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2015 Dakar: Eight MINI ALL4 Racing to compete in the 2015 Dakar Rally

MINI ALL4 Racing
MINI ALL4 Racing

Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (317 January) Xraid, supported by MINI, has revealed its lineup for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous longdistance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of the Dakar Rally. Defending Dakar champions Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) and codriver Michel Périn (FR) will lead the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team while the experienced driver pairings Orlando Terranova (AR)/Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (AR) and Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) complete the lineup. There will also be five customer driver pairings in MINI ALL4 Racing cars built by the Germanbased Xraid GmbH.

MINI ALL4 Racing
MINI ALL4 Racing

Press Release:

Munich (DE). Less than two months ahead of the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally (317 January) Xraid, supported by MINI, has revealed its lineup for the 37th edition of the world’s most famous longdistance rally. A total of eight MINI ALL4 Racing with driver crews from ten countries will take on the ultimate motorsport adventure of the Dakar Rally. Defending Dakar champions Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) and codriver Michel Périn (FR) will lead the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team while the experienced driver pairings Orlando Terranova (AR)/Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (AR) and Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) complete the lineup. There will also be five customer driver pairings in MINI ALL4 Racing cars built by the Germanbased Xraid GmbH.

For the MINI brand the 2015 Dakar Rally is the next chapter of a unique success story which culminated in three consecutive Dakar victories as well as three titles in a row in the FIA World Cup for CrossCountry Rallies, both from 2012 to 2014. The 2015 Dakar promises to be the most demanding edition since the Dakar moved from Africa to South America in 2009.

“With its extremely demanding route and highly challenging racing conditions the Dakar Rally is not only a thrilling offroad event to millions of motorsport fans. It is also the ultimate test for drivers, teams and cars alike,” says Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI. “Even with the most outstanding preparation, the Dakar remains a tremendous adventure with unforeseeable challenges and highly demanding tasks that all participants will have to master in order to succeed. With this in mind, we are more than pleased to enter the 2015 Dakar Rally with a professional, experienced team in our strategic partners of the Xraid Team, a highly competitive driver lineup and a proven winner in the MINI ALL4 Racing. For the past three Dakar Rallies the MINI ALL4 Racing has been the epitome of endurance, performance, reliability, agility and – last but not least – success. Further to this, with millions of fans around the globe watching the 2015 Dakar Rally, the immense international awareness provides the perfect stage to extend the MINI brand’s global reach.”

With several new and reinstated competitive stages the Dakar will be another adventurous trip for both drivers and teams. From merciless gravel sections to the breathtaking heights of the Andes, from the sweltering heat of the Atacama desert to the tricky soft dunes the competitors are often making their way into the unknown, facing unforeseeable obstacles. This is what makes the Dakar Rally the ultimate motorsport challenge. Starting out in Buenos Aires (AR) and traveling in a great loop across the South American continent through Chile and Bolivia back to Argentina, more than 9,000 challenging kilometres is the task at hand for all competitors.

In 2015, Nani Roma and his experienced codriver Michel Périn (FR), a fourtime Dakar winner himself, are aiming to defend their title in their black and green MINI ALL4 Racing. “Winning the 2014 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing was very special to me because it came exactly ten years after my first Dakar victory,” says Roma who also won the 2004 Dakar Rally on a motorcycle. “The MINI ALL4 Racing has been strong from start to finish. It is the way we know the MINI to be: powerful, reliable and fast. It has been a key factor in making my most recent Dakar victory possible. It will be a pleasure to be back in the MINI as I am looking forward to the 2015 Dakar Rally ready to defend my title.”

Terranova who finished the 2014 Dakar fifth overall will be in the red and black MINI ALL4 Racing. “My goal, of course, is to win the Dakar but also to be the first competitor under the age of 40 to win it. It is a big challenge but the MINI ALL4 Racing is very strong. So I am confident that I can successfully reach my goals.” Holowczyc, winner of the 2013 FIA World Cup for CrossCountry Rallies in the MINI ALL4 Racing will be driving the blue and black MINI ALL4 Racing. Says Holowczyc: “I will do everything to be on the podium when the Dakar ends. The route will be much harder than in 2014, so the upcoming Dakar will be a new challenge which I am looking forward to accept.”

No less than five additional Xraidbuilt MINI ALL4 Racing driven by customer crews round off the MINI lineup at the 2015 Dakar Rally.

