Motoroids Best auto news, reviews and features from the world with focus on India Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:13:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Motoroids 32 32 Hyundai India Launches ‘Click To Buy’ Online Sales Platform Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:12:43 +0000 Hyundai Motor India has launched India’s first automobile online sales platform – ‘Click to Buy’. A first-of-its-kind online sales platform for end to end car purchase, it will offer a simple and transparent process for those purchasing Hyundai cars. Hyundai has currently launched a Pilot Phase of Click to Buy with few Dealers of Delhi NCR Region. All Hyundai models will be available on Click to Buy website and this would act as an additional sales channel for Hyundai Dealerships. The platform would be connected real-time with all the Dealerships across India for the convenience and need of digital customers.

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‘Click to Buy’ is an easy to navigate platform where customers can have a digital experience of car purchase by simply registering at the portal.  Post registering, customers can choose from the available Hyundai model line-up and configure the vehicle of their choice to select the exterior/interior colours along with the financing options. The user will also have an option of a personalised assistant during the purchase cycle of the vehicle, and the customer can get in touch with the allocated sales representative at any stage during the online purchase. They can even decide their preferred Delivery options- pick the vehicle from the selected dealer or get their vehicle delivered to their doorstep.

Also Read: Real-World Video Of The iX25 Previews The 2020 Hyundai Creta

Hyundai AURA Bronze Front

The carmaker has some exciting launches lined up for this year, which will begin with the Aura compact sedan on the 21st of January. The new-gen Hyundai Creta could be showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and launched soon after while the new-gen i20 and the facelifted Verna are also said to be introduced in India this year. Commenting on the new sales platform, Mr SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India said “With ‘Click to Buy’ Hyundai is pioneering in Digital Car Sales space. The ‘Click to Buy’ platform is India’s first online sales platform to cater to the needs of new-age digital customers for purchase of new Hyundai cars. Retail selling has witnessed a tremendous shift since the last decade and the new generation is immensely inclined to buy products online. Our new age customers are tech-savvy and Click to Buy platform will be a boon for them.”

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Great Wall Motors To Purchase General Motors India’s Talegaon Plant Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:38 +0000 After the SAIC motor corp took over GM’s Halol plant to set up operations for brand MG in India, another Chinese auto manufacturer, Great Wall Motors has signed an agreement to purchase the American carmaker’s Talegaon plant, subject to requisite government and regulatory approvals. Under a binding term sheet signed yesterday, the GM India legal entity, which includes the Talegaon facility, will transfer to GWM. Great Wall Motors will officially debut its Haval brand and GWM EV at the Delhi International Auto Show and launch its Indian market plan.

GWM & GM Signing Ceremony

For this transition, GM will provide a separation package and transition support for impacted employees, as well as an orderly transition for partners. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2020. Chevrolet will continue to honour all warranties and provide aftersales support, including ongoing service and parts requirements for existing customers in India.

Also Read: MG Motor India To Showcase 14 Products At The Auto Expo 2020

Great Wall Motors Haval H6 rear

GWM Global Strategy Vice President Mr Liu Xiangshang said the transaction would underpin the company’s plan to enter and invest in India. He said, “The Indian market has great potential, rapid economic growth and a good investment environment. Entering the Indian market is an important step for Great Wall Motors’ global strategy. It is also an important measure to respond positively to the Indian government’s national strategy of vigorously advocating Make In India, Digital India and a ‘strong focus on clean energy in India’ and building a new India vision.”

Great Wall Motors Haval H6

He added, “Great Wall Motors’ investment will create more jobs, including direct and indirect employment, further enhancing the skill level in the auto industry; promote the development of the local supply chain, R&D and related industries; and contribute more profits and taxes to the government of India and the government of Maharashtra.”

Great Wall Motors Haval H6 cabin

GM International Operations Senior Vice President Julian Blissett said the Talegaon manufacturing facility had delivered excellent vehicles for domestic and export markets. He thanked employees and partners for their outstanding work over many years. He said, “Since focusing the Talegaon plant on manufacturing for export markets in 2017, GM has been exploring strategic options for the better utilization of the site. Our decision to cease production at Talegaon is based on GM’s global strategy and optimization of our manufacturing footprint around the world. On behalf of GM, I also want to express our gratitude to the government of Maharashtra and the government of India for their supportive partnership ever since we began to make investments and build cars in India. We will work closely with the state and national governments to secure the required approvals so that GWM can elevate production at the plant even further and maintain Talegaon’s status as a vibrant vehicle manufacturing region.”

