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Maruti Suzuki Slashes Prices on Popular AMT Models

|Updated on:03-Jun-2024 01:06 PM

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Maruti Suzuki Slashes Prices on Popular AMT Models

With effect from June 1, 2024, Maruti Suzuki has announced a significant price reduction on some of its best-selling cars equipped with AMT (Automated Manual Transmission), with discounts of up to Rs. 5000. This price cut applies to popular models such as the Maruti Baleno, Maruti Fronx, Maruti Dzire, Maruti Wagon-R, Maruti Ignis, Maruti Celerio, Maruti S-Presso, and Maruti Alto K10. However, the recently launched Maruti Swift 4th generation is excluded from this price cut lineup.

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As Maruti Suzuki prepares to launch its Dream Editions, the company is facing a decline in Year-on-Year (YoY) and Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in its mini and compact car segments. This strategic price reduction is likely aimed at boosting sales and attracting more customers to these popular AMT models.

BMW Owner to Get $1.9M Compensation for Thumb Injury from Soft Close Door Malfunction

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 01:08 PM

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BMW Owner to Get $1.9M Compensation for Thumb Injury from Soft Close Door Malfunction
BMW owner to get $1.9M for thumb injury from soft close door malfunction

The court has ordered BMW to pay $1.9 million (Rs 15.86 crores) in compensation to software engineer Godwin Boateng after he lost his thumb due to a malfunctioning soft-close door on his BMW X5. The incident occurred in July 2016 when Boateng's right hand was resting on the edge of the driver-side door. The door closed quickly despite the obstruction, severing the tip of his thumb. Despite immediate medical attention, the thumb could not be reattached.

  • The soft-close doors on BMWs are designed to close slowly to prevent injuries. However, unlike soft-close windows that use sensors to stop upon detecting an obstruction, the door continued to close.
  • Boateng argued that the injury severely impacted his work as a software engineer, potentially causing him losses of up to $250,000 (Rs 2.08 crores) annually.
  • After an eight-year legal battle, the jury found BMW liable for damages, despite no specific defect being identified in the door mechanism.

BMW’s defense emphasized that the owner’s manual explicitly warns against placing any body part between the door and frame. Nonetheless, the jury ruled in favor of Boateng. It remains uncertain whether BMW will appeal the CarBike360 Says. 

Boateng's lawyer pointed out that this is not an isolated incident, with at least 44 similar injuries reported worldwide due to BMW’s soft-close doors. A comparable case involved Mercedes-Benz, which faced a lawsuit in 2022 after a user lost part of their thumb in a GLE SUV's soft-close door.

Ford Capri EV Debuts: 627km Range and Citroen Basalt-like Design

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 10:43 AM

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Ford Capri EV Debuts: 627km Range and Citroen Basalt-like Design

Ford has brought back the iconic Capri, now as an electric vehicle (EV). The new Ford Capri EV boasts an impressive range of 627 kilometers and a design that draws similarities to the Citroen Basalt.

From Coupe to SUV

In the past, the Ford Capri was known as a stylish two-door coupe. Today, it has been transformed into a modern SUV, a popular choice in the auto industry. Built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, the Capri EV combines elements of a coupe, crossover, and sedan.

Similar Design to Citroen Basalt

The Ford Capri EV features a three-box crossover sedan design with a high stance, flat roof, and sloping fastback-like roofline. This design is quite similar to the upcoming Citroen Basalt, especially in the Vivid Yellow color. However, the Capri EV is larger, measuring 4.63 meters in length, 1.87 meters in width, 1.62 meters in height, and with a 2.76-meter wheelbase.

Ford Capri EV Debuts: 627km Range and Citroen Basalt-like Design

Exterior and Interior Features

The Capri EV has a sleek front fascia with neatly designed headlights connected by a black plaque housing the Ford logo. The car’s shoulder line flows seamlessly from the bonnet to the C-pillars, merging with the roofline. The pillars are blacked out, adding to the car's stylish look. Ford offers 19-inch wheels as standard, with an option to upgrade to 21-inch wheels. The rear design mirrors the front with a flat look and similar LED tail lights. Gloss black body claddings enhance the car's aesthetics.

Inside, the Capri EV resembles the Ford Explorer EV, with a 14.6-inch portrait-style infotainment screen and a floating center console. The steering wheel features details reminiscent of past Capri models. Pricing for the Capri EV starts at EUR 51,950 (approximately Rs 47 lakh).

