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According to the latest reports, Nissan is planning to phase out sedans from its home market, Japan. The company will shift its focus on SUVs and Electric Vehicles. Currently, Nissan sells the Fuga, Cima, Slyphy, and Skyline in Japan. The manufacturer will use the Tochigi factory, which is currently used for the production of sedans, to manufacture the Ariya EV. This doesn’t come as a surprise as most manufacturers are focussing on SUVs and EVs these days.
Honda has revealed its new Monkey 125cc bike for European markets. The monkey will not be sold in India, instead Indian market will get the Grom125, which was patented earlier this year. The Monkey is based on the 1961, 125cc mini-moto. It incorporates retro design with funky elements. It gets chrome mudguards, a peanut-shaped fuel tank, chunky tyres and a single padded seat. It is available with three colour options- Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red, and Pearl Glittering Blue.
BMW has launched the facelifted version of its executive luxury sedan at ₹62.9 lakh for 530i M Sport, ₹63.9 lakh for 520d Luxury Line, and ₹71.9 lakh for 530d M Sport variants. The car gets a larger signature kidney grille, slimmer headlamps with L-shaped LED DRLs and reworked LED taillights. Inside, it gets a new 12.3” iDrive system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Heads-up display, a 360-degree camera and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. It is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol(530i), a 2.0-liter diesel(520d) or a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine(530d).
Michael Schumacher won the European Grand Prix at Nürburgring, driving a Ferrari F2001, on June 24, 2001. Schumacher was followed by Juan Pablo driving for Williams, with David Coulthard at third spot for McLaren. The 2001 European Grand Prix marked Schumacher’s fifth win of the season, with three victories at the Nürburgring itself.
Porsche has set a new world record for the fastest road car in the world on the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Lars Kern, Porsche’s development driver drove the 700 PS 911 GT2 RS, fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit. The car did a 20.8km lap in just 6:43:300 minutes, beating the previous 6:48:047 minute record. As part of the Manthey Performace kit, the 911 was fitted with light magnesium alloy wheels and the kit also includes different chassis, aerodynamic, and brake components.
McLaren F1 has always been a very special supercar for enthusiasts. A 1995 F1, one of the original cars with chassis number 29, will be up for sale at an auction by the Gooding and Co., at pebble beach in August. The particular F1 wears a ‘Creighton Brown’ colour scheme and has less than 400kms on the odometer reading. It is said to have many originals, including Goodyear eagle F1 tyres, original toolkit, and luggage set. The car was hardly driven on roads and was kept at a private collection in Japan.
Bajaj may be planning to enter the electric motorcycle segment. Bajaj has recently filed a trademark application for the name ‘Freerider’ in India under Class 12. The design could be based on the E-pilen concept which was revealed earlier this year. It is expected to get a retro design theme with a round headlight, a wide handlebar, and a uniquely shaped battery pack. The bike could also get a digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity.
Hyundai has commenced the production of its i-20 based SUV. The Bayon is essentially a raised version of the Hyundai i-20, with a completely different exterior styling featuring LED DRLs placed on the bonnet and headlamps below, a blackened tailgate, and distinct arrow-shaped LED taillights. The interior is carried over from the i-20 hatchback with a choice of a full black interior with dark or light grey theme. Hyundai has no plans yet to introduce Bayon in the Indian market.
TATA Motors announced that its CEO and MD, Guenter Butschek will be stepping down from his role from June 30, 2021, shifting to Germany. Tata motors further stated that he will continue being the consultant to the company till the end of this fiscal year. Butscheck joined TATA Motors in 2016 and was responsible for leading operations in India and some international markets. He has made notable changes in the product line-up and company strategy in his 5 years with the company.
Honda has taken wraps off its Civic hatchback, based on the updated Civic sedan. It is offered with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder or a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an automatic or manual transmission. The car gets a more mature design which is a departure from the old generation. With the Civic discontinued recently in India, Honda is unlikely to bring the new generation on Indian land.
Infiniti has finally unveiled one of its best-selling SUVs- the QX60 internationally. The car is based on the Nissan Pathfinder which was launched some time back. The QX60’s front is dominated by a large Infiniti grille and slim headlamps with split LED DRLs. The rear is almost similar to the Pathfinder with some subtle changes given. On the inside, it gets a more premium-looking interior than before, thanks to the Leather interior, and big displays for the driver and infotainment duties. Powering this SUV is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed transmission.
C-segment sedans and C-SUVs sit in the same price bracket. With so many choices, let us look at what makes both these segments unique. Compact SUVs have a big draw towards them, well, because they are SUVs. They offer decent space, a long equipment list, and an overall commanding position. On the other hand, C-segment sedans sit considerably lower. What favours them is a practical boot, a design not developed keeping a 4m restriction in mind, and a more premium experience compared to C-SUVs.
BMW will soon open the bookings of the M340i xDrive. The second batch deliveries will start from August-September and will be limited in numbers. The car could also be offered in a new shade of black. The M340i is powered by a 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine making 387bhp and 500Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed transmission. It can go from 0-100kmph in a claimed 4.4 seconds.
Royal Enfield is working on a 650cc version of the Himalayan adventure bike. The current Himalayan uses a 411cc SOHC engine which is on the heavier side. The 650cc engine with a parallel twin motor will produce 47bhp and 52Nm of peak torque, notably better than the current versions 24.5bhp and 32Nm of torque. The new Himalayan will be developed at Royal Enfield’s testing center in the United Kingdom.
