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3,00,000th Tata Tiago rolls off Sanand plant
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3,00,000th Tata Tiago rolls off Sanand plant

The Tiago was launched in 2016 and it became the highest selling Tata hatchback in the country in August 2018. The BS6 version was introduced earlier this year. The Tiago facelift seems to have brought a fillip to sales, showing a near 90 per cent growth over the same period last year. Tata Motors has reached a new production milestone. The 3,00,000th Tiago has rolled off the assembly line in Sanand, Gujarat. The facelifted Tiago features sharper styling, with the Tata signature 'humanity line' occupying pride of place at the front of the car. A raised hood lip is also in line with upcoming pedestrian safety laws, while changes at the rear are limited to a redesigned bumper and tail lights. Upgrades inside are highlighted by a switch to digital instrumentation, and new upholster...
Ford Endeavour Sport launched at INR 35.10 lakh
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Ford Endeavour Sport launched at INR 35.10 lakh

Ford has launched the Endeavour Sport in India. The SUV is priced at INR 35.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Sport is a cosmetic update with no mechanical changes having been made. The Endeavour Sport is the new top variant in the Endeavour range and is equipped with 4-wheel drive. It features black exterior details like smoked LED headlamps, a black front grille, black roof rails, new black alloys and SPORT decals on doors & tailgate. The SUV also gets black ORVMs, fender grille and side steps. On the inside, the Endeavour Sport comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with SYNC 3 in-car connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also gets Active Noise Cancellation which is claimed to reduce low frequency engine sounds from e...
2021 Mahindra Roxor gets unique front styling. Images leaked
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2021 Mahindra Roxor gets unique front styling. Images leaked

Mahindra had to redesign the Roxor after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) filed an objection as the design was almost identical to a Jeep. Hence, in response to the legal action, Mahindra has adapted an entirely fresh look for the off-roader. Mahindra has stuck to the retro-styling theme for the updated Roxor and has removed almost all of the Jeep-like looks. The model now gets a much wider nose that allows more space between the headlamps that are now separated by a twin-horizontal slat grille, with honeycomb inserts finished in black. The wider bonnet, houses the wheels within its width and fenders are mostly integrated leaving the rest of the front end rather bare. The grille tapers down to the front bumper, giving a view of the exposed suspension and tyres. The headlamps cont...
Kia Sonet launched. Prices start at INR 6.71 lakh
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Kia Sonet launched. Prices start at INR 6.71 lakh

Kia has launched the Sonet sub-4 meter SUV in India. Available in 6 variants broadly classified into two trim levels  - Tech Line and GT Line prices start at Rs. 6.71 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Sonet shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue. It measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, 1,647 mm in height and its wheelbase is 2,500 mm. It has a ground clearance of 211 mm and the boot space is 392 litre. The Sonet is offered with three engine options. These include a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 82 BHP @ 6,300 rpm and 115 Nm @ 4,200 rpm paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 118 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 172 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm. This engine is offered with either a 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT. T...
Mahindra TUV300 BS6 with cosmetic changes. Leaked images
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Mahindra TUV300 BS6 with cosmetic changes. Leaked images

The updated version of the TUV300 is expected to be launched towards the end of this year and it has already been spotted testing a number of times. The patent image of the facelifted TUV300 showcases notable design changes to the front fascia. The upright styling bits and silhouette remain the same as the existing model. It now comes with new grille with chrome inserts and reworked headlamp clusters. The front bumper has also been redesigned. The overall boxy shape of the TUV300 hasn't changed though. It has squared-off wheel arches and roof rails. On the inside, the TUV300 could get a few updates as well. Higher variants could be offered with a touchscreen infotainment head-unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The BS4 version of the TUV300 was offered with...
2021 Hyundai Tucson. Its hot, tech loaded and revolutionary SUV
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2021 Hyundai Tucson. Its hot, tech loaded and revolutionary SUV

Hyundai has taken the wraps off the fourth-generation Tucson mid-size SUV. Wider and longer than the outgoing model, the new 2021 Tucson debuts with a choice of two wheelbase variants. Standing larger in dimensions as compared to its earlier counterpart, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will measure 4500 mm in length, 1864 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2679 mm. This will be an improvement over its predecessor that stood at 4475 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. This increase in dimensions means added interior space with a more spacious cargo area. Outside, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson looks nothing like its predecessor. It follows Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, but also features flourishes of what t...
BMW 3 Series GT Shadow Edition launched. Limited-edition variant offered in top-spec M Sport trim
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BMW 3 Series GT Shadow Edition launched. Limited-edition variant offered in top-spec M Sport trim

BMW has launched the 3 Series Gran Turismo 'Shadow Edition'. The car is powered by a petrol engine and comes with the M Sport design package. It is priced at Rs. 42.50 lakh (ex-showroom). On the exterior, the 3 GT Shadow Edition gets a gloss black finish for the grille and tailpipes, M badging on the front fenders, black 18-inch M alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package, which includes the front apron, side skirts and rear apron finished in ‘Dark Shadow Metallic’ paint. The interior housing of the headlamps and tail-lamps are also darkened to complete the look. On the inside, the Shadow Edition comes with aluminium door sill plates, key with M logo, M sports leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, wireless charging and a panoramic sunroof. It has an 8.8-inch touchscreen...
Next-gen Mahindra Thar unveiled. Launch Oct 2nd
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Next-gen Mahindra Thar unveiled. Launch Oct 2nd

