Motoroids Best auto news, reviews and features from the world with focus on India Sat, 06 Jun 2020 05:34:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Motoroids 32 32 Ather Energy Completes Two Years, Will Expand to 8 More Cities in 2020 Sat, 06 Jun 2020 05:34:51 +0000 When it comes to major players in the electric vehicle spectrum, we can’t miss out on Ather Energy. The Bengaluru-based electric scooter manufacturer recently completed two years since the launch of the Ather 450 in Bengaluru. Since 2018, the company has grown in leaps and bounds adding the Ather 450 Plus & Ather 450X to its product portfolio and will be expanding to 8 more cities in 2020.

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Ather was the first automobile company in India that has been offering OTA upgrades to its consumers: adding new ride modes, new features and constantly improving the ride and ownership experience. With 6 Over The Air (OTA) software upgrades, the Ather 450s on the road have only been improving since their delivery, unlike traditional vehicles that don’t have the ability to upgrade their in-field vehicles.

Also read: Honda Files Lawsuit Against Hero Electric Over Dash E-Scooter Design

Ather 450X Battery Cost and Replacement

The company has added a slew of financial models to make adoption of EVs easy. Their first-in-category lease plans made owning a two-wheeler easier, with no long term commitment. And with the Ather 450X launched in January 2020, the company has rolled out an innovative battery subscription model. In this plan, the consumer pays for the scooter, without the cost of the battery. The battery is paid for under a monthly subscription model that only makes the upfront scooter sticker price lower, but also provides a lifelong battery warranty – as long as the customer is on the subscription plan.

The company is now planning to come up with a vehicle exchange program to attract scooter owners to upgrade to a better electric vehicle. There are other ownership models that the company is piloting, which will be rolled out over the next few months.The next 6 months will see Ather in multiple cities with its new products : Ather 450X & Ather 450 Plus. The company is gearing up to open experience centres through dealerships in Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Coimbatore, etc. The new 400,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Hosur will also open later in the year.

Tarun Mehta, Co-founder and CEO Ather Energy said “The lockdown helped us reevaluate and reassess our long term goals. We are going to open as many avenues as possible to promote electric vehicles. From introducing new ownership models and to continue offering the most varied financing options, we will ensure that owning an E2W is a hassle-free proposition for any consumer. Exciting times ahead for Ather and the EV industry”

Ather recently joined hands with the Bengaluru-based bike-sharing platform Bounce for a strategic alliance. To help COVID-19 frontline workers like healthcare workers, delivery partners, or civic authorities; Bounce had introduced ‘ScooterHero’ a P2P initiative where individuals could rent out their vehicles directly during the lockdown. Taking the P2P program a step further, the tie-up with Ather enables new Ather 450 owners to monetize the idle time of the vehicle by listing their vehicle on the Bounce App for all their customers and earning an additional income. Unlike the typical dockless model Bounce offers, the P2P scooters are picked up and returned to the owner by Bounce customers.

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Looking To Buy A Used Car? Here Are All Your Manufacturer-Backed Certified Used Car Options Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:47:17 +0000 The current situation is particularly a bit troublesome if you consider the economic aspect. In addition to that, personal mobility has emerged as the safest option to commute as things are returning back to normal. That’s when pre-owned cars come in or putting it in layman terms, second-hand cars. But the world that we live in, trusting a stranger with buying yourself a car doesn’t seem a great idea because you never know what lies underneath that shiny bodywork. Enter manufacturer certified pre-owned car retail operations.

Almost every manufacturer currently in India has a subsidiary that deals with second-hand cars. They put the cars under the microscope and troubleshoot the issues if there are any. Nothing better than a manufacturer certified pre-owned car, right? Low on cost and low on troubles. Here’s a list of some popular manufacturer-certified pre-owned car operations:

Toyota Trust

Toyota Kirloskar Motors in India started the Toyota U Trust Program in 2007. When customers purchase Toyota used car at Toyota U Trust they are eligible to obtain certification and warranty backed by Toyota. Along with up to 2 Years/30,000 km warranty offer customers can get up to three labour free services at any Toyota dealership.

