New Honda Jazz 2018 launched in Delhi for Rs.7.35 lakh

Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), leading Japanese car maker of passenger cars in the country launched the New Honda Jazz 2018 for a starting price of Rs.7.35 lakh (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi), according to a company statement. The new car comes with enhanced style, enriched interiors and added safety features.

Enhanced Exterior Styling elements (New)

· Signature Rear LED Wing Light

· Chrome Door Handles

· 2 new exterior colours

Enriched Interiors (New)

· 17.7cm Advanced Touchscreen Infotainment with Audio, Video and Navigation system – Digipad 2.0 with Blue Tooth Audio, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and rear camera display

· One Push Start/ Stop Button with White and Red illumination*

· Honda Smart Key System (Touch sensor based) with Keyless Remote*

· Cruise Control*

· Front Centre Armrest

· Central Lock Hand Switch

· Driver Side Vanity Mirror

· Improved NV performance

*Available in CVT & Diesel variants

Enhanced Safety (New)

· Rear Parking Sensors

· Speed sensing Auto Door Lock

The new Jazz will now be available in 2 grades in Petrol – V and VX and 3 grades in Diesel – S, V and VX with Manual Transmission. Responding to the market trend of higher acceptance and demand for Automatics, new Honda Jazz will now be available with advanced CVT technology in both V and VX grades in Petrol. The colour line-up of the new Jazz also gets refreshed and the new model features Premium Beige interiors with a choice of 5 exterior colours – Radiant Red Metallic (new), Lunar Silver Metallic (New), Modern Steel Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.

Honda Jazz 2018_L-R_ Mr.Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, HCIL & Mr.Rajesh Goel- SVP & Director, Sales & Marketing, HCIL

Honda Jazz 2018_L-R: Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, HCIL &  Rajesh Goel – Sr. Vice President & Director, Sales & Marketing, HCIL.

Speaking on the introduction of the Jazz 2018, Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director, Sales & Marketing, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We are extremely delighted to introduce the New Honda Jazz 2018 with enhanced features. The new Jazz offers amazing value and will surely create fresh excitement in premium hatchback segment.” “In line with changing customer preferences in favour of automatics, the Jazz 2018 is now being offered with advanced CVT technology across the petrol range to cater to larger number of customers opting for automatic transmission cars for an absolutely comfortable and engaging drive,” he added.

Prices of Ex Showroom Delhi for the complete line-up ofNew Jazz 2018
Petrol Diesel
V MT Rs 7,35,000 S MT Rs 805,000
VX MT Rs 779,000 V MT Rs 885,000
VCVT Rs 855,000 VX MT Rs 929,000
VX CVT  Rs 8,99,000

Honda Cars India Ltd., (HCIL) leading manufacturer of premium cars in India was established in December 1995 with a commitment to provide Honda’s latest passenger car models and technologies, to the Indian customers. HCIL has two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Greater Noida, U.P and Tapukara, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan. The company’s product range includes Honda Brio, Honda Jazz, Honda Amaze, Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V and Honda CR-V – which are manufactured in India. The Accord Hybrid is being sold as a CBU imported from Thailand. Honda’s models are strongly associated with advanced design and technology, apart from its established qualities of durability, reliability and fuel-efficiency. The company has a strong sales and distribution network with 353 facilities in 241 cities across spread across the country.

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GreenFuel bags Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 Award in Automotive category

Homegrown auto component major, GreenFuel bags the Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 award in the automobile category. At a gala event held in New Delhi recently Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards 2018, Akshay Kashyap, Founder and MD, received the award from Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan.

The Make in India Emerging Entrepreneur awards are an effort to recognise rising domestic players in manufacturing horizon of India. The winners were identified after a three month long intensive survey and were then shortlisted by an expert jury namely Uday Kotak, Aroon Purie, Manish Sabharwal, Hamitab Kant and Sanjay Nair.

