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Even better than the real thing

Ever since TVS launched the Apache RR310 in 2017, the manufacturer has upgraded the bike almost every year. In 2019, this flagship model received a slipper clutch and a new gloss black colour. As impressive and value-for-money as the RR310 is, sadly, it never managed to take the market by storm. But TVS is in no mood to wave the white flag yet. Instead, after jotting down the feedback received, they meticulously worked on resolving the glitches. With the introduction of Bharat Standard VI (BS...

Crowning Glory

The judgement was passed, obituaries were written, and the guillotine was readied for the first-generation Hyundai Creta as its crown was quickly passed on to a new rival without realizing that the second-generation avatar was on the horizon. As expected, the 2020 Creta took the market by storm, but no one could have scripted a fairy tale return as it became the best-selling vehicle in May, a first for an SUV to take the numero uno position on the sales charts, beating the popular hatchbacks....

City City Bang Bang

Reams have been written about Honda City’s runaway success since its debut back in 1998 in India. Not one to rest on its laurels, Honda, continued to acquire feedback from its customers, toiled hard to better the City, and in every successive car that it introduced over the decades, it never ceased to amaze. No small feat that! In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that few mid-sized sedans have enjoyed the popularity that the Honda City has over the years. Not only does ...

Safe Bet

There is a famous quote by Jack Nicholson in the film, A Few Good Men, which is apt for Maruti Suzuki’s efforts to resurrect the S-Cross, ‘Roll the dice and take your chances’. This could very well be the last straw for this crossover. Going by the current trend, the country’s most successful automobile manufacturer has decided to drop the diesel engine and go only with petrol. The 1.5-litre gasoline motor, which also powers the Ciaz, the Brezza and the XL6, has a...

Jekyll and Hyde

Who would look at the Skoda Rapid TSI and think that this sedate looking car is in fact capable of unleashing such exhilarating fun and that too with what seems like a feeble engine, at least on paper. So very Jeckyll and Hyde.  Boy, was I in for a delightful surprise! On the outside, not much has changed for the Rapid which was introduced back in 2011 and consequently updated in 2017 and in 2019 to keep up with competition. (Think Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris ...

Modern Sonet

One has to accept some inalienable truths. Despite the global pandemic, India’s love affair with SUVs continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Last month’s sales figures show that of the top 20 best sellers, five are SUVs, of which three are from the most coveted class – the compact segment. Competition will only intensify further with the launch of the Kia Sonet, next Friday. The Sonet will be available in three powertrain options, the naturally aspirated 82bhp 1.2-litre petr...

Absolute Altroz

Albatross. Glittering Eye. Mariner. Coleridge. Sounds like a load of gobbledygook? Not really. When Tata Motors christened their 45X Concept, they decided to call it the Altroz, a word inspired by the large seabird, the Albatross, found in the Antartic and the Pacific oceans, and mythologically celebrated for bringing good luck to sailors. In fact, many of you may also remember the Albatross as the bird that appeared in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s oft-quoted poem, The Rime of th...

Thar Adventure

Raw, bold and powerful is what the new Mahindra Thar is, and once you get behind its wheel, you will be loath to climb back into your own car, because frankly, few urban cars of today offer the thrill that can match what the Thar is capable of. Yes, the Thar whose legacy harks back to the Willys Jeep, is a different beast altogether. The Thar is a handsome hunk, the type that gets you grinning from ear to ear the moment you set eyes on it. And on one such beautiful morning as it stood tall...

Jeeves and Gloster

MG Motor India has had a good run so far with the Hector, the ZS EV, and the Hector Plus. After giving Indians a taste of their “Internet Inside” SUVs, with the Hector and Hector Plus, as well as their Electric Vehicle, the ZS, MG, is now looking at further strengthening their brand, with the Gloster, which has been lined up for launch in the coming days. The Gloster, a luxury SUV, is in fact, a Level 1 Autonomous Vehicle, which was first showcased at the Auto Expo, in Greater Noi...

Duel

Ever since Honda launched the City in 1998, not only was it a runaway success, but it was also the most coveted sedan, especially the VTEC trim which has now evolved into i-VTEC. The Hyundai Verna, on the other hand, didn’t get off to a flying start when it made its India debut in 2006. It was only in 2011 that the Korean manufacturer saw the wheel of fortune turn in its favour, when the second-generation Verna blazed onto the scene with its revolutionary ‘Fluidic’ design. Coming to th...

Here comes the hotstepper

Royal Enfield motorcycles are known for their laid-back nature with a distinguished exhaust note that ensures heads turn and people take notice. Going by their DNA, they love to cruise in the city or on the highway without being too perturbed by other rev-happy bikes. But the Continental GT 650 Twin, is a different beast altogether. It is an urban bike that loves to rev up. You can ride it hard but more importantly, it is designed for short-distance rides. Royal Enfield has no illusions that ...

Magnetic Attraction

The premium hatchback class can be quite a tricky place as it’s sandwiched between the sub-4-meter sedan and the very popular compact SUV segments, especially when the prices overlap each other. Now, competition within a brand is not something many would say is the recipe for success, but with a healthy 27% of the market share at stake, one can’t ignore this segment. Like they say, ‘a little competition never hurt anyone.’ Now, Hyundai has decided to drive in the third generation i20,...

The All-Rounder

Having recently been crowned the 2020 MotoGP champions after 20 years, there couldn’t have been a better time to sport Suzuki’s racing colours. With Joan Mir, bringing back glory, at the Valencia Grand Prix, to the Japanese two-wheeler giant, we, in this part of the world, got our hands on the world champion’s distant cousin motorcycle, the Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition. As we congratulated Joan for having a ‘Mir-a-culous’ year, we swung our leg over the Gixxer SF...

Magnite Rocket

There has been a lot of excitement around Nissan’s latest compact SUV, the Magnite, touted to be a volume-driving car for Nissan, globally, which will be launched on December, 2nd, 2020 in India. We got behind the wheel of this compact SUV that has been engineered in Japan but both, inspired by and made in India, and came away hugely impressed. Here’s why… First things first, it boasts a gorgeous design. Now, if you’re one of those, who thinks a compact SUV must ma...

Honda Cars India introduces ‘Honda from Home’ Online Booking Platform

In its endeavor to offer a convenient purchase experience to its customers, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today announced its ‘Honda from Home’ online booking platform through its corporate website https://www.hondacarindia.com/honda-from-home. With this digital solution, backed by robust sales process of the dealership, customers can manage their car purchase from the comfort of their homes without ...

Mercedes-Benz India launches ‘Merc from Home’ campaign

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz further developed its online sales platform and announced today a host of new customer initiatives under the campaign ‘Merc from Home’. This campaign aims for a holistic and transparent customer journey offering a hassle free and transparent process to buy a Mercedes from the comfort of the customers’ homes. The focus of ‘Merc from Home’ will be on the ease of purchase a vehicle using digital...

Jaguar Land Rover scales up face visor production for NHS staff fighting Coronavirus

Jaguar Land Rover is scaling up production of its protective face visors in a continued effort to support the fight against Coronavirus. New tooling, developed by WHS Plastics, will produce a further 14 000 visors each week for key workers across the UK. Earlier this month, the carmaker announced the manufacture of 3D-printed face visors at its Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D-printing facilities in Europe. Visors have been produced and shippe...

BMW Group India announces special service for doctors fighting COVID-19 battle on the frontline

BMW Group India has announced a special aftersales service initiative exclusively for doctors who own a BMW or MINI car or a BMW Motorrad bike and have been selflessly working round the clock to fight the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. As a gesture of appreciation, BMW Group India along with its dealer partners will offer complementary engine oil service at its dealership service centres across the country. Mr. Arlindo Teixeira, acting President, BMW Group India, said, “Earlier thi...

MG Motor India retrofits a HECTOR as an Ambulance

MG Motor India today donated a retrofitted HECTOR ambulance version to healthcare authorities in Vadodara. Looking at the immediate need for support, the vehicle conversion was completed within a short span of 10 days and has been developed by MG India’s engineering team at Halol, in partnership with Ahmedabad-based Natraj Motor Body Builders. The Ambulance features an imported auto loading stretcher, an oxygen system with cylinder, a Jump seat for an attendant - reuse rear seat to save...

Porsche extends warranty due to COVID-19

Porsche is extending the new car warranty by a further three months for all cars with a new car warranty expiring between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020. This offer comes at no additional costs for customers and is valid worldwide. With this measure the sports car manufacturer is responding to the impact of COVID-19 which has restricted business operations at many Porsche Centers since March. The offer also applies to customers who purchased a Porsche Approved warranty to follow on after the ex...

Maruti Suzuki car seat manufacturing JV Krishna Maruti starts donation of 10 lakh triple-ply masks to Gujarat Government

In view of safety of Corona Warriors of Gujarat Government, Maruti Suzuki Joint Venture Krishna Maruti Limited handed over the first batch of five lakh units of triple-ply face masks to the Gujarat Administration at Gandhinagar. As part of a CSR initiative, the triple ply face masks were handed over to Dr Darsi Suman Ratnam, Managing Director, Gujarat Medical Service Corporation Limited and Smt Bhartiba Vaghela, Deputy Collector, Government of Gujarat by Mr Vimal Gupta, General Manager at Kri...

MG Motor India to sanitise 4000 police vehicles at its service stations across India

Committed to serving the community, MG Motor India is undertaking the complete car sanitisation including fumigation, car wash, cabin refresh and sanitisation of high touch points (Interior and Exterior) of Police vehicles. Under this initiative, the carmaker aims to sanitise up to 4,000 police vehicles across India at its service stations, free of cost, starting 4th May 2020. To ensure utmost care and safety of car occupants, in an industry first initiative to support polic...

Ashok Leyland Engineers shift gears to make Covid-19 Ventilators

Ashok Leyland, flagship Company of the Hinduja Group and India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, today announced a slew of initiatives in the Ventilator Making and Distribution efforts. The Company, through its strong country-wide network and its digital tools, has been at the forefront, fighting against Covid-19 over the last few weeks in terms of providing GenSets, operating free Community kitchens, providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), masks and vehicles for s...

Force Motors and Pune Collector's Office create a video "Saluting Doctors & Healthcare Workers”

In the battle against the spread of the deadly pandemic COVID-19, Force Motors, along with Pune Collector’s office, is creating social awareness through two videos. The videos are 1 minute 26 seconds and 1 minute 12 seconds in duration, titled “Saluting Doctors & Healthcare Workers” was released on Saturday. The video urges people to stay home and follow the guidelines issued by the government to support the healthcare worker’s fight against Covid-19. This social a...

Mercedes-Benz India restarts operations from today

India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today announced the restarting of production at its manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune. The production has commenced in a graded manner following the directives from the Government of Maharashtra to reopen and resume operations. The company will plan a gradual ramp-up in the coming weeks depending completely on the evolving current situation, which is being monitored closely by the Leadership Team. The safety...

Isuzu Motors India to recommence production from its SriCity Plant

Isuzu Motors India, announced today that it has received approval from the authorities of the Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, to recommence production at its plant in SriCity. The company has begun preparations to restart activities at the plant and aims to start supply of vehicles at the earliest. It will co-ordinate with all Component Manufacturers to serve both the domestic and export customers.

Nissan KICKS 2020 to be 'High on Value and Big on Features'

Nissan India today announced that the all new KICKS 2020 compact SUV will offer best-in-class value to its customers with a host of features as standard across all variants. “The all-new Nissan KICKS comes in 7 variants reiterating our brand philosophy of keeping customers at the heart of everything towards delivering exciting packages for an enriching experience. The variants present class-leading, accessible and affordable features to the customers to enjoy maximum value propositio...

Mahindra reimagines automotive retail through 'Own-Online'

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group today announced the launch of ‘Own-Online’, India’s most complete, end to end, online vehicle ownership solution. A smart new way to own a Mahindra vehicle, Own-Online is a one-stop, 24X7 destination where the customer can finance, insure, exchange, accessorize and own a Mahindra vehicle in 4 simple steps, from the comfort of their homes. (www.mahi...

Hyundai Motor India rolled out 200 Cars on the first day of production restart

Hyundai Motor India Ltd., country’s first Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and the largest exporter since inception, has rolled-out 200 cars on first day of production restart at its Plant at Sriperumbudur, Chennai. The company commenced production operations on May 08, 2020, ensuring   100 % social distancing compliance in accordance with standard operating procedure. Hyundai is adhering to all the guidelines set by the State and Central Government and also practicing 360...

BMW 8 Series' two new iconic avatars now in India

The two most luxurious models from BMW – the first-ever BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the first-ever BMW M8 Coupe were launched in India today. Both models are available to order at all BMW dealerships. Building upon the dream car heritage, the first-ever BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is a sports car for four passengers. With its highly emotive, aesthetic design, superior dynamic ability and generous amount of interior space, this is the most luxurious sports coupe ever built by BMW. The ...

Renault welcomes back customers

Renault, the number one European brand in India, opened its office and select dealerships and service centres, and has introduced several safety and hygiene measures as it prepares to welcome back customers across all its touchpoints. Renault has opened more than 194 showrooms and workshops in line with the new safety protocols and the remaining touchpoints will be opened in a phased-wise manner based on permissions from the local authorities. Renault dealerships have ensured special care ...

