Automobile manufacturer Jeep India has commenced production of locally-assembled 2021 Jeep Wrangler in its Ranjangaon joint venture manufacturing facility.
Accordingly, the move comes just one month after the Jeep brand announced its comprehensive go-local strategy.
"The Jeep Wrangler is the second out of the four localised products we committed to launch in India," said Partha Datta, Managing Director, Jeep India.
"We wanted to make the world's most recognised SUV even more accessible to our Indian customers and we are pleased to be able to meet their aspirations."
According to the company, 2021 Jeep Wrangler is now available for pre-booking before going on sale exclusively in India on March 15 in 26 dealerships across the country.
Carmaker Nissan Motor on Monday said it is not in talks with Apple following a report that the iPhone maker approached the Japanese company recently about a tie-up for its autonomous car project.
According to Financial Times, Apple had approached the Japanese automaker about a potential partnership "in recent months."
The contact was brief and the discussions did not advance to senior management levels following divisions over branding for the iPhone maker's electric vehicles.
Nissan is not in talks with Apple. However, the carmaker said they are always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation, reports The Verge.
Earlier, Hyundai Motor and its affiliate 'Kia' said they are not in talks with Apple over an electric car manufacturing project in response to reports of their suspended discussions.
In separate regulatory filings, Hyundai and Kia, which together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales, said they are "not in talks with Apple over developing an autonomous vehicle".
Earlier, reports mentioned that Apple was also discussing similar plans with other automobile manufacturers besides Hyundai.
The first Apple electric car is expected to be built on Hyundai's electric vehicle platform and the initial model could lead to new vehicles built in association with General Motors and European manufacturer PSA.
In a note to investors, TF Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple's deep collaboration with current automakers (Hyundai Group, General Motors and PSA) who have extensive development, production and qualification experience "will significantly shorten the Apple Car development time and create a time-to-market advantage".
Kuo believes that the earliest possible date for an Apple car to hit the market is 2025.
The Apple car is rumoured to feature LiDAR technology which could add a lot of depth to onboard Artificial Intelligence (AI) functions. The vehicle is expected to use a "C1" chip based on the A12 Bionic processor with in-cabin AI capabilities such as eye-tracking.
Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The luxury brand combines the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. Now the top model from Mercedes-Benz is even more refined. A new radiator grille, optional two-tone paintwork and new exclusive colour combinations in the interior ensure an even more majestic look. The world premiere is at the Geneva Motor Show (6.–18.3.2018).
A reinterpretation of the Mercedes- Maybach radiator grille with its fine, vertical struts accentuates the front end. The grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit. It celebrated its world premiere in the vision Mercedes Maybach 6, the exclusive coupé study which thrilled connoisseurs and fans of the brand in 2016.
The two-tone exterior paint finish is also a classic Mercedes-Maybach theme. In future there will be nine different colour combinations available on request. The double clear coat is available as a further new option for all dark colours. It creates a brilliant surface finish with a piano lacquer effect and a special impression of depth. The second bodywork clear coat, including inter- mediate sanding, is intricately applied by hand in the Maybach Manufactured by specially trained varnishers.
The exterior look of the top model is rounded off by a new luxury 20 inch multi-spoke wheel. There are also three exclusive 20 inch wheels to choose from for the Mercedes-Maybach, including the wheel with a 20 hole design familiar from the Mercedes-Maybach S Cabriolet. Two new exclusive colour combinations are offered in the interior: Armagnac brown/black and savanna beige/black.
The black Maybach Exclusive nappa leather upholstery appointments can also be ordered with a choice of copper-, gold or platinum-colored contrasting topstitching. Also new in the range are trim inserts in design flowing lines Magnolia.
With a length of 5,462 mm and a wheelbase of 3,365 mm, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz model range exceeds the long-wheelbase S Class Saloon by 20 cm in both dimensions. Rear passengers benefit from this increased size, as well as from standard equipment that includes Executive seats on both left and right and other exclusive details such as innovative voice amplification. The huge success of the Mercedes-Maybach speaks volumes: since the market launch of the Maybach in February 2015 over 25,000 Mercedes- Maybach S Class models have already been delivered to customers. In 2017, too, more than 1 in 10 S Class models sold was a Mercedes-Maybach.
Inputs from The Pioneer, Kushan Mitra is an automobile expert.
Vehicle registrations in January 2021 declined 9.66 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.
On Tuesday, data released by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) showed that over 15.92 lakh vehicles were registered January 2021, compared with over 17.63 lakh units in January 2020.
The fall comes after December 2020's registration rose on a YoY basis.
Notably, December's rise was the first positive growth in a month during the current financial year.
At that time, 18.44 lakh vehicles were registered compared with over 16.61 lakh units in December 2019.
In January 2021, registration of personal vehicles fell 4.46 per cent on a YoY basis to 2.81 lakh units.
