Auto Sector

Uber launches 'UberFLEET' for fleet owners in 29 cities across India

Uber launches 'UberFLEET' for fleet owners in 29 cities across India

New Delhi [India], Dec 6 : Taxi aggregator Uber on Tuesday announced the launch of 'UberFLEET', an android app for its fleet-partners in India to improve the overall productivity for fleet owners by making the process of managing drivers more efficient and reducing their downtime.

Largest on-demand ride-sharing company has hundreds of thousands of driver partners in India, and a lot of them have progressed forward in life as entrepreneurs.

"We built technology that supports them in managing their fleets.

Nissan GT-R launched in India at Rs 1.99 crore

Nissan GT-R launched in India at Rs 1.99 crore

Mumbai: The 2017 Nissan GT-R, Nissan Motor India's flagship sports car, was launched for the first time in India priced at Rs 1.99 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

"The GT-R is a very special car for Nissan and we are delighted to add it to our Indian line-up for the first time in its history," Guillaume Sicard, President - Nissan India Operations was quoted as saying in a statement.

"It also continues our commitment to our Indian customers to offer an evolving range of dynamic and exciting new models. The GT-R will give a great boost to the Nissan brand in India and is guaranteed to turn many heads."

According to the company, 2017 Nissan GT-R is produced at Nissan`s state-of-the-art plant in Tochigi, Japan, and will be brought to India as a CBU (completely built-up unit).

Yamaha holds memorial ceremony for production of one millionth motorcycle

Yamaha holds memorial ceremony for production of one millionth motorcycle

Iwata [Japan], Dec.1 : Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that local group company Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. (YMPH) has produced its one-millionth motorcycle today since the company's establishment.

To mark this event, the Batangas Province-based YMPH held a memorial ceremony attended by Katsuhito Yamaji, Senior Executive Officer and General Manager Manufacturing Center, Yoshihiro Hidaka, Executive Officer and Manager of Motorcycle Business Operations 1st Business Unit, 800 YMPH employees, and other guests.

Ola Outstation brings 'one-way' trip fares; connects with 500+ cities across India

Ola Outstation brings 'one-way' trip fares; connects with 500+ cities across Ind

New Delhi [India], Nov 4 : Taxi aggregator Ola has announced the launch of 'One way' trip fares on Ola Outstation for smart mobility solution for inter-city travel.

Bringing more flexibility, convenience and cost-effectiveness to the recently launched Ola Outstation; the introduction of 'One-way' fares allows customers to avail one-way bookings at reduced fares.

One-way on Outstation gives customers the option of booking a cab for an outstation trip without having to pay for a round trip that they haven't taken. This has been made possible due to the sheer scale of Ola, as the largest transportation platform, connecting 500+ cities and towns across India with its unique Outstation offering.

Yamaha Motor wins first German Design Award

Iwata [Japan], Oct.24 : Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that its flagship supersport YZF-R1 model has been selected as the winner of the transportation category of the "German Design Award" competition.

This achievement represents Yamaha Motor's first nomination for this award, and was selected as a first-time category winner from among over 4,000 entries.

In addition, the German Design Award marks the fourth design award received by the YZF-R1 (2015 overseas model), following on from the Good Design Award 2015, iF Design Award 2016, and the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016.

In the German Design Award, the German Design Council recommends products from around the world which have already been evaluated as of a high design standard.

Honda 2Wheelers India unleashes new TV commercial featuring Akshay Kumar

New Delhi [India], Sept.21 : Celebrating the success of its advanced customer-centric technology - the Combi Brake System (CBS) with Equalizer, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has unleashed its latest 360 degree marketing campaign to celebrate the milestone.

Honda introduced the unique Combi Brake System with Equalizer technology almost 30 years ago globally. In India too, Honda become the 1st two-wheeler company to introduce its proven CBS technology with the unique Equalizer advantage in 2009.

Toyota launches its second generation Prius PHV named Prius Prime

Toyota launches its second generation Prius PHV named Prius Prime

The Prius Plug-In by Toyota, the Japanese automaker is already commercially available. The company launched another model in the series named as the Prius Prime. The new model is quite much different from the previous one.

