Ways to improve the mileage of your car or bike

Long drive with friends on an empty road while music playing loudly in the background is one of the fine memories one can garner in life. However, with skyrocketing fuel prices, long drives have become a daydream. The rising prices of fuel have not only impacted the choices but also the habits of car and bike owners. People who used look forward to buying high performance vehicle are now looking for top mileage car and bike.

If you own a vehicle and love driving/riding it every day, you can do so by playing it smart. To tackle the rising prices and the urge to ride, you can use the following techniques to save fuel.

1.Ride slow: Cars are fuel-efficient and can go long distances if the speed in maintained between 60-80 km/h. while driving on the highway. Make sure that you don’t cross the average speed of 80-90 km/h. The same goes for good mileage bikes but since bikes come with different engine configuration, the average speed might differ.
2. Shift gears wisely: The best way to get best mileage from a car is to drive on the low gears and shift according to the vehicles requirements. Shifting gears irrationally can pressurize the engine and increase fuel intake. However, in mileage bikes the case is different, shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible helps in maintaining the same road speed and thereby improving mileage.
3. Turn the engine off: Most of the car and bike drivers lose a lot of petrol by keeping the engine on at the red lights. To save on petrol, make a report of turning off your car if you’re stopping for longer than 30 seconds. If the duration is less, refrain from turning off the engine because the vehicle will consume more fuel while starting again.
4. Maintain correct tyre pressure: Its common knowledge that tyres are one of the vital parts of a vehicle. However, tyres are only functional when inflated but inflating them with the right amount of air is also important. The amount of air pressure in the tires of your vehicle can also have an impact on the mileage. To know about the right amount of tyre pressure you can refer your vehicles user manual or you can ask for professional help.
5. Keep your car regularly serviced: Vehicle owners often complain about increased fuel consumption after a few years of purchase. Such a situation can be caused due to increased friction in the engine. The parts of your engines need lubrication to avoid friction and perform well. Due to lack of oiling, these parts slow down which builds up the pressure on the engine and this further leads to an increase in fuel consumption.
There are chances that the mileage of your vehicle has decreased due to its age, if this is the case, you can sell your old car or bike for a new one. To sell your car/bike you can refer to websites like Orange Book Value where you can find the ideal price for your bike/car.

Datsun India introduces GO and GO+ Remix Limited Edition

Datsun India today announced the launch of Remix Limited Edition of Datsun GO and GO+, priced at INR 4,21,000 and INR 4,99,000 respectively. With new hood & roof wraps, all black interiors and new dual-tone colour combinations, the Remix editions will be available at all Nissan and Datsun dealerships across-India starting today.

Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Datsun brings together the heritage of Japanese technology and contemporary design that appeal to our target consumers. The Remix variants are a fantastic addition to the Datsun portfolio and we are delighted to introduce the exclusive Onyx Black colour option in Datsun GO model. We are confident that the Remix Limited Editions of GO and GO+ variants will definitely turn heads on the roads.”

Remixed Colors

Styled with trendy exteriors, Datsun GO Remix has been introduced in an exclusive ONYX black colour remixed with attractive orange decals. Also, the Datsun GO+ Remix comes in a dual-tone storm white color styled with exciting orange and black decals. The Datsun GO and GO+ Remix are also available in Storm White and Dual-tone Silver respectively.

Remixed Features

Remixed inside out, the limited edition models come with nine new features such as Remote Keyless entry, Hands-free Bluetooth audio, trendy seat cover, all black front grill, stylish black wheel covers, piano-black interiors, rear sporty spoiler, stylish chrome exhaust finisher and chrome bumper bezel.

The Datsun GO and GO+ models are equipped with a powerful 1.2L engine. They both offer a robust performance, comfort, style and vigor to the consumers on the GO. The 5+2 seating of GO+ offers class leading spaciousness for an average Indian family at the best price in the industry. Both models are loaded with features like follow-me-home headlamps, speed sensitive electric power steering, powerful air conditioning, front power windows, auxiliary-in and USB charger ports, and central locking. .

Both models come with a two year/unlimited kilometres warranty with Free Road Side Assistance. The warranty can be extended up to an industry-leading five-year/unlimited kilometres with Free Road Side Assistance, making Datsun the first manufacturer to provide unlimited mileage coverage under the extended warranty.

