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Suzuki's Electric Scooter For India Will Feature A Fixed Battery Pack

|Updated on:10-Jul-2024 12:34 PM

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<figure class="image"><img style="aspect-ratio:1366/768;" src="https://cb360static.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/Suzuki_s_first_e_scooter_19b4bc12dd.png" width="1366" height="768"><figcaption>Suzuki's first e-scooter</figcaption></figure><p style="text-align:justify;"><meta charset="utf-8"></p><p style="line-height:1.38;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-top:0pt;text-align:justify;" dir="ltr"><a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.carbike360.com/scooters/suzuki"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Suzuki</span></span></a><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"> is finally entering the electric scooter market in India with its first e-scooter, starting production in December. Unlike its previous e-Burgman scooter, this e-scooter will have a fixed battery that cannot be removed, a key difference between the two models.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">&nbsp;</p><ol style="margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;padding-inline-start:48px;"><li style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;list-style-type:decimal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;" dir="ltr" aria-level="1"><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">The scooter's battery cannot be removed.</span></span></p></li><li style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;list-style-type:decimal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;" dir="ltr" aria-level="1"><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Suzuki hopes to sell 25,000 scooters every year.</span></span></p></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height:1.38;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-top:0pt;text-align:justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;"><strong>Suzuki's New Electric Scooter: India Launch Details</strong></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height:1.38;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-top:0pt;text-align:justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Suzuki's first electric scooter in India, codenamed XF091, will have a non-removable battery and is expected to launch early next year. Production starts in December and the company hopes to sell 25,000 scooters per year.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height:1.38;margin-bottom:0pt;margin-top:0pt;text-align:justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial,sans-serif;font-size:13.999999999999998pt;"><span style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;">Suzuki showed off an electric scooter, e-Burgman, with a removable battery last year. It's been tested in India several times, but how similar it is to the version sold in Japan needs to be clarified. The scooter's name is also unknown, but it might be part of the Access or Burgman series, which is very popular.</span></span></p>

Mercedes-Benz to Launch AMG GLC 43 Coupe and CLE Cabriolet on August 8 in India

|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 07:36 AM

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<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;"><a title="Mercedes-Benz" href="https://www.carbike360.com/cars/mercedes-benz" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mercedes-Benz</a> is set to introduce two new high-end vehicles to the Indian market on August 8th, 2024. The AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe and CLE Cabriolet will join the company's lineup, catering to the growing demand for premium vehicles in the country. Both <a href="https://www.carbike360.com/cars/mercedes-benz/amg-glc43-coupe/4matic" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe</a> and CLE Cabriolet will be imported as Completely Built Units (CBUs), which may result in premium pricing. Following a strong performance in India, including record sales in the first half of the year, Mercedes-Benz has launched the AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe and CLE Cabriolet, particularly notable in their Top-End Vehicle (TEV) segment.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The CLE Cabriolet will be the third convertible offering from Mercedes-Benz in India, joining the AMG E 53 Cabriolet and AMG SL 55 Roadster.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Key features of the CLE Cabriolet include:</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">• Based on the MRA platform shared with C-Class and E-Class<br>• 4-seater coupe design<br>• 11.9-inch portrait-style infotainment screen<br>• 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster<br>• Latest MBUX system</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;"><img title="CLE Cabriolet.png" src="https://s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/cb360static/uploads/489fdf02-d91d-4440-af76-4f179d5bfedc--CLE%20Cabriolet.png" alt="CLE Cabriolet" width="100%" height="544"></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe, a performance-oriented version of the GLC SUV, boasts several enhancements:</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">• Sporty AMG grille and bumpers<br>• 21-inch wheels<br>• AMG-specific side skirts and large diffuser<br>• Quad exhausts<br>• AMG-specific steering wheel and sporty seats</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;"><img title="AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe.png" src="https://s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/cb360static/uploads/02c3160d-335e-4713-8985-3b813c67e7e7--AMG%20GLC%2043%204Matic%20Coupe.png" alt="AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe" width="100%" height="546"></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The new AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupe replaces its predecessor's 3.0L V6 engine with a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine featuring mild hybrid technology. This power plant delivers 421 bhp and 500 Nm of torque, enabling a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds. The vehicle is equipped with a 9-speed gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Additional performance features include rear-wheel steering, active suspension, variable steering feel, and high-performance brakes. These new launches aim to capitalize on the growing demand for luxury vehicles in India, where Mercedes-Benz's TEV segment already accounts for over 25% of its total sales.</p>

Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

ByAyush Jain
|Updated on:18-Jul-2024 07:35 AM

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Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

Nissan is set to expand its Indian portfolio by introducing the X-Trail SUV, positioning it as the brand's flagship offering. The company has revealed specifications for the India-spec X-Trail ahead of its launch, showcasing a 7-seater configuration powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine. This powertrain mated to a CVT gearbox and featuring a 12V mild-hybrid system, produces 163 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. The X-Trail's arrival marks the beginning of Nissan's product expansion in India, with plans to follow up with the xSUVs in the premium segment. It can be expected to be priced around ₹ 40 Lakhs ex-Showroom.

