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VWs plea against emissions related FIR dismissed by SC

The Supreme Court of India has quashed a plea by Skoda Auto Volkswagen India against an FIR filed by a customer in December 2015 over the alleged use of a cheat device in its diesel car. A complaint was made in the National Green Tribunal and an FIR was registered in Uttar Pradesh. In March, 2019 a penalty was imposed on the automaker. The company then made a plea in the Allahabad High Court seeking the dismissal of the FIR. However, the court dismissed the plea, but that order was stayed by the

28 Nov 2020 8:28 pm
Ather Energy discontinues Ather 450 electric scooter

Ather Energy has announced that it has stopped the sale of the Ather 450 electric scooter in both, Bengaluru and Chennai. It will be replaced with the Ather 450X & Ather 450 Plus, which have been built on the same platform, with improved hardware and software capabilities. The Ather 450 was the company's first product. It was launched in 2018 and was designed from scratch. It used a 2.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and had a maximum range of 107 km - as tested by the ARAI. Its claimed 0-40 km/h accel

28 Nov 2020 5:57 pm
BIS certification mandatory for helmets from June 2021

Only helmets certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will be allowed to be sold in India from June 1, 2021. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification stating that 2-wheeler helmets have been included under compulsory BIS certification. Publication of the Quality Control Order will also be mandatory. The sale of imported helmets will be allowed under the revised rules, as long as those helmets meet BIS norms. BIS standards are in line with international norms

28 Nov 2020 5:45 pm
Hero MotoCorp appoints Michael Clarke (ex-Fiat) as COO

Hero MotoCorp has announced that it has appointed Michael Clarke to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), with the additional role of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Clarke, who will be based out of India, will join Hero MotoCorp effective January 1, 2021 and report to Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO of Hero MotoCorp. Clarke has more than 25 years of global experience in publicly listed companies in the US and UK. He has worked in building, leading and managing team

27 Nov 2020 6:53 pm
3rd-gen Volvo S60 to be launched in March 2021

Volvo has unveiled the India-spec third-generation S60. Bookings for the sedan will open in January 2021 and the car will be launched in March next year. The third-generation S60 gets a mild makeover giving it a more contemporary look. The car measures 4,761 mm in length, 2040 mm in width, 1,431 mm in height and its wheelbase is 2,872 mm. It features Thor's hammer LED daytime running lights at the front and has a reworked rear end with C-shaped LED tail lights. The car rides on 18-inch diamond-c

27 Nov 2020 5:13 pm
Magnite Effect: Nissan adds 50 sales & service touchpoints

Nissan has beefed up its sales and service network just days ahead of the launch of the Magnite crossover. The carmaker has announced that it has added 20 new sales and 30 new service outlets across India. Nissan also has a virtual showroom that offers an interactive product experience to customers. The car maker offers an online configurator and a virtual test-drive feature which allows customers to take a test drive from their home on their personal device. Everything from booking to delivery

27 Nov 2020 5:08 pm
2nd-gen Mahindra XUV500s digital speedometer & touchscreen

Earlier this week, spy images of the second generation XUV500 had emerged online that gave us a peek at its digital instrument cluster. The latest image gives us a better look at the Mercedes-style dashboard layout with its wide screen infotainment head-unit and digital speedometer. It appears that the digital instrument cluster displays the selected gear on the right hand side, while the digital speedometer is on the left. More information is displayed in the centre however it is too difficult

27 Nov 2020 2:39 pm
Govt starts process to formalise registration of vintage cars

The transport ministry of the Government of India has issued a notification to begin the process of formalisation of registration of vintage vehicles in the country. According to the ministry, vintage vehicles are Indian or imported commercial or personal vehicles that are more than 50 years old from the date of their first registration. However, there should be no modification carried out to the chassis, body shell or engine of the vehicle. Those who would like to register their old vehicles ca

27 Nov 2020 2:23 pm
TVS launches augmented reality app ARIVE

TVS Motors has launched a new augmented reality (AR) app called ARIVE (The Augmented Reality Interactive Vehicle Experience). The app will offer a more immersive experience to customers as they explore TVS bikes. It is available for Android and iOS devices. Initially, customers will be able to check out the Apache RR 310 and RTR 200 4V models. Later, the entire TVS product range will be available on the app, allowing customers to download independent modules of every product. Each module is divi

27 Nov 2020 1:40 pm
Toyota Camry gets a mid-cycle facelift

The Toyota Camry has received a mid-cycle update. The car gets minor cosmetic changes on the outside and a few updates on the inside. On the exterior, the Camry gets redesigned front and rear bumpers, new design 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel options and updated LED tail lamps. On the inside, the Camry comes with a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit in place of the old 8.0-inch unit. The system is said to have better response times thanks to a new software. In Europe, the Camry