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MG Motor India To Showcase 14 Products At The Auto Expo 2020 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:53:02 +0000 Ready to launch the ZS EV all-electric SUV, MG Motor India has announced that it will showcase and demonstrate the latest technologies and advancements in internet, electric & autonomous cars, at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020. The carmaker will showcase a total of 14 models across various segments, which will include products from their current global portfolio and future platforms.


MG’s range on display at its pavilion will focus on internet, electric and autonomous cars – encompassing a range of 14 cars across hatchback, sedans and utility vehicle segments. Participating for the first time at the Indian Auto Expo, the carmaker aims to demonstrate its technological prowess and global focus as a future-forward brand at the event. If we could take a guess, it will in all probability be the MG Hector with 6 seats, the MG ZS EV, the MG D90 – a full-size SUV rivalling the likes of the Fortuner, the MG3 hatchback and some concepts which will drop hints about the carmaker’s future plans.

Also Read: MG ZS EV Video Review

Speaking about the brand’s presence at this year’s Auto Expo, Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motor India, said, “MG Motor India is committed to accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly, next-generation mobility solutions over the long term in India. To achieve this goal, we aim to establish our technology leadership and further consolidate our position in the Indian automotive space. Our presence at this year’s Auto Expo with a focus on future technologies for India is a testimony to this commitment. All MG products at the Expo operate at the intersection of our core focus on innovation, customer experience and sustainability-led development.”

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The ZS EV will also be formally launched in the coming weeks and MG has already begun installation of home chargers which come complimentary with the car, at customers’ homes. The all-electric SUV has achieved a Five Star Euro NCAP rating and is powered by a 44.5 kWh, liquid-cooled NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) battery from CATL, one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers. The battery allows the car to travel for a range of up to 340 kilometres on a full charge. The motor delivers 353 Nm of instant torque and 143 PS power, helping the car to reach 100 kmph from a standstill in 8.5 seconds.

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Jeep Compass Gets Two New Diesel Automatic Variants With BS6 Engine Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:31:53 +0000 After the range-topping Trailhawk version was introduced last year, the Jeep Compass range is now available with two new variants which offer the luxury of an automatic gearbox. The Longitude and Limited Plus 4×4 AT versions of the Compass are being offered at Rs 21.96 lakh and Rs 24.99 lakh, considerably lesser than the Trailhawk’s price, which retails at Rs 26.80 lakh (All prices are ex-showroom).

Jeep Compass Limited Plus

Both variants are powered by a BS6 version of the 2.0-litre multijet engine which cranks out 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque, paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox which sends power to all four wheels. Both variants get cruise control as standard and the motor for these variants has been specifically tuned for ease during city use and to enhance fuel efficiency.

Also Read: Jeep Compass Trailhawk First Drive Review

In terms of features, the Longitude 4×4 comes fitted with a 7-inch screen and reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, dual-zone air conditioning, passive entry and push-button start. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, disc brakes on all four wheels, electric parking brake and frequency damped suspension. On the other hand, the Limited Plus 4×4 gets a larger 8.4-inch UConnect Infotainment screen, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, leather interiors, an 8-way powered seat for the driver, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, six airbags and 18-inch wheels.

Jeep Compass Trailhawk16

With the addition of these two variants, the Jeep Compass now competes better against rivals from different segments. Where its base and mid variants are up against the likes of the Seltos and the Hector, top trim levels go up against the likes of the Tuscon. The Compass is still one of the best driver-oriented vehicles in the segment and is quite accomplished even if you wish to take it off the road. While it may lack the space offered on the likes of the Harrier and features offered on the Seltos and Hector, it makes up for those things with pleasing road manners, a trustworthy and tried-n-tested engine and solid build quality.

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Bajaj Chetak Electric Vs Ather 450 – Spec Comparison Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:23:33 +0000 The Bajaj Chetak Electric has been launched in India at a starting price of INR 1 lakh. Bajaj Auto’s first scooter after a long time, the Chetak Electric will be sold in Bangalore and Pune initially, through KTM dealerships in these two cities and online. Bookings are now open for the electric scooter which will be sold in two variants – Urbane and Premium. The Chetak Electric will be up against the Ather 450, another all-electric scooter which has been on sale for quite some time in Bangalore and Chennai. Here’s how the two stand against each other on paper:

