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Mahindra XUV700 production could start next month

While there has been a lot of buzz about the Mahindra XUV700, there still has been no official word regarding its launch date. Having said that, a poster was recently put up at Mahindra's Pune plant which suggests that production could commence next month. The poster reads, The Future is Here. And I am Proud to be a Part of it... At the bottom, it says 31 days to go. Since the poster has been put up at the factory and is addressed to those involved in the manufacturing process, we think, the XUV

24 Jun 2021 5:55 pm
Choosing between the Hyundai Alcazar and Creta

BHPian Jatin247 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. We started our search for a new car last year and it has been a very confusing journey. I understand the fact that there is no perfect car but don't we all desire to get the most value for money product? We started with an initial budget of 15 lakhs. After deciding to settle on the Creta the most difficult question was to choose an appropriate variant. The most value for money variant in our opinion was either the base or the top end a

24 Jun 2021 5:24 pm
Reliance to set up a Fuel Cell Giga Factory in India

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) plans to set up a Fuel Cell Giga Factory as part of a larger Rs. 75,000 crore investment into new energy and new materials business. Hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power automobiles in a sustainable and clean manner. A fuel cell uses oxygen from the air and hydrogen to generate electricity. The only by-product of the process is water vapour. Fuel cells can also be used to power data centres, telecom towers, emergency generators, microgrids and industrial equ

24 Jun 2021 4:36 pm
Difference between faux leather and genuine leather

BHPian MadinMumbai recently shared this with other enthusiasts. It's been a few years since I bought a new car and upgraded seat covers. Initially, Maruti 800DX would come with leather seats. Since then, it's been a normal routine to buy a car and have the dealership upgrade to leather covers (Stanley or similar). Logic being, fitting at the dealership even though more expensive is easier because it is a one-stop-solution. Don't know how much has changed recently in terms of materials. Today whe

24 Jun 2021 3:59 pm
USA: Average age of cars at an all-time high of 12.1 years

The average age of cars in the US is said to have increased to an all-time high of 12.1 years. According to a media report, this is the first time the average vehicle age has risen above 12 years. As per the data released by IHS Markit, the average age of cars has been steadily growing over the past 15 years. However, this trend witnessed an accelerated growth amidst the coronavirus pandemic, partly said to be because of the drop in new car sales. According to the data released, the main reason

24 Jun 2021 3:30 pm
Nissan ready to kill sedans in its home market!

Nissan is reported to be considering stopping the development sedans in its home market of Japan. According to a media report, the company will shift its focus to SUVs and electric mobility. However, the company will continue the development of sedans in other markets. Nissan's sedan models currently include the Fuga, Cima, Slyphy and the Skyline. While production of the Slyphy is said to have ended in 2020, the current-gen models of the Fuga and Cima models are said to be their last iterations.

24 Jun 2021 3:18 pm
Mahindra XUV700 to get Auto Booster Headlamps

Mahindra has teased a feature called 'Auto Booster Headlamps' on its upcoming Mahindra XUV700. According to the teaser video, if the SUV crosses 80 km/h while driving at night, it automatically switches on extra lights giving the driver better visibility. Based on the W601 platform, the XUV700 will be offered in 11 variants. It features a completely revamped exterior design featuring striking LED daytime running lights. Inside, the car gets a Mercedes-like dual-screen setup. The car could also g

24 Jun 2021 2:33 pm
Adfactors launches new division for EVs, sustainable mobility

Adfactors PR has announced the launch of Mobility Practice - a new division for electrification, mobility and sustainable transportation. Mobility Practice will offer public relations services across a wide variety of verticals including automotive, aerospace, railways, roadways, maritime and inland waterways as well as micro-mobility. It will also focus on electric mobility, battery management and companies offering Mobility as a Services (MaaS). Mobility Practice will be headed by Srinivas Kri

24 Jun 2021 2:25 pm
BMW 5 Series facelift launched at Rs. 62.90 lakh

BMW has launched the refreshed version of the 5 Series in India. The premium executive sedan is available in three variants - 530i M Sport, 520d Luxury Line and 530d M Sport, with prices starting at Rs. 62.90 lakh (ex-showroom).Exterior:The updated 5 Series gets a few cosmetic changes including slimmer LED headlights that feature L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The M Sport variants get BMW Laserlight. BMW has also updated the kidney grille, which is now slightly larger than before. The car

