Concorde Motors is a fully-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors. It was set up in 2002. At present, the company has dealerships in Delhi, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi.
It is rumoured that Tata Motors is considering shutting down Concorde Motors. It is reported that:
According to a media report, in the third quarter of 2019, Ferrari's revenues increased by 9% and operating profit increased by 12% year-on-year. Ferrari's shares have gained 77% and the company is valued at US$ 31 billion.
The report suggests that Ferrari's customers are willing to pay a premium to personalize cars even during a recession. It is said that the company wants to be seen as a luxury goods company and not as a regular carmaker and that its operating profit margin is 25%, which is much higher than other carmakers.
Ferrari is expected to reduce its clothing and accessories line-up and is looking to move it upmarket with the help of Giorgio Armani. It could also open driving simulation centers and enter e-sports. The company hopes that these services and products account for 10% of the operating profit.
Among the Italian carmaker's upcoming cars is a hybrid supercar called the SF90 Stradale, while the Purosangue SUV is not expected for another couple of years at least.
Apollo Tyres has partnered with Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC) to set up India's first tyre test track. It is located in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The government of India is planning to implement 'Star Rating' of tyres. A new Automotive Industry Standard, AIS 142 is being prepared that would evaluate tyres for rolling sound emissions, adhesion on wet surfaces and rolling resistance. The new test track will be used to test tyres according to the new safety standards.
The test facility is expected to enable Apollo Tyres to reduce the time to market its products and reduce the testing costs.]]>
Mumbai-AstaGuru's Vintage and Classic cars auction will be held on November 18-19, 2019.
Among the cars that are being offered this year includes a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that has an estimated price of Rs. 70 lakh. The car is powered by V8 engine paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. The car has undergone a restoration and has been modified to look like a 1972 version.
Another notable car is a Fiat 600D. This 2-door four seater is powered by 767cc engine that is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The car is painted in Ferrari Yellow and has black interiors. It has an estimated price of Rs. 20 lakh.
A 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow will also go under the hammer this year. This car has a V8 engine and a 3-speed manual gearbox. It has an estimated price of Rs. 40 lakh.
To check out the other cars that will be offered at the auction, visit the AstaGuru website.]]>
The Honda Insight hybrid sedan has been spotted testing in India. The car in the spy images is the third-generation model and has emissions testing apparatus installed at the rear.
In global markets, the Insight is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor that have a combined output of 149 BHP. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In terms of styling, the Insight has a coupe-like roofline and wraparound tail lights. It has a dual-tone rear bumper with integrated reflectors. At the front, it gets wraparound LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and a large grille with a chrome bar.
Renault has delivered the 10,000th Triber around 2 months following its launch.
The Triber was launched in August 2019 at prices starting at Rs. 4.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is based on the same platform as the Kwid but can seat up to 7 people.
The Triber is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 71 BHP @ 6,250 rpm and 96 Nm @ 3,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
In October 2019, Renault sold a total of 11,516 cars, registering a growth of 63% compared to the same period last year.
According to a media report, Jaguar is likely to launch the updated XE in India on December 4, 2019.
As part of the facelift, the new XE gets revised exterior as well as an updated interior. It gets new LED headlights with L-shaped daytime running lights and new front and rear bumpers.
On the inside, the XE gets a new digital instrument cluster and dual-touchscreens for the infotainment and other functions.
In India, the XE is likely to be offered with the same set of engines as the outgoing model. These include 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines that produce 197 BHP and 320 Nm and 245 BHP and 365 Nm as well as a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that makes 177 BHP and 430 Nm of torque.
According to a media report, the Jawa Perak is likely to be launched on November 15, 2019.
The Jawa Perak is a bobber-style bike based on the standard Jawa that is already on sale in India. The Perak has a single seat and a longer swingarm. It has telescopic forks at the front and monoshock rear suspension. The bike also features disc brakes at both ends.
