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Jaguar Land Rover Inaugurates New Facility In China To Produce Ingenium 2L Petrol Motor

The trend of setting up industrial facilities in the nations where there are multiple sources to fulfill the production needs isn’t new in business, especially in the automobile industry. No place is gifted with every resource.

Jaguar Land Rover, as a part of the joint venture of RMB 10.9 Billion (Rs 11,096 Crore) with Chery Automobile Ltd, has opened its engine manufacturing facility. The set-up is the step to fulfill future-based demands of the Chery Jaguar Land Rover vehicles that will be equipped with Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The operations of the venture were initiated about three years back and since then it has been producing more than 100,000 vehicles. It has been making Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and Jaguar XFL for Chinese market specifically. The automaker has recently announced that the production of Jaguar E-Pace will be done in Changshu from 2018.

Jaguar Land Rover Inaugurates New Facility In China To Produce Ingenium 2L Petrol Motor

Looking at its plant in the U.K., the new Chinese facility comprises both assembly and machining halls to produce most advanced motors the company has ever produced. The new facility of China is more than 50, 000 square meters and has a fully advanced production line with about 28 robots.

“Our new engine manufacturing facility is integrated with the latest engine technologies to present the efficient petrol engine to the customers and the inauguration of this plant will be a crucial milestone for the Changshu team,” said President of Chery Jaguar Land Rover, Murray Dietsch.

Coming on to the structuring of the facility, the original parts of the engine will be made in the machining hall. The hall has total 97 machines across the three production lines. The production line will be placed where the assembling, drilling, and high-pressure wash machines will operate along with the robots. At the first line, the transformation of the aluminum blocks will start, from metal to advanced Ingenium engine. The head of the cylinder is created on the second line. Thus, passing through the total 17 zones with the fitment of about 245 components the all-new Ingenium 2.0-litre, the four-cylinder petrol engine is produced. Later, the engine is then cold-tested to achieve the highest quality standards.

 

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Nissan Sale Boost Owing To Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

The two crucial technologies, autonomous and electric, have turned out to be a boon for many automakers as they have created loads of chaos and excitement among the people. Numbers of enthusiasts are spontaneously coming ahead to know more about the trending technologies.

Nissan Sale Boost Owing To Autonomous and Electric Vehicles

This automaker based in Yokohama, Japan has majorly reaped out from the untapped opportunities of the market. Nissan produces its vehicles in 20 countries around the globe and serves with its products and services in almost 160 nations.

Focusing on the figures of the fiscal year in March, the profit graph rose by 27%, which is approximately 663.5 Billion Yen ($5.8 Billion). The powerful sale in the nations such as Europe, the U.S., and China, and boosted sale of parts maker stake have brought those figures on the boards.

Nissan didn’t reveal its quarterly sales figures but stated that it managed to sell 5.63 Million vehicles globally, and looking at the performance, it projects to sell more than 5.83 Million vehicles in the financial year through March 2018.

Nissan, talking about the specific market performance, stated that due to appreciable demand for its Altima and Rogue sedans, the U.S. market sale rose by 4%, whereas in China, it went up by 8%, and Europe witnessed a rise of sale by 7% excluding Russia.

Its premium brand Infiniti fetch sold approximately 17,578 vehicles in April, which is 12% more than the previous year sales. This also boosted the growth of the worldwide sale of the brand in the initial four months. In the U.S. itself, Infiniti during the period between January–April, sold 54,358 vehicles that was about 26% more than the previous year. In China, sale totaled up by 105% and sold up to 3,415 vehicles, which is pretty high than the previous years.

Nissan is highly active with its autonomous and mobility connectivity technologies with its latest cars such as Infiniti Luxury models and Leaf electric car.

 

Nissan is highly active with its autonomous and mobility connectivity technologies with its latest cars such as Infiniti Luxury models and Leaf electric car.

The company had declared about its plans for creating autonomous vehicle technology. Its ProPilot single lane self-drive system for the highways installed in Serena Minivan has already been rolled out and is extremely famous in Asia.

 

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BSIV Compliant Trucks Rolled out by Tata Motors in Tamil Nadu

After the implementation of emission law in terms of discontinuation of BSIII, every automaker tried to reduce the loss by offering huge discount on the vehicle price.

India’s largest commercial automaker—Tata Motors—after the ban, has finally introduced its BSIV compliant medium and heavy duty truck. These trucks will be equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technologies. Tata rolled out this BSIV heavy trucks in Tamil Nadu, India.

BSIV Compliant Trucks Rolled out by Tata Motors in Tamil Nadu

The organization has idealized both advances for its more extensive scope of commercial vehicles from SCVs to HCVs according to technical appropriateness to meet the actualized emission standard founded by the Center, according to a release. More than 20 models of BSIV trucks were on the display at Truck World in Salem last week, for the advantages of transporters.