As per the data, dealer inventory continues to fall with personal vehicles' inventory ranging from 10-15 days and two-wheelers' inventory from 30-35 days.
San Francisco, Jan 30 (IANS) Electric car maker Tesla's redesigned Model S and Model X will have automatic shifting between the park, reverse, neutral and drive (or PRND) by "guessing".
There will be an option to change drive modes on the touchscreen, but CEO Elon Musk made the case for automatic shifting on Twitter late Wednesday night.
"No more stalks. Car guesses drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context & nav map. You can override on touchscreen," Musk tweeted.
"After you drive without using a PRND stalk/stick for a few days, it gets very annoying to go back & use a shifter!" he added.An internal Tesla document obtained by Electrek expands, slightly, on what Musk means by "guesses" -- the vehicle uses its Autopilot sensors to intelligently and automatically determine intended drive modes and select them, according to a report in The Verge.
The general idea behind the decision fits into the larger Silicon Valley ethos that Tesla subscribes to, though, of "eliminating friction." The consequences of trying to automate PRND won't be clear until people start taking deliveries of these new cars, which is supposed to happen in a matter of weeks, the report added.
The Tesla Model S was updated with a totally new interior on Wednesday, and the most radical change is the new yoke-style steering "wheel".
The removal of the PRND stalk that the Model S and Model X previously featured is part of a wider overhaul of the interior design of those vehicles, the report said.Tesla has ditched its circular steering wheel in favour of one that's U-shaped -- a decision that Roadshow reports have already drawn the interest of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal safety regulator for motor vehicles, it added.
The electric car maker is set to begin its India journey with its highest-selling Model 3, before the premium Model S and Model X, which would be available later in the year and in early 2022.
Arriving in India via Tesla Motors Amsterdam that will give the electric car-maker tax benefits related to dividend payments and capital gains, the Model 3 may start from around Rs 60 lakh.
The base Standard Range Plus model now claims a driving range of 423 km per charge, while the Long-Range Model 3 can give you 568 km range on one single charge.
Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors on Saturday launched limited edition of its hatchback Tiago at Rs 5.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
As per the company, the launch commemorates the first anniversary of 'Tiago Refresh' and its success in the hatchback market.
Besides, the company informed that 'Tiago Limited Edition' will be available in manual transmission.
"Since its launch in 2016, the Tiago has been very successful in its segment and has been appreciated by all," said Vivek Srivatsa - Head - Marketing, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors.
"Following the same, the product's BS6 version was introduced in 2020 which also received a 4 star safety rating by GNCAP at launch, making it the safest in its segment."
According to Srivatsa, more than 3.25 lakh customers have chosen Tiago till now.
"We are confident that through the introduction of this limited period variant and in alignment with our 'New Forever' philosophy, we will continue to bring excitement in this space while catering to the ever evolving demand of our consumers."
Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors on Saturday launched the 'i-Turbo' variant of its premium hatchback, Altroz.
The variant's petrol version starts at Rs 8.25 lakh while the diesel version costs Rs 9.45 lakh.
As per the company, 'iRA' comes with 27 connected car features along with natural voice tech, through which the car understands commands not only in 'English or Hindi, but also in Hinglish'.
Besides, it is India's first hatchback to introduce What3Words technology - a precise & unique tool that makes navigation easier than before.
The new variant is powered by a 1.2L turbocharged BS6 petrol engine.
Additionally, the Company has added a new top of the line 'XZ+' variant in a petrol and diesel fuel option to the Altroz family.
Tata Altroz was the first product on the 'ALFA' architecture.
It was launch in January 2020. Over 50,000 Altroz units have been sold within its first year of the vehicle's launch.
"We are delighted to share that with its introduction, in FY21, our market share in the hatchback category has increased by 5.4 per cent compared to last fiscal and we have captured 17 per cent market share in the premium hatch segment," said Shailesh Chandra - President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors.
New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Breaking his silence after the news broke that Tesla has finally entered India by registering it as a company in Bengaluru, its CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that he is on the way to fulfil his promise to let electric cars run on the roads of the country.
According to the details available on the Registrar of Companies website, Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited has been incorporated and the registered address is in Lavelle Road, Bengaluru. Reacting to his 41.2 million followers, Musk tweeted on making India his next destination: "As promised".
Musk, who communicates on all important company issues via Twitter, however, did not divulge any further details on his India plans.
In October last year, Musk, who overtook Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world's richest man with a whopping $195 billion net worth, had said that the electric car maker is finally ready to enter the India market next year.
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa tweeted on Tuesday to inform that Tesla is setting up its research and development (R&D) centre in Bengaluru to commence its India operations soon.
The Karnataka government had made a strong pitch to invite Tesla to the state.
"Karnataka will lead India's journey towards Green Mobility. Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Tesla will soon start its operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru. I welcome @elonmusk to India & Karnataka and wish him all the very best," Yediyurappa had tweeted.