MINI ALL4 Racing 2015 Dakar Rally Lineup.

Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

#300  Nani Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)

#305  Orlando Terranova/Bernardo „Ronnie“ Graue (AR/AR)

#306  Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR)

Xraid MINI ALL4 Racing Crews.

#310  Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)

#314  Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)

#319  Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT)

#329  Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU)

#334  Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)

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2015 FIA World RX Rallycross Championship calender revealed

2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar revealed
2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar revealed

The FIA and World RX Championship promoter IMG Motorsports have revealed  a draft calendar for next year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. The provisional calendar will consist of 12 events including a new round in Barcelona, which will be staged at the F1 circuit from 1820 September. Some of the existing events have also been given a reshuffle to help improve logistics for the teams. Building on the success of 2014, the FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) for Supercars will continue to run at five of the World RX events (Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain and Italy).

Press Release:

The FIA and World RX Championship promoter IMG Motorsports have jointly agreed on a draft calendar for next year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.

The provisional calendar will consist of 12 events including a new round in Barcelona, which will be staged at the F1 circuit from 1820 September. Some of the existing events have also been given a reshuffle to help improve logistics for the teams.

World RX of Belgium will form round two of the season and will be held one week prior to the British round at Lydden Hill, which will resume its regular slot over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (2224 May). Other changes include Germany RX which will take place three months earlier in June, and the Norwegian RX round which will move to August. Turkey and Italy will swap places in next year’s calendar as the Italian RX race is set to form the penultimate round of the season. Argentina will stage the Championship seasoncloser at the end of November.

Building on the success of 2014, the highlycoveted FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX) for Supercars will continue to run at five of the World RX events (Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain and Italy). Following the model of the Supercar championship and after consultation with competitors, the Super1600 and TouringCar championships will also run over fewer events in 2015. The Super1600 championship will feature six events (Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, France, Spain and Italy) while TouringCar has five rounds (Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Norway).

The supporting RX Lites Cup will be made up of seven events: Portugal, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Turkey and Italy.  The RX Lites cars will also be present in Canada in the standalone Intercontinental Cup event.

Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director at IMG Motorsports, concluded: “After a hugely successful inaugural season in World RX, we have received a steady flow of interest from venues across the globe which we have considered carefully over the past few months.  We’re conscious that we wanted to keep costs to a minimum and grow our Championship gradually so made the decision to retain 12 key events but changed the running order to make logistics better for the teams.  We have also included a new round at the Circuit de CatalunyaBarcelona.With a population of more than 1.6 million, Barcelona will likely grow to become one of our biggest events and it is very encouraging that prestigious motorsport venues are now building purpose built RX tracks.”

2015 WORLD RX CALENDAR*

ROUND COUNTRY LOCATION DATE
1 Portugal Montalegre April 2426
2 Belgium Mettet May 1517
3 Great Britain Lydden Hill May 2224
4 Germany Estering June 1921
5 Sweden Holjes July 35
6 Canada GP3R August 78
7 Norway Hell August 2123
8 France Loheac September 46
9 Spain Barcelona September 1820
10 Turkey Istanbul October 0204
11 Italy Franciacorta October 1618
12 Argentina San Luis November 2729

For a web version of the 2015 World RX calendar, please visit: http://www.rallycrossrx.com/2015_calendar

*Calendar subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council next month.

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Google to launch Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 starting at INR 44,000 & INR 28,900 resp in India

Google Nexus 6 smartphone
Google Nexus 6 smartphone

After the successful debut of its affordable Android One devices, tech giant Google is all set to launch its premium Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet in India in next few weeks. The devices are priced at Rs 44,000 and Rs 28,900 onwards, respectively. The device will be rolled out to the market via Google Play Store and Flipkart by the first week of December.

Nexus 9 tablet
Nexus 9 tablet

Developed by USbased Motorola, Nexus 6 was launched globally last month, along with Nexus 9, which was developed by Taiwanese major HTC. Nexus 6 had a rollicking start in the USA. The preorder service, which went live on 29 October at Google Play store, ended in just few hours. Nexus 6 has been listed on Google’s Play Store for Rs 44,000 (32 GB), while the 64 GB variant will be available for Rs 49,000.

Google Nexus 6 smartphone
Google Nexus 6 smartphone

The 16 GB WiFi variant of Nexus 9 will be priced at Rs 28,900, while the 32 GB LTE version will be available for Rs 44,900. However, the date of availability of these devices is yet to be disclosed.

