Motoroids https://www.motoroids.com Best auto news, reviews and features from the world with focus on India Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:56:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://www.motoroids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/favicon.png Motoroids https://www.motoroids.com 32 32 TVS Racing Riding Gear And Urban Wear Launched At MotoSoul 2019 https://www.motoroids.com/news/tvs-racing-riding-gear-and-urban-wear-launched-at-motosoul-2019/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/tvs-racing-riding-gear-and-urban-wear-launched-at-motosoul-2019/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:56:13 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357907 A homegrown two-wheeler manufacturer with its own racing division, TVS Motor Company has organised ‘MotoSoul 2019’, an ongoing, 2-day event in Goa for enthusiasts to celebrate motorcycling. The maiden event is being attended by over 2,500 people and is a congregation of the Apache Owners Groups (AOGs) as well as riding enthusiasts from across the globe. The event is hosting an array of racing and adventure activities, interactive sessions with national, international racing champions and TVS R&D. Making the most of the occasion, the company also announced the launch of TVS Racing Performance Gear. To gear will be available in two categories:

  • Riding Gear: Helmets, Riding Jackets, Riding Pants, Riding Gloves, and Riding Boots
  • Urban/Casual Wear: T-shirts, Urban Jackets, Urban Pants, Rain Wear, Casual Boots, backpacks, Caps, and Sunglasses

The Gear will be available in select TVS Motor dealerships across the country and online. Helping to spread awareness about responsible and safe riding, the riding gear has been designed to not only perform the primary job of keeping the rider safe but also focuses on style.

Tvs Racing Helmet Side

TVS Racing Helmets

TVS Racing helmets are tested on the track and constructed with materials that provide the highest level of safety and impact absorption. These helmets have been designed with features that offer a great level of comfort for riders. Below are some of its salient features:

  • Multi-density inner EPS for greater impact absorption
  • Aerodynamic design to reduce drag resistance safety
  • ISI & ECE Certified
  • Embedded speaker pockets to install Bluetooth communications systems
  • Washable padding with premium reflective strips for nighttime visibility
  • Chin curtain to block out wind and dust
  • D-Ring clip
  • Breath deflector that reduces fogging
  • Price: INR 2,500 – 2,800

TVS Racing Riding Jackets

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Designed for use on the road and highways, the riding jacket combines utility and comfort and has been created keeping in mind the riding position, so that it seamlessly provides support. It’s constructed with Multi-fabric shells and abrasion-resistant materials that offer enhanced levels of safety.

TVS Racing RIding Jacket 2 Back

  • Construction: 600D polyester fabric for durability, and a black collar neoprene for comfort
  • Pre-rolled sleeves to reduce fatigue, and mesh construction for cooling
  • Adjustable armour pockets, adjustable waist and sleeves for the perfect fit
  • Level 1 CE certified elbow & shoulder protectors, and a high-density TPE back protector
  • Modular back compartments for protector upgrade

TVS Racing Riding Jacket 2 Front

  • Waterproof inner pockets
  • A separate storage compartment to store rainwear
  • Zippered hand pockets and cuff for ease of use
  • Waist connection zipper to allow attachment to a riding pant
  • Suspenders to hang the jacket when not in use
  • Price: INR 5,600 – 5,750

TVS Racing Riding Pants

TVS Racing Riding Pant 2 Front

The TVS Racing Riding Pants follow a unique mesh construction which facilitates optimised airflow and climate control, while an external seam-sealed rain protector keeps you ready for any weather condition.