Nissan India resumes business operations as per local guidelines

Nissan India today announced that it has started dispatch of its BS-VI vehicles from its alliance manufacturing facility in Chennai to its dealerships in green and orange zone across the country. Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd (NMIPL), the marketing and sales organization also opened its office in Gurgaon as per local government guidelines.  “Health and safety remain our topmost priority and we are cognizant that precaution is best cure during this challenging situation. In continu...

Okinawa resumes operations and manufacturing with 25 percent workforce

Okinawa, a leading electric 2-wheeler manufacturing company with a focus on Make in India today announced resuming operations with 25 percent workforce at its corporate office and manufacturing unit.  Further to the Government’s relaxation of rules, Okinawa has shared that it will maintain safety measures at workplace, manufacturing unit, and dealership networks, as it begins business activities. The brand has issued advisory to its dealership network, which too will be operat...

Honda Cars India re-opens 155 dealerships across the country

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), today announced that 155 dealership facilities have re-opened so far across the country after getting necessary approvals from local authorities to restart operations. This includes 118 showrooms and 155 service outlets cumulatively. The dealerships had started opening sequentially after significant easing of restrictions on economic activities by the government last week. With safety and well-being of customers and dealer staff as top most priority, HC...

JK TYRE develops and produces 'Total Control Hand Sanitizer' to fight the pandemic

Indian tyre industry major and the pioneer of radial tyre technology in the country, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., has taken yet another step towards its commitment to the nation by producing the hand sanitizers under the brand – ‘Total Control Hand Sanitizers’.  Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd said, “The JK Tyre Total Control Hand Sanitizer is our latest contribution towards ongoing r...

MG Motor India selects Voxomos Conversational AI platform for innovation grant

Underlining its commitment to supporting start-ups as part of its mission of fostering innovation in the automotive space, MG Motor India today announced that it has selected Voxomos as the third startup under the ‘MG Developer Program & Grant’. Voxomos’ Conversational AI platform sets itself apart with its range of voice and language solutions, and can potentially enable a host of voice-related capabilities for MG Motor in India. The futuristic technology that majors on...

Mahindra initiates first-of-its-kind ‘Safe, Contactless & Digitized’ service experience

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), a part of the 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced its new ‘Contactless Service Experience’ for its vehicle owners, just as some of its dealerships and workshops began opening up across the country in line with Government advisories. There are many industry-first service offerings from Mahindra, which has always been at the forefront of digitizing the vehicle purchase and ownership experience in India.  Th...

Ashok Leyland announces resumption of plant operations

“With the relaxation of the lockdown, we have resumed operations in all our plants across the Country, after obtaining necessary approvals from the relevant authorities. In accordance with the stated guidelines as given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the relevant local authorities, we shall be ensuring all the necessary health and safety protocols in our facilities, for all stakeholders. We will gradually ramp up production across facilities after taking into consideration...

Complete Peace of Mind: BMW Extended Care Service guarantees uninterrupted JOY.

BMW India has announced the roll-out of the BMW Extended Care Service campaign for its customers across the entire dealer network in the country. BMW customers can now avail comprehensive aftersales services, Pre-monsoon and electrical function and ensure their BMW is road-ready at all times. Mr. Arlindo Teixeira, acting President, BMW Group India, said, “At BMW, we are committed to providing our customers with services that deliver best-in-class care for their BMW vehicle along wit...

Hero Electric announces a first-of-its-kind 3-Day return offer on its products; extends online offer till 31st May

Hero Electric, a market leader in the electric two wheelers today announced a first-of-its kind 3-day return offer (T&C apply) on all its products (excluding Flash lead-acid low speed model) purchased during the online scheme only. Customers will be refunded the complete amount if they return the product within 3 days of purchasing. The brand also reported an unprecedented response to their online offer of special prices across India. Seeing this, Hero Electric has introduced the second p...

Datsun launches new BS6-compliant GO & GO in India

Datsun India has launched the BS6 compliant of its all-new GO and GO , the most affordable CVT-equipped (continuously variable transmission) cars in India. The new Datsun GO and GO have a 1.2-litre petrol engine and offer a maximum power of 77PS/104Nm with 5-speed manual and CVT transmission.  Commenting on the launch, Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India, said, “With the new Datsun GO and GO , we have introduced high-quality products that not only...

New Nissan KICKS 2020 goes on sale in India

Nissan India today launched and commenced bookings of the new KICKS 2020 for the Indian market. The new KICKS 2020 features the most powerful engine in its class - the Nissan Turbo – and Nissan’s widely-acclaimed X-tronic CVT.   NEW Nissan KICKS 2020 Ex-Showroom Price INR* 1.5 1.5 XL 9,49,990 1.5 XV 9,99,990 1.3 Turbo MT ...

Mahindra introduces innovative finance schemes for its customers

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of the USD 20.7 bn Mahindra Group, today announced a wide variety of innovative, new finance schemes to ease the burden on its customers during these challenging times. These attractive finance schemes include customized, industry-first offerings that assure peace of mind for Mahindra customers, deliver financial flexibility and empower them to own their desired Mahindra vehicle model at their convenience. Speak...

India’s first 'Fully Connected Mid-Size Sedan,' - the new Hyundai VERNA arrives

The Spirited New VERNA is an All-rounder sedan with Human Technology Connect comprising Futuristic Design, Smart Connect, Ingenious Detailing and Superior Dynamics for new age aspirational customers. With Spectacular Premium & Sporty design, The Spirited New VERNA will come with the segment leading product offering with Intelligent Features and BS6 compliant 1.5 Gamma2 PL/ 1.5 U2 CRDI Diesel delivering Superior Power, Performance & efficiency along with Next-Generation Automatic Trans...

The Dynamic Duo: The all-new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR launched in India

BMW Motorrad India launched the all-new BMW F 900 R and the all-new BMW F 900 XR in India today. The two most-awaited motorcycles of the year will be available as completely built-up units (CBU) throughout the BMW Motorrad dealer network. The dynamic, progressive and intuitive all-new BMW F 900 R roadster conveys a sense of freedom and a modern lifestyle. The adventure sports tourer, the all-new BMW F 900 XR offers an uncompromising mix of sportiness and touring capabilities. The two new b...

Step up to the Jaguar Land Rover 'Contactless Online Purchase and Service Experience'

Jaguar Land Rover India has announced today that it has further enhanced its online purchase and service presence, creating a safe and convenient experience for its customers, from the comfort of their home. A pioneering effort, Jaguar Land Rover, through its Retailers was one of the first to introduce online purchase with “findmeacar.in” for Jaguar and “findmeasuv.in” for Land Rover. Jaguar Land Rover has now enhanced its offering by adding a comprehensive service sui...

Nissan India launches its 'Virtual Showroom' and 'Online Purchase' services

Nissan India today launched a new digital car bookings and buying service to enhance customer experience. Bringing the showroom straight to the customers’ homes, it has introduced an online booking and showroom experience for the all-new KICKS 2020. It has also made its entire Datsun portfolio available for online bookings and purchase. Commenting on this special moment, Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India said, “We are strengthening our comm...

The Panigale V4 is ready for the track with the 'Racing Accessories Package'

Ducati recommends to its enthusiastic fans the Racing accessory package for the Panigale V4, a must-have for all those who want to transform the Italian manufacturer’s super sports bike and make it even more unique and performing for use on the track. Contained within the extensive Ducati Performance catalogue, the accessory package was designed by the Ducati Design Centre and created in collaboration with important companies in the sector. Inside there are accessories designed to en...

BattRE Launches an Affordable Connected Scooter - BattRE gps:ie

             With the positive sentiment of Indian EV industry which grew by 20% in the last fiscal & witnessing a strong demand Inspite of COVID 19; BattRE Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd, a technology driven EV startup has launched BattRE gps:ie, an affordable internet connected electric scooter. BattRE has partnered with San Jose California head quartered technology company Aeris Communications with country offi...

Buy Now Pay Later: Maruti Suzuki makes car buying easier for customers

With the aim to make new car purchase easy and affordable, Maruti Suzuki India Limited today announced a partnership with Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited (CIFCL), one of the leading Non-Banking Financial Companies. The objective of this partnership is to provide customised auto retail financing solutions to retail buyers. The new solution ‘Buy Now Pay Later Offer’’ is aimed to provide customers with easy financing options.  A two-month def...

Hyundai opens showrooms & workshops: Driving industrial wheels towards progress

Hyundai Motor India Ltd., country’s first Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and the largest exporter since inception, announced the opening of 806 Showrooms (Dealership & Rural Sales Outlets) and 863 Workshops across India, in compliance with Government Authorities.  Commenting on the Opening of Dealerships, Mr. Tarun Garg, Director – Sales, Marketing & Service, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “Towards our effort to support the country’s objective ...

The new RAPID 1.0 TSI, new SUPERB and the all-new KAROQ premiere at the first ever ŠKODA AUTO India Virtual Conference

The pioneering ŠKODA AUTO India Virtual Conference witnessed the unveiling of the new RAPID 1.0 TSI, the luxurious new SUPERB as well as the newest member of its SUV family: the all-new KAROQ at a starting price of INR 7.49 lacs, INR 29.99 lacs and INR 24.99 lacs respectively. ŠKODA AUTO India put forth its powertrain and fuel strategy in view of the Bharat Stage 6 emission norms and safety standards while demonstrating a new range of Turbocharged Stratified Injection (or TSI) e...

Triumph Tiger 900 pre-booking now open - online bookings available across dealerships

Iconic British premium motorcycle brand, Triumph motorcycles has started bookings for its upcoming motorcycle – the new Tiger 900. The adventure motorcycle is one of the most anticipated products from the British marquee this year; Triumph currently leads the premium adventure motorcycle segment in the country with its Tiger range of products. The new Tiger 900 is a quantum leap ahead from its predecessor taking the adventure motorcycle game in the country notches ahead. The BS VI co...

Okinawa announces custom hand painting service for its E-Scooter buyers

Okinawa, a leading electric two-wheeler manufacturing company with a focus on “Make in India” has announced new custom hand painting service for its e scooters and future products as well. The scooters are hand painted by professional artists with premium quality of colors based on the custom theme selected by the buyer. Every theme is designed by hands to highlight the particular details on the scooter. To further give a personalized touch to the design, one can also get his or h...

Mercedes-Benz drives in over 1000 BHP in a day; launches the AMG C 63 Coupé & AMG GT R Coupé in India

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, today, strengthened its position in the luxury performance segment by adding two new models to its coveted high-performance AMG line-up. The Born Bold – AMG C 63 Coupé and by the racers for the racers– AMG GT R Coupé are the latest additions to the Mercedes-AMG portfolio in India. With the introduction of these two new AMGs, Mercedes-Benz India firmly underlines its strong presence in the p...

GWM announces Senior Leadership for its Indian subsidiary

GWM, a global auto manufacturer that made a bold foray at the 15th edition of Auto Expo - The Motor Show 2020, today announced the appointment of Mr. James Yang as President for the Indian subsidiary of GWM. The company has also appointed Mr. Parker Shi as Managing Director for the Indian subsidiary of GWM. Mr. James Yang brings in rich experience in the areas of R&D, project and marketing management and will be leading the entire GWM India project with major focus on R&D...

Kia Motors India introduces the refreshed Seltos

Kia Motors India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation, today introduced the refreshed Seltos at an attractive price starting at INR 9.89 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). After the tremendous success of Kia’s debut product in India, the company has launched the newer and advanced version of the Seltos with additional features to further strengthen its position as India’s most popular mid-SUV. The refreshed Seltos now comes equipped with 10 novel and exciting fe...

Suzuki Motorcycle India introduces ‘Suzuki at your Doorstep’

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two-wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan has launched ‘Suzuki at your Doorstep’ program, a doorstep sales and after sales service platform to ensure meeting the customer demand, during and post Covid-19 lockdown. The Suzuki at your doorstep program will be integrated within SMIPL’s official website https://www.suzukimotorcycle.co.in, and will enable customers to buy, test-ride and o...

MG Motor India joins hands with TATA Power to deploy Superfast chargers at select MG dealerships

Initiating the next phase of EV revolution in India, MG Motor India has today, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility. As part of the association, Tata Power will deploy 50KW DC Superfast chargers at select MG dealership locations and offer end-to-end EV charging solutions to MG dealerships spread across India. Through this association, MG Motor aims to lay a specific focus on the key target cities they will be foraying in...

Rapido resumes operations in almost 100 cities

Rapido has resumed operations in close to 100 cities, starting June 3, 2020, as per the guidelines announced by the Government for Unlock 1.0. Being the most affordable, convenient and accessible last mile connectivity option for millions of users, they are geared to ensure the safety and protection of their customers as well as of their Captains (driver partners). They will be closely monitoring the adherence of all mandatory and hygiene guidelines issued by the authorities by...

Maxxis India resumes partial production at Sanand plant

Maxxis India, announced partial resumption of its manufacturing operations at the Sanand, Gujarat plant with restricted manpower. The manufacturing unit will operate under COVID-19 safety guidelines, after the Ministry of Home Affairs and Gujarat State Government stated a few relaxations in the state. Maxxis India had shut the operations of its manufacturing facility on 23 rd March 2020 for a period of 42 days following Government order of a complete lockdown in the country. Comm...