Also read: Volkswagen India Enters Certified Used Car Business

BS6 Toyota Camry

Volkswagen DasWelt Auto

Their pre-owned cars are certified with parameters prescribed by Volkswagen and after going through a comprehensive multi-point inspection. Every car goes through a 160+ point evaluation checklist and comes with comprehensive warranties. Some vehicle customization options are available too. Their ‘Affordability Calculator’ helps you calculate the car price that you can afford with a given monthly figure that you are ready to pay every month.

2019 Volkswagen Vento GT Line side profile

Mahindra First Choice

Mahindra’s first choice not only deals with Mahindra’s pre-owned cars but also with other brands. It has 1700+ outlets in 810+ cities in India. The company plans to expand this number to 1800 outlets by the year 2020. This implies that customers will soon be able to choose from a wide range of certified used cars throughout India, including the metros and tier-2 towns and cities.

BS6 Mahindra Scorpio

Renault Selection

Renault Selection is the pre-owned car brand of Renault, which was launched in 2015, and is now expanding in major markets. Under this program, only vehicles fitting the Renault quality standards are certified and sold with warranty along with Road Side Assistance (RSA). The warranty + RSA is offered on Renault as well as on other brands like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, TATA, Chevrolet, Honda, Toyota etc. for up to 1 year or 20,000 km.


BMW India offers ‘BMW Premium Selection’ with their pre-owned BMW vehicles that are carefully selected and comprehensively examined for quality.  To ensure BMW Premium Selection vehicles feel exactly like a brand new BMW; every single vehicle comes with a full, detailed history about servicing, maintenance and repair.

BMW 4 series coupe (1)


The three-pointed star is synonymous with luxury and in some cases (Hello, AMG GTR!), performance too. The German carmaker has got your back if you want to own a pre-owned Mercedes. Even before the test ride, the cars go through a rigorous technical inspection and certification. If you want to avail a loan, attractive financing schemes are also available.

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Audi Approved: Plus

Audi Approved Plus dealers stock the biggest selection of Audi used cars you’ll find anywhere. All Approved pre-owned Audi vehicles undergo a comprehensive series of 300+ Points check and inspections, allowing you to buy the used / pre-owned Audi with complete peace of mind. They even verify the service history of each Audi Approved Plus vehicle.

2021 Audi A3 Sedan Front

Hyundai H-Promise

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. started its certified used car program under the brand name “H PROMISE” to offer quality used cars to Indian customers. Vehicles are certified by Hyundai and come with Hyundai warranty up to 1 year or 20,000Km (whichever is earlier from the date of delivery) & 2 free services. The cars are refurbished with Hyundai Genuine Parts. They also facilitate the transfer of RTO papers in the buyer’s name.

Hyundai i10 NIOS Turbo

Tata Motors Assured

Tata Motors Assured is the in-house pre-owned vehicle program from Tata Motors Limited. Each certified category car undergoes a stringent certification grading check done by Tata Motors engineers. Customers also get benefit from convenient finance options offered through various banks and finance companies.

Maruti True Value

TrueValue is probably the subsidiary that started it all. True Value has expanded its Pan-India reach with a network of over 1252 outlets spread across 942 cities. The cars go through digital evaluation on 376 checkpoints. The pre-sales checks include checking of the original documents, including the insurance, RC, kilometres run by the car, chassis number, registration number, etc. There is also a check performed on the owner’s details, service history of the car, etc.

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Madras Motor Sports Club Lays Down Guidelines For Racers To Resume Practice Post Covid-19 Lockdown Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:49:29 +0000 With Covid-19 effectively shutting down everything for over two months. Things are gradually beginning to open up in Unlock 1.0. Also, Motor Sport events and practices had also been put on hold so as to avoid any sort of crowd gathering.

Now, Madras Motor Sports Club(MMSC) has laid down a few guidelines in order for racers to resume their practice. The MMSC is restarting ‘Pay & Practice’ testing as they are opening their tracks from 14th June, 2020. Only limited slots will be available on the basis of first come first serve. One thing that has been made clear is that no spectator will be allowed during this time.

MMRT (1)

What Do The Guidelines Say?

As per the fresh guidelines, each participant has to compulsorily wear a mask as mandated by the Government at all times during their presence inside the Circuit premises. Those who are not wearing their mask will not be allowed inside. In case a participant is found symptomatic, he/she will be required to undergo a medical consultation and self-quarantine (if required). A declaration on their current health situation has to be signed by all and submitted at the security gate before entering (Pre-printed forms will be available at the gate).

