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.
Free 5 years warranty for 1.3L BS4 diesel engine Breeza, Dzire, S Cross and Swift
Ahead of BS6 getting implemented in India, Maruti Suzuki will discontinue all their diesel engine powered cars. From 1st April 2020, not a single Maruti Suzuki car will be sold with a diesel engine. With BS4 diesel 1.3-liter engine soon going to be discontinued, the company aims to boost sales by this new free warranty offer.
As per this, all Maruti Suzuki cars, which are still powered by the 1.3 liter BS4 diesel engine, will get free 5 years/ 1 lakh km warranty. This offer is applicable across India, at all Maruti Suzuki and Nexa dealerships. It comes at no extra cost.
The cars which are powered by this Fiat-sourced 1.3-liter engine are Swift, Dzire, S Cross and Vitara Brezza. Ertiga and Ciaz too were offered with this engine until the start of this month. But the same has now been discontinued. Ertiga and Ciaz are now exclusively offered with 1.5 liter BS4 diesel engine and a 1.5-liter petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki has its own 1.5-liter diesel engine. It is currently a BS4 compliant unit. This engine will be updated to BS6, but not by 1st April 2020. Maruti Suzuki will wait 1 year and see how the BS6 fuel situation is in the country before launching a BS6 diesel engine.
The reason being, a BS6 diesel engine car cannot run on BS4 diesel fuel. On the other hand, a BS6 petrol engine can run on BS4 petrol fuel. This is the reason Maruti is only focusing on updating their petrol engines to BS6 and not their diesel cars. They want to see if the fuel companies manage to update to BS6 petrol and BS6 diesel fuel norms by April 2020.
Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “Dzire, S-Cross, Swift and Vitara Brezza are our flagship products, which played a pivotal role in transforming not just Maruti Suzuki but the Indian automotive industry itself. These marquee brands are loved for their performance by millions of customers and critics alike. These pioneering brands will continue to play a prominent role in our future product portfolio.”
Together, these 4 cars diesel options have managed to register sales of over 29 lakh till date in India. “As a small gesture of our gratitude to the admirers and prospective buyers, we are offering a free 5-year, 1-lakh km warranty on the entire diesel line up of these models to ensure a worry-free ownership experience,” added Mr. Srivastava.
Bajaj-Triumph Motorcycles Partnership To Go Live Next Year
Bajaj Auto and British automaker Triumph Motorcycles could make their partnership live by the end of 2020.
While the big, flashy, high-end products are the halo offerings from premium automakers, these products aren’t exactly the best sellers for many of them. Similarly, mass-market automakers who have widely selling smaller capacity products do not necessarily have a halo product to show their engineering and technical prowess.
Such seems to be the case for the Indian automaker Bajaj Auto and British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles as they had already announced that they will be partnering together to come out with sub-500cc motorcycles – combining the design and engineering expertise of Triumph with Bajaj’s widespread dealership network and manufacturing facilities.
However, there is not much info on the partnership and we don’t know whether they will collaborate to introduce a new motorcycle or whether the partnership will be limited to sharing technical know-how. Things will be clear once they will sign a formal contract.
Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director of Bajaj Auto said, “all the principles of engagement (between Bajaj Auto and Triumph) have all been satisfactorily and amicably resolved. These are now embedded in a formal contract, which is in its last stages of preparation…there is nothing left to debate in it. It is just a matter of transcribing the principles into a (formal) language,” cited the report.
As of now, it is believed that Bajaj’s partnership with Triumph will be similar to the one they have with Austrian bike maker KTM where it holds a 48 per cent stake in the company, but this time, it will be a straight-forward manufacturing contract.
Currently, Triumph operates as an assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana, and sells a total of 13 models in India. The Chakan plant of Bajaj, will also see Triumph motorcycles being built alongside KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios based compact sedan spied in India
The Hyundai compact sedan will share underpinnings with the Grand i10 Nios. It is expected to replace the Hyundai Xcent in India.
It is likely to be launched in the first half of 2020. A test mule of a compact sedan based on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios was spied testing recently. According to reports, the new compact sedan will be a replacement for the Hyundai Xcent, which is currently on sale in India. Further, the new compact sedan is expected to carry a new nameplate, while the Xcent will continue to co-exist, albeit in lower trims.
It makes sense for both the cars to co-exist as Hyundai has opted for a similar approach for the Grand i10. The current Hyundai Xcent is a good option for cab aggregators.
As is apparent from the spy shots, the new Hyundai compact sedan features a front-end that is largely similar to the Grand i10 Nios. The fascia is dominated by the wide cascading grille with integrated boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, sleek projector headlights and a new bumper. In profile, the new Hyundai compact sedan will get a lower window-line with a bigger DLO and a coupe-like design for the C-pillar. The posterior is highlighted by split-LED taillights and a redesigned bumper, which houses the number-plate holder.