TVS Motor rolls out the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V with

TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers globally, today rolled out the new generation of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. Termed as Race Edition 2.0, the new Apache RTR 200 4V gets the advanced ‘Anti-Reverse Torque (A-RT) Slipper Clutch’ technology. The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 will also sport new racing-inspired graphics, lending the motorcycle a dynamic and aggressive stance. The series now boasts of a fly-screen for enhanced aerodynamics.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, is the first motorcycle in its class to be equipped with the advanced ‘A-RT Slipper Clutch’, a race-derived technology which is a testimony to the racing DNA of the RTR 200 4V engine. The ‘A-RT Slipper Clutch’ technology, accentuates the motorcycle’s performance, with 22% reduction in clutch force for quicker upshifts, enabling the rider to achieve better lap times. The technology also aims at ensuring rider safety in highspeed downshifts, avoids wheel-hopping while cornering, and improves vehicle stability with the back-balance torque limiter effect. With exciting racing performance on offer, the introduction of the Slipper Clutch in TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, also promises sharp and precise gear shifts with minimal effort.

Commenting on the introduction of the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, Arun Siddharth, Vice President (Marketing) – Premium Two Wheelers, International Business & TVS Racing said, “We build race machines for performance enthusiasts – the TVS Apache series is a testimony to our 35 years of racing heritage. Over the years, we have been at the forefront of setting benchmarks in bringing racing technology to performance motorcycles. The new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, takes the racing experience up by a significant notch as it is enabled with the ‘A-RT Slipper Clutch’ – a first in this segment. The entire TVS Apache RTR 200 4V range will don the dynamic racing-inspired decals along with a stylish and exclusively designed fly screen which is sure to accentuate the racing stance of the motorcycle thus making it a racing machine like no other.”

The motorcycle continues to be powered by a 197.75cc single-cylinder motor which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine develops 20.5 PS (Carb) / 21.0 PS (EFI) of power at 8500 RPM and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM. The new range of TVS Apache RTR 200 Series will be enabled with the ‘Anti-Reverse Torque (A-RT) Slipper Clutch’ technology and sport the new graphics along with the fly-screen. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 will be available in Carburetor, EFI as well as Carburetor with ABS variant.

Priced at Rs. 95185 (Carburetor), Rs. 107885 (EFI) and Rs. 108985 (Carburetor with ABS), (Ex-showroom Delhi), the series will be available across the country

Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird X A new custom-inspired motorcycle for urban explorers

Royal Enfield, the global leader in mid-size motorcycles, today introduced the Thunderbird X – a new factory-built, custom look motorcycle. Continuing the legacy of Thunderbird – India’s first definitive highway cruiser – the Thunderbird X will further advance the youthful character and the story of self-expression that the Thunderbird has come to define. Bringing in a contemporary, custom-inspired urban expression with an all blacked out theme and vibrant colours, the Thunderbird X is bolder, and will sport four new colours – Getaway Orange and Drifter Blue for the Thunderbird 500X and Whimsical White and Roving Red for the Thunderbird 350X.

Launched in 2002, the Thunderbird has been the contemporary styled highway cruiser that has inspired generations of young explorers over the last 15 years. Celebrating this inspiration, and with a purpose to encourage self-expression among young urban explorers, the Thunderbird X is a bold new ‘twist’ to the Thunderbird and a fresh new take on ‘custom-cool’.

Introducing the Thunderbird X, Mr. Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield, said, “The Thunderbird X is a custom inspired Royal Enfield, that takes inspiration from our Thunderbird community. Our riders have been customizing Royal Enfield motorcycles and the Thunderbird for decades. We took that inspiration and have created an evocative, engaging, yet fun to ride factory-built custom-look motorcycle that will offer great scope for further customization and will appeal to new-age urban explorers. The two interpretations of Thunderbird and Thunderbird X will continue to strengthen our city and highway cruising proposition, and of nudging the youth to express themselves. Those who seek to make a bold, defining statement will certainly connect with the TBx.”