Bajaj Chetak Electric Vs Ather 450

Also Read: Ather Energy Teases Its New Electric Scooter – 450X

Bajaj Chetak Electric Ather 450
Availability Bangalore and Pune Bangalore and Chennai
Performance IP Rating IP67 IP66
Motor (Power peak ||
3.8kW/4.08kW (continuous/peak power) || 16 Nm 3.3kW/5.4kW (continuous/peak power) || 20.5 Nm
Max speed 60 kmph 80 kmph
Acceleration (0-40) NA 3.9 seconds
Drive modes (Eco, Sport) 3 (Eco, Ride, Sport)
True-Range 95+ kms (Eco mode), 85+ kms (Sport Mode) 75 kms/107km IDC
Gradability NA 18 degrees
Features Chassis NA Aluminium
Body Metal ABS (Plastic)
Brakes Front Disc on Premium, Drum on Urbane Dual Disc
Regenerative Braking Yes Yes
Wheels 12 inch (Alloy) 12 inch
Center Stand Yes No
Storage NA (Enough for a half-face helmet) 22L
Colours 6 (Across two variants) 2
Headlights LED Horseshoe-shaped LED with DRL
Keyless Operation Yes No
Tail lamps LED LED
Battery Rating IP67 IP67
Type Li-ion Li-ion
Capacity 3kWh 2.7kWh
Swappability No No
Charging Fast public charging No Yes, Free Ather Grid charging at 1km/min
Home Charger Complimentary home charger
Free installation
Complimentary home charger- can be
manually installed by the owner
Portable charger Onboard cable Yes, 5A charging cable
Charging time 25% – 1 hour
100% – approx 5 hours
0-80% – 4 hrs 20 mins
0 – 100% – 5 hrs 30 mins
Data connectivity Yes – 1 year free Yes – Ather Subscription pack first year free
Intelligent features Mobile App sync 7″ capacitive touchscreen (IP65)
3G enabled
On-board navigation
Over-the-air updates
App Features Theft detection
Accident detection
Charge Status
Push navigation
App-based service booking
Ride history
Charge Status
Other Features Fully digital instrument cluster
Feather-touch electronic switches
Reverse mode
Boot Light
One-touch seat and front compartment release
Illuminated USB charger
Park Assist/Reverse Mode
Auto Indicator cut OFF
Service: Doorstep pick up & drop
Guide-me-home light
Documents Storage on Dashboard
Warranty Battery 3 years / 50,000 kms 3 years / unlimited kms
Vehicle 3 years / 50,000 kms 3 years / 30,000 kms
Price INR 1 lakh (Urbane), INR 1.15 Lakh (Premium) On-road:
1.13 lac
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Battery LoEV Electric Scooter With Fast Charging Launched At INR 59,900 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:11:28 +0000 BattRE Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd, an EV startup, has launched a new electric scooter named LoEV. Priced at INR 59,900/- onwards ex-showroom the electric scooter is available in 6 colours. This model will also be available on Amazon India and BattRE stores at Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat.

LoEV BattRE Red

The LoEV electric scooter offers features like dual disc brakes, a remote key, anti-theft alarm, reverse gear, wheel immobilizer, 10 AMP fast charger, 2 hours charging time, a detachable Lithium Ferro Phosphate battery with 3 years warranty, and an LED display with LED daytime running lights (DRL). BattRE’s other electric scooter, the Batt:Mobile, was launched last year with prices starting from INR 63,555. It comes fitted with features like keyless start, under-seat storage, USB port, rear reverse and motorcycle-like handle, and a range of 90 km on a single charge. Unlike most electric scooters that come with a lead-acid battery, this model runs on lithium Ferro phosphate batteries, which will power it for about 7 years depending upon the usage.

Also Read: BattRE Launches The Batt:Mobile Electric Scooter In 4 Indian Cities


Talking about the new launch, Founder of BattRE Electric Mobility, “We launched our first electric scooter BattRE-One in June last year, which is a premium mid-segment product. In the last 7 months, we have been able to ramp up our distribution to 50+ dealers in 6 states covering South India, Maharashtra and Gujarat. With enough and more demand at the entry-level segment, we are confident of doubling our deliveries to existing dealers with the launch of LoEV. It will also drive our entry in the new geographies like UP, Bihar, MP and Rajasthan in the next 2 quarters”.

LoEV BattRE Blue

BattRE Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd is a startup founded in 2017 and headquartered in Jaipur. It aims to provide innovative solutions to tackle the issues raised by carbon footprint, noise pollution, and the hassle of traffic through e-bicycles and e-scooters. BattRE is now being incubated with Sangam Ventures (Niti Aayog), an investor specializing in clean technology investments. It was founded by Nishchal Chaudhary, a former Airtel executive.