Mahindra launches customised vehicle ownership schemes for Covid caretakers

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, has pledged its support to the frontline Covid caretakers and essential service providers, who are providing unparalleled support during this ongoing Covid pandemic, by offering a host of affordable finance schemes on all its vehicles.  As an industry first, the company has rolled out its offers to an entire range of essential service providers that includes Journalists/Media Profes...

All-new BMW X6 launched in India

BMW Group India launched the third generation BMW X6 in India. The all-new BMW X6 blends agile and versatile driving dynamics with a crisply expressive design language, enduring the extrovert presence of an edgy Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). Available as completely built-up units (CBU) the all-new BMW X6 can be booked at all BMW dealerships. Mr. Arlindo Teixeira, acting President, BMW Group India said, “BMW established the SAC segment with the introduction of the BMW X6 and still cont...

Triumph Motorcycles launches all-new Black editions of its popular Bonneville T100 and T120

Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British premium brand launched the all-new Black Editions of its popular Bonneville T100 and T120 today in India. Like the iconic original Bonneville T120 and the T100 that enjoyed global success thanks to its heart-stopping looks and game-changing performance, the new Bonneville T100 and T120 Black are perfectly in tune with today’s desire for authenticity, character and capability. The T100 and T120 Black are the latest additions to the contemporary Bon...

Royal Enfield launches its first ever women’s apparel range in India

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, today announced the launch of its first ever apparel and riding gear range, exclusively for women in India. Available online at store.royalenfield.com and at the select stores in Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, this concise first collection is anchored by a clutch of riding jackets, trousers, gloves & helmets with a complement of t-shirts, shirts and jeans. The value for money apparel range priced...

Harley-Davidson's new colour-wise price list is out

Harley Davidson, America’s leading premium bike manufacturer, that has sold thousands of units in India, since its arrival here, in 2009, just announced its updated pricelist along with new prices for their Street Rod model. Check it out here...     Harley-Davidson MY20 Price List   Family Model - MY20 BS VI Color Ex-showroom Street STREET 750 ...

Sell your luxury car in 29 Minutes with Big Boy Toyz

Big Boy Toyz’ owner Jatin Ahuja has introduced an effortless way of selling your old car. The initiative comes as a response to the ongoing pandemic and the impact it has had on many. Their ‘Sell Your Car in 29 Minutes’ campaign involves only 3 simple steps, mainly having you to book an appointment, wait for an instant 151-check point evaluation, ending with easy and quick on-spot payment. With this new concept, BBT attempts to limit the interaction between a buyer and a ...

All New CRETA leads the way in unlocked India, records over 30 000 bookings

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), has re-established its supremacy in the SUV segment with All New CRETA clocking over 30 000 bookings since launch and topping sales charts in May to lead the Indian market in Unlock 1.0.  Commenting on the achievement Mr. Tarun Garg, Director (Sales, Marketing and Service), Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “ All New CRETA has introduced many Industry firsts, becoming an instant hit among customers at launch. Unlocking this achi...

Range over marks 50 years of All-Terrain innovation and Luxury with exclusive new Limited Edition

Range Rover today celebrates 50 years of pioneering innovation, peerless refinement and unparalleled all-terrain capability with the introduction of the new Range Rover Fifty. The original luxury SUV has defined the market since 17 June 1970 and, five decades on, the Range Rover has evolved to become a family of desirable and capable luxury vehicles. Its compelling blend of design, refinement and engineering innovation has ensured its place as the benchmark for all luxury SUVs. Over i...

Mercedes-Benz India launches its largest & most luxurious SUV, the new GLS

Mercedes-Benz, India’s largest luxury car manufacturer today launched the newest generation of the GLS – popularly referred to as the S-Class of SUVs. The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz and offers the customer more space, more comfort, more tech, and more luxury. The new GLS features the most cutting-edge technology offered by any SUV on Indian roads and combines luxury with the character of a true off-roader...

BMW introduces a new brand design in India with #JustCantWait campaign

BMW Group announced the introduction of its new brand and corporate identity for online and offline communications in India. The BMW, BMW i and BMW M communication logos have been completely reworked, with a new logotype and new design principles. The BMW brand now delivers on the expectations and visual style of today and is better suited for the digital age. #JustCantWait is the first communication campaign in India to reflect the new brand design. In the current challenging market scena...

Honda Cars India commences production of All New 5th Generation Honda City in India

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, has commenced the production of its most awaited All-New 5th Generation Honda City in India. The car is being manufactured at its Greater Noida plant in Uttar-Pradesh. The company’s plant had resumed manufacturing operations from mid-June following all government regulations and company’s safety protocols for COVID-19 prevention. The launch of the 5th Generation Cit...

Audi India opens bookings for the all-new Audi RS 7 Sportback

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the commencement of bookings for the all-new Audi RS 7 Sportback. In its second generation, the Audi RS 7 Sportback offers improved performance and efficiency. Deliveries of the performance model will commence from August 2020 and this wide-bodied five-seater can be booked with an initial amount of INR 10 Lakhs.   Exclusivity, customization and personalization are key to the all-new Audi RS 7 Sportback. Customers can book ...

Hyundai Powers Elantra with New Diesel BS-VI Engine

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMI), country’s first Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and largest exporter since inception, today launched the highly awaited Advanced Premium Sedan - Elantra with new Diesel BS6 Powertrain options. The company’s Future Ready powertrains such as the robust and proven 1.5 l U2 CRDi Diesel BS6 with 6-Speed Automatic & Manual transmission options offered on Elantra, provides customers an exclusive combination of performance and efficienc...

Gemopai launches India's first 'Social Distancing Scooter'

Gemopai Electric, a joint venture between Goreen E-Mobility and Opai Electric, today announced the launch of India’s first social distancing electric scooter, Miso, a mini electric scooter available at an ex-showroom price of INR 44,000. The company has started the pre-bookings of the scooter, which comes with a range of up to 75 km per charge and charges up to 90% in 2 Hours. A Made in India product, Miso is locally manufactured, with the exception of the battery, as the cells ...

Kia Motors ranked #1 brand in industry in J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study

Kia ranked number one in the industry today by J.D. Power in the 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), with a reported 136 problems per 100 vehicles. And for the sixth consecutive year, Kia is the number one mass-market automotive brand.  Kia’s continued success in IQS was led by having two models – Forte and Soul -- included among the top 10 vehicles in the industry. Kia also had segment-best performances from Forte, Sedona (Known as Carnival in India), Sorento and Soul....

Land Rover Defender means business: Hard Top name returns for new commercial model

Land Rover has confirmed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models will restore the Hard Top name to its rugged 4x4 family.  The versatile and durable Defender Hard Top will be launched later this year, combining unstoppable all-terrain capability with 21st-century connectivity to give professionals a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and premium comfort. The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Ro...

The Agile Achiever: The all-new BMW S 1000 XR now in India

BMW Motorrad India has launched its internationally best-selling adventure sport bike, the all-new BMW S 1000 XR in India. The new bike can be ordered as a completely built-up unit (CBU) from today onwards throughout the BMW Motorrad dealer network.  The all-new BMW S 1000 XR makes no compromises. It’s an all-days sports bike that uniquely blends sporty and long-distance performance in perfect form. Its sporty aggressiveness comes from the RR. Its outstanding GS ergonomics with ...

All-new Audi RS 7 Sportback drives in

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the all-new Audi RS 7 Sportback in India. More versatile than ever before, the Audi RS 7 Sportback is now available as a wide-bodied five-seater and showcases improved performance along with enhanced efficiency delivered by a mild hybrid system. Highly customizable, the Audi RS 7 Sportback is priced from INR 1.94 Crore. Customer deliveries commence in August 2020. Commenting on the launch, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Hea...

Pioneer India to launch three Head Unit Receivers with Amazon Alexa built-in to revolutionize car infotainment

One of the leading brands in car infotainment, Pioneer, is launching 3 Car AV Receivers with Alexa built-in, under the names, DMH-Z6350BT (6.8-inch Car Stereo), DMH-ZS9350BT (9-inch Car Stereo) and DMH-ZF9350BT (9-inch Floating Display Car Stereo). While the prices of these products are yet to be announced, there is no doubt about their utility. Created with Alexa, the cloud-based voice service from Amazon, these brand new car AV receivers are excellent for multitasking and have been des...

Jaguar Land Rover develops contactless touchscreen to help fight bacteria and viruses

New contactless touchscreen technology developed by Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Cambridge will help keep drivers’ eyes on the road and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses in a post COVID-19 world. The patented technology, known as ‛predictive touch’, uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user’s intended target on the touchscreen – whether that’s satellite navigation, temperature controls or entertainment settings &ndash...

Rolls-Royce releases interactive game inspired by Wraith Kryptos

In honour of the newly unveiled Wraith Kryptos Collection, Rolls-Royce today launches an entertaining and interactive online game, for members of the public and enthusiasts around the world to enjoy. Players can access the game at rolls-roycemotorcars.com from 12pm BST on 23rd July, where they can take part in a cryptic challenge, consisting of four levels, each getting progressively harder. The first ten individuals to complete the game will receive their very own personalised...

Thierry Bolloré announced as new Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover

Mr Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover plc announced that Mr Thierry Bolloré has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, effective 10 September 2020. Mr Chandrasekaran said: “I am delighted to welcome Thierry to Jaguar Land Rover. An established global business leader with a proven track record of implementing complex transformations, Thierry will bring a wealth of experience...

Jawa riding experience amped up with the BS-VI models

Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd. has begun the delivery of BS-VI models of Jawa and Jawa forty two through its dealership network across the country. Both models are now available for display, test rides and booking at the following Jawa dealership. Both Jawa and Jawa forty two continue to sport the 293cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine. Both bikes now feature India’s first cross port technology that increases the volumetric efficiency of the engine by ...

BS-VI KTM 250 Duke with all new LED headlamps and Supermoto mode launched

KTM, India’s fastest growing premium motorcycle brand, has upgraded the KTM 250 DUKE. The quarter litre champion has been a strong player in the performance motorcycle segment since its launch. It is now upgraded with the highly desired, aggressively styled full LED headlamp unit with DRL’s, dual-channel ABS with Supermoto mode, all new colors – Dark Galvano & Silver Metallic, and one touch start functionality. The quarter litre KTM 250 DUKE combines maximum...

Nissan decodes the design elements of 'Nissan Magnite concept'

Nissan India today highlighted the design philosophy behind Nissan Magnite concept. Designed to ignite the imagination and aspirations of those who desire to thrive, the Nissan Magnite concept packs a premium offering and a stylish design, which makes for a strong road presence. Kei Kyu, Future Design Director, Nissan Motor Corporation said, “We closely studied Indian and Japanese cultures for a car whose design sensibilities bring together the best of both worlds. In ...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches sporty new Fortuner TRD Limited Edition

The Fortuner needs no introduction and to celebrate the success of this icon, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched the Limited Edition of the Sporty New Fortuner TRD in the Indian market. TKM has leveraged the heritage of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to bring a sporty appeal to the Fortuner TRD. The Limited Edition is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 Automatic Transmission (diesel) variants in dual-tone stylish exterior, stunning dual-tone dashboard and rugged ...

Kia Motors unveils the Sonet – an all-new smart urban compact SUV

Kia Motors Corporation, one of the world’s largest automakers, revealed the Kia Sonet to the world today in a digital presentation. Manufactured at Kia’s state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the Sonet is Kia’s all-new smart urban compact SUV, and the brand’s latest made-in-India global product after the Seltos. The new Sonet marks Kia Motors’ entry into the burgeoning compact SUV segment, and sets new benchmarks with its first-in-cla...

Renault India attracts new dealerships during April-July with 17 new Sales And Service touchpoints

Renault India announced the addition of 17 new sales and service touchpoints, which include 14 showrooms and 3 workshops across India. The aggressive network expansion is part of a strategic business focus to grow the brand across existing and emerging markets. The new facilities are located in Himachal Pradesh (4 facilities), Telangana (3 facilities), Rajasthan (2 facilities), Uttar Pradesh (2 facilities), Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Wi...

Rolls-Royce reveals significant engineering advances developed for new Ghost

The first Goodwood Ghost reflected a layer of clients who use their Rolls-Royce in a completely unique way. These men and women required a motor car able to offer an impeccable chauffeur-driven experience as well as a vibrant dynamic personality when they chose to drive it themselves. In 2009, when the first Ghosts entered the market, this collective of business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs were unanimous in their feedback that the marque had created a product that balanced their reque...

Suzuki Motorcycle India salutes the spirit of frontline workers this Independence Day

Saluting the spirit of India’s frontline Pandemic warriors, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan today launched Independence Day campaign, #ParkForFreedom. The campaign consists of a digital film featuring Indian citizens revving their stationery vehicles and requesting people not to step outside their homes on 15th August unless it is absolutely essential. The heartwarming campaign where the so...

Triumph launches the Street Triple ‘R’ in India at INR 8.84 Lakhs

Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British premium brand launched its definitive street fighter - the 2020 Street Triple R, the mid-spec variant of the Street Triple RS in India today. The 2020 Triumph Street Triple ‘R’ is a more accessible and affordable streetfighter that comes with class defining specifications, cutting-edge ride-enhancing technology, and a high performance 765 cc BS-VI engine.  It features all-new bodywork, including fly screen, air intake, side panels, and ...