Powerful Performance

The Ford Capri EV comes in two variants. The base RWD variant features a 77 kWh battery pack, delivering a 627 km range (WLTP) and a 282 bhp motor, accelerating to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. The top AWD variant has a larger 79 kWh battery, offering a 592 km range (WLTP) and a 335 bhp motor, reaching 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Ford Capri EV Debuts: 627km Range and Citroen Basalt-like Design

With its modern design and powerful performance, the Ford Capri EV marks a significant return for the iconic nameplate, blending the past with the future of electric vehicles.

2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift Earns 3-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 10:39 AM

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2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift Earns 3-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2024 crash tested by Euro NCAP

The 2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift achieved a 3-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash test evaluation. This rating is a step down from previous generations, where the 2nd gen Swift scored 5 stars and the 3rd gen scored 4 stars with a safety package. The new Swift, in its 4th generation, has incorporated six airbags and several electronic aids as standard features.

Euro NCAP’s recent tests on the new Swift revealed an overall 3-star rating. Detailed scores include 67% for adult occupant protection, 65% for child occupant protection, 76% for vulnerable road users, and 62% for safety assist features. The test model was a Left Hand Drive (LHD) variant classified under City and Supermini categories, equipped with front and side airbags, seat belt reminders, load limiters, pretensioners, rear ISOFIX child mounts, and ADAS features like Auto Emergency Braking (AEB), Speed Assistance, Lane Assist System, and Driver Fatigue Detection.

Detailed Scores:

  • Adult Occupant Safety:
    • Frontal Impact: 10.5/16 points
    • Lateral Impact: 11.5/16 points
    • Rear Impact: 4/4 points
  • Child Occupant Safety:
    • Rescue and Extrication: 0.8/4 points
    • Crash Test Performance (8 to 10 year olds): 14.1/24 points
    • Child Safety Features: 6/13 points
    • CRS Installation Check: 2/12 points
  • Vulnerable Road Users (VRU):
    • Overall: 29.2/36 points
    • Pedestrian and Cyclist Impact Mitigation: 18.8/27 points
  • Safety Assist:
    • AEB Pedestrians: 5.7/9 points
    • AEB Cyclists: 7.8/8 points
    • AEB Motorcyclists: 3.3/6 points
    • Lane Support Motorcyclist: 2/3 points
    • Speed Assistance: 2.1/3 points
    • Occupant Status Monitoring: 0.3/3 points
    • Lane Support: 2.5/3 points
    • AEB to Car: 6.5/9 points

The Swift's performance in various safety categories shows areas where improvements could be made, particularly in child occupant safety and occupant status monitoring.

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Tata Curvv Teasers Reveal Off-Road Capability in Extreme Terrains

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 08:52 AM

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Tata Curvv Teasers Reveal Off-Road Capability in Extreme Terrains
Tata Curvv teasers reveal off-road capability

Tata Motors has unveiled new teasers for the upcoming Tata Curvv Coupe SUV, emphasizing the off-road capabilities of the Curvv in the Thar Desert and Himalayan range. The Tata Curvv will initially launch with electric and diesel powertrains, with a petrol variant expected just before the festive season. The teasers provide a glimpse of the Tata Curvv's impressive design and features, showcasing its potential to handle challenging terrains.

Revealed at the Bharat Mobility Show 2024, the teasers display the Curvv navigating tough terrains, offering glimpses of its design and features. Notably, the teasers highlight the Curvv's sloping roofline, flush door handles, and alloy wheels, while it tackles the harsh conditions of Jaisalmer and the Himalayas.

Key exterior features:

  •  Daytime running lamps (DRLs) and headlamps.
  •  Connected lamp setup at the rear.
  •  Speculated EV and diesel variants with distinct air intake designs.
  •  Flush-fitted door handles and aero wheels, similar to the Nexon EV.

The Curvv, a compact SUV, boasts a spacious boot of 422 litres, larger than the Nexon's. Other exterior features include split LED headlamp units, split tail lamps, shark fin antenna, and roof rails, though the vehicle remains fully camouflaged.

Interior features expected in the Curvv:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen system with telematics, video streaming, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
  • JBL surround sound system.
  • Ventilated seats, wireless charging, and touch controls for air conditioning.

The Curvv EV promises a range of 400-450 km, supported by Tata's Acti.ev platform, which also underpins the Punch EV. This platform offers DC fast charging, V2L (vehicle-to-load), drive modes, and adjustable energy regeneration. The Curvv EV is expected to come in Standard Range and Long Range configurations, potentially with a 50 kWh battery pack offering around 500 km per charge.

Expected to start at ₹20 lakh (ex-showroom), the Curvv EV will compete with models like the MG ZS EV, BYD Atto 3, and upcoming Creta EV. The ICE version will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Grand Vitara, and others in the compact SUV segment.

