Force Motors drives in new range of made-in-India Monobuses

Force Motors, the commercial vehicle manufacturer, last week showcased India’s first new mid-level 33- and 41-seater Monobuses at the Bus World 2018 Exhibition in Bangalore.

The Pune-based automobile major, which sells its inter and intra city buses under the brand name of Traveller, plans to launch the 33-seater and 41-seater options in standard and school bus variants during the upcoming festive season in October-November.

The new Monobus has been developed at the company's R&D team and is made by pressed steel panels using automated and robotic arms.

First Drive- Stay connected with new Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury

The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been introduced in India with a suite of advanced technology features and latest in-car infotainment. These provide a more connected experience, especially to the tech-savvy customers in the country.

These include Wi-Fi Hotspot and Pro Services in addition to the existing InControl Apps feature.

The Wi-Fi Hotspot uses a customer sourced SIM to provide in car access to a 4G hotspot for up to eight devices. This easily allows the occupants in the car to simultaneously stay connected, work or be entertained throughout the journey.

M&M aims to recover lost market share with new car Marazzo

Mahindra and Mahindra on Monday drove in an all-new multi-utility vehicle Marazzo to recover lost market share in the growing category.

The company, which is India’s second biggest utility vehicles maker by sales, has spent around Rs 1,500 crore to develop the vehicle over the past four years. It hopes to regain some of the utility vehicle (UV) and sports utility vehicle (SUV) market share it has lost to rivals like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Toyota.

Pune police get 90 more days to file charge sheet against activists held in June

A Pune court on Sunday granted extension of 90 days for filing charge sheet against five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links. The court of special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) judge K D Vadhane granted the extension sought by Pune police, said assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer in the case.

Kerala floods, high fuel, interest costs hit August car sales

Automobile honchos and analysts said Kerala floods, unfavourable base effect, high fuel and interest costs subdued monthly sales of select Indian automobile companies in August.

They also said natural calamities in some parts of the country due to heavy monsoon rains also dampened buyers' sentiments.

Last week-end, market leader Maruti Suzuki India, which sells one car out of two bought in the country, Hyundai, second biggest car maker, reported decline in sales, while Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Toyota Kirloslar Motor saw healthy growth last month.

Mahindra Logistics acquires stake in startup to help digitisation

Mahindra Logistics has acquired strategic stake in freight management solution startup Transtech Logistics, also known as ShipX.

The Mumbai-based company said in a stock-exchange filing that it will acquire up to 115,554 compulsory convertible preference shares and 100 equity shares valued at Rs 7 crore (about $1 million). The company, one of India’s largest multimodal logistics service providers, said this acquisition would help it to embed technology into its ecosystem and Shipx will help it to enhance product features.

Hue and cry over arrest of 5 human rights activists

The Maharashtra police on Tuesday raided homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states and arrested at least five of them for suspected Maoist links, sparking a chorus of protests from human rights defenders.

The raids were carried out as part of a probe into the violence between Dalits and the upper caste Peshwas at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Paris­had, or conclave, on December 31 last year.

Escorts in pact to make high capacity mobile cranes

Escorts, India’s third largest tractor manufacturer and Tadano Group, Japan’s biggest and world’s leading mobile crane manufacturer, on Monday announced their joint venture to manufacture rough terrain cranes and truck mounted cranes.

The 51:49 joint venture between Tadano and Escorts will be called Tadano Escorts will initially invest Rs 60 crore and expand with volume growth.

Tadano has been selling its products made in Japan and Germany in India since 2012.

Ducati rides in new Scrambler 1100 bike at Rs 10.91 lakh

Ducati, the Italian luxury motorcycle manufacturer on Monday widened its portfolio by introducing a new Scrambler 1100 bike and 2 more variants called Special and Sport in the competitive Indian bike market to boost sales. Apart from the standard Scrambler 1100 model priced at Rs 10.91 lakh, the variants are available in two higher-specification models called the Special at Rs 11.12 lakh and the Sport at Rs 11.42 lakh at pan India showroom.

Force Motors buys Man Trucks’ Pithampur plant

It’S curtains for German heavy commercial vehicle maker MAN Trucks of Volkswagen group after struggling for 15 years to make a mark in the world’s fourth largest automobile market. 

But Europe’s leading truck maker is ensuring that 400 employees at its Pithampur factory in Madhya Pradesh are retained by the buyer.