After scores of spy photos and a seemingly endless wait, the all-new Mahindra Thar has finally been revealed in full. It’s no coincidence Mahindra chose India’s 74th Independence Day to unveil its next-gen off-roader, as it wants its new 4x4 to be viewed as an icon of freedom. The new Thar is based on the Gen3 chassis that is claimed to have better torsional rigidity. It appears to be wider than its predecessor and features a completely redesigned exterior. While the design is new, it's a modern take of the previous Thar's retro looks. The SUV has a ground clearance of 226 mm and can wade through 650 mm. It has a 42 degree approach angle and a 37 degree departure angle. The new Thar gets a revised grille but retains the circular headlamps and wide fenders. Customers can cho...
2020 Mahindra Thar spied with production body. Unveil on 15th August
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2020 Mahindra Thar spied with production body. Unveil on 15th August

The next-generation Mahindra Thar will be unveiled on 15th August 2020. Ahead of the launch, the homegrown automaker continues to text pre-production models of the same on Indian roads. Latest spy images reveals new details related to this upcoming product. The design of the 2020 Mahindra Thar is an evolution over the current model rather than a revolution. The new Thar will be longer, wider as well as taller. Also, the new version will get a hard-top variant, unlike the older generation model. New design includes an all-new front fascia with a larger vertical-slat grille, new headlamps, LED DRLs, reworked bumpers at both ends, LED taillamp; among others. The Thar runs on a five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with gun-metal finish. shod with Ceat CZAR A/T all-terrain tyres wi...
2021 Mahindra Roxor teased. Continues retro-theme
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2021 Mahindra Roxor teased. Continues retro-theme

Mahindra will soon release a heavily updated version of its US-market Roxor off-roader. The Roxor off-roader will come with major design updates as a new teaser of Mahindra’s off-roader has taken over the internet.  Built and designed by Mahindra’s North American subsidiary MANA (Mahindra Automotive North America) situated in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the Roxor is an off-roader and falls under the side-by-side category in the USA. The Roxor off-roader was first launched in the United States back in May 2018. Looking at the teaser, the new-look Roxor continues its retro-theme, without the Jeep influence, and now gets a much wider nose than before. The wider bonnet houses the wheels within its width, and the rest of the front end is rather bare This time Mahindra will ...
New Ghibli Hybrid is the first hybrid vehicle in Maserati’s history
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New Ghibli Hybrid is the first hybrid vehicle in Maserati’s history

The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati, The choice to introduce the hybrid technology on the Ghibli saloon is no coincidence: this model, with over 100,000 units produced since its launch in 2013, perfectly embodies the Modena-based manufacturer’s DNA. In fact, the challenge facing Maserati was to enter the world of electrification without altering the brand's core philosophy and values. The result? The creation of the best possible hybrid. What's more, Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati. The arrival of the new Ghibli Hybrid thus expands the Maserati range, which is now even more competitive and responsive to the demands of the market. Ghibli Hybrid is immediately recognis...
V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
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V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Wrangler Rubicon 392 is just a concept for now, FCA says, “Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V8, and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen." The new 6.4-litre (392 cubic inches) engine is the first V8 used by Jeep since that of the 1981 CJ, which produced just 125bhp and 220lb ft (298Nm) of torque. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, by contrast, produces 444bhp and 450lb ft (610Nm), giving it a 0-60mph time of less than 5.0sec.  Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Alongside the larger engine, Rubicon’s off-road-ability comes from Dana 44 axles, Fox shocks, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials, 37in mud-terrain tyres an...
720-hp V8 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is extremely powerful
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720-hp V8 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is extremely powerful

This is the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series - a car that packs the most powerful series-production V8 engine that AMG has yet made. Directly inspired by the AMG GT3 race cars, it is fitted with a 720-hp V-8 engine and a plethora of changes that set it apart sharply from any other AMG GT, including the wild GT R. The result is a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.2sec, 0-124mph in 9.0sec and a top speed of 202mph (325kmph). The M178 engine, a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, has been modified so extensively that it receives its own identifier, now called the M178 LS2. A major change is the move away from a cross-plane crankshaft. The LS2 now uses a lighter, flat-plane crankshaft that spins more freely to allow for even more aggressive throttle response. The LS2 features a di...
New Ford Bronco is back after 24 years
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New Ford Bronco is back after 24 years