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BMW Group Posts Strong Growth in Electric Vehicles and Premium Segment in H1 2024

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 07:41 AM

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BMW Group Posts Strong Growth in Electric Vehicles and Premium Segment in H1 2024
BMW Group Posts Strong Growth in Electric Vehicles and Premium Segment in H1 2024

In the first half of 2024, BMW Group achieved a significant increase in the sales of fully electric vehicles. The company delivered 179,557 electric vehicles, marking a +34.1% increase compared to last year.

Vehicle Type

H1 2024 Sales

Growth (%)

Fully-electric BMW Vehicles

179,557

+34.1%

Overall Sales Performance

The BMW brand saw a global sales increase of +2.3%, with 1,096,486 units sold in the year's first half. The overall deliveries for BMW Group, including BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce brands, totaled 1,213,359 units.

Regional Sales Insights

Despite a challenging market environment, BMW Group saw sales growth in Europe and North America.

Region

H1 2024 Sales

Growth (%)

Europe

460,144

+2.6%

America

229,302

+2.1%

Asia

493,364

-3.6%

Germany

130,451

-3.3%

USA

187,979

+1.5%

China

375,947

-4.2%

Premium Segment and BMW M Performance

The upper premium segment and BMW M models also performed well. The BMW 7 Series saw a +22% sales growth, and the BMW M recorded a +5.1% increase with 99,517 vehicles sold.

MINI and Rolls-Royce Highlights

MINI brand delivered 114,054 vehicles, facing a decrease in sales due to the model changeover. Rolls-Royce launched the Cullinan Series II, maintaining its status as the most in-demand model, with 2,819 cars delivered.

Looking Ahead

BMW Group remains optimistic for the second half of 2024, supported by the availability of new models like the BMW 5 Series and the launch of the new MINI Family. The company’s diverse product portfolio and flexible drive train technologies position it well to meet global customer preferences.

BMW Group Sales Overview

Q2 2024 Sales

Growth (%)

YTD June 2024 Sales

Growth (%)

BMW Group Automotive

618,826

-1.3%

1,213,359

-0.1%

BMW

565,553

+2.2%

1,096,486

+2.3%

BMW M GmbH

51,418

+6.6%

99,517

+5.1%

MINI

51,979

-27.6%

114,054

-18.7%

BMW Group Electrified

146,483

+8.5%

269,065

+9.6%

BMW Group BEV

107,933

+22.2%

190,622

+24.6%

Rolls-Royce

1,294

-16.0%

2,819

-11.4%

BMW Motorrad

66,638

+2.6%

113,072

+0.2%

With strong sales in electric and premium segments, BMW Group demonstrates resilience and growth, setting a positive outlook for the future.

TVS Launches New Model: Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition Debuts at ₹1.28 Lakh

|Updated on:11-Jul-2024 05:37 AM

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TVS Launches New Model: Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition Debuts at ₹1.28 Lakh
TVS Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition launched

TVS Motor, the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer, has launched the Racing Edition of its popular motorcycle, Apache RTR 160. Priced at ₹1.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition is now available for bookings across India. The Racing Edition introduces several updates, including new design elements, colour schemes, and additional features.

The Racing Edition launch follows the recent release of the Black Edition of the Apache RTR 160 4V motorcycle, positioning it at the top of the Apache lineup. The Racing Edition is priced around ₹9,000 more than the Black Edition and is slightly more expensive than the Apache RTR 160 RM.

Updates in the Racing Edition include:

New Colour Scheme: Exclusive Matter Black body colour with a sporty appearance.

Graphics: Race-inspired carbon fibre graphics and a distinctive Racing Edition logo.

Red Alloy Wheels: Enhancing the bike's sporty look.

Engine and Performance

The Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition retains the same 160cc air-cooled engine as the standard versions. This engine is paired with a five-speed gearbox, delivering up to 15.8 bhp of maximum power at 8,750 rpm and 12.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The bike boasts a top speed of 107 kmph.

Vimal Sumbly, Head Business - Premium, TVS Motor Company, commented - "With a robust community of 5.5 million TVS Apache riders worldwide, this launch underscores the company's dedication to delivering aspirational products that reflect TVS Motor's racing heritage and engineering excellence, addressing the evolving needs of our customers."

Features

The feature list of the Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition remains consistent with other variants. It includes:

Ride Modes: Sport, Urban, and Rain.

Glide Through Technology: For smooth low-speed riding.

Digital LCD Cluster: With TVS SmartXonnect for enhanced connectivity.

The launch of the TVS Apache RTR 160 Racing Edition offers a blend of performance, style, and advanced features.