According to IDC, India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world with over 44 million devices being sold last year alone and players are competing headon to capture a bigger share of the pie.

Last month, Google had also launched its first set of Android One smartphones here. India was the first country of launch for the Android One smartphones in partnership with handset makers Spice, Micromax and Karbonn. Google has indicated that many more firsts could come from India in the future.

Featuring a 5.96inch display, Nexus 6 will come with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. Weighing 184 grams, the device has a 13 MP rear and 2 MP front camera.

Key 7 features of the Nexus 6 smartphone

  • Google has come out with bigger, more expensive version of its Nexus phone to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple’s iPhone.
  • The new smartphone, called the Nexus 6, boasts a nearly 6inch Quad HD display, eclipsing the 5.5inch display on the iPhone 6 Plus that Apple began selling last month. 
  • The Nexus 6 smartphone runs on a new version of Google’s Android operating system. The latest software is called ‘Lollipop’ in keeping with Google’s tradition of naming its Android upgrades after treats.
  • The Nexus 6 smartphone becomes the newest and largest of the Googlebranded handsets, and is produced by Motorola, which Google bought in 2012 and is in the process of selling to China’s Lenovo. 
  • This aluminium frame device has a 13megapixel camera. The camera comes equipped with optical image stabilization. It also has a 2MP frontfacing camera.
  • The phone boasts of dual frontfacing speakers which according to Google are meant to provide immersive stereo sound.
  • Nexus 6 also comes with a Turbo Charger, so that users can get up to six hours of use with 15 minutes of charge, says Google. 
  • The phone runs on a Snapdragon 805 quadcore 2.7GHz processor. It has a 3220 mAh battery. The device comes in 32 GB and 64 GB memory options.

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Maruti Y9T LCV spied with cheap looking Full Deck and Bull Bar

Maruti Suzuki LCV (Y9T) spy pic
Maruti Suzuki LCV (Y9T) spy pic

Maruti Suzuki’s first LCV- the Y9T pick up has been spotted again by folks at Gaadiwaadi.com. The Y9T pickup seen here features a cheap looking full deck cargo bay and bull bar which possibly is an aftermarket fitment.

The Y9T LCV is a reworked Suzuki Carry 1.5 that is available in the Indonesian market.  We at Technwheelz are interested in the  Y9T LCV’s  800cc diesel engine which is rumoured to be capable of producing 35 PS. and will later find its place in passenger cars.

The 800cc diesel engine is the smallest diesel engine within the Suzuki family. The CNG version will carry a only CNG specific engine of around 1200cc. The CNG engine is not new as Maruti Suzuki has converted the 1.2 liter petrol engine that powers the Eeco to run on CNG.

The company is targeting to enter the 14,000 units a month strong mini truck segment.  The Y9T  mini truck by Maruti will be built at the company’s oldest plant in Gurgaon plant.

Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the mini truck next year, which would be priced close to India’s best selling mini truck Tata Ace.The new pickup will be launched in diesel and CNG variants.

Sources also hint that the price of the Y9T will be around Rs. 3.2 lakh (exshowroom Delhi).

Maruti Suzuki LCV (Y9T) spy pic
Maruti Suzuki LCV (Y9T) spy pic

Maruti won’t sell the Y9T from its car dealerships. Instead the car maker will set up new dealerships that will sell the Y9T pick up truck and possibly more commercial vehicles from the brand in the future. Even the servicing facilities for the Y9T will be separate from the car service centers.

Since Maruti Suzuki has a huge number of car dealers and service centers around India, it should not be difficult for the company to quickly set up a large number of dealerships and service centers to sell and maintain the Y9T pick up truck.

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Hyundai USA launches Genesis Smartphone app- Hyundai Blue Link 3.0

2015 Hyundai Genesis
2015 Hyundai Genesis

Snapshot:  Hyundai Motor America has launched its Genesis Intelligent Assistant smartphone app using Blue Link technology.  The Genesis Intelligent Assistant is so smart that it will remind owners to start their engine with an engine timer (110 minutes), remote stop, search for nearby gas stations all through their smartphone. In addition, the new Hyundai Blue Link 3.0 smartphone app now allows users to remotely control their car’s climate control settings.

