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.
Xiaomi Launches Electric Bike With 120 Km Range for Rs 31,000
Xiaomi makes probably everything that you can think of. The brand has made phones, laptops, shoes and even toothbrushes, but now it’s eyeing a whole new segment which is electric bikes. With most countries looking at alternatives to fossil fuel, electric bikes are turning into an economical source of transportation.
And Xiaomi is the latest name to venture into this space with its Himo T1 electric bike. The company has launched it in China, but it would likely bring them to India. It’s priced around Rs 31,000 (in Indian currency equivalent), and Xiaomi claims the Himo T1 can run up to 120 km on a single charge.
It’s not as if there aren’t other options, but pricing and quality has been a challenge to meet for many existing manufacturers. With Xiaomi, the industry could get a big boost.
Speaking about the electric bike, as you can see above, it has all the traits of a typical Xiaomi product. Clean and simple design, with functions that’ll be easy to operate. The bike carries a 350W brush-less permanent magnet motor and gets powered up by a start button.
The handle of the scooter is complimented with an electronic display, which will show details like kilometers covered, your riding speed and possibly time as well. It houses a bright headlight, LED unit most probably and 90mm wide tyres are supported by hydraulic disc and rear drum brakes for safety while riding.
Its power support is handled by a massive 14,000mAh (or 14Ah) rechargeable battery but we don’t know how long will it take to fully charge.
What might be worrying is that Himo T1 weighs merely 53 kg, and even if the bike goes at a top speed of 25km, the brakes can tend to be slightly overwhelming for its feature set. This bike, however, in China will be available through a crowdfunding model, costing 2,999 Yuan (Rs 31,000 approx) and goes on sale from 4 June onwards. Clearly, electric bikes like these are the future, and even though it costs more than a conventional two wheeler, its long term gains are worth taking note of. India could surely do with some of these in the coming years and we’re hopeful Xiaomi brings it to our shores sometime soon.
BMW launches its New Version Z4 Roadster in India
German luxury carmaker BMW Monday launched a new version of its convertible coupe, the Z4 Roadster in India, at a price of Rs 64.9 lakh.
The model comes in two engine variants — the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW M Performance model, the BMW Z4 M40i, the company said in a statement. The Z4 sDrive20i variant is priced at Rs 64.9 lakh, while the Z4 M40i trim is tagged at Rs 78.9 lakh.
The petrol engines of the BMW Z4 are part of the EfficientDynamics family of engines produced by the company. The BMW Z4 sDrive20i will come with a two-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 197 horsepower and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1,450 – 4,200 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 6.6 seconds.
The BMW Z4 M40i, on the other hand, will come with a three-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, producing an output of 340 horsepower and a maximum torque of 500 Nm at 1,600 – 4,500 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 4.5 seconds.
Hans-Christian Baertels President, BMW Group India”The all-new BMW Z4 Roadster is our brand-new addition to the company’s long history of engrossing roadsters. With dynamic proportions, emotional design and thrilling sportiness, this open-top two-seater takes the classic roadster into the world of tomorrow.”
Suzuki Intruder launched in India at Rs. 1.08 lakh
Suzuki Motorcycle India has launched the 2019 edition of its Intruder bike in the country at Rs. 1.08 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The updated cruiser bike comes with a new color scheme and some minor design changes.
However, mechanically, this model remains same as the standard Intruder which was launched in 2017.
The 2019 Suzuki Intruder comes with a cruiser body design and a new Metallic Matte Titanium Silver paint job. In terms of updates, the bike gets a redesigned gear shift and brake pedal.
However, other design features remain pretty much the same, with a sharp twin exhaust pipe, LED taillamp, LED position lights, halogen headlamp, a low rider seat, and a digital instrument console.
The Suzuki Intruder is powered by a 154.9cc air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC engine which is sourced from the company’s Gixxer range. The motor comes mated to 5-speed manual transmission and produces a maximum power of 14.8ps as well as, 14Nm of peak torque.
Moreover, the bike promises a city mileage of 50kmpl and a highway mileage of 57.8kmpl.
Suzuki Motorcycle India has launched the 2019 Intruder in two variants. The carburetted variant comes with a price tag of Rs. 1.01 lakh while the fuel-injected model has been priced at Rs. 1.08 lakh. The motorcycle is available for purchase at the company’s exclusive showrooms across the country.
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