The new car receives many noticeable changes on exterior. For instance, changes in anterior and the grille of the vehicle. The front end of the Prius Plug-In looks outdated and plain, while the new model is more defined grille design that's connected to the slim headlights. There is a major facelift on its overall shape.

The new design has a lower arching back making the side windows appear longer. On the other hand, Plug-In has traditional aerodynamic styling of the original Prius cars. The Prius Prime has sporty design and its back is almost unique.

ROBORACE to follow all-electric FIA Formula E series during the 2016-2017 Season

ROBORACE to follow all-electric FIA Formula E series during the 2016-2017 Season

The FIA Formula E Series and Kinetik announced collaboration on Friday that is all geared up to see the first autonomous motor racing series, starting in 2016. The new series have been named ROBORACE, which is going to follow the all-electric FIA Formula E series in the 2016-2017 season.

While talking about the motive behind the move, Denis Sverdlov, Founder of Kinetik and ROBORACE, said that they passionately believe that all vehicles in the world will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity in the coming time, which would improve environment and road safety.

GM and UAW reach Tentative Agreement

GM and UAW reach Tentative Agreement

As their contract was about to terminate, the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) and General Motors (GM) on Sunday night announced a tentative agreement on a latest national agreement that covered around 52,000 employees.

Dennis Williams, the union president, mentioned in a statement, “We believe that this agreement will present stable long-term significant wage gains and job security commitments to UA members now and in the future”.

The details weren’t disclosed yet, and the union said that the tentative agreement continued to have the wage progression formulation forged in the last week agreement with Fiat Chrysler.

LG, GM team up to develop Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle

LG, GM team up to develop Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle

General Motors (GM), American Multinational Corporation headquartered in Detroit, is involving LG, which is famous for its TVs, appliances and smart phones, in the development of its forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. This deal makes LG a part of electronics manufacturers and a partner of GM in developing one of the upcoming cars.

LG, multinational electronics company headquartered in Seoul, is a huge company with multiple businesses and it is not shocking to see that the company would want to enter into this risky voyage. Besides electronics and devices that are consumer-ready, LG also deals in batteries and display. The latter is the reason for the partnership with GM.

Fiat Chrysler begins process of selling 10% stake in Ferrari to Wall Street investors

Fiat Chrysler begins process of selling 10% stake in Ferrari to Wall Street inve

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has started the process of sale of a near 10% stake in luxury sports car brand Ferrari to Wall Street investors. On Monday, Fiat Chrysler gave a statement, saying that the initial public offering is going to price Ferrari at $48 and $52 per share, valuing one of Formula 1's most famous marques at $9.8 billion.

According to Fiat, the stake sale belongs to a ‘series of transactions to separate Ferrari from FCA’. It added that the motive of the sale is to distinguish the luxury brand from its mass-market parent, while unlocking value in sports car maker for raising money to support the growth plans of Fiat Chrysler.

Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and BMW i3 Now Part of LAPD Car Fleet

Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and BMW i3 Now Part of LAPD Car Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently revealed that it has added Tesla Motors Inc’s Model S P85D and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG i3 to its police car fleet. Both the vehicles will very soon be tested, LAPD said.

It has been said that the two luxurious cars have been loaned to the police department, and were unveiled as part of the city’s new plan. Los Angeles hopes that it will have nearly 300 new electric and hybrid vehicles in the fleet soon.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, while speaking about the plan, said that the Los Angeles police, fire, and four other departments will lease 160 electric vehicles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and General Services Department will also lease 128 hybrid vehicles. The new additions will replace the old vehicles, he said.

UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler as Its Target to Set Pattern for a Contract Deal

UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler as Its Target to Set Pattern for a Contract Deal

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has planned to accelerate its bargaining efforts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV to form a template for new labor contract. The UAW disclosed its decision on Sunday.

