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Technology has played a crucial role in performing an art of expressing.It has rebuild opportunities which defines the transformation of knowledge and skills to the next level. Here are some of the coolest technology gadgets which have changed the surface for the human race : 

1. Hover Board or Self Balancing Scooter.

A Hover Board or a Self Balancing scooter is a personal transport vehicle consisting of two motorised wheels and supported by a pair of pads for the placement of human feet. It is subjected to technology by the Chinese which is nowadays one of the most convenient sources of transport for a single person. This device can cover a speed of 9-21 kmph and is strongly recommended to use safety gears while using the vehicle. Powered lithium-ion battery pack, this vehicle is fully automatic and the operator has an advantage of user friendly assistance. In some developed countries like the U.S.A ,Russia or China, this vehicle is high on demand from celebrities to teenagers. But it is yet to overcome minds of many. 

2. A Flying ‘Drone’.

Drones are generally aerial vehicles which can take off into the air without an actual pilot. Drones are generally controlled by remote control system or a ground cockpit. Drones are generally equipped with different technological features including infra-red cameras, GPS and laser technology. The use of a drone is specially conducted with military operations through which navigation gets more easier via such an aerial aircraft. Though it has been involved with trend to capture images for bloggers, film makers and other useful communicative activities. A drone comes in many sizes, shapes and price depending on the work purpose and is specially fitted with a camera for 360 coverage and also live video broadcast. A drone is specifically built in with a wireless FPV transmitter built in along with an antennae and depending on the type of drone, the live video signals are transmitted wither by a remote controller, a computer, a tablet or a smart phone device. With the latest drones coming on, cellular networks such as 4G/LTE can be directly connected with the drones for live video streaming which is nowadays used for events, music shows and blogging for social media promotions and activities. These flying objects are a boon to the human world as is possibly one of the most advanced form of technology in today’s world.

3. Virtual Reality (VR).

Virtual Reality in scientific terms, is a computer technology which are used in Virtual Reality created headsets which is actually a combination of physical spaces or multiple projected environment generating sounds, sensations and images simulating a user’s physical presence in an imaginary or virtual world. These VR headsets are head mounted goggles insisted with a fold strap to get fitted with the human head and a screen in front of the human eyes. Some VR headsets includes inbuilt audio and sound features and some are manual via speakers or headphones. VR headsets like the Playstation VR or the Oculus Rift are often referred to as the HMDs (Head Mounted Displays).The actual aim of the hardware is to create what appears to be life size,3D virtual environment without boundaries. Therefore, whatever we watch, the screen mounted to the face always follows. This is more of augmented reality which involves the work of graphics in the view of the realistic world. The lenses focus and reshape the picture for each eye and create stereoscopic 3D image. This Virtual Reality device is high on demand and is one of the most innovative devices in the modern world.

4. Nintendo Switch

With the tag line of Freedom to have fun. Wherever. Whenever, Nintendo-The Mario Developer has designed the latest Nintendo Switch which has transformed the home gaming console to a portable gaming system which has certainly enabled gamers to play games for more duration. With the latest features involved the Nintendo Switch consists of two controllers vertical and sideways with motion sensing controls and buttons adding total gaming flexibility. It also involves multiplayer option by just pairing up with a friend. The Nintendo Switch includes sense of touch as well as HD rumble. It also comes up with an IR Motion Camera in Joy Con which can detect shape, movement and distance of objects which are captured by the camera generating more advanced game play. The overall system comes up with the Nintendo Switch Screen, Switch Dock, Joy-Con(Controllers),Joy-Con Grips and Joy-Con Straps. The 6.2 inch screen is built in multi-touch captive with display resolution of 1280 x 720. It also includes 32 GB internal memory with expandable micro SDHC or SDXC card slot. Outstanding Battery Life of more than near about to 5 hours. The weight of the fully loaded device is approximately 300 grams with built in NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor and is also enabled with Bluetooth 4.1.The video output via HDMI is up to 1080p. It also consists of Lithium-ion battery of 4310 mAh. The Nintendo Switch also comes up with exciting new colours that fascinates the modern gaming trend.

5. Snapchat Spectacles.

 

The Snapchat-connected spectacles is proving to define social media experiences to a next level. These spectacles can record a ten second video which can be added to memories via wireless networking. This technology is trending and one would love to get involved with activities using these sunglasses. The spectacles can save about 200 snaps.Social media gets more interesting with such devices on the edge.