TOYOTA GAZOO racing comes to India to enthrall motorsports enthusiasts

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the introduction of TOYOTA GAZOO e-Racing (TGR) in India to connect with motorsports enthusiasts and provide them with engaging avenues surrounding the brand. TGR is Toyota’s racing company that is associated with several motorsports activities across the world as the basis of a quest to make ever-better cars, as well as to make motorsports and sports cars more accessible and enjoyable across generations. The e-motorsport activity is one of t...

Audi India introduces one App for ‘All Things Audi’

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the next big step in its Digitalization journey with the roll-out of the enhanced ‘myAudi Connect’ App for Audi customers. In a first, the ‘myAudi Connect’ App will also cater to potential customers and Audi fans.  With exciting customer-centric features, this latest version of the App offers several additional functions including a login for Audi Club India members, payment options to enable i...

Volvo Car India introduces ‘Freedom from Hassle’ on XC40 to celebrate the spirit of India’s independence

It is now easier to buy an XC40 T4 R-Design as Volvo Car India today introduced ‘Hassle-Free Offer’ on the award-winning luxury SUV. Volvo XC40 is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 39.90 lakh, but under ‘Hassle-Free Offer’ customers can buy the car at a special offer price of Rs. 36.90 lakh and receive complimentary accessories worth Rs 1 lakh as well.  With this offer, Volvo Car India is augmenting the buying experience of customers as they can simply wa...

Jaguar Classic will celebrate 60 years of E-Type in 2021 with Anniversary Tribute Edition

Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection. Each pair of E-type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961. An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8 l Fixed-Head Coupe registered &lsquo...

Isuzu Motors India in partnership with TVS Automobile Solutions inaugurates first multi-brand service facility

Japanese Vehicle manufacturer, Isuzu Motors India and TVS Automobile Solutions (TASL), a leader in providing automotive aftermarket solutions inaugurated a ‘multi-brand’ “MyTVS” facility at Torque Isuzu in Ahmedabad. This facility will deliver multi-brand services under the brand – “MyTVS”. As an industry first, under this partnership programme, ISUZU dealer partners who have additional capacity can opt to become franchisee...

KIA reveals new design for fastback Stinger

Kia Motors Corporation has released the first images of the upgraded Kia Stinger today, revealing a refreshed design for the high-performance fastback sports sedan. Changes to the appearance of the enhanced model amplify its gran turismo character, while improving cabin quality and giving owners more choice of color and material.  The upgraded model boasts a range of design updates, inside and out. Outside, the changes add a new touch of drama to the car’s design and g...

Ford welcomes Festive season with Freestyle Flair Edition

Adding to the joy of the upcoming festive season, Ford India expanded its Ford Freestyle model lineup with the edition of a new, top-of-the-line variant, Freestyle Flair. The new Freestyle Flair is available at an attractive, introductory price of INR 7,69,000 for petrol variant while at INR 8,79,000 for the diesel engine powered variant. “Ford Freestyle has been a benchmark compact utility vehicle, thanks to its affable design, value-for-money credentia...

Tata Motors assures customer safety with its new initiative - ‘Sanitised by Tata Motors’

Tata Motors, India’s leading auto brand, today announced the launch of its new initiative – ‘Sanitised by Tata Motors’ to assure customers about the highest standards of safety being followed in their car dealerships, nationwide. With this novel initiative, customers will be delivered a fully sanitised new vehicle from the Tata Motors dealerships. Specially designed labels confirming ‘Sanitised by Tata Motors’ will be pasted on the vehicle...

Honda Amaze crosses 4 Lakh cumulative sales milestone in India

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), a leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today announced that its popular family sedan Honda Amaze has cumulatively sold 4 lakh units since its first introduction in the country in 2013. The Amaze, now in its second-generation, is currently Honda’s largest selling model in India and enjoys a strong market position in its segment. The brand Amaze was conceptualized keeping in mind the ever-evolving needs and aspirations of In...

Hyundai Creta sets a new benchmark, crosses 5 Lakh sales in domestic market

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), country’s First Smart Mobility Solutions provider and the largest exporter since inception announced an impressive feat for  Hyundai Creta achieving the 5,00,000 domestic sale milestone. Commenting on the achievement,  Mr. Tarun Garg, Director (Sales, Marketing & Service), Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, “Hyundai Creta has been the blockbuster model in the Indian Automobile industry ever since its launch in 2015. Redefining the SUV landscape in ...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor announces the theme of Toyota Urban Cruiser’s launch campaign

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today gave a sneak peek into the theme of the launch campaign – “Respect”, for the soon to be launched Toyota Urban Cruiser. Toyota Urban Cruiser, the youngest SUV in the famed Toyota line-up of SUVs, is an offering to the those who aspire to own a Toyota SUV at a young age.  The theme of the campaign stems from the target audience’s aspiration for early success in life. The SUV segment that has gained much popularity due to its bod...

Audi India announces #ReadyToDrive Service Campaign

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced its #ReadyToDrive Campaign that comprises of several new service initiatives and aftersales benefits. In line with Audi India’s customer-centric approach, this campaign includes savings on brake pads, brake discs and brake pad sensors, Audi Genuine Accessories and merchandise (including the online Audi Shop), myAudi Connect (Dongle), Extended Warranty, Service plans and Comprehensive Service Value Package.  Comm...

Mahindra unveils the All-New Thar

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the $19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today unveiled the All-New Thar, the most eagerly awaited and legendary SUV, on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day. In its all-new avatar, the Thar is a quantum leap in terms of performance, everyday comfort & convenience, technology and safety, as it stays true to its core promise of unmatched off-roading capability and builds on its iconic design.  Unveil...

CEAT announces its association with Mahindra for the launch of the All New THAR

CEAT Tyres, India’s leading tyre manufacturer, announced its association with Mahindra for THE ALL-NEW Mahindra Thar. The Thar launches in two models with 16inch and 18 inch tyre sizes. CEAT will be supplying the tyres for both the models of Mahindra Thar.  CEAT’s CZAR AT tyres have been specially designed keeping in mind the aggressive styling and design of the Mahindra Thar. These tyres will provide superior control and manoeuvrability on all kinds of terrains. The CZAR ...

MG Motor India partners with Zoomcar for vehicle subscriptions

MG Motor India has partnered with Zoomcar, one of India’s largest personal mobility platforms, for vehicle subscription. Through this tie-up, MG Motor will leverage Zoomcar’s end-to-end technology solution for its vehicle subscription platform. The move will enable the carmaker in penetrating deeper into the subscription market with the futuristic technology provided by Zoomcar. The mobility platform would now be managing the subscription program on behalf of MG. The duo will e...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches an All-New Mobility Service from Toyota in India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the launch of its all-new car leasing & subscription program in India through a new vertical, Toyota’s Mobility Service (TMS) that will spearhead TKM’s future mobility initiatives in India. To start with, Toyota’s Mobility Service will provide leasing and subscription to customers in cities like Delhi-NCR, Bangalore and Mumbai & gradually expand it to ten more cities within the first year. To start with...

Tata Motors rolls out 1000th Nexon EV

Tata Motors today announced a significant milestone in the electric vehicle (EV) domain by rolling out the 1000th Nexon EV from its plant in Pune. This landmark has been achieved in just over 6-months after the commercial launch of the vehicle portraying the rapid growth in both interest and demand for EVs. Acknowledged as the most preferred electric car in India, the Tata Nexon EV is the best seller in its segment, helping Tata Motors post a market share of 62% in EVs in Q1FY21. Spea...

Okinawa begins doorstep-delivery service of e- scooters in Bangalore

Okinawa, a leading make in India electric two-wheeler manufacturing company has announced a unique home delivery service of e scooters for buyers in Bangalore City. The company aims to offer convenience to its buyers by providing this service absolutely free of cost. The brand has associated with its channel partners to enable doorstep delivery of EVs in the city. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Okinawa has been relentlessly working towards introducing easy and safe procedures to its stakehol...

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo ‘Shadow Edition’ launched in India

BMW Group India launched the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo ‘Shadow Edition’ today. The luxury tourer seamlessly unites elements of sports and comfort for customers who look for both adventure and extravagance. Locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo ‘Shadow Edition’ is available in petrol variant at all BMW dealerships across India from today onwards. Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW 3 Series Gra...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor opens bookings for the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser beginning August 22nd 2020

To aid customers plan their festive season car purchase, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced ‘bookings open’ for its much-awaited compact SUV, the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser, beginning 22nd August 2020. The Urban Cruiser which is the youngest urban SUV from Toyota in India, is built for today’s young achievers who have earned respect for their achievements & bold choices in life & who aspire to own a Toyota SUV at a young age. The la...

MG Motor launches its Pre-loved cars unit 'MG Reassure' in India

In continuation to strengthen MG customer’s trust and ownership experience, MG Motor India has launched its Certified Pre-Loved Car Vertical, 'MG Reassure,' in India. MG Reassure aims to provide quick and the best residual value for MG cars to MG customers across its dealerships. The pre-loved vehicles will be assessed through 160 quality checks to ensure the leading inspection standards and conduct all necessary repairs before their resale. As part of its continued eff...

Force Motors appoints DY Works to design brand and experience strategy for their new generation Gurkha

Force Motors, the Pune based automotive company has brought DY Works onboard to design the brand and experience for their iconic offroader Force Gurkha. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 the new generation Gurkha is BS6 compliant and completely revamped. The new Gurkha is scheduled to launch at the end of the year. Prasan Firodia, Managing Director, Force Motors, said, “There has been huge excitement and anticipation since the new Gurkha was revealed at the Auto Expo earlier ...

Honda Cars India launches refreshed New Jazz

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today launched its premium hatchback New Honda Jazz with refreshed looks, premium styling, a new flagship grade Jazz ZX along with segment leading features. Designed for the very demanding, the New Jazz exemplifies perfection in its truest form with its modern sporty styling, aerodynamic efficiency, class-leading cabin space, advanced technology and full range of safety features.  To cater to t...

Ducati launches the all new Panigale V2 in India

Luxury motorcycle brand, Ducati today announced the launch of the all-new Panigale V2 in India at a price of INR 16.99 lacs (Ex-Showroom India). The all new Panigale V2 is a beefy yet compact bike of essential design with clear-cut lines that convey power without compromising on the classic Ducati superbike flair. The Panigale V2 is equipped with a 955 cm³ twin cylinder Superquadro engine which is now BS-VI compliant, delivers more power ( 5 HP) and torque ( 2 Nm) thanks to new inject...

Tata Motors’ SOUL introduces ‘Connect with SOUL’

Tata Motors’ exclusive SUV Owners’ community – SOUL, today announced the launch of its virtual connect property - Connect with SOUL, a webinar series with an objective to Keep the Explorer spirit alive within the community members during these testing times. With this aim in mind and in a bid to strengthen ties among the SOUL members during the lockdown period, the Company is introducing a first of its kind virtual initiative for the community by setting up a series of webin...

Hyundai teases sharp New KONA and KONA N Line SUVs

Hyundai Motor Company today shared a glimpse of its upcoming new KONA and KONA N Line SUVs thatexpress Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness global design identity. The new KONA gets a wider stance and a shark-inspired nose that gives the model a sleeker look. Upgraded daytime running lamps (DRL) give it a high-tech, sophisticated style. Front skid plate and bumper add to its armored appearance. The new KONA N Line’s gets a more aerodynamic design withlow-set air intake and more agg...

Honda debuts in 180-200cc segment with muscular, sporty & advanced Hornet 2.0

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd. today made a grand entry in 180-200cc motorcycle segment with it’s all new muscular, sporty and advanced Hornet 2.0. Conceived to be an International Street Fighter, its agility complemented by a range of advanced features is expressed in its design codes while ‘Built to perform’ attitude showcases a sense of sophistication. Talking on the launch Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcyc...

BMW checks-in to the Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, to usher guests in Ultimate Luxury

BMW Group India has delivered 45 BMW cars to The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Guests of India’s premium luxury hospitality brand will experience modern luxury in the latest BMW cars during their stay. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts BMW fleet has been updated with the BMW 7 Series, the BMW 5 Series and the BMW X5 which offer the best-in-class comfort and safety.  Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “Since its inception in India, the BMW G...

Audi's most powerful SUV coupe, the new Audi RS Q8, roars into India

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of its sportiest Q, the all-new Audi RS Q8 in India. The Audi RS Q8 combines the power of an RS model with the elegance of a premium coupe and the ability of an SUV. The Audi RS Q8 is priced from INR 2.07 Crore.   Commenting on the launch, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, said, “We are thrilled to bring the record setting Audi RS Q8 to India. It’s an all-in-one model that is at home...

Ultraviolette Automotive receives Series B investment from TVS Motor Company

Following the successful nationwide unveiling of its high-performance motorcycle - the F77, Ultraviolette Automotive Pvt. Ltd., an innovator in sustainable mobility, today announced that it had received an additional investment of INR 30 Crore from TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world. This investment is part of its latest round (Series B) of funding.  To accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India, Ultraviolette...

Suzuki Motorcycle India launches new blue colour edition of Burgman Street

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of the two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, today introduced Pearl Suzuki Medium Blue No. 2 colour edition of its 125cc Premium-scooter, Burgman Street. Inspired from the legendary BURGMAN portfolio, the scooter is dressed in European Style designs giving it a premium look with a unique appeal.  The new Burgman Street offered in Pearl Suzuki Medium Blue No. 2 is equipped with a chrom...

