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Mercedes-Benz India launches "sportiest & most dynamic" C-Class
short by Roshan Gupta / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Mercedes-Benz India launched the new C-Class that combines unmatched luxury with progressive design dynamics, state-of-art multimedia system and uncompromising safety features. The new C-Class range comprises of the C 220 d Progressive, the C 220 d Prime, the most powerful C 300 d AMG Line. The C-Class gets a powerful BS VI engine and is priced from INR 40 lakhs.
short by Roshan Gupta / 11:10 am on 22 Sep
BMW unveils self-driving motorcycle concept
short by Pragya Swastik / on 12 Sep 2018,Wednesday
BMW has unveiled a self-driving bike concept that not only drives on its own but can also start off, lean into turns and deploys the kickstand without human intervention. Based on BMW R 1200 GS bike, the concept is a test bed for improving rider safety. It will help BMW bikes determine if a situation is dangerous in the future.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:50 pm on 12 Sep
2,000 JLR employees to adopt 3-day work week in England
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Sep 2018,Monday
Nearly 2,000 employees of Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant in England, will move to a three-day work week. The move is aimed at reducing production amid adverse automotive industry environment caused by Brexit and decrease in sales of diesel cars. They are expected to work at reduced hours until at least Christmas.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:05 pm on 17 Sep
Saudi wealth fund invests $1 bn in Tesla rival Lucid Motors
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund on Monday signed an agreement to invest $1 billion in Elon Musk-led Tesla's rival electric car making company Lucid Motors. The investment comes weeks after it was revealed that Saudi Arabia purchased nearly 5% stake in Tesla. In August, Musk claimed that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund offered funding to help him take Tesla private.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:12 am on 18 Sep
Volkswagen to stop making its iconic Beetle cars in 2019
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Sep 2018,Friday
Volkswagen is ending worldwide production of its iconic Beetle, with the last car to be made in Mexico in July 2019. Designed in 1930s, the model's popularity prompted the German automaker to build its first factory in North America in the 1960s. On being asked about plans for a next-generation version, Volkswagen US CEO Hinrich Woebcken said, "Never say never".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 10:39 am on 14 Sep
Tesla rival NIO valued at $12 billion in two days of trading
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 14 Sep 2018,Friday
Chinese electric-vehicle maker NIO's market value soared to almost $12 billion after its shares closed up 76% on their second day of trading. The Shanghai-based company, which billed itself as an emerging Tesla rival, raised $1 billion in a US offering. NIO sells only in China, although its technology and design teams are based in the US, UK, and Germany.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:25 pm on 14 Sep
Toyota to make Suzuki cars at Bengaluru plant: Reports
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 14 Sep 2018,Friday
Toyota has reportedly agreed to produce Suzuki's cars to utilise the idle capacity at its second factory on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Senior executives of both the automakers have visited each other's factories in the recent past, reports said. Executives from Toyota also visited plants of some of Suzuki's major suppliers in India for quality checks, reports added.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:28 pm on 14 Sep
James Bond carmaker Aston Martin seeks $6.7bn valuation in IPO
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, notable for making the sports car driven by fictional secret agent James Bond, is seeking a valuation of up to $6.7 billion in a London Initial Public Offering. The company will sell a 25% stake and is not raising new equity. Aston is majority-owned by Italian group Investindustrial and Kuwaiti funds Adeem Investment and Primewagon.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:41 pm on 20 Sep
Audi unveils its 1st all-electric SUV set to launch in India
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Audi on Tuesday unveiled its first ever completely electric SUV 'e-tron' at a starting price of $74,800 (nearly ₹55 lakh) in the United States. The car can go from 0-100 kmph in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 200 kmph. Audi is looking to bring its first all-electric car to India in the fourth quarter of 2019.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:47 pm on 18 Sep
Relocation of Gurgaon plant inevitable due to traffic: Maruti
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki's Chairman RC Bhargava has said the relocation of the company's Gurgaon plant to another site is "inevitable" due to congestion and traffic hassles. Besides Gurgaon, Maruti has another manufacturing unit in Haryana at Manesar. Bhargava declined to share a timeline for shifting the Gurgaon facility, which rolled out the first Maruti 800 in 1983.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:30 am on 15 Sep
Plane hits Indian-origin man's Tesla car, both him and son unhurt
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
An Indian-origin man named Oniel Kurup and his son were unhurt after a plane crashed into their Tesla X car in the US on Thursday. "Not a scratch on us...I saw my life flash in that minute. A second is all it takes," Kurup wrote on Facebook. Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the incident, saying, "Wow, glad they're ok!"
