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Volkswagen launches its fully electrically driven compact SUV – ID.4

September 26, 2020 / 0 Comments / 13 / Car News
  • ID.4 launches into the world’s largest market segment, the compact SUV
    class
  • Electric motor with 150 kW (204 PS), achieving a range of up to 520 km
  • Powerful design, large vehicle interior, pioneering operating concept
  • View the video clip of the ID.4’s world premiere here

 

Wolfsburg (Germany) – Presenting the ID.4, which is celebrating its digital world
premiere. This is Volkswagen’s first fully electrically driven SUV generating zero local
emissions and is produced with a carbon-neutral balance. It will be launching into the
world’s largest market segment, the compact SUV class.
“The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its
efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful
design,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen brand. “As the
first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform
that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is
thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on
the high-volume market.”
SUVs are very popular with an increasing number of customers. They are the most
popular vehicle segment in the USA and China as they offer good levels of visibility,
safety and comfort. In Europe and Germany market shares are also continuously on the
up and especially compact models are booming. With the ID.4, Volkswagen is offering
a fully electrically driven SUV for the very first time. It offers the space, flexibility and
all benefits customers appreciate about SUVs.
The ID.4 is an all-round talent that can be driven in a sporty, yet also easy and
comfortable way. The battery stores up to 77 kWh of energy (net) and enables ranges
of up to 520 km (WLTP). It is installed below the passenger compartment which
guarantees a low centre of gravity. The electric drive motor, positioned at the rear axle,
generates 150 kW (204 PS) – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds
and deliver a top speed of 160 km/h. Thanks to the rear-wheel drive’s strong grip and
its 21 centimetres of ground clearance, the E-SUV also performs well in gentle offroad terrain.

Dynamic appearance – The ID.4’s exterior has athletic proportions for an ultra-modern
appearance. Its clear, flowing design is inspired by nature and guarantees very good
aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.28. Its basic version already features
headlights that are almost completely equipped with light-emitting diodes while its
tail light clusters have been fully equipped with this technology. As the top-of-therange version, interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are even more progressive:
they welcome drivers with swivelling lens modules and generate an intelligently
controlled main beam. These headlights have been paired with the new 3D LED tail
light clusters. Their tail light is particularly homogeneous and lights up in an intensive
red. The large wheels with a diameter of up to 21 inches underline the vehicle’s
character.

Spacious concept: long wheelbase, plenty of room for passengers and luggage
The ID.4 with a length of 4.58 metres uses Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix
(MEB) architecture. It divides the space for occupants and technology in a completely
new way in favour of passengers. The room available in the vehicle interior is at the
level of conventional SUVs in the next category up. Colours and materials are
contemporary while also being homely. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position,
the luggage compartment boasts a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres. The equipment
range of the ID.4 includes an electrically driven boot lid, roof railing and a towing
bracket.
The E-SUV’s operating concept does not depend on physical buttons and switches. It is
based on two displays – one of which diagonally measures up to 12 inches and
features touch functionality – as well as “Hello ID.” natural voice control.

The new ID.Light – a narrow light strip under the windscreen – intuitively supports drivers. An
augmented reality head-up display is optionally available to blend a host of displays
with reality – for instance, navigation arrows telling drivers to turn off are projected
onto the road surface in exactly the right lane. The Discover Pro navigation system
brings We Connect Start online services on board. IQ.Drive assist systems make driving
an even more relaxed experience and this particularly applies to Travel Assist. Software
and hardware in the ID.4 have been designed as part of a completely new architecture,
making it possible for customers to download updates to the car after the purchase.

We Charge: charge at home, when out and about and on long journeys
Together with the ID. models, Volkswagen is launching on the market a complete
package for convenient, connected and sustainable charging of electric cars under the
name We Charge. This offers the ideal solution for any situation – whether you are at
home, out and about or on a long journey. The ID.4 can be recharged with direct
current to cover the next 320 km (as per WLTP, at 125 kW) at a DC quick-charging
station in around 30 minutes.
In parallel, Volkswagen is establishing an ecosystem of sustainable electric mobility
surrounding ID. models. ID.4 customers will receive a vehicle that has been produced
with a carbon-neutral balance. And if it is charged using sustainably produced
electricity – like Volkswagen Naturstrom – it will remain carbon-neutral on the road
too.

Volkswagen’s strategy: the future of mobility is electric
As of late, Volkswagen has been supplementing the brand’s traditional product
portfolio with the ID. family: a new, independent product range. Following the
compact ID.32, the ID.4 SUV is the second fully electric model. In the future,
Volkswagen will be competing in the globally booming compact SUV segment with the
ID.4. The ID.4 will be gradually turned into an electrically driven, global car with plans
to produce and sell the E-SUV not only in Europe, but also in China and later in the
USA. On a whole, Volkswagen brand will be investing eleven billion euros in electric
mobility by 2024 as part of the Transform 2025+ strategy.

Mercedes-Benz launches the all-new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé

September 25, 2020 / 0 Comments / 17 / Car News

Mercedes-Benz has launched its AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé to further strengthen its mark as India’s leading luxury car manufacturer.