Greenfuel specializes in product solutions for sustainable mobility. These solutions are based on their expertise in handling high pressure gaseous fuels, as well as ventures into exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles), all of which helped to bring the company out on top.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Kashyap said, “It is an honour to have our hardwork and passion recognized as a Make In India Emerging Entrepreneur. We want to use this opportunity to continue to grow and build upon our efforts. We believe that the future is green and sustainable technologies are a necessity to continue to better our country.”

Greenfuel is one of the largest suppliers of automotive components to OEMs for vehicles that run on alternative fuels. The firm’s innovative approach has helped shape the modernization of CNG systems for OEM vehicles. In fact, Greenuel is the first player to introduce NGV filling systems in cars as well as automatic cylinder valves, and the only entity to do complete fuel delivery and storage systems for low-floor busses in India. What is more, the company has also ventured into the exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles). In a short time, it has emerged as one of the knowledge leader in Li-ion batteries.

Accomplishments

Greenfuel also has notched up other accomplishments:

• The first company in India whose CNG systems have run 1 billion kms on road with zero warranty.

• The first company to do complete systems for Low Floor CNG buses.

Technology reinforcing transportation: Rahul Mishra

“The introduction of smartphones through development in telecom sector has boosted the transportation in many folds”, says Rahul Mishra, CEO of U-RYD Transportation Solutions. In a free-wheeling chat, Mishra tells Jayashankar Menon about various technological developments that are helping the transportation industry in a big way. Excerpts:

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JM: What are the latest technological developments that reinforcing transportation in India?

RM: The transportation systems around which the modern world has been built are on the verge of a significant transformation. India, lingering in the transport industry have seen surge in recent years with new technology advancements. Transport plays a very vital role in the development of a country’s economy by determining overall productivity, quality of life of citizens, access to goods and services and the pattern for distribution of economic activity. Need for transportation have never been less for the people travelling through public transports.

New technologies are transforming the way citizens are planning, designing, building, and operating transportation systems. Travelers depend on traffic condition reports, electronic maps, on-board vehicle performance monitors, real-time transit arrival information, and a host of other services that did not exist a generation ago. People counting on additional advances in transportation technology, not just to get where want to go, but also to reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, and support economic development.

JM: You were of the view that the advancement in the technological sector is a concatenation of developments in many sectors. Can you elaborate on the same?

RM: Yes. For Instance, technological development have led to advancement in the cities and towns along with development in transportation sector either it is roadways, waterways, or airways. Blooming in transportation sector also impacts directly on the accessibility of backward towns and cities with time passage, thus flourishing the trade within the economy. Hence disgracing inflation and towards a healthy economy.

JM: What are the new transportation technologies that are emerging to meet these challenges?

RM: New transportation technologies are emerging to meet these challenges, including connected and autonomous vehicles, alternative fuels, key-less fleet management and traffic analytics, as well as local zoning and planning policies that support transit-oriented development. New technology for on-road communications will dramatically change how vehicles operate and provide information and capabilities for better, real-time traffic management — if the necessary network infrastructure is in place.
The introduction of smartphones through development in telecom sector has boosted the transportation in many folds. Ever thought of the app serving technologies helping people in fewer seconds to light up their day-to-day tasks with minimal hindrance? Yes it is, you may say! Instigation of app based technologies has minimized the long-distance travelling of people very plain sailing. These services running handy through smart phone have seen an instant growth in following years. People now don’t need to wait long hours to hire cab services or taxies or auto-rickshaws, they just need to handy the app and enjoy the rides.

JM: Can you talk about U-RYD Transport Solutions?

RM: U-RYD is a mobile application and website providing millions of people an approach to a simple and a quickest way to get cab facilities anywhere anytime. In this professional and speedily growing world, everybody needs a one-time solution for the transportation facilities without any hindrance. That is where U-RYD brings an excellent solution by creating better possibilities for travelers, drivers and destinations. U-RYD is officially the US firm, a transport service provider, which has launched its services in the burgeoning Indian market.

JM: What is the concept behind the plan?

RM: India is a potential market with digitally advanced smart phone users. With its Indian start-up venture, I believe in creating a better environment with new technologies. U-RYD has fused the technology with transport by giving a better option of App based technology and website and redefining transportation of people.