Speaking about the new motorcycle and its features, Mr. Shaji Koshy, Head India+ Business, said, “The Thunderbird X will create renewed excitement in the mid-sized motorcycle segment, bringing new people to experience Royal Enfield’s world of pure motorcycling. Thunderbird X will be available at Royal Enfield dealerships across all major cities. The Thunderbird 500X will be priced at Rs. 198,878 (ex-showroom Delhi) and the Thunderbird 350X will be priced at Rs. 156,849 (ex-showroom Delhi)”

Thunderbird X – Styling and Features

The Thunderbird X has been designed to resonate with the new-age motorcyclists’ sense of self-expression and individualism. Boasting a bold yet elegant design treatment with an overall blacked-out theme and contrasting bright-coloured tanks, the new Thunderbird X is ready to make a distinct statement on Indian roads.

The Thunderbird X comes with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres, a first for Royal Enfield, which give the motorcycle an attitude that sets it apart. The ‘gunslinger’ styled seat coupled with the new grab-rail and shortened rear mudguard creates custom style statement and gives a cleaner, less cluttered look. The blacked-out theme is uniformly carried over to components like the silencer, front forks, side covers, headlamp cover, indicators and grab-rail. In high contrast, the vibrant colours of the tank are coordinated with other elements on the motorcycle, such as the stitching on the seat and rim-tapes on the wheels. This creates a strong and confident look. The new flat handlebar has been dropped to give a more aggressive, and leant-in riding attitude, and makes for a more committed riding stance. Disc brakes, both in front and rear, ensure adequate stopping power for safety and stability.

The Thunderbird X will be powered by Royal Enfield’s Unit Construction Engine. The Thunderbird 500X is powered by a single cylinder, air cooled, 499cc engine fed by an electronic fuel injection system which produces maximum power of 27.2 bhp @ 5250 rpm and generates 41.3 Nm torque @ 4000 rpm. Thunderbird 350X on the other hand, comes with a single cylinder, air cooled, twinspark, 346cc engine which produces a maximum power of 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm and generates a maximum Torque of 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm.

Complementing the Thunderbird X motorcycles, Royal Enfield introduces a small Gear capsule celebrating the spirit of bold urban expressionists.

Along with the Thunderbird 500X and 350X, Royal Enfield’s popular highway cruiser – Thunderbird will also continue to be retailed.

Piaggio expands Aprilia

Riding on the success of its Group brands in India, Piaggio India today launched the Aprilia SR 125, unveiled the Aprilia Storm and introduced an innovative smart mobile connectivity feature for Vespa and Aprilia scooters. With these unique offerings on display at Piaggio’s Pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018, Piaggio is growing its portfolio across segments to offer more possibilities, newer categories and unique technology innovations to patrons in India.

Piaggio India’s 2-wheeler business witnessed accelerated growth in the year 2017 with the company’s innovative range of premium differentiated products seeing high traction across the country. With the latest introductions at the Auto Expo 2018, the company is aiming to further boost its India growth story and is complementing the same by rapidly growing its Motoplex format dealership to bring its products closer to customers across the geography.

The Aprilia brand of racing DNA came to India 2-years ago to offer a Fun-riding experience through the first-of-its-kind category-creators, cross-overs, high performance, big wheeled scooters – SR 150 and Race. The testimony to these extraordinary product propositions was ‘Scooter of Year Awards’ received from some of the most reputed publications through the year. Today, the range gets extended with the Aprilia SR 125 which comes with a 125 cc, 3 valve engine, 14-inch big wheels and wider tyres continuing the Fun-riding experience. Its attractive exterior theme with new colours makes it a stunner while a longer seat and a raised grab handle deliver extra comfort to the rider as well as the pillion. Priced at Rs. 65,310/- ex showroom Pune, the Aprilia SR 125 will be available across Aprilia and Vespa dealerships in India.

The Aprilia story continues with the Aprilia Storm, which is specially designed for the youth. The dynamic exterior theme with vibrant colours, 12-inch wheels with wide terrain tyres, high powered 125 cc engine and customisation through accessories makes it a unique experience from Aprilia to the Fun loving generation Z of today.

In yet another category first to its credit, Piaggio launched a mobile connectivity app at the Auto Expo 2018 which will empower riders to operate and control features of Vespa and Aprilia through their mobile phones. To be available on the android and IOS platform soon, this smart feature can be installed by a simple download on the mobile phone, connecting the bike either manually or through a QR code. All the information related to the bike is stored on the feature and riders can find, navigate and follow their bikes using the smart connectivity app. It is also equipped with a panic alert feature, wherein riders can reach out to the registered number configured with the current location and ask for help in case of an emergency. Additionally, one can book a service on the app, locate nearby service stations, petrol pumps and connect with customer care executives.