Tesla is also in touch with other state governments like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to start its India operations.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said last month that Tesla will begin operations with sales in early 2021 and then "maybe" look at assembling and manufacturing vehicles in the country.
Tesla sales teams are currently working on building custom sales and production orders for the India market, ensuring orders are complete and validated once the configuration is finished.
The move will also open India to select as one of the countries where Tesla cars can be purchased.
Tesla officials had held talks with the Karnataka government in September last year for opening its research facility in this tech hub. The R&D unit in India is Tesla's second outside the US. Its first such overseas centre is in Shanghai where it has a Gigafactory to make electric cars.
The tech-savvy Karnataka is the first state in the country to have an electric vehicle policy to woo investments in the sunrise sector. A slew of startups like Ola Electric, Sub Mobility and Ather have set up their operations in the city.
Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra on Friday raised the prices of its range of personal and commercial vehicles by around 1.9 per cent resulting in an increase of Rs 4,500 - Rs 40,000, depending on the model and variant.
Accordingly, the new prices will become effective from the day.
The company said in case of 'All New Thar', the current price increase will be effective for all bookings done between December 1, 2020 and January 7, 2021.
According to Veejay Nakra, CEO - Automotive Division, M&M: "The price increase was necessitated due to unprecedented increase in commodity prices and various other input costs over the past many months."
"We have made all efforts to reduce our costs and deferred price increase for a significant duration, but due to the quantum of input cost increase, consequently we are taking this price increase effective January 8, 2021."
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company is working on a smartwatch that will be released early next year.
"Many of you said you wanted a watch, and as you might have heard over the weekend — we're making one, to be released early next year. Wishes do come true," Lau said in a tweet late on Tuesday.
While the launch date has not explicitly been mentioned, one can expect the OnePlus Watch to arrive in the first quarter of next year.
OnePlus is working closely with Google on improving Wear OS. Whether that means the OnePlus watch will run Google's platform is unclear, according to reports.
The smartwatch is expected to feature a Snapdragon Wear system-on-chip, potentially the recently-launched Snapdragon Wear 4100.
OnePlus Watch may also include an OLED display to save battery and a host of fitness and health features like a heart rate sensor, blood oxygen monitor and software-based features such as sleep pattern analysis, goals-oriented exercise tracking and more.
Back in 2016, OnePlus actually confirmed that the company was developing a smartwatch.
"We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused," Lau said during the 'Converge' tech conference held in Hong Kong recently.
The novel coronavirus waves have hit every industry, disrupting the way they used to operate. It's no different with the pre-owned car market which is experiencing a paradigm shift right now, says Jatin Ahuja, MD and Founder, Big Boy Toyz.
From changed customer preferences to digitization to increased demand, the segment has emerged as a silver lining for the automobile sector during the global crisis. Jatin Ahuja shares what has changed since the virus outbreak.
One of the most obvious patterns is the increased demand for vehicles in the mid-segment range. Brands in this segment are stacked with cars belonging to luxury segment, while being sold at a lower price. If this rise in demand continues to grow, the affordability of used cars will give brand new luxury cars a scare, he says.
Digitalization is another segment where pre-owned luxury car dealerships are evolving as business owners. While some have introduced features like virtual tours and car home deliveries, others have launched mobile application to help their customers decide within the comfort of their homes.
"Also, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on changing buying behavior and their views towards used luxury cars. The economical setbacks, professional setbacks, hit on income have added to the slump of the automobile sector, even morefor the luxury vehicles. Buyers are more conscious about their expenses and luxury spending, now more than ever. Setting something aside for what's to come is the new mantra. Another perspective is the way of life and viewpoint of an individual looking for a luxury vehicle. Given the current circumstance, purchasing a new luxury vehicle may not be possible. This gap is then fulfilled by the used car market which is seeing a flood of responses because of many reasons -- ease of purchasing and cost, to name some," Ahuja writes.
The fall in goods and services tax (GST) on used luxury vehicles to 18 per cent has reduced the overall cost and the differential cost between the unorganized and semi-organized players in the market. Most customers in this segment are repeat buyers as they see purchasing an old Audi or a Merc more significant than purchasing another brand-new mid-segment vehicle, believes the expert.
Social distancing, contactless purchasing, and virtual experiences are demanding for technology in the sector. Digitization is assuming a critical part in empowering the development of the used car market. Numerous dealerships are focusing on setting online buying experience -- beginning from queries, test-drive at doorstep, customization, booking, payments, and delivery. Social media is the best approach to handle an ever-increasing number of queries, says Ahuja.
The pandemic has given virtual experiential buying a kick for used luxury car market. It is during such circumstances, car producers and retailers ought to re-align their showcasing techniques to the "new standards" with offers and advancements to charm the clients.
The stigma attached to the used car industry is no longer the same, as more individuals are gradually opening to this idea. The Covid-19 pandemic has assumed a major shift in the upliftment of this fragment as individuals now focus on spending their money judiciously on assets from an investment perspective, concludes Ahuja.