Royal Enfield announces local assembly unit in Argentina

Royal Enfield, global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc - 750cc), today announced that it will commence local assembly of motorcycles in Argentina in partnership  with  Grupo  Simpa,  Royal  Enfield’s  local  distributor  in  the  country  since  2018.  This  is  a significant   announcement,  &...

Honda Cars India organises Body & Paint Service Camp at all dealerships across India

Honda Cars India Ltd., leading manufacturer of premium cars in India today announced a ‘Body & Paint Service Camp’ for its esteemed customers giving them a chance to give their Honda cars the same look they once fell for. This customer-centric initiative will start from 14th September 2020 and will continue till 26th September 2020 at all authorized Honda service outlets across India. The 13-day Body & Paint Service Camp will offer multiple benefits to Honda c...

Mercedes-Benz India to revise ex-showroom price of select models by up to 2% from Oct

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz India today announced an upward revision of the price of its select model range effective first week of October 2020. The price correction would be up to the range of a moderate 2%, varying across select model range. The weakening of the Indian currency compared to the euro since the past six to seven months, combined with an increase in input costs have been exerting significant pressure on the overall operations. M...

MINI Anywhere, Anytime. Switch to Online with the MINI Online Shop

MINI India has introduced the MINI Online Shop. Customers can start their journey from online to on-road by simply visiting shop.mini.in, their destination for everything MINI. They can explore the entire MINI Range, Configure a MINI of their choice, Locate the nearest MINI Dealer, Request for a Test Drive or Quotation, Calculate EMI as well as Book their favourite MINI at the click of a button. Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “Creative and optimistic by natur...

Toyota announces Ayushmann Khurrana, as Brand Ambassador for all-new #UrbanCruiser

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced leading Indian actor, singer and youth icon Mr. Ayushmann Khurrana as the Brand Ambassador for the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser, ahead of the much-awaited launch, later this festive season. With the opening of bookings, Toyota’s Youngest Urban SUV, #UrbanCruiser, is garnering great response and admiration from customers across the country. True to the brand imagery of ‘Respect’, Mr. Ayushmann Khurrana is a personality who embod...

Nissan Z Proto looks to the future, inspired by its past

Nissan today unveiled the Z Proto, signaling the company’s intent to launch a new generation of the legendary Z sports car. Shown at a virtual event beamed around the world from the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, the prototype car features a new design inside and out, as well as a V-6 twin turbocharged engine with a manual transmission. First hinted at in a video named “Nissan A-Z” in May, the Nissan Z Proto pays full respect to 50 years of Z heritage. At the same time, it&...

Kia Sonet launched in India with special introductory price starting INR 6,71,000

Kia Motors India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation, today launched its first-ever compact SUV, the all-new Kia Sonet in India. The Sonet entry-level HTE smartstream G1.2 5MT variant debuts at a competitive price of INR 6,71,000 (ex-showroom, pan-India). The made-in-India for the world Kia Sonet is being offered with the widest variety in its category in terms of powertrains and trims. In total, the Sonet is being offered across 17 variants, including two petrol engines, two...

Tata Motors rolls out new limited-period subscription offer on Nexon EV

With the festive season kicking in, Tata Motors today announced a special ‘Electrifying Subscription’ offer on the Tata Nexon EV, for a limited-period, till November 30, 2020. Available for the first 100 subscribers only, this attractive offer allows customer to avail India’s best-selling electric SUV at an all-inclusive fixed rental starting at just Rs. 34,900/- per month, without the hassles of traditional vehicle ownership such as road tax and registration, insurance rene...

Ford unveils Sport Edition of Endeavour at INR 35.10 Lakh

Donning bold, black exteriors, the much-awaited Sport Edition of Ford Endeavour is now ready to conquer any terrain. The special edition goes on sale across India at INR 35.10 lakh. Featuring a dozen impressive exterior changes, the Ford Endeavour Sport will be the new top-trim variant in the Ford Endeavour vehicle lineup, available only with an all-wheel-drive or 4X4 driveline.  “Ford Endeavour Sport in black makes a bold statement – whether it is your regular commute ...

Ducati launches all new Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro in India

Luxury motorcycle brand, Ducati today announced the launch of the all-new Scrambler 1100 Pro and the 1100 Sport Pro, priced at INR 11.95 lacs and INR 13.74 lacs respectively (Ex-Showroom Pan India). Born from the spirit of iconic style and sense of freedom – the new Scrambler 1100 Pro and 1100 Sport Pro further enriches and completes the Scrambler ‘Land of Joy’. Created for those who love to ride motorcycles even outside the city, perhaps also with a passenger, these new ...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched its youngest SUV, the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser to fortify its offerings in the segment and further cater to its growing number of young customers. The Toyota Urban Cruiser is the second model to be launched in India under the global Toyota-Suzuki alliance following the emphatic success of the premium hatchback, the Toyota Glanza. The #UrbanCruiser is designed for today’s young achievers who are aspirational and believe in the ...

Mercedes-Benz strengthens AMG portfolio, launches first-ever ‘AMG 53 series’ in India- all-new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupé

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today further strengthened its AMG portfolio with the introduction of an all-new stylish performance SUV Coupé - the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupé. The launch of the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC is a significant and strategic decision for Mercedes-Benz as it introduces for the first time in India, the much awaited ‘AMG 53 series’. The new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC Coupé that offers more power and performan...

MG Motor India unveils Gloster, India’s First Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV

MG Motor India has today introduced India’s first Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV, MG Gloster. The much-awaited Gloster comes as the carmaker’s third product in India after the Hector, India’s first Internet car and ZS EV, India’s first internet electric SUV. The MG Gloster comes with first-in-segment Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)*. Some of its pioneering features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Automatic Park...

KTM launches new colors in RC series

KTM, World’s No.1 & India’s fastest growing premium motorcycle brand, has rolled out exciting new color options in the SuperSport range. The range comprising of KTM RC 390, KTM RC 200 & KTM RC 125 gets new looks with Metallic Silver, Electronic Orange and Dark Galvano respectively. The new color options are launched in addition to the BS6 KTM range launched earlier in Feb 2020. The RC series has been successful in offering pure performance for the streets with uncompromisi...

Honda roars into mid-size motorcycle segment with global unveiling of Highness - CB350

Making a grand entry in the mid-size 350-500cc motorcycle segment, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today announced its global unveiling of the brand new H’ness - CB350. Built with 9 new patent applications, H’ness - CB350 is the 3rd BSVI model in the Honda’s BigWing portfolio – its exclusive Premium Bike vertical. Also marking their Digital presence on this global unveiling of H’ness - CB350 were Mr. Noria...

Suzuki Motorcycle India launches new liveries for the Gixxer 250 and Gixxer series

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two-wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan today launched new exciting liveries for Gixxer 250 and Gixxer series. The Company introduced Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 in New Triton Blue/Silver colour option to commemorate Suzuki’s Global 100th anniversary. The retro-inspired livery with the traditional blue and slate silver colour scheme will pay homage to Suzuki’s early Grand Prix machines of the 1960s. Enthusiasts ha...

Renault launches Kwid Neotech edition

Renault India announced the launch of the 2020 NEOTECH edition of its flagship offering KWID in 0.8L MT, 1.0L MT and 1.0L AMT variants. The limited-edition features first-in-segment stylish and fresh dual-tone exterior. Customers can choose between two colour combinations - Zanskar Blue body with Silver roof and Silver body with Zanskar Blue roof. With an incremental increase of only INR 30,000, KWID NEOTECH offers a greater value package and maximises the customer advantage, with a host of g...

Mahindra launches all-new Thar at attractive prices

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today launched the All-New Thar, the most eagerly awaited, legendary SUV, on the very day that the Mahindra Group celebrates its 75th anniversary. In its all-new avatar the Thar will be available in two trims, namely AX & LX, with prices starting at ₹ 9.80 Lakh for AX series and ₹ 12.49 Lakh for LX series (Ex-showroom Price, All India).* Within the All-New Thar’s classic silho...

Bookings for the Audi Q2 are now open

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today commenced bookings for the Audi Q2 in India. Whether for adventures off the beaten track or everyday life in the big city, the Audi Q2 is an all-rounder that will cater to the young, progressive Indian buyer. The Audi Q2 can be booked with an amount of INR 2 Lakhs.  For the best ownership experience, Audi India is offering an introductory ‘Peace of Mind’ benefit that comes bundled with a 5 year Service Package with 2 3 years ...

Yokohama India launches BluEarth-GT tyre

Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd, has launched its latest edition of the BluEarth Series - ‘BluEarth – GT’ in India. Inspired by the Grand Touring concept, GT offers the best of the both - performance and comfort. BluEarth-GT is proudly ‘Made In India’ at Yokohama India’s state of the art manufacturing unit at Bahadurgarh, Haryana. Nitin Mantri, Chairman Yokohama India said, “At Yokohama we look at the bigger picture that goes beyon...

Ducati starts production of world's first motorcycle with front and rear radar technology: the new Multistrada V4

Production of the Multistrada V4 has begun at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale: the first motorcycle to use front and rear radar technology. The Multistrada V4 marks an epochal turning point for the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer and will be officially presented on 4 November. For the fourth generation of the Multistrada, Ducati has developed a new, light and compact V4 engine, designed to meet the needs required for "adventouring" use without neglecting emotion and sp...

Suzuki Motorcycle India launches all new Suzuki Access 125 and Burgman Street with turn-by-turn navigation

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan today launched the NEW ACCESS 125 with Bluetooth® enabled digital console and the NEW BURGMAN STREET with Bluetooth® enabled digital console. The State-of-the-art technology that lets you sync your mobile phone seamlessly with your vehicle’s console, has been developed to provide features such as turn-by-turn navigation, call & SMS alert display...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor joins hands with Myles to ramp up its subscription service

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced a tie-up with Myles Automotive Technologies Pvt Ltd to expand its car subscription service for individual customers in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore. TKM offers a white-board subscription program in India through a newly launched vertical, Toyota’s Mobility Service (TMS) that will spearhead all mobility initiatives in India. With the collaboration with Myles, TKM also announced steps to provide more convenience to customers with the intr...

India’s first Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV - MG Gloster launched at INR 28.98 Lakhs

MG Motor India has launched India’s First Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV, MG Gloster, at an inaugural price starting at INR 28.98 Lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi. With its elegant design and compelling features, Gloster appeals to the segment of premium and luxury that ranges from INR 25 lakhs to INR 50 lakhs. It will be available in 4 feature-intensive variants in India, i.e. Super, Smart, Sharp and Savvy. They extend unmatched opulence to MG customers with multiple combinations suc...

Honda unveils H’ness-CB350 price ahead of Festivals

Ushering in the festive season, Honda2Wheelers India today launched the H'ness-CB350 at a special starting price of INR 1.85 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Gurugram, Haryana). Taking forward the legacy of CB brand, H'ness-CB350 comes with advanced new features and the classic old-world charm.  Elaborating on H’ness-CB350, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are overwhelmed with the ...

Mercedes-Benz's EQC heralds a new era of e-mobility and ‘sustainable luxury’ in the Indian automotive landscape

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today started the new era of future mobility in the luxury segment with the launch of Mercedes-Benz EQC. The launch of the EQC represents Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to the automotive industry’s journey towards a sustainable future and signifies a major milestone towards Mercedes-Benz’s Ambition 2039 which aims to achieve climate-neutral mobility. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first product under...

Audi India drives in Audi Q8 Celebration model for the festive season

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer today, announced a new model, the Audi Q8 Celebration as the brand prepares to kick-start the festive season in India. Priced at INR 98.98 Lakhs Ex-Showroom, the Audi Q8 Celebration is equipped with a powerful yet efficient 3.0L TFSI engine that generates 250kW (340hp) and 500Nm of torque, propelling the car from 0-100kmph in 5.9 seconds. Richly equipped, comprehensively connected and tough enough for off-road duty, the Audi Q8 55 TFSI i...

Honda Cars India introduces Special Edition of Amaze ahead of festive season

Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today announced the introduction of Special Edition of its family sedan Honda Amaze to mark the beginning of the festive season and elevate the fervor that comes with it. The Special Edition comes with new and exciting features and is based on the popular S grade in MT and CVT version of both Petrol and Diesel.   Speaking about the introduction of the ...

Mahindra introduces a new range of Accessories & Merchandise for the All-New Thar

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, today, Introduced an all-new range of accessories and merchandise for the All-New Thar. It has been put together keeping in mind the sporty and adventurous lifestyle of Thar owners and fans.  The line-up includes: ·         Exterior embellishments that dial-up the All-New Thar’s timeless design ·         Interior add-ons that give the ca...

Mahindra introduces Android Auto, Apple CarPlay in the top-end variants of the Scorpio

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, has introduced new features of Android Auto and Car Play in the top-end variants of its popular SUV Scorpio. The tech upgrade ushers it into the modern era of connected motoring & is a great value addition. It will also create a safer & more convenient driving experience for customers. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay helps organise key information from the d...

Isuzu Motors India launches BSVI compliant D-Max Regular Cab and S-Cab. Adds a new variant D-MAX Super Strong

Isuzu Motors India launched the much-awaited, BS VI compliant D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab in India, today. Expanding the commercial vehicle range, the company added a new variant D-Max Super Strong with a 1,710 kg payload, to lead its commercial vehicle range. With the addition of this new vehicle, Isuzu Motors India now offers the D-Max Regular Cab High-Ride with flat deck, D-Max Regular Cab-Chassis, S-Cab Standard-Ride, S-Cab High-Ride and the new D-Max Regular Cab Supe...