Also on display at the Piaggio Pavilion were Piaggio’s other global propositions such as Vespa GTS, Aprilia RS 150, Tuono 150 and its next generation technology offering, the Vespa Elettrica.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, “Our aim is to introduce products which cut across categories and fulfil the needs of our exclusive customer segments across the country. With these launches, we continue our legacy of creating new categories in India and expanding our footprint across the geography, while also further strengthening our differentiated strategy with new innovations like the smart connectivity feature.”

TVS Motor Company at the Auto Expo, 2018

TVS CREON

At TVS Motor Company, innovation lies in anticipating future challenges and developing innovative technology at great value. Showcasing its vision of the future mobility solutions for the evolving two-wheeler rider, TVS Motor Company proudly presents TVS CREON.

TVS CREON is a performance oriented, electric scooter concept, designed keeping in mind the global dream for a green future and uncompromised performance. This scooter concept is a testament to the fact that electric scooters can be both – exciting as well as environment friendly.

The TVS CREON features a next-generation electric motor that propels this scooter from 0 – 60 kmph in under 5.1 seconds and boasts of a range of 80 km. A rapid charging time of 60 minutes for 80% of full charge is on par with current generation smartphones, leaving little idle time while charging.

The heart of the TVS CREON is powered by 3 state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries capable of delivering 12 kw of instantaneous power. The batteries have been specially designed to ensure high charge per volume of battery. This helps to keep the overall dimensions of the TVS CREON compact and maintain everyday practicality of usage.

TVS CREON also gets futuristic smart connected technologies on board, which have been developed in collaboration with Intel. The scooter concept is equipped with a state-of-the-art TFT Screen which displays the speedometer, battery charge and, health status, tachometer, trip meter and odometer. The vehicle is app-enabled and offers a host of features including cloud connectivity, 3 custom riding modes, regenerative braking, park assist, safety, anti-theft, GPS & navigation, and geo-fencing.

Commenting on the connected technology platform on board the TVS Creon, Vinay Harne, President – New Product Development, TVS Motor Company said, “Two-wheelers are the lifeline of modern Indian cities. In the drive towards smart and sustainable transportation solutions, two-wheelers have a key role to play. TVS Motor Company and Intel have worked together to transform urban mobility with a product line of smart-connected gadgets on energy efficient two-wheelers. This collaboration is aimed at creating a unique positioning for Hybrid and Electric scooter series from TVS Motor Company as both Green-energy champions and smart-connected gadgets.”

Nivruti Rai, Country Head – Intel India, Vice President, Data Center Group said, “Smart, connected and sustainable transportation solutions are the need of the hour and Intel is committed to accelerating this transformation globally. Two-wheelers are critical to urban mobility and a smart connected scooter is designed keeping in mind tech-savvy, next-generation riders. It is an excellent example of innovation ‘designed in India’ for the world, creating more convenient, intelligent and personalized riding experiences. We are very happy about our collaboration with TVS Motor Company in this exciting innovation endeavor.”

The TVS CREON also features an Aluminum lightweight perimeter frame, which provides the chassis stiffness and helps in improving the handling of the scooter. Diamond cut alloy wheels with wide section TVS Remora tubeless tires provide significant grip during cornering. The front and rear discs with single channel ABS in the front ensure safe and precise braking for all road conditions. The superior performance and sporty handling of the vehicle is achieved with advanced light-weight platform and optimized Centre of Gravity (CG) distribution. In terms of utility features, the scooter can secure a full-face helmet under the seat and is also equipped with a smart phone charger.

TVS CREON is a showcase of the cutting-edge scooter technology from TVS Motor Company and sets the direction for the company towards a green and exciting future.

TVS ZEPPELIN

In the age of wanderlust filled ride goals, TVS Motor Company proudly presents TVS Zeppelin, a futuristic motorcycle cruiser concept.

TVS Zeppelin is a performance cruiser motorcycle, sporting a raw metal look and feel. At the heart is a 220cc engine coupled with a one-of-its kind, TVS patented – Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). ISG comes with an e-boost option, which starts the motorcycle faster by giving it an augmented boost. This empowers the motorcycle with unmatched performance and best-in-class fuel efficiency. A 1200W regenerative assist motor with 48V Li-ION battery further adds to the powerful performance.

