Automobiles

  • PLI schemes for auto, drone industries
    New Delhi [India]: To enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities, Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the production linked incentive (PLI) schemes for the auto, auto-component, and drone industries.Briefing media about the Cabinet decision, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said the PLI scheme has a budgetary provision of Rs 26,058 crores – Rs 25,938 crores for the auto sector and Rs 120 crores for the drone industry. “Automobile industry contributes to 35 per cent of the manufacturing GDP of the country. It is a leading sector in generating employment. If we speak of the global automotive trade, then we need to increase India’s participation,” said Thakur.Thakur said the PLI scheme has been brought keeping in mind the “needs of the present as well as the future, and for local markets too, so that we strengthen our industry.”
  • Boss Every Road: The new BMW X5 xDrive SportX Plus variants launched in India
    Gurugram (Haryana) [India], September 13 : The new BMW X5 xDrive SportX Plus variants were launched in India today. The new BMW X5 xDrive30d SportX Plus and BMW X5 xDrive40i SportX Plus are locally produced at BMW Plant Chennai and can now be booked at shop.bmw.in.Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW X5 underlines a very strong appeal with its combined off-road abilities and dynamic driving pleasure. The most successful BMW sports activity vehicle (SAV) of all time now has a new, attractive addition to its line-up – BMW X5 xDrive ‘SportX Plus’. SportX Plus celebrates the gust of adrenaline with style and self-confidence. You will experience the superior forward thrust even more intensely with its compelling sportiness, agile handling and driving versatility. Its unmistakable BMW X genes, commanding road presence and robust proportions are bound to turn heads on every road.”The car is available at attractive prices (ex-showroom) as follows –BMW X5 xDrive30d SportX Plus : INR 79,50,000BMW X5 xDrive40i SportX Plus : INR 77,90,000*Price prevailing at the time of invoicing will be applicable. Ex-showroom prices inclusive of GST (incl. compensation cess) as applicable but excludes Road Tax, Tax Collected at Source (TCS), RTO statutory taxes/fees, other local tax cess levies and insurance. Price and options are subject to change without prior notice. For further information, please contact the local authorised BMW Dealer. The new BMW X5 is available in the following […]
  • India will become hub for automobile manufacturing in next 5 years, says Nitin Gadkari
    New Delhi [India]: Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday expressed hope that India will become a hub for automobile manufacturing in the next five years.“Almost all reputed automobile brands are present in India. As we are working on technologies involving ethanol, methanol, bio-diesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric and green hydrogen, I believe that India will become a hub for automobile manufacturing in next five years,” said the minister. Earlier, on August 13, the prime minister, while addressing the Investor Summit in Gujarat via video conference, said that “Be it ethanol, hydrogen fuel or electric mobility, with these priorities of the government, active participation of the industry is very important.”“In the midst of this change, it is equally important to protect our environment, our land, our resources and our raw material,” he said. 
  • Want to, but import duties highest in the world, says Elon Musk on launching Tesla cars in India
    New Delhi: Tesla founder Elon Musk said on Saturday that his company wants to launch cars in India, however, the country’s import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) are “highest in the world by far”. Replying to a Twitter user who requested Musk to launch Tesla cars in India, he said in a tweet, “We want to do [launch EVs in India] so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country!  Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India.” The Tesla CEO expressed hope that there will be at least a temporary tariff relief for electric vehicles. “But we are hopeful that there will be at least a temporary tariff relief for electric vehicles. That would be much appreciated,” he further tweeted. When asked by another Twitter user whether Tesla will locally assemble vehicles in India, Musk said: “If Tesla is able to succeed with imported vehicles, then a factory in India is quite likely.” Tesla announced its entry in India earlier this year in January. The EV maker registered as Tesla India Motors in Karnataka, months after its CEO Elon Musk had hinted at Tesla’s entry into the country. The company recently added Hindi as one of the languages on its infotainment UI recently. Later, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also said […]
  • Yulu | Interview | Affordability, Accessibility, and Availability Push Electric Shared Mobility in India