The Perak is expected to be powered by a 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which produces 30 BHP and 31 Nm of torque and is likely to be paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
Aston Martin has partnered with British motorcycle brand Brough Superior for a turbocharged V-twin engined bike called the AMB 001.
According to Aston Martin, the AMB 001 will be assembled at Brough Superior's factory in Toulouse, France. The bike will be hand-assembled and deliveries are expected to begin in 2020. It is a track-only bike.
The AMB 001 has a futuristic cafe-racer style look. It has a telelever front suspension and a monoshock at the rear. It comes with a digital instrument cluster and single leather seat.
The AMB 001 is powered by a 997cc, turbocharged V-twin engine that is claimed to deliver 180 BHP.
The AMB 001 will be priced at Euro 1,08,000 and production will be limited to just 100 units.]]>
According to a media report, Lambretta is likely to unveil its G325 Special electric scooter at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The G325 Special is based on a steel monocoque. It features a classic look and has interchangeable side panels. The scooter has a rectangular headlamp with a digital instrument cluster. Slim turn indicators are placed on the front apron. It has a flat footboard as well as a flat seat. The scooter comes with alloy wheels and has a disc brake at the front.
Details about the G325 Special's electric powertrain are not known. However, reports suggest that the company is planning to set up an assembly plant near Mumbai. It will be developed as a production hub to cater to other markets in the region and Africa.
Okinawa Scooters has launched the new Lite e-scooter in India. It is priced at Rs. 59,990 (ex-showroom), which includes the FAME-II subsidy.
The Okinawa Lite comes with an LED headlight mounted on the front apron. It has a U-shaped LED daytime running light and square indicators. The scooter has a digital instrument cluster, flat seat with silver grab rail and an LED tail light.
The Okinawa Lite is powered by a 250 watt electric motor and a 1.25 kWh detachable lithium-ion battery. The battery is claimed to have a maximum range of 50-60 km on a single charge and takes 4-5 hours to recharge to its full capacity. It has a disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear.
The Lite e-scooter has regenerative braking and features such as One Push start button, Auto Handle lock function, Auto Motor lock function, battery lock function, mobile charging and alloy wheels.
Okinawa offers a 3 year warranty on the battery and electric motor.]]>
Hero MotoCorp has launched its first BS-VI compliant motorcycle. It is the Splendor iSmart and the bike is priced at Rs. 64,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The new Splendor iSmart features dual-tone bodywork. It has a V-shaped headlamp, black alloy wheels and exhaust, flat seat with split rear grab rails and dual-tone mirrors.
The Splendor iSmart is powered by a BS-VI compliant 110cc, single-cylinder engine that has fuel injection. It produces 9 BHP @ 7,500 rpm and 9.89 Nm @ 5,500 rpm.
The Splendor iSmart has telescopic front suspension and twin shock absorbers at the rear. While drum brakes are offered as standard, a front disc brake is available as an option.
The Splendor iSmart is available in three colour options - Techno Blue & Black, Sports Red & Black and Force Silver & Heavy Grey.]]>
The Skoda Kamiq mid-size SUV has been spotted in India. It is expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The Kamiq is based on the MQB A0 platform. It measures 4,241 mm in length, 1,793 mm in width and 1,531 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm.
The Kamiq has a chrome grille with trapezoidal headlamps on either side. The LED daytime running lights are positioned on top of the main headlamps. The car has a dual-tone front bumper with a wide air dam. At the rear, the SUV has L-shaped LED tail lights and a dual-tone bumper with reflectors.
The spy images also reveal the Kamiq's all-black interior. The car has a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a twin-dial instrument cluster with an MID in the centre. It also gets a touchscreen infotainment head-unit.
In India, the Skoda Kamiq is expected to be offered with turbocharged petrol engine options.
Mercedes-Benz has launched a new top-end variant of the V-Class called the Elite. It is priced at Rs. 1.1 crore (ex-showroom, India).