Hyundai Blue Link 3.0 also boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Press Release

Free Apps Now Available for Download from Google Play or the Apple App Store

Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant Mobile App Highlights:

  • Combines Hyundai Blue Link features, data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone and the internet with multiple layers of intelligence to send reminders and notifications
  • Saves owners time with predrive app reminders and notifications

Blue Link 3.0 Mobile App Highlights:

  • Remote Start includes an engine timer (110 minutes), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster (Available on select vehicles. Visit www.HyundaiBlueLink.com for more details.)
  • Simplified user interface and faster navigation
  • Home screen shortcuts help users navigate to main Blue Link features
  • Updated map includes Google Point of Interest (POI) details – business hours, distance to location and ratings
  • Searches for nearby gas stations
  • Users can favorite a POI as My POI for quick access
  • View remote request history to see more details
  • Supports all Blue Linkenabled vehicles

MIAMI – Starting today, Hyundai Genesis owners will no longer need to remember to remote start their car on a hot afternoon or cold morning. They won’t need to guess an appropriate departure time to make a seven o’clock dinner reservation. This is because Hyundai Motor America has launched its Genesis Intelligent Assistant smartphone app using awardwinning Blue Link technology to help complete these tasks for them.

The Genesis Intelligent Assistant is so smart that it will remind owners to start their engine and determine an uptothe minute commute time to a restaurant – all through their smartphone. In addition, the new Hyundai Blue Link 3.0 smartphone app now allows users to remotely control their car’s climate control settings. The completely redesigned Hyundai Blue Link 3.0 smartphone app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version now allowing users to remotely control their car’s climate control settings. Hyundai Blue Link 3.0 also boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store starting today.

Genesis Intelligent Assistant

“Cars are beginning to work more like smartphones and this is exactly what our customers have been asking for,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, customer connect and service business development, Hyundai Motor America. “Genesis owners now have access to reminders and notifications just like the ones they get on their phones when it is time to check in for a flight, receive breaking news or take that 10,000th step during their day.”

Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant login screen and reminder notifications

The Genesis Intelligent Assistant is a proactive app for Hyundai cars intended to save the driver time and provide an even higher level of convenience. The app combines Blue Link features, data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone and the internet with multiple layers of intelligence. This allows the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app to send proactive notifications and recommendations to Genesis owners in preparation for their drive.

By providing commute information and access to their smartphone’s calendar, Genesis owners can have the app automatically estimate appropriate departure times and send reminders for any upcoming appointments that require a drive. Departure reminder messages are determined by uptotheminute commute times from the user’s current location to the destination, accounting for traffic.

Temperature outside the vehicle is determined via zip code prior to the estimated departure time. If the temperature is above or below the default level, users will receive a notification, asking if they would like to remote start their vehicle to heat it up or cool it down.

Recommendations for gas stations are provided, allowing the user to select a station and send the location to the vehicle’s navigation system. A vehicle health status will also be communicated through the user’s smartphone when an action is required. This will allow the customer to schedule car care for their Genesis directly from the app.

Many additional Blue Link features are included within the app, making it a single, integrated solution for all driver vehicle needs. These features include remote climate control, remote defroster, remote engine stop and the ability to control how long the engine will run after a remote start with an engine duration timer (110 minutes). The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app is a framework for the future, with additional proactive functionality becoming available over time to provide the customer with the ultimate luxuries of time and convenience.

Blue Link 3.0 Mobile App

The Blue Link 3.0 mobile app means Hyundai owners with Blue Link subscriptions will be able to remote start their car on a winter day and turn on the defroster to melt snow and ice away. They will never again have to suffer sitting in a hot seat when getting into their car on a 95degree day because the app can remotely start the car’s air conditioning and bring the temperature to a comfortable 70 degrees. The app can now also control how long the engine will run when started remotely and stop the ignition from any distance. In addition, the simpler user interface is more intuitive to use for common tasks. All remote features and services are now accessible from the home screen.

“We know remote start is the most popular Blue Link service,” said Ratzlaff said. “Hyundai owners request remote starts through Blue Link more than 3 million times a year, so it makes sense for us to offer remote climate control to enable customers to warm up or cool down their vehicle from anywhere they have a wireless or cellular connection.”

Blue Link 3.0 app home screen and remote start with remote climate control settings

The Blue Link 3.0 app still makes scheduling that next oil change, tire rotation or other service a snap. The Blue Link 3.0 app connects users directly to their preferred dealer to setup an appointment. It also sends the dealer a diagnostic snapshot of the vehicle, and the user can select the type of service needed. The customer also knows from monthly vehicle health reports where the trouble might be.