JM: What are the unique features of U-RYD?

RM: One of the best features of U-RYD is that the payment mode is very hand and simple. All the customers can do is to pay either through cash or card, in advance – through RYD Money (Wallet) or cash-in-arrival. Our App will not just help our patrons to explore cab facilities, it also helps them customising their schedule and has it properly planned. Initiating with earning opportunities for every ride customers enjoy also, U-RYD comes with simple and approachable application with also guiding the directions and locations as well. Every feedback by the user is valuable to us. Furthermore, we request U-RYD users (Users/Drivers) to share their feedback honestly.

JK Tyre rolls out 10 millionth truck/bus radial tyre in India

One of the leading tyre manufacturers in India, JK Tyre and Industries Limited, part of the Rs.28000 crore JK Organisation, reached a historic milestone when it became the first Indian tyre maker to produce ten million truck/bus radial tyres. With one of India’s largest tyre capacities at 3.5 million truck/bus radials per annum, the home grown firm is the undisputed leader in this segment, according to a press note.

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It was as historic occasion as the 10 millionth truck radial tyre came out of the mould at the company’s Vikrant plant in Mysuru. JK Tyre took over this plant from the Karnataka Government in the late 1990s and turned it around into a state-of-the-art plant with an investment of over Rs. 1200 crore.

 

Speaking during the milestone celebrations, Dr Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, JK Tyre said: “Starting in 1977, when we set up our first tyre plant in Rajasthan with 5 lac per annum capacity, we have come a long way and today JK Tyre has grown multifold. Over the years we have set up green field plants, expanded our capacities at regular intervals and even acquired plants across continents like the ones in Mexico, and recently 3 plants of Cavendish Industries in Uttarakhand, back home to keep pace with the increase in demand of tyres in the domestic as well as global markets.”

In the over 7.18 lakh (2015-16) commercial vehicle market in India, JK Tyre is a leader par excellence. It pioneered the radial technology in India, and was the first company to introduce Truck & Bus Radial tyres way back in 1999, and is today the largest producer in this category.

JK Tyre is truly a multi-national company with 12 plants globally with a future ready capacity of 350 lac tyres per annum. After the recent Re 2200 cr acquisition of Cavendish, JK Tyre has also entered the high growth 2-3 wheeler segment with its brand Challenger already hitting the market.

“Today we manufacture complete range of tyres – from a 3 kilo scooter tyre to the 3.7 tonnes Ultra Large OTR tyre. JK Tyre has completed the second phase of construction of its modern and pure radial plant at Chennai with a total investment of Rs. 1430 crore. The expansion was completed earlier this year. The plant makes truck radials and car radials and has a production capacity of 12 lakh TBRs and 45 lakh PCRs. The plant has a blueprint of scaling up to 2 million truck radials and 10 million PCRs. Also the capacity of the Mexico plants is under expansion. The capacity is expected to go up to 5 million tyres from the existing 3.5 million units per year”, Dr. Singania added.

Part of the JK Organisation, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is a leading four-wheeler tyre manufacturer in India and amongst the top 25 manufacturers in the world with a wide range of products catering to diverse business segments in the automobile industry. JK Tyre has global presence in 100 countries across six continents, backed by production support from 12 plants – 9 in India and 3 in Mexico. Currently, the capacity across all its plants is about 35 million tyres per annum. In April 2016 JK Tyre acquired Cavendish India Limited from Birla Tyres. While acquisition added three modern plants to its portfolio taking the total count to 12, it helped the tyre major foray into the two/three wheeler segment as well. Pioneers of radial technology, JK Tyre produced the first radial tyre in 1976 and is currently the market leader in Truck Bus Radial segment. With over three decades of technological innovation, JK Tyre offers tyre for entire range of passenger and commercial vehicles, starting from a 3 kg two-wheeler tyre to a 3.5 ton OTR tyre.