 

The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé expands GLE’s successful portfolio | The more powerful AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is now the spiritual successor to the AMG GLE 43 in India

  • Formidable six-cylinder performance and race-bred driving dynamics are the cornerstones of the AMG 53 range
  • The AMG six-cylinder in-line engine with twin-scroll turbocharging and F1 inspired 48 V EQ-Boost achieves 435 HP and an additional temporary 22 HP and 250 NM of electric output |0 – 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with seven drive programs: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Trail and Sand
  • Selectable AMG performance exhaust system | AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL+ with active roll stabilization system based on 48 V Technology configured to the hallmark AMG performance
  • It is motorized by the renowned AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission
  • Mercedes-Benz offers the most comprehensive SUV portfolio in the luxury car segment with 7 SUVs and SUV Coupés
  • The AMG GLE 53 Coupé is equipped with Mercedes me connect that offers multiple convenient connect features like remote engine start, remote lock/unlock, car locator, speed monitor, emergency e-Call which are accessible from the customer’s smartphone/tablet
  • Features swanky new generation telematics, Mercedes-Benz User Experience (NTG 6.0) | Capable of ‘Over the Air’ updates
  • MBUX: The most intuitive in-car virtual assistant and infotainment system based on AI and ML in the luxury car segment; takes the ‘always on’ experience to a whole new level | The AMG GLE 53 Coupé is the first AMG with MBUX in India
  • The all-new GLE is now available in 300d, 400d, 450 and AMG GLE 53 Coupé variants
  • STAR EASE service packages for the new GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé starts @ 92,000 for 2 years/unlimited kilometres
  • The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced at INR 1.2 Crore (all prices are ex-showroom, India)

 

Pune: India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today further strengthened its AMG portfolio with the introduction of an all-new stylish performance SUV Coupé – the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé. The launch of the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ is a significant and strategic decision for Mercedes-Benz as it introduces for the first time in India, the much awaited ‘AMG 53 series’. The new AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé that offers more power and performance dynamics also replaces the AMG 43 Coupé in India, and further builds on to the strength of the popular GLE SUV portfolio.

The vehicle combines sporty elegance and powerful performance with good off-road capabilities, innovative and intuitive technologies and intelligent driving assistance systems. The performance Coupé combines the advantages of a Mercedes SUV, through luxurious appointments, ample space for passengers and luggage, and is laden with technology and extensive safety features apart from its performance aspects.

Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India launched the AMG GLE 53 Coupé in India at Mercedes-Benz India’s exclusive AMG Performance Centre in Mumbai following the new normal and through a physidigital event. The AMG GLE 53 Coupé will be available across all Mercedes-Benz dealerships in India from today.

Launching the latest AMG in India, Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “The launch of the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is a strategic decision aimed at strengthening our AMG portfolio by introducing the much-awaited ‘AMG 53 series’ in India. The AMG portfolio is one of the fastest-growing segments for us and the addition of the ’53 series’ will further popularize the segment. The AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé offers more power and enhanced driving experience for the customers and it is the successor of the outgoing AMG GLE 43 in India. This new performance SUV Coupé will also diversify our successful GLE portfolio by catering to those AMG customers aspiring for a practical and stylish performance SUV Coupé from the all-new GLE range.”

“The new GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is a very special vehicle, which combines style and elegance with the sporty characteristics of an AMG. Expression of performance luxury, we are confident it will deliver an engaging driving experience synonymous with an AMG. With its hallmark AMG features combined with the latest generation telematics supported by ‘Mercedes me’, the bold new addition to our GLE SUV portfolio will further cement our leadership position in the luxury performance car segment.” elaborated Mr. Iyer. 

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé:

Performance Data Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé
Engine arrangement/cylinders BS-VI  6/in-line
Displacement (cc) 2999
Combustion engine output (kW/hp) @ rpm 320/435 @ 5500 – 6100 rpm
The output from EQ Boost (kW/hp) 16/22
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 520 @ 1800-5800
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 5.3 seconds
Drive system 4MATIC+ with variable torque distribution
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G

 

MG Motor India unveils Gloster, India’s First Autonomous Premium SUV

September 24, 2020 / 0 Comments / 25 / Car News

MG India has unveiled one of the most anticipated vehicles for the automobile enthusiasts, MG Gloster. Once launched, it is expected to rival against Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4.

Pre-bookings for the Premium SUV have now commenced with a price of Rs. 100,000

New Delhi, September 24, 2020: MG Motor India has today introduced India’s first Autonomous (Level 1) Premium SUV, MG Gloster. The much-awaited Gloster comes as the carmaker’s third product in India after the Hector, India’s first Internet car and ZS EV, India’s first internet electric SUV.

The MG Gloster comes with first-in-segment Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)*. Some of its pioneering features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Automatic Parking Assist amongst others like Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD).

MG has further come up with an on-demand Four-Wheel Drive that extends multiple driving modes in the Gloster. It is an Intelligent All Terrain System that provides enhanced control during vehicle off-roading with a dedicated rear differential and BorgWarner transfer case, a state-of-the-art electronic shift-on-the-fly technology. It comes with seven different drive modes, namely ‘Snow’, ‘Mud’, ‘Sand’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Rock’.

The pre-booking of the luxurious four-wheel drive MG Gloster is now live on the MG Motor India website as well as its 200+ centers across India. Customers can book their much-awaited Premium SUV for a booking price of Rs. 100,000. As part of its commitment to its customers, the marquee automaker also extends a contactless suite of services including MG VPHY (voice-guided demonstration of vehicles at retail touchpoints).

Speaking on the unveil of the luxurious off-roader, Rajeev Chaba, President and MD, MG Motor India, said, “At MG, technology disruption has always been the key priority. We pioneered the first internet car in India – HECTOR, followed by the ZS EV, the first pure electric internet SUV. We are beginning a new chapter in India’s auto sector today with the launch of its First Autonomous (Level 1) premium SUV. There are multiple scenarios wherein Gloster can sense and make decisions to improve your overall driving experience with ADAS technology. In other words, Gloster is not just another car – it is a high-tech assistant that only thinks about you, your safety, and your comfort all the time. With best-in-class features, a towering road presence, powerful capability, and luxurious interiors, the all-new MG Gloster is designed to set new benchmarks.”