  • Construction: 600D abrasion-resistant polyester fibre, with a multi-fabric shell construction for cooling performance
  • An accordion yoke that allows for maximum elasticity and flexibility basis the rider’s posture
  • Level 1 CE-certified knee protectors and high-density TPE foam hip protector

TVS Racing Riding Pant 1 Back

  • Modular hip compartments to allow for protector upgrade
  • Waist connection zipper to allow attachment to a riding jacket
  • Deep zippered pockets for safe storage of valuables
  • Velcro waist and leg adjustments for the perfect fit
  • Adjustable armour pockets
  • Price: INR 4,950

TVS Racing Riding Gloves

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  • High peel PU, accordion construction, and stretch zones on fingers for higher breathability, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Hard polymer finger, palm, and extra knuckle protectors for enhanced impact absorption
  • Touchscreen compatible fingertips
  • Attached forefinger rubber visor cleaners
  • Price: Not Announced

TVS Racing Riding Boots

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The line of riding boots are made with new-age compounds to keep them light without compromising on sturdiness. The boots have been designed to aid rider comfort.

  • Constructed from a durable, synthetic textile and accordion flex zones which meet a perforated mesh for the perfect balance of comfort and safety
  • Textile collars for added comfort, 3D meshes around the ankle and toe boxes for breathability
  • Reinforced insoles for arch support and foot protection

TVS Racing Riding Shoes 1

  • Double density ankle protectors for both safety and performance
  • Abrasion-resistant thermoplastic rubber (TPR) protection
  • Dual closure system and Velcro straps for the perfect fit
  • Removable footbed with PVA foam for comfort
  • Reflective inserts for nighttime visibility
  • Price: Not Announced

TVS Racing Urban Jackets

TVS Racing Urban Jacket 1

The TVS Urban Jacket combines a plethora of protective features, while a contemporary textile lining in cotton and denim adds a luxurious touch.

  • Cargo and zippered pockets for storage
  • External cavities for removable shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Level 1 CE certified shoulder and elbow protection
  • High-density EVA foam back protector

TVS Racing Urban Jacket 2

  • Modular back compartments for protector upgrade
  • Reflective details for more visibility
  • Comfortable contemporary styled low-profile collar
  • Snap closures on collar and cuffs for an easy, secure fit

TVS Racing Urban Pants

TVS Racing Urban Pant 1

  • Premium quality cotton canvas for a fashionable, long-lasting fit
  • Interior fibre reinforcement in the seat, hip, and knee areas for abrasion and tear resistance
  • Leather belt patch and coin pocket safety
  • Level 1 CE certified knee protectors, and a high-density EVA foam hip protector
  • Pre-shaped leg construction for an anatomically optimised riding fit

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The gear range also includes rainwear, sunglasses, caps, a backpack, casual boots, t-shirts and caps. Do visit https://accessories.tvsmotor.com for more.

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KTM Teases The New 1290 Super Duke R Ahead Of Global Unveil On 5th November https://www.motoroids.com/ktm/ktm-teases-the-new-1290-super-duke-r-ahead-of-global-unveil-on-5th-november/ https://www.motoroids.com/ktm/ktm-teases-the-new-1290-super-duke-r-ahead-of-global-unveil-on-5th-november/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:13:08 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357872 Austrian sports bike manufacturing company, KTM, recently teased a video in which its flagship bike is being created from scratch ahead of its launch on the 5th of November. The bike in the video is expected to be none other than the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R. The bike had previously received an update last year and is expected to get a new version for 2020, to comply with the new Euro 6 norms. Currently, this bike isn’t available in India, but it could be launched at the Auto Expo next year, as the superbike market has shown a steady increase when compared to before. Have a look at the teaser here:

Currently, the 1290 Super Duke R is available across Europe, the US and some Asian countries. This hyper naked bike is fitted with a powerful 1,301cc V-twin liquid-cooled engine, capable of producing a massive 174 HP and 141 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a 6-speed transmission. The other interesting specifications on the Duke 1290 include: dry weight of just 195 kgs, a fuel tank capacity of 18-litres and a powder-coated tubular space frame. Apart from this, the bike is also equipped with various advanced technologies like riding modes, rider assists and many more.

KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Also Read: KTM Launches The 790 Duke In India, Prices Start From INR 8,63,945 Ex-Showroom

Recently,  KTM had also launched its mid-range street weapon in India. The much-awaited 790 Duke was launched just ahead of the festive season. The 790 Duke had made it to the Indian shores with a bunch of high-tech and first-in-class features and will now compete against the likes of the Kawasaki Z900, Triumph Street Triple and the Suzuki GSX-750 in the Indian market. This mid-range bike is not only one of the lightest in its segment, but also the most agile, thanks to its compact chassis and the powerful 799cc, twin-cylinder engine. The prices for the new KTM 790 Duke start from INR 8,63,945 (ex-showroom). If the 1290 Super Duke R makes its way to India, it will compete against other litre-class motorcycles from BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, etc. Also, the prices for the 1290 Super Duke R will be expected to start from around 15-18 lakhs (ex-showroom, India).

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Maruti Suzuki’s New Commercial Celebrates India’s Festive Season https://www.motoroids.com/news/maruti-suzukis-new-commercial-celebrates-indias-festive-season/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/maruti-suzukis-new-commercial-celebrates-indias-festive-season/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:29:26 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357900 The second biggest purchase after a house, buying a new car is a special occasion for most of us. The joy of bringing a car home is almost as good as welcoming the arrival of a new family member. So much so, it is a memorable festive occasion on its own which calls for a celebration. The joy around the feeling is multiplied many folds if the purchase is made during the festive season when the entire country is in a celebratory mood. Maruti Suzuki’s new commercial has tried to capture just that.

India’s favourite car brand, Maruti Suzuki has also focused on the diversity of India and its festivals, where the welcoming of something new might involve different rituals, but the happiness is just the same. The carmaker’s recent launch was the S-Presso Micro SUV, which rivals the likes of the Kwid. Offering the form of an upright, high ground clearance vehicle for those on a budget, the new car is retailed through Maruti’s Arena outlets.

Maruti suzuki Spresso Launch 2

Having decided to pull the plug on diesel-powered variants of its cars from April 2020, in the BS-VI-era, Maruti Suzuki’s entire portfolio will be a petrol-only range. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross are the only remaining products which are currently sold in diesel-only variants, however, they will soon be upgraded with the 1.5-litre petrol engine which currently powers the Ciaz. Besides these and the Ciaz, almost every other Maruti Suzuki petrol-powered car out there is already BS-VI-compliant, well before the April 1st implementation date.

Maruti Suzuki 5 year warranty

Since Maruti Suzuki rolled out their first BS-VI compliant Baleno in April this year, the brand has sold more than two lakh BS6 compliant vehicles in India till now. The Baleno was launched with a new BS6 compliant 1.2-litre DualJet engine along with a refreshed design this year, following which, the company also introduced their refreshed Alto 800 with a BS6 compliant engine. Following the launch of the BS-VI compliant Baleno and Alto 800, the company launched BS-VI versions of the Wagon R 1.2, Swift, Dzire, Ertiga, XL6 and the recently launched S-Presso which is powered by a 1.0-litre BS6 petrol engine.

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‘Volkfest 2019’ Offers Benefits Of Up To INR 1.8 Lakh On New Volkswagen Cars https://www.motoroids.com/news/volkfest-2019-offers-benefits-of-up-to-inr-1-8-lakh-on-new-volkswagen-cars/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/volkfest-2019-offers-benefits-of-up-to-inr-1-8-lakh-on-new-volkswagen-cars/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:28:52 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357892 After launching mildly updated versions of the Polo and the Vento, Volkswagen India has announced the ‘Volkfest 2019’ festive season campaign. It offers discounts of up to INR 1.8 lakh on Volkswagen India’s range of cars which includes the Ameo compact sedan, the Polo hatchback, and the Vento sedan.

Volkswagen Vento & Polo 2019 Facelift

As a part of this campaign, new and existing customers can avail a host of benefits across sales, after-sales and financial services. The offerings will be available across Volkswagen India’s network of 132 sales touchpoints in 102 cities till 31st October 2019. Also, as a part of its latest campaign ‘Power to Play’, Volkswagen India, in a special partnership with Mattel India’s Hot Wheels brand, will make each customer who tests a Volkswagen, eligible to take home a miniature Volkswagen – Hot Wheels scale model manufactured by Mattel. In addition, to enhance customer interaction at the dealerships, Volkswagen has organized special engagement opportunities and activation zones.