The India-spec Nissan X-Trail boasts the following dimensions:

Length: 4,680 mm

Width: 1,840 mm

Height: 1,725 mm

Wheelbase: 2,705 mm

Ground clearance: 210 mm

Turning radius: 5.5 m

Exterior features of the X-Trail include LED headlights and tail lights, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and a panoramic sunroof. The SUV will be available in three color options: Solid White, Diamond Black, and Champagne Silver.

Nissan X-Trail Specs Unveiled: Premium 7-Seater SUV Coming to India

Inside, the X-Trail is equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display, dual-zone climate control, and a wireless charger. The second-row seats offer a 60:40 split, while the third row features a 50:50 split, both with reclining functionality.

Safety features are comprehensive, including seven airbags, hill start assist, ABS, EBD, TPMS, an ADAS suite, and a limited-slip differential. The vehicle also comes with paddle shifters for enhanced driver control.

Nissan plans to import the X-Trail to India as a completely built unit (CBU), which may result in higher pricing due to import taxes. Upon launch, the X-Trail will compete with other premium SUVs in the market such as the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Skoda Kodiaq, and Jeep Meridian.

The introduction of the X-Trail signifies Nissan's commitment to strengthening its presence in the Indian automotive market, moving beyond its current sole offering, the Magnite. As the company prepares for this launch, it is also testing a facelifted version of the Magnite, indicating further updates to its product lineup in the near future.

 

Mahindra XUV 3XO Base Variant MX1 Launches at ₹7.49 Lakh

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 02:01 PM

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Mahindra XUV 3XO Base Variant MX1 Launches at ₹7.49 Lakh

Mahindra has expanded its XUV 3XO line up with the introduction of a new base variant, the MX1, priced at ₹7.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The addition of this new base variant brings the total number of variants for the compact SUV to nine, ranging from MX1 to AX7 Luxury. The MX1's arrival significantly lowers the entry price for the XUV 3XO, which previously started at ₹9.99 lakh for the MX2 Pro Petrol variant. Dealerships across India have begun receiving the new base variant, making it available to customers.

The MX1 variant is equipped with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine featuring multi-point fuel injection. This power plant generates 109 bhp and 200 Nm of torque, paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.

The base variant, the MX1 comes with several essential features:

• Six airbags
• ISOFIX child seat mounts
• Hill assist
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
• LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and taillights
• Halogen projector headlamps
• Rear seat center armrest
• Accessory power outlets
• Electronically adjustable seats

The XUV 3XO, launched in April 2024 as a successor to the XUV 300, has quickly gained traction in the compact SUV segment. In its first week of deliveries, Mahindra reported sales of 10,000 units, outperforming competitors like the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue in its inaugural month.

Higher-end variants of the XUV 3XO offer additional features, with the top-spec AX7L TGDI Petrol boasting a more powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 129 bhp and 230 Nm of torque. These premium variants also include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and internet connectivity features such as Google/Alexa integration and an SOS button.

Yezdi Roadster Now Comes with a No-Cost Trail Pack

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 01:02 PM

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Yezdi Roadster Now Comes with a No-Cost Trail Pack

Yezdi Motorcycles has announced an exciting offer for the Yezdi Roadster. For a limited time, every purchase of the Yezdi Roadster will include the Trail Pack, valued at INR 16,000, at no extra cost. This pack enhances the bike's performance and versatility, making it perfect for city streets, highways, and off-road adventures.

What’s Included in the Trail Pack?

The Trail Pack is designed to prepare riders for any journey. It includes:

  • Saddle Bags with Saddle Stay: Perfect for carrying essentials on any trip.
  • Roadster Visor Kit: Provides extra wind protection for a more comfortable ride.
  • Headlamp Grille: Protects the headlamp from debris, essential for off-road riding.
  • Pillion Backrest: Adds comfort for passengers on long journeys.
  • Crash Guard: Offers extra protection for both the rider and the bike.
  • Bike Cover: Keeps the motorcycle safe from the elements when not in use.

The Yezdi Roadster, now fully loaded with these accessories, is available for INR 2.09 lakh (ex-showroom).

Why Choose the Yezdi Roadster?

The Yezdi Roadster is the most affordable bike in Yezdi’s lineup, offering great value with the new Trail Pack. Here are some key features:

  • 334 cc Engine: The Roadster is powered by a 334 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 28 bhp and 29.40 Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed gearbox and a slip-and-assist clutch.
  • Dimensions: With a ground clearance of 175 mm, a kerb weight of 194 kg, a 12.4-liter fuel tank, and a seat height of 790 mm, the Roadster is accessible for most riders.

Recent Updates

Yezdi recently launched new premium variants of the Roadster, featuring forward-set foot pegs and a taller handlebar, based on customer feedback. These new variants will be sold alongside the existing ones, offering riders more options to suit their preferences.

With the addition of the Trail Pack, the Yezdi Roadster offers even greater value and versatility. Whether you’re a city commuter or an adventure seeker, now is the perfect time to own this stylish and robust motorcycle.