MG Gloster further features MG i-SMART technology that considerably adds to the vehicle’s overall experience. It includes several industry-firsts including Critical Tyre Pressure Voice Alert, Shortpedia App that gives short news summaries, and Anti-Theft Immobilization via Smartphone that remotely halts the engine ignition. It comes with 3D maps from MapMyIndia which includes COVID testing centre locations in maps apart from various alerts like potholes and speed alerts. In addition to these, Gloster customers will also get Apple Watch Connectivity and can operate their Gaana app with voice control, alongside personalized welcome and greeting messages.

ACC helps in maintaining a safe distance with other vehicles by adjusting speed and APA ensures automated parking, FCW alerts a driver about a possible collision via visual and acoustic signatures. Similarly, AEB activates braking intervention to prevent a collision with any four-wheeler or to decrease the speed of the same and LDW raises an alert upon departing from lanes. Besides powering Gloster with AI technology and Computer Vision, MG has also integrated 360o cameras and sensors to eliminate all blind spots with Blind Spot Detection. It further comes with PM 2.5 filter to help occupants breathe clean air.

Higher variants of the MG Gloster will be powered by the globally acclaimed 2.0 Diesel Twin Turbo engine at 218 PS Power and 480 Nm Torque, making it the most powerful SUV in its category. It will also come with a segment-leading 12.3 inch’ HD touchscreen along with segment-first captain seats, 64 color ambient lighting and panoramic sunroof. The SUV will come in four colours – Agate Red, Metal Black, Metal Ash and Warm White.

MG Motor India is also set to soon unveil the industry-first ‘Shield’ – an innovative ownership package for Gloster customers.

*Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is not a substitute for human eye and driver vigilance. It is a driver assist system that enhances driving experience and safety. The driver shall remain responsible for safe, vigilant, and attentive driving.

Mahindra Unveils the All-New Thar

August 17, 2020 / 0 Comments / 141 / Car News

Set to blaze new trails with Quantum Leaps in Performance, Comfort, Technology & Safety

Stays true to its Legendary Off-Roading Capability and Iconic Design

Mumbai, August 15, 2020: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the $19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today
unveiled the All-New Thar, the most eagerly awaited and legendary SUV, on the occasion of India’s 74 th
Independence Day. In its all-new avatar, the Thar is a quantum leap in terms of performance, everyday
comfort & convenience, technology and safety, as it stays true to its core promise of unmatched off-
roading capability and builds on its iconic design.


Unveiling the All-New Thar, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO, M&M Ltd said, “Today, with the unveil of the
All-New Thar, we rewrite history once again. The All-New Thar is firmly rooted in our rich automotive
heritage and upholds the Mahindra DNA in its purest form. We are proud of our authentic SUV legacy that
has been guarding the freedom of this nation by serving the armed forces since the 1950s, while
simultaneously becoming the spirit of adventure and a lifestyle icon. The All-New Thar is a dynamic
expression of fun, freedom and independence, and is geared up for its next adventure”.
The All-New Thar will not only attract die-hard Thar enthusiasts, but also appeal to all those people who
have always dreamt of owning an iconic vehicle, with all the bells and whistles of a contemporary SUV.

The All-New Thar has the following exciting features:
 All-new BS-6 compliant Engine options: The 2.0 litre mStallion TGDi Petrol engine and the 2.2 litre
mHawk Diesel engine
 New Gearbox options: 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission & 6-speed manual
transmission mated to an authentic manual shift-on-the-fly 4×4 transfer case
 All-new Roof options: A Hard Top, a first-in-class Convertible Top and an optional Soft Top
 All-new Seating options: 4 front-facing seats & 2+4 side-facing seats
 All-new Technology Features: Drizzle resistant 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment system, cruise
control, adventure statistics display and a whole lot more
 All-new Comfort and Convenience Features: Sporty front seats, roof-mounted speakers and lots
more
 New Safety Features: ABS + EBD, Dual airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill-hold and hill
descent control and a whole lot more
According to Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto & Farm Sectors, M&M Ltd., “The All-New Thar
will enhance the appeal of a brand that is already a cult, to a wider set of consumers. It will target people
who seek extraordinary journeys and wish to Explore the Impossible. The All-new Thar will be launched on
2 nd October, 2020 which is also our Founders Day”
Veejay Nakra, CEO, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said, “The Thar has represented the spirit of
freedom, thrill and fun-to-drive character that few other vehicles can match. With the All-New Thar, we aim
to protect this legacy with superior performance both on and off the tarmac, advanced technology features,
excellent safety and everyday ride comfort, all adding to the unadulterated driving pleasure of a true-blue
modern SUV.”

Ever since India became a free nation, ‘The Mahindra Classics’ have enabled Indians to explore new worlds
and conquer even the most challenging terrains. For over seven decades now, The Mahindra Classics have
shared a close bond with India’s story and the unveil of the All-New Thar on the momentous occasion of our
country’s Independence Day is a significant milestone in taking this journey ahead.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson, the renowned poet said, “Do not go where the path may lead; Go instead where
there is no path and leave a trail.” The All-New Thar allows you to do just that.
Designed and engineered in India and manufactured out of Mahindra’s Nashik Plant, the All-New Thar will
be available in 6 exciting colours, Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Napoli Black, Aquamarine, Galaxy Grey and
Rocky Beige.
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About the All-New Thar
Evolution of an Iconic Design
The All-New Thar stays true to the iconic 2-door silhouette but adds purposeful and contemporary touches
and design elements to it. With a wider, better-balanced stance and a choice of hard top and convertible
roof top options, the All-New Thar imposes its presence wherever it goes.
This design approach flows into the interiors as well. While retaining the commanding driving position that is
an integral part of the Thar’s DNA, the All-New Thar has a completely redesigned interior that mirrors the
robust, retro-styled cues of the Thar’s exteriors.
 Iconic Design
 LED Daytime Running Lamps
 Dual Tone Bumpers
 LED Tail Lamps
 45.72 cm (R18) Deep Silver Alloy Wheels
 Choice of Three Roof Options: a Hard Top, First-in-Class Manual Convertible Top & a Fixed Soft
Top
 Front Fog Lamps