    Yulu enjoys a first mover advantage as the only e-shared mobility solution in India with the app being used by 1.5 million citizens who have travelled approximately around 60 million kms on Yulu bikes. If you have travelled internationally, more specifically to the European countries, you must have seen shared bicycles that one can avail by scanning a barcode, paying the amount, reaching the destination and then leaving it at the desired location. This concept of shared mobility helps travellers explore a city with ease, without much dependency on the public transport. To make it further attractive and reach wider audience, such shared mobility brands are now offering electric two wheelers, that are much easier to operate, green for environment. On such brand offering services in India is Yulu. If you have visited Delhi and seen blue coloured scooters outside Metro stations, those are Yulus. We recently had an interaction with Amit Gupta, Founder & CEO, Yulu Bikes to understand the concept and benefits of shared mobility. Yulu is revolutionizing the way people commute through its purpose-built battery-powered vehicles and cutting edge technologies like IoT, ML & AI. Yulu’s biggest strength is its operational model built on excellence and efficiency. Yulu has developed a “vertical stack” to run its EV fleet. From design and ownership of the assets to charging the batteries to on-ground operations, we have little dependency on external factors. Second, our […]
  • In India, the Redmi Note 10T 5G with 5,000mAh battery has been launched: price and specifications
    Redmi Note 10T 5G has just arrived in India as a part of the company’s successful Redmi Note 10-lineup. It is a special one for Xiaomi as it is first 5G phone with the Redmi branding in India. It is also one of the cheapest 5G smartphones you can buy in India. The key highlights of the smartphone include the triple rear cameras, the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and 5,000mAh battery. Redmi Note 10T 5G Specifications Redmi Note 10T 5G features a 6.5-inch FullHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The dual-SIM handset is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor. It comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Redmi Note 10T 5G runs on Android 11 based MIUI right out of the box. All of this is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. As for the optics, the Mi 11 Lite sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48MP primary camera, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, there is an 8MP selfie snapper.  Redmi Note 10T 5G Price in India, Availability Redmi Note 10T 5G will be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting 26th July, 12 noon. It will also be soon available across all offline retail stores. The introductory price of the smartphone is set at Rs. 13,999 for […]
  • Ducati Multistrada V4 Motorcycle Pre-Bookings Open
    Ducati India on Friday announced the opening of bookings for its much-awaited 2021 Multistrada V4 motorcycle. Interested customers can get their units reserved at a token amount of ₹1 lakh. The company has indicated that the motorcycle will be available in limited numbers. Deliveries of the new Multistrada V4 will begin soon after the launch and the bike will also be available across all the Ducati dealerships for display. Test rides of the new motorcycle will also begin shortly after it goes on sale. The Multistrada V4 comes out as an all-new motorcycle from the ground up in terms of both capability and technology prowess. It will be placed as the new flagship adventure motorcycle in the company’s Indian lineup. Mr. Bipul Chandra, Managing Director of Ducati India said, “Since the global announcement, there has been unprecedented excitement for the Multistrada V4. It features the best of Ducati’s technology, with the world’s first front and rear radar assistance, advanced digital dashboard, blind spot detection and more. Marking the biggest change is the all-new V4 Granturismo engine derived from the highly acclaimed Desmosedici Stradale and tuned to compliment Multistrada V4’s characteristics.” The new Multistrada V4 comes out to be the world’s first production bike with the front and rear rider assistance radar-system. It gets company’s next-gen Ducati Connect mirroring system to keep the rider engaged and sources power from the company’s new V4 Granturismo engine that […]
  • Bookings for Ola Electric Scooters are now open for Rs 499 ahead of their upcoming launch in India.
    The Ola Electric Scooter is now one of India’s most talked-about Electric Vehicles (EV). Ola has announced that they will begin accepting reservations for it. Ola Electric Scooter is arguably now only one of the most talked-about electric scooter but one of the most talked-about scooters in the country right now and the reason is simple, the Ola Electric Scooter has some high expectations to live up to and has a major social media hype generated for itself before its upcoming launch – something that has still not been announced by the company. However, Ola took to Twitter to announce the start of bookings for the Ola Electric Scooter which hints at an imminent launch. The price for the booking is Rs 499 and the company says that this amount is fully refundable. This can be done by visiting the Ola Electric website where the interested user will have to first create and an account and can then go on to reserve the scooter for themselves. As of now, the company has not announced any specifications of the scooter but as their social media post says, this is only the start. Expect more details about the delivery timeline and specifications of the scooter including range and charge time to come soon. It’s day 1 of the revolution, the day we’ve all been eagerly waiting for!The Ola Electric Scooter can now be reserved at just […]
  • Mercedes Launches AMG E 63S, E 53 In India: Check Details
