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Mahindra To Launch Three More EVs In India By 2020 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, India, Mahindra, Reports on 12 9th, 2017

Mahindra & Mahindra, the only carmaker that sells electric vehicles in India, announced that it will add three new EVs to its range until the end of the decade.

“We will have three new products (in the EV segment), which will be high performance ones,” Mahindra Electric Mobility CEO Mahesh Babu told the Times of India.

The three new EVs, which are expected to be SUVs, will offer a driving range of 350km (217 miles), 300km (186 miles) and 250km (155 miles) respectively, and the quickest of the bunch will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62miles) in 8 seconds.

The news come after the Indian government’s announcement that the country will sell only electric vehicles by 2030. “India surprisingly took a very bold step declaring what would happen by 2030… that changed the scenario in the last six months,” Babu said, pointing out that the main challenge is creating a proper charging infrastructure.

Moreover, the Indian carmaker says that, by 2020, batteries will be significantly cheaper than today, enabling them to offer their electric vehicles in more affordable prices, which is very important in a market as price-sensitive as India.

Mahindra is currently selling four electric vehicles in India, including the e2o small city car, the eVerito compact sedan, the eSupro Van and the eAlfa rickshaw.

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Uber Teams Up With Mahindra To Test EVs In India 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, India, Mahindra, Reports, Uber on 11 25th, 2017


Uber announced their new partnership with Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles on its platform in India.The plan is for Uber to deploy hundreds of electric vehicles on the streets of Delhi and Hyderabad by the March of 2018, with the option of expanding the pilot program to other cities.

“For how long this pilot will go on is difficult to predict. It will require adequate progress in engagement with our stakeholders before we plan to expand to other cities,” Madhu Kannan, Uber’s chief business officer for India, told Reuters.

With this move, Uber becomes the second company launching an EV pilot program in the country, following local rival Ola which has already launched its own program in Nagpur and plans to expand it on a large scale by next year.

As part of the deal, Uber will subsidize the cost of an electric vehicle for its drivers and Mahindra will also provide finance, insurance and maintenance. The two companies will also work with third parties to set up a charging infrastructure for the cars in Hyderabad.

Mahindra recently said that they plan to invest 6 billion rupees ($93 million) over the next three years for the development of electric models. The company is currently working on two passenger cars, including one with Ssangyong, which is owned by the Indian manufacturer.

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2018 Toyota Rush Is Daihatsu Terios Indonesian Cousin 24
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Asia, Daihatsu Terios, India, new cars, TOYOTA on 11 24th, 2017


The new Toyota Rush, sister car to the Daihatsu Terios, which also recently broke cover, has been unveiled in Indonesia, featuring faux underbody protection, LED lights and a modern interior.

Just like the Terios, the 2018 Toyota Rush also takes after the Daihatsu FT Concept from 2015, and thanks to AutoNetMagz, we can analyze both its styling, as well as its features.

For starters, there’s plenty of body cladding, while the previously mentioned front and rear LED lights and blacked-out grille give it a more distinctive look.

If you go for the TRD Sportivo version, it means getting TRD-badged scuff plates with red high highlights, another TRD badge on the rear door, 17″ two-tone alloys, black fog lamp surrounds, and keyless entry, which is available only on this version. The lower-spec G trim model comes with 16″ alloys and doesn’t look as sporty as the TRD.

According to IndianAutosBlog, the 2018 Toyota Rush measures 4,435 mm (174.6 in) in length, 1,695 mm (66.7 in) in width and is 1,705 mm (67.1 in) tall with a wheelbase of 2,685 (105.7 in) mm. Meanwhile, its four-cylinder 1.5-liter Dual VVT-i petrol engine is good for 105 PS and 140 Nm (103 lb-ft) of torque.

As for the interior, the dashboard now features soft touch materials (whereas the outgoing model didn’t), and the center console houses a 7″ touchscreen display with Miracast and Weblink capabilities. There’s also blue and white backlighting for the gauge cluster, and a small display in the middle of it.