 All-New Purposeful Interiors with an All-Black theme with Silver Accents
 Faux carbon-fibre detailing around the AC vents & centre bezel

Breathtaking Performance
The All-New Thar is powered by two all-new engines which set new standards in terms of performance,
refinement and reliability. A first for Thar and Mahindra, the All-New Thar is powered by the 2.0L mStallion
TGDi petrol engine, and by the 2.2L mHawk Diesel engine. These engines are offered with a choice of 6-
speed manual transmission or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, with an authentic 4×4
manual shift transfer case with a low ratio.
· All-New mStallion TGDi Petrol Engine producing 150 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque
· All-New mHawk CRDe Diesel Engine producing 130 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque
· 6-Speed Manual Transmission & 6-Speed Automatic Transmission options
· Shift-on-the-Fly 4×4 Manual Shift Transfer Case with Low Crawl Ratio

Legendary Off-Road Capability and Refined On-Road Driving Experience
Rough trips demand tough vehicles. That’s why the All-New Thar has been built on a rugged 3 rd Generation
chassis and tested extensively in some of the harshest terrain in India and across the world. It has an all-
new suspension setup that delivers the impossible: better off-roading capability, as well as superior on-road
handling and drive quality. The All-New Thar is also equipped with advanced off-road hardware that
seriously improves its capability to go wherever and do whatever the driver demands of it.
 Authentic Body-on-Frame Construction- A True SUV
 Independent Front Suspension & Multi-Link Rear Suspension set-up
 Shift-on-the-Fly 4×4 Manual Shift Transfer Case with Low Ratio
 Mechanical Locking Differential on the Rear Axle
 First-in-Class Brake Locking Differential
 Class-leading approach (41.8 deg), departure (36.8 deg) & ramp over (27 deg) angles
 Ground clearance of 226mm in unladen condition
 Water wading depth of 650mm
 All-Terrain Tyres 255/65 R18, with White Lettering: The Largest Tyre in its Class
 First-in-Class Electromechanical Driveline Disconnect
Everyday Comfort & Convenience Features

The All-New Thar has been designed to provide amazing comfort & convenience in all driving conditions, be
they off-road, on the highway or in the city. Special focus has been given to making the interior design as
ergonomic as possible for all passengers, not just the driver.
 Sporty Front Seats
 Front-Facing Rear Seats with 50:50 split
 Roof mounted speakers
 Height Adjustable Driver Seat with Adjustable Lumbar Support
 One-Touch Tip & Slide Mechanism on the Co-Driver Seat
 Tilt Adjustable Steering Wheel
 Power Windows
 Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
 Central Locking with Remote Flip Key
Loaded with Technology

Keeping in mind the sporty and adventurous lifestyle of its owners, the All-New Thar is loaded with
technology that keeps drivers connected with the Thar, their surroundings and friends no matter where they
are, through multiple first-in-class features.
 18 cm Touchscreen Infotainment System with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB, Navigation
 First-in-Class Adventure Statistics Display on the Infotainment System
 First-in-Class Adventure Connect: Mahindra Adventure Calendar Display
 First-in-Class Smart Watch & Phone Connectivity with Blue Sense App
 TFT Multi Information Display in the Instrument Cluster
 Electronic HVAC Controls
 Drizzle resistant (IP54 Standard) dashboard switches
 First-in-Class Tyretronics: Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
 First-in-Class Tyre Direction Monitoring System
 Cruise Control
 Steering Mounted Audio & Phone Controls


Excellent Safety Standards
While exploring the impossible, it’s best to stay as safe as possible. That’s why the All-New Thar is
equipped with a excellent range of active & passive safety features to keep all passengers secure and out
of harm’s way. Crash-safety compliant bodyshell
 First-in-Class ESP with Rollover Mitigation
 First-in-Class Built-in Roll-cage with 3-Point Seat belts for all passengers
 Dual Airbags & ABS
 First-in-Class Hill Hold & Hill Descent Control
 First-in-Class ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
 Intellipark: Rear Parking Sensors

Audi India introduces One App for ‘All Things Audi’

August 12, 2020 / 0 Comments / 143 / Car News

 

  • One app for Audi customers, fans and enthusiasts
  • A new interface, enhanced functionality and capability to cater to different audiences
  • Existing owners can book a service over a few clicks, avail aftersales products and get access to Road Side Assistance
  • As a first, fans and potential customers get access to Augmented Reality, exclusive news and videos; they can also purchase Audi merchandise and request for a test drive
  • Audi Concierge offers a range of exclusive partner offers tailored to user preferences along with exciting engagements
  • Not yet a ‘myAudi Connect’ user? The telematics bundle can be purchased from the app itself
  • Security and data protection gets an enhancement with CRM connectivity and two-factor authentication
  • State-of-the-art encryption methods have been deployed to ensure data privacy.

Mumbai, August 12, 2020: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the next big step in its Digitalization journey with the roll-out of the enhanced ‘myAudi Connect’ App for Audi customers. In a first, the ‘myAudi Connect’ App will also cater to potential customers and Audi fans. 