The V-Class Elite is based on the updated V-Class that is available in international markets. It gets a new grille and redesigned bumper as well as revised headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.
In India, the V-Class Elite comes in long-wheelbase form and in a 6-seat configuration. It gets new air-conditioning vents and a larger touchscreen infotainment head-unit. It gets captain seats with leg rests in the second row. These seats can recline up to 49 degrees and have ventilation and massage functions. Other features include 2-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, folding centre table, Burmester audio system, 360-degree camera and an optional panoramic sunroof.
The V-Class Elite is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 161 BHP @ 4,200 rpm and 380 Nm @ 1,400-2,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Safety features including 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, attention assist and active parking assist are offered as standard.
The KTM 250 Adventure has been unveiled in Indonesia. It is positioned below the 390 Adventure which was unveiled at 2019 EICMA earlier this week.
The quarter litre version looks similar to the 390 Adventure. It has an LED headlight with a short windshield, digital instrument cluster, stepped seat and a single side-mounted exhaust.
The 250 Adventure is powered by a 248.8cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 30 BHP and 24 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch.
The 250 Adventure features a 43 mm upside down fork suspension at the front and a monoshock at the rear. It rides on 19-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels at the front and rear respectively. The bike is equipped with a 320 mm disc brake at the front and 230 mm at the rear and comes with dual-channel ABS.]]>
Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is scheduled to be released in theatres on November 15, 2019.
Ford v Ferrari is a story about one of the greatest rivalries in the history of motorsports. Back in the 1960s, Ferrari was dominating at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Henry Ford II decided to beat the Italians at their own game. He was assisted by Carroll Shelby who developed the car that would race the Ferraris.
Shelby had 90 days to build the race car, which was called the Ford GT40. Eventually, in 1966, Ford went on to win Le Mans with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the wheel. The GT40 won 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1967, 1968 and 1969.]]>
According to a media report, the Bristol City Council has approved plans to ban private diesel cars in the city centre between 7 am and 3 pm everyday. To enter Britain's first no-diesel zone, vans and taxis would be charged GBP 9 and buses and HGVs will have to pay GBP 100. The proposal is pending government approval.
The proposal expects to create a 'Clean Air Zone' and will be implemented in 2021. It is expected to reduce the nitrogen dioxide levels to legal limits by 2025. The government had ordered the Bristol City Council to produce plans to bring the area's nitrogen dioxide levels to legal limits.
The report suggests that major roads that lead in and out of the city will be inaccessible for diesel cars and other roads could become congested. The ban on diesel cars could also affect those who have taken finance packages and may have to pay a penalty to end the contract early. Owners of older cars would also be forced to upgrade to newer vehicles.
Thanks to Thameem Ahmed Khaiyum for sending these images in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing them with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP page!
The latest spy images of the second generation Hyundai Xcent suggest that the car could be offered with a dual-tone exterior.
The new Xcent is expected to get a front fascia similar to the Grand i10 NIOS. At the rear, it has a boot with new LED tail lights. The test car also has blacked-out B and C-pillars, ORVMs painted in body colour, shark fin antenna and a rear view camera.
The Xcent is expected to be powered by the same engines as the Grand i10 Nios - a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 82 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm @ 4,000 rpm and a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine producing 74 BHP @ 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm @ 1,750-2,250 rpm.]]>
According to a media report, Uber India is projected to post revenue of Rs. 339 crore for its ride-hailing service and a negative of Rs. 762.5 crore for its food delivery service for the five month period between August and December 2019. During the same period, the operating loss is projected to be Rs. 2,197 crore for its food delivery business and 1,645 crore for the rides business, bringing the total to Rs. 3,842 crore.
The report suggests that the negative revenues maybe because the commission revenues are lower than the cost of delivery, high refunds to consumers and Uber paying restaurants which don't give discounts. Uber claims that India is a market where they are funding the eater, the courier as well as the restaurant in terms of building the business.