2019 Volkswagen Vento GT Line side profile

Select variants of the Polo, Vento and the Ameo will be available with benefits including cash discounts, exchange bonus, loyalty benefits, extended warranty and roadside assistance. The company is already offering a four year warranty period on its petrol vehicles since January 2019, and the diesel vehicles come with a five-year warranty plan since September 2019. The Volksfest 2019 will allow the customers to avail a maximum benefit of INR 1.8 lakh on the Vento Highline Diesel variant. All Ameo variants are being offered with a loyalty bonus of INR 20,000.

Also Read: Volkswagen Group Announces Merger Of Subsidiaries And Gets A New Identity In India

Select VW dealers in India are offering benefits of up to INR 1.7 lakh on the Vento Highline Plus DSG variant. This includes an INR 1.5 lakh cash discount and INR 20,000 exchange bonus. The VW Ameo DSG Highline Plus variant is available with a cash discount of up to INR 1.17 lakh and an additional exchange bonus of INR 20,000. The VW Polo is being offered with benefits up to INR 1 lakh, including INR 80,000 discount and INR 20,000 exchange bonus. The Passat, Tiguan and the new GT models are not a part of this festive offer.

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Team Sherco TVS Rally Factory Announces 4-Member Squad for Dakar Rally 2020 https://www.motoroids.com/motorsport/team-sherco-tvs-rally-factory-announces-4-member-squad-for-dakar-rally-2020/ https://www.motoroids.com/motorsport/team-sherco-tvs-rally-factory-announces-4-member-squad-for-dakar-rally-2020/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:53:47 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357883 Today, Team Sherco TVS Rally Factory announced its four-rider squad for the Dakar Rally 2020, which is scheduled to take place between 5th – 17th January 2020 in Saudi Arabia. This announcement was made at the TVS MotoSoul festival, which is currently taking place in Goa. The 4-rider squad for the Dakar Rally next year includes seasoned racer Michael Metge from France, Enduro Champion Lorenzo Santolino from Spain, Johnny Aubert from France and India’s very own ace rider Harith Noah, who is set to make a strong debut. Previously, the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team had put up an impressive show throughout the year across all international events including the Merzouga Rally, Desert Storm and the Baja Aragon.

4 member squad of tvs team for dakar rally 2

The 2020 Dakar Rally will be the 42nd edition of the annual international Rally-Raid which will be taking place in the dunes of Saudi Arabia. This rally will commence at Jeddah, passing through Riyadh and culminating at Al Qiddiya, while venturing through unknown landscapes, unexpected challenges, untold stories and unbelievable memories. The 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally will mark Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s sixth consecutive year of participation. The 4-rider squad will be headed by Michael Metge, who is gearing for his seventh outing at this gruelling Rally this year, while Lorenzo Santolino will be making his second appearance. On the other hand, the team also welcomes Johnny Aubert, who finished sixth in the Dakar rally 2018 and the fourth rider, Harith Noah, who is one of the brightest and youngest talents from India.

Also Read: Team Sherco TVS Rally Factory Put Up A Strong Show By The End Of Stage 3 Of The Rally Of Morocco

4 member squad of tvs team for dakar rally

Apart from that, Indian rider and Dakar 2019 finisher Aravind KP, will not be taking part in the next edition of the Dakar Rally, as he sustained a leg injury during his practice session earlier in the year. Previously, KP has successfully completed the 2019 edition of Dakar making him the only Indian to finish the gruesome rally at the 37th position. Recently, Team Sherco TVS Rally Factory had put up a strong show at the rally of Morocco. The rally had started with a rocky terrain that had its own challenges for the riders, which took them from various difficult terrains and slopes. The riders felt much more confident about their bikes; as they spent more and more time with their finely tuned rides provided by TVS. During the second and final leg of the marathon stage, the riders had amassed more than 540 kilometres, and by the end of the 3rd stage, the TVS Rally Factory Team riders: Johnny Aubert managed to get P4, while Michael Metge reached P9 and Lorenzo Santolino managed to reach P12.