27 Nov 2020 11:24 am
Pre-worshipped car of the week : Buying a Ford Figo / Aspire

These two cars were Ford's attempt at doing a Maruti. With a lighter build than the usual Fords, clean but boring styling, softer driving experience and an electric steering, this offering is quite different from the 1st-gen Figo / Fiesta. That said, the two cars are still a heck of a lot of fun and Ford has continually improved them since launch! Because they flopped in the market, the twins can be picked up for an attractive price in the used market. Our top choice would be the stonking 1.5L d

27 Nov 2020 10:41 am
Honda Activa : 20 years & 2 crore customers up

This year, the Honda Activa is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To this day, Honda has sold over 2 crore units of the scooter which is now in its 6th generation. To mark this occasion, Honda has launched the Activa 6G 20th Anniversary Edition. It comes in a new Matte Mature Brown colour with matching rear grab rails and special decals. It has an embossed 20th Year Anniversary logo and a special golden Activa logo. Other changes include black steel wheels, brown inner cover and seats and black c

27 Nov 2020 10:08 am
Apollo XT-100HD tyres for commercial vehicles launched

Apollo Tyres has launched a new cross ply lug tyre called the XT-100HD for commercial vehicles. It is designed to carry moderate loads in regional haulage and for mixed applications. The XT-100HD comes with a heavy duty casing with a new high strength nylon fabric that is said to offer better load carrying capacity. Apollo claims to have enhanced the durability of the casing with its new heat ageing resistant compound and tyre cavity (HEART) technology. This process is said to ensure lower tyre

27 Nov 2020 10:04 am
Hyundai Bayon crossover to replace i20 Active in Europe

Hyundai has released a teaser image of its upcoming crossover called the Bayon. It will replace the i20 Active in the European market around mid-2021. The Hyundai Bayon is named after the French city of Bayonne. The car is expected to be based on the same platform as the i20 hatchback and will be positioned below the Kona in the company's line-up. The teaser image partially reveals the car's rear end and its boomerang shaped tail lamp. In Europe, the Bayon could be offered with the same powertra

26 Nov 2020 5:12 pm
Sunburn Music Concert to take place as a drive-in event

Sunburn, the Popular electronic dance music (EDM) concert will take place as a Drive-in event in India. After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the cancellations of various sports and entertainment events this year, this comes as a welcome news for fans of EDM. While the date, time and venues have not been disclosed, some details of how the event will be organised have been revealed. According to the organisers, the drive-in shows have been designed to maximize social distancing, an

26 Nov 2020 5:07 pm
Aprilia SXR 160 production to commence soon

Piaggio will soon commence the production of the Aprilia SXR 160 at its Baramati plant. The Aprilia SXR 160 was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. Later, in September this year, the bike maker released a teaser image, suggesting its imminent launch. The SXR 160 features dual headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. It has a short windscreen and comes with a digital instrument cluster offering Bluetooth connectivity. The SXR 160 will be powered by a BS6-compliant 160cc, single-cylinder

26 Nov 2020 2:34 pm
Frustrated BMW X1 owner uses SUV as Garbage truck

A new video of a BMW X1 collecting debris has surfaced online. According to a media report, the owner of the car was unhappy with the local service centre and used his brand new car as a garbage truck in frustration. In the video, the person can be seen lifting up debris, dirt and garbage from the roads and putting it in the boot. It is said that the car had a major puncture and the Ranchi service centre did not repair or replace the tyre and instead asked the owner to drive around with the spar

26 Nov 2020 2:05 pm
BMW X5 M Competition launched at Rs. 1.95 crore

BMW has launched the X5 M Competition in India. The SUV will be imported as a completely built unit (CBU) and is priced at Rs. 1,94,90,000 (ex-showroom). The X5 M Competition is the high-performance version of the X5. The SUV is characterised by its aggressive looks. It gets a blacked-out twin kidney grille and a sporty front bumper with large vents. At the rear, the SUV comes with a roof and lower tailgate spoiler. It rides on M lightweight alloy wheels with 21-inch rims at the front and 22-inc

26 Nov 2020 12:09 pm
Most boring engine today is the naturally-aspirated petrol

Was speaking to an industry analyst on Monday and he said naturally-aspirated petrols are reaching the end of the road. Sure, they will always exist because of cost reasons in entry-level cars (like the Alto to Swift) & base variants (as we're seeing in the Hyundai Venue), but the 10+ lakh cars & more expensive variants are surely moving to turbo-petrols in a big way. God bless BS6. From the 4 types of powertrains today (n/a petrol, turbo-petrol, turbo-diesel, electric), n/a petrols rank the low

26 Nov 2020 11:16 am
Goa: 50% road tax waiver for Commercial Vehicles

The state government of Goa has decided to waive 50% of the road tax levied on commercial vehicles till March 31, 2021. The decision was taken in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic as commercial vehicles were not used for at least 6 months due to the lockdown. Transport operators will not have to pay a penalty or interest. It has been reported that various public transport associations had voiced their demands as operators were not in a position to pay the full annual road tax as most vehicles co

26 Nov 2020 11:11 am