Even though prices won’t be announced until January 2018, the new Toyota Rush is expected to cost around IDR 3 million ($222) more than its predecessor. It’s also possible that the flagship TRD Sportivo model could cost as much as IDR 300 million, or roughly $22,000.

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New 2018 Toyota Rush Leaked Ahead Of Next Week’s Unveiling 16
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Asia, Daihatsu, Daihatsu Terios, India, new cars, TOYOTA on 11 16th, 2017


Details about the 2018 Toyota Rush have surfaced, with the car indeed looking like a production version of the Daihatsu FT Concept from 2015.

Of course the Toyota Rush and the upcoming Daihatsu Terios should be very similar, and features found on the Toyota will probably be there on the Daihatsu as well.

According to AutoNetMagz, the 2018 Toyota Rush will have LED lights front and rear, electronic retractable mirrors with LED signal lights, 16″ as well as 17″ alloys (17″ for the TRD version), a shark-fin antenna and a rear spoiler.

Inside, there’s a reversing 360-degree camera, a smart-entry system, a 7″ touch screen display and A/C as standard for the G version. The TRD Sport version on the other hand also gets soft touch plastics for the dashboard.

In terms of safety, the Daihatsu version apparently won’t feature six airbags like the Toyota will, as the latter will also come with ABS, EBD, BA, VSC and HSA.

As for what’s going to power the Rush/Terios, it’s expected that the current model’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol unit will be replaced by a newer Dual VVT-i engine.

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Indian Firm Creates Mahindra-Based Jeep Wrangler Replica 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in India, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Mahindra, Replica, SUV on 11 13th, 2017


This Jeep Wrangler looks just like any other. In fact, if you asked almost anyone what vehicle it is, they too would say it’s a Jeep. However, it’s not.

What we are instead looking at is a Jeep Wrangler replica built by an Indian company called Jeep Studio.

The vehicle started life out as a Mahindra Thar, an off-roader which already looks very similar to the outgoing Wrangler. However, to make the thing appear more genuine, Jeep Studio spent four months converting it with all-new body panels.

Indian Autos Blog reports that the Thar’s new body panels have been complemented by LED headlights and taillights, wing mirrors from a Wrangler, hood latches, reinforced tailgate, toughened glass, 33-inch Maxxis tires, black wheels, and matte black paint.

Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Toxic Smog So Bad In India That It Led To A 24-Car Pile-Up With Six Injured, One Dead 9
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, India, Offbeat News, Reports, video on 11 9th, 2017


One person lost their life and at least six others were injured after 24 vehicles slammed into each other due to extremely dense fog, on the Yamuna Expressway outside of Delhi.

According to NDTV, Indian authorities were forced to declare a public health emergency after the air quality index (measuring the concentration of toxic particulate matter in the air) shot up to 451.

To put that into perspective, health experts say that particulate matter in the air shouldn’t go above 100, and that the scale doesn’t even extend past 500 – this should give you an idea how bad of a situation this is.

Traffic was obviously impacted as well, as this rather scary pile-up occurred Wednesday morning at around 6:30 AM, near milestone 125.

“One person was killed and six people were injured. All the injured have been sent to district government hospital for treatment. The deceased is yet to be identified,” said officer Alok Dubey.

“The trigger of the accident was a defunct car which was rammed from behind by a speeding truck. The truck was ferrying apple cartons and it turned turtle after the collision. Since it was a heavily dense morning, over a dozen cars and heavy trucks kept on piling up on each other in a back-to-back collision,” added station officer G P Singh.

The police and expressway personnel managed to clear the road by removing the damaged vehicles with the help of a crane, reports Times of India.

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Mahindra To Build First New Factory In Detroit In Over 25 Years 5
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in India, Mahindra, Reports on 11 5th, 2017


India’s Mahindra & Mahindra said that it’ll build a new 400,000-square-foot assembly plant near Detroit, with the car maker having scheduled a press conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan for November 20.

