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Use of 70% galvanised steel in cars could be made mandatory

As per a new proposal under the corrosion prevention rule for motor vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways could make the use of 70% galvanised steel for car body panels mandatory.

The proposal is pertaining to cars under Rs. 10 lakh, that are built in India and is based on a study conducted by IIT Mumbai in 2015 about how corrosion affects durability and safety of cars in India. 

Reports suggest that the ministry has directed the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) to study the proposal and prepare a report.

Galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating on iron or steel to prevent corrosion. According to a media report, cars built for the domestic market have 30% galvanised steel but in the same models built for export markets the percentage rises to 70%, whereas the global average is 50%.

Courtesy :-  Team-bhp

Aug 28, 2018
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2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance features Indian cars

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was held on August 26, 2018 in California and featured a section called 'Motor Cars of the Raj'.

The cars in the aforementioned category were sold in India during the British rule. The entry application included an artwork which featured a car made for the Royal Family of Jodhpur - a 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental by Gurney Nutting.

The Motor Cars of the Raj section itself was split into two - Class F-1 and Class F-2, with the former reserved for Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. The winner of the Class F-1 category was declared as the 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Gurney Nutting Streamline Coupe, followed by the 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 HP Gurney Nutting All Weather Tourer in second position, and the 1935 Bentley 3.5-litre Antem Drophead Coupe in the third position.

The winner of the Class F-2 category was declared as the 1931 Cadillac 452A Pinin Farina Boattail Roadster, while the 1936 Alvis Speed 25 Vanden Plas Tourer was placed second and the 1930 Stutz M LeBaron 4 Passenger Speedster came third.

A 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta was crowned the overall winner of the event.

Courtesy :-  Team-bhp

Aug 28, 2018
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Pininfarina PF0 electric hypercar teaser image revealed

Automobili Pininfarina has released the first teaser image of its hypercar, known by its internal name PF0.

The image reveals only the rear of the car, but you can tell the PF0 has some very unique and interesting design elements. Taking centre stage is a split rear spoiler, with the centre of the car swooping down towards the tail in a smooth, flowing design.

Luca Borgogno, Head of Design at Automobili Pininfarina, says, "The design of the PF0 is very special, with lots of unique design touches like the split tail that gives the car a special identity." Borgogno has focused on making the PF0 look “very Pininfarina”, so you can be assured there will be plenty of flowing lines and soft surfaces on the PF0.

Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina, says "The PF0 will look like it has been designed with just a few strokes of the pen, and what it stands for is purity of design and purity of emissions." Perschke confirmed that production of the PF0 will be limited to 150 units. “We will make 50 units a year and are aiming for model years 2020, 2021 and 2022,” said Perschke.

Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra, which owns Pininfarina, said, "We do believe the PF0 is, in every sense of the term, a halo car. What we want now is both the qualities of purity and design - which Pininfarina represents - to give a halo to everything Mahindra does. Design, of course, not only in the conventional combustion-engined cars, but also in renewable energy."

Automobili Pininfarina has confirmed that the PF0 will have a power output of 1,900hp, which should give it Bugatti Chiron-crushing performance. Pininfarina claims the PF0 will be capable of going from standstill to 100kph in "less than two seconds" and will go on to crack the 400kph barrier. As we'd reported earlier, it will use modular underpinnings co-developed by Croatian electric supercar maker Rimac Automobili. Pininfarina will also utilise the know-how of Mahindra's Formula E racing team to develop the PF0's powertrain.

The PF0, expected to cost $2 million (approx. Rs 14 crore, excluding taxes), will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, and deliveries are expected to commence by the end of 2019. Unfortunately, the PF0 will not make it to India as it will be manufactured in left-hand-drive form only.

courtesy :-Zigwheels 

Aug 28, 2018
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Avanturaa Choppers opens its first showroom in Bangalore

 In November 2017, Avanturaa Choppers had launched the Rudra and Pravega models in India. Now, the bike maker has opened its first showroom in the country, which is located at The Driven Cafe on Residency Road, Bangalore. The company plans to open two more dealerships - one in Delhi and one in Hyderabad.

Avanturaa Choppers opened sales after it received ARAI certification for the Rudra and Pravega, although pre-bookings had opened on November 24, 2017. The Rudra is priced at Rs. 23.9 lakh, while the Pravega costs Rs. 21.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The bikes are now available for test rides as well.

The bikes are designed by Kevin Alsop, founder of Big Bear Choppers, USA. Both use a 2,032 cc, V-twin, push-rod actuated engine. They have Beringer disc brakes with 6-piston calipers at both ends.

Courtesy :-  Team-bhp

Aug 28, 2018
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Mahindra Marazzo MPV launch on September 3

New Mahindra MPV will be offered in seven- and eight-seat configurations; expected to debut new 1.5-litre diesel engine.

The date is finally out: Mahindra will launch the Marazzo MPV on September 3, 2018.

Known as the U321 to most for the longest time, Mahindra's upcoming MPV finally has its official name - it's called the Marazzo. The Marazzo name has been derived from a word in the Basque language, which translates to ‘shark’ in English.

The Marazzo is the first Mahindra passenger vehicle to be co-developed by its Research Valley, in Chennai, and its North American Technical Centre, and has been co-designed by Pininfarina and Mahindra’s Kandivali design studio, in Mumbai. Ananthan Ramkripa, Chief Designer at Mahindra, says the design of the Marazzo is inspired by a shark, with several elements – inside and out – styled to mimic certain aspects of a shark.

The Marazzo MPV will be offered in seven- and eight-seat configurations. The seven-seat variant gets captain seats for the second row, while the eight-seater Marazzo gets a bench seat. To access the last row, the captain seats on the seven-seater can be flipped forward, and the same goes for the eight-seat Marazzo, as its foldable bench has a 40:20:40 split.

The Marazzo gets a black-and-beige T-shape dashboard with faux aluminium inserts, leatherette seat upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, automatic climate control and AC vents for all three rows.

As is the case with other Mahindras, expect the Marazzo to be packed with creature comforts and equipment such as Mahindra's latest infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering-mounted audio controls, automatic climate control with vents for all three rows, projector headlamps, daytime running lights and more.

The Marazzo will debut Mahindra’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine, likely to produce around 121hp and 300Nm. A six-speed manual will be the only gearbox available initially. All variants are expected to get airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors as standard.

Mahindra says the Marazzo does not replace any of its existing products, and is not a successor to the Xylo, but is instead a premium product positioned slightly above it. Size-wise, the Marazzo will slot in between the upcoming second-generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova Crysta, but will be closer to the former in terms of price.

What do you estimate will be the starting price for the Marazzo? Let us know in the comments.

Courtesy:- AUTOCAR

Aug 18, 2018
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