50 Datsun redi-GO cars delivered in Kollam in one day

The popularity of Datsun’s newest offering in India – the redi-GO urban-cross – continues to grow. Today, Datsun delivered 50 redi-GOs to customers in Kollam, a city in Kerala state, in a single day, according to a company statement. A special ceremony was held at the Pinnacle Nissan dealership to present the cars to their excited new owners. The keys to the shiny new cars were handed over by Mr. Vishvambaran, CI of Police, Kollam and Shabeen Muhamedali, Dealer Principal, Pinnacle Nissan.

Celebration of 50 Datsun redi-GO delivery

Datsun redi-GO, India’s first urban-cross, has made a splash in the entry-level car segment after its launch in early June this year. With its unique styling, outstanding performance, comprehensive safety package, and low cost of ownership, the Datsun redi-GO has been receiving accolades and turning heads across the country.

“I am delighted to see significant demand for the newly-launched Datsun redi-GO in the Kerala region. Delivering 50 redi-GO vehicles in one day to customers here in Kollam is a reflection of how well the brand is resonating with young India. We are delighted to deliver personal mobility to so many new car buyers,” said Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. “Our lively redi-GO urban-cross is loaded with several best-in-class features and offers a great value proposition for the young and ambitious who are ready to take the next step in their lives.”

Datsun redi-GO has also created huge digital buzz around the brand thanks to the innovative “Datsun redi-go app” which was introduced to keep customers and fans updated on the latest news about the car. So far 2.6 lakh users have downloaded the app.

Datsun redi-GO lined up for delivery

Datsun redi-GO is available across the 274 Nissan and Datsun sales & service touch-points in India. With 300 dealerships planned to be established throughout India in the near future, Datsun will be able cover up to 90 per cent of current and prospective customers in the country and provide them with easy and immediate access to sales and aftersales services.

India to witness strongest light vehicle sales growth in the coming years

The latest study by Roland Berger and Lazard, titled: Global Automotive Supplier Study 2016 has predicted that India will have the strongest light vehicle sales growth over the coming years. Apparently, the study also revealed several challenges that the automotive industry needs to look out for globally.

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While 2015 was another excellent year for automotive suppliers with global EBIT margins at a record high of 7.4%, volatility increased and global revenue growth slowed, according to the “Global Automotive Supplier Study 2016” from Roland Berger and Lazard. A potential market cool-down in 2016 and future technology changes remain at the top of the supplier CEO agenda.

As part of the study, performance indicators of more than 600 international suppliers were analysed to assess the current state as well as trends and challenges in the industry. The ongoing year-over-year improvement that the supplier industry has enjoyed since 2010 has largely come to a standstill. Revenue growth is the lowest in seven years, and several product segments have actually seen profit margins slightly below the 2014 level.

Felix Mogge, Partner at Roland Berger, said: “With profitability at record highs in 2015, international automotive suppliers are in good shape at first sight. But besides shrinking revenue growth they will have to cope with growing market volatility across the globe and have to face revolutionary changes in technology as well as new mobility concepts in the near future.”

Global vehicle production will grow only moderately

According to the study by Roland Berger and Lazard, global vehicle production is expected to grow only moderately at around 2% in 2016 and beyond. Christof Söndermann, Director at Lazard, said: “Suppliers will have to rely on other factors to stabilize or even drive up their margins and remain prepared for sudden macroeconomic turmoil that could lead to substantial short-term reductions in demand.” In a maturing Chinese market, double-digit growth rates will likely become a thing of the past. At the same time, a short-term recovery of Brazil and Russia is more than questionable, and the Brexit raises new uncertainties in Europe.

Industry facing most radical change in history

“Looking ahead, recent developments clearly indicate that the global automotive industry is facing the most radical change in its history,” says Söndermann. Disruptive trends in technology and completely new business models for automobile usage certainly promise opportunities for suppliers within the next ten years – but there is tremendous uncertainty as to exactly when and where those opportunities will unfold. The total component market value is expected to rise from EUR 700 billion in 2015 to more than EUR 850 billion in 2025, though profit pools will substantially shift between segments and in some cases even toward new industry players.