6. Fly board.

A Fly-board is the latest trend for obsessive water sport and which is actually a hydro-flight device that supplies energy to drive the Fly-board up into the air. In the Fly-board,the rider stands on a board that is connected by a hose pipe from the water craft.The water is now forced by nozzles to a boots pair that is underneath which actually allows thrust for the Fly-board rider to fly in the air up to a level of approximately 50 ft and a splashing dive under water to 8 ft. A Fly-board world championship was also held in Doha,Qatar 2012. A Fly-board is considered to give one of the most sophisticated and trailblazing sensation to a human soul.

7. i-BAND PLUS

It is an electronic head band with EEG Brain sensing function,Integrated health tracking sensors,auto learning software algorithm,audio-visual stimuli through RGB LEDs and compact pillow speakers as well. It also provides a human mind with pre-loaded audios, and it provides sleep statistics and improvement suggestions too. This headband is a strap consisting of high quality soft fabric for superior comfort.It comes up with Bluetooth 4.0 to get directly connected with a smart-phone. RGB LEDs also comes up with customized color patterns. The bluetooth also allows to check sleep statistics.

8. Go PRO – HERO 5

 

An American technology which is all fired up with portable cameras,mobile applications and video editing softwares from the year 2002 has newly developed a 4K action camera specifies with 4K Video recording at 30fps, Ultra HD,electronic video stabilization and voice control as well. It can also capture 12mp photos in single,burst and time lapse modes.It also insists WDR photo mode capture with added details in shadows and highlights in the scene. It is also enabled with Advanced audio processing that captures left and right stereo audio channels.It is also GPS enabled.The Go Pro Hero 5 is actually proved to be sitting in the co-pilot sit for some real time heroes who covers action,adventure and travel from time to time.

9. MOTIV’S FITNESS TRACKING RING

An outstanding effort by the Motiv’s developers for such a tiny techno wearable to add an amazing experience towards the fitness tracking wearables. The titanium encased wearable can track sleep and fitness,steps covered,calories and distance.It also comes up with am optical heart rate sensor, a well organized battery life managing a period of three to five days.Yes, this fitness ring is waterproof upto 50 metres and it comes up with 7 different sizes. It includes colors like gray and rose gold and also features an LED band for charging and synchronizing notifications. This fitness ring can outburst as a pocket size dynamo in this no time world very soon.

10.KAWASAKI NINJA H2R

Unbelievably fast,the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is launched and to get considered as the new supercharged super-sport motorbike manufactured by Kawasaki that features a variable speed centrifigual type supercharger.With a racing weight of 216 kg,the Ninja H2R comes up with a 17 litre fuel tank and can run wild 0-400kmph in just 26 seconds,twice the speed of Lamborghini Aventador. A 1000cc engine comes up with 6 speed, 16 valves, dual injection, liquid cooled, 4 stroke in line four cylindrical. Come up with Maximum power of 310 PS @ 14000 rpm and Maximum Torque of 165 NM @12500 rpm. The brakes are Dual semi floating 330mm discs,4 piston calliper single 250 mm disc, 2 piston calliper. The suspension includes 43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping new Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock,Piggyback reservoir and dual range. The Kawasaki H2R is believed to be the fastest 1000cc motorbike till date.Thanks to Kawasaki for putting forward this 4 cylindrical monster to the never ending roads of technology.

 

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Motown woes worsen as inventory rises up to 100 days

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As automotive industry continues to struggle with a prolonged slowdown in sales, the increase in inventory level at the retail showrooms after a slight dip in December-January has begun to worry the retail showroom owners.

The situation is worst in the two-wheeler segment, where in certain geographies the inventory level has nearly doubled to almost 100 days.

The continued slowdown in sales across all the segments has forced the industry stakeholders to review their growth prediction to about 3% for the fiscal from around 8-10% made earlier during the year.

A Delhi-based retailer said there has been a substantial increase in operational costs in recent times due to various factors as well as increased working capital needs, and that too, in a tight liquidity environment. And prolonged maintenance of such high inventory and its additional costs is getting unsustainable.

“If a similar situation persists, it will get difficult to survive in the business,” the dealer said.

The average inventory level across the country in the passenger vehicles segment currently stands at 50-60 days. Similarly, it is 80-90 days for two-wheelers and 45-50 days for commercial vehicles, the retailers said.

Ideally, the manageable inventory level across segments is around 30 days.