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Ceat Introduces Czar All-terrain SUV Tyres Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:27:44 +0000 Ceat Tyres have introduced ‘Czar All-terrain tyres that are specially designed for SUVs made for the Indian roads. These new tyres are available in three sizes – 235/65 R17 for Mahindra XUV 500 and Scorpio, 265/65 R17 for Mitsubishi Pajero Sport & Toyota Fortuner and 265/60 R18 for the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. These are available at all Ceat Shoppes across India. The price ranges from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 and the tyres can also be bought on Ceat’s website.

CEAT Czar AT tyre

Designed to be durable, sturdy and strong, the Czar A/T tyres are suitable for both cities and off-road journeys. They comprise of features like 2D sipes, which provides better grip suiting to the terrain of application. These tyres come with an all-new tread pattern inspired buttress design & raised bold lettering on the sidewall which is designed to suit the tough-looking stance of multi-terrain SUVs. The Czar A/T tyres offer a variety of features like wider lateral grooves and circumferential groove for better grip in wet conditions and the presence of an angled outer lateral groove helps with braking performance. A Stiffer outer shoulder block helps in better cornering while driving. The rim protectors shielding the sidewalls from damage ensure longer rim life.

Also Read: Ceat Launches Gripp XL And Zoom X3 Tubeless Motorcycle Tyres

Last month, the brand launched two new range of tubeless motorcycle tyres – Gripp XL and Zoom X3 series at the India Bike Week in Goa. Exclusively launched for all Royal Enfield bikes, the Gripp XL Tubeless features an angular block pattern that results in better traction and grips the riding surface. Another key aspect is the optimized groove width between the blocks that provide better water channelling and superior wet grip. The company also launched Zoom X3 and Zoom X3 F Tubeless range of tyres which are designed to offer more control at high speeds. The new series of tyres cater to bikes above 150+ cc like the Pulsar 220/180/160, Avenger, Apache, among others. These tyres are now available with authorized Ceat Shoppes and Ceat dealers across the country.

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Hyundai Kona Electric Enters Guinness Records For ‘Highest Altitude Achieved in an Electric Car’ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:51:49 +0000 Launched last year as the country’s first all-electric SUV, the Hyundai Kona started something new and is now being joined by two more electric SUVs in India – the Nexon EV and the MG ZS EV. The Kona Electric now has another recognition against its name as it has entered the Guinness World Records for ‘Highest Altitude Achieved in an Electric Car’.

Hyundai Kona Electric Guinness Word Record (1)

The fully Made-in-India electric SUV was driven to an altitude of 5,731 meters to Sawula Pass in Tibet, comfortably breaking the previous record of 5,715.28 meters altitude by an electric car. During the entire drive duration, the Kona Electric was charged overnight with the standard portable charger provided along with the vehicle. No performance issues were found while climbing the peaks. While descending from peaks, the smart power regeneration system in the vehicle complimented the driving range. During the expedition, the Kona Electric performed trouble-free in harsh weather conditions like low temperatures, continuous snowfall and icy tarmac.

Also Read: Tata Nexon EV vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric: Specs Comparison

Commenting on this achievement, Mr S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, “Hyundai Kona Electric making to the prestigious Guinness World Records feat is a very proud moment for everyone and remarkable feat for HMIL. Kona Electric has brought Electric Revolution by demolishing various myths about electric vehicle and is a true expression of Hyundai’s spirit of staying ahead of the curve. Under the Emission Impossible Mission, Kona Electric has proved its mettle in the world’s toughest terrains without compromising its performance.”

Hyundai Kona

He added, “The KONA Electric is a Tech Icon and the new normal as it is the First Long Range Green SUV with 452 Kms/Charge (ARAI Certified) enhancing Indian customer confidence towards Electric mobility. To avoid any range anxiety; customers will be provided with two chargers along with with the car – A portable charger and an AC Wall Box Charger. Additionally, in select cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai) a Special Kona Electric fleet (KONA Electric to KONA Electric) fitted with power converter is providing emergency charging support to the customers. For customer convenience, all Hyundai KONA Electric selling dealerships are equipped with 7.2 kW AC Charger to support customers for KONA Electric Charging.”