Ampere Electric partners with EV mobility start-up eBikeGO for Performance Electric Scooters

In yet another sequence of bagging orders for B2B last mile mobility, Ampere Electric, the wholly-owned electric mobility subsidiary of Greaves Cotton Ltd., today announced business partnership with eBikeGO, India’s leading electric vehicle subscription platform. Redefining the future of last mile deliveries, there has been considerable rise in demand for home deliveries & this partnership perfectly suits last mile logistics delivery support required by e-commerce players. With this...

Hero Electric launches ‘City Speed’ E Bikes for festive season

India's Largest Electric two-wheeler company, Hero Electric announced the launch of an all-new segment called ‘City Speed’ catering exclusively to the city commuters. City Speed E Bikes offer higher cruising speed and gradeability to easily ride on the flyovers and slopes. Hero's city speed scooters are therefore a perfect combination of performance and price giving the best value for money to a discerning customer. As part of the ‘City Speed’ portfolio, Her...

V4 Granturismo: Engine for the next generation of Ducati Multistrada

A new era begins in Borgo Panigale as Ducati presents to the public the new V4 Granturismo, the engine that will equip the long-awaited new generation of Ducati Multistrada, which is going to be unveiled on Wednesday 4 November. An extremely compact, lightweight, high-performance, torque-rich engine designed to meet the needs required in “adventouring” use without neglecting emotion and sportiness. Built with latest-generation technology as well as first-in-class materials a...

Royal Enfield launches ‘Make-It-Yours’ - A unique motorcycle personalization initiative

Royal Enfield motorcycles are known for their old-school, simple design that makes them the ideal canvas for customization. For decades, riding enthusiasts have personalized and customized Royal Enfield motorcycles as a means of self-expression and to ‘make it their own’. Taking this journey ahead, Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc - 750cc), today announced the roll-out of a first-of-its-kind motorcycle personalization servic...

Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition launched, boasts more adventurous and distinctive design

Kia Motors India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation, today launched the Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition to celebrate its one-year milestone in the country. The  limited edition Kia Seltos will be available exclusively in the HTX trim starting at an exciting price of INR 13,75,000 (ex-showroom, pan India). The Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition comes with many exterior and interior changes over the regular Seltos including Tusk Shape Skid plate with Silver Diffuser fins, Tang...

New Land Rover Defender launched in India from INR 73.98 Lakh

Jaguar Land Rover India, today announced the launch of the New Land Rover Defender in India. Offered with a 2.0 l (litre) Turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 221 kW (300 PS) and 400 Nm of torque, the New Defender is available in two distinct body styles, the very sporty 90 (3 door) and the versatile 110 (5 door). The New Defender 90 is priced from ₹ 73.98 Lakh and the New Defender 110 is priced from ₹ 79.94 Lakh (ex-showroom India). Deliveries of Defender 110 have now begu...

Audi Q2 arrives in India

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer today, announced the launch of its sporty all-rounder Audi Q2 in India. Perfectly suited to everyday driving and a capable companion on adventure trips, the Audi Q2 is a luxury all-rounder. The bold design with sublime cuts and creases will strike a chord with young and progressive Indian customers who want to make a statement with their choice. Sporting features usually reserved for models from a class above, the Audi Q2 is yours from INR 34,99,000 Ex...

Bajaj Pulsar NS & RS series get exciting new looks ahead of festive season

Bajaj Auto, has cranked up the thrill ahead of the festive season with the new, refreshed Pulsar NS and RS series. Inspired by trendy ‘colour blocking’ design language, the colours accentuate the agility and sportiness of the bikes. Available in fresh colours like Burnt Red (Matte finish) and Plasma Blue (Satin Finish), the new look is rounded off with white alloy wheels. Front and rear fenders are now carbon fibre textured, with a hot stamping pattern on seats adding a distinctiv...

Honda commences all India dispatches of H'ness CB350

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd today announced the commencement of dispatches of H’ness CB350 in India. Celebrating the roll-out of H’ness-CB350, a special line-off ceremony was conducted at Honda’s manufacturing plant at Manesar (Haryana). Globally unveiled in September this year, H’ness-CB350 is the 3rd BSVI model in the Honda’s BigWing portfolio in India. Available in six colors across two variants – DLX & DLX Pro, H’ness-CB350...

Hyundai exports over 2 Lakh Creta for Global Markets

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), today surpassed yet another milestone, exporting over 2 Lakh units of its ‘Made-in-India’ Creta to global markets, bolstering the government’s drive for Make in India. Commenting on the achievement, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “Launched in 2015, Creta established its supremacy as a highly aspirational brand among customers globally. The magnanimous 2,00,000 export milestone achieved ...

Mahindra’s all-new Thar crosses 15,000 bookings

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), today announced that its legendary SUV, the All-New Thar has now crossed 15,000 bookings, since its launch on October 2, 2020. Today 57% of all buyers of the All-New Thar are first time car buyers and a significantly large share of all bookings are for the Automatic variants. Commenting on the booking milestone, Veejay Nakra, Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “We&nb...

TVS Motor Company launches TVS NTORQ 125 SuperSquad Edition inspired by Marvel’s Avengers

TVS Motor Company, a reputed two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer globally, today launched the TVS NTORQ 125 SuperSquad Edition inspired by Marvel’s Avengers. The Company has associated with Disney India’s consumer products business to introduce a special SuperSquad edition of  TVS NTORQ 125 – India’s first Bluetooth connected scooter with RT-Fi technology, inspired by the iconic Marvel Super Heroes. In 2018, TVS NTORQ 125 was launched as I...

Porsche announces new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche is completing the product line-up for the new Panamera with a 700 PS (514 kW), 870 Nm flagship. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the revamped product line, combining a 571 PS (420 kW), four-litre biturbo V8 with a 136 PS (100 kW) electric motor. Its all-electric range has been increased by up to 30 per cent thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimised driving modes.  At the heart of the drive architecture is the electric motor, which is integ...

Mercedes-Benz India to make 'AMG in India'

India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today further deepened its commitment to the Indian customers, by commencing the localization of a Mercedes- AMG model in India. AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand having a wide portfolio of performance limousines, performance SUVs, SUV Coupés, and sports car in its wide portfolio in India. The AMG brand has a dedicated retail presence through the AMG Performance Centres located across Indian ...

Nissan India unveils the all-new Nissan Magnite B-SUV

Built on the philosophy of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’, Nissan India has unveiled their much-awaited B-SUV, the all-new Nissan Magnite. This is the company’s first ever product under the Nissan NEXT strategy for the Indian market, scheduled to be introduced in the second half of FY 2020-21. A true reflection of the ‘Nissan-ness’ concept that aims to empower people through breakthrough products and technologies, the all-new Nissan Magnite was unv...

Renault expands network presence to more than 415 sales and service touchpoints in India

Renault India announced the addition of 34 new sales and service touchpoints across India over last 2 months. This marks a total of more than 90 new sales and service touchpoints that Renault has added across India in less than a year. The aggressive network expansion is part of a strategic business focus to grow the brand across existing and emerging markets. The new dealership facilities are located in Madhya Pradesh Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujara...

Honda 2Wheelers achieves a new high in exports business

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) announced the exports of its next generation 125cc, advanced & stylish motorcycle - SP125 to Europe. The motorcycle is exported via the CKD route. Speaking on this achievement Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The transition from BSIV to BSVI was a challenging phase for Indian automobile industry. Honda 2Wheelers India convert...

Royal Enfield elevates the pure motorcycling experience, launches an all-new range of riding jackets

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, today announced the launch of an all-new line-up of CE certified riding jackets for riders based on multiple riding needs. Designed and carefully crafted for different weather conditions and terrains; the performance packed line-up of riding jackets is truly meant for enhancing the riding experience.  Keeping safety at the forefront Royal Enfield has ensured that these jackets meet global safety norms and are availab...

Bajaj Auto launches new CT100 version

Bajaj Auto, The World’s favourite Indian, has launched a more Kadak version of its popular motorcycle, Bajaj CT100 this festive season. The new CT100 is Kadak both in its looks and performance with its proven DTSi engine and with the addition of 8 new kadak features like front suspension bellows, rubber tank pads, fuel meter, and many more.  New Kadak features introduced in CT100 KS are:    Front Fork Suspension Bell...

Okinawa announces festive offers on its electric two wheelers in India

Okinawa, a leading electric two-wheeler manufacturing company with a focus on “Make in India” has announced attractive offers for its buyers this season. Taking the festivity, a notch up for its buyers Okinawa has unveiled a lucky draw. The draw will get lucky gifts to around 10 buyers with the first one getting a chance to take home the popular Okinawa slow speed scooter –R30 . The offer will be valid during the festive season starting October 24, 2020 to November 15, ...

Hyundai Motor India unveils first design renders of the all-new i20

Hyundai Motor India Ltd, today unveiled the first design sketches of the all-new i20, the quintessential derivation of Hyundai’s Global Design Language - ‘Sensuous Sportiness’. Deriving its futuristic and dynamic characteristics from ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, the all-new i20 brings harmony between four fundamental elements: Proportion Architecture Styling Technology The all-new i20 is designed to evoke an emotional Human - Machine interface re...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor announces launch of its first regional stockyard in India

In line with its customer-first philosophy of enabling easy access to world-class products and services to its customers, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the launch of its first regional stockyard in Guwahati. Ensuring a leaner and efficient distribution network across the region, the stockyard will further reduce delivery time from the current 13 days to a maximum of two days for furthermost dealers in the Northeast states immensely benefitting our customers. The new stockyar...

Honda 2Wheelers India expands BigWing - its exclusive premium motorcycle business network

After roaring into the mid-size motorcycle segment with its global debut of H’ness CB350, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today elevated the Go Riding spirit further for its fans in India. On one hand, Honda true to its commitment, today expanded its BigWing Topline network to 2 new cities of Mumbai & Bengaluru. Parallely, taking the festivities to full throttle, Honda also announced its Biggest Ever Festival of Savings up to Rs. 43,000 on H’ness CB350! ...

Jaguar's first All-Electric Performance SUV the I-PACE's bookings now open

Jaguar Land Rover India, today announced that it has opened bookings of its all-electric Performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE. The vehicle is fitted with the state-of-the-art 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery that delivers 400 PS from its two electric motors. The 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery comes with an 8 years or 160 000 km warranty. Additionally, I-PACE customers will benefit from complimentary 5 years service package, 5 years Jaguar Roadside Assistance as well as a 7.4 kW AC wall mounted charger. D...

TVS Motor Company launches new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V with first-in-segment features

TVS Motor Company, introduced its new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V (dual-channel ABS) motorcycle with innovative segment-first features, today. The motorcycle stands tall to its promise of delivering cutting edge technology, using years of racing experience and pedigree, to celebrate the brand’s 4 million global sales milestone. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Meghashyam Dighole, Head - (Marketing) Premium Motorcycles, TVS Motor Company said, “The Apache series has been a...

MINI John Cooper Works GP inspired Edition launched in India

MINI India introduces a new Limited Edition MINI John Cooper Works Hatch inspired by the MINI John Cooper Works GP. Offered as a Completely Built-Up unit (CBU), only 15 units of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition are available and can be booked exclusively on shop.mini.in. A tribute to the MINI John Cooper Works GP, the MINI John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition brings authentic racetrack flair to the road. An intensive expression of motor-sport passion, this Limited Editi...

Hyundai launches all-new i20

Hyundai Motor India Ltd., today launched India’smost anticipated car - the all-new i20. Through its sleek styling, futuristic design, exhilarating performance and segment leading technologies, the all-new i20 is slated to redefine benchmarks, creating yet another iconic offering for the smart Indian customer.  Commenting on the launch of ‘the all-new i20’, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “With the launch of the all-new ...

Tata Motors rolls out the 1,50,000th Nexon - India's 1st GNCAP 5 Star Rated Car

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand, today celebrated the rollout of the 1,50,000th Nexon from its Ranjangaon facility in Pune. Tata Nexon achieved the 1st 50,000 milestone on Sept’18, followed by the 1,00,000 on Sept'19. Since its launch in 2017, the Nexon has been the flagbearer of Tata Motors’ commitment to road safety. As the first car in India to receive a full 5-star adult safety rating by Global NCAP, an internationally renowned safety accreditation b...

Royal Enfield's latest cruiser - Meteor 350 - arrives

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc), today announced the launch of its all-new Easy Cruiser, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. The new Meteor 350 adds another chapter to Royal Enfield’s legacy of producing cruisers loved by their riders. Beginning in the 1990s with the Citybike then the Lightning, India’s first highway cruiser, Royal Enfield followed-up in 2002 with the first generation of the all-conquering Thunderbird. Subsequent...

Tata Motors introduces Harrier CAMO edition of its flagship SUV

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand, today announced the launch of the CAMO, a special edition of Harrier- its flagship SUV, this festive season at a starting price of INR. 16.50 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The Harrier CAMO edition is the ultimate personification of the SUV, unifying all product aspects into a single, high-presence design. The all new CAMO Green is created to stand out while blending in while the Steel Grey reflects the inner strength of the OMEGARC on which...

