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New Honda HR-V coming to India in 2019

Honda has released new images of the refreshed HR-V (sold in Japan as the Vezel) on their Japanese website.

The new images of the facelift confirm details that had been revealed in the leak, from the new LED headlamps and a larger grille bar to the tweaked fog lamp housing and newly contoured front bumper.

While not all of the equipment that will come with the new crossover has been confirmed, Honda’s safety and driver assistance systems, called as Honda Sensing, will be offered on higher-spec trims. Honda’s newest infotainment system that comes with satellite navigation, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, is also expected to feature.

Mechanical details of the model have also yet to be revealed, however, the 1.5-litre petrol, 1.8-litre petrol, 1.6-litre diesel and the 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid unit are expected to continue unchanged from the pre-facelift model.

The Japanese manufacturer has also confirmed that the new HR-V will make its debut in Japan on February 15, 2018, which is when all the details of the car will be revealed.

India is expected to get this facelift model in 2019, along with five other new Honda cars that will launch over the next three years. Engine options for our market are expected to include the 1.8-litre petrol engine and 1.6-litre diesel (which will debut in India on the 2018 CR-V). The HR-V will be pegged against the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Creta when it is introduced.

Source: Autocar India

Jan 26, 2018
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Nissan Motors may make budget e-cars in India, cheapest with Rs 700,000

Source: Business Standard
The company wants to sell e-cars with significant volumes in India and manufacture locally Nissan Motor Company may start manufacturing all-electric-cars in India with the price being considered at around Rs 700,000 (Rs 7 lakh) or $10,000 upwards, the cheapest globally.

This will also make the least expensive private e-vehicle in India, even cheaper than Mahindra and Mahindra's e20.

According to the Nissan's Global Director for electric cars, Nicholas Thomas, if the company wants to sell e-cars with significant volumes in India, it has to manufacture locally, The Times of India reported.

The Japanese car-maker is also considering exporting India-made electric vehicles and selling it to other Asian countries for huge profits due to India's inexpensive manufacturing process.

When asked how soon the project will start, Thomas said the company is keeping an eye on the growth of e-vehicles and that Indian government needs to come up with clarity on having electric cars. The Indian government did not provide any clear map of having electric cars by 2030, he added.

Talking about the cost, Thomas said though the price of the batteries has gone down it may still take some more years to reach the affordable level. Until then, the company needs subsidies from the government to promote the sale and mass adoption of the e-vehicles or the shift to cleaner vehicles will take much more time.

The Nissan Leaf, one of the most successful e-cars which has sold over 300,000 vehicles, is priced above $30,000 in the US. According to TOI report, getting the car to India will charge the company additional cumulative duties of around 200 per cent, making it unviable.

The company may sell the Leaf in India but does not wish to manufacture it locally.

Nissan wants to launch 12 electric vehicles globally by 2022.The company wants to sell e-cars with significant volumes in India and manufacture locally Nissan Motor Company may start manufacturing all-electric cars in India with the price being considered at around Rs 700,000 (Rs 7 lakh) or $10,000 upwards, the cheapest globally.

This will also make the least expensive private e-vehicle in India, even cheaper than Mahindra and Mahindra's e20 mini car.

According to the Nissan's Global Director for electric cars, Nicholas Thomas, if the company wants to sell e-cars with significant volumes in India, it has to manufacture locally, The Times of India reported.

The Japanese carmaker is also considering exporting India-made electric vehicles and selling it to other Asian countries for huge profits due to India's inexpensive manufacturing process.

When asked how soon the project will start, Thomas said the company is keeping an eye on the growth of e-vehicles and that Indian government needs to come up with clarity on having electric cars. The Indian government did not provide any clear map of having electric cars by 2030, he added.

Talking about the cost, Thomas said though the price of the batteries has gone down it may still take some more years to reach the affordable level. Until then, the company needs subsidies from the government to promote the sale and mass adoption of the e-vehicles or the shift to cleaner vehicles will take much more time.

The Nissan Leaf, one of the most successful e-cars which has sold over 300,000 vehicles, is priced above $30,000 in the US. According to TOI report, getting the car to India will charge the company additional cumulative duties of around 200 per cent, making it unviable.

The company may sell the Leaf in India but does not wish to manufacture it locally.

Nissan wants to launch 12 electric vehicles globally by 2022.

Jan 12, 2018
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Lamborghini Urus launched in India at Rs 3 crore

Source: Autocar India
Urus ‘Super-SUV’ gets a 650hp V8 engine and permanent 4WD; cars allotted to India sold out for 2018. In a little over a month after its global unveil, Lamborghini has now launched the Urus in India at Rs 3 crore (ex-showroom), making it the new entry point to the brand.

