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Maruti Suzuki now offers cars on lease to individuals

Maruti Suzuki has updated its lease subscription services to include individuals. Maruti Suzuki Subscribe will initially will offer cars for subscription as a pilot in Gurgaon and Bangalore. The new leasing scheme offers individual customers to subscribe a car for tenures of 24, 36 and 48 months. Customers will have to pay a fixed monthly charge which includes maintenance and insurance costs. The models that are available for subscription include the Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, Baleno,

2 Jul 2020 5:26 pm
Rumour: Honda Civic BS6 Diesel to be launched next week

According to a media report, Honda is likely to launch the Civic BS6 diesel sometime next week. Honda has already started accepting pre-bookings for the Civic BS6 diesel. The car will be powered by an upgraded version of the 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. It will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Civic also gets a BS6-compliant petrol engine. The 1.8-litre unit produces 139 BHP @ 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm @ 4,300 rpm and is offered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT)

2 Jul 2020 4:43 pm
2020 Honda City reaches dealerships ahead of launch

Honda City ZX and VX variants have been spotted at a dealership ahead of the car's launch. There are decals on the sides of some of the cars, which suggests that these could be test drive vehicles. The new City will be offered with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 119 BHP and 145 Nm. This engine will be offered with either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. The car will also come with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel unit producing 98 BHP and 200 Nm. The diesel engine will be

2 Jul 2020 3:53 pm
BS6-compliant Honda WR-V facelift launched at Rs. 8.50 lakh

Honda has launched the WR-V with BS6-compliant petrol and diesel engines. The vehicle is available in two variants - SV and VX, with prices starting at Rs. 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Along with the updated engines, the WR-V gets a redesigned grille and bumpers as well as new LED projector headlights. The car also comes with new design 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior of the WR-V also gets minor updates. It comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit that has Android Au

2 Jul 2020 1:23 pm
Tata to build an Ertiga-rivalling MPV

Tata is expected to begin work on an Ertiga and Marazzo-rivalling MPV after the launch of the Hornbill SUV. The MPV could be based on the ALFA platform might be offered in two flexible seating configurations. It is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine from the Nexon which produces 108 BHP & 260 Nm. There are no details of a petrol engine option for the MPV. The vehicle is expected to be launched in 2022 and testing could begin after the festive season. Tata is also work

2 Jul 2020 11:09 am
Toyota RAV4-based Suzuki ACross SUV unveiled

Suzuki has unveiled the ACross SUV, which will be introduced in the international market later this year. The ACross is essentially a re-badged Toyota RAV4 and will be positioned above the Vitara in Suzuki's global line-up. The SUV measures 4,635 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width, 1,690 mm in height and it has a wheelbase of 2,690 mm. It offers seating for 5 people and has a boot capacity of 490 litres. The ACross has all the typical design elements you would expect in an SUV. A large grille domin

2 Jul 2020 10:39 am
Your ideal garage: One expensive car, versus many inexpensive

If you had 11-lakhs, would you buy a Swift + KTM Duke, or a single well-equipped compact SUV?If you had 20-lakhs, would you buy a fully-loaded Seltos, or a Rapid TSI + a used 4x4?If you had 35-lakhs, would you buy a Fortuner, or a Compass + Figo 1.5 TDCi + Enfield Himalayan? The above is pretty much the gist of this interesting thread. For a given budget, we usually tend to go for the most expensive car that is available. However, is it always the best all circumstances? Given some tho

2 Jul 2020 10:33 am
Skoda Rapid AT to be launched in September 2020

Through a comment on a post on Team-BHP's Facebook page, Zac Hollis, Director - Sales, Service & Marketing at Skoda has confirmed that the Rapid 1.0-litre TSI AT would be launched in September 2020. The car is expected to use a torque converter gearbox. In May 2020, Skoda launched the BS6-compliant Rapid with a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The engine produces 109 BHP @ 5,000-5,250 rpm and 175 Nm @ 1,750-4,000 rpm and is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Rapid is av