Bengaluru Traffic Woes: Government Plans New Parking Policy

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 12:16 PM

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Bengaluru Traffic Woes: Government Plans New Parking Policy

Bengaluru is infamous for its traffic jams, ranking as the world's sixth-slowest city in terms of traffic speed. The city's traffic woes lead to an annual loss of Rs 19,725 crore due to delays. To tackle this persistent problem, the Karnataka government is planning to introduce a dedicated parking policy for vehicles.

The Traffic Situation

Bengaluru's traffic jams are almost a daily ordeal. A recent study revealed that traveling 10 kilometers in the city took an average of 28 minutes and 10 seconds in 2023. The state's home minister, G Parameshwara, highlighted this issue at the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. He proposed a short-term and long-term parking policy aimed at decongesting the city.

Proposed Solutions

During Question Hour, Minister Parameshwara said the plan would be discussed with the transport department and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), among other stakeholders. He emphasized that the traffic problem in Bengaluru cannot be resolved by the police alone.

Parking is a significant issue in Bengaluru due to narrow roads and vehicles parked in no-parking zones, causing further traffic chaos. The minister noted, “The traffic issue in Bengaluru is unique. There is no policy or infrastructure to handle the number of vehicles we have. Vehicles are often parked on both sides of roads, making it difficult for others to pass. We need a clear policy for this.”

Policy Details and Enforcement

The proposed parking policy may include heavy fines and designated parking areas to deter vehicle owners from going against no-parking rules. Minister Parameshwara hopes that strict enforcement of these rules will help decongest the city. In recent years, fines for parking violations have increased significantly. In 2022, over 12 lakh vehicle owners were fined more than ₹20 crore. In 2023, fines increased to over ₹37 crore in 11 lakh cases. This year, more than five lakh cases have already been recorded, with over ₹5 crore collected in fines.

However, the minister acknowledged that merely collecting fines is not enough to solve Bengaluru's traffic problems. “So far, we have just been fining or towing vehicles," he said, adding that this has not significantly eased congestion.

Current Traffic Statistics

A recent report by TomTom showed that the average speed in Bengaluru is just 18 kmph, making it slower than any other Indian city. Bengaluru has around 23 lakh private cars and adds approximately 2,000 new vehicles every day. The city loses Rs 19,725 crore annually due to traffic delays, congestion, stoppages at signals, time loss, fuel loss, and related factors.

The proposed parking policy aims to address these issues by creating a more structured and regulated parking system, ultimately helping to reduce traffic congestion and improve the overall flow of vehicles in Bengaluru.

 

MG Cloud Crossover Utility Vehicle Revealed at 2024 GIIAS – Similar to India-Spec Model

|Updated on:17-Jul-2024 12:07 PM

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MG Cloud Crossover Utility Vehicle Revealed at 2024 GIIAS – Similar to India-Spec Model

MG Motor is poised to expand its electric vehicle lineup in India with the introduction of the Cloud Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). Recently showcased at the 2024 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), the Cloud CUV is expected to launch in India by early 2025. This compact electric vehicle, measuring around 4.3m in length, 1.85m in width, and 1.65m in height, aims to cater to buyers seeking a tech-savvy, design-forward EV. With a long 2.7m wheelbase, the Cloud CUV promises ample interior space and is part of MG's strategy to launch multiple vehicles in the Indian market.

The MG Cloud CUV showcases a distinctive silhouette that distinguishes it from conventional SUVs. Its compact dimensions are enhanced by a short hood and passenger-centric design, providing great visibility for urban driving.

The Cloud CUV's exterior features include:

  • All-LED lighting
  • All-four disc brakes
  • Electric tailgate
  • Flush door handles
  • 18-inch Ferris-shaped alloy wheels

Inside, the Cloud CUV offers a premium experience with soft-touch materials, rose-gold accents, and quilted-design upholstery. The cabin is equipped with a 15.6-inch infotainment screen and an 8.8-inch digital instrument cluster.

Other notable features include:

  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • 256-color ambient lighting
  • Rear AC vents
  • Auto climate control
  • Storage box in center console
  • 2-spoke steering wheel
  • Built-in air filter
  • Push-button start
  • Wireless charger
  • 6-speaker audio system

The electric powertrain consists of a 50.6 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor producing 134 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. This front-wheel-drive setup is expected to offer a balance of performance and efficiency suitable for urban driving.

MG Cloud Crossover Utility Vehicle Revealed at 2024 GIIAS – Similar to India-Spec Model

Safety and driver assistance features are a priority in the Cloud CUV, including:

  • Four airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Extensive ADAS suite with adaptive cruise control
  • 360-degree camera

The vehicle's practicality is complemented by its expandable boot space, which can reach up to 1,707L with the second-row seats folded.

While official pricing has not been announced, industry experts anticipate that the MG Cloud CUV will be positioned slightly above the MG ZS EV in the company's line up. This pricing strategy reflects the vehicle's advanced features and unique market positioning as a compact electric crossover.