Mahindra begins mega delivery with 500 All-New Thars across India

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, is conducting mega delivery of 500 All-New Thars across the country, between November 7 and November 8, 2020. This marks the onset of auspicious Diwali festivities, as the mega delivery receives overwhelming response from across all regions. The deliveries are based on the sequence of bookings received for the variants that are available.  According to Veejay Nakra, CEO – Automoti...

Tata Motors launches the XM variant of the Altroz

Tata Motors, India’s leading auto brand, today announced the launch of the XM variant of its premium hatchback – the Tata Altroz. The XM variant comes with a host of exciting features such as the 17.78cm touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play & Android Auto connectivity that provides a seamless driving experience. The steering mounted controls, voice alerts, voice command recognition, R16 wheels with stylized wheel covers, remote foldable key all contribute to provide ...

Škoda Auto India introduces ‘Clever Lease’ solutions

Škoda Auto India introduced a range of innovative and competitive leasing services called 'Clever Lease'. With a gamut of flexible solutions: plain, dry, or wet lease, one can avail monthly rentals for a tenure of 24, 36, 48, and 60 months on the powerful yet efficient Škoda Rapid TSI as well as the luxurious new Škoda Superb. The monthly lease rental for Škoda model range will start at INR 22,580 and cater to retail and corporate customer...

Audi India announces price increase across model range

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer today, announced a price increase of up to 2 percent across its entire model range owing to weakening of the rupee and rising input costs.  Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, said, "At Audi India, we strive to give our customers the best, but the rising inputs costs and currency fluctuations have put a strain on our cost structures and we are forced to make amends to prices. Starting January 01, 2021 our model range will se...

Jawa crosses 50,000 motorcycles in India

Classic Legends today announced crossing the landmark 50,000 units of Jawa Motorcycles. This has been achieved in an effective 12 months of full operations, considering a complete halt during the lockdown period with near zero inventories due to the waiting period the brand commands. The 50,000-motorcycle milestone also signifies an extremely healthy uptake in demand for Jawa motorcycles in the country as it continues to expand both its production capacity as well as dealership footprint to c...

Honda crosses 1000 H’ness-CB350 deliveries in over 20 days

Celebrating the biggest vote of trust from customers, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today announced the completion of 1000 customer deliveries of H’ness- CB350 in a short span of just over 20 days since the deliveries commencement. In a very short time, the awareness, admiration & demand for the H’ness-CB350 is spreading fast across urban towns as well as to other tier I & II cities.  Making a grand entry in the mid-size ...

Renault's new B-SUV, Kiger, to be launched in India

As part of its strong product strategy and commitment to breakthrough product innovations, Renault India will expand its product range and segment presence with the launch of its new game-changer, Renault Kiger. It will be built on the same platform as Triber and will be an international launch for Groupe Renault. Renault will also introduce an all-new global engine with Renault Kiger. To share a first glimpse into what customers can expect from Renault Kiger, Renault had th...

All-new Repsol Honda editions of Hornet 2.0 & Dio unveiled

Transforming Honda’s racing DNA into sheer thrill of street riding, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today unveiled the Repsol Honda limited editions of Hornet 2.0  and India’s first motoscooter Dio. The machines of the Repsol Honda racing team inspired the graphics and design theme of these limited editions along vibrant orange wheel rims to accentuate the excitement of the racing fans in India.  Speaking about the Honda...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor expands reach to cover new emerging markets in India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), today announced that the brand has reached a new milestone of over 400 customer touch points in the country, catering to the newer emerging markets. The strategic expansion is an integral part of the company’s intense commitment towards providing best-in-class products and services to wider customer base, across the country. The company inaugurated its 401st outlet - BJS Toyota in Bellary, Karnataka thus reiterating its commitment. The newly inaugurate...

Nissan to launch the all-new Nissan Magnite in India

Nissan will reveal the price of the All-new Nissan Magnite on its launch in India on December 2, 2020. The Big, Bold, Beautiful SUV is Engineered in Japan, Inspired by India. Customers will now get to experience the all- new Nissan Magnite and book it across all the Nissan showrooms in India. “The upcoming launch of the all-new Nissan Magnite is a symbol of Nissan’s commitment to the Indian market for the discerning customers. The “Carismatic” SUV will come at a spe...

KTM lifts the covers off the all-new KTM 250 Adventure

KTM, the world’s No. 1 & India’s fastest growing premium motorcycle brand, announced the launch of the most awaited KTM 250 Adventure today. Bookings commence at KTM showrooms across the country for the KTM 250 Adventure, priced at Rs. 2,48,256 (Ex-showroom Delhi).   KTM 250 Adventure is launched with the mission of expanding the emerging and rapidly growing segment of adventure motorcycles in India. Its elder sibling, the KTM 390 Adventure captured the imagi...

All-new i20 receives magnetic customer response, records 20,000 bookings in 20 days

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), country’s First Smart Mobility Solutions provider and the largest exporter since inception, today announced an overwhelming initial response for its newly launched 4th Generation Premium Compact the all-new i20, garnering 20000 Bookings in 20 days and making over 4000 Deliveries of the all-new i20 during Diwali season. Commenting on the response, Mr. Tarun Garg, Director (Sales, Marketing & Service), Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, ...

Triumph Motorcycles opens pre-bookings for Trident 660 across all its dealerships

Iconic British premium motorcycle brand, Triumph motorcycles has started taking pre- bookings for its upcoming roadster motorcycle – the Trident 660. Based on the revered Triumph Triple cylinder engine tech, the Trident is one of the most anticipated motorcycles from the marquee, and will be the newest addition to the roadster line-up in India, which already has the Street Triple RS and the Street Triple R. The pre-bookings for the Trident 660 are open across all Triumph India d...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches new Innova Crysta

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the launch of the new Innova Crysta presenting a bold design and practicality of an MPV  elevating its unique personality. The new Innova Crysta is loaded with a host of unmatched features and a savvy new connected infotainment system. The new Innova Crysta gets a cooler & tougher exterior with features such as a new trapezoidal piano black grille with chrome ornamentation that smoothly merges into the headlamps, a sharper front bumper ...

Porsche Taycan drifts into the Guinness World Records™ book

The Porsche Taycan has entered the Guinness World Records™ for the longest drift with an electric vehicle. The scene of the world record was the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) Hockenheimring. Porsche instructor Dennis Retera did 210 laps on the 200 metre-long drift circle without the front wheels ever pointing in the same direction as the curve: after 55 minutes the sideways expert had covered a total of 42.171 kilometres. By completing this marathon distance, Retera secured the world ...

Rolls-Royce lights up Black Badge family with ‘Neon Nights’ paint trilogy

Neon Nights is a vibrant trilogy of Rolls-Royce Black Badges, whose inspiration come from nature. The newly developed Bespoke paint is applied to the Balck Badge variants of Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan - the darker and edgier 'enfants terribles' of the Rolls-Royce family. Taking cues from the natural world, including an Australian green tree frog, a Hawaaian tree flower and an exotic butterfly, these limited hues show Black Badge bolder in colour, appealing to patrons around the world w...

Driving Mr. Lazy! (Part II)

Ever since I can remember, there have been two very important maxims that I’ve always tried to live my life by. To paraphrase, one of them is “treat people the way you’d like to be treated” and the other is “a person’s true character is always revealed by the way in which they treat those in the service industry”. The latter mainly engineered for those in constant interaction with every sort of personal service provider, from domestic h...

Hrithik’s new ride is a bed of roses: Dilip Chhabria

Bollywood heartthrob, Hrithik Roshan, waltzed into fans’ hearts with his awe-inspiring dance moves in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai almost two decades ago, and the rest, as they say, is history. Few other stars have tasted the stardom and the hysteria that followed this young actor. Hrithik, with his Greek God looks, continues to be an enviable actor in Bollywood with an ultra-privileged lifestyle, and his garage boasts of some of the finest and shiniest metal out there. The star has...

From Virtual Racing to Circuit Racing

Amith Kutti’s journey from being a gaming enthusiast to being invited to be mentored by India’s first Formula 1 racer, Narain Karthikeyan, and to train and test with Volkswagen Motorsport India, is truly stuff that dreams are made of. After winning the championship, Karthikeyan, went on to call Kutti, “The fastest gamer in India.” At a time when COVID-19 cast a gloom worldwide, and what has now turned out to be an unprecedented lockdown period, 16-year-old, Kutti, was ...

What’s so lifestyle about automobiles anyway?

Can you imagine Mr. Bean in a Hummer? Or Arnie jumping off a bridge in The Terminator astride a…wait for it…Vespa? In either case, the ludicrousness of the picture the mind is painting for you at my words is probably making you smile, if not laugh. Now just stop for a second and ask yourself, why. It is just not them, is it? And that pretty much sums up one of the most obvious, yet frequently ignored aspect, of the vehicle purchasing process. The question of lifestyle,...

Auto Ads: Why should boys have all the fun?

Imagine watching an ad for an SUV brand. It starts with the whirring of an engine, the car treading through the bumpy rifts of a picturesque valley in Himachal; captured beautifully through a drone shot. A cool SUV with a sun roof, an immersive audio setup, intuitive temperature control—the features start to get more pronounced. Every other paraphernalia to make the driver look ‘cool and free-spirited’ gradually makes its way into the frame. The SUV accelerates and ends up i...

Fuel for fans

No, this isn’t a usual article about a car or a bike and its innards. This is actually about a part of the automotive industry that is often ignored – Merchandise. The year was 2006 and I had been deputed to head for my first ever international assignment. It was a plum assignment too, especially for a dyed in the wool motorsport enthusiast. My job was to cover the F1 race in Bahrain and as a guest of Gulf Air, the title sponsor of the Bahrain GP, I had a free pass into the pad...

For the biker in you

Ever been to a biker meet? It’s never a simple ride out, is it? You need to dress up for it, because if you don’t, you will feel more out of place than if you were dressed up as Rudolph at a black-tie event. The thing is, and there are many who will vehemently deny this, but bikers love their look. There, I said it. That brings me to the question… what exactly is this “Biker Look”?  At the dawn of motorcycling there was no such thing as a “Biker Lo...

In defence of the Defender

Most people will tell you Born Free when you ask them which is the first film you’ll associate the Land Rover Defender with, and they’d be wrong. Brand Land Rover did play a crucial role in the movie starring Virginia McKenna as Joy Adamson and Bill Travers as George Adamson, the couple that saved Elsa the lioness. In fact my first memory of a Landie is that particular film. Yet, you’d be inaccurate to associate that Land Rover with the Defender. The thing is, the ...

Culture Club

Every biker worth his salt would have at some point heard of the Ace Café. Having been there and spent some time there I can tell you that from a sheer glam perspective, this old school café on London’s North Circular Road is quite unremarkable. No fancy baristas, no posh decorations and certainly not the kind of place where you’d take the miss (or missus) on a coffee date. Yet, Ace Café is legend. You see, back in the mid- to late 1950s, this transport café with its huge parking lot ...

Hello, Baden-Baden

Nestled on the fringes of Germany’s famed Black Forest region lies the spa town of Baden-Baden. Its regional, natural beauty, and the fact that it boasts more than 1000 hiking routes, 630km of cycling and mountain bike trails and 10 lakes makes it a magnet for city slickers. For a while in between, it even got pigeon-holed as a spot for the more gentrified and geriatric, but now, it has finally managed to shed that image.  Today, Baden-Baden, has transformed herself from a ...

The first step is to get production started on a sustainable basis: R.C. Bhargava

The last few weeks have been unprecedented and unpredictable, as the country went into a sudden and complete lockdown to flatten the COVID-19 curve and all economic activities came to a halt from March 25, 2020. Naturally, production of vehicles was also stopped and the facilities of India's largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India, fell silent. Now, as the lockdown has been eased and factories are again allowed to resume production, the big question is how to revive demand in a market wher...

Nissan KICKS 2020 is here

Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL), has been present in India for almost fifteen years now. In fact, it boasts a portfolio of two brands, Nissan and Datsun, and has also set up an R&D Center with its global alliance partner, Renault, near Chennai. Over the years, Nissan, has offered us a mixed bag of exciting products for the Indian market that have included hatchbacks, MUVs, SUVs and sedans. Who can forget the Nissan X-Trail and the Nissan Teana? Recently, they introduced the n...

Sound of music

Pioneer Corporation, which has an 80-year-old history has wowed generations with their entertainment systems. A company that started off producing speaker sound, continues to be the oldest in the car entertainment space. As technology got savvier, Pioneer, also has continued to find new ways to stay ahead in the game. “Every year Pioneer introduces a new technology and gets numerous patents,” says Gaurav Kulshrestha, Marketing Head and Product Manager, Pioneer India. According to ...

Is 'Lean' getting 'Mean' for auto?

Yes, of course, and we mean that quite literally. The COVID pandemic has opened doors for auto makers to streamline their supply chains and ready themselves for future mobility to become both, leaner and meaner. The automotive industry is in a transitional phase towards electric mobility and industry experts believe that this is an apt time to review, reflect and redefine supply chain strategies, and get a leaner approach across the product development cycles. They believe that cost and opera...

Scrap Trap

Owing to the severe impact on the overall sales of automobiles in India, following the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian automotive sector is pinning its hopes on the long-awaited Vehicle Scrappage Policy to spur the growth of the sector. While the policy is expected to be before the Union Cabinet for approval, industry experts believe that the benefits of the policy can only be achieved by incentivizing purchase of new vehicles in exchange for scrapping older ones. However, despit...

