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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. ...
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition limited to just 15 units in the US
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Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition limited to just 15 units in the US

Mercedes-Maybach recently unveiled the Maybach S650 Night Edition. With the next-gen Mercedes-Maybach S-Class just around the corner, this might just be the current car’s last hurrah. The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is exclusive. Only 15 units of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition will be made, exclusive to the US market. The S650 Night Edition is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine producing 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The car goes from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, making it the most powerful sedan in the Mercedes-Maybach line. It also has the MAGIC BODY CONTROL® suspension, which comes with a camera that surveys the road ahead to detect and counteract surface imperfections, and leans into curves for a more dynamic feeling and handle. The latest LED Intelligent ...
BMW X7 M50d – range topping trim launched in India
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BMW X7 M50d – range topping trim launched in India

The top-spec X7 M50d has been priced at ₹1.63 crores (ex-showroom, India). The German carmaker’s flagship SUV is now available in four variants – the 30d DPE (Rs 92.50 lakh), the 30d DPE Signature (Rs 1.02 crore), the 40i M Sport (Rs 1.07 crore) and the M50d. The BMW X7 M50d is powered by a 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder, quad-turbocharged diesel engine that produces 400hp and 760Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, which sends power to all-four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. The M50d does 0-100kph in a claimed 5.4secs and has a limited top speed of 250kph. The new BMW X7 M50d comes with a host of features and equipment. Most of them are carried over from the current model on sale, although there are a few additional equipment...
2020 BMW X6 performance luxury SUV launched
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2020 BMW X6 performance luxury SUV launched

BMW has launched the thrid generation BMW X6 in India at INR 95 lakh, ex-showroom. The X6 is an aggressive looking SUV with ample road presence.  The coupe-SUV is being brought in as a CBU, straight from Germany, and is available with a single petrol engine option. Because of its unique design BMW calls X6 SAC which stands for Sports Activity Coupe. Powering the new X6 is a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that puts out 340hp and 450Nm of torque. Power is sent to all-four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.  Two trims: xLine and M Sport are available, priced identically. The xLine version comes with aluminium exterior trim in the grille, roof-rail, etc., grey body cladding and unique front bumper and alloys. The M ...
Tom Brady’s heavily modified Cadillac Escalade SUV for $300,000 is on sale
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Tom Brady’s heavily modified Cadillac Escalade SUV for $300,000 is on sale

This is no regular old Escalade. Rather, it’s a heavily modified ESV edition thoroughly customized by Becker Automotive Design owned by the six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. Tom Brady is making some big moves this year. He is leaving the New England Patriots after 20 years with the team to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The most obvious change in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is that it’s bigger. Becker stretched the car by 20 inches and, because of this, extended the rear doors by 10 inches. Those changes help maintain a proportional appearance for the vehicle despite its blown-up proportions. The roof was also raised by five inches and enforced with steel support ribbing so that it exceeds US Federal Safety Standards and Crush Resistance Laws while providing optim...
1964 Porsche Carrera GTS can be yours for a cool $2.45 Million
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1964 Porsche Carrera GTS can be yours for a cool $2.45 Million

An extremely rare 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS is now up for auction at the Gooding & Company. The Gooding & Company is an automotive auction house based in Santa Monica, California – known for setting world-record prices for classic cars such as this one.  When the 904 Carrera GTS debuted in 1964, it represented Porsche’s first foray into fiberglass bodywork, but it was also the German automaker’s last hurrah for its four-cam, four-cylinder engine. In particular, the 904 was equipped with the most advanced iteration of that power plant, one that utilized a plain-bearing crankshaft and produced about 180 hp. Working in tandem with the 904’s lightweight, aerodynamic body, that engine propelled the car to speeds that far exceeded what the marque’s previous sports and racing c...
Bosch Help Connect- automatic emergency calls for motorcycles introduced
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Bosch Help Connect- automatic emergency calls for motorcycles introduced

When an accident happens, every second counts. The quicker motorcyclists receive assistance, the greater their chances of survival. The risk of being killed in a crash is still 20 times higher for motorcyclists than for car drivers. This has prompted Bosch to develop Help Connect, a digitally connected emergency call system for motorized two-wheelers that speeds up the rescue process.  The Bosch Help Connect system features an 'intelligent crash algorithm' that's installed in the motorcycle's inertial sensor unit. The system, along with the Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), measures acceleration and angular velocity one hundred times a second. In the unfortunate event that the motorcycle meets with an accident, the system detects the sudden change in speed and angula...