving the vehicle a wireless software update just like cell phones. Just about five years ago these features might have seemed like a scene for a sci-fi movie but they are closer to reality than expected. For an enriching and effortless experience of owning a car, auto companies are making them simpler and hassle-free by using technology. More on this later in the wrap of today. Here is a list of…

Colorado hopes to fine gas car drivers who park at EV stations

It’s already hard enough to find an electric car charging station, but it’s worse when you have to deal with passive-aggressive types (or just inconsiderate folk) who park their gas-based cars in those stations. Colorado, at least, wants to do something about it. The state’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would fine drivers $150, plus a $32 surcharge, for parking a combustion engine car in a space reserved for EVs and plug-in hybrids. It would deliver a similar punishment for EV drivers who leave their car unplugged at parking lot…

Maruti Suzuki to phase out diesel cars by April 2020

Maruti Suzuki, the biggest automobile manufacturer in India, will phase out the diesel cars in its portfolio by April 1, 2020. This is around the same time that the Bharat Stage VI, or the BS-VI, emission norms come into effect. The high cost of upgrading diesel engines to BS-VI standard might be a reason behind the decision. “From April 1, 2020 we will not be selling diesel cars,” Maruti Suzuki India Chairman RC Bhargava said. As of now, Maruti Suzuki sells a range of diesel vehicles in passenger and light…