The Club has advised the participants to check themselves before arriving at MMRT. If they are showing symptoms from before, they have been advised to stay at home. They have also been advised to carry their personal requirements such as their water bottles, hand sanitizer and Handkerchief.and asked to maintain social distance at all times. Only a minimum of testing personnel will be allowed to make use of the tracks.

Since the club is working with limited staff as per the Government guidelines they have asked for the participants’ cooperation and support their security team by allowing them to perform all their checks especially thermal screening. Everyone has been asked to arrive before the scheduled time.

Also READ: Volkswagen India Enters Certified Used Car Business

All vehicles and materials entering the Circuit should be clean and sanitized and parking will be provided in designated areas. People are also advised not to touch any objects or surfaces. The guidelines also added that the spitting will be strictly prohibited. However, they made one thing clear that MMSC will not be responsible for any legal/ Government requirements like passes, etc. for anyone’s personnel or vehicle to reach MMRT. For more details, visit the Facebook page of ‘Madras Motor Sports Club’ or contact the concerned authority.

This might turn out to be a piece of very good news for all the racers who have lost precious time and practice. With the Motor Sports season coming up shortly, riders will be anxious to get the taste of speed once again and regain match fitness.

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The SRK600 Has Been Launched But It’s Not A Benelli Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:35:16 +0000 A few weeks back, we reported that the next 600cc motorcycle from Benelli, SRK600 was spotted in China. The bike has now been launched indeed but under a different brand name. The QJ SRK 600 is the same naked middleweight motorcycle which was previously referred to as the Benelli SRK600.

Before getting into the details of the bike let’s get to know a few  details of the Chinese sister brand of Benelli- QJ. While Benelli may be an Italian brand, it is, however, owned by the Chinese conglomerate Zhejiang Qianjiang. The same Chinese company has now launched a brand-new firm under its umbrella called QJ Motor whose primary focus is on high-end and large-displacement bikes.


The bike features a new look for 2020 and comes packed with some segment-first features like keyless ignition and backlit switches. It’s available in three variants — Standard, Medium and High — with four new colours to choose from — red, black, white and blue. The QJ SRK 600 is QJ Motor’s first-ever product that has just been unveiled in China.

2020 benelli SRK600 QJ


Upfront, the bike gets an all-LED aggressive-looking headlamp section that might remind you of the Kawasaki Z1000. Moreover, the fuel tank is now muscular and the tank extensions have gotten sharper in order to lend an enhanced character to the motorcycle. The golden USD front forks further enhance the bike’s visual appeal. The rear end of the Benelli SRK600 has also been redesigned. 


The twin under-seat exhausts have given way to a single underbelly unit and the swingarm is entirely new as well. The  SRK600 comes equipped with a 5-inch fully-digital and fully-colour instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity which is a lot more appealing to the eyes compared to the dated analogue-digital console on the BS4 TNT 600 sold in India. 


The three variants here differ in terms of hardware. While the standard variant comes with Benelli suspension and brakes, the Medium trim is equipped with KYB suspension and Xihu brakes. Last but certainly not the least, the top-of-the-line High variant gets Marzocchi forks at the front along with a KYB mono-shock, with brakes sourced from Brembo.

Benelli 600 Variants Front suspension Rear suspension Brakes
Standard Benelli Benelli Benelli
Medium KYB KYB Xihu
High Marzocchi KYB Brembo


In terms of dimensions, the 2020 SRK600 is 10mm slimmer than before and gets a 20mm shorter wheelbase (1,460 mm) which should improve its handling. And it’s a whole 33kg lighter than the outgoing TNT 600. 

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Aspect Measurements
Length 2,140 mm
Width 790 mm
Height 1,080 mm
Wheelbase 1,460 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Kerb weight 198 kg
Fuel tank capacity 15 litres


Based on the Benelli TNT600i, the QJ SRK600 is powered by a 600 cc, inline four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission system. The fuel-injected engine is good for developing respective power and torque outputs of 81hp and 55Nm. That’s 3.57PS less power but 0.4Nm more torque than the outgoing model. The SRK 600 can accelerate from a standstill to 100 kmph in 4.5 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 210 km/h.

Prospective India Launch & Prices

The reason why we are covering this is that there are high chances that the same bike might come to India as the next generation of the Benelli TNT 600i. The Medium variant seems more likely to make it to India via the CKD route around July next year. Expect the bike to carry a price of around Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, it’ll take on rivals like the Kawasaki Z650 and the CFMoto 600NK when it comes down to India. 