Life by Design

Professor Gerry McGovern, Design Director & Chief Creative Officer, Land Rover, was conferred with the title of OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen of England, for his invaluable contribution to the field of Automotive Design, over the last four decades. From having designed the Range Rover Evoque to the Range Rover Velar to the Discovery Sport and most recently, the much talked about, Land Rover Defender, he sure doesn't seem to be i...

Industry mulls deep localisation to reduce dependency on China

The ongoing standoff between India and China and the subsequent sentiment towards boycotting Chinese products is expected to provide further fillip to Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s campaign for an #Atmanirbhar, (Self-reliant) India. Joining the bandwagon is the Indian automobile components industry – a significant importer of Chinese products, it is now looking at strategies to reduce its dependency by localizing products.  According to Automotive Component Manufa...

Chinese investments in India to come under scanner: Sources

Investments from China in the automobile sector are expected to come under the scrutiny of the Indian government, according to reliable sources in the industry. This is in light of the current political situation between India and China, following which the Maharashtra government announced that it has put on hold the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese auto makers Great Wall Motors (GWM) and PMI Electro Mobility Solutions (joint venture with Foton). When contacted, GWM India did...

Vehicle recycling centers await clarity on scrappage policy

By 2025, the number of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) is expected to increase by a whopping 250 percent and is touted to be over 21.8 million from 8.7 million ELVs that were reported in 2015. Despite a constant rise in these numbers, India, currently lacks presence of formal vehicle recycling centers, and continues to be completely dependent on smaller, semi-formal units that are known to deploy unhealthy methods of dismantling and recycling of vehicles. As the number of ELVs is expected to incr...

Coming Soon (Cars)

Though the Indian automotive scene did face some headwinds due to the slowdown followed by the Coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers across the country are now trying to steady their ships and surge ahead as the ‘new normal’ takes over. With a steady stream of launches scheduled in the coming months, leading up to the festive season, a time when many new automobile purchases are made in India, we bring you a selection of cars that auto manufacturers are gearing up to launch.  ...

Coming Soon (Bikes)

Calling the two-wheeler market “the heartbeat of the country” would be an understatement. Afterall, the last four years saw India selling around 20 million units per year.  Despite 2019 witnessing a downslide due to the anticipation of BS-VI emission norms, that were introduced earlier this year, and with the Coronavirus pandemic playing party pooper, the projection for 2020 has been more conservative. However, the good news is that markets are recovering faster than exp...

Rural green shoots for automakers as demand surges in June 2020

At a time when the automobile sector is witnessing an unprecedented sales disruption due to COVID-19, rural markets have brought some cheer. While the urban customers continue to face unprecedented income uncertainty due to widespread job losses and consequent income disruption, the uninterrupted rural economy is where green shoots have appeared, which has resulted in a cross section of vehicle dealers, manufacturers and financers wooing the rural customer.  Following a stringent nati...

Nissan logo gets a minimalist makeover

Logos are an important part of a product’s brand identity, not only do they help a brand stand out from the competition, but also facilitate customer loyalty. Over the last 18 months, the driving forces for change in logo and brand transformation have been the journey towards electrification, as well as the digital age, where a logo not only adorns a car but is used across all communication touchpoints and on social media. For Nissan, the motivation to undertake this brand transformatio...

Turbocharged petrol powertrains galore

India is a unique market because we are the only country in the world where sub-4-metre vehicles with petrol engines lesser than 1200cc receive excise benefits. Now, if that wasn’t already a big challenge for the automobile manufacturers, the new stringent BS-VI emissions have forced many to go back to the drawing board and look at the turbocharged petrol engines as an option. Yes, this technology isn’t new and has been around for a while, but in India manufacturing this powertrai...

Personal mobility takes center stage

Travel isn’t going to be the same for a while and that’s a given. Whether it is your daily commute, getting from point A to point B, or that long awaited holiday break that you were so desirous of embarking on, everything is now going to be a new transformed version of what we’ve been used to in the past.  Following the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, travel and transportation was most significantly impacted. While the rest of the world stayed home, people as...

Used cars to lead auto revival

Millennials are keen to buy used cars in order to travel safely to work as well as for their leisure in the Post-Covid world. In fact, an OLX Study, OLX Auto Note 4th Edition, conducted between April and July 2020 said 70% of respondents in semi-urban areas want to go in for used cars and have budgets in the region of INR 3 to 3.5 Lakhs. Inquiries on auto websites that sell cars have also gone up considerably. Fewer lockdown restrictions in smaller towns and an improving agri-econom...

White is the new black

Take a bow! We are a bunch of white car fanatics! According to a recent report by BASF (Color Report 2019 for Automotive OEM Coatings), Indian car buyers opted more for white over other colours in 2019. The share of the white in the overall car purchases increased from 43% in 2018 to 47% in 2019.  Meanwhile, silver (13%), grey (11%), red (9%) and black (7%) were other colours that figured in the top five most preferred colours of Indian buyers.  White has been a perenni...

Will GST rate cut on two wheelers bring festive cheer?

Times are grave as auto industry has seen de-growth of 75.49% (-75.49%) in domestic sales for the period between April-June 2020-21, with two-wheelers domestic sales de-growth of 74.21% (-74.21%).  The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped the economy and the auto industry severely. Things are slowly limping back and hopes have now been pinned on the festive season.  In July, the auto industry saw after consecutive months of significant de-growth “signs of green shoots in PVs a...

Auto sector shows signs of revival on back of entry-level cars

Auto sales showed signs of revival in the month of August mainly on the back of pent up demand, the festive season nearing, and customers concerned about safety preferring to drive their own cars and bikes rather than use public transport.  The auto sector which has been witnessing a significant slowdown in sales with a slackening of the economy for more than six months, now, with advent of the festive season has started to witness some signs of revival. Share prices of companies...

Ad World

With the festive season round the corner, auto companies are likely to increase their ad spends to lure customers to loosen their purse strings. Auto companies advertised across platforms in the second quarter of this year and advertising revived across traditional and new media, with the sector’s ranking among top advertisers improving significantly by the start of the third quarter (July-September), industry experts said.  Data from media research firm TAM (Television Audience...

Screw it, let's exit

Just when dealers thought that the arrival of the Festive season would bring with it a new hope of revival, washing away their pandemic blues, the news of Harley Davidson Motor Company “discontinuing its sales and manufacturing operations in India” sent shock waves through them. Now, even customers are clueless about their fate, and the road ahead seems rocky as they weigh their options whether to sell, cancel their bookings and/or hunt for alternate service ar...

Kicking the hornet's nest

The sub-400cc Retro motorcycle segment is hotting up with Honda deciding to enter this class by launching the H'ness CB350. It is the Japanese manufacturer’s first classic motorcycle in this division and it will go up against the likes of the segment leader, Royal Enfield, Benelli Imperiale 400, and Jawa. Let's take a closer look at these four motorcycles to find out what they have to offer. Honda H’ness CB350 Priced from INR 1.9 Lakh onwards, Ex-Showroom India, ...

Will Magnite be a game changer for Nissan?

In what seems to many to be a desperate move to survive in the Indian market, Nissan India, has finally unveiled its B-SUV, the Nissan Magnite. This is the company’s first ever product under the Nissan Next strategy for the Indian market, scheduled to be introduced in the second half of FY 2020-21.  Magnite is expected to drive volumes for the company as Nissan expects this SUV to be a game-changer for them in the Indian market. The company plans to take on new ri...

Festive cheer for PVs in rural markets

Over the last five years, the rural market has witnessed significant reforms enabling the Indian population to move up the value chain and expand income levels. Even the COVID-19 pandemic turned positive for the rural market as considerable young migrant labourers returned to their villages and took up entrepreneurship to setup small tertiary farm businesses, thereby creating new income opportunities for families.  This, combined with relatively low potency of COVID-19 cases and a goo...

JLR expect new launches to drive sales

Despite the pandemic fear looming large across the globe, auto major, Tata Motors surprised the street with its Jaguar Land Rover unit returning to profit in Q2FY21, reporting a significant improvement in positive cash flow in the quarter, as sales and revenue recovered from the impact of COVID-19 in Q1FY21, but remained below pre-pandemic levels from a year ago. Industry experts feel the positive trend is likely to continue as the company is planning a series of new launches in the coming qu...

Premium hatchbacks are the talk of the town

The premium hatchback segment comprises a massive chunk of India’s automobile sales. The transition from BS-IV emission norms to BS-VI has severely limited this segment’s diesel engine options barring the Tata Altroz and the recently launched all-new Hyundai i20. With Hyundai squaring off to challenge Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s crown with multiple engine options, here’s a closer look at all the premium hatchback options in the Indian market. Hyundai i20 The all-n...

Little deuce coupes of today

If you’re an HNI with good taste and are in the market for a new set of wheels, your car shopping, this festive season, just got simpler. This time around, ditch the usual and go after something that has been more aesthetically crafted. With exquisitely sloping rooflines and adrenalin pumping performance on offer, sedan coupes, though exorbitantly priced, are worth every bit of fun that they offer. Here’s what you should be checking out… Audi RS7 Launched at INR 1.94 Crores, e...

Batting for the battery

Prabhjot Kaur, CEO, Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles, (C-BEEV), believes that times like these call for innovations, and says that all efforts must be directed towards fighting this pandemic to save society in order to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations. Besides delving deep into batteries, she also discusses EVs and various aspects of building a standardised EV ecosystem. Read on… TOS: Will this pandemic slow down the transition process to E...

The rise of electric mobility

E-Scooters have come a long way. Once considered more of an eco-friendly concept than a practical option India now has several start-up companies who are trying to carve a niche for themselves. As a matter of fact, even major two-wheeler manufacturers are now wanting a slice of this pie. The demand for ‘high speed’ e-scooters has seen a steady rise in the last few years. The last financial year alone saw a sale of more than 24,000 e-scooters in India. High-speed e-scooters are tho...

Design Language

While nature in its absolute rawness is ingenious and has inspired design and engineering communities since ages, technology has helped mankind to innovate and achieve several remarkable feats by venturing into areas that were previously deemed inaccessible. Design is nothing but an ever-evolving transformative process that is aimed at addressing and defining problems in order to provide solutions that can empower lives and the ecosystem as a whole. Nature and technology when brought together...

Ironclad Plans

Meet Bangalore-based Suhas Rajkumar, 24, whose company Simple Energy, has been doing some ground-breaking work in the field of automotive design. Getting ready to launch a scooter followed by a motorcycle, Rajkumar, tells TURN OF SPEED about all that goes into a getting a product, right from envisaging it until it is manufactured and ready to be launched. TOS: You have a degree in Architecture and you have gone and created this scooter. How did the idea come a...

Leap of faith

Is Indian auto industry ready to take the EV leap? A million-dollar question that everyone wants an answer to! While we have witnessed isolated developments on setting up of electric mobility infrastructure in the country and the optimism of the industry to offer a new technology despite the first quarter overall sales of FY2020-21 at the lowest in 12 years due to the pandemic, auto experts believe it is not the time to race behind timelines but a crucial phase to build local capabilitie...

Delhi Govt plugs in: Launches EV policy

Delhi government on August 7th, 2020, announced its electric vehicle (EV) policy with the aim to boost economy, create new jobs, and control pollution in the national capital.  The Delhi government expects 25% of the new vehicles registered by 2024 to be EVs as opposed to the 0.2% currently. “With this EV policy, we have two purposes, one to give Delhi’s economy a boost and create job opportunities, and secondly, [to] further reduce pollution levels in the national ca...

Going into Detel

Detel, the company whose claim to fame has been the launch of affordable and pocket friendly products in the past such as the world’s most economical feature phone at INR 299 and the world’s most economical LED TV at INR 3999 has now forayed into the two-wheeler space with their latest product, Detel Easy, priced competitively at INR 19,999 GST.  With Detel Easy, what you get is an easy to use, low speed, low maintenance EV with contemporary design and quick charging tha...

We want to make ‘Made in India’ Lithium-ion batteries and Solar panels: Pankaj Dubey

Headquartered in the US, one and half year-old energy management services start-up – Power.Global is gearing up to set up base in India. The company has appointed ex-Polaris India head, Pankaj Dubey, as the Managing Director for India operations, and aims at hitting the market with its petrol and diesel conversion kits for two and three-wheelers first before it goes full throttle with the manufacturing of actively cooled lithium-ion batteries and solar panels in India.  TOS:&nbs...

Altroz electric to further boost TaMo’s position in EV space

Riding on the success of Nexon EV, Tata Motors will soon launch the electric variant of its premium small car, Altroz, in December this year. The move is expected to further enhance the company’s positioning in the EV space, where it already enjoys a market share of over 65 percent (Year-To-Date in FY21), owing to the consistent demand for Nexon EV SUV.  Replying to an email query by TURN OF SPEED, Tata Motors said, “We have the largest portfolio of EVs which includes...

The future is electric

Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, tells TURN OF SPEED about its own battery technology, its powertrains, the EV revolution in India being led by two and three wheelers, and how it believes that India has a strong and stable policy in FAME. TOS: Tell us about the MESMA 48 platform. It is all the buzz, and is enabling so much at Mahindra Electric.  MB: Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture (MESMA) is India’s first electric architecture that has ...