With exciting customer-centric features, this latest version of the App offers several additional functions including a login for Audi Club India members, payment options to enable in-app merchandise purchase, exclusive offers from Audi Concierge, offers on car-life products and online help and support – all of this within a secure framework and in compliance with data protection. These features are offered as standard for all Audi India customers. Potential customers and enthusiasts get access to features including Augmented Reality, placement of test drive requests, product brochures and service cost calculators amongst others.

 Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India, said, “At Audi India, we have endeavored to make our existing suite of digital tech more user-friendly and all-encompassing in functionality. Our ‘myAudi Connect’ App first introduced in 2019 was very well received by customers and it gives me great joy to say that the latest development will help us serve our tech savvy customer even better. New features such as in-app custom offers, AR and book a test drive function widen the scope of the app to prospective Audi customers. Digitalization is a journey, not destination and we will continue to upgrade our services for our Customers and fans going forward.”

The latest version of the ‘myAudi Connect’ App builds on features like customer safety and security, driver behavior info, Audi Concierge facility, geo-location and service bookings that were offered earlier.

Mr. Dhillon further added, “Digitalization is an extremely important pillar in our strategy for India. Over the past few months we have become accustomed to having all the information we need at our fingertips and this has only strengthened our focus on Digitalization. New technology has always been at the core of everything we do at Audi and the ‘myAudi Connect’ App takes this story forward.”

In its enhanced version, ‘myAudi Connect’ App offers several benefits:

Audi Club India: It’s a melting pot of ideas for members where club members can share experiences and stories with other members. An exclusive owner’s community, this feature offers unparalleled benefits and gives a customer the access to private events, a community newsfeed, video and photo gallery and an update on news modules. There are exclusive aftersales and partner offers available to the members. This membership comes complimentary with the ‘myAudi Connect’ telematics bundle.

Payments:  This feature enables online payments to dealerships, paying for an event pass online, booking experiences online and access to purchase aftersales and other Audi Car Life products. Fans of Audi would benefit most from this feature as they can now purchase Audi merchandise via the app using a secure payment gateway.

Audi Concierge: This is available as part of the ‘myAudi Connect’ program which can be accessed via the app. Audi Concierge now offers an updated library of partner offers and co-branded promotions. In addition, it allows for customization and personalization of services to suit customer requirements.

Prospects / Non-customer benefits: Audi fans and non-Audi customers can get access to Augmented Reality, detailed product brochures, a product configurator, place test-drive requests and access help desk for any additional information on products and services. Latest news and launch updates are also available.

Customer voice: Audi is all about listening and we’ve come closer to the customer with a clear feedback and help desk sections available on the application. This gives us a platform to respond real-time and directly to our customers.

Convenience:  Offerings like online service bookings, in-app payments or purchases, offers and promotions, test-drive requests, Augmented Reality, online help and support, safety and security with ‘myAudi Connect’ vehicle geo-location, driver score gamification and online support, have significant utility and add to customer convenience at every step.

Audi India continues to invest heavily in Digitalization. We were the first-luxury carmaker in India to roll-out telematics-connect in the luxury segment not only for new cars but also for our existing car park. In addition, we were also the first-in-industry to democratize the use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality at the retail level.

SKODA AUTO India partners with PPS Motors to expand its footprint in Karnataka

August 12, 2020 / 0 Comments / 133 / Car News

Bengaluru, August 11, 2020

    • SKODA AUTO’s new state of the art dealership facility in Bengaluru: PPS Motors boasts 4,500 sq. ft. of a modern showroom and 18,000 sq. ft. of premium service space, 70 plus technicians and staff members, 10 mechanical stations and body shop bays, and service capacity of 5,500 plus SKODA AUTO vehicles per annum
    • The new dealership facility is the third outlet of the Czech marque, in Bengaluru, and aims to enhance the overall purchase and ownership experience for the SKODA AUTO customers in the region
    • Under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, SKODA AUTO India will double its network penetration, and expand to 50 new cities, over the next three years
  • SKODA AUTO celebrates 125 years of its glorious history and heritage the world over

With the inauguration of PPS Motors in Bengaluru, SKODA AUTO India aims to strengthen its position in Karnataka and push forward its campaign of establishing a strong foothold in the southern markets of our nation. The new state of the art dealership facility sports the new Corporate Identity and Design as a part of SKODA AUTO global redesigning process. The Czech auto manufacturer, under the purview of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, will have at least twice as many sales and service touchpoints, as it does today, by 2022.

PPS Motors is strategically located at 219/11, Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Orchards, Sadashivanagar, Bellary Road and offers utmost ease and convenience across the region. The sales facility sprawls over an area of 4,500 square feet and accommodates at least four cars on display. A dedicated service workshop, located at 35, Kranthikavi Sarvagna Road, Sreerampuram, Okaluipuram, is spread across 18,000 square feet and houses ten mechanical stations and body shop bays. With 75 trained personnel, PPS Motors has a capacity to service 5,500 plus SKODA AUTO vehicles per annum.

Commenting on the inauguration of the new facility, Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director, SKODA AUTO India said, To ensure preparedness for INDIA 2.0 launches, we at SKODA AUTO India are continually striving to expand our network reach, across the nation, so that not only more and more customers can experience our products but also enjoy easy access to our customer centric aftersales solutions. Bangalore is a key market for us in South India, and we are confident that our partnership with PPS Motors will be pivotal for the brand and will further strengthen our foothold in Karnataka.