On the powertrain side, the development of e-mobility is gaining a lot of momentum. While technological hurdles prevail and a convincing business case for the end customer is nowhere close to accomplishment yet, tightened emission regulations by (supra-)national and local bodies will likely have a catalytic effect over the coming years.

“We expect the market for electrified vehicles to multiply by a factor of seven to ten over the next decade – leading to substantial growth potential for e-powertrain component suppliers while driving the traditional combustion engine segment more and more into a commodity corner,” said Mogge. For assisted/automated driving components, suppliers are facing a market that is expected to grow by a factor of five and reach a global volume of almost EUR 30 billion by 2025, but which also attracts fierce competition, e.g. from tech giants.

Increasing pressure and complexity for powertrain suppliers

With growing complexity and cost of the conventional powertrain and e-mobility not yet picking up, EBIT margins of powertrain suppliers have recently suffered and fallen below the industry average to 6.9 percent. In contrast, chassis suppliers benefited from the rise of assisted and automated driving functionalities. With an EBIT margin at 7.7 percent, their business ranks high among the different domains, second only to tire suppliers. There are not only significant differences by domain, but also by region. While Europe-based suppliers largely benefit from leading technology positions in many segments, China-based suppliers have seen a decline in margins in recent years due to sharply intensifying competition in their home market. Regardless of product focus or region, innovation is a key to success – but not necessarily the only one. “On average, product innovators outpace process specialists by roughly 2 percent when it comes to profitability,” explained Roland Berger Partner Thomas Schlick. However, the best performing process specialists earn margins that are comparable to those of the leading product innovators.

Portfolio management to increase in relevance

In order to be successful in this more volatile and rapidly changing environment, suppliers are required to speed up their flexibility and agility in developing and running their business. “It is no longer sufficient to just focus on organic growth in traditional areas,” confirms Söndermann. “Profit pools are moving toward new tech fields and suppliers will likely face fierce competition from new players from outside of the automotive supplier industry.” As such, active portfolio management is expected to further increase in relevance as suppliers have to redefine their core competencies and adapt to capture new technology. However, the complexity of acquisition-led growth will continue to be substantial due to intense competition for attractive targets and high price levels. “Thinking well ahead of the next vehicle generation, scenario planning and a more innovative approach to product development will be crucial,” said Schlick in summary.

Indian two-wheeler industry to witness technology transformation: ICRA

The Indian two-wheeler industry, the largest in the world, which is transitioning to tighter emission norms in an attempt to be on par with global emission standards, would see a large scale adoption of alternate technologies leading to a cost differential to the tune of 10-20 % of the cost of the vehicle, according to a report by ICRA, leading rating agency.

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Currently, India follows BS-III emission norms for two-wheelers. From April 2016, all new two-wheeler models have started complying with BS-IV emission norms, and the existing models would comply with BS-IV emission norms from April 2017, on a pan-India basis.

As per the notification from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), all automobiles including two wheelers would need to migrate to BS VI emissions norms in 2020, bypassing BS V norms. It is these BS VI norms that would mandate the use of electronic fuel injection (EFI) systems in two-wheelers, to replace carburettors that would impact the cost structures for manufacturers.

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Subrata Ray, Senior Group Vice President, ICRA Ltd said: “the cost impact of EFI systems on two-wheelers with existing levels of localisation is expected to be significant, in the region of 10 per cent to 20 per cent, for now. The costs however, are expected to come down subsequently as parts in the EFI system get localized.”

Though existing EFI equipped models in the market have a cost differential of around INR 6-9,000 with their carburettor equipped counterparts, the same would come down as parts in the EFI system get localized, and the ancillaries pass on benefits of economies of scale to the OEMs.

The ability of ancillaries to localize the entire EFI system by 2020 remains challenging; hence, cost impact on the vehicle would likely remain on the higher end when BS VI gets adopted in 2020. Subsequently, localization and corresponding cost reductions would be carried out in a phase wise manner, Mr Ray said.

While EFI systems have multiple benefits as compared to carburettors like lower emissions, easy cold starts and longer life for catcons, the high price differential between the two technologies has been constraining the adoption of EFI systems in 2Ws in India.