Based on the MLB Evo platform that also underpins other Volkswagen Group SUVs such as the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, the Urus utilises plenty of aluminium in its construction and has a claimed kerb weight of under 2.2 tonnes.

It may not look like it in the pictures, but the Urus is a big SUV – it measures in at well over five metres in length, and in terms of other dimensions, is almost the same size as the Bentayga. Design-wise, it's typically Lamborghini, featuring styling touches inspired by Lambo's first SUV, the LM002.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 650hp and 850Nm of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is put down to the tarmac by a permanent four-wheel-drive system (with a 40:60 front-rear split). Acceleration from 0 to 100kph is dealt with in a claimed 3.6sec, which is quicker than the original Murcielago, and top speed is pegged at 305kph, making the Urus the fastest SUV on the planet.

Also on offer are active torque vectoring and a rear-wheel-steering system borrowed from the Aventador S. The Urus features 440mm carbon-ceramic brake discs up front, the largest on any production car.

Adaptive air suspension is standard, as is cylinder deactivation tech that shuts off half a bank of cylinders at city speeds to maximise fuel efficiency. The Urus also gets six drive modes – apart from the usual Strada, Sport and Corsa, there's Neve (snow), Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand), along with Ego, a fully customisable mode.

Inside, it follows a design pattern similar to that seen on the Huracan and Aventador, with plenty of hexagonal elements and the jet fighter-style engine start button. A customisable TFT screen works as the instrument panel and taking centre stage on the dash is the latest Lamborghini infotainment system. The 12-way adjustable front seats are standard, there's good space in the second row and the boot, at 616 litres, is sizeable as well.

Lamborghini is aiming to double annual global sales to 7,000 cars with the Urus. Cars allotted to India for 2018 are all sold out.

Jan 11, 2018
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Datsun Redigo 1.0 AMT bookings open

Source: Autocar India
Booking price for the hatchback’s automatic version set at Rs 10,000; deliveries set to start from January 23 onwards.

Datsun has opened its new Redigo 1.0 AMT for pre-bookings at an amount of Rs 10,000. Expected to launch in the coming days. The five-speed AMT will only be offered on the 68HP, 1.0 litre engine option. The delivery of the hatchback will begin from January 23, 2018.

This engine and transmission combination is, unsurprisingly, shared with the Renault Kwid AMT. However, it’s not yet known whether the Redigo AMT will get a conventional gear lever or a rotary controller for the gearbox (seen on the Kwid).

The Kwid’s AMT doesn’t allow for a sequential-like manual gear shift, putting it at somewhat of a disadvantage compared to rivals like the Maruti Alto K10 AMT.

Expect exterior and interior design, and kit levels to be shared with the manual Redigo, albeit with the addition of AMT badges.

Prices for the Datsun Redigo AMT are expected to be approximately Rs 30,000 over the standard manual Redigo. Expect a price tag in the range of Rs 3.9 lakh to Rs 4.1 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), depending on the variant.

Jan 10, 2018
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Mercedes-AMG GT to get minor power upgrade

Upcoming facelift of Mercedes’ sportscar will get a mild bump up in power and subtle styling changes.Mercedes’ Porsche 911 rival, the Mercedes-AMG GT, will be getting a mild power boost as part of the upcoming refresh, along with subtle cosmetic changes.

The Mercedes-AMG GT’s mid-life facelift has been spotted testing with light camouflage on its bumpers to hide changes made there.

The changes are set to be minor as the sportscar’s exterior design was last tweaked after the launch of its GT R and GT C models in late 2016. The changes included fitment of a larger Panamerica front grille.

The GT, which was introduced to Mercedes' line-up in 2014, will also get a small upgrade in power from its turbocharged eight-cylinder engine.

The current standard car produces 476hp from its 4.0-litre V8, but the unit produces up to 585hp in the Mercedes-AMG GT R, showing how much available room for performance there is. Expect the base model to edge towards 507hp, with the S and C models above it also raising their current 522hp and 557hp respective outputs.

The top AMG GT R could also receive a boost, although that car's output is understood to be limited by the fitment of a dry sump. AMG may choose to integrate the wet sump system of the E 63, which produces 611hp in the S that uses the same V8, to enable a more substantial increase.

The updated AMG GT range will come at the tail end of a heavy range expansion for AMG, where a new GT four door model will be launched. Although linked in name, the car will be more technically related to AMG E-class models than the GT sports car.

AMG is also launching a new hybrid line-up, which starts with the CLS 53 later this year, to kick-start an electrified performance range. However, there are no plans to integrate hybrid technology into the current GT model.

Jan 09, 2018
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