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Tesla driver from 2018 crash was eating, had Autopilot on: US agency
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 04 Sep 2019,Wednesday
US government investigative agency NTSB's preliminary report on the 2018 crash involving a 2014 Tesla Model S and a fire truck claimed that the car was in Autopilot mode. Autopilot was engaged continuously for the final 13 minutes 48 seconds before the collision, NTSB said. "I was having a coffee and a bagel," the car's driver also told the NTSB.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 02:42 pm on 04 Sep
Video shows Tesla driver asleep in moving car; Tesla calls it a prank
short by Ankush Verma / on 10 Sep 2019,Tuesday
A video posted by a US man shows the driver of a Tesla car sleeping as the car speeds along a highway. Responding to the video, a Tesla spokesperson said, "Many of these videos appear to be dangerous pranks or hoaxes. Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and prohibits the use of Autopilot when warnings are ignored."
short by Ankush Verma / 01:50 pm on 10 Sep
IIT-Kharagpur students build home-rechargeable three-wheeler
short by Pragya Swastik / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
A team of students and professors at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has built 'Deshla', an electric three-wheeler that can be charged at home. Three-year research and development for building the vehicle was led by mechanical engineering professor Vikranth Racherla. Deshla can run at a speed of up to 50 kmph and is more stable and jerk-free on roads.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:57 pm on 16 Sep
Ola, Uber may not be big factor in auto sector slowdown: Maruti
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 12 Sep 2019,Thursday
Maruti Suzuki Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) Shashank Srivastava has said Ola and Uber may not be a big factor in the current slowdown. He said that people in India still purchase cars with an "aspirational aspect". "People may use...Ola and Uber to go to offices...but still they buy a vehicle for the weekend outings with the family," he said.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:14 pm on 12 Sep
BMW should buy Jaguar Land Rover from Tata Motors: Bernstein
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 18 Sep 2019,Wednesday
Sanford C. Bernstein analysts have said BMW should buy Jaguar Land Rover from Tata Motors as the German carmaker is "awash with cash". Buying JLR for $11.2 billion could add 20% to BMW's earnings but "Tata would need to swallow its pride to sell," they added. Tata Motors bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008 for $2.3 billion.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:52 pm on 18 Sep
Indians' buying power hasn't risen in line with car prices: Bhargava
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 19 Sep 2019,Thursday
Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava has said that purchasing power of Indians hasn't risen in line with the increase in car prices. This had led many to postpone purchases as prices have been increased to adhere to new emission norms, he added. Bhargava further said there is "no point" in a temporary cut in the GST rate on vehicles.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:12 pm on 19 Sep
Maruti to stop production at Gurugram, Manesar plants for 2 days
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 04 Sep 2019,Wednesday
India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki will not produce any passenger vehicles at its Gurugram and Manesar plants in Haryana on September 7 and 9. The company's installed manufacturing capacity at the two plants stands at around 15 lakh units per annum. The decision comes after Maruti reported a nearly 33% decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:40 pm on 04 Sep
Gadkari admits to slowdown in auto sector, blames global economy
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Sep 2019,Thursday
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has acknowledged that the automobile sector is going through a slowdown and claimed it's because of the global economy. Gadkari said he would urge Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to temporarily reduce GST on automobiles. "The slowdown has relation to employment potential as well as the country's growth. The FM is trying to find solutions," he added.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 03:36 pm on 05 Sep
KIA Motors to start exports through Chennai Port from September 20
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 06 Sep 2019,Friday
South Korean carmaker KIA Motors will begin exporting vehicles manufactured at its new Anantapur plant via the Chennai Port Trust. The first lot, which is expected to be shipped on September 20, will contain 500 vehicles and the volume will be increased gradually. KIA Motors India COO Jong Soo Kim said the company manufactured 6,000 cars in the first month.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 05:59 pm on 06 Sep
Money laundering case against Rolls-Royce by Enforcement Directorate
short by Pragya Swastik / on 08 Sep 2019,Sunday
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against London-based engine-maker Rolls-Royce Plc and its subsidiary Rolls-Royce India Private Limited. A report quoting two officials said the case pertains to dubious payments in the form of commissions in return for contracts from three state-run Indian companies.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:31 pm on 08 Sep
Ashok Leyland plants to see non-working days in Sept amid weak demand
short by Pragya Swastik / on 09 Sep 2019,Monday
Ashok Leyland on Monday announced non-working days at its various manufacturing facilities during September 2019 following continued weak demand for its products. Last month, TVS Group, Sundaram Clayton, Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp had announced a suspension of production at their facilities. Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra also said they're suspending manufacturing amid weak demand.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:18 pm on 09 Sep
Fall in monthly passenger vehicle sales in Aug worst-ever since 1998
short by Pragya Swastik / on 09 Sep 2019,Monday
India's monthly passenger vehicle sales recorded the steepest fall in August, as per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' (SIAM) data released today. Passenger vehicle sales plunged 31.57% year-on-year to 1,96,524 units in August, falling for the 10th straight month, while passenger car sales fell 41.09% to 1,15,957 units. It's the worst-ever fall since SIAM began recording data in 1997-98.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:50 pm on 09 Sep
Elon Musk trolls Porsche for calling its 1st electric car 'Turbo'
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 06 Sep 2019,Friday
Electric carmaker Tesla's Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to troll German luxury automaker Porsche for calling its first-ever electric car "Turbo". "Um [Porsche], this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does," Musk wrote. Turbochargers, found in internal combustion engine vehicles which use fossil fuels, increase performance by pumping more compressed air into the engine.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:14 am on 06 Sep
Maruti, Tata Motors urge parts suppliers to target zero defects
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 07 Sep 2019,Saturday
Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors have urged auto component manufacturers to build capabilities by investing in research and development (R&D) and ensure zero defect products. "Quality deserves much greater attention from the top managements at the suppliers," Maruti Suzuki CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said. Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek asked suppliers to take the ongoing crisis as a "fitness project".