The new assembly facility will be the first new factory in the region in more than 25 years, with Mahindra planning to build off-road utility vehicles, according to AutoNews.

The Indian automaker has been trying to enter the U.S. market for over a decade but previous efforts were unsuccessful and even ended in a litigation back in 2012.

At the time, dealers sued Mahindra, accusing them of pocketing “more than $9.5 million, more than a $100 million worth of dealer trade secrets to utilize for their future entrance into the U.S. market, and a strong market foundation gained at the expense of the dealers’ ‘free’ promotion of Mahindra’s brand name around the U.S.”

Mahindra denied all accusations, putting the blame on its former U.S. distributor, Global Vehicles U.S.A. of Atlanta.

There’s no indication of when production in the new factory will start but all we have to do is wait until November 20 for all the details.

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Mahindra To Build First New Factory In Detroit In Over 25 Years 5
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in India, Mahindra, Reports on 11 5th, 2017


India’s Mahindra & Mahindra said that it’ll build a new 400,000-square-foot assembly plant near Detroit, with the car maker having scheduled a press conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan for November 20.

The new assembly facility will be the first new factory in the region in more than 25 years, with Mahindra planning to build off-road utility vehicles, according to AutoNews.

The Indian automaker has been trying to enter the U.S. market for over a decade but previous efforts were unsuccessful and even ended in a litigation back in 2012.

At the time, dealers sued Mahindra, accusing them of pocketing “more than $9.5 million, more than a $100 million worth of dealer trade secrets to utilize for their future entrance into the U.S. market, and a strong market foundation gained at the expense of the dealers’ ‘free’ promotion of Mahindra’s brand name around the U.S.”

Mahindra denied all accusations, putting the blame on its former U.S. distributor, Global Vehicles U.S.A. of Atlanta.

There’s no indication of when production in the new factory will start but all we have to do is wait until November 20 for all the details.

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Bus Drivers Engage In Dangerous Race On Public Roads In India 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in India, Offbeat News, video on 10 25th, 2017


Two bus drivers decided to settle their dispute by going head-to-head in an extremely dangerous race.
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Police Were Chasing A Wild Leopard Inside Maruti Suzuki Plant For Nearly Two Days 9
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in India, Offbeat News, Reports, Suzuki, Suzuki Videos, video on 10 9th, 2017


While here in the West car plants usually shut down their operations for a few days due to parts shortage or union talks, in India a factory was closed after a wild leopard was spotted on CCTV.
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Surf’s Up As Train Plows Through Flooded Station In India 23
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in India, Offbeat News, Train, video on 09 23rd, 2017


What is it with railway conductors feeling the need to go really fast through a station, whether it's flooding they're facing, or the effects of a snow storm?
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Tata Wants To Keep Jaguar Land Rover Clear Of Takeover Bids 19
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in India, Jaguar Land Rover, Reports, Tata, UK on 09 19th, 2017


Tata Sons is looking to protect JLR from a potential takeover by purchasing as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) of Tata Motors shares.
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Ford Joins Forces With Mahindra For India And Other Emerging Markets 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, India, Mahindra, Reports on 09 19th, 2017


Ford has its eyes on the Indian market, announcing that they will work with Mahindra Group in order to explore a strategic alliance for a successful operating model in India and other emerging markets.
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Ford Joins Forces With Mahindra For India And Other Emerging Markets 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, India, Mahindra, Reports on 09 19th, 2017


Ford has its eyes on the Indian market, announcing that they will work with Mahindra Group in order to explore a strategic alliance for a successful operating model in India and other emerging markets.
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Skoda Remains Open To Partnerships On Low-Cost Car Project 15
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in India, Reports, Skoda, VW on 09 15th, 2017


Group VW’s Skoda is still open to partnerships for their ongoing low-cost car project aimed at emerging markets despite talks with Tata Motors having collapsed.
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