The trucks will be equipped with Cummins-made BSIV engines that will serve the range of Tata Motor’s platform-based 16T to 49T tractor trailers with the power generation capacity ranging between 130 HP–400 HP.

Tata Motors is the only OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to present both EGR and SCR innovations for its whole range of business vehicles, including MHCV, according to specialized and application suitability. With the innovation SCR technology, Tata Motors also has the capacity to create upcoming emanation amenable products in coming period.

Rajesh Kaul, Head, Sales and Marketing, Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle said, “In the course of the most recent six decades we at Tata Motors have motivated innovation moves in the medium and heavy trucking segment, having future based solution and products created modern items that can be revolutionary relative.

“Though, from being the market pioneer in business vehicles in India, Tata Motors has been trading its products to nations like Australia, Russia, South, Europe, Latin America, and East Asia, where emission standards are lot more superior as compared to India, with Tata Motors’ vehicles presently meeting Euro IV and Euro V controls,” Kaul said.

Looking at the auto giant’s strategies related to BSIV complaint vehicle launching, it seems it has planned something huge for the transporters and for the automobile market in India.

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Flying water car prototype revealed by French Startup and it’s working

Where the world on the other side is curiously building and testing its autonomous technologies, some players are playing a totally different game. A French company named as SeaBubbles has recently raised a funding of $10.8 Million to craft a flying water car. It recalls a scenario from the James Bond Movie, right guys? In addition, the boats are already created and will be rolled out soon at one of the technology conference in the coming month.

There’s no doubt in the fact that flying water car sounds more pleasing than electric cars, but again arises a question based on the actuality of preference towards buying a boat that isn’t affordable for the average consumer.

SeaBubble decided to change the experience of the water-based expedition and voyages in 2016. Getting more deeply into the operational functionality of the machine, the company developed car-structured river shuttle boat that is equipped with hydrofoils. The technology enables the boat to rise on the water waves. It is projected that these flying boats, post official launch, will be rolled out first in locations where waterways are first prioritized in terms of transportation medium.

Flying water cars will fly some inches above the still water, which will deliver a frictionless experience for the commuters. It still needs to be seen that how the machine performs on the grounds of heavy winds. The company anticipates witnessing over dozens of flying cars in the summer of 2017 over the Siene.

 

The company sees the development as a potential mode that can be used as on-demand ferry shuttles. It would be great to say how the boats will look while flying and testing, as it is the concept that no one ever thought about practically.

SeaBubbles now plans to expand its reach in the international markets. It projects to bring flying water cars to the potential regions such as Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United states in the coming period.

As a conclusion, we cannot deny the fact that we are breathing in such period where at every quarter there is a technological advancement and innovative concepts that constantly keep knocking the doors of opportunities.

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General Motors Fired Over 2,700 Staff through Text Message

This will be the third layoff in a month done by different business giants that belong to dissimilar sectors. General Motor’s Venezuelan factory sent a text message to its 2,700 employees that they are now no longer engaged with the company. Two employees said that the company has paid off their dues directly in their bank accounts.

General Motors Fired Over 2,700 Staff through Text Message

The Venezuelan court, a week ago, passed an ordered to seize the GM’s Valencia facility. The judgment went in the favor of two merchants who had filed a suit in 2000 on the grounds that said the company failed to meet the terms that were agreed.

Laborers say that before the seizure was reported, GM had been disassembling the plant, which has not manufactured a single car since the start of 2016 owing to the lack of parts supply and strict monetary controls in the OPEC country. The seizure, which GM called “unlawful,” comes in the midst of an extending financial and social emergency and instability in Venezuela that has officially bothered numerous U.S. organizations.

“We got payment and an instant message,” said an employee who had worked for the GM for over 10 years, including that his corporate email account was also deactivated throughout the week.

The company didn’t respond to this surprising bulk layoff immediately while dismantling the plants. Later, in last week, the company halted the operations and paid the workers due to “illegal seizure of its property”.

Looking into the past, General Motors isn’t the first company to fire its employees by texting a message. Clorox also followed the same technique when it declared its exit from the country. Later, the plant was taken over by the workers.

Shutting of the GM plant came after the fall in Venezuela’s production rate that was 8 cars a day in 2016.

The union spokespersons said, “They were unaware of the layoff and had no official information of the company’s decision. Employees did receive the amount but what they received was too low”.

The leftist government has approached GM to comeback but looking at the situation it seems that company had already made its mind, which resulted into the consequences.

