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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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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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In conversation with Steve Zanlunghi, Head of Jeep (APAC region)

We speak with Jeep’s Head of Asia-Pacific region and discuss the success of the Compass, their future products and more.

Renuka Kirpalani: We've just experienced the Rubicon Trail in the new Wrangler, but is that solid off-roading capability always going to be the Jeep DNA, or do you feel compelled that because of how markets are changing, you might need to move towards a soft-roader at some point of time?

Steve Zanlunghi: Yes, absolutely. The Jeep brand was born and raised off-road; it is the brand's DNA. Every Jeep that we build will have our functional pillars – freedom, passion, adventure and authenticity. I think the Rubicon Trail absolutely magnifies what the DNA is, which is that authenticity of being off-road. So yes, we'll have the Jeep Wrangler, which will always be our icon, but then we'll also have other variants in the Jeep line-up that may not be the full four-wheel-drive, go-across-the-Rubicon-Trail type, because we do cater to a growing SUV market, and we understand people might not always want that capability. The Jeep Wrangler, however, will always have that capability and functionality.

Q: For decades, Jeep has been a very strong American brand. What is your strategy to make the brand more global?

SZ: If you look back to 2014, we were only building vehicles and industrialising in one country and that was the US; now, we've expanded to building in six different countries where we have assembly plants. So, what we're doing is we're getting into localisation. Obviously, now we're expanding from just building in the US to building Jeeps in Italy, Brazil, China, Mexico, and also obviously in India.

Q: Jeep has previously maintained that the Wrangler will only be assembled in the US but do you think that will change over a period of time because, to expand your footprint, you would need to localise, especially in markets like ours.

SZ: Yeah absolutely, you need to localise, but the Jeep Wrangler in particular will always be built in the US because that is our icon. And for certain markets where you have high duties, like in India, the Wrangler becomes an icon or a halo vehicle. We obviously did the research and the Jeep Compass has been very well received in the Indian market, and we do have an assembly plant there, and we are looking at and studying other projects too.

Q: What is your strategy to keep the Compass moving in India?

SZ: When we launched the Compass in India, it blew away all our expectations with how popular it was. And what we were doing – and it's part of the strategy – was a long-term strategy and not a short-term one, because we know we're building the brand in India. We weren't there two years ago, and I believe the Jeep brand there has big equity, so what we're doing is to keep the Compass fresh and alive, we're going to bring different variants; within the next six months, you will see a few other variants of the Compass that we've been working on for a while.

Q:  There's also been talk of a B-SUV, that it has been delayed or it may not come to India at all – what can you tell us about that?

SZ: We're not going to comment on future products. We are studying two additional vehicles for the Indian market – nothing's been confirmed but we are studying all the different options that we have that would be specific and would fit the Indian market. We also use the Indian market not just for local production but also as an export hub to right-hand-drive markets such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, so we're very proud and happy to have that localised production for the Indian market as well as for export markets.

Q: When you're building future products, do you intend to build and assemble them in India and then use them for export as well?

SZ: It just depends on the type of product. If the product does fit other markets that are right-hand-drive, then we can export.

Courtesy:- AUTOCAR

Aug 18, 2018
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