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Ford launches Endeavour SUV with panoramic sunroof

American car giant Ford has introduced the electric panoramic sunroof to the features list of its sports utility vehicle or SUV Ford Endeavour in a bid to make it a better value for money and boost sales.

Priced at Rs 29.57 lakh at Delhi showroom, this new feature is offered on the mid-variant 2.2-litre Endeavour. The Endeavour competes with the segment-leader Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq and the Isuzu MU-X in the competitive and price conscious Indian market.

Mercedes to drive in concept EQ

With more than 100 vehicle previews across the passenger vehicle, two-wheeler and commercial vehicle segments, Auto Expo, Asia’s biggest extravaganza and much-awaited auto show, promises to be a big hit despite some prominent automakers pulling away.

India’s auto industry is among the world’s fastest growing, which crossed 3.2 million passenger vehicle units, the historic first last calendar year 2017.

With the vision to go green and adapt to a future of green mobility, this time the Auto Expo is set to witness unveiling of several global products and concepts showcase.

Atlas Copco eyes double-digit growth with new ACs

Swedish compressed air solutions specialist the 11 billion euro (Rs 87,530 crore) Atlas Copco is targeting a double-digit growth with demand rising for its range of air compressors in Asia’s third biggest economy.

JLR ready to launch e-car in India this year

Tata Motors-owned British luxury car marquee Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is ready to launch its fully electric car in India this year provided the infrastructure needed for such cars is ready.

“We are ready to launch the fully electric car in the country this year,” Rohit Suri, president & managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India told FC.

He said Jaguar Land Rover will launch its full electric saloon in March 2018 for the global market and it can also be introduced in India.

Audi launches Q5

Audi, India’s third German luxury car maker by sales, on Thursday replaced its best-selling sports utility vehicle or SUV Audi Q5, with the more sophisticated all-new second generation Audi Q5 in India to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest economy.

Bharat Forge to set up R&D centre for e-vehicles in UK

Bharat Forge, the largest exporter of auto components, is taking steps for gaining a cutting edge in the emerging electric vehicles market.

The Pune-headquartered firm on Wednesday said it opened a research and development (R&D) facility at Mira Technology Park in the UK to design powertrain solutions for electric vehicles.

The powertrain refers to components such as the transmission that converts the engine’s power into movement.

The new Audi Q5 is fun to drive

Audi, India’s third luxury car maker by sales, replaces its best-selling sports utility vehicle or SUV Q5, but does the more sophisticated all-new second generation Q5 make it a more compelling option than the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 as well as the newly launched Volvo XC60 in India?

If the Audi Q7 is too big, which it is, and the Audi Q3 a bit too small, then the German brand has brought in the Q5 in diesel to choose for now. Petrol version will follow later.

Lexus drives in hybrid sedan at Rs 1.77 crore

Lexus, the luxury brand of Japanese auto giant Toyota, on Monday expanded its product portfolio by launching hybrid electric saloon LS500h, priced between Rs 1.77 crore and Rs 1.94 crore, to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest economy. The 5th-generation LS500h sedan, which promises to elevate the luxury commute, will be imported from the firm’s factory in Japan and delivery would begin from April.

The flagship sedan is also produced at the US and Canada factories, which account for 50 per cent of the global sales.

Hyundai brings in NextGen Verna

Hyundai Motor, India’s second biggest carmaker by sales on Wednesday introduced two new variants with 1.4 litre new kappa dual VTVT petrol engine in the new 5th generation sedan Verna to boost sales in the fiercely competitive Asia’s third largest car market. What is significant is that the 1.4-litre Hyundai Verna will be Rs 20,000 cheaper than the 1.6-litre version, which will help the carmaker to boost its sagging sales of this model. The car will take on the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Volkswagen Vento.

Bajaj unveils 2018 Discover 110 and 125

Bajaj Auto, India’s third biggest motorcycle maker by sales, on Wednesday launched the new 2018 Bajaj Discover 110 and the refreshed Discover 125 motorcycles in India to boost sales. In fact, The Pune-headquartered motorcycle specialist has revived the Discover 110 cc motorcycle once again to take on the commuter segment more competitively against its archrival Hero MotoCorp and Honda and TVS in the country.

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