Auto Sector

Rolls Royce sues MC Royce Rizzy for using similar name

Rolls RoyceWashington, Jan 25 High-end car company Rolls Royce has filed a lawsuit against a MC named Royce Rizzy as the rapper's name sounds similar to their car company.

According to the lawsuit , the legendary car company said that Rizzy advertises and sells "Team Rolls Royce" shirts on his website and they want him to stop at the earliest, TMZ.com reported.

The luxury car brand has claimed that they've sent the rapper multiple cease and desist letters to no avail and since he's continued to wear the shirts in pics on social media they've been forced to file suit.

Audi launches premium sports car R8 LMX priced at Rs 2.97 cr

New Delhi - German luxury car maker Audi on Thursday launched the limited edition sports car 'Audi R8 LMX' in India priced at Rs 2.97 crore (ex-showroom Delhi).

Claiming that Audi R8 LMX is the the first production car with laser high beam lighting in India, the company said its production run is limited to only 99 vehicles globally.

Highlighting the significance of the new lighting technology, the company said the laser spot offer a higher range of visibility enhancing the safety aspect. The lights are activated at a speed of 60 kmph and above. The laser light spots one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlight.

GM unveils new battery powered Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet BoltWashington, Jan 13 : The General Motors has finally unveiled the new battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt.

According to The Verge, the car, a high-roofed hatch, promises "more than" 200 miles on a charge at a price around 30,000 dollars - not far from the market Tesla is looking to go after with its upcoming Model 3.

The car supports DC fast charging and has a 10-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard.

It also includes high-tech features like the ability to use a smartphone as the key, integrated ride-sharing management, and self-parking capability, the report added. (ANI)

Domestic car sales soar 15.26% in December

New Delhi - Domestic passenger car sales rose 15.26 percent to 1,52,743 units in December 2014 as compared to 1,32,524 units in December 2013.

Motorcycle sales last month declined 3.52 percent to 7,79,908 units from 8,08,389 units a year earlier, according to data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Total two-wheeler sales in December rose 4.52 percent to 12,12,996 units.

Sales of commercial vehicles rose 9.01 percent to 51,000 units in December, SIAM said.

Vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 5.68 percent to 15,12,881 units from 14,31,543 units in December 2013, it added. PTI

Mercedes moving headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta

Haddonfield/Atlanta - German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz has said that it's moving its US headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.

Georgia Gov Nathan Deal said yesterday the company accepted an incentive package from the state but said he couldn't discuss the details yet.

The Fulton County Development Authority met briefly yesterday to discuss its own incentive package for Mercedes' estimated USD 93 million facility but provided no details.

Mercedes Benz unveils its self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion car

Mercedes Benz F015Washington, Jan 06 : Mercedes Benz has unveiled its autonomous F015 Luxury in Motion car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has a self-driving concept.

Highlighting Mercedes' vision for autonomous driving, the chairman of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dieter Zetsche said that the vehicle is geared towards future roads populated with "exclusive cocoons on wheels."

Zetsche said that people who focus only on technology have not grasped how autonomous driving will change the society.

The capsule shaped car measures 17 feet in length while only 5 feet in height, reported CNET.

Yamaha Motor India sales rise over 12% in December

Yamaha MotorNew Delhi: Yamaha Motor India on Saturday reported 12.13 per cent increase in domestic two-wheeler sales at 44,602 units in December 2014.

The company had sold 39,777 units in December 2013.

Commenting on the sales performance, Yamaha Motor India Sales Vice President (Sales & Marketing) Roy Kurian said: "Our relentless efforts to rev up sales, backed by innovative marketing strategies and an impeccable product portfolio across segments, have reaped robust results."

For the calendar year 2014, Yamaha clocked domestic sales of 5,66,586 units, as against 4,61,814 units in 2013 -- registering 22.68 per cent growth.---PTI

Ashok Leyland sales jump 48% in December

Chennai - Auto major Ashok Leyland reported 48 percent jump in sales at 9,290 units in December 2014.

The Hinduja Group company had sold 6,275 units during the same month of 2013.

Sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles soared 85 percent in December 2014 to 7,210 units as against 3,890 units sold during the same month of previous year, the Chennai-based automaker said in a statement.

On sales of light commercial vehicles, the company witnessed 13 percent decline in December 2014, to 2,080 units from 2,385 units sold in December 2013.

Nissan announces pre-bookings of Datsun GO+ in India

New Delhi - Japanese car maker Nissan on Friday announced the start of pre-bookings of its soon-to-be-launched compact multi purpose vehicle 'Datsun GO+' in India.

The Datsun GO+, which was first previewed at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, will be available for pre-booking between January 3-14, Nissan India said in a statement.

"Prospective customers can now pre-book their Datsun GO+ with a fully refundable amount of Rs 11,000 at any Nissan dealership across India," it added.

The Datsun GO+ is India's first sub-4 meter compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Bajaj Auto sales down 5.52% in December

New Delhi - Bajaj Auto on Friday reported 5.52 percent decline in motorcycle sales to 2,46,233 units in December 2014.

The company had sold 2,60,645 motorcycle units in the year-ago period, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) said in a statement.

BAL said exports were up 10.20 percent during the month at 1,66,134 units as compared to 1,50,753 units in the same month, a year ago.

In the commercial vehicles category, its sales stood at 43,011 units, up 15.83 percent, as against 37,131 units in December 2013.