    Mercedes-Benz India on Thursday continued with its product offensive in the country and drove in two AMG models – E 63S and E 53 – with an eye out on targeting those who want to be behind the wheels of a performance vehicle. While the Mercedes AMG E 53 makes its India debut and has been priced at ₹1.02 crore, the new AMG E 63S has been priced at ₹1.70 crore (all ex showroom, pan India) Mercedes offers 11 AMG products in India including the 35, 43, 53, 63 and GT series. With the addition of the AMG E 53 4M+ and AMG E 63 S 4M+, the carmaker aims to strengthen its leadership in the luxury performance car segment in the country. Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 highlights: The AMG E 53 from Mercedes gets a 3-litre six-cylinder engine with Mercedes’ EQ Boost mild hybrid system. With claims of hitting 100 kmph in 4.4 seconds, the performance sedan has 430 hp on offer and peak torque of 520 Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a nine-speed gearbox. Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63S highlights: The latest AMG E 63S from Mercedes-Benz draws power from a 4-litre V8 biturbo engine which churns out 603 hp and has 850Nm of torque on offer. The 100 kmph mark comes up in just 3.3 seconds and there is a nine-speed automatic transmission unit. Exterior highlights: The AMG vehicles get distinctive restyled front […]
  • Maruti Suzuki plans to invest up to Rs 18,000 crore in Haryana
    The greenfield location — which may be spread over 700-1,000 acres — would come as a replacement to its old (and first) factory located in Gurugram, but the company is wary of the state’s new policy that has mandated 75% job reservation for the locals in business and factory establishments. New Delhi:  Maruti Suzuki lining up the country’s largest single-location automobile investment as it plans to pump in up to Rs 18,000 crore for a new factory premises in Haryana, which may have a peak annual capacity of 10 lakh units, Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava told TOI. The greenfield location — which may be spread over 700-1,000 acres — would come as a replacement to its old (and first) factory located in Gurugram, but the company is wary of the state’s new policy that has mandated 75% job reservation for the locals in business and factory establishments. “We have a plan to invest Rs 17,000-18,000 crore. The total capacity that we are planning is between 7.5 lakh and 10 lakh cars per annum. This is the scale that we are looking at.” Bhargava said the company “would like to shift quickly” to the new location, but pointed to a series of issues. The initial delay in the new factory’s plans was due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. “It went in cold storage due to Covid last year. Now again, it’s being reviewed. But we […]
  • Land Rover Discovery Launches In Indian Market At ₹88.06 Lakh
    Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday announced the launch of the latest Land Rover Discovery in the Indian market at a starting price of ₹88.06 lakh (ex showroom). The Land Rover Discovery in its latest edition has a slew of updates which span from design elements on the outside to an improved cabin, re-designed second-row, updated infotainment system and the new straight-six Ingenium engines in both petrol as well as diesel. The Discovery holds a place of prominence in the product portfolio of Jaguar Land Rover and the latest update seeks to build on the SUV’s 30-year legacy built across the globe. “The new Discovery, while retaining Land Rover’s legendary breadth of capability, offers renewed levels of refinement, luxury and efficiency which make it the best full-size SUV for the outdoors and adventure-filled journeys with the family,” said Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India. Land Rover Discovery exterior highlights: The most obvious update to the new Discovery on the outside are the new signature LED headlights with DRLs and the re-designed front bumper which gets a wider body-colored graphic and new side vents. The LED lights at the rear are also new and are joined across the back by a gloss black panel. Land Rover Discovery cabin highlights: Intelligent Seat Fold technology allows customers to choose the layout inside the new Discovery by making use of the functionality on the main 11.4-inch infotainment unit. This screen […]
  • Elon Musk: Tesla Would Have Died, If I Wasn’t The CEO
    Tesla would have died, if he wasn’t the CEO – this is what famous EV company boss Elon Musk told to a court defending his position in the Tesla-SolarCity deal. Musk also insisted in court that the company is controlled by the board, not himself. The lawsuit filed by the union pension funds and asset managers alleges that Elon Musk strong-armed Tesla’s board of directors into depleting the company’s assets with the $2.6 billion all-stock deal for the SolarCity. During the deal with SolarCity, Elon Musk owned a roughly 22% stake in Tesla. This means he had no controlling stake in the EV manufacturer. Some Tesla shareholders alleged that the SolarCity deal was aimed at bailing out the company, where Musk had an investment. The Tesla shareholders claimed in the lawsuit that the money invested in SolarCity must be paid back. Tesla shareholders accused Elon Musk of dominating the EV maker’s board with deal discussions. They alleged that Musk influenced Tesla’s board to buy SolarCity despite it being a weak deal for the company. This lawsuit kicked off a two-week trial in Wilmington, Delaware. Elon Musk had to appear before the court for the case. Appearing before the judge Musk said that he has tried very hard not to be the CEO of Tesla. “But I have to or frankly Tesla is going to die,” Musk further said to Judge, reports Reuters. Other Tesla board members and […]

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