Although the interiors of the new Hyundai compact sedan aren’t visible, it is expected to feature a cabin that is similar to the Grandi10 Nios. So, expect it to get a floating touchscreen infotainment system with ARKAMYS music system, a large MID, automatic climate control and much more. It is safe to assume that the compact sedan will come with the Hyundai Blue Link connectivity suite.
Under the hood, the new Hyundai compact sedan will employ BS-VI compliant 1.2-liter petrol and diesel engines. Gearbox options on offer will be a five-speed manual and a Smart Auto AMT.
Prices may range between Rs 6-9 lakhs (ex-showroom). Once launched, sometime in the first half of 2020, it will rival against the likes of Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire, and the Tata Tigor.
Tata Tiago facelift with a new digital instrument cluster
The new instrument console will also be available with the Tigor facelift. The Tiago facelift will also receive a BS-Vi compliant engine and additional safety features.
Tata Motors is working on a facelift for its popular hatchback, the Tiago. According to a new image leaked online, the Tiago facelift will receive an all-new fully digital instrument cluster. The same unit is also expected to be offered on the Tigor facelift.
As seen in the leaked image, the Tata Tiago facelift receives a new digital instrument console with a digital speedometer positioned in the center of the screen. This center display also houses the tell-tale lights, odometer, and instant fuel efficiency gauge. The left and right side of the console features the tachometer and the fuel gauge respectively. Also seen on the top right corner of the instrument cluster is the engine temperature gauge.
Apart from the new instrument cluster, the Tata Tiago facelift will also feature updated exteriors and new safety features in view of the upcoming safety norms. The model will be powered by a BS-VI compliant version of the 1.2-liter, three-cylinder petrol engine. Transmission options will include a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT unit. The Tata Tiago facelift is expected to be launched by October 2019.
New Jeep 7-Seater SUV (Toyota Fortuner Rival) To Launch In H2 2020 in India
The seven-seater Jeep SUV could be named Grand Compass and it will reportedly rival Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Honda CR-V
In the mid-term five-year plan revealed just over a year ago, FCA confirmed two new SUVs for India. One is a compact SUV sitting well below the Compass to compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport while the other is a three-row UV waiting to be positioned above the Compass.
While the sub-four-metre SUV could be based on the Small-Wide 4×4 platform underpinning the Renegade, the upcoming seven-seater will have plenty in common with the Compass. Internally codenamed Low-D, the monocoque SUV will reportedly be a proper Jeep and thus a Trailhawk variant could top the range perhaps in a later stage.
It will likely go up against ladder frame based Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Isuzu MU-X alongside Honda CR-V and Skoda Kodiaq. Just as the compact SUV, Jeep could export the Low-D to several right-hand-drive markets across the globe as the Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra will face expansion of 80,000 units to reach 2,40,000 annual production capacity.
Jeep could expand the presence of the nine-speed automatic gearbox in the regular variants before April 2020 when the 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines are upgraded to meet BSVI compliance. According to media reports, the Low-D is expected to launch in the second half of 2020 at the earliest or in H1 2021.
It will reinforce Jeep’s domestic portfolio and the project was said to be approved. It could be christened the Grand Compass and sit at the top of the range. The Compass has been facing major stumbling blocks in recent times as its regular monthly average of 2,500 units is nowhere to be seen.
The American manufacturer definitely needs to bring in the compact SUV and the seven-seater Grand Compass as soon as it could to steady the ship. Since the Low-D will compete against big guns like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, the off-roading nature of the SUV will take the centre stage more than ever and this is where the brand’s expertise could come into play.
Maruti Suzuki offering discounts on Wagon R, Swift, Vitara Brezza and Baleno
Maruti Suzuki is offering an array of discounts across its entire range. The Alto800/K10 is available at a cash discount of Rs 18,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000. The Alto K10 AMT and the entire variant line-up of the Celerio is offered with a cash discount and exchange bonus of Rs 18,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
The Eeco attracts an exchange bonus of Rs 10,000 while the cash discount stands at Rs. 8,000 for the CNG variant and Rs. 3,000 for the petrol variant. The all new WagonR is available at an exchange bonus of Rs 15,000 while the company is not offering any discounts on the new Ertiga.
The Swift LXi comes with a cash discount of Rs 18,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000 while all the other variants of the Swift come with a cash discount of Rs 13,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000. Discounts on the Dzire include a cash discount of Rs 18,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 20,000. The Brezza, on the other hand, comes with a cash discount and an exchange bonus of Rs 18,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.
The Nexa chain of premium dealerships from Maruti is also offering discounts on all its models. The Ignis attracts a cash discount of Rs 20,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 while the Baleno(facelift) attracts an exchange bonus of Rs 15,000.