The decision of choosing Fiat Chrysler’s FCA US unit as the target company for shaping the new contract was disclosed by the union on Sunday. The decision has kick-started the intense negotiation period which is expected to focus on a two-tier wage system that has financially benefitted auto makers but ranked workers.

The current contract of UAW with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. expires on Monday. The labor talks between the union and Detroit's auto makers routinely extend beyond that deadline.

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

Google names John Krafcik as first CEO of its autonomous car project

It seems that Google will speed up its autonomous car project as it made an announcement on Sunday that auto-world veteran John Krafcik will be first CEO of their project. Prior to the new post, Krafcik has been serving as a president of consumer-focused pricing site TrueCar. Earlier, he was CEO of Hyundai's US operations.

Later this month, he will start working at the company. According to him, "This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can't wait to get started".

Lyft, First National Bank warned by FCC over inappropriate robo-call practices

Lyft, First National Bank warned by FCC over inappropriate robo-call practices

Lyft Inc. along with parent company of First National Bank have been cited by the Federal Communications Commission for their policies on marketing messages and calls. The companies force customers for using their services through such policies.

According to reports, both companies have been warned by the commission that their policies breach the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as they do not let users avoid autodialed messages, which are used for marketing.

The FCC has issued just a warning to the companies and said it could start imposing fines if the two don’t change their policies. A first warning is issued to companies, not holding licenses with the FCC.

Court rules out in favor of Uber drivers to take legal action to determine their status

Court rules out in favor of Uber drivers to take legal action to determine their

A big win for Uber drivers in California, as a judge has allowed them to take legal action to find out whether they are contractors or employees. Three Uber drivers have filed case against Uber stating that they were employees of the company.

Lonnie Giamela, a labor lawyer in Los Angeles, said, “Today's ruling sets the stage for a trial and a legal battle that will have dramatic implications for Uber's business model as well as more generally how independent contractors are viewed under California law”.

US District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco made the decision. In the case, many plaintiffs said that they were employees of the company, but due to expenses and tips they have been shortchanged.

Toyota plans to buy 13 million air-bag inflators from Kayaku Co

Toyota plans to buy 13 million air-bag inflators from Kayaku Co

Toyota Motor Corp’s newest effort to reduce its risk from potentially lethal air-bag inflators supplied by Takata Corp involves purchase of millions of them from smaller parts maker Kayaku Co.

The Japanese car maker talked to the second-tier supplier to boost production in a bid to supply more than 13 million inflators from next July until 2020. The move is a pragmatic approach, prompting more than 10 automakers to issue a recall of tens of millions of vehicles since 2008 to replace Takta air bags.

Eight deaths are believed to have resulted from Takata air-bag inflators and more than 100 injuries after exploding with excessive force, spraying shrapnel inside vehicles.

More extroverted variant to join the Rocket coupe

More extroverted variant to join the Rocket coupe

The gorgeous Galpin-Fisker Rocket was seen first at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. Fisker has again made headlines about a new version of the Mustang coupe at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s a swanky speedster version of the striking Mustang coupe.

The new Galpin-Fisker Rocket Speedster’s bones have a resemblance to a 2015 Ford Mustang. A four-seater convertible has a specially-crafted carbon fiber rear tonneau cover to convert it into a lithe two-seat roadster.

Henrik Fisker is famous for designing the Aston Martin DB9, Vantage V8, and the BMW Z8. Fisker decided to move to the new 2015 Ford Mustang and gave it a wide-body stance with coach-built quality and appearance.

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

The Guardian has learned that Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley. The multinational technology giant is looking for some secure locations in the San Francisco bay area to test the car.

In May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project team met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote, “We would ... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].”

Massachusetts examines Uber and Lyft over disability access

Massachusetts examines Uber and Lyft over disability access

It has been reported that an examination has been launched by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office into catering of Uber and Lyft to people having disabilities. It could lead to more regulatory issues for the ride-hailing companies.

Both the companies have been accused of refusing service to the disabled people. The Massachusetts investigation could be for the first time, when a state attorney general is looking into the matter.



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