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Ducati Riding Experience Track Days to be held on October 13

Ducati has announced its first Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) Track Days in India. It will be held at the Buddh International Circuit on October 13-14, 2018. The program is designed to help riders improve their riding skills.

DRE Track Days is open for all Ducati owners and non-Ducati riders who ride a sports bike with an engine capacity of 600cc and above. The Ducati Scrambler does not qualify for the track day. Entry is free for all Panigale V4 owners. Registration fees for other Ducati owners is Rs. 10,000. Additionally, participants can also test ride a Panigale V4, 959 Panigale and SuperSport for Rs. 5,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2000 respectively. Non-Ducati riders can also experience these bikes by paying Rs. 16,000 for the Panigale V4, Rs. 12,000 for the 959 Panigale and Rs. 10,000 for the SuperSport.

DRE training will be provided by Ducati test rider Alessandro Valia. All Ducati owners will get 3 track sessions of 20 minutes each and 3 laps on one of the aforementioned test ride bikes. Participants will receive a DRE certificate and fan kit. Technical assistance will be provided to all Ducati owners. Spare parts will be offered at discounted rates.

Non-Ducati riders will get 2 track sessions of 20 minutes each and 3 laps on a test ride bike.

Courtesy :-  Team BHP

Sep 11, 2018
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Rumour: Honda CR-V launch on October 9, 2018

According to a media report, Honda is likely to launch the new CR-V on October 9, 2018. 

The new CR-V is larger than its predecessor and has a third row of seats. In terms of styling, the SUV comes with a chrome grille flanked by LED headlights with integrated L-shaped LED DRLs and a dual-tone front bumper with a pair of LED fog lamps. At the rear, the new CR-V gets L-shaped tail lights and a dual-tone bumper with integrated reflectors. 

On the inside, the CR-V gets a redesigned dashboard with a touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster along with a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel. As mentioned earlier, the car will come with a third row of seats.

In India, the CR-V is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The car is also expected to come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol unit mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The petrol version is not expected to get paddle shifters. 

While the diesel engine puts out 120 BHP and 300 Nm of torque, the petrol makes 154 BHP and 189 Nm of torque. All-wheel drive is likely to be offered in the diesel version.

Courtesy :-  Team BHP

Sep 11, 2018
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Ford Mustang-inspired Mach 1 EV image teased

 Ford has released a teaser image of its first all-new battery-electric vehicle, a 'performance utility vehicle' that's it says is "inspired" by the Mustang.

The all-electric crossover, dubbed Mach 1 in reference to its Mustang-derived styling features, has been confirmed as a globally engineered model to be revealed next year, with UK deliveries starting in 2020. Few other details of the car have been released at this stage.

Ford is also working on an electric crossover, codenamed CX430, which will be built on the C2 platform used for the new Focus. That machine has been in Ford’s product plan for several years. The CX430 will be in addition to the Kuga and, since it is based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it is expected to be conventional hatchback-like, with a slightly raised driving position.

Ford has identified ‘white paper’ models like the CX430 to replace sedans and hatches in its US line-up. Further, crossovers with Mustang design cues and front-drive chassis are a strong possibility because they combine “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space, and versatility”.

If the vehicles are sized appropriately, European sales are likely.

Ford's push into EVs followed news in April that the carmaker was dropping the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus from its North American line-up.

The company's new CEO, Jim Hackett, has acted decisively and made the announcement at a financial conference in the US, momentously ending Ford’s 110-year presence in the US passenger saloon market. “We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximise the returns of our business over the long term,” said Hackett.

“This pullback is really just an admission of the stark North American market reality, especially for American brands,” said IHS Markit analyst Colin Couchman. “Buyers keep shifting to SUVs and crossovers. 'Big-three' sedan sales have been very dependent on poor-quality fleet sales.”

Ford US rivals Chrysler and Dodge have taken similar action under Fiat ownership, killing the mid-sized 200 and Dart sedans and instead investing in Jeep SUVs and Ram pick-ups. Between them, Chrysler and Dodge sell just two sedans – full-sized rear-wheel-drive platform twins, the 300 and Charger.

Ford will retain only the Mustang and Focus Active passenger cars on sale after 2020, although its bread-and-butter SUVs and trucks such as the Explorer and F-Series pick-up continue.

The end of the Fusion and Taurus can also be seen in the context of a drive to simplify and reduce Ford’s global platforms to just five. Currently, it has 11.

In the future, Ford strategy will revolve around an emerging-markets small-car platform (Ka), the C2 (Focus), a mid-sized SUV platform (Explorer), an electric car platform (Mach 1) and full-sized truck platform (F-Series).

The loss of production volume of the Fusion also raises a question about the future of the Mondeo in Europe, because they share the same platform. In the short to medium term, Ford Europe is understood to have mapped the future of the Mondeo to the mid-2020s, although the picture after that remains fluid.

“The Ford Mondeo remains a core part of our product line-up in Europe. We have upgrades coming for Mondeo later this year and it continues to deliver on its promise of great driving dynamics, leading technologies, and competitive pricing,” Ford said in a statement.

Details of the upgrade are understood to include a new 2.0-litre diesel engine, codenamed Panther, which will be EU6d-compliant for the new WLTP driving cycle, with its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing, plus a new interior and tweaks to the exterior styling.

The interior changes are tipped to include a new dashboard moulding incorporating the Fiesta/Focus-style infotainment system with a high-set tablet-style touchscreen.

Bronco set for comeback in 2020

While Ford is betting on its upcoming electric car, it’s also bringing back a famous name, the Bronco, to reinvigorate its SUV line-up. The original Bronco arrived in 1966 and become an iconic model for Ford but was withdrawn in 1996. The last we saw of the Bronco was a concept shown in 2004.

But last year, Ford said the name would return on a global SUV in 2020. It will take on the Jeep Compass and be more rugged than Ford’s current mainstream SUVs as the firm bids to reclaim the off-road market.

Courtesy :-  Autocar

Sep 11, 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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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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