Mr. Rajiv Sanghvi, Dealer Principal, PPS Motors Private Limited said, We are delighted to partner with SKODA AUTO India and introduce a new dealership facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The modern architecture and streamlined business processes will provide the ideal backdrop for the presentation of SKODA AUTO products. With the global best practices and processes of Skoda Auto India and adapting them to suit our customers in the region we endeavour to create a lot of value for all our stake holder’s especially our customers to offer world service and customer care

Modern Dealership Facilities with Streamlined Business Processes

With the highest priority given to functionality, clear orientation, and transparency, SKODA AUTO India has successfully rebranded its entire network of 83 sales and 58 service touchpoints across 69 cities across the nation. The Czech brand has invested over INR 1,200 million, along with its dealer partners, in the biggest rebranding campaign in its history in India.

In line with the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, the corporate architecture, functional interiors, and rationalized business processes, aim to enhance the overall customer experience. The new dealership design architectural concept reflects SKODA AUTO’s philosophy expressed in the slogan: Simply Clever with a human touch.

The new architecture of the dealership facility is characterized by clear and simple shapes, a harmonious colour concept, modular design features, and a modern lighting concept. The new exteriors of the SKODA AUTO dealerships will be the brand’s powerful statement during both day and night – clear, transparent, modern, and open.

In addition to sustaining SKODA AUTO’s proven strengths, the company is placing an increasing emphasis on enhancing the emotional appeal of the brand. It is conveyed by the sophisticated and logical arrangement of all the key elements, business areas, customer zones, and the use of cutting edge technology.

The high quality materials, new design features, effective lighting solutions, architectural graphic elements, and warm wooden tones create an inviting atmosphere. Fresh hues, clarity, openness, and transparency – are the highlights of the new interiors of SKODA AUTO showrooms.

VW India delivers 100 cars in a day

August 4, 2020 / 0 Comments / 179 / Car News

Amidst the pandemic and declining car sales globally, Volkswagen India delivers over 100 cars across the state of Karnataka on the auspicious occasion of Varalakshmi Vratham. This is a testament to the growing acceptance of Volkswagen’s BS6 range of Polo, Vento and the newly launched SUVW T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace.

MG Motor starts production of HECTOR PLUS

June 18, 2020 / 0 Comments / 294 / Car News

Vadodara, June 16, 2020: MG (Morris Garages) Motor India today commenced the commercial production of the much-awaited HECTOR PLUS. Manufactured at its state-of-the-art Halol plant, the HECTOR PLUS was first showcased at Auto Expo 2020 and will go on sale in July 2020.

HECTOR PLUS differentiates itself from the first internet car in India, HECTOR, with captain seats in the middle row, thereby offering best-in-class comfort to the passengers. A third row has also been added to suit the family needs. This high-appeal SUV comes with a premium new look including the all-new Headlamps, Front Grille, Front and Rear Bumpers, New Rear Tail Light Design, and Revised Skid Plates.

Speaking on the development, Manish Manek, Chief Plant Officer, MG Motor India, said, “The HECTOR PLUS is aimed at addressing specific family needs with captain seats in the middle row and a third row for teenagers. Further augmenting the HECTOR brand family, the HECTOR PLUS stands out as the smarter choice with advanced technology, best in-class safety, and unmatched comfort.”

MG’s Halol plant operates conforming to world-class manufacturing standards following production parameters beyond the current norm, with the vehicles undergoing various stringent quality tests. Further underlining its commitment to create products specifically for India, the carmaker had also set up a captive vendor park at its plant.

The technologically advanced plant in Gujarat deploys advanced robotic spot welding, robotic roller hemming, and robotic brazing facilities to achieve superior weld quality and dimensional consistency. The paint shop uses robotic application at all stages of coating to achieve superior paint finish quality and colour harmony. The new assembly line operates with the help of advanced Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) for various assembly processes. A first in the industry, touchscreen pads are also available at each assembly work station, enabling MG employees to connect and alert the system centrally to avoid errors, following the heritage brand’s “first time right build” philosophy.

MG HECTOR PLUS also comes integrated with the revolutionary Over the Air (OTA) technology, allowing customers to update software/firmware, feature themes, and infotainment content seamlessly. Building on the huge success of MG HECTOR across the country, the British carmaker is working on strengthening its SUV portfolio.

Mercedes-Benz launches the new GLS – The S- Class of SUVs

June 18, 2020 / 1 Comments / 237 / Car News
  • –  Mercedes me Connect App now available with new features. For the first time in India ‘Over the air’ updates in Mercedes me connected cars for existing customers also
  • –  MBUX to show COVID-19 testing centres in the head units across key metros: Another local innovation support by MBRDI

 

Importance of GLS to India: “The GLS completes a decade in India and with more than 6700 units on Indian roads, it undoubtedly remains the most preferred full-size luxury SUV in its segment. The new GLS is the most luxurious SUV on offer from Mercedes-Benz in the Indian market and it will continue to remain an important pillar in Mercedes-Benz’s SUV portfolio.” Martin Schwenk

  •  2010: Start of the GL-Class story in India with the launch of CBU GL-Class
  •  2013: Local production of the GL-Class commenced in India
  •  6700+ GLS’ on road in India till date | This the 3rd generation GLS
  •  Larger than its predecessor (length +77 mm | width +22 mm | wheelbase +60
    mm | + 87 mm legroom for the second row seats)
  •  Key ‘Fit & Healthy’ elements: 5 Zone THERMOTRONIC AC, Tablet for rear
    MBUX operations, Chauffeur package, Active Seat Kinetics: provides energizing pulses for the front row passengers, reducing fatigue during long trips, 64 colour ambient lighting, Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers for a soothing acoustic experience
  •  Available in: diesel 400 d 4MATIC and the petrol 450 4MATIC with a six-cylinder in-line engine | 450 4MATIC petrol is electrified with 48-volt EQ Boost
  •  New GLS with MBUX: Intuitive and versatile operating options such as touch control, contactless control and the optimized AI based voice control system
  •  STAR EASE service packages for the new GLS 450 4MATIC start @ INR 82,100/- and INR 98,800/- for the GLS 450 4MATIC for 2 years/unlimited kilometers
  •  The new Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 d 4MATIC and GLS 450 4MATIC are both priced at INR 99.90 Lacs (all prices are ex-showroom, India, except Kerala)
  •  New features in Mercedes me App: Geo fencing, Vehicle Finder, Remote operation of windows and sunroof

