Content: Joy Thomas
Transaltion: Abhiramy R
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has set a new sales record in the subcompact SUV segment. The cumulative sales of the subcompact SUV touched the 4 lakh units mark in less than three years since the launch of the car.
The Vitara Brezza currently is the market leader and commands a market share in the compact SUV segment of over 44 per cent year-to-date. With the Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki introduced dual-tone colours – a first in its segment at the time of its launch, which have got high acceptance with customers. Auto Gear Shift, was offered on Vitara Brezza too and has received overwhelming response from customers with its penetration as high as 20 per cent.
With this, the Brezza now commands a staggering 44.1 percent of the sub-4 metre SUV segment. Maruti says that the Brezza was sold at a monthly average of 14,675 units and that the AGS variant that was launched last year consists of around 20 percent of total sales. The sub-4 metre SUV is powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine and puts out 90PS of power and 200 Nm of torque. There are two transmission options available — a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT.
In terms of creature comforts, the Brezza is equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, automatic climate control, electric ORVMs, auto wipers, auto headlamps, and more.
On the safety front, it is equipped with ABS with EBD, dual airbags, reverse parking camera and sensors, and a high speed warning alert system. Last year, the Brezza scored 4-stars in Global-NCAP crash tests.
Mahindra Group firm Pininfarina launches luxury electric car Battista: The future of Electric cars
Luxury electric vehicles brand Automobili Pininfarina, a part of the Mahindra Group, on March launched its luxury electric car Battista which is touted to be faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0-100 km/h sub-two second sprint.
“When it arrives in 2020, the Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy and it will deliver a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology,” Automobili Pininfarina said in a press release.
Faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap, the Battista will combine extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package, the company said.
Battista will be the first in a range of purely electric, with an ICE powertrain, and an access-all-city-areas ability for future zero emissions zones. Inspired by, famous Pininfarina designs such as the Cisitalia 202, Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari Modulo, and Sintesi concept cars, the model has been named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach building company that he started in 1930.
No more than 150 Battistas will be hand-crafted in Italy and allocated equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia, Pininfarina said. The Battista has been developed by the Automobili Pininfarina design team, led by Luca Borgogno, and Pininfarina SpA, led by its Design Vice President Carlo Bonzanigo.
At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Automobili Pininfarina will present two examples of the ground-breaking hypercar to prospective owners.
Volkswagen to build 22 Million E-cars over next decade
German automaker Volkswagen announces to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent.
Earlier the company had announced that the aim is 15 million. That was ambitious in itself given that it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year.
The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles.
The company also disclosed that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of 12, fell to 3.2 billion euros ($3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.
The company said operating results for the group in 2018 rose 0.4 percent to 17.1 billion euros on sales that rose 2.7 percent to 235.8 billion euros. Net profit for the year rose 6 percent to 12.2 billion euros.
CEO Herbert Diess said at the company’s annual news conference that the company met its profit goal with an operating margin of 7.3 percent.
Tata Motors gifts Indian Army an extreme off-road vehicle
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Tata has been developing a Made in India extreme off-road vehicle for the Indian Army over the past one year or more. This Hummer style off roader, all terrain vehicles, is code named Merlin. Tata Merlin has now been spied on test once again.
The Hummer styled Tata vehicle has also been tested in the Himalayas. Compared to other larger armoured vehicles, which are more frequently used by the Indian Army, the new Tata Merlin is compact in size. The exteriors are also noted with military grade doors and bullet proof windows.
The hatch on the roof allows for easy mounting of a machine gun while there is an open space for storage of food, ammunition and other equipment and supplies that need to be taken to the battle field. It receives an extended wheelbase. There is a spare wheel at the rear.
The Tata Merlin is a Light Support Vehicle which was on show at the 70th Republic Day parade on 26th January 2019. The Merlin LSV is to be launched in the Indian Army. Once it enters service, it will be used for troop movement and also as a combat vehicle. It is built to resist bullet shelling and grenade attack and can house customized weaponry which also includes a machine gun.
Along with Tata Merlin for the Indian Army, there are many other defence vehicles produced by Tata Motors. Their most recent vehicle to enter service of the Indian Army was the Safari Storme. Tata Motors has been supplying this vehicle to the Indian army after it won the order placed by the Ministry of Defence.
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