Benelli 600 Variants Price INR
Standard CNY 43,999 approx. Rs 4.66 lakh
Medium CNY 46,999 approx Rs 4.98 lakh
High CNY 49,999 approx. Rs 5.30 lakh

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Toyota India Hikes Prices Across Entire Range Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:19:07 +0000 After two-wheeler manufacturers hiked prices of their offerings, four-wheeler manufacturers have started following their footsteps. Toyota Kirloskar Motors has also announced a price hike for the Glanza, Yaris, Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport and Fortuner. The prices for the Camry Hybrid and Vellfire MPV have remained unchanged. It was pretty inevitable given the fact that the transition to BS6 required a lot of R&D and the recent global pandemic hasn’t helped either. The revised prices have already come into effect from June 1, 2020.

Costlier but how much?

The Yaris has received the most substantial price hike out of all the models. While the majority of variants have seen prices hiked between INR 10,000-12,000, the J and G trims are pricier by INR 1.68 lakh and INR 1.2 lakh, respectively. Toyota might have launched the Fortuner facelift in Thailand but currently, we still have the old model in the BS6 trim. The Fortuner too has received a hike of INR 48,000 applicable to all variants. The Fortuner range now starts at INR 28.66 lakh for the base two-wheel-drive, petrol-manual and tops off at INR 34.43 lakh for the four-wheel-drive diesel-automatic.

Also read: 2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift: What’s New?

Innova Crysta

Another popular MPV in their portfolio, the Innova has too turned a little expensive. The MPV is now priced from INR 15.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). While the entry-level trims get an INR 25,000 – 30,000 hike, the diesel automatic in the GX trim saw a price hike of INR 61,000. Other variants have witnessed a hike of around INR 44,000.  The Touring Sport is priced between INR 19.53 lakh and INR 24.67 lakh. Their Baleno based hatchback, Glanza is now priced at INR 7.01-8.96 lakh. Previously, Glanza’s prices started from INR 6.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Recently, Toyota recently unveiled the Fortuner facelift in Thailand and it does offer a fair bit of changes, both inside and outside. The Fortuner has been the most-selling premium seven-seater SUV in India since its introduction in 2009. The SUV is in its second generation since its sale began in 2016. The latest facelift to the Fortuner sees the model getting two variants – the Base Variant and the higher Legender variant.

The new Fortuner gets a larger front grille and silver bumper strips, giving the car a stronger sense of rigidity. It also gets LED headlamps with LED DRLs. While the Legender variants get LED Sequential Turn Signals, newly designed 20-inch alloy wheels as opposed to 18-inch wheels on the base trim and splendid two-tone roof.  The Legender trims also get a redesigned front and rear bumper which looks sportier than the base variants.

The main highlight of the facelift is the new 2.8-litre diesel engine which is tuned to deliver a maximum power output of 204 PS and a flat torque of 500 Nm from 1,600 – 2,800 rpm. The cabin has been upgraded too and the new Fortuner gets a host of upgrades to enhance its firepower to destroy rivals. It gets an 8.0-inch infotainment screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and is available as a standard feature. It also gets a 360-Degree Camera with 3D which increases the driver’s visibility to ensure the greatest level of safety.  To increase the overall comfort, Toyota has also thrown in a wireless charger.

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Volkswagen India Enters Certified Used Car Business Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:59:35 +0000 The global automotive industry acknowledges that COVID-19 will bring about some drastic changes in the industry, some of which we are already starting to witness as governments across the globe begin to ease restrictions. One of the most prominent changes would be the demand for personal mobility – people want to be able to move around without risking infection, thus driving the demand for personal vehicles.

To make this demand more feasible and convenient to people, German car manufacturer Volkswagen has announced its new plans of focussing on the used car business in the country. Under the Das WeltAuto 3.0 (DWA) programme, Volkswagen intends to offer a more professional and transparent transaction for those looking at buying or selling a pre-owned car.

volkswagen india das welttauto 3.0

Details About The Business

Through the Das WeltAuto 3.0, Volkswagen India will not only cater to selling pre-owned Volkswagens but other brands as well. Through DWA, the German brand claims that it will be able to offer competitive prices with certified pre-owned vehicles in addition to accessories, service and even warranty packages on all pre-owned models it sells through the platform. This will be done at 105 Das WeltAuto (DWA) outlets across India that are certified multi-brand pre-owned car facilities of Volkswagen.