Targeted at the new-age long distance rider, TVS Zeppelin is a sleek metal-bodied cruiser in a striking matte black finish with shades of rustic brown. The sleek ochre front forks, together with a compact head-lamp, make a distinct statement. The riding posture of TVS Zeppelin is aggressive yet comfortable, having two-up seat, lowered bars and feet forward highway pegs.

The handling of the motorcycle is aided by lightweight tubeless spoked alloys, 41 mm USD forks, dual-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and monoshocks. It’s silent belt drive provides an engaging ride with a dynamic cornering capability added to a superior braking performance.

Complete with state-of-the-art features such as LED lighting system, first-in-class smart Bio-key, electronic speedometer, online connectivity, the TVS Zeppelin also hosts an integrated HD Action camera to capture your riding adventures on the go.

TVS Zeppelin looks to be the new milestone in the world of cruising, where the power cruising and minimalist design blend seamlessly with cutting-edge technology.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol

Reducing the carbon footprint on the environment has been one of the key focus areas of research for TVS Motor Company. Over the years, the company has actively undertaken development of new technologies for reduction of emission and CO2 levels. The focus has been to create products, which will meet future emission norms – a crucial measure to protect the environment and ensure sustainability. Today, TVS Motor Company is proud to showcase its revolutionary ethanol powered motorcycle, TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol.

Ethanol is domestically produced from renewable plant sources. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and, safe to handle, store and transport. An oxygenated fuel that contains 35% oxygen, Ethanol reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from combustion. Apart from this, Ethanol as a fuel also helps reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and sulphur-di-oxide. Use of Ethanol as a fuel will also reduce dependence on the import of petroleum and increase energy security.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is equipped with technical improvements to make the motorcycle reliable with Ethanol as fuel. It sports vibrant green graphics on the tank with a sticker to indicate ‘Ethanol’ thus lending it a stylish look.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is also equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology. This ensures better drivability, faster throttle response and further guarantees reduction in emission levels. With these factors in place, the engine operation becomes linear leading to better usable power under varied ambient conditions thereby increasing the performance.

The E85 version motorcycle boasts of an impressive peak power of 21 PS @ 8500 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm and has an ascending top speed of 129 kmph*.

Promising superior performance coupled with a sustainable green solution, the TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is a through and through winner for the rider and the environment.

Mahindra Launches the Supro Load Heavy Duty Series

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $19 billion Mahindra Group, today launched the Supro Load Heavy Duty Series, which will be available on the company’s small commercial vehicle offerings, the Supro Maxitruck and Minitruck. The Heavy Duty Series will comprise a strong 8 leaf front suspension, strengthening Supro’s promise of delivering a superior value proposition to its customers.

Priced competitively, the Supro Maxitruck Heavy Duty will cost Rs. 4.63 lac (BS4 Ex-showroom Mumbai) while the Supro Minitruck Heavy Duty Series will be available at Rs. 4.23 lac (BS4 Ex-showroom Mumbai).

The Supro Maxitruck and Minitruck offerings are positioned as Mahindra’s ‘Profitrucks’ given the high load carrying capacity and the resultant, strong earning potential that these vehicles present. Since their launch in 2015, both trucks have set new standards in the market with their class leading features including superior power, mileage, cargo box size and payload.

Speaking on the launch, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief Sales and Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “As the leader in the small commercial vehicle load segment, our endeavour has always been to address the evolving needs of our customers. The launch of the Supro Load Heavy Duty “Profitruck” Series aimed to enhance earning potential of our customers is a veritable step in this direction. The Supro Heavy duty series with strong front rigid suspension comes equipped with class leading performance, superior fuel economy and better load carrying ability. I am sure that the Supro platform will go a long way in helping our customers prosper in life.”

Built at Mahindra’s state-of-the-art plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, the Supro platform has undergone rigorous and full test cycle runs and has been validated on all performance, safety and reliability parameters. It also comes with a class-leading warranty of 2 years/60,000km (whichever is earlier) and will be available in attractive colour options of Diamond White, Deep Warm Blue and Lava Red.