 

Pune: Mercedes-Benz, India’s largest luxury car manufacturer today launched the newest generation of the GLS – popularly referred to as the S-Class of SUVs. The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz and offers the customer more space, more comfort, more tech, and more luxury. The new GLS features the most cutting-edge technology offered by any SUV on Indian roads and combines luxury with the character of a true off-roader. The interiors of the new GLS combine the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon with progressive detailing of an SUV. The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase over its predecessor (3135 mm, an increase of 60 mm), offering more space (87 mm), especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India digitally launched the GLS at the company’s Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune.

Mr. Schwenk commented, “Combining luxury, comfort, and technology, the Mercedes- Benz GLS is the finest luxury SUV available in the market today. As a full-size seven- seater SUV, the new GLS offers significantly more space and an added legroom for passengers, especially for those in the second row. The GLS is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system and fully connected via our Mercedes me Connect Services, making it a tech-savvy SUV. The interior of the GLS is a synthesis of modern, luxurious aesthetics, hallmark SUV practicality. In our view, the new GLS is an ideal blend of modern luxury with the characteristics of an off-roader.”

“Mercedes me connect App also gets an all-new user interface and an additional new Service App that offers a seamless online experience. The new Mercedes me App with highly intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. This new App provides a platform to offer new features that are capable of Over the Air updates. We will be shortly rolling-out Geo-fencing, vehicle finder and remote open-close of windows and sunroof.” commented Mr. Schwenk.

“Our colleagues at MBRDI have supported with a local innovation, which now enables all MBUX NTG 6 head units to display COVID Testing Centres in the navigation pane. This innovation underlines how fast Mercedes-Benz can react and help customers using technology. This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. This has been achieved in association with Map My India.”

Powertrain: petrol engine has integrated starter-generator and EQ Boost

Powerful six-cylinder engines deliver the motoring comfort and effortlessly superior power that suits the characteristics of this luxurious car. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine electrified with 48-volt technology and integrated starter-generator (ISG). Its performance data: 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available. The integrated starter- generator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.

Aerodynamics: detailed fine-tuning for the best Cd figure in this class

The new GLS achieves cd figures as low as 0.32 – a clear improvement compared with its predecessor (cd 0.35) and an impressively low figure in the large luxury SUV segment.

The excellent aerodynamics help to firstly reduce fuel consumption and secondly limit wind noise, one of the areas on which development work focused specifically.

The new range of engines: powerful efficiency

Specifications

GLS 400 d 4MATIC

GLE 450 4MATIC (EQ Boost)

Cylinders/arrangement

OM 656
BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder

M 256
BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder

Displacement (cc)

2,925

2,999

Output (kW/hp) Combustion engine

243/330

270/367 (+ 16 kW/22 hp)

Peak torque
Combustion engine (Nm)

700

500 (+ 250 Nm)

0-100 Sprint

6.3

6.2

Safety

  •  Active Park Assist with 360 degree surround view camera
  •  Driver Assistant System: Blind Spot-Assist & Active Brake Assist
  •  9 Airbags
  •  Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR)
  •  Off-road ABS
  •  Car Wash Function

Interior

  •  Expression Interior Package with 64 color ambient lighting
  •  High-gloss anthracite lime wood trim
  •  All new Multifunction sports steering wheel in Nappa leather
  •  Memory Package Front with Seat Kinetics
  •  THERMOTRONIC 5-zone automatic climate control
  •  Rear Comfort Package Plus with extended center console and luxury head
    restraints
  •  Electric sun blinds in the rear doors
  •  Front passenger seat operation from the rear
  •  Electrically adjustable second seat row
  •  Electrically folding seat backrests in second and third seat row with one-touch
    operation
  •  Easy Entry System for third seat row
  •  AIRMATIC Level control for unloading heavy luggage
  •  EASY-PACK tailgate and luggage cover

Telematics and Infotainment:

  •  Burmester® surround sound system
  •  31.2 cm (12.3”) x 2 Widescreen Cockpit with touch
  •  MBUX multimedia system (NTG6) with “Hey Mercedes” and HDD Navigation (3D)
  •  MBUX Interior Assistant – Contactless Gesture Control
  •  Pre-Installation of Rear Seat Entertainment System
  •  Wireless Charging (Front and Rear)
  •  MBUX rear tablet (retractable)
  •  Additional USB ports in the rear
  •  Mercedes me connect

 

  • Connected Car technology with the New GLS:
    Mercedes-Benz India is announcing a new face of its connected car technology with the launch of new GLS. Mercedes Me Connect App gets an all-new user interface and a new Mercedes me Service App that offers seamless Online Appointment Booking. The new interface is sharper and easier to consume and the new map interface comes with colored 3D map layouts. It also has Biometric ID access for unlocking the car. The Mercedes me

App not only looks good but also keeps the customer connected always, regardless of the physical location. The new Mercedes me App with intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. The consumers only need to upgrade their existing Mmc apps once they receive a notification on their current app.