The dealers are of the opinion that the pile up in inventory happened because the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) wrongly predicted that the slowdown during the last months of 2018 was a temporary phenomenon and sales were predicted to spike up in the new year. Though OEMs reduced the inventory levels during December-January, they raised it again in February. However, the sales continued to remain mild leading to accumulation of inventory at the showrooms.

According to Sridhar V, partner, Grant Thornton India LLP, while month-on-month wholesale movement shows a push from the OEMs to dealers assuming an uptake post interest rate reduction, the retail numbers have shown a decline and the challenges faced by the dealers. With elections, the situation is expected to continue with the current low sentiments.

“Discount and offers could be expected to bring down the inventory level,” said Sridhar, adding that lowering of interest rates, if passed on by financing institutions, can increase demand to some extent.

Ashish Kale, president of retailers’ body Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), said, “After a month of spike in PV sales in January, which was largely due to year-end stock clearance getting extended and a few new launches which generated some excitement, the industry is once again witnessing downward trend as February turned out to be one of the slowest months for auto retails during his  financial year.”

Experts say the Indian auto industry is experiencing a prolonged slowdown as it has already seen six months of slowing sales and growth reversal and positive triggers in the near term appear few.

According to the executives across the OEMs, retailers and component makers, one of the primary reasons for the slowdown has been tightening of liquidity by non-banking financial institutions (NBFCs) following the defaults by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd.

The other prominent reasons include the rise in fuel prices (though they have softened in the past few months), rural distress due to lack of rains in certain regions of the country, severe floods in Kerala during August, new insurance laws leading to increase in costs and slowdown in certain industries leading to a dip in consumer sentiments.

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Volkswagen beetled by Rs 500-cr fine for ‘cheating’ emission tests

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The National Green Tribunal slapped German auto giant Volkswagen with a fine of Rs 500 crore on Thursday for installing ‘cheat devices’ in its diesel cars and damaging the environment.

The green panel ordered the car manufacturer to deposit the sum within two months with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The four-member bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, also asked the CPCB to utilise the money to improve air quality in the National Capital Region. The order follows a study by a Swiss-based group which ranked Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida — all in NCR — as some of the most polluted cities globally.

The company had already been ordered to pay Rs 100 crore in November as preliminary liability for polluting the air. But the bench ordered for the compensation to be enhanced, noting, “We are unable to accept the objections of the manufacturer…”

During Thursday’s hearing, Volkswagen counsel Pinaki Mishra objected to the tests carried out on the company’s vehicles, saying they were road tests and not lab tests. But the bench referred to the findings of the expert committee it had constituted to assess the health damage caused by the ‘cheat devices’, which could pass pollution checks but cause higher emission of nitrogen compounds on road.

The order was passed on a petition moved by schoolteacher Saloni Ailawadi.

A Volkswagen India spokesperson said it had complied with all relevant emission norms defined in the country and would challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

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Centre plans Tesla-like battery plants to push EVs, storage

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The government on Thursday announced a plan to set up Tesla like battery manufacturing Giga plants in India under National Mission on Transformative Mobility (NMTM).

The plan, which will be phased out over a period of five years, envisages setting up a few large scale, export competitive integrated batteries and cell manufacturing plants.

The Tesla Gigafactory 1 is a lithium-ion battery assembly factory near Nevada which provides battery packs to the electric vehicles and stationary storage system.

“Creation of a phased manufacturing programme (PMP) valid for five years till 2024 to localise production across the entire electric vehicles value chain. The scheme will be finalised by the National Mission on Transformative Mobility (NMTM) and battery storage, and all necessary approvals will be taken” said a a statement issued by the government. The plan is to localise the value chain, the officials said.

The Cabinet had last week approved Rs 10,000 crore for second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric & Hybrid vehicles (FAME) scheme, which provides subsidy for electric vehicles. The incentives are primarily targeted at two- and three-wheelers, fleet taxis and buses as a sizeable number of Indian public travel in it. The first phase, FAME-1, was introduced in 2015 and offered incentives to hybrid and electric vehicles of up to Rs 29,000 for two-wheelers and Rs 1.38 lakh for cars.

A Mumbai-based analyst said the new policies related to the electric vehicle mobility ecosystem is likely to give a push to the EV industry, as a charging station is being planned at every three kilometres, though initially it will start in bigger cities and along the national and state highways.

India had an early start of its power-electronics, which is used by EVs extensively However, the industry has not kept pace with new developments that have seen digitisation of power-electronics over the last decade. India would need a new power-electronics industry that can help develop and produce high-efficiency sub-systems for EV industries.