The challenges to migrate to BS VI norms are availability of BS VI compliant fuel, adapting the available technologies in line with operating conditions and requirements of the Indian market, cost differential on migration from carburettor to EFI system and vehicle modification cost.

“The major change in a 2W on migration to BS IV norms would be the inclusion of carbon canisters to control evaporative emissions. Other changes, like tightening on limits of different pollutants, would be met through optimization of the combustion process and increasing the volume and surface area of catalyst used in the catalytic convertor. The cost impact is not expected to be significant, in the range of 2-3% of the price of the vehicle”, says Mr Ray.

Datsun redi-GO Urban Cross launched at a price of Rs.2.38 lakh

Aiming at redefining the entry-level car segment, Datsun today launched India’s first urban cross Datsun redi-GO, at a starting price of Rs.2,38,862. Modern, with zippy performance and stylish design, the Datsun redi-GO will be available in five variants at competitive prices, according to a company statement.

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Speaking at the occasion of the launch, Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations, said, “With Datsun redi-GO, we offer a unique urban-crossover styled in Japan, developed and manufactured in India. We are redefining conventional expectations and notions associated with the entry level car segment in India with a modern, fresh, stylish and accessible product. The Datsun redi-GO comes at a compelling price point and reaffirms Datsun philosophy of Dream, Access and Trust.”

Pricing Details:

 

Variant Ex-Showroom Price (Chennai)
D INR 2,38,862
A INR 2,82,550
T INR 3,09,014
T (O) INR 3,19,249
S INR 3,34,229

The Datsun redi-GO showcases a new Japanese design philosophy called YUKAN – which stands for brave and bold. It features ‘Tall-Boy’ styling and offers best-in-class ground clearance of 185 mm, extra roominess and excellent external visibility for the driver. The Datsun redi-GO will be available in five attractive body colour options – White, Silver, Grey, Ruby and Lime.

Continuing with the commitment to provide confidence behind the wheel, the new Datsun redi-GO comes with a comprehensive safety package – Datsun PRO-SAFE7. The Datsun PRO-SAFE7 embraces safety solutions like shortest braking distance, high strength body shell to absorb impacts, good visibility and wider view of the road, superior suspension system and excellent maneuverability, high bolster support while cornering, energy absorbing steering and driver airbag.

The new Datsun redi-GO delivers superior fuel economy of 25.17 kmpl. The all-new 0.8L three-cylinder i-SAT engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission helps it accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 15.9 seconds. It achieves a top speed of 140 km/h. Its new suspension system allows it to offer a good balance between handling and ride comfort.

The Datsun redi-GO comes with an attractive 2 year/unlimited kilometres standard warranty. It also comes with another exciting segment-first – an optional warranty for 2 or 3 years/unlimited kilometres with free roadside assistance. This gives redi-GO owners the option of up to 5 years/unlimited kilometres warranty coverage. The Datsun redi-GO also promises the lowest cost of ownership which is about 32 per cent lower than the competition. Convenience of roadside assistance is provided free of cost with both standard and extended warranties.

With its fresh and eye-catching styling, the Datsun redi-GO comes with a host of personalization options. This striking and dynamic line-up offers 50 accessories perfectly developed and aligned with the taste of young and aspirational Datsun redi-GO customers. The five personalized kit options – Urban, Style, Kool, Easy Kit- enhance style and Easy Kit – premium style add a dash of fun and impart head-turning looks to the Datsun redi-GO.

Datsun redi-GO will be supported by 274 Nissan and Datsun sales & service touchpoints in India starting today. With the projected 300 dealerships, Datsun will be able cover up to 90 per cent of current and prospective customers in the country and provide them with easy and immediate access to sales and aftersales services.

Datsun redi-GO has already created huge interest among the young and aspirational generation of India. Being India’s first urban cross, Datsun redi-GO’s appeal is reflected in the digital buzz it has created. The innovative ‘Datsun India App’, which was introduced to keep customers updated on the latest news about the car, has been downloaded by over 1.5 lakh users. The App, which has an option to book the car with ease, can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.19 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.