The company also states that every product coming under it will be thoroughly checked and certified by well-trained professionals. The company explained that its partners examine the models on the basis of a comprehensive checklist so as to ensure a safe used car purchase experience every time. Every car, it added, is certified after necessary due diligence has been conducted.

Also READ: Maruti Suzuki Commissions 2nd Solar Power Plant On World Environment Day At Gurgaon Facility

Every pre-owned vehicle retailed via Das Welt Auto is subjected to a stringent process wherein defective parts are identified and replaced and the car is entirely refurbished for sale. After refurbishment, the car is again inspected by a third-party inspector who then certifies the second-hand car. As an added bonus, Volkswagen Das WeltAuto is also offering accessories, service schemes and warranty packages (up to 12 months).

Speaking on the enhancement of the used car business, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “The current COVID-19 situation has created a demand for accessible and safe individual mobility options. We see customers inclined towards the used car segment, which enables them with an affordable vehicle of their choice.”

For a seamless and contactless experience, the brand has enabled the digitization of its used car business. Volkswagen will be bringing its used car platform to the digital space by enabling prospective customers to buy or sell his/her car on the dedicated website set by the company. Additionally, the DWA mobile application will also help customers self-evaluate their current vehicle, wherein the valuation is provided on the basis of the algorithms given by the Indian Blue Book. The mobile application is available for both Android and iOS platforms.

Volkswagen believes that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, customers are focusing on used cars. The company is confident that DWA will gain momentum in the months to come and stay strong in the post-COVID scenario and therefore Volkswagen aims to make the DWAs a one-stop solution for buying and selling of all brand pre-owned cars while allowing customers to make informed decisions.

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Taiwanese Driver Finds Out Why It’s A Bad Idea To Be Inattentive In An Autopilot-Assisted Tesla Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:50:58 +0000 Tesla is probably the most accomplished car manufacturer in the world when it comes to futuristic innovations. Over the years, Tesla has become synonymous with mainly electric vehicles and their tech-laden features. One of the most prominent and futuristic features found in their cars is the Autopilot system. Even though the system lends the car autonomous driving capabilities to some extent, it doesn’t mean that the driver can become reckless and become completely unaware of his surroundings. A Tesla Model 3’s driver found this the hard way in Taiwan when his Tesla while allegedly still being in the autopilot mode, rammed right into an overturned truck.

What exactly happened?

The incident took place on a highway in Taiwan when a Tesla Model 3 drove straight into an overturned truck lying on the side of the highway. The driver reportedly had the autopilot engaged but still, the Tesla drove right into the truck. That brings us to the question that even if you have the Autopilot system on, is it rational to be carefree while being on the road? The answer is an absolute no and the video is a testimony to the fact.

Also read: Tesla On The Verge Of Creating A ‘Million-Mile’ Battery Which May Last For Decades

Does Autopilot make your car completely autonomous?

Tesla’s Autopilot system works on a deep neural network and uses a host of ultrasonic sensors, cameras and radar to sense the surroundings of the car. This system provides the driver with an awareness of their surroundings that the driver would not otherwise have. All the accumulated data is then sent to an onboard computer that processes the data and provides inputs in a matter of milliseconds to help make your driving safer and less stressful.

However, it does not transform your car into a completely ‘autonomous’ vehicle but is rather considered as a hands-on driver assistance system that is intended to be used only with a fully attentive driver. It is not the first instance where we have witnessed Tesla’s Autopilot failing and the whole scenario has resulted in a crash. But what makes this particular incident bizarre is the fact that this accident could have been easily avoided if the driver wasn’t clearly distracted. He could have either steered away or slammed the brakes hard in order to avoid what we just saw.

Tesla Model 3 Crash

Unlike other scenarios, the driver had ample amount of time to respond to the approaching hazard. And when the hazard is a stationary overturned truck and not a jaywalker hopping on the streets, you ought to notice it, right? This particular driver didn’t and paid the price. Before enabling the Autopilot system, the driver must agree to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. One can override the Autopilot by steering, applying the brakes or using the cruise control stalk to deactivate. The rather ‘attentive’ driver featured here, clearly didn’t do any of the things mentioned above.