Current users of the Blue Link app will receive a notification on their smartphone to download the new Blue Link 3.0 app. Depending on the user’s preferences, 2015 Sonata Blue Link app users will receive the update automatically or have to accept the update through their phone app store to transition to the new Blue Link 3.0 app. The complete set of Blue Link mobile app services remain available with a trial or paid Blue Link subscription. Additional remote services include:

  • Remote Start with Climate Control (if equipped)
  • Remote Stop (if equipped)
  • Search and send Points of Interest (POI) to your Hyundai vehicle
  • Access your saved POIs
  • Lock or unlock the door remotely
  • Activate Horn and/or Lights remotely
  • Find your Hyundai vehicle
  • Make a service appointment
  • Access Blue Link Customer Care
  • Access maintenance info and Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • View your profile

The Genesis Intelligent Assistant and Blue Link 3.0 apps also include the following next generation Blue Link enhancements and features.

NextGeneration Blue Link Enhancements

  • Destination Search powered by Google: Users will be able to take advantage of Google’s powerful destination search via the Blue Link Navigation Services button (voice recognition) and navigation display or through myhyundai.com and the Blue Link mobile app to send a destination to their car
  • Remote Start with Climate Control: Now includes an engine timer (110 minutes), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster
  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and SOS Emergency Assistance: Includes primary subscriber notification via SMS and email

Blue Link Features

Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care, Remote and Guidance:

Connected Care:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Report
  • Maintenance Reminder
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
  • Recall Advisor
  • Service Link
  • Blue Link Mobile App
  • OnDemand Diagnostics
  • App Store Access (InVehicle and Web, Limited functionality)
  • InVehicle Car Care App
  • PreLoaded Apps
  • Driving Information (Available invehicle only)
  • WiFi Access
  • Secondary Driver

Remote:

  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Remote Climate Control (if equipped)
  • Remote Stop (if equipped)
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder via Mobile App
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Vehicle Safeguard Alerts
  • Valet Alert
  • GeoFence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Guidance:

  • Destination Search Powered by Google
  • POI Web Search and Download
  • TurnbyTurn Navigation Service

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at http://www.hyundaibluelink.com/.

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Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App
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Microsoft to launch Nokia-less Lumia phone on November 11

Microsof teases its first non Nokia Lumia
Microsof teases its first non Nokia Lumia

Microsoft has posted a teaser on Facebook which hints at a new Lumia announcement coming on November 11.

The teaser includes a close up of a frontfacing camera and the date 11.11.2014. Along with the image, the Nokia Facebook page cryptically states ‘Big on experiences. #MoreLumia’.

The teaser itself doesn’t give us too much information – we can only see a corner of the smartphone which also holds the frontfacing camera. Soucres hint that the phone is expected to have a 5inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5megapixel rear camera. Perhaps, the phone will be a souped up version of the Lumia 630.

Microsoft is in the process of dropping the Nokia namefrom its Lumia phones, and it looks like this will be the first handset to be branded as a Microsoft Lumia.

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Foldable smartphones, tablets getting close to reality

Samsung Foldable Display
Samsung Foldable Display

Tablets that collapse into phones, smartphones that fold up like wallets. Those are coming and a Japanese company has the goods to prove it.  At a recent event in Japan, Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL), demonstrated a display that can be folded in three.

It’s not hard to see how this kind of technology could cause a sea change in device development. Products will expand and collapse at will. Open a device as a tablet at a coffee shop then fold it into a smartphone on your way out the door.

This is a big step up from the curved displays available today from Samsung on its Galaxy Note Edge or LG on its G Flex.

In a video, SEL shows the display — based on OLED or Organic LightEmitting Diode technology, widely used in smartphones today — laying flat in tablet mode.   Then it is folded in three (what SEL calls “trifold”) into a smaller size that would be suitable for a smartphone.

SEL Trifold Display
SEL Trifold Display

Samsung has been vocal about this technology for a couple of years.  It demonstrated a bendable display back in 2013 that was made of “extremely thin” plastic, instead of glass, that won’t break when it’s dropped.  Like the SEL display, it can be flexed at will.

When we will we see real devices?  Samsung has been talking about 2015 to introduce products with foldable displays.