4 member squad of tvs team for dakar rally 3

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Blaupunkt New York 750 Car Media Player Now Available With PhoneLink At INR 21,990 https://www.motoroids.com/auto-accessories-and-products/blaupunkt-new-york-750-car-media-player-now-available-with-phonelink-at-inr-21990/ https://www.motoroids.com/auto-accessories-and-products/blaupunkt-new-york-750-car-media-player-now-available-with-phonelink-at-inr-21990/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:52:59 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357875 The aftermarket accessory space is huge and offers a lot of choices for those who wish to upgrade from stock systems or simply wish to add more to their car’s feature list. A big name in the Car audio space, Blaupunkt India has launched the New York 750 car media player which is now Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and PhoneLINK compatible. Priced at Rs. 21,990, the New York 750 is bundled with a free Blaupunkt rearview camera if purchased during this festive season.

Blaupunkt NY 750 – Apple_0

The highlight of this head unit is the PhoneLINK connectivity feature, which allows customers to project their phone screen onto the screen via a USB cable. It allows users to get access to all their apps on the mobile phone through the head unit’s screen. Some of the interesting features of this new media player are mentioned below:

Blaupunkt NY 750 2

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Andriod Auto
  • Phone LINK
  • High-end tuner
  • 6.75” capacitive touch screen display (800 x 480 pixels)
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • External Microphone
  • .flac File Compatible
  • Rearview camera input
  • Steering Wheel Control Input
  • 8-band graphic equalizer
  • 24 Bit D/A converter 192 kHz
  • 4-channel pre-amp output (2V)
  • Sub-out (2V)
  • Built-in 4 x 50 Watts max. power amplifier

Blaupunkt NY 750 1

The New York 750 comes with learning steering wheel control capability. Once installed and connected, pairing existing steering wheel control buttons with the head unit is a very simple exercise. It also comes fitted with an advanced Radio Tuner, which was tested across cities in India to deliver its best performance. Most importantly, the device also offers a ‘Display Off’ function which lets the music play but turns the screen off for a less distracting experience when you are driving alone in the night.

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Base Variants Of Hyundai Creta Get A 1.6-Litre Diesel Engine https://www.motoroids.com/news/base-variants-of-hyundai-creta-get-a-1-6-litre-diesel-engine/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/base-variants-of-hyundai-creta-get-a-1-6-litre-diesel-engine/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:06:59 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357867 An extremely popular choice until the arrival of newer competition, the Hyundai Creta will soon get a comprehensive facelift. The next-gen Creta is already being tested in India as you read this and will carry updates which will help it to reclaim its position at the top. The current-gen Hyundai Creta’s 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines will also be replaced by a brand new 1.5-litre diesel unit, which will help the vehicle meet the upcoming BS-VI norms. Offering more value and excitement until then, the 1.6-litre diesel unit is now being made available with the base E+ and EX trims of the Creta.

Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta 1.6 Diesel E+ is priced at Rs. 10.88 lakhs while the EX variant is priced at Rs. 11.92 lakhs (ex-showroom). Both variants ask for a premium of approximately Rs. 90,000 over the 1.4 liter diesel engined E+ and EX variants of the SUV. For the extra money, the 1.6-litre diesel engine offers 126 Bhp and 260 Nm, while in comparison, the 1.4-litre engine cranks out a humble 89 Bhp and 220 Nm of torque. For the E+ and EX variants, the 1.6-litre engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed torque converter is available on the SX trim.

New 2018 Hyundai Creta Facelift 4 1200×898

In terms of equipment, the Hyundai Creta E+ variant E+ trim offers ABS, twin airbags, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminder, halogen headlamps, remote locking, manual AC, electrically adjustable mirrors, front armrest, tilt-adjustable steering and power windows as standard features. On the other hand, over and above the aforementioned features, the EX variant gets LED DRLs, a rear-seat armrest, adjustable rear headrests, rear parking camera and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with steering-mounted controls.