2 Jul 2020 10:06 am
Porsche India head Pavan Shetty resigns

Mr. Pavan Shetty, Director Porsche India has resigned from his position due to personal reasons. Pavan Shetty had joined Porsche India in January 2016. Before moving to Porsche, he was the head of Lamborghini India. He has also worked with Ford and Tata Motors in the past. Porsche will announce its new head in due course of time. In the interim, Mr. Ashish Kaul, Head of Sales, Porsche India will assume the responsibility of day-to-day operations. He will report directly to Mr. Gurpratap Boparai,

1 Jul 2020 9:40 pm
Next-gen Honda Civic spied

Spy images of the next generation Honda Civic have surfaced online. The images suggest that the new Civic could retain its four-door coupe bodystyle with short front and rear overhangs. The car appears to have an almost upright front fascia with a slim grille. The test car seen in these images appears to be fitted with pre-production LED headlamps. In side profile, the car looks almost similar to the current Civic. It has a long bonnet and a short rear section. Lack of a large rear spoiler sugge

1 Jul 2020 5:21 pm
Ather partners with CredR to launched 2W exchange program

Ather Energy has partnered with CredR to launch a 2-wheeler exchange program where customers can exchange any petrol 2-wheeler for an Ather electric scooter. Customers will be required to bring in their old petrol 2-wheeler for a physical inspection to their nearest Ather Space dealership. After the inspection, an instant price quote will be generated. CredR will then verify the documents and the health of the petrol 2-wheeler. The exchange price will be adjusted against the final cost of the ne

1 Jul 2020 4:04 pm
Hyderabad: Cops foil thieves' attempt to flee with Ferrari

According to a media report, the Hyderabad Police have arrested 3 persons, including a used car dealer for illegally transferring a Ferrari and later stealing the vehicle. On June 23, 2020, 3 people went to the house where the Ferrari was parked and got the keys by pretending to be the owners friends. The trio then fled with the Ferrari. Police verified CCTV footage and managed to track the thieves on June 26. It was later discovered that one of the accused had even transferred the Ferrari on to

1 Jul 2020 3:59 pm
Volkswagen Tiguan facelift unveiled

Volkswagen has unveiled the updated Tiguan with sharper looks and more safety features. The new Tiguan comes with a larger chrome grille and twin-pod LED headlights that have crisp LED daytime running lights. The front bumper has also been updated and now gets larger vents with chrome inserts. At the rear, the new Tiguan gets LED tail lights in an L-shaped design similar to the outgoing model. Also, like most new VW models, the SUV gets Tiguan lettering on the tail gate. It comes with multiple a

1 Jul 2020 1:49 pm
Nissan shows off the Magnite B-SUV concept in teaser images

Nissan has released a couple of new teaser images of the B-SUV concept that is expected to spawn the Magnite sub-4 meter SUV. It will be unveiled on July 16, 2020. The new images partly reveal the SUV's front fascia. It has a large octagonal grille that looks similar to what you get on a Datsun. The grille is flanked by slim headlamp clusters and L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The second images gives us a closer look at the headlamps revealing the details of the LED units. The B-SUV concep

1 Jul 2020 1:04 pm
Tata Nexon DCT continues testing

Images of what is believed to be a Tata Nexon DCT have surfaced online. The car was first seen testing in March 2020. This test mule seen in Pune was not camouflaged but it is said that the car's gear shifts were too quick and too smooth for it to be a manual. In terms of styling, the DCT variant seen in these images has a dual-tone exterior and alloys similar to those offered on the Nexon facelift. The dual-clutch transmission is also expected to be used in the Altroz and could be offered with

1 Jul 2020 12:07 pm
Bridgestone & Microsoft develop Tyre Damage Monitoring System

Bridgestone has partnered with Microsoft to develop a system that detects when a tyre has been damaged by an impact. The Tyre Damage Monitoring System (TDMS) uses sensors fitted on the vehicle to detect tyre damage caused by potholes, kerbs or other road debris. Data from Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) cloud framework and algorithms also enable it to detect irregularities in the tyre surface. The system can also be useful for road maintenance agencies, who could use the data colle