After a 24-year break, the Bronco is back. The Bronco was launched by Ford as a two-door Jeep rival in 1965 but has been out of production since 1996. The model features ‘heritage-inspired’ styling designed to evoke the Bronco’s history, with the firm saying initial design work was developed from a full-size digital scan of a first-generation model. The Bronco will be offered with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder engine producing 266bhp and 310lb ft (420Nm), and a 2.7-litre Ecoboost V6 offering 306bhp and 400lb ft (542Nm). It will be offered with a seven-speed manual gearbox that features a crawl gear as standard, with a 10-speed automatic also available. The Bronco will feature a new Terrain Management System that features what Ford terms GOAT – Go Over All Terrain – driv...
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS launched. Gets Mercedes’ latest MBUX multimedia system
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS launched. Gets Mercedes’ latest MBUX multimedia system

Mercedes-Benz India launched the new flagship GLS 2020 SUV at ₹99.90 lakh. The three-row SUV now in its third-generation is available in two variants- the 400d diesel and 450 petrol. Both the petrol and diesel variants have the same price tag. This is the second major launch for the German luxury car maker in just a few weeks after it introduced AMG C 63 Coupe and AMG GT R towards the end of May. As the previous-gen model, the 2020 GLS SUV has arrived in India as a CKD (completely knocked down) product. It is being assembled at the company's Pune based facility. In India, the GLS sales have crossed 6,700 units. The new GLS is based on Mercedes' Modular High Architecture (MHA) platform and is even larger than the model it replaces. The new GLS measures 5,207mm in length, ...
Range Rover 50th anniversary edition revealed. Limited to 1970 units
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Range Rover 50th anniversary edition revealed. Limited to 1970 units

On June 17th 2020, the Range Rover SUV celebrated its 50th anniversary. On the occasion, luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover unveiled a special model of the vehicle. Dubbed the Range Rover Fifty, this special edition will be limited to just 1,970 units – 1970 was the year that the Range Rover was first introduced. Prices have yet to be announced. The Fifty special edition is based on the already luxurious Autobiography trim and can be ordered with a variety of petrol and diesel powertrains in regular or long-wheelbase form. Being a special edition and all, the Range Rover Fifty has plenty of bespoke features, like exterior accents painted in Auric Atlas and two unique 22-inch wheel designs. Further distinguishing the fact that the Fifty is a spe...
2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S : More comfort, same power
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2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S : More comfort, same power

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S lineup is here, and it's chock full of improvements. No, said improvements don't extend to the powertrain. The new E63 retains the previous version’s 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which produces 603hp and 850Nm of torque in the top-line S version. Power continues to be sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The front end gets the A-shaped grille inspired by the Panamericana 300SL; it is beautifully integrated and gives this AMG a far more aggressive look than before. Twelve vertical slats emphasize the vehicle's family resemblance to the AMG GT range. The rear end of the sedan gets a significant makeover as well: the previously vertical, egg-shaped taillights are replaced by horizontal taillights that give the E63 a more tight...
GlamperRV Business Line is ideal for business travel or work-away commuting
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GlamperRV Business Line is ideal for business travel or work-away commuting

With home working looking set to stay, GlamperRV, the bespoke luxury motorhome brand, is launching a new ‘business class’ home office - the GlamperRV Business Line - which can also be used as a mobile office hotel, and on post lockdown weekends away or adventurous touring holidays. Offering an ultimate home office space without the need to move house, the GlamperRV Business Line motorhome will enable business people to travel to meetings while avoiding hotels, restaurants and additional shared facilities. Full business class facilities include a large central desk, LED lighting, bathroom, multiple USB charging points, mobile wifi, Nespresso coffee machine, large fridge freezer, blackout blinds and plug sockets without the need for an electric hook up, courtesy of a powerful in-b...
LuxeCamper is India’s first commercially approved premium motorhome
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LuxeCamper is India’s first commercially approved premium motorhome

Bengaluru-based start-up Campervan Camps and Holidays India have unveiled LuxeCamper. CM of Karnataka along with the tourism Minister CT Ravi flagged off a fully-equipped Camper Van called the Luxe Camper that promises to bring in a whole new dimension to the concept of travel. The campers are now available in Karnataka & soon will be available across the country. The luxe Camper which is India’s first commercially approved premium Motorhome is not your ordinary vehicle, it's literally your home on the move. The camper can accommodate about 8 people. The LuxeCamper has been approved by the ARAI as per the AIS-124 standards. The motorhomes are based on an Ashok Leyland chassis with a 4,200mm wheelbase. The camper comprises two independent compartments for driver and the p...
Kerala to deploy 65 Nexon EV for MVD’s enforcement activities
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Kerala to deploy 65 Nexon EV for MVD’s enforcement activities

Kerala will become the first State in the country to deploy electric vehicles (EVs) for enforcement activities. The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has placed orders for ‘plug-in electric vehicles’ for 65 Enforcement Squads of the Safe Kerala project for enforcing motor vehicles rules and to ensure road discipline. The government has opted for 65 Tata Nexon EVs for eight years by payment of upfront cost. The EVs are being dry-leased (car without chauffeurs) from the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a Central government institution under the Ministry of Power, through the Agency for Non -Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT). An EV-charging network will also come up in the State with charging stations set up in the 65 offices of the Enforcement Squads. ...