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India today launched a limited edition version of its hatchback Wagon R, priced between Rs 4.4
lakh and Rs 5.37 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), in the country.
The variant--'Wagon R Felicity' comes with various features including reverse
parking sensors with display and voice guidance, body graphics and rear
"Wagon R is one of the most successful car brands ever in India. As the
brand has evolved, its popularity and loyalty have grown... We wanted to
celebrate the brand by creating something distinct and special, which is fresh
and feature rich," Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director Marketing &
Sales R S Kalsi said in a
Wagon R Felicity will be
available in limited numbers, he added.
"I am sure it will appeal to Wagon R loyalists as well as compact car
customers who are looking for a product that is unique and distinct,"
Besides the manual transmission, Wagon R is available with the AMT option. It
is offered in petrol as well as CNG.
The limited edition version will be available in two variants - Lxi and Vxi
with all existing fuel and transmission options.
launches limited edition version of Wagon R
NEW DELHI:Toyota Motor Corp expects hybrid cars to make up 20 percent of its total
vehicle sales in India by 2020 from less than 2 percent today, a senior company
official told Reuters.
Toyota, which already sells the Camry hybrid in India, plans to introduce
hybrid technology in models like the Corolla and Prius sedans and could
introduce it for sport-utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles, Akito
Tachibana, managing director of Toyota's India business said on
The Japanese car maker also plans to work with its low-cost car-making
division, Daihatsu, to develop clean fuel technology vehicles for emerging
markets like India, Tachibana said, where affordability is an issue.
The development costs of hybrid vehicles means they are out of reach for a vast
majority of India's first-time car buyers, which then makes it difficult for
car makers to achieve the volumes needed to bring down the price.
For instance, Toyota's Camry hybrid is priced starting at 3.3 million rupees
($47,932), about 15 times the price of a petrol variant of one of India's
top-selling small cars.
Toyota will work to increase the amount of components it sources from the
Indian domestic market to bring down the overall cost of manufacturing hybrids,
Several Indian cities have high levels of air pollution partly caused by
automobiles. Earlier this month, New Delhi shut schools, put construction
projects on hold and advised people to stay indoors as part of an
"emergency" plan to deal with dangerous levels of air pollution.
Authorities in New Delhi also began revoking licenses for diesel vehicles more
than 15 years old which could remove as many as 200,000 cars from the city's
roads. Late last year, the country's top court banned the sale of large diesel
cars in New Delhi.
"We think that hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology is the best solution
in India," Tachibana said, adding that this clean fuel technology is also
needed to meet India's stricter emission and fuel efficiency norms starting in
Toyota's sales in India rose about 3 percent in the first seven months of the
current fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, compared with the
same period a year ago, according to India's auto industry body the Society of
Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
The number of Toyota vehicles sold for that period was 83,633, according to
auto industry body data and Toyota's market share was 5 percent.
Total passenger vehicle sales in India rose 11 percent over the same period to
Mahindra’s mass market products such as the Centuro and the Gusto
haven't enjoyed too much success. However, the 300cc Mojo, though not a runaway
success in terms of sales, has certainly established itself as a well-known
brand. At the recent announcement regarding the purchase of the rights of the
BSA and Jawa brands, the company outlined their two-wheeler plans for the
The big news is that Mahindra Two-Wheelers will be shifting its
focus away from smaller offerings – the Centuro and Gusto. While the company
will not axe the brands, Mahindra will cut down the advertising spends on these
products and put a cap on future development for them.
The company will instead focus on building the Mojo into an
umbrella brand, much like Bajaj’s Pulsar, by offering multiple bikes with
varying engine capacities and styles under the same moniker. This will be kept
separate from the Classic Legends brand which will make classic motorcycles
sporting the BSA (for Europe and the US) and Jawa (for India) badges.
Anyone looking for an electric bike will be spoiled for choice this fall
with a host of models on the market from various manufacturers. Here are a few
things to look out for when shopping for an e-bike.
It's important to pick a model that's designed for the kind of use you have
in mind. For more comfort when riding around town, look for a city e-bike with
an upright position, and high, close handlebars. This lets the rider see far
ahead while keeping their arms relaxed.
In recent years, more versatile models have landed on the market, based on
the design of hybrid bikes. Here, the rider's position is more inclined,
combining pleasure with practicality for commuters. These two kinds of
electronic bikes usually come with practical accessories such as a luggage rack
or a built-in antitheft device, and they are ideal for day-to-day use.
Some brands also make models suitable for all kinds of use and leisure
activities. These tend to be lighter, with the slim wheels of a mountain bike,
and they don't come with any accessories. They're aimed at sporty users and
Another key point when choosing an electric bike is the battery. An e-bike
battery can be recharged in a few hours from a regular mains socket, and weighs
an average 3kg. Some batteries can be removed, making the bike easier to
There are three main types of battery. Lead-based batteries are the cheapest
option, but they're heavy and sensitive to changes in climatic conditions. Nickel-cadmium
batteries are lighter but have battery memory issues, so performance can suffer
if they aren't completely depleted prior to charging. Lithium batteries stand
out as the best choice, but they're the most expensive.
All three kinds come in various models, offering varying levels of power and
range. A 36 volts/400 amp-hour battery offers sufficient electric assistance
for several hours' riding.
The location of the bike's driving force, its motor, is also worth
considering. Before the 2010s, e-bike motors were usually located on the
wheels, making them cheaper and easier to install. When riding, the feeling is
a bit like having someone pushing your back. The difference in power between
two pedal strokes isn't really that noticeable, and it doesn't really matter if
the motor is on the front or back wheel, especially for city riding. However,
riders have noticed a lack of grip on unstable, rougher terrain when the motor
is on the front wheel.
An e-bike with a pedal-based hub motor feels more like riding a regular
bicycle. Certain recent models take the concept further with a system of
sensors measuring speed, pressure and rotation to help the motor adapt to the
E-bikes fall into two categories. Some come with an electric motor that
responds to just one factor: whether or not the rider is pedaling. The level of
assistance is therefore constant and can be adjusted via a control module.
These modules can be fixed or removable, with LEDs or digital displays,
allowing the cyclist to change the level of help they get from the electric
A more advanced system used in higher-end models offers
"proportional" assistance, monitoring the rider's pedaling and adding
a certain amount of assistance. This is determined by several sensors, which
evaluate the pressure exerted on the pedals and the level of difficulty the
user faces. This makes for improved responsiveness from the motor and lower
Cyclists also expect speed and adaptability from a bike's gear transmission.
For a sporty feel and no loss in output, some electric bikes use derailleur
systems for changing gears.
Models designed for city riding tend to use a gear hub system. Linked to the
pedal motor, this gear system requires the user to stop pedaling to change
gear, which can take some getting used to. But this practical solution protects
the chain and avoids problems with derailment or chain jumping.
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