1 Jul 2020 11:12 am
Ex-presidential Mercedes W124 Ambulance found; being restored

A Mercedes W124 Ambulance which once belonged to the President of India has been spotted rusting in Kerala. It is said that the car is now undergoing a restoration. The 1988 W124 Krankenwagen (Ambulance) is said to be the only one in the country and belonged to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for nearly two decades. It was used as a medical car in the presidential convoy in the 1990s. The car was also seen in PV Narasimha Rao's convoy during the 1995 Republic Day parade. The W124 is one of the last over-

1 Jul 2020 10:02 am
Hero Xtreme 160R launched at Rs. 99,950

Hero MotoCorp has launched the Xtreme 160R in India. The bike is available in two variants - Front Disc and Dual Disc. These are priced at Rs. 99,950 and Rs. 1,03,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The Xtreme 160R was unveiled in February, this year. The bike features dual-tone bodywork with an aggressive looking LED headlamp. It has a digital instrument cluster, stepped seat, a single side-mounted exhaust and it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels. The bike also has a side-stand engine cut off fe

30 Jun 2020 7:11 pm
Pure EV E-bikes : Epluto 7G, Etrance, Egnite and Etron

Pure EV is a Hyderabad-based start-up that offers a range of electric 2-wheelers in India. The company was founded by Dr. Nishanth Dongari and Rohit Vadera. Pure EV has a 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at IIT Hyderabad. It has a production capacity of 2,000 units per month. The brand currently offers two electric bicycles called ETRON+ and EGNITE, ETRANCE electric moped and EPLUTO electric scooter. The ETRON+ and EGNITE e-bikes come with a 500 Wh battery and a 250 W Brushless DC electric

30 Jun 2020 5:43 pm
Ola launches in-app tipping functionality

Ola has launched an in-app tipping functionality that will enable customers to reward the drivers through the app itself. In addition to India, this feature has been rolled out in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The cashless tipping feature will appear in the final step of the payment phase. Customers can select a fixed amount or an amount of their choice, which will be credited to the drivers' account. According to Ola, this feature will increase the earning potential for drivers

30 Jun 2020 3:15 pm
Honda Livo BS6 launched at Rs. 69,422

The Honda Livo is now available with a BS6-compliant engine. The updated commuter bike is priced from Rs. 69,422 (ex-showroom, Jaipur). The new Livo is powered by a BS6-compliant 110cc, single-cylinder engine that uses fuel-injection. It produces 8.7 BHP and 9.3 Nm. The engine also comes with a silent ACG starter. In addition to the updated engine, the Livo also gets a new DC headlamp with a redesigned headlamp cowl and fuel tank. The bike comes with a semi-digital instrument cluster and has an

30 Jun 2020 2:43 pm
2021 Geneva Motor Show cancelled

The organisers of the Geneva Motor Show have decided to cancel the next year's event. The Geneva Motors Show is one of the premier automotive exhibitions that is usually held in the month of March. But, it is said that demand for such events from car brands has been weak, which could lead to more auto shows being cancelled in the future. The organisers have also announced plans to sell the show's assets to owners of the Palexpo conference centre in Geneva, where the event is held every year. Thi

30 Jun 2020 1:32 pm
BS6-compliant Honda WR-V facelift launch on July 2, 2020

Honda is gearing up to launch the updated WR-V BS6 on July 2, 2020. Bookings for the new model are already open. The Honda WR-V will come with a host of new updates including a revised front fascia with a new grille and bumper. The car is expected to get features such as projector headlamps, automatic climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Higher variants could get LED headlights, cruise control, electric sunroof, front

30 Jun 2020 11:41 am
Mercedes supports anti-racism movement with all-black livery

Mercedes has unveiled an all-black livery for the 2020 Formula 1 season as a show of solidarity for the anti-racism movement. Dubbed 'The Silver Arrows', the Mercedes F1 cars are usually finished in silver. But, this year, Mercedes has replaced the silver livery that was unveiled before preseason testing in February with this all-black theme. The company aims to send a message that it is committed to fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms. The team has said that in the last five mon

30 Jun 2020 10:20 am