The manual variant of the Ciaz in the Sigma, Delta and Zeta trims are available with a cash discount of Rs 15,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 35,000 while the Alpha manual and automatic trims receive an exchange bonus of Rs 35,000. Discounts on the S-Cross include a cash discount of Rs 20,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs 35,000
2020 model year Audi Q7 fully revealed
Audi has upgraded its all-rounder family SUV, the Q7, with a host of design and tech updates. Besides a new look and more features as standard, Audi has also electrified the Q7 and made the SUV ready for the future. This new version of the Q7, of course, is headed for the Indian market and we can expect it to arrive next year.
The big mechanical update is the 48 volt mild-hybrid electric setup which will improve the real-world efficiency. It will be paired to the two diesel and one petrol engine options that will be made available to the buyers. What’s more, there will also be a petrol hybrid Q7 in the near future. To recap, then, all of the engines in the Q7 are coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic and permanent all-wheel drive. A choice of two diesel engines will be available at launch. Shortly after the introduction in September, a petrol unit, followed also by a plug-in hybrid model, will join the line-up.
In terms of dimensions, the Q7 has now grown eleven mm to 5,063mm long. It measures 1,970mm wide and 1,741mm high. As for the interior, Audi has introduced new materials and added the latest version of their twin-touchscreen MMI infotainment system. The system gets a primary screen that stretches 10.1 inches.
Audi India is expected to launch the new Q7 next year. When launched, it will compete with the recently launched BMW X5, Volvo XC90 and the Mercedes GLS.
Hero Xpulse 200 Starts Reaching Showrooms, Delivery Begins
Launched last month, the Xpulse 200 Carburetor version priced at Rs. 97,000 (ex-showroom) and the fuel injected variant is at Rs 1.05 Lakhs (ex-showroom)
The bookings for the Xpulse motorcycles began as soon as they were launched in India on 1st May 2019. We have already reported earlier that Hero will begin the deliveries from the first week of June onward. The good news is that the Xpulse 200 and the 200T have finally reached the showrooms across India and the authorized Hero dealers have also commenced the deliveries of these motorcycles recently.
The recently launched Hero Xtreme 200S, Xpulse 200 and the Xpulse 200T are all powered by the same 200cc, single cylinder, 2 valves air-cooled engine. This unit paired with a 5-speed gearbox produces about 18.4PS of peak power at 8000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. Hero also offers a fuel injected version of the Xpulse 200. All these three motorcycles also share the same frame with Xtreme 200R, launched last year in India.
The Xpulse 200 gets a high mounted mudguard at the front, engine bash guard, swept up exhaust, and knuckle guards that help in adding a proper off-roading experience to the motorcycle. The Xpulse 200 also has been fitted with a large 21-inch spoke wheels at the front and 18-inch spoke wheels at the rear fitted with proper dual purpose tyres from Ceat.
The Xpulse 200 features a 37 mm telescopic forks up front and a 10-step pre-load adjustable monoshock unit at the rear with 170 mm travel. The Xpulse 200T is the touring version has received a more road biased styling and components. The motorcycle gets a 17-inch alloy wheel on both ends wrapped with road biased rubbers.
The riding ergonomics of the motorcycle is also slightly relaxed as well. Both the versions of the Xpulse also share the same digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity feature via Bluetooth. The LCD instrument cluster displays turn-by-turn navigation system and call alert besides display some regular information.
All the three motorcycles depend on a 276 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. A single channel ABS is offered as standard for the safety of the rider. The Xtreme 200S, on the other hand, is a faired variant of the Xtreme 200R and shares all its parts with the Xtreme 200 and the Xpulse 200T.
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Jeep Compass Trailhawk launched in India; priced at Rs 26.8 lakh
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk has been launched in India and priced at Rs 26.8 lakhs (All-India ex-showroom). It is off-road oriented version of the Compass with higher ground clearance, diesel AT and Active Drive 4X4 technology.
Powering the Compass Trailhawk is a BS VI compliant 2.0-litre diesel producing 170bhp/350Nm and mated to a nine-speed AT. The Compass Trailhawk is a rival for the likes of the Hyundai Tucson(4X4 AT)
Commenting on the launch of the Compass Trailhawk, Kevin Flynn – president and managing director, FCA India said, “We are offering a lot more of the Jeep DNA in the Trailhawk which we hope Indian buyers will like and enjoy. Our Trail Rated All-wheel Drive SUV has all the core ingredients that a Jeep SUV should have, and additionally delivers to the Indian’s customer’s aspirations of intelligent driving aids and equipment for both the urban and adventurous, prioritises the safety of occupants and makes you a part of a long lineage that the global Jeep community is proud of.”
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