A recent Icra report claimed that the battery cost of EV, accounting for almost one-third of the total cost, will remain a key determinant in the rate of acceptance of EVs globally. In a significant development, the cost of lithium-ion EV battery has fallen to almost one-fourth to $208/Kwh in 2017 from $800/Kwh in 2011.

According to industry experts, the EV industry is at a nascent stage in India. It is less than 1% of the total vehicle sales, but has the potential to grow over 5% in the next few years. At present, there are more than four lakh electric two-wheelers and few thousand electric cars on Indian roads. The industry volumes have been fluctuating, mostly depending on the incentives offered by the government, the experts said. Further, more than 95% electric vehicles are low-speed electric scooters (less than 25km/hour) that do not require registration and licences.

Almost all electric scooters run on lead batteries to keep the prices low. However, failures and low life of batteries have become major limiting factors for sales besides the government subsidies.

Commenting on the development, Sohinder Gill, director general, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), said, “If introduced and implemented successfully, it should make India self-reliant on the most important element of EVs and also help significantly bring down the cost of EVs. Given the government thrust on e-mobility, it can become a lucrative business proposition in the near future. All it needs is a leap of faith by some business houses to quickly invest in an integrated plant to produce global quality batteries, without waiting for the threshold volumes of EVs to kick in.”

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Maruti opens booking for new WagonR

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Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Monday announced opening of bookings for its upcoming version of WagonR. Customers can book the third generation WagonR at its authorised dealer network across the country at an initial payment of Rs 11,000, the company said.

Moreover, the customers can also opt for online booking on the company’s website, it added.

The new car will be launched on January 23.

The ‘Big New WagonR‘ will be available with a new 1.2 litre petrol engine option along with another choice of 1 litre engine. It will also be offered in automatic gear shift variant, the company said.

The new vehicle has been developed on the Suzuki’s fifth generation HEARTECT platform, “which makes the car stable, strong and safe,” it said.

Use of high tensile steel has improved the overall safety, rigidity and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performance in the new offering.

It also has safety features including driver airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and front seat belts reminder, speed alert system and rear parking sensors.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd had said it would hike its car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models with immediate effect to offset adverse impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates.

Maruti Suzuki India in a regulatory filing said prices would go up “for select models owing to increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates etc. The price change varies across models and ranges up to Rs 10,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)”.

The new prices were effective from January 10, 2019.

Currently, Maruti Suzuki cars start from the entry-level Alto 800 to the premium crossover S-Cross priced between Rs 2.53 lakh and Rs 11.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki had cut its sales forecast to 8% from an earlier projection of double digit growth.

It expects the fourth quarter to bring back the momentum in the passenger vehicle sales, which have seen a flat growth for last 5-6 months.

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Maruti Suzuki hikes car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Wednesday said it will hike its car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models with immediate effect to offset adverse impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates.

Maruti Suzuki India in a regulatory filing said prices will go up “for select models owing to increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates etc. The price change varies across models and ranges up to Rs 10,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)”.

“The new prices are effective from January 10, 2019, ” it added.

India’s largest carmaker did not specify which car models will become costlier post this price hike.

Currently, Maruti Suzuki cars start from the entry-level Alto 800 to the premium crossover S-Cross priced between Rs 2.53 lakh and Rs 11.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Shares of Maruti Suzuki were trading 0.09 per cent higher at Rs 7,472.45 apiece on the BSE.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki had cut its sales forecast to 8% from an earlier projection of double digit growth.

It expects the fourth quarter to bring back the momentum in the passenger vehicle sales, which have seen a flat growth for last 5-6 months.

“We recorded a good growth in the first quarter at around 10.5%, subsequent which there was a flat growth. But we expect this to return in last quarter taking overall growth for this fiscal at 8%,” Maruti Suzuki India chairman R C Bhargava said.

Last year, the company had said it was looking at a double-digit sales growth in the current fiscal.

After the first quarter, sales have been flat for Maruti Suzuki mainly in third quarter while the industry saw negative growth. There are historical instances of sales being lower in a pre-election year and picking up substantially again in the election year, he said.

“We have done an analysis of the past numbers and the conclusion is that sales always fell in the last two pre-election years,” he said.