Mahindra has forged a deep relationship with its customers founded on trust which has been earned on the strength of the quality of its products, their robustness, earning potential, low maintenance cost and above all the reliability of brand Mahindra. The aim is to influence the customer’s life positively and all these enable the customer to progress in life, while building a long-term relationship with brand Mahindra. To add to this, the widespread Mahindra network of over 3,000 service centres and associates facilitates easy repair and service, which ensure peace of mind for customers.

Ford Freestyle: The All-New Compact Utility Vehicle from Ford Debuts in India

Ford today unveiled its latest global product offering – The All-New Ford Freestyle, a cool, capable & connected, compact utility vehicle (CUV) for Indian consumers.

The all-new product from Ford combines SUV-like robust design, benchmark performance, innovative technologies and outstanding fuel efficiency – for greater choice to consumers in India and markets around the world.

India will be amongst the first across the globe where the all-new Freestyle will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

“The global unveil of the Ford Freestyle strengthens Ford’s continued commitment to India to bring products that consumers want and value,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India. “With the cool, capable and connected Ford Freestyle, we are adding yet another great product to our diverse portfolio that will help us expand our family of happy Ford owners in India.”

The all-new Freestyle will position Ford to address growing consumers demand for SUV-like vehicles. Such vehicles are being preferred owing to their commanding seating position & better ground clearance to tackle congested urban environment.

Compact SUVs alone, a segment that Ford pioneered with the EcoSport, have consistently outpaced overall automotive sales in India, growing more than three-fold between 2013 and 2016. In 2017 alone, compact SUV sales in India grew 37% compared to 9% in total vehicle sales.

“Just like we did with the EcoSport, we see a lot of potential in offering this compact utility vehicle to meet the SUV owning aspirations of first-time buyers or young achievers who are looking to upgrade their small cars,” Mehrotra added.

Free-Spirited

The all-new Ford Freestyle embodies the aspirations of free-spirited buyers who are uninhibited and love to live life to the fullest. These consumers aren’t afraid to take their chances and are driven by passion.

Their motto in life is to ‘Do Everything, & Regret Nothing’.

“Freestyle is more than just an expression. This powerful word immediately encourages you to push the boundaries and do more, just like the product” said Rahul Gautam, vice president for Marketing at Ford India, said.

Cool & Compact

Featuring a striking-look, and a commanding stance, the Ford Freestyle uses design elements common to more expensive mini SUVs.

And it all begins with a unique grille with a dynamic, three-dimensional mesh.

Sweeping straight lines moving from front to the rear give the Ford Freestyle robust, muscular, & SUV looks. The front bumper of the vehicle has an integrated skid plate and sculpted fascia sections, that create a protective full-width beam element, accentuating Freestyle’s SUV looks and credentials.

The sculpted rear fascia conveys Freestyle’s athletic stance while precision detailing in the tail lamps ensure every colour is noticed distinctly.

The blacked-out high contrast headlamps in Freestyle, complemented by fog lamp bezel, create an assertive and commanding expression. While an inclined windshield gives the vehicle a sleek, fast profile that communicates a high-end image.

Capable & Safe

The Freestyle will come paired with Ford’s all-new, three-cylinder 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine that is small, light, strong and delivers outstanding fuel efficiency. The naturally aspirated engine will generate best-in-class 96 PS of peak power and 120 Nm of torque to deliver Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA. Consumers will continue to have a choice to opt for Ford’s trusted 1.5L TDCi diesel engine that generates class-leading 100 PS peak power and 215 Nm of torque.

Freestyle will deliver sportier performance in all driving conditions and will feature a uniquely tuned suspension with increased track-width, high ground clearance, TCS, ABS with EBD and uniquely tuned EPAS among others.

The Freestyle will continue Ford’s leadership on Safety, offering up to six airbags.

With the introduction of Active Rollover Prevention (ARP), Freestyle is designed to perform safely in extreme situations, without compromising on the fun-to-drive elements. Combined with Electronic Stability Control, the ARP system will be able to automatically detect potential rollover situations by applying brakes to individual tyres and decrease engine torque.

Clever & Connected

The Ford Freestyle will also feature Ford’s in-car infotainment system, SYNC 3 with a 6.5-inch touchscreen which allows drivers to control their entertainment and their connected smartphone with conversational voice commands.
SYNC 3 system is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

Datsun launches the best priced AMT model in India

Datsun India today has announced the start of sales of Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto at an introductory price of INR 3,80,600. Deliveries to new customers will begin from today across India.