Globally, Uber's quarterly results show marginal gain in bookings and monthly active users. Uber beat its quarterly revenue and loss estimates and improved its annual loss forecast. The ride-hailing service is looking to turn a profit by 2021. The company posted an adjusted loss of US$ 585 million, while analysts' estimates were US$ 808 million. Shares also fell 5% after the results.
The company is looking to reduce spending, cut around 1,200 jobs, reduce rider discounts and driver incentives and could also exit from a few markets. More services like bikes, scooters, helicopters, public transportation, as well as food and grocery delivery could help Uber post a profit.
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Jaguar Classic has reproduced a period correct toolkit for the E-type. The toolkit was originally offered with the Series 1 and 2 E-Types and was last available in 1971.
The toolkit is offered in a leatherette-covered canvas roll and include all items needed to carry out routine maintenance on the car. It includes tools like adjustable spanner, tyre valve key, pliers, tyre pressure gauge, points screwdriver, Feeler gauge, 3-piece screwdriver, 4X spanners, 3X box spanners, a spark plug spanner, 2 tommy bars, a valve timing gauge, grease gun, handbrake adjusting wrench and brake bleed tin and tube.
The toolkit can be purchased online from the Jaguar Land Rover Classic online parts shop (link). It will also be offered to Jaguar E-type Reborn customers 鈥?a service where one can buy a fully-restored E-type direct from the carmaker. The manufacturer鈥檚 standard aftermarket parts and accessories warranty covers the toolkit.]]>
Mavox Helmets is now offering a helmet that has an activated carbon filter integrated into it. The company claims that it can filter up to 93% of the pollutants from air.
Activated carbon is essentially charcoal that is treated with oxygen. This process opens up the pores in the carbon increasing its surface area. This enhances its absorption properties. When used as a filter, activated carbon traps pollutants in the air.
The Mavox FX30 helmets come equipped with the activated carbon filter. After heavy usage, the filter can be removed and washed. The FX30 helmet also has a UV resistant paint, visor and air vents.
The Mavox FX30 Max (Mono) costs Rs. 2,565, while the FX30 Max Dip (Graphical) costs Rs. 2,999. It is also available on Amazon & Flipkart.]]>
Skoda has released a design sketch showing the interior of the next generation Octavia.
According to the image, the new Octavia is likely to get a new dual-tone dashboard. It has a wide touchscreen infotainment head-unit in the centre, while the gear selector has been replaced with a switch. It also gets a 2-spoke, multi-function steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster.
In global markets, the new Octavia will be available with turbocharged petrol, plug-in hybrid, diesel and CNG powertrain options. These include 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder and 1.5-litre petrol engines, a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol and a 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid. A 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine will be available in two states of tune - 148 BHP and 197 BHP. Additionally, a CNG variant will also be on offer.
The new Skoda Octavia is scheduled to be unveiled in the second week of November 2019.]]>
According to a media report, MG is planning to unveil the India-spec ZS EV on December 5, 2019. The electric SUV has now been listed on MG India's website and is expected to go on sale early next year.
The ZS EV is based on the MG ZS. The 5-seater electric SUV is expected to get features such as a touchscreen infotainment head-unit, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, climate control, alloy wheels and over-the-air updates.
The MG ZS EV is expected to be powered by a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with an output of 141 BHP and 353 Nm. The battery is claimed to offer a maximum range of 300 km on a single charge. It can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in 40 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger or in 7 hours with a 7 kW charger.]]>
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Tsusho will set up a vehicle dismantling and recycling unit in India. The companies have announced the formation of a 50-50 joint venture company called Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India Private Limited (MSTI) to oversee its operations.
The new joint venture company is headquartered in New Delhi. The recycling unit will be set up in Noida, Uttar Pradesh within 2020-21. Initially, the plant will be able to recycle 2,000 vehicles per month.
MSTI will be responsible for procuring and dismantling end-of-life vehicles. These will be sourced from dealers and customers. The process will include sold and liquid waste management as prescribed by Indian laws.