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Tata Nexon Electric’s ZConnect Tech To Offer 35 Connected Car Features Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:09:36 +0000 About to be formally launched in the coming days, the Tata Nexon Electric will go on to become the first homegrown electric SUV to go on sale in India. The carmaker has now revealed the car’s ZConnect tech, which offers 35 connected car features and merges some of the car’s functions with the users mobile phone. The app will go live at the car launch. Through ZConnect, users can experience a series of following services:

Nexon EV interior


The ZConnect app offers features exclusive to electric vehicles such as remote monitoring of the current charge levels, available range, charging history, nearest charging stations and more.

Also Read: Tata Altroz Becomes First Indian Hatchback To Score A 5-Star Global NCAP Rating In Adult Safety


Users can control multiple aspects of the vehicle remotely through ZConnect App, these include remote lock/unlock, Remote lamp control & Remote horn activation. Taking cognizance of India’s extreme climate conditions, the app allows the user to pre-cool the car with remote cooling function. The app also enables the user to see a detailed diagnostic report of key vehicle parameters remotely.

Tata Nexon Electric Zconnect App features (1)


Apart from mapping the current location of the car, the user can also use navigation services to plan long trips. Upon prompting, ZConnect App can also suggest charging halts to be taken along the way. One of the features is ‘Sharing Live Location’, wherein a user can share and get their live location tracked by chosen friends/relatives (for additional security).


Through ZConnect app, the user can find the nearest charging station, all with a single click. As a part of the exclusive partnership with Tata Power, users can avail preferential access to over 300 charging stations across key metros in India, with more to be added soon.

Tata Nexon Electric Zconnect App features (3)


Apart from the charging station, users can also search for the nearest Tata Motors service station. Using registered mobile number, user can directly reach out to the authorized service station or the dedicated 24X7 call centre for technical support, including roadside assistance.


The ZConnect app is designed to send out instant crash notifications, panic notifications and an emergency SOS, when necessary. Further, in case the car is stolen, the user can request for a remote immobilization service via dedicated 24X7 call centre.

Tata Nexon Electric Zconnect App features (2)


The app is designed to release over 20 different instant alerts, keeping the user informed about critical vehicle health and safety parameters. Apart from these, users can set custom speed, Geo fence or time fence limits. Breach of any of these triggers an instant alert on the smartphone.


ZConnect monitors and analyzes driving behaviour through the journey and provides a driving scorecard at the end of each trip. The scorecard provides insights such as instances of harsh acceleration, harsh braking, average speed, etc. Users can share their respective scorecards on social media or on an inbuilt community of EV owners called “Tribes”.

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Honda Activa 6G Launched In India At INR 63,912 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:08:43 +0000 A new version of the most popular scooter in India, the Honda Activa 6G has been launched today. Prices for the new scooter start at Rs. 63,912 (ex-showroom New Delhi). The BS-VI Activa 6G will be available across dealerships by the end of January & early February. The Activa 6G comes with a host of new features and is developed with as many as 26 patent applications.

Honda BS VI Activa 6G

At the heart of BS-VI Activa 6G is a Bharat Stage VI compliant 110cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, boosted by Honda’s Enhanced Smart Power tech (eSP) which is an integration of the ACG starter. It starts the engine jolt free via the same AC generator used to generate current and charge the battery while riding. This eliminates the need for a conventional starter motor, thus, there are no gear meshing noises. The new Start Solenoid acts as an automatic choke system and ensures rich air fuel mixture for the convenience of a one-time start at any point in time. The mileage of the new BS-VI Activa 6G is up by 10% as a result of using all these technologies.

The Activa 6G now features front telescopic suspension and the ground clearance has been increased by 18mm while maintaining same seat height. The scooter gets a new meter design comes with eco speed range and a malfunction light. The scooter also gets an engine Start/Stop switch, an Integrated dual function switch for accessing the 18L under seat storage space & operating external fuel lid and a pass light switch which also controls the high and low beam/low beam of the DC LED headlamp (in Deluxe variant). The floor space has increased by +23mm.

Also Read: Honda Activa 125 BS6 Video Review

Honda Activa 6G launch

The Honda Activa 6G gets a full metal body, a Combi-Brake System (CBS) with equalizer and 3-step adjustable rear suspension. Wheels measure 12-inch in size and the Wheel Base has been extended by 22mm. Honda will also be offering a special 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on the Activa 6G. The new scooter will be available in two variants (Standard & Deluxe) and 6 colours (Glitter Blue Metalic NEW, Pearl Spartan Red, Dazzle Yellow Metallic, Black, Pearl Precious White & Matte Axis Grey Metallic). It asks for Rs. 63,912 (Standard), while the Deluxe variant is priced at Rs. 65,412 (prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

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