The total vehicle sales of the company during last month stood at 2,89,244 units, down 2.86 percent, as against 2,97,776 units in the same month a year-ago, the statement added. PTI

Maruti's December sales jump 20.8%; shares up

New Delhi - Country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Thursday reported a 20.8 percent increase in total sales in December at 1,09,791 units.

The car maker had reported sales of 90,924 units in the same month last year.

Following the release of strong sales numbers, shares of Maruti were trading 0.50 percent higher at Rs 3,344 in an otherwise weak general market.

The company said its domestic sales increased by 13.3 percent during the month to 98,109 units as against 86,613 units in December, 2013.

Exports during the month rose by nearly three-fold to 11,682 units compared to 4,311 units in December last year, MSI said in a statement.

Nissan unveils taxi convenient for disabled persons

Nissan NV200Hong Kong/Tokyo, Dec 26 : Taxis are convenient daily transportation for the citizens in Hong Kong.

About 18,000 taxis operating in the city are sedan type vehicles having limited trunk space.

This makes it difficult for wheelchair users.

Nissan Motor recently unveiled a new generation taxi for Hong Kong.

It offers an innovative functional cabin that unites comfort with hospitality.

Shiro Nagai, a senior manager (Communications) with Nissan Global Co., Ltd., said, "This NV200 will make an important contribution to Hong Kong society, and providing mobility to all people in Hong Kong."

The new taxi offers barrier-free access to users realized by a universal design layout.

Wait till Dec 31: Jaitley on extension of auto excise sop

Arun JaitleyNew Delhi: As auto makers anxiously watch if reduced excise duty regime would be extended to next year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said they would have to wait till December 31.

"Wait till December 31," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said when asked if government would be extending the reduced excise duty incentive expiring on December 31.

The previous UPA government had cut excise duty on cars, SUVs and two-wheelers in the Interim Budget in February to help the industry tide over a demand slump.

Excise duty was reduced to 24 percent from 30 percent in the case of SUVs, 20 percent for mid-sized car from 24 percent and 24 percent for large cars from 27 percent.

Maruti set for record sales in 2014 at over 11.48 lakh units

Maruti set for record sales in 2014New Delhi: Country' largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India is set for a record sales in 2014 at over 11.48 lakh units driven by growth across segments but it expressed concerns that a hike in excise duty could hurt the overall auto industry.

The company is awaiting a clarity on the amendment to the Company's Act before going ahead with the minority shareholders' voting on its plans to let parent Suzuki Motor Corp own and invest at the upcoming Gujarat plant.

BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers

BMW air bagsNew York: BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire US.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators.

The decision affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars made between January 2004 and August 2006. It says no problems with BMW vehicles have been reported.

Earlier this year the company recalled 574,000 cars in the US.

Honda launches new CB Unicorn 163cc in New Delhi

Honda launches new CB Unicorn 163cc in New Delhi New Delhi, Dec 18 : Honda has launched the new CB Unicorn 163cc in the Indian market for a starting price of Rs. 69,350 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Keita Muramatsu, President and CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said that the New CB Unicorn 160 is Honda's fourth launch of 2014 after Activa 125, CD110 and Gold Wing and with this launch, Honda is further strengthening its portfolio in 150cc-180cc motorcycle segment, designed to woo the youth.

BMW developing cars that can be parked using smartwatches

bmw Remote Valet ParkingWashington, Dec 17 : Luxury automobile maker BMW is reportedly working on a technology that will allow drivers to park their cars using a smartwatch.

According to The Verge, BMW will be showing off its recent advances in autonomous vehicle research, including the smartwatch-operable Remote Valet Parking Assistant at CES 2015.

The i3 research vehicle with four "advanced laser scanners," can spot and avoid any sudden obstructions within an environment.

On detecting an obstruction, the i3's on-board assistance system automatically triggers brakes. (ANI)

Audi launches A3 Cabriolet in India

A3 CabrioletNew Delhi, Dec 11 : German Luxury car manufacturer Audi India on Thursday launched its compact luxury convertible, the A3 Cabriolet, priced at Rs. 44.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The A3 Cabriolet is a 4-seater two door car with a soft top fabric hood which opens and closes in less than 18 seconds, up to a speed of 50km/h.

"The launch of the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the first compact luxury convertible in India, is yet another example of our Customer-Centric approach. Skillfully blended with a unique body style and distinct design cues, the Audi A3 Cabriolet makes a perfect lifestyle statement," Joe King, Head, Audi India said at the launch.

Mercedes-Benz opens second R&D facility

Bengaluru - Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) on Tuesday inaugurated its second dedicated facility at Whitefield here.

Spread across an area of 266,000 sq ft with a capacity of over 2,400 people, it is located close to the head office of MBRDI, the company said in a statement.

"MBRDI plays an important role within our global research and development organisation and this new facility is another milestone in the growth story of Mercedes-Benz R&D in India," said Thomas Merker, Vice-President (Body, Safety, Telematics) Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and acting Chairman, MBRDI.

General Motors to hike prices by up to Rs 20,000 from Jan 2015

New Delhi - General Motors India on Monday said it will hike prices of its entire product portfolio by up to Rs 20,000 from next month, in order to partially offset rising input costs.

All the eight models of the company's current product portfolio in the country, including entry level compact car Spark, will become costlier due to price hike.

"We have decided to increase the price of all car models to the tune of 1 per cent with effect from January 1 due to input cost pressure. The quantum ranges between Rs 5,000 to 20,000 depending upon the models and variants," General Motors India, Vice President P Balendran told PTI.



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