24 Jun 2021 1:28 pm
Jaguar to reinvent itself as a super-luxury EV brand

Jaguar is said to be working on reinventing itself as a more upmarket brand. According to a media report, as per JLR CEO, Thierry Bollore's new strategy, the company will soon be positioning itself as a rival to Porsche & Bentley, moving away from its current rivals - Audi, Mercedes-Benz & BMW. Reports suggest that the company will be introducing a completely new all-electric model range, scheduled to arrive from 2025. It will likely comprise of three all-new models, including two crossovers and

24 Jun 2021 12:43 pm
Skoda mid-size sedan to be unveiled by end-2021

It's no secret that Skoda is planning to introduce a new mid-size sedan in the Indian market. According to Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda India, the new model will be unveiled at the end of this year. Skoda's new mid-size sedan, dubbed the Slavia, is expected to be based on the same platform as the Kushaq crossover. It will be positioned above the current Rapid. Whether it will be sold alongside the popular sedan remains to be seen. The new model could be offered wit

24 Jun 2021 10:51 am
Tata CEO Guenter Butschek to step down from June 30

Tata Motors has announced that Mr Guenter Butschek, who has been heading the company as the MD & CEO will be stepping down from his role from June 30, 2021. However, he will continue as a consultant to the company till the end of this fiscal year. Butschek joined Tata Motors in 2016 and has been leading the company for the last 5 years. The company has also announced the appointment of Mr Girish Wagh as the Executive Director to the Board of Tata Motors Ltd. From July 1, 2021. He heads Tata's CV

24 Jun 2021 9:52 am
Yamaha developing an electric scooter for India

The electric scooter segment has grown substantially ever since the government introduced subsidies and other sops. Following the success of Ather Energy, large players like Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors have entered the fray. Now, Yamaha too is drawing plans to enter the EV space. According to a media report, Yamaha is working on an all-new electric 2-wheeler platform for India and the global markets. But, before it could commit to introducing its first e-scooter in India, the company wants to see

23 Jun 2021 6:31 pm
Bookings for the next batch of BMW M340i xDrive cars opens

Dealers have started accepting bookings for the second batch of BMW M340i xDrive cars. Online bookings are expected to open soon. The second batch of cars may be limited to 50 units and it could also come in a new black colour. Deliveries are expected to begin in August / September. The M340i xDrive gets M-specific chassis tuning, all-wheel drive and an M Sport rear differential. Customers can choose from three 'M Performance' Accessory packages - Enthusiast Pack, Racer's Pack and Motorsport Pac

23 Jun 2021 5:19 pm
Harley-Davidson to unveil new 1,250cc motorcycle on July 13

Harley-Davidson is expanding its 1,250cc range with a new model. The bike will be unveiled on July 13, 2021. Details about the new model are scarce and the official teaser image doesn't reveal much either. What we can say for sure is that the bike will be powered by the 1,250cc Revolution Max engine that does duty on the Pan America 1250. Now, the Pan America 1250 is Harley-Davidson's take on an adventure bike. It is already available in India at a starting price of Rs. 16.90 lakh (ex-showroom,

23 Jun 2021 5:16 pm
Best insurance policy for my 14-year old Maruti Suzuki Esteem

BHPian Piyush19 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. The car in question for this thread is a Maruti Suzuki Esteem Vxi (2007). This is the only car we own, and we've been loving her to core till date. With a sense of confidence, I can proudly say that the Esteem can give many cars of the same segment a run for their money, even today! But due to 15 year car life in Delhi NCT (thanks to the NGT), she's in the penultimate year of registration in Delhi, and her registration will expire in J

23 Jun 2021 5:15 pm
Validity of vehicle documents extended till September 30

The validity of vehicle-related documents such as driving license, registration certificate, fitness certificate and all types of permits, which were set to expire between February 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 has now been extended till the end of September. This is the sixth time that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the deadline for renewal of all vehicle-related documents, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. As per an earlier notification, the deadline f

23 Jun 2021 4:40 pm
Setting up an OBD Reader for Indian motorcycles

BHPian ashwinprakas recently shared this with other enthusiasts. After picking up a BS6 motorcycle, I myself have been forced to adapt to the ways of the EFI people and one of their ritualistic practices is hooking up an OBD reader to their motorcycles. Now an OBD Reader needn't need an introduction as it's fairly common these days, but an issue us motorcyclists are familiar with is that we do not have the luxury that car owners get to have by directly plugging a sensor into their ports as most

23 Jun 2021 3:47 pm
Jeep to give Gorilla Glass option on Wrangler for Rs 7000

Jeep is reported to be looking at sturdier windshield options for its Wrangler & Gladiator models in the USA. According to a media report, one option that the American manufacturer is considering is the introduction of 'Gorilla Glass'. This sturdier option comes amidst customer complaints of cracks developing regularly on the windshields of these models, because of stone chips during regular driving. It is believed that the rake angle of the windshields on the Wrangler and Gladiator models makes

