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Germany’s BMW goes sporty in India with hybrid i8

The car is expected to hit the Indian markets by the end of this year. BMW i8 is a petrol-electric sports car that has been specially designed keeping in mind the urban crowds in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. The new-age hybrid model has distinct features including the glass used in the car that has been chemically hardened.

The sports model is powered by a 1.5 litre twin-turbo charged three-cylinder petrol engine which if combined with an electric motor will produce 362bhp of power and 570Nm of torque. The gasoline engine transmits the power at the front wheels, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels.

With low emission output levels, the vehicle is expected to deliver a fuel efficiency of 50kmpl. The hybrid sports  car which was first unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, accelerates from 0-100kmph in mere 4.5 seconds and returns impressive fuel efficiency of 40kmpl.

Phillip Von Saar, chief of BMW India, said that the headlamp cluster has LEDs with an alternative for customers to opt for unique ‘laser’ headlights. Saar claimed that these throw are white light and are 70 per cent more effective and brighter than standard LEDs. The exterior of the vehicle also shows the C-pillar which has aerofoils and the car features gull-wing styled doors.

While the swanky sportscar has an exhilarating appeal exteriorly with a complete piece of sheer beauty, the interiors of BMW i8 are no less. The car boasts of good looks as from each angle it defines the sporty character imbibed in the vehicle. The interior has been designed with a futuristic layout with touch screen instrument panels. As far as pricing is concerned, the i8 model is expected to be priced between Rs. 1.5- 1.6 crore for the Indian buyers.

Tata Motors vrooms ahead with SUV Nexon, ConnectNext concept cars

Homegrown auto major Tata Motors on Wednesday unveiled a concept compact sports utility vehicle Nexon along with another concept car ConnectNext, giving a glimpse of its future direction in terms of technologies, as it bids to make up lost ground in passenger vehicles market. These two cars are among the company's display of 18 vehicles across passenger and commercial segments, under its Horizonext programme.

The other highlights of the company's display at the Auto Expo here are the new compact sedan Zest and hatchback Bolt, which it had unveiled on Monday.

The concept Nexon is a modern compact SUV, with fresh design and new generation human machine interface technology. The ConnectNext concept car articulates the future of connectivity that connects professional and personal networks. Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicles Ranjit Yadav said the aim for the company was to become the 4th in passenger vehicle market in India.
It has fallen behind rival Mahindra & Mahindra and Honda in the pecking order.

In the commercial vehicles segment, the firm unveiled a medium commercial vehicle Prima CX 1618T, trucks Ultra 614 and LPS 4923 LA. Tata Motors Executive Director Commercial Vehicles Ravi Pisharody said the company's new products ‘translate into a great business proposition, combining low-cost ownership with driver comfort, high performance...’

The firm is also showcasing electric mini commercial passenger vehicle Magic Iris fitted with a roof mounted solar panel for charging.

Moreover, it is also displaying Starbus Urban FE-Parallel hybrid bus with an air-cooled engine.

Ashok Leyland eyes 30% of domestic CV mkt

New Delhi:
With a new range of products completing its commercial vehicles (CV) portfolio, Hinduja flagship firm Ashok Leyland is aiming for about 30 per cent of the market share in India in the next three to four years.

The company that has been reporting losses for the past three quarter also expects to break even in the ongoing quarter while becoming profitable in the next financial year as it sees improvement in demand for its commercial vehicles.

Besides, it is also looking to expand its global footprints by entering new markets in Middle East, Africa, ASEAN region, East Europe, Russia and Latin America.
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