Also Read: 2020 Hyundai Creta’s Cabin Could Shame Many Cars From A Segment Above

The next-gen Creta has already been introduced in China, and since the one on sale here has been identical to the China-spec vehicle, we believe the India-spec 2020 Creta will carry similar features too. Among those is a vertically-placed 10.4″ display for infotainment and an instrument cluster where the analogue dials have been dumped for a BMW-like, asymmetric, all-digital speedometer and rpm counter. We expect Hyundai to make some announcement about the new Creta at the Auto Expo in February 2020. Stay tuned and we’ll tell you all about it.

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Here Are The First Few Sketches Of The Fourth Generation Skoda Octavia https://www.motoroids.com/skoda/here-are-the-first-few-sketches-of-the-fourth-generation-skoda-octavia/ https://www.motoroids.com/skoda/here-are-the-first-few-sketches-of-the-fourth-generation-skoda-octavia/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 06:53:48 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357860 Recently, Czech carmaker, Škoda shared the first few sketches of the fourth generation Octavia. The Octavia has been one of the best-selling luxury sedans in Skoda’s lineup and the fourth generation version is getting ready to take this level of luxury a notch higher. The next-gen Octavia will follow the footsteps of Skoda’s latest design language, along with drawing inspiration from its big brother, the Superb. The design sketches show the Octavia’s elongated, flowing silhouette marked by a coupé-like roofline. While the distinctive new front section, large wheels and tail lights get crystalline elements to further highlight the cars free-flowing design. Have a look at the newly released sketches below:

skoda octavia 4th generation sketches 3

Also Read: Next Generation Skoda Octavia – What To Expect

Currently, the Skoda Octavia gets a chiselled hood, a butterfly grille and all-LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The other highlights include a host of connectivity features such as an eight-inch colour touch screen display and eight speakers available with the Amundsen infotainment unit. The car is also equipped with SmartLink technology (Skoda connectivity bundles supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) which mirrors the smartphone. However, the new-gen Octavia is expected to have a much more emotive design like the Superb, while combining compact and smart dimensions on the inside for an enhanced driver and passenger feel.

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Also Read: Skoda Auto Launches The New Octavia Onyx In India; Prices Start From INR 19.99 Lakh

Recently, Skoda India also introduced the extra stylish version of the existing Octavia and called it the Onyx. The main upgrades in the Onyx are mostly cosmetic and interior based. This new edition is now available in 3 elegant paint schemes: Candy White, Race Blue and Corrida Red. In terms of power and performance, the Octavia Onyx gets 2 engine options: a 1.8 TSI (DSG) petrol engine that produces 180 PS/250 Nm and a turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel that offers 143 PS/320 Nm. The new Skoda Octavia Onyx has been launched across all authorized Skoda dealership facilities in the country, with prices starting from INR 19.99 Lakh for the 1.8 TSI (DSG) variant and INR 21.99 Lakh for the 2.0 TDI (DSG) variant.

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MG Motor Partners With eChargeBays To Set-up Home Charging Infrastructure For Indian Customers https://www.motoroids.com/mg-motor/mg-motor-partners-with-echargebays-to-set-up-home-charging-infrastructure-for-indian-customers/ https://www.motoroids.com/mg-motor/mg-motor-partners-with-echargebays-to-set-up-home-charging-infrastructure-for-indian-customers/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:27:46 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357854 Recently, Chinese-owned, British carmaker, MG Motor announced its partnership with a Delhi-based start-up, called eChargeBays, to assist customers in setting up charging infrastructure at home for their EV. MG’s partnership with eChargeBays is one of the latest in a series of alliances, as EV charging companies are now aiming to create robust charging infrastructure in the country for the smooth sales of EVs. As part of this partnership, MG Motor India will send experts to identify the best way in which MG ZS EV buyers can install an EV charger at home ahead of the vehicle launch in December 2019.