23 Jun 2021 3:33 pm
GM removes idling start-stop from cars; gives $50 discount

With the silicon chip shortage continuing to affect vehicle production, American automaker General Motors seems to have found a temporary solution. According to a media report, in order to reduce the number of chips required in production, General Motors has removed the automatic start-stop feature in a number of its products. As compensation for selling a vehicle without the listed feature, the brand is offering customers a $50 discount on the model's base price. The list of vehicles without th

23 Jun 2021 1:38 pm
Audi to launch e-tron in India on July 22, 2021

Audi has announced that it will launch the e-tron SUV in India on July 22, 2021. The e-tron is a 4-door electric SUV, based on the Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture. It is the first electric vehicle in Audi's model line-up for India. It will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace. The Audi e-tron is powered by two electric motors - one on each axle. The combined power output is 355 BHP and 561 Nm. In S mode, the power output is boosted to 402 BHP and 664 Nm for 8 seconds. The

23 Jun 2021 1:32 pm
Lamborghini almost sold out for 2021; 2nd best year ever

Lamborghini has revealed that its sales have witnessed a strong growth this year. According to media reports, the company is said to have almost sold out its allocation for the 2021 year. The reports suggest that to date, almost 10 months of its production capacity has been sold out. The company also stated that even with the two months of shut down, 2020 has been Lamborghini's second-best year in terms of sales. Deliveries in Q1 2021 are also said to have surged by nearly 25%. The easing Covid-

23 Jun 2021 12:49 pm
Hero MotoCorp to hike prices by up to Rs. 3,000 from July 1

Hero MotoCorp has announced that the prices of its motorcycles and scooters will be increased from July 1, 2021. The company has confirmed that the ex-showroom prices of its 2-wheelers will go up by up to Rs. 3,000 from next month. The biker maker has blamed the continuous increase in commodity prices for the price hike. However, in order to minimize the impact of rising input costs on the customer, the company has a cost-saving program in place. Besides Hero MotoCorp, India's largest carmaker,

23 Jun 2021 12:38 pm
Volvo launches subscription programme in Delhi & Gurgaon

Volvo cars are now available on subscription basis in Delhi and Gurgaon. The 'Subscribe to Safety' programme, in partnership with Orix, offers both new and pre-owned Volvo cars. Customers can choose from a list of new cars that includes the XC40, XC60, XC90 and the S60. From the pre-owned fleet, customers get the option of the XC40, XC60 and XC90. The S90 sedan will not be available under this programme. Volvo is offering subscription plans starting from 12 months. The monthly fees include regis

23 Jun 2021 11:16 am
2021 BMW R 1250 GS & R 1250 GS Adventure teased

Looks like BMW Motorrad is gearing up to launch the 2021 R 1250 GS adventure bike range in India. The bike maker has released a teaser on social media which suggests that the launch could be just around the corner. The short teaser video showcases the new R 1250 GS with the caption - The King of Adventure is returning in a new avatar. The new R 1250 GS and GS Adventure models feature an updated hill-start control (HSC) system, heated seats and heated grips with 5 settings. The 2021 BMW R 1250 GS

22 Jun 2021 6:29 pm
2022 F1 car revealed for the first time via leaked images

Images of the 2022 Formula 1 race car have been leaked online, revealing the design changes made for the upcoming season. While the images aren't from any specific team, it is said to be a show car, commissioned by F1 to be shown to the public. Reports suggest that Liberty Media has plans to officially unveiling the 2022 F1 show car at Silverstone, during the British Grand Prix weekend. As seen from the images, the 2022 F1 car features a lowered front nose with simplified aerodynamics. The car c

22 Jun 2021 6:22 pm
2021 Renault Duster facelift revealed

Dacia, Renault's sister brand has taken the wraps off the updated Duster for the European market. The mid-cycle refresh includes new LED headlamps with Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, new alloy wheel designs and updated tail lamp clusters. On the inside, the SUV gets a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit. It replaces the old 7-inch unit and gets the latest software, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also has a 4x4 monitor with an inclinometer and altimeter

22 Jun 2021 6:15 pm
A 1995 McLaren F1 with just 400 km is up for auction!

The McLaren F1 is one of the most iconic supercars to date. The unique seating position, the Le Mans-winning pedigree and a limited run of just 106 units are just some of the things which make it so special. Among them is this, a unique model with a special 'Creighton Brown' colour scheme and an odometer reading of less than 400 km. This 1995 McLaren F1, with chassis no. 29, will soon be up for auction by the Gooding & Co. at Pebble Beach between August 13 and 14, 2021. Expected to fetch upwards