It is a widely regarded fact that nothing can replace the driver’s instincts, even if you bring in a comprehensive set of electronics coupled with a horde of sensors, radars and cameras. A driver can make a decision based on his reflex and instinct which a self-driven machine won’t be able to in certain situations. This video should be considered a prime example of why you should always pay attention on the road even if your car boasts of an Autopilot system.

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Maruti Suzuki Commissions 2nd Solar Power Plant On World Environment Day At Gurgaon Facility Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:21:32 +0000 Maruti Suzuki India Limited(MSIL) on Friday has announced that it has commissioned a 5 MW capacity carport style photovoltaic solar power plant in Gurugram. The largest carmaker in the country claims that this project comes with an investment of more than Rs 20 crore.

MSIL says that underlining its commitment towards a greener future on World Environment Day, the company informed that this plant will provide a power output of 7,010 MWH each year. The project is set to offset 5,390 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually at the 32,985 sq. metres facility for the next 25 years.

Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant Dzire production line (47)

After establishing its first solar power plant in Manesar back in 2014, Maruti states that it has remained steadfast in the goal of harnessing power from a renewable source. This plant was upgraded to 1.3 MW in 2018 and the second plant of 5 MW takes the company’s total solar power capacity to 6.3 MW.

Also READ: Maruti Suzuki Is Now Offering a Host of Health And Hygiene Accessories

Talking about the Company’s green initiatives, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “We are committed to enhancing sustainable manufacturing and to achieve self-sufficiency in many of our functions. The new solar power plant will complement our efforts to adopt environment-friendly technologies and lower the carbon footprint. We are consistently exploring new ways to harness the abundantly available clean resources and implement them in our business operations.”

Strengthening Green Manufacturing Maruti Suzuki

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The company claims that the 5 MW solar power plant will cater to the internal energy requirements of the Gurugram facility by synchronizing with the captive power plant. As a unique feature of this state-of-the-art plant, photovoltaic solar panels of the power plant will also work as a roof for the newly constructed car parking area. So while generating clean energy, it will also enhance the safety of the new cars parked underneath, from harsh climatic conditions. 

The country’s largest carmaker has said that a more sustainable future is a priority for it not just in the vehicles produced but in efforts like establishing solar plants as well. The company pointed out that it had rolled out its first BS6 compliant vehicle in April, 2019, a full year in advance from the mandatory timeline. Today, Maruti Suzuki’s entire portfolio is BS6 compliant. Among other news, Maruti Suzuki has now started offering a host of health and hygiene accessories keeping safety from Covid-19 infections in mind.

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TATA AIG Insurance Company’s ‘AutoSafe’ App and Device Will Improve Your Driving Habits, Here’s How! Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:20:24 +0000 TATA AIG General Insurance Company Limited has launched an innovative telematics-based next-gen application and device ‘AutoSafe’. The app helps policyholders to save on premiums by selecting the kilometers driven, promotes safe driving, works as an anti-theft device as it comes with a GPS-based tracking facility. Available on all policies offering personal accidental cover to the tune of Rs. 15 lakhs for owner and driver, this app also tracks distance traveled by the vehicle, live speed and other driving pattern parameters and offers bonus kilometers for good driving behavior at the time of the renewal, thus, promoting safe driving habits.

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The usage-based insurance (UBI) private car policy for car owners, launched under the IRDAI’s Regulatory Sandbox, is personalized, affordable and offers a customized solution towards your driving profile. This policy includes other value-added propositions like depreciation reimbursement, daily allowance, no claim bonus protection cover etc.

Also read: The Tata Blackbird SUV – All That We Know So Far About The Creta Rival

Tata Harrier Automatic

Policyholders will benefit from the policy’s flexible kilometer-based package that enables savings on premiums compared to conventional policies. Policyholders can choose between 2,500 kilometers, 5,000 kilometers, 7500 kilometers, 10,000 kilometers, 15,000 kilometers and 20,000 kilometers. Customers having exhausted all the kilometers within the policy period can buy additional kilometers by opting for the top-up kilometers option. They can choose between 500 kilometers, 1000 kilometers and 1500 kilometers, thus, helping savings on cost based on usage.