Maruti and Toyota Tsusho plan to set up more such recycling plants across India.]]>
KTM has unveiled the 390 Adventure at EICMA 2019.
The 390 Adventure looks similar to the larger 790 Adventure. It has an LED headlamp with a windshield on top and a digital instrument panel. The bike has knuckle guards, bash plate, flat seat with grab rails and a single side-mounted exhaust. It rides on alloy wheels shod with dual-purpose tyres. The bike has a dry weight of 158 kg and a 14.5-litre fuel tank.
The 390 Adventure is powered by a 373cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 43 BHP @ 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm @ 7,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch.
The 390 Adventure comes with 43 mm upside-down fork suspension at the front with 170 mm of travel and a monoshock at the rear with 177 mm of travel. It has a 320 mm and a 230 mm brake disc at the front and rear respectively and comes with switchable ABS and traction control.
Hero MotoCorp has showcased the Xtreme 1.R Concept at EICMA 2019. It previews the next generation Xtreme.
According to Hero, the design of the Xtreme 1.R Concept was inspired by the precision of an arrow. It features a sporty design finished in a dual-tone of white and black with red highlights. The bike has an LED headlight and LED tail lamp, stepped seat, single side-mounted exhaust and a fairing around the crankcase. Hero claims that the bike has a kerb weight of less than 140 kg.
The current generation Xtreme 200R is powered by a 199.6cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 18 BHP @ 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Honda plans to launch five new premium bikes in India, taking the total number of Honda BigWing bikes from 7 to 13 models next fiscal.
Honda has not disclosed the exact details of the new bikes. However, the company plans to start mass production of select premium bikes in India. At present, the Honda BigWing portfolio includes 7 bikes ranging from 300cc to 1,800cc. These are either imported as CBUs or assembled locally using CKD kits.
Honda is also planning to expand its Honda BigWing sales and service network to 75 cities.]]>
According to a media report, certain Honda dealerships have started accepting bookings for the BS-VI version of the City.
The City BS-VI is expected to be offered in four variants - SV, V, VX and ZX. It is likely to get LED daytime running lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote locking, electric ORVMs, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control as standard. The top-spec ZX trim could get automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leatherette upholstery and side and curtain airbags.
According to a transport department document, the updated 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine could produce 118 BHP @ 6,600 rpm. The engine is expected to be mated to a manual transmission.
Toyota has just unveiled the Raize sub-4 meter SUV in Japan. Now, media reports suggest that Maruti and Toyota could develop separate SUVs for India based on the DNGA platform.
The Toyota Raize measures 3,995 mm in length. However, the report states that SUVs for India could be slightly longer. While Maruti and Toyota would share the same platform, both SUVs are likely to have different exteriors, but certain interior components could be shared between the two.
The Raize-based SUV could be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech and it could be mated with either a manual or automatic gearbox. However, there has been no official word regarding this yet.
The new SUVs from Maruti and Toyota are expected to compete with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and the likes.
Honda has unveiled the 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade at EICMA 2019.
The 2020 Fireblade is based on a new aluminium frame. It measures 2,100 mm in length, 745 mm in width, 1,140 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,455 mm.
The 2020 Fireblade features new LED headlights with a ram-air duct in the centre. The redesigned fairing incorporates winglets similar to those found on Honda's MotoGP bike. The fuel tank is positioned lower for a more compact riding position. The bike gets a new 5-inch digital instrument cluster, stepped seat and a single side-mounted titanium exhaust.
Powering the CBR1000RR-R is a new 999cc, in-line 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 215 BHP @ 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm @ 12,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch.
The bike features 43 mm Showa upside down front forks and a Showa monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by dual 330 mm discs with 4-piston calipers at the front and a single 220 mm disc with a 2-piston caliper at the rear.
The CBR1000RR-R comes with launch control, ABS and traction control with 9 settings.]]>