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 08:28 pm on 07 Sep
Youngsters want gadgets over cars as they have Ola, Uber: Bhargava
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 19 Sep 2019,Thursday
Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava has said youngsters would rather buy gadgets than cars as they find shared mobility like Ola and Uber economical. "So, what Finance Minister said is 100% correct," Bhargava added. "Today, a youngster wants to buy a nice smartphone and wants to meet his friends at a restaurant and have a good time," he further said.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:40 am on 19 Sep
Govt has no intention to ban petrol and diesel vehicles: Gadkari
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 05 Sep 2019,Thursday
Addressing a gathering at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' (SIAM) annual convention, Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Centre has no intention of putting a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles. Gadkari also highlighted that the automobile industry has contributed greatly to employment and exports in the country.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 02:38 pm on 05 Sep
Porsche unveils its 1st electric car Taycan starting ₹1.08 crore
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 05 Sep 2019,Thursday
German automaker Porsche has unveiled its first-ever all-electric sports car, the Taycan. The car was introduced in two high-performance versions, the 670-horsepower Taycan Turbo starting $150,900 (over ₹1.08 crore) and the 751-horsepower Taycan Turbo S starting $185,000 (over ₹1.3 crore). Porsche claimed the Turbo and Turbo S can drive about 450 km and 410 km on a single charge, respectively.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 03:15 pm on 05 Sep
Modified Tesla Model S set record for fastest 4-door sedan: Musk
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 12 Sep 2019,Thursday
Tesla Co-founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal that a Model S equipped with "Plaid powertrain" has set a new record for the fastest four-door sedan. Tesla released the video a day after the tweet saying the Laguna Seca track was lapped in 1:36.555, a second faster than the past record. However, this may not be an official record.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 07:00 pm on 12 Sep
Audi unveils AI:Trail quattro concept with drones as headlights
short by Anushka Dixit / on 11 Sep 2019,Wednesday
Audi unveiled its new all-electric, all-terrain AI:Trail quattro concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show which has drones as headlights called 'Audi Light Pathfinders'. The vehicle will have a total of five rotorless, triangular, electrically-operated drones with integrated matrix LED elements that can fly around the vehicle, shining light on the path ahead as well as recording videos.
short by Anushka Dixit / 07:52 pm on 11 Sep
Nissan CEO admits receiving excess pay, denies wrongdoing
short by Dharna / on 05 Sep 2019,Thursday
Japanese automaker Nissan's CEO Hiroto Saikawa has admitted to being overpaid at the firm but denied any wrongdoing, adding he would return the excess amount. An internal Nissan probe reportedly found Saikawa and other executives had received improper compensations. He said the overpayments were made in a scheme created under ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn who was arrested for financial misconduct.
short by Dharna / 11:11 pm on 05 Sep
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) will likely defer its capital expenditure plan of around ₹800-₹1,000 crore by a year amid the automotive sector slowdown, the automaker's MD Pawan Goenka said. He added there'll be a slowdown in M&M's capacity investment. M&M, which suspended production across plants in August on low demand, may have to do so again in October, Goenka said.
short by Dharna / 02:36 pm on 06 Sep
Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa to step down on September 16
short by Dharna / on 09 Sep 2019,Monday
Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa will step down on September 16 and will temporarily be replaced by COO Yasuhiro Yamauchi, the Japanese automaker's board announced on Monday. This comes after Saikawa admitted to an internal probe's findings that he and other executives were overpaid in a stock-related payment program but has denied wrongdoing. He had reportedly received $440,000 in excess compensation.
short by Dharna / 09:08 pm on 09 Sep
Jaguar Land Rover sales decline by 6.7% in August
short by Dharna / on 10 Sep 2019,Tuesday
UK-based automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the luxury car unit of Tata Motors, has reported a 6.7% decline in its August retail sales at 34,176 units compared to August 2018. While Jaguar sales fell 17.8% year-on-year to 9,702 units, the sales of Land Rover declined marginally by 1.4% to 24,474 units. However, JLR's retail sales in China grew 17.4% year-on-year.
short by Dharna / 09:11 pm on 10 Sep
Volkswagen agrees to pay up to $127 mn to settle diesel scandal
short by Anushka Dixit / on 16 Sep 2019,Monday
Volkswagen said on Monday that it agreed to pay between $87 million to $127 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of several Australian customers over the global diesel emissions scandal. In 2015, it was revealed that about 11 million Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles worldwide were fitted with illegal defeat devices that were designed to cheat emissions tests.
short by Anushka Dixit / 04:55 pm on 16 Sep
German automobile manufacturer Porsche has increased its stake in Croatian electric sports car and electromobility components startup Rimac Automobili to 15.5%. In June 2018, the German sports car maker had purchased a 10% stake in Rimac for an undisclosed amount. "We intend to intensify our collaboration in the field of battery technology," Porsche said.
short by Dharna / 10:00 am on 09 Sep
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