New Mercedes me Connect features: benefits all existing Mercedes owners

  •  All GLS customers and existing Mercedes customers will receive new and exciting Mmc features OTA
  •  Geofencing: Set a perimeter for the car’s movement and receive notifications
  •  Opening and closing of car windows remotely from anywhere
  •  Vehicle Finder: Enables the car’s horn and flashes the lights.

 


Corona Testing Centres in Navigation System through MBUX:

NTG 6 navigation system with MBUX will now feature Corona Testing Centres as Points of Interest for customers. All Mercedes-Benz Mmc customers can now find out COVID- 19 Testing Centres as POI in the navigation. MBUX will also be able to show the direction to Corona Testing Centers in select cities as a POI.
MBRDI engineers at Bangalore has achieved this breakthrough in association with MapMyIndia, which is a leading service provider of maps.
This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The History of Porsche Targa

June 16, 2020 / 0 Comments / 220 / Car News

Named after the Targa Florio

 

With the new concept, Porsche was responding to increased safety requirements for open-top cars in the American market, countering voices calling for cabriolets to be completely banned in the United States. When deciding on a name for the model, consideration was given to race tracks where Porsche has been particularly successful, quickly leading to Targa Florio – the road race in Sicily where Porsche has enjoyed great motorsport success since the mid 1950s. For a short while, “911 Flori” was under discussion, until Head of Domestic Sales Harald Wagner stumbled on the answer by asking the question: “Why don‘t we just call it Targa?” The Italian term also means “number plate”, but legend has it that this only came to light when the copywriters were working on the sales brochure.

 

A range of Targa options for the G series models

 

The Targa also remained a fixture of the product range for the second 911 generation, the G series models built from the late summer of 1973. For the first time, the 911 body was sustainably modified, now featuring new box-shaped bumpers with black bellows on the side, in line with new legislation in the United States. They were able to absorb impacts up to speeds of 8 km/h without any damage to the body. No changes were made to the technical Targa roof design. The visual appearance was modified, however, with the previous durable brushed stainless steel Targa roll bar now also available in black. Even when the 911 SC cabrio was included in the range in January 1983, once again a Porsche that could be driven with a fully open top, the targa remained a fixed constant – even beyond the end of G series production in 1989.

 

Type 964 with 85 percent new parts, but the Targa remains a classic

 

 

As early as the autumn of 1988, Porsche introduced the first all-wheel drive 911 with the 911 Carrera 4 Type 964, making it the third generation of the iconic sports car from Zuffenhausen. Porsche retained the classic body shape of the 911, but underneath about 85 percent of all the parts were new. Just a year later, a variant with classic rear-wheel drive was also available in the form of the 911 Carrera 2, but all three body types could also be ordered: Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa. The 911 Carrera 2 Targa and 911 Carrera 4 Targa, built until 1993, still had the classic Targa roll bar and the removable roof centre section. A total of 87,663 Targa models were built within the first three 911 generations.

 

Departure from the Targa roll bar – glass roof for the 911 Targa Type 993

 

The fourth generation of the 911 Type 993 was introduced in autumn 1993 in combination with a new body design, with the development of a new Targa concept from November 1995. For the first time in the 911, the front wings were wider and significantly flatter. The rear wings were also wider and ran in a straighter line to the rear. As well as extensive enhancements to the engine and chassis, generation 993 took the Targa idea in a completely different direction, without the Targa roll bar. The roof, made of tinted heat-insulating glass, running from the front window frame to the rear, was now encased within a longitudinal safety structure. Divided into electrical moving segments, it opened smoothly at the push of a button and retracted behind the rear window like a wide sliding roof. The main benefits of the new solution included reduced wind noise with a sun-drenched interior when the roof was closed. A continuing characteristic of this Targa: the tapered rear windows. The new Targa concept of the 993 series combined open-top driving pleasure with the 911 for the first time, without fundamentally changing the classic coupé roofline.

911 Targa Type 996 – a new rear lid for the Targa

 

Porsche presented the fifth 911 generation with the 911 Carrera Type 996 in 1997. It was completely redesigned and relied on water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engines for the first time. The Targa was available from December 2001 alongside the Coupé and Cabriolet. Just like its predecessor, the 911 Targa had an electrically operated glass roof, now with a surface area of more than 1.5 square metres. There had never before been that much glass surface area in a Porsche 911. The new Targa was also the first 911 to provide a rear window that could be folded up. This made it easy to access the rear storage compartment with up to 230 litres storage space to load suitcases, bags or other luggage.

911 Targa 4/4S Type 997 – lighter glass and two variants for the first time

 

September 2006 saw the introduction of the 911 Targa belonging to the now sixth 911 generation, type 997. In principle, it had the same Targa roof design as its predecessor, but with an additional practical rear lid. However, the use of special glass made it possible to reduce the weight by 1.9 kg, and two high-gloss polished aluminium strips along the edges of the roof were especially eye-catching. In addition, the 911 Targa was now only available in the two all-wheel drive variants – the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S.

911 Targa Type 991 – the return of the legendary Targa roll bar

 

In September 2011, Porsche introduced the seventh and fully redesigned 911 generation. Following the coupé and cabriolet body variants, the 911 Targa was presented in January 2014, cast as a modern classic with its innovative Targa roof. The classic Targa idea was successfully combined with state-of-the-art roof convenience for the first time. Just like the legendary original Targa, the new model had the characteristic wide bar in place of B-pillars, a moving roof section above the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without a C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof was opened and closed in the new Targa at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system spectacularly hid the hardtop element behind the rear seat system. The new 911 Targa represented a high-end, innovative new edition of the 1965 classic.

 

2020: Heritage design – Historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology . The new model is available to order now and only 992 examples will be built,

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