SKF India, NAAM Foundation support drought affected farmers in Maharasthra

SKF India employees have joined hands with NAAM foundation to help drought affected farmers’ in Maharashtra. In a gesture of helping hand for community the employees decided to contribute the dividend income from their employees’ cooperative account for the cause. This amount was equally matched by the company raising a sum of Rs.7.75 lakh, according to a statement issued by SKF India.

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Shrikant Savangikar (extreme right) handing over the cheque to Nana Patekar along with SKF India Credit Society members at Pune

Water conservation philosophy

The recent scarcity of water across the state of Maharashtra has had a devastating effect in the rural areas, especially the farmers’ community. This initiative by SKF of helping the farmers from the drought affected areas is in line with SKF India’s priority and philosophy of water conservation.

The cheque was handed over to veteran bollywood actor and Co-Founder of NAAM Foundation Nana Patekar, by Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India along with SKF employees’ credit society chairman Govind Shevate, Dyanoba Deokar, Secretary of the credit society and Sikander Ghodke, member of credit society among other SKF employees and members, the statement said.

Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India, said: “SKF believes that an opportunity exists at every stage in operational value chain to reduce the environmental impact. Doing more with less preserves the environment and precious resources for future generations. SKF has embarked on an ambitious program three years ago to make all its facilities water neutral by 2018. Our employees represent the true face of our organization and this initiative represents our philosophy of making a meaningful difference to the community we live in.

Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India added: “Deficient monsoons for two consecutive years have now affected a large number of farmers and the alarming conditions are driving them towards life threatening situations. NAAM foundation has done encouraging work under the aegis of known names and we are happy to be able to make a contribution to make a meaningful difference.”

Mercedes-Benz GLC Edition I SUV launched in Delhi for Rs.50.70 Lakh

India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz launched the much anticipated luxury SUV, the new GLC ‘Edition 1’ in New Delhi today. The GLC is introduced as a CBU and will be available in both petrol and diesel variants, the GLC 220 d and GLC 300 will give its discerning customer base in India a choice of engines. The GLC is Mercedes-Benz’s key product that never had a predecessor in India, positioning itself between the GLA and GLE luxury SUVs.

Mercedes-Benz GLC launched in New Delhi

The GLC is an illustration of excellent craftsmanship of high quality materials in combination with a classy and authentic design that attracts immediate attention. With the introduction of the GLC, Mercedes-Benz India continues its product offensive strategy and bolsters its versatile range of luxury SUVs. The luxury SUV was launched by Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.

Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We are very excited to launch the GLC ‘Edition 1’, as it is one of the much anticipated products in the luxury segment in India. The GLC underscores our philosophy of introducing world-class products from our global portfolio for our discerning Indian customers. We have seen a growing penchant for luxury SUVs amongst the luxury car customers in India and the addition of the GLC is going to redefine the segment completely. The GLC gives the customers a sporty, dynamic and a completely new generation SUV to opt for. We are confident that the GLC will cement Mercedes-Benz’s strong presence in the luxury SUV segment in India. The introduction of the GLC also fills the gap in our SUV portfolio, making Mercedes-Benz the luxury car manufacturer with the most extensive range of SUVs, ranging from the GLA to the iconic AMG G 63.”

Roland Folger

Folger further added, “The GLC is a unique and versatile SUV that embodies modern luxury, mesmerizing design elements and offers ultimate driving pleasure. The GLC is a highly capable SUV which has proven competencies on both on-road and off-road expeditions. Living up to the safety benchmark set by Mercedes-Benz; the GLC has achieved five stars, giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating. We are confident that the GLC will replicate its global success in India as well. With the GLC, we have a clear winner of a product and one that the customers have been waiting for.”
Sturdy and reliable:
Exteriors
The sturdy look of the new GLC showcases the radiator trim and two louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line, striking LED High Performance lamps lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasized by their distinctive night design. The side impression is further reinforced by the gently sloping dropping line which is a hallmark of the brand and by the powerful shoulders. The rising lower feature line also enlivens the vehicle’s side view. The rear is characterized by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. To add to the alluring exclusive appeal of the GLC, there is an ‘Edition 1’ badging on the wings. The GLC sports 45.7 cm (18-inch) five spoke Alloy wheels that further enhance the sporty appeal of the SUV.