 

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Tata Motors to Deliver 3,192 Safari Stormes to Indian Armed Forces

Indian defense ministry has made some mandatory procurement in the supplies in the form of ammunition, safety gears, and other equipment. And to ease the transportation in the terrain areas for patrolling and migration purpose, the ministry has planned to onboard about 3,192 units of SUV– Safari Storme.

Tata Motors to Deliver 3,192 Safari Stormes to Indian Armed Forces

Tata Motors Safari Storme was chosen after some complex testing of the vehicle across various rash roads and hilly areas. The testing was done for constant 15 days, the company said. The SUV proved its performance capabilities at both the condition; off-road and normal roads.

The technical specifications requested by the Defence Ministry include 800kg of minimum payload, tough roof, and air-conditioning system. Safari Storme 4×4 fulfilled all the guidelines of GS800 category.

Talking about the new contract, Vernon Noronha, vice president– defense and government business, Tata Motors Limited stated that we are extremely proud to sack the deal which is the evidence of its corporation with the armed forces. Safari Storme for the military will be equipped with customized suspension and updated drive train. Deliveries to the Army and Navy will start in a staged manner.
The Safari Storme for the masses was presented in 2012 and has a 2.2-liter 156PS engine that creates 400Nm. The 4×4 version likewise has an electronic shift on fly four-wheel-drive framework, empowering the driver to switch in between 4×2 and 4×4 in the moving condition.

Company’s’ entrance into the defense space has been advancing according to the plan. Its High Mobility Vehicle 6×6 has supplanted the Tatra trucks. The auto giant also supplies vehicles in the light and medium segments. The company has been a prominent supplier for tactical, armored, logistics, and specialty vehicles for the armed forces. Tata Motors has been providing specially equipped vehicles to the armed forces since 1958 and it has delivered more than 1, 50,000 such vehicles till date.

Excluding IAF, Tata Motors also serves SAARC, ASEAN with specially designed defense vehicles. It is also a pioneer supplier of 12X12, 8X8, 6X6 vehicles to missile manufacturer companies across the globe. Moreover, it also supplies its array of vehicles to UN for Peace keep mission.

 

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Google’s Waymo Is Beta-Testing Its Capabilities in Snow

We have been hearing the clashes among the two technology giants; Google and Uber. Google has sued Uber for stealing hardware from the Waymo that is related to the driverless technology. On the other side, Waymo haven’t restrained its testing routines.

Google’s Waymo Is Beta-Testing Its Capabilities in Snow

Waymo that is owned by the Google and later turned as company was intentionally developed to achieve the autonomous goals of the Google. It has successfully completed number of kilometers since it was designed. Now the engineers have are driving the car far away from the streets of the Silicon Valley and testing the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans on real off-road conditions, to be specific on snow.

Pictures of Waymo’s self driving minivans training in the snow at South Lake Tahoe, California were posted by the John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo. The public roads with snow were considered suitable for the cars. The company stated that it had been fetching the data in snowy conditions to instruct its self driving software. The condition in the climatic condition will be challenging for the driver less cars as the snow forms a layer on the roads which hides the lane markings as well confuses the system while identifying the world around it.

 The similar testing was conducted in 2012 by the company under Google’s moon shot factory X, when it was just a project. The test was done with modified Lexus on the streets of Tahoe.

 A year back ford also tested its vehicles in winter that was carried out in Michigan. Ford and Waymo both the companies have installed their car with LiDAR that detects light and radar that transmits minor pulses of laser which enables the vehicle to make a real-time and high definition 3D image of the surrounding it passes from. As well as LiDAR senses the objects and obstacles and also identifies the best driving route for the same.

Waymo is on boarding 100 of such self driving minivan in its fleets as part of the joint venture disclosed with Fiat Chrysler in May. It is been for the first in Automobile history that a technology company is directly working with the automaker to make autonomous vehicles.

 

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Petronas Introduced Its Motorcycle Lubricant ‘Sprinta’ in India

Automobile market has been flourishing in India with loads of new vehicle launching. Indian government declared restriction on BSIII emission vehicles forced the dealers to give some mouth smacking offers to the consumers. Maximum discount of 20,000 was given by the dealers without any condition to clear the stock of BSIII vehicles. Excluding the regulations and emission norms, various additives are also launched in the market to serve the everyday demand of the Indian customers.

Petronas Introduced Its Motorcycle Lubricant ‘Sprinta’ in India
Petronas Lubricants International today rolled out its crucial range of Petronas Sprinta bike lubricant with UltraFlex advance technology in India. The oil intends to decrease the rattling clamor, oppose motor anxiety and enhance execution in cruisers, as per the organization.