MG and eChargeBays partnership

As part of its commitment of creating an ecosystem for EVs and increasing EV adoption in India, MG Motor has already partnered with Fortum and Delta Electronics India for the fast charging and slow charging segments, respectively. The MG ZS EV is a global product that combines MG’s experience in EV manufacturing with best-in-class technology and design. The MG ZS has already received an exceptional response in international markets, having secured over 2,000 orders within two months of its UK launch.

Also Read: MG Motor Inaugurates A New Experience Store In Mumbai

MG ZS EV Rear Badge

Speaking on the collaboration, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “The government’s recent announcement around creating charging amenities for customers at public places is a positive step for the EV industry. Our latest association is aimed at supporting the government’s EV vision by providing a viable residential EV charging infrastructure. It also highlights MG’s commitment towards going the extra mile and delivering a convenient ownership experience for its EV customers. This partnership is yet another step towards driving EV adoption in the country.”

MG eZS teaser front quarter

Speaking on the association, Rajesh Singh, Founder & CEO, eChargeBays, said, “Most prospective EV buyers are hesitant on account of the limited charging infrastructure available. We aim to provide Indian car owners with a robust and safe one-stop solution for their home charging-related needs using our homeCharge solution. Apart from this, eChargeBays will also launch a series of service solutions in the charging infra space which would aim at providing a seamless EV charging experience to EV customers.” MG’s efforts to create the right ecosystem for EVs are part of its long-term commitment to bring environment-friendly mobility solutions in the country and are aligned with the government’s vision to encourage EV adoption in India to bring about a material improvement in air quality.

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The New Toyota Rise Compact SUV Looks Just Right For A Market Like India https://www.motoroids.com/news/the-new-toyota-rise-compact-suv-looks-just-right-for-a-market-like-india/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/the-new-toyota-rise-compact-suv-looks-just-right-for-a-market-like-india/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:44:51 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=357806 Japanese giant Toyota has revealed its new sub-4-metre compact SUV, called the Rise. The new vehicle has spawned from Toyota-Daihatsu’s DNGA platform and alongside the Rise, a badge-engineered version called the Daihatsu Rocky will also be introduced. Built for global markets and being a sub-4-metre compact SUV, it could do well in India, given the rising popularity of similarly sized vehicles here. If the Toyota Rise does come to India, it could compete with the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV 300, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport and the Tata Nexon.

Toyota Rise Compact SUV

Under the hood, the Toyota Rise will run on a 1.0-litre petrol engine which will be a three-cylinder unit and even offer all-wheel drive for select markets. Ours won’t be among those for sure if at all the Rise does go on sale here. It will be based on the DN Trec concept design that was showcased at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, based on DNGA ( Daihatsu New Global Architecture). DNGA was built for emerging markets by the brand. Interestingly, from 1989 to 2002, the previous-gen Daihatsu Rocky competed with the Suzuki Samurai (Maruti Gypsy) in the international markets. Now, in 2019, the company is set to re-introduce its new sub-4 metre compact SUV and its battle with the new Suzuki Jimny will be re-ignited. Won’t be fought in India though as Maruti Suzuki has ruled out the new Jimny for India and it is highly unlikely that this Toyota will go on sale here.

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Toyota Rise Compact SUV Rear

The big reason for that being Toyota’s existing partnership with Maruti Suzuki in India. It has made the two share the Baleno between them until now, where the hatchback is also sold as the Glanza with a Toyota logo on its front grille. The partnership is also said to extend, where the Brezza could be introduced with a Toyota badge, once it gets itself a petrol engine, some cosmetic upgrades, and is launched as a Maruti Suzuki first. As of now, select Toyota dealerships are accepting bookings for the luxury MPV Vellfire, which is about to go in sale in India in the coming weeks for a price of INR 80 lakh+. It will rival the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, which is the only such vehicle in that space.

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