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Tata Altroz Racer Launch Confirmed for June 2024; Details

|Updated on:28-May-2024 11:06 AM

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Tata Altroz Racer Launch Confirmed for June 2024; Details

The Tata Altroz Racer, confirmed for a June 2024 launch, is a sportier, more powerful version of the standard Altroz, featuring distinct interior and exterior designs. Retaining the athletic characteristics showcased at the 2023 Auto Expo, the production model will sport a blacked-out bonnet, roof, and ORVMs, along with two white racing stripes for an aggressive look. Enhanced equipment and power delivery set the Altroz Racer apart as a feature-loaded, performance-oriented model.
 

Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM

|Updated on:12-Jul-2024 07:05 AM

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Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM
Passenger Vehicles Sales June 2024 shows 3 percent: SIAM

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has released its sales report for June 2024, along with Q1 FY2025. According to the SIAM report, the passenger vehicle segment recorded an uptick of 3.0% selling 3,37,757 units as compared to 3,27,788 units sold in the same month in the previous year. Commenting on sales data of Q1 for 2024-25, Vinod Aggarwal, President, SIAM said, “All segments viz., Passenger Vehicle, Commercial Vehicle, Three-Wheeler and Two-Wheelers posted growth in Q1 of 2024-25 over the Q1 of last year. While Passenger Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles have witnessed moderate growth, the Two Wheelers and Three Wheelers have posted very handsome growth in double digits. Within Two-Wheelers, Scooters have posted even higher growth based on some green shoots of recovery in entry-level two-wheelers. With positive outlook on monsoon and coming festive season, the Automotive Sector is poised to perform better in the balance part of the year.”

Domestic sales table

Category

Domestic sales

Segment / Sub-segment

June

 

2023

2024

% changes

Passenger Vehicles

   

Passenger Cars

1,16,375

1,00,406

-13.7%

Utility Vehicles

1,54,821

1,83,056

18.2%

Vans

9,357

10,771

15.1%

Total Passenger Vehicles

3,27,788

3,37,757

3.0%

 

Two Wheelers

   

Scooters

3,87,373

5,42,851

40.1%

Motorcycles

9,08,954

10,30,906

13.4%

Mopeds

34,499

40,397

17.1%

Total Two Wheelers

13,30,826

16,14,154

21.3%

The passenger cars segment witnessed a decline of - 13.7% with sales of 1,00,406 units in June 2024 compared to the 1,16,375 units sold in the same month the previous year. But the Utility vehicles showed a positive growth of 18.2% with the sales of 1,83,056 units in June 2024 compared to the 1,54,821 units sold in the same month of the previous year. The Vans segment also showed a growth of 15.1% with sales of 10,771 units in June 2024 compared to the 9,357 units sold in the same month the previous year.

The Two-wheelers segment witnessed a growth of 21.3% with sales of 16,14,154 units in June 2024 compared to the 13,30,826 units sold in the same month the previous year. The scooters segment also showed a growth of 40.1 % with sales of 5,42,851 units compared to the 3,87,373 units sold in the same month the previous year. The Motorcycle segment also showed a growth of 13.4% with the sales of 10,30,906 units in June 2024 compared to the 9,08,954 units sold in the same month the previous year. The mopeds segment also showed a growth of 17.1% with sales of 40,397 units in June 2024 compared to the 34,499 units sold in the same month previous year.

Why is the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono So Expensive in India?

|Updated on:12-Jul-2024 05:35 AM

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Why is the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono So Expensive in India?

The Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono is one of the least powerful bikes that Ducati has ever made. However, it has a higher price tag than the Hypermotard 950 in India. Priced at Rs 16.50 lakh (ex-showroom), it seems like an expensive choice. So, why is this Ducati so costly?

Import Tax and Custom Duties

Almost 90% of Ducati's bikes come from Thailand as completely built-up (CBU) units. Ducati has a big manufacturing unit there, and India has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand. This means Ducati bikes from Thailand usually do not attract custom duties. However, the Hypermotard 698 Mono is taxed heavily in India for a simple reason—it has an engine displacement of less than 800cc. The FTA tax benefits apply only to bikes above 800cc. Bikes below 800cc, like the Hypermotard 698 Mono, are taxed at 50% of their declared value.

Dealer and Operational Costs

Another reason for the high price is the profit margins for Ducati India and its dealers. Premium bikes often have high margins, even for dealers. Running a premium bike showroom comes with high overhead costs. Ducati showrooms are typically located in prime areas of metro cities and employ well-trained staff. To cover these costs and ensure profitability, Ducati offers good margins to its dealers.

Due to these factors, the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono has a high price in India. While it may not be a popular choice, Ducati keeps it in their portfolio to offer a complete range of their global bikes in the country.

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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