The Tata Blackbird SUV – All That We Know So Far About The Creta RivalThe ‘Auto Safe’ device is GPS-enabled and is linked to a mobile app that records all information, tracks the distance traveled and generates reports about vehicle health or driving patterns of the policyholder. This telematics device or app is fitted or linked to the car as the motor insurance policy becomes active and must be kept throughout the policy period. The information collected is evaluated over time and each driver cum policyholder is allocated points based on performance. Besides, this device contains motion sensor support and generates fuel-saving reports apart from monitoring aspects like hard braking, nighttime driving and acceleration. Also, this device guards against fuel slippage and dangerous driving habits.

Speaking during the product launch, Parag Ved, Executive Vice-President & Head- Consumer Lines, Tata AIG General Insurance said, “At Tata AIG, we have always been persistent in our approach to provide customers with innovative and practical solutions. With the regulatory sandbox permitting telematics-based solutions, insurance will evolve to become more intuitive and responsive to the customer’s needs. We are meticulously working to arrive at new ways to enhance the experience of our valued customers. The value proposition is based on value-added services, personalized advice based on driving behavior and the reward. Technology innovations can change the insurance paradigm, gone are the days when it used to ‘one size fits all’ approach. It is time for personalized insurance products. The shift towards pay-as-you-drive insurance makes sense in this uncertain time when unnecessary journeys are discouraged, and organizations and employees alike are discovering the benefits of working from home.”

Tata Motors recently released #SafetyFirst Ludo, the new version of the game which highlights the necessity to stay indoors and the risks that would befall us if we ventured out without protection.

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Covid-19 Impact: India’s Atlas Cycles Shuts Down On ‘World Bicycle Day’ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 08:18:36 +0000 The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed on the country for more than two months has affected people’s livelihood all across the country. Not only small businesses, but well established business houses had to bear the brunt of this lockdown with no business activities allowed to be conducted during this period. 

Some of them have had to shut down their business altogether. Similar is the case of one brand which is close to every Indian’s heart. On World Bicycle Day, one of the most famous Indian bicycle brands – Atlas Cycles – stopped all operations on Wednesday. This comes as sad news since Atlas was one of most popular and used cycle brands in the country.

Atlas Cycles

Cause of Shut Down

On Wednesday, a day after the fourth and last unit of Atlas Cycles in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, shut down its operations, scores of suppliers of cycle parts in Ludhiana are staring at massive losses, leaving their employees in a quandary about their future. As per estimates, Atlas Cycles owes over Rs 120 crore to around 80 vendors in Ludhiana, a number of whom had been its suppliers for several decades. Atlas Cycles (Haryana) Ltd had shut down its operations on Wednesday, celebrated as World Bicycle Day, citing deep monetary crisis.

The Haryana-based company, which started manufacturing bicycles in 1951, had already closed down two units in 2014 and 2018. While in December 2014, its Malanpur unit in Madhya Pradesh was closed down, it suspended manufacturing at its Sonipat unit in 2018. The manufacturing was carried out in seven divisions and the company claimed to manufacture 4 million cycles a year.

Also READ: BMW Motorrad’s India Website Has Only 6 Models Listed

Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, former president, United Cycle Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA), said Atlas Cycles played an instrumental role in developing the cycle industry and taking it to the world. “It was them who taught the trade to others in Punjab. The government should help them emerge out of the crisis as such revered brands should not fade into oblivion,” he said, adding that closure of the firm’s units will render over 6,000 labourers in Ludhiana unemployed.

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Atlas’ Legacy

The Atlas cycles was famous across the country as it catered to a wide range of audiences- from young kids going to school to middle-aged people going to work. Their day to day activities revolved on this cycle. Not only in the country, the legacy of Atlas Cycles could also be found in foreign soil. 

Among the hundreds of artefacts that adorn the walls of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, is a black-colored bicycle hanging from an iron rod. The bicycle, made by Atlas, belonged to another well-known son of India, economics Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. The 1998 Nobel winner used to cycle on it during his fieldwork in West Bengal, studying poverty and inequality in the impoverished regions.

Bicycle lovers like Amartya Sen and many others in the country would definitely rue the fact that Atlas Cycles, the pioneers of the cycling revolution in India and the first cycle of almost every child, is now history.

This article was first published on Motoroids - Covid-19 Impact: India’s Atlas Cycles Shuts Down On ‘World Bicycle Day’ - Auto News From India.

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