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Mahindra working on quadricycle- C101 for 2017 launch. Rival to Bajaj RE60

Mahindra Gio Compact cab for representation purpose only
Mahindra Gio Compact cab for representation purpose only

Mahindra & Mahindra has started works on a quadricycle codenamed C101 which is likely to hit the market in 2017. The C101 will be built on an allnew platform and will take at least 24 months to develop, posing possibly the first competition to Bajaj’s RE 60, which is almost ready to hit the market.

According to the sources, the C101 is likely to be powered by a 200300 cc petrol engine, which is expected to be available in both single cylinder and twin cylinder options.

M&M is investing about Rs100150 crore on the C101 project and is expected to be produced at Zaheerabad facility.The company is hoping to add 15,00060,000 units to its incremental sales volumes over three to five years.

Bajaj Auto, on its part, has already produced some test mules and the certification agency ARAI is shortly expected to give homologation certificate for the vehicle to ply on Indian roads.

Quadricycles, which have a hard top and doors, are largely expected to replace the autorickshaws. Nearly 4 lakh threewheelers are sold in the country every year, mainly as autorickshaws. While Bajaj Auto claims the quadricycle is a safer alternative to threewheelers, some others in the industry believe it is an unsafe mode of transportation.

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Lenovo launches Vibe X2 with 2GHz 4G LTE True8Core @ INR 19,999

Snapshot:  Lenovo launches a new smart phone named the Vibe X2, what the company calls a layered phone at Rs 19,999 and will be available on Flipkart from November 10.

Lenovo Vibe X2 layered phone
Lenovo Vibe X2 layered phone

Over the past few months,Lenovo is bringing in devices which stand apart in the crowded Android market while trying to create a niche for itself. Now, Lenovo has launched a new smart phone named the Vibe X2 at priced at Rs 19,999 and will be available on Flipkart from November 10.

The layers are apparent in the design, which is made of three distinct layers in different colours. This slim layered design makes the device look young and vibrant, and that is the segment the phone is aimed for. But the layers don’t end there.

Lenovo Vibe X2 layered phone
Lenovo Vibe X2 layered phone

Lenovo will be selling extra battery and JBL speaker layers to be clipped on to the phone. The extra battery will make the phone thicker and heavier, but it also doubled the battery life from the original 2300 mAh.

With a fiveinch display, the smartphone has Android KitKat operating system, 13 MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and 2,300 mAh battery

The phone also stands out for its processor which is the MediaTek 6595m 2.0 GHz 4G LTE True8Core processor.

Specification Chart
Processor: MediaTek 6595m 2.0 GHz 4G LTE True8Core
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
Dimensions (WxTxH): 68.6mm x 7.27mm x 140.2mm
Weight: 120g
Battery: 2300 mAh (Lipolymer), embedded
Dual SIM
Rear camera: 13 MP autofocus with LED flash
Front camera: 5 MP fixedfocus
System Memory: 2 GB RAM
Builtin Storage: 32 GB ROM
Connectivity/Radios
4G Network: LTE FDD Band 1/3/7, TDD B40 or LTE FDD Band 1/3/7/30
3G Network: 2100/900 Mhz or 2100/900/850 Mhz
2G Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
Speed: HSPA+ 150 Mbps (DL) / 50 Mbps (UL)
WLAN: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot. (For 5G WiFi, Band 2 is not supported)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 3.0 + 4.1 LE
Display: 5inch FUllHD (1920x1080p)

 

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Audi plans to launch A3 hatch in India. Rival to Merc A-Class and BMW 1-Series

Audi A3 compact luxury sedan
Audi A3 compact luxury sedan

Fresh from the success of its A3 compact luxury sedan, Audi is now planning to drive in the A3 hatchback in India, to compete against the likes of  Mercedes’ A-Class and BMW’s 1Series hatchbacks.

BMW 1 Series 3 Door Sports Hatch
BMW 1 Series 3 Door Sports Hatch

Audi sold  1,000 units of A3 sedan within three months of launch . Audi had emerged as the domestic luxury car market leader last year by being the first to cross annual sales of 10,000 units.

According to sources at Audi, launching the  A1 does not make  sense because it is too small. Audi will launch 10 new models next year, including refreshments and models in the upper end of the market.

Audi is also planning “major investments” that will help in localisation, especially of engines. Right now the car maker has a capacity of 14,000 units a year at the Volkswagen Group plant in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, which can be expanded to around 20,000 units with two shifts.

 

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MercedesBenz A 250 4MATIC

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