Interiors

The GLC has trendsetting interiors, which reinterprets the meaning of luxury to exciting effect. The interior offers contrasting topstitching, large areas of trim in high-gloss brown line structure lime wood and numerous details in silver chrome. The exclusively stylish GLC further surprises its customers’ with an interior light package for an even more comprehensive lighting system for the interior and improved visibility of the vehicle itself.
The comfortably spacious GLC has plenty of room for five occupants. The new aesthetic design idiom combines sensual purity with dynamic sportiness and embodies a new interpretation of modern luxury. The GLC’s interior conjures up the feel-good atmosphere which is a brand hallmark courtesy of high-class materials featuring a hand-crafted character, such as nappa leather or open-pore wood trim, meticulously finished details and an appealing overall touch and feel. Last but not least, substantially more space is available for occupants and luggage. Cargo bars are present behind the rear seat backrest to enlarge the luggage compartment by 30 litres and easy accessibility is provided by the EASY-PACK-tailgate.

Cost of ownership for the GLC:

The GLC comes with affordable and convenient service packages. Based on the consumers’ needs and preferences, service packages of various age & mileages are introduced. The standard packages start at just Rs.63, 000 for the petrol variant and Rs. 78,000 for the diesel variant. These new standard packages are offered with unlimited mileage (a first in the luxury car segment) covering maintenance related jobs. These customer focused packages offering various options and flexibility, can last up to 10 years from the date of sale, for a hassle free ownership experience.

Technical specifications
GLC 300 4MATIC
GLC 220 d 4MATIC
Displacement (bore x stroke) cc
1991
2143
Rated output kW (hp)
180 (245) @ 5500
125 (170) @ 3000-4200
Torque (Nm) @ rpm
370 @ 1300 – 4000
400 @ 1400 – 2800
Maximum speed (km/h)
222
210
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
6.5
8.3
Tyre size
235/60 R18
Key Product highlights:
Driving dynamics:
 9-G TRONIC: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
 DYNAMIC SELECT Controller with 5 modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport +, Individual
 Individual driving style: Adjustment of parameters such as engine, transmission, steering, climate control or the ECO start/stop function
 Off-Road Engineering package: With this suspension variant the body is raised by 20 mm. Up to three off-road driving modes: Off-road | Incline | Slippery
 Modified drive characteristics especially on loose surfaces
 Additional activation of ABS, ESP® and ETS modes
 Downhill descents with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR)
 4MATIC permanent All-Wheel-Drive System
 Direct-Steer system with speed-sensitive power assist and variable steering ratio
 ECO start/stop function and KEYLESS GO starting function
Infotainment:
 Audio 20 CD with Pre-installation for Navigation | CD player
 Touchpad: Intuitive operation by finger gesture
 Garmin® MAP PILOT: Expands the Audio 20 CD with touchpad into a fully fledged Garmin® navigation system | 7 inch colour media display
Comfort & Convenience:
 Panoramic sliding sunroof
 MB Apps with internet connectivity
 THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control
 Ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels for the desired lighting mood
 Cargo bars behind the rear seat backrest to enlarge the luggage compartment by 30 litres
 EASY-PACK-tailgate
 Memory package for driver and front passenger
Safety and assistance systems:
The GLC has achieved five stars for occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and its assistance systems – giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating. The basis for this outstanding result is the perfect interaction between active and passive safety: the combination of a highly rigid safety passenger cell, highly effective restraint systems, the latest driver assistance systems and other measures leads to first-class test results.
 ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist
 Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System
 Crosswind assist
 PRE-SAFE®
 Attention Assist
 Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
 Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
 Adaptive brake lights
 Dual front airbags, Front side airbags, Curtain airbags (7 overall)
 Tyre pressure monitoring system