The Ciaz SHVS hybrid will come with the existing 1.3-litre diesel engine, but with the addition of an integrated starter generator and start-stop technology. This will result in a bump in fuel economy to approximately 28kpl, from the earlier 26.21kpl. The new Ciaz diesel SHVS will be available across all trim levels and Maruti is likely to replace the conventional diesel Ciaz with this new model. It will be the first sedan in this segment to feature hybrid technology in India. Furthermore, like the recently launched S-Cross, Maruti is also expected to offer ABS, EBD and driver airbag across all variants of the Ciaz.
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The recall has been issued to replace a faulty fuel pump module installed on the motorcycles. These pumps use a poor seal at the fuel inlet, which could fail, causing an interruption in the fuel supply to the engine. This leads to a brief ‘hesitation’ in power delivery under acceleration when the fuel level is low. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USA, this can happen when the fuel level is below three litres, even before the low fuel indicator light comes on.
The retaining feature which holds the fuel pump pick up to the fuel pump inlet may not maintain the necessary hydraulic seal. Once the inlet seals again, the hesitation may be followed by an abrupt restoration in power, and subsequently causing loss of control over the motorcycle and possibly a crash.
Harley-Davidson is taking steps to fix this issue free of charge for all owners with motorcycles from the affected batch. As a precautionary measure, the bike manufacturer has issued letters to owners requesting them to fuel up their tanks, and not ride any further than 160km without fuelling up again. They have also advised their dealers all over the world to sell, but not deliver these models to new customers unless they have been checked for the issue.
Harley-Davidson India, meanwhile, issued a circular saying, “Harley-Davidson confirms that it has voluntarily recalled model year 2015 Harley-Davidson Street family vehicles, of which the XG750 model is available in India. We identified that some of the motorcycles may have a poor seal at the fuel pump inlet, and have announced the recall in the interest of customer safety. We are committed to correcting this issue and are working with our dealers in India to notify customers and request them to bring their motorcycles in for inspection."
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Talking exclusively to Autocar India, Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India said,” We don’t have any concrete plans of bringing the AMG V12 engine as of now. The V8 engine in the S 63 AMG is a fantastic engine and fits perfectly into most of our top-end products. We would like to focus on the S 63 AMG and other AMG performance cars based on the MFA platform, which from our point of view are fit for India.”
Globally, Mercedes offers the mighty 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo engine putting out nearly 630bhp in the G 65, SL 65 roadster, the S 65 sedan and the S 65 Coupé.
The main reason why the German carmaker is not keen on getting a car with the high-powered engine to India is because it does not see a big enough market right now. Besides, the meager sales of the V12 AMG would not justify the complex service infrastructure as well as the additional after-sales service vital to the car.
India may not have a significant market for such a powerful engine, especially when there is no road infrastructure to fully exploit them, but the growing demand for luxury cars has certainly kept luxury automakers busy this year. Audi and BMW have also adopted a product offensive strategy like Mercedes and are on road to launch 10 and 15 models respectively by the end of 2015.
Mercedes-Benz is now gearing up to launch the AMG C 63 S in India on September 3 and the C 450 AMG later. However, Mercedes has saved the best for last, as its flagship AMG GT sports will also be making its way into the country later this year.
The models which are likely to be discontinued include the entry level YBR 110, YBR 125, SS 125, SZ-S, as well as the 150cc SZ-S and SZ-RR bikes.
So, now Yamaha’s entry level offering is the 106cc Crux, followed by the 125cc Saluto, which recently got a disk brake version as well. The commuter 150cc segment will be served by the SZ-RR Version 2.0, which remains in the product line-up, even though the earlier generation SZ-S and SZ-RR have been phased out. The SZ-RR Version 2.0 will be the entry-level 150cc bike, placed just below the FZ series.
Yamaha has also decided to keep the bestselling earlier generation FZ, FZS and Fazer in the product portfolio, alongwith the current generation fuel-injected ‘Version 2.0’ FZ, FZS and Fazer models.
So, with this trim up, India Yamaha’s current product line-up will include 16 models in all – Crux, Saluto, Saluto (Disk Brake), SZ-RR Version 2.0, FZ, FZ Version 2.0, FZS, FZS, FZS Version 2.0, Fazer, Fazer Version 2.0 YZF-R15 Version 2.0 and the all-new YZF-R3. Yamaha’s CBU line-up includes the FZ1, YZF R1, YZF R1M and the VMAX power cruiser. Yamaha’s scooter range will continue to include the Ray, Ray-Z, Alpha and the Fascino.
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