Petronas additionally guarantees that the oil’s tests directed to worldwide industry norms demonstrate that the motor will bear the impacts of load, speed and motor strain without a breakdown, while at the same time permitting the vehicle to react better. The new scope of lubricant is emphasized to offer extraordinary deposit control, along keeping up cruiser power and ride quality.
The organization sees a huge potential for development inside the car lubricant market in India. Currently, it has around 1.2 percent share of the overall industry in the portion similarly spread among motorcycles, cruisers, business vehicles and traveler vehicles. The company believes that the India operations could give a huge impulse to make progress in the world’s chief five oils players.

“I trust India will give the stage to worldwide development. We are among the main 10 at this moment and our aspiration is to develop to be among the core five. To accomplish that, we need to put resources into the correct spots. We are applying resources into higher development markets, for example, South America, India, and China said Giuseppe D’Arrigo, CEO and Managing Director, Petronas Lubricants International.

The organization’s $50 million ointment mixing plant in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Patalganga, is anticipated to initiate operations by the 1 quarter of 2018, as indicated by D’Arrigo. The plant has an expected creation yield of 110 million liters of oils. In addition, once the operations begin, it arrangements to include a satellite research and innovation focus to the plant that spotlights on cruiser ointments.

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What? Petrol, diesel pumps closed on Sundays from May?

Most of us schedule the work of “filling our vehicle’s petrol tank full” on weekends. But, you may have to reschedule this as diesel and petrol retailers all over India are in plans to take a holiday on Sundays starting May 10. Furthermore, they may also make a decision to work only for 8 to 9 hours on weekdays, according to various media reports.

Representatives from different states attended The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) meeting where it has announced to keep fuel pumps close on Sundays in case the central government fails to fulfill their demand of hike in dealer’s commission.

In January, petrol pump owners were on strike and had backed off when public oil companies guaranteed them to provide revised commission rates. However, until now no firm decision is taken on this matter.

As per the Indian Oil Corporation circular, as of April 1, currently the dealer commission rate on petrol is Rs 2.56/litre and that on diesel the commission rate is Rs 1.65/litre.

The decision of “no purchase” of diesel or petrol on May 10 and further starting May 14, on Sundays petrol pumps will remain closed was made.

Though CIPD is for a settling down the protest, the All India Petroleum Dealers’ Association has made a decision to keep a foot distance from them.

However, Ajay Bansal, President of AIPDA told Business Standard, commented, “This will build panicky situation. The association that decided to follow this has a presence in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka only. We are not in support of this decision, though we too demand the same—increase in dealer’s commission”.

Petroleum Dealers’ Association further mentioned that dealers were abiding with the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of reducing fuel costs per day.

Overall, India has 56,190 retail marketers, of which, 52,604 are public-owned oil companies such as Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum. Moreover, the three PSUs control 95% of the total market.

In 2010, India increased it control on diesel price and that on petrol price in 2014, leaving them to be controlled by market forces.

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Bangkok Motor Show Witnesses Launch of Audi Q2

In the series of auto show organized since the start of the year, it has been a delighted moment for the car lovers and the ones who loved to go through the specs, test drive those new wheels, give feedbacks  and reviews of the same.   Reporters and writers have been kept busy by the car manufacturers across the globe. The reveal of the concept to launch of the production vehicle, 2017 has been a crucial year for the automakers. Focusing on the German automaker the constant participation in the auto shows has been one of the advantages for Audi to be a privilege and most loved brand across the globe.  The efficiency of Audi is also disclosed by the in the series of transporter movies from part one to all the sequels.

Bangkok Motor Show Witnesses Launch of Audi Q2

Talking about its recent news all the way from Thailand Auto Show, Audi has introduced its Q2 and added one more model in its SUV line-up.  Just after looking at the model we can say that it’s the smallest SUV, Audi ever made.  It stands after the Audi Q3 if thought as per the Audi plans.

Audi Q2 comes with 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine which is common in majority of Audis and in terms of 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine it is totally new. The engine is integrated with seven speed automatic gear box which is common for both diesel and petrol engine. The vehicle that is displayed at Thailand show will the same model for Indian market with all wheel drive option.

The new model is built on MQB platform with an emblematic styling of Audi that includes LED DRLs and hexagonal grille. Being the smallest in the SUV segment of Audi, it styling and looks are real exclusive and masculine.

Looking into the cabin, the interior is decorated with beige with power seats, electrically powered power seats, and power mirrors. Some premium features include dual zone climate control and rear AC vents which is common in most of the cars. The infotainment system can be controlled through rotary fob or steering mounted controls.

Indian customers can expect the price range between RS 28 lakh – RS 30 lakh for the basic variant.