At INR 3,80,600 Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto is the most feature rich AMT model in its segment.

The new Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto comes with new Dual-Driving Mode and Rush Hour Mode to provide an ultimate driving experience with best in class ground clearance (185 mm), cabin space, boot space and head room:

Dual-Driving Mode: Customers can enjoy complete flexibility of switching between automated and manual mode during up-hill / down-hill and city traffic conditions
Rush Hour Mode: provides the optimum cruising speed of 5~6 Kmph which helps customers cruise effortlessly in bumper to bumper traffic conditions

With the new Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive, Datsun also introduces new Bluetooth Audio System (with hands-free calling and Audio Streaming) across its range of redi-GO model in T (O) and S grades.

Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto combines the convenience and flexibility of dual-driving mode with best-in-class ground clearance, cabin space, boot space and head room. In line with our commitment towards our customers, we are launching the new redi-GO Smart Drive Auto at an attractive introductory price and rich features in its segment.”

Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto is powered by Intelligent Spark Automated Technology (iSAT), 1.0L three-cylinder fuel efficient engine, all black interiors, central locking system with remote key for convenience. The car is available in five colours: Ruby Red, Lime Green, White, Grey and Silver.

Datsun customers also have access to ‘Datsun CARE’, a comprehensive service package for new customers of redi-GO that assures complete peace of mind by 100% coverage of parts and 24×7 road-side assistance. The Datsun CARE package covers not only scheduled services and their associated spare part costs, labour charges and taxes, but also other important value additions. These include replacement of brake and clutch components, replacement of wiper blades once a year, wheel alignment and balancing, extended warranty with road-side assistance, exterior washes and interior cleaning. Datsun Care is acceptable at all Nissan & Datsun network pan India will also be available for Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto.

LOHIA AUTO IS GOING FOR PRODUCT PORTFOLIO EXPANSION

Lohia Auto Industries, an automobile division of 700 crore Lohia Global will be launching series of products to increase its products portfolio with the launch of new CNG, diesel and electric vehicles.

At present Lohia Auto manufactures Electric & Diesel vehicles comprises Two and Three Wheelers. The Company is planning to increase the numbers of product profilio from 10 to 15 by end of this fiscal with introducing new categories and variants in Diesel/Electric three wheelers.

This leading electric vehicle manufacturer in India, is eyeing a turnover of Rs 500 crore in the next Two years. It has already lined up an investment of around Rs 10 crore for its CNG vehicles which is a completely new vertical to its current offering of vehicles which at present comprises of electric two wheeler, electric three wheelers and diesel-powered three-wheeler.

“We are aiming to achieve a turnover of Rs. 500 from our auto division by 2020. Our current portfolio and new launches over the coming quarter will help us achieve this number and set the ball rolling” said, Mr Ayush Lohia, CEO Lohia Auto Industries.

“Lohia Auto has marked its product expansion plans and launches on high priority as it will enable further growth for the company by tapping on new opportunity. The company plans to add a new CNG vertical and introduce new models of diesel and electric vehicles in the coming quarter. The new range of products will be equipped with the sector’s latest technology.” added Mr. Lohia.

“Also the Electric vehicle segment has a huge potential. With recent initiatives such as quick pilot drafted by NITI Aayog, the sector is poised for growth. It will accelerate the acceptance and popularity of Electric Vehicles in the country. We want to tap into this opportunity by launching our new range of electric vehicles. With this not only will we create more demand and boost company’s sales but also reinforce the vision of the government of reducing crude oil consumption and cutting down carbon emissions. Also keeping up with the NEMMP‘s idea of introducing 6 million EVs on Indian roads within 6 years span. This will make India less needy for crude imports while also keeping a check on pollution.” further stated the CEO of Lohia Auto Industries.

To increase its manufacturing capacity, the company is also planning to set up new state of art plant in one of the states in southern or western India. Moreover the new plant will also boost the company’s presence, reduce logistics time and cost. With an investment of over INR 100 Crore, the new plant will be equipped with the sector’s latest technology. Proposals and plans are already being invited for exploring some good options for setting up the second plant in this region.

“With the new state of art plant the production capacity could be further enhanced to around One lakh two-wheeler units and about 60 thousand three-wheelers.