White remained the preferred colour choice among the Indian passenger vehicle buyers in 2018, with 43 per cent of the new cars produced in the country donning the shade. The presence of achromatic colours — white, black, grey and silver — overshadowed their chromatic counterparts by a long distance.According to “BASF Colour Report 2018 for Automotive OEM Coatings”, the Indian car market recorded a 10 per cent production growth in 2018 as against the previous calendar year. In India, almost all car segments are growing with high mileage small cars, such as basic and subcompact, accounting for more than half of the total production. Moreover, SUVs are also becoming popular among consumers, with the segment making up 23 per cent of the new cars.While white accounted for the most popular colour choice among car buyers with 43 per cent share, grey and silver came in at a distant second spot with 15 per cent share each. Among the achromatic colours, black had only 3 per cent share.Among the chromatic colours, red made up 9 per cent share of all the new cars produced in India in 2018, followed by blue at 7 per cent. Brown and orange came in at third and fourth with 3 per cent and 2 per cent share, respectively. Yellow, green and violet cornered in 1 per cent share each.In the SUV segment, white was the most sought after colour with 41 per cent of the customers going for it, followed by grey (15 per cent), silver (14 per cent), red (12 per cent), blue (7 per cent) and black (4 per cent).advertisementSo far as basic car segment is concerned, here also white triumphed over others with 35 per cent share, followed by grey and silver (17 per cent each), red (9 per cent), blue (8 per cent) and brown and orange (5 per cent each).A similar pattern could be seen in segments such as sub-compact, compact and midsize, where white was way ahead in popularity than other colours with shares of 42 per cent, 46 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.Even in China, white is the most popular color for the new cars with an overall share of 59 per cent. The strong presence of white can be attributed to the colour’s preference for new engine vehicles. In the Asia-Pacific market, white has a strong iconic value and has accrued 53 per cent share.BASF’s portfolio is spread across six segments — chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies, nutrition and care and agricultural solutions. In India, the firm has its innovation campus in Mumbai and research and development centers in Mangalore.ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | Tata Motors increases prices of Hexa, SUV now starts at Rs 12.99 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches new Baleno at Rs 5.45 lakh, new grille and alloy wheels main attractions
AJAX, Ont. – A police force in southern Ontario says two of its officers are facing numerous charges related to an alleged local drug ring.Durham Region police say the officers came under investigation as the force began looking into alleged activities at a bar in Ajax, Ont.Police say they began looking into allegations of drug transactions and excessive alcohol service at the Black Bear Bar and Grill in the summer of 2016, and eventually discovered that the two officers were connected to the bar’s owner.On Tuesday, police arrested the two officers along with three other people and laid numerous charges related to the alleged trafficking of marijuana and cocaine.Const. Husen Aswat, who has been with Durham Region police for nine years, is facing 19 charges including seven counts of breach of trust and four counts of trafficking in cocaine.Eight-year force veteran Const. Amandeep Thakur is facing four charges including two counts of breach of trust and possession of property obtained by crime. Both officers are currently suspended from duty.Three other men are facing a total of 23 charges between them. Police did not indicate whether the owner of the bar was included in those charged.Durham Region police said the investigation was conducted in collaboration with officers from Toronto. Chief Paul Martin said the officers’ alleged conduct was particularly troubling.“Obviously it’s very concerning and disappointing when we find ourselves investigating our own employees,” he said in a statement.When the force became aware of the possible involvement of its members, Martin said they conducted a “vigorous” investigation.“No one is above the law and every one of our employees is accountable for their actions,” he said. “I want to assure the community that this is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the law and keep our communities safe.”All five of the men charged have been held in custody for bail hearings.