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Nissan plans another round of recall after hit by ‘improper’ test scandal

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Nissan plans to conduct another recall owing to “improper” tests on new vehicles, a newspaper said Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan’s major assembly plants, the Nikkei business daily said.Several employees admitted they carried out “improper” tests on brake and other systems before shipment, the newspaper said, without specifying how many cars were affected.Nissan plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any vehicles improperly tested, it added.

Immediate confirmation of the report was not available.The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately “altered”, hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.If confirmed, it would represent another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.Ghosn denies any wrongdoing. The ousted chairman is expected to face a further accusation of under-reporting his salary by about four billion yen (USD 35.5 million) over the past three years, Japanese media reported.

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Toyota to hike prices of vehicles across models by up to 4% from January 1

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor Tuesday said it will increase prices of its vehicles across models by up to 4 per cent from January 1, 2019, to offset increasing manufacturing costs due to rupee depreciation.

The company considered the price hike after periodically reviewing the continuous pressure of increasing manufacturing costs, which is also a general industry phenomenon, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said in a statement.

There has been an impact in the cost of manufacturing of vehicle primarily due to rupee depreciation,” the company said.

Toyota has been absorbing the additional costs all this while, protecting the customers from price increase, it added.

“However, due to the continued pressure of high costs, we have to pass on a part of it to customers. Toyota is considering a price increase of up to 4 per cent across models with effect from January 1, 2019,” it said.

The company currently sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Liva to luxury SUV Land Cruiser, which are priced between Rs 5.25 lakh and Rs 1.41 crore.

Meanwhile, General Motors Co said on Monday it will cut production of slow-selling models and slash its North American workforce in the face of a declining market for traditional gas-powered sedans, shifting more investment to electric and autonomous vehicles.

The announcement is the biggest North America restructuring for the U.S. No. 1 carmaker since its bankruptcy a decade ago. Its shares rose 7.6 percent to $38.66.GM plans to halt production next year at three assembly plants: Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck, Michigan; and Oshawa, Ontario. It will also stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse. The Cruze compact car will be discontinued in the U.S. market in 2019.

Plants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan, assembling powertrain components will have no products assigned to them after 2019 and are at risk of closure, GM said. It will also close two unidentified factories outside North America.”We are right-sizing capacity for the realities of the marketplace,” Chief Executive Mary Barra said, adding that GM will double resources dedicated to electric and self-driving vehicles over the next two years.

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Working overtime to meet BS-VI norm ahead of April 2020 deadline: Maruti

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With the Supreme Court fixing April 1, 2020, deadline for the sale of only BS-VI-compliant vehicles, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is working ‘overtime’ to make over 40 variants of powertrains across more than 15 models meet the stricter emission norms, according to a senior company official.
The company has also reinforced manpower in its engineering and research and development in order to be able to meet the Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms for its fleet ahead of schedule.
“We are working very hard, we are working overtime. No other manufacturer has this kind of work which they have to do. We have the largest number of model portfolio and the largest number of powertrains,” MSI Senior Executive Director C V Raman told PTI.
He was responding to a query on how the Supreme Court’s order last month to stop selling BS-IV vehicle across the country from April 1, 2020, has altered MSI’s preparation for BS-VI emission norms.
Earlier in 2016, the Centre had announced that India would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms. It had stated that from April 1, 2020, only vehicles complying with the latest emission norms would be manufactured while giving three months to automobile firms for the transition to start selling BS-VI vehicles.

However, citing air pollution issues, the apex court said no BS-IV vehicles would be allowed to be sold across the country from April 1, 2020.
Elaborating on the scale of work MSI is undertaking in order to meet the new stricter emission norm, Raman said, “We have more than 15 models and more than 40 variants of powertrains, which is a combination of engine and transmission. So, we will have to ensure that we have to do all of these ahead of schedule.” When asked if MSI would be able to make all of its existing models meet BS-VI norm, he said, “We are working on it definitely and we will ensure that customers get BS-VI. We will try to do ahead of time.” On manpower reinforcement for the new emission norm, Raman said, “Yes, we have been continuously upgrading our people at our facilities both at Rohtak and at Gurgaon.” He said the company had to deploy more people not to just meet the BS-VI norms but also other safety regulations which had come into effect this year.
While he did not specify the number of people deployed for the project, Raman said, “It is a substantial number, specially on the powertrain (for activities such as) engine design, calibration and testing.” Moreover, additional manpower has been utilised in areas such as transmission design, quality assurance and body changes, he added.
Stating that BS-VI works are simultaneously happening at the company’s R&D centre at Rohtak and Gurgaon facility along with Suzuki in Japan, Raman said the company is also working with suppliers such as Dentsu, Bosch and others.
“There is no choice for us, we have to do it. For us, it is do or die,” he said.

