Mahindra XUV completes 13000 bookings in less than a month of launch

KeralaOnRoad | Mar 18, 2019
Mahindra XUV 300 bookings crosses 13000, Auto news in India Mahindra XUV 300 which was recently launched in the country has reportedly crossed booking of 13,000 units in less than a few days, with an additional 2.5 lakh enquiries.

The XUV 300 was launched in the segment which was already dominated by best-selling models like Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport etc. Apparently, XUV has received a greater response than expected. 13000 bookings in a month is not a small story to tell, in fact it is huge for the compact SUV in its first month.

XUV 300 has earned this response, since it was a vehicle built with great interiors and many segment leading and segment first features, plus a powerful driveable engine. Mahindra has a popular dealer network and an impressive after sales programme too that has added to the success of this product.

Mahindra XUV 300 is being sold at a starting price of Rs.7.90 lakh for the base petrol and go up to Rs.11.90 lakh for the top-spec diesel variant. It gets 2 engines, a 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and a 117hp, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine both mated to manual transmission units respectively while spy shots received earlier also suggests an auto gearbox maybe is on its way. Based on the bookings made, reports state that 75% of the total number was for top spec variants, and the waiting period extends up to 3 weeks from the date of booking.

Benelli India receives a count of 150 bookings for New TRK 502 and TRK 502X

KeralaOnRoad | Mar 21, 2019
Benelli TRK 502 series bikes booking news, Price and Features In the previous month Italian Superbike manufacturer Benelli launched their adventure tourer TRK 502 and TRK 502X in India at a price of Rs.5 lakh and Rs.5.40 lakh respectively (Both ex-showroom prices). The company has received bookings for 85 units on TRK 502Xand 65 units on TRK 502. By the end of 2019 Benelli has planned to startup 40 dealerships in India. Discussions are going on too, with the government on setting up a production plant in the country.

Apparently, Benelli has increased its dealerships in India from 10 to 18 in last year and also launched modern facilities in cities like Delhi, Vadora, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Vijayawada and Mangalore. Both the models launched, TRK 502 and TRK 502X share the same engine. 499.6cc liquid cooled parallel twin engine renders power worth 47.6PS and 45Nm of torque on to these models while being coupled with a 6 speed transmission unit. Both TRK 502 and TRK 502X shares the same frame too. The main difference is that between both the adventure tourers, 502X is an off-road based model.

If the plan to start a new production plant in India takes place, then the bikes which are being imported now to be assembled here will go through not only a price revision, but also customized for Indian road conditions.

Tata upcoming small car in the making

KeralaOnRoad | Mar 21, 2019
Tata's upcoming small car news, India launch updates, Features TATA has been regaining its position in India mostly in every segment with the advent of Tiago, Tigor, Nexon and their recently launched SUV Harrier. The Indian Carmaker has developed enough potential to enter into an even more mass market. In the market, Maruti Suzuki Alto has been the No.1 car considering sales, which was last year overtaken by Dzire. Even though Tata had some bitter experience in the small car segment with Nano, things have started to change now and it looks like Tata is getting ready for once now to make a re-entry into this segment as well.

Positioned below the Tiago, the upcoming small car from Tata will be based on ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) platform that is currently being used for Altroz and H2X concept. ALFA is a highly scalable platform that can be utilized for developing new models in the shortest possible time. This platform seems to have a lot of capability and can be used to develop e-cars in the future as well for Tata. It is suspected that the next gen Tiago and Tigor too maybe based on this platform.

Maruti and Tata have been best known for cars with affordable prices in India and as a matter of fact, these brands do not really have any direct competitors against each other.Our question is, when Tata launches its new car, will it be able to take over the Alto which is already undergoing a major update? Well we need to wait and see.

Elon Musk tweets Tesla will come to India soon

KeralaOnRoad | Mar 19, 2019
Tesla Cars to come to India soon, tweets CEO Elon Musk Tesla has been a revolutionary car maker in the Silicon Valley, and it’s CEO Elon Musk a trendsetter in the global automobile arena. This brand changed the general perception about electric cars and showed the public that cars can be practical to use as well as performance oriented.

It has been quite sometime that we have been hearing news about the debut of this brand in the country. CEO Elon Musk has now tweeted that Tesla will be entering India by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. Our PM Narendra Modi visited the company’s production plant recently and was given a VIP tour by Elon Musk. Apparently, the import duties and high taxation policies seem to have caused the delay for their debut here in the country.

In June 2017, Anand Mahindra had also invited Tesla to set up a company base in India. The Government of India also wants Tesla to set up a plant in India which will make Tesla’s entry easier.

Tesla now has 4 models on offer called S3XY lineup. The standard Model 3 offers a certified range of 350 kms on a single charge and is a right wheel drive variant. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is attained in 5.6 seconds on the standard variant.

Performance variant with AWD option offers acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.2 seconds at the same time. This model is priced from Rs.25 lakh abroad, but if it is imported to India the same car will cost around Rs.50 lakh. This is the reason why the government insists on setting up a production plant in India. It now seems like finally the brand is getting ready to set foot on the Indian soil soon.

Google Maps App shows speed markers and speed camera information in India

KeralaOnRoad | Mar 19, 2019
Google Maps introduces new speed marker feature on Android Google Maps introduced a new feature recently that shows speed markers and speed camera information across the country. This feature was offered through the application in various other countries that included the US, UK, Russia, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Indonesia. India has received this update only now.

This new feature comes with an option for users to report to Google as and when they spot a camera on the roads and highways, so that it will be updated by Google on the application to alert other users driving through the same route. Once reported, an icon will appear to alert the other users with the number of people who have already reported the same.

Additionally, there is also an option to report accidents on real time basis, so that other travellers across same route can plan or reroute accordingly to avoid wastage of time. They will be alerted in red colour on the map and the approximate time required to pass through that area will also be mentioned. The speed camera feature will be available only on the Android platform now, while iOS users will have to wait for some more time.

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