22 Jun 2021 6:06 pm
Why is the dealer offering me a free 'Mercedes-Me' adaptor

BHPian Sanidhya mukund recently shared this with other enthusiasts. I had recently sent my 2013 Mercedes C200 for a major service to Global Star, an authorised Mercedes Benz dealership. While my car was there, they told me about an offer- a little device called the 'Mercedes Me Adapter' is being offered for free. I had agreed for the installation, but due to a sudden change of plan, my car wasn't available on the planned date of appointment. When I told them the same, they were kind enough to re

22 Jun 2021 4:16 pm
Next-gen Volvo XC60 to be a pure-electric SUV

Volvo is said to be working on the next-generation XC60 for the global markets. According to a media report, the new mid-size SUV will arrive in 2024 and will be offered with an electric powertrain. The report states that the new-gen Volvo XC60 will be a pure electric SUV, with combustion engines not being offered in any capacity. This decision is in line with Volvo's plan of becoming an EV-only brand by 2030. While details of the next-gen Volvo XC60 are still scarce, reports do suggest that the

22 Jun 2021 3:14 pm
2021 Mini 3-Door, Convertible & JCW Hatch launched in India

Mini has launched the 2021 3-Door Hatch, Convertible and John Cooper Works Hatch in India. The cars are imported via the CBU route and are priced at Rs. 38 lakh, Rs. 44 lakh and Rs. 45.50 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. Mini has updated its iconic range of cars for the 2021 model year. The cars get a large radiator grille that stretches over the bumper, giving them a distinct look. The rear features new LED tail lamps with the 'Union Jack' detailing and a redesigned bumper. On the inside, the M

22 Jun 2021 2:50 pm
Software update causes Ford EcoSport Diesel delivery delays

If you have booked a Ford EcoSport Diesel recently, you might have to wait just a bit longer for the delivery. The EcoSport Diesel is set to get an important software update soon and the cars will be delivered once the update has rolled out. This is likely to impact delivery timelines by a few weeks. Dealerships have sent out emails to some customers notifying about the delay. However, the email doesn't reveal any details about the software in question. The 2021 EcoSport was launched at the star

22 Jun 2021 1:58 pm
WagonR-based electric car spied with Suzuki logo

The WagonR-based electric hatchback has been spotted testing once again. This time, however, the car was seen sporting the Suzuki logo. The first revealing images of the WagonR EV had surfaced online, earlier this month. But the badges on that car had been taped up in an attempt to conceal the brand. The same car is believed to be rebadged as a Toyota. The WagonR EV looks similar to its IC engine counterpart, however, there are a few cosmetic differences. The electric version has a different fro

22 Jun 2021 12:25 pm
DIY: Replacing my car's footwell lights with LED strips

BHPian saisailendra recently shared this with other enthusiasts. In this thread, I shall write about how I tried to improvise the cabin lighting, specifically foot-well lights in my Vento 2017 model. My Vento comes with the following lights from factory:Front cabin light - 1 bulb - festoon type - 10 wattsRear cabin lights - 2 bulbs - festoon type - 5 watts eachFront foot-well lights - 1 bulb each side - T10 - 5 watts eachThat is pretty much it. And all the bulbs are halogen bulbs. These lights b

22 Jun 2021 11:53 am
Paul Walker's Toyota Supra auctioned for Rs. 4.08 crore

The iconic Orange 1994 Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in the 'Fast & Furious' movie has been sold for a record-breaking price. The Toyota Supra auctioned for US$ 550,000 (Rs. 4.08 crore) at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas. The sports car was used in the first two instalments of the 'Fast and Furious' movie franchise. The first instalment of the movie featured the car in its now-iconic Candy-Orange paint scheme with the 'Nuclear Gladiator' motif on the sides. The car was then said to ha

22 Jun 2021 10:36 am
Made-in-India Nissan Magnite exports commence

Nissan has started exporting the Magnite crossover to Nepal, South Africa and Indonesia. The Magnite was launched in December last year. The model has received a positive response in the Indian market with bookings crossing the 50,000 units mark in April 2021. As per the latest figures, Nissan's Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu has produced 15,010 units of the Magnite. These include 13,790 units sold in India and 1,220 units that were exported to international markets. The Magnite was launched in Ne

22 Jun 2021 10:07 am