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:30 pm on 21 Sep
Cost of selling electric cars higher than expected: VW CEO
short by Shifa Naseer / on 13 Sep 2018,Thursday
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has said, "The burden for our company, such as the cost of bringing to market electric cars, will be higher than expected." He also said, "This is particularly so since some of our competitors have been making more progress." The automaker needs to reduce expenses to be able to invest in future technology, he added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 13 Sep
GM ignition switch case which led to 124 deaths dismissed
short by Shifa Naseer / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
A US judge on Wednesday dismissed a criminal case brought against General Motors (GM) over its handling of an ignition-switch defect which led to 124 deaths. GM was charged with concealing information from government officials, and wire fraud. In 2015, the automaker had agreed to pay a $900-million fine and accept three years of oversight by an independent monitor.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 21 Sep
I abhor hearing SUV in the same sentence as Ferrari: CEO
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Sep 2018,Tuesday
Talking about selling planned SUVs, Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari's CEO Louis C Camilleri has said, "I abhor hearing SUV in the same sentence as Ferrari." Adding that as a "die-hard Ferrarista" he was a little skeptical about the concept, Camilleri also said, "Having now seen the wonderful design and the extraordinary features I am a hugely enthusiastic supporter."
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:05 pm on 18 Sep
Fitch downgrades outlook of Tata Motors' Jaguar to 'negative'
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 15 Sep 2018,Saturday
Global rating agency Fitch has revised its outlook on British automaker Jaguar Land Rover from 'stable' to 'negative'. The Tata Motors-owned luxury carmaker's long-term credit rating remains 'BB+', which is a non-investment grade rating. Jaguar recently said that a bad Brexit deal could lead to tens of thousands of jobs losses and cost the company more than $1.6 billion annually.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 05:55 pm on 15 Sep
Jaguar's next-gen Formula E car goes 0-100 kmph in 2.8 sec
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
British car manufacturer Panasonic Jaguar Racing has unveiled its next-generation all-electric Formula E racing car, I-TYPE 3, that can go 0-100 kmph in 2.8 seconds. The new car is 25% more powerful than its predecessor, producing as much as 250kW power. With a minimum weight of 900 kg including the driver, the car offers a maximum speed of 250 kmph.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:47 pm on 20 Sep
Volkswagen recalls Polo GT, Vento, Jetta models in India
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Sep 2018,Monday
German carmaker Volkswagen has announced that it is recalling an unspecified number of Polo GT, Vento and Jetta models in India. The recall has been issued for the vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2017. In a public notice, Volkswagen said that the recall was for making "necessary updates" for their manual transmission and carbon canisters.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:57 pm on 17 Sep
Launching EVs in India not a viable business case: Mercedes
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Mercedes-Benz India Vice President Michael Jopp has said the company does not yet see a "viable business case" for electric vehicles (EV) in India. He said this was due to the lack of clear policy and incentives to sell such models in the country. Mercedes has been requesting the government to consider reducing the import duty on EVs, Jopp added.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 10:01 pm on 20 Sep
Boxer Muhammad Ali's 1970 Rolls-Royce car to be auctioned
short by Shifa Naseer / on 16 Sep 2018,Sunday
American professional boxer Muhammad Ali's 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow car will be auctioned in October this year at Bonhams auction in Belgium. Bonhams reports that the car was owned by Ali for several years and is in quite a good condition. It is apparently one of just 272 Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Wards that were built with left-hand drive.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:20 pm on 16 Sep
BMW to recall nearly 140,000 of its 3-series cars in China
short by Shifa Naseer / on 16 Sep 2018,Sunday
BMW will recall nearly 140,000 of its 3-series cars in China from November 9, due to an air-conditioning (AC) defect which may cause a fire. The recall covers 89,309 vehicles produced in China and 50,143 imported vehicles manufactured between 2005 and 2011, China's market regulator said. The vehicles will be checked and the defective parts will be replaced for free.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:52 pm on 16 Sep
Nissan recalls over 2 lakh cars, SUVs due to risk of fire
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Japanese carmaker Nissan has recalled over two lakh cars and SUVs in the US due to a fire risk. An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. Some of the affected models include Nissan Pathfinder, Maxima and Murano.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 07:22 pm on 21 Sep
US to probe Mahindra after complaint it copied Jeep design
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 12 Sep 2018,Wednesday
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday said it would launch a probe into Mahindra and Mahindra's off-road utility vehicle Roxor. This follows a complaint by Fiat Chrysler that Roxor infringed upon the intellectual property rights of its Jeep design. Mahindra earlier said it had initiated court proceedings to enforce a design agreement executed with Fiat Chrysler in 2009.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:58 pm on 12 Sep
Volvo unveils self-driving electric truck with no driver cab
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 14 Sep 2018,Friday
Swedish automaker Volvo on Wednesday unveiled a new self-driving electric truck called 'Vera'. The truck, which does not have a driver's cab, is under development and will be first deployed in places like ports and large logistics centres, the company said. It has a lower operating speed than a normal truck for safety reasons, a company executive added.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 04:00 pm on 14 Sep
Truck concept that functions as a mobile astronomy lab made
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Japanese automaker Nissan has unveiled its 'Navara Dark Sky Concept', a truck that functions as a mobile astronomy laboratory. Developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency, it features a trailer in tow that carries a powerful PlaneWave telescope. The trailer module's mechanised roof opens to focus the telescope on the night sky to help researchers collect and transmit data.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 04:01 pm on 20 Sep
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