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23rd October, the hyundai santro 2018 launch date, the car finally launched in India. Hyundai santro 2018 price, starting from RS. 3.89 lakh going all the way up to RS. 5.46 lakh. The new Santro is available across five variants for the petrol manual i.e., D- Lite, Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. The CNG manual version and the petrol AMT version gets two variants each- the mid-spec Magna and the very well equipped Sportz. As of now, there will not be a Hyundai Santro diesel version available.

Hyundai Santro Exterior
The new Santro packs a sharper Design that is in accordance with the design direction adopted by all modern day Hyundai’s. Upfront, it gets the cascading grille as also sweptback headlamps. Above this setup are the upward sweeping angular headlamps. The new Santro is available only with a set of 14 inch steel wheels with wheel covers and there are no alloy wheels on offer, even on the top of the line Asta trim. There are ORVMs with LED turn indicators and a Honda BR-V like kink which increases the glass area on the rear door windows.
Santro interior
Coming to the hyundai santro 2018, one of the biggest plus points are the rear AC vents. The other big update is the addition of a a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system which support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with a rearview camera. Other features includes electric power steering, rear washer and wiper, electrically adjustable ORVMs and reverse parking sensors. For safety, the Santro comes equipped with driver’s airbag along with ABS and EBD as standard across the variant lineup, while the Asta variant gets an additional passenger airbag as well.
Hyundai Santro performance
For the Santro, Hyundai has revived it’s 1.1 liter Epsilon engine. You get to choose between petrol and CNG powered Santro, and Hyundai is available with 5 speed AMT as well. The 4-cyl petrol engine produces 69 PS of power and 99Nm of torque. The manufacturer is also offering a factory fitted CNG kit. This variant puts out 59PS/84Nm. Hyundai santro mileage is 20.3 kmpl for the petrol and 30.48 km/kg for the CNG versions.
Verdict
The new Hyundai Santro, manages to deliver a lot that’s new for the segment. Besides offering a well-loaded features list, it has managed to give better in terms of interior quality. Hyundai Santro price is affordable and it the car is capable of giving the buyers a premium car feeling. If you are looking to buy a well equipped, easy to drive and comfortable family car, the new Hyundai Santro is well is a good choice.

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2018 Tata Tiago JTP, Tigor JTP Unveiled in India, Launch on October 26

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Tata Motors has revealed the production model and specifications of the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. Both models were first revealed by Tata Motors during the 2018 Auto Expo. Both the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP will launch on October 26. The JTP versions of the Tiago and Tigor have come about thanks to the partnership between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives Pvt. Ltd. Back in March 2017, JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (JTSV), a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives Pvt. Ltd., was launched to develop special performance vehicles based on the new generation products from Tata Motors’. Tata Motors had three basic aspects in mind when it comes Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP – enhanced engine output & performance, sporty exterior & interior design and improved driving dynamics.
When it comes to the design elements, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP cars come with an aggressive front bumper with large trapezoidal lower grill, dual chamber projector headlamps with chrome rings, 15-inch diamond cut dual tone wider 6.5J alloy wheels, sporty side skirts for a dynamic profile, contrast coloured outside mirrors, dual tone exterior with glossy black roof & rear spoiler and a boldJTP badge on front grill, fender vents and rear.
Furthermore, both the cars get all-black interiors with red accents on AC vents, leather-wrapped steering with contrast red stitching, seat fabric with red hexagonal motif and red double stitching on the seats and gearshift gaiter act as unique differentiators for the cars. Aluminium pedal extensions are also featured to further add to the sporty appeal. Tata Motors has also equipped both cars with its ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman which is paired with 8 speakers and with an app suite and voice command recognition.
Coming to the business end of things, both vehicles will be powered by the 1.2L turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which delivers 114PS of power and 150Nm of torque. Both the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP get performance oriented intake and exhaust systems as well. The Tata Tiago JTP. According to Tata, the Tiago JTP will do 0-100kph in 9.95 seconds while the Tigor JTP will take 10.38 seconds. Both cars get a 5-speed manual transmission which also gets multi-drive modes – Sport and City for performance or efficiency while negotiating everyday traffic respectively.
On the safety front, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control. Both performance oriented cars get a tuned suspension setup for better ride control, calibrated electric power-assisted steering with active return along with a lowered ride height and wider tyres.

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