BMW Motorrad France has revealed a new limited edition of the S1000RR called the ‘Isle of Man’ edition. Only 50 units will be produced and the limited edition will be available in France only. It gets a BMW M-3 inspired green shade, an Akrapovic exhaust, a Dynamic pack, Sport pack, Race pack, M Ticket pack, and M Carbon pack! It also gets tinted yellow windscreen and headlamp, along with copper bits thrown around.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is in its final development stage. The car was recently being tested, equipped with an extra of about 100 sensors to measure temperature, pressure, and other key variables. The W16 beast achieved a top speed of 273mph or 440kmph, being lower than the 490.484kmph record of the long-tail Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. The hypercar is powered by an 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine, generating a massive 1,577 horsepower and a 3.6% longer final gear which helps it accelerate considerably even after 400kmph. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport tested at 440kmph. 
Volvo is testing subscription plans for its vehicles in India starting with Delhi and Gurgaon. Customers can choose subscription plans starting at 12 months for new cars as well as used cars. The customers can choose among the XC40, XC60, XC90, or S60 in new cars and XC40, XC60, or XC90 from the used cars fleet. The monthly fees include registration and road tax, maintenance, insurance, and 24x7 roadside assistance services, with no down-payment required.
Audi has announced on its social media that it will launch the e-Tron in India on 22nd July. The e-Tron will be Audi’s first electric vehicle for India, going against the Mercedes Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace. The e-Tron will get a 71.2kWh battery pack with an estimated range of 280-340kms depending on various factors. The e-Tron gets typical Audi design elements with distinct LED headlamps and connected taillights. Prices are expected to start north of ₹1 crore.
To increase the adoption of EVs in the state, Gujrat Government has announced their new EV policy, which will provide incentives of up to 10,000 per kWh. The benefits can be availed for electric 2-wheelers with a maximum ex-factory price of up to 1.5 lakh, electric 3-wheelers costing a maximum of 5 lakh, and 15 lakh for electric 4-wheelers. These benefits come in addition to the revised FAME II policy for electric vehicles. The Gujrat Government is targeting a total of 2,00,000 (all categories) vehicles under this scheme.
Porsche has introduced the new 911 GTS in Carrera and Targa models. It is powered by a six-cylinder engine generating 474bhp, a healthy 30bhp more than its predecessor and 570Nm of torque, increasing by 20Nm. The car will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet, with a choice of all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. In terms of the visual updates, the car gets black trims all over with a black interior.
According to the latest reports, Audi will go all-electric starting 2032. Audi is planning to produce conventional IC engine cars till 2026, after which the production will cease, and electric car production will commence on a full scale. Audi will be launching the next-generation version of the A3 and A4 as electric vehicles- A3 e-Tron and A4 e-Tron. The last IC engine car is likely to be the Q8.
Jaguar’s new boss, Thierry Bolloré recently disclosed the brands strategy to introduce an entirely new range of Electric Vehicles by 2025. Bolloré further stated that the new range will not compete with any existing car in particular, but will create a new segment with vehicles that will be different from existing Jaguar vehicles and other EVs. The i-Pace will sell separately, being the only old EV in the new plan.
Hyundai has launched a new variant in the Creta line-up- SX Executive, starting at ₹13.18 lakh. It is based on the SX variant of the Creta but misses out on certain features like the touchscreen head-unit, chrome door handles, Arkamys sound system and the voice recognition button. It costs ₹78,000 less than the regular SX variant, while retaining the panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and automatic climate control.
Harley Davidson teased it’s long awaited ‘sport segment bike’. The bike will get a 1,250cc Revolution Max Engine producing 150hp at 9000rpm and a peak torque of 172Nm at 6750rpm. It will get disc-brakes on all 4-wheels. In terms of technology, it will come with full LED headlamp and a digital instrument cluster. The bike will be revealed on July 13 with prices starting at around ₹15 lakh.
Nissan Magnite, launched in December 2020, has seen a good response in the Indian market. Nissan plans to expand its product line-up by introducing Magnite in three foreign countries- Nepal, South Africa and Indonesia. Nissan has manufactured 15,010 units of the Magnite till date- 13,790 units for India and 1,220 units exported, at their plant in Tamil Nadu. In Nepal, the Magnite received 760 bookings within 30 days.
Earlier, a test mule of a Wagon-R based EV wearing a Toyota badge was spotted testing. Now, the same car has been spied with a Suzuki badge. The Wagon-R based EV sports a completely new front fascia with split headlamp design. The rear has reworked bumper with smoked taillights. The interiors of the car will be lifted from the regular Wagon-R. Toyota will be launching a rebadged version of the same, likely to be named Hi-Ryder.
Hyundai has been working on performance variants of almost every model in their line-up under the N-line sub-division, and the latest model to be revealed will be the Hyundai Elantra N-line. The manufacturer has released new images revealing the new body-work and alloy wheels, with red brake callipers. The Hyundai N-line is likely to be powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine generating 275hp.
With Skoda Kushaq launch around the corner, VW will be launching the Taigun, based on the same MQB A0 platform as the Kushaq. The Taigun will be getting the same 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbo petrol engines. In terms of features, the Taigun will be getting an electric sunroof, ventilated seats, and a digital cockpit, something which the Kushaq misses out on. On the outside, The Taigun features typical VW styling with unique connected tail-lamps. Prices are expected to start around 10 lakh.
Suzuki has confirmed that it will be launching a new base variant for the Jimny line-up, the Jimny lite. The Jimny lite will get steel wheels instead of the 15” alloy wheels, plastic textured ORVM’s and halogen headlamps without fog lamps. On the inside, the 7-inch touchscreen system will be replaced by a basic 2-DIN system. The Jimny lite will be made in Japan and launched in Australia first, followed by other markets. Suzuki will launch the 5-door version of the Jimny soon in India.
Maserati is gearing up to launch the Hybrid version of its SUV, the Levante in India. The Hybrid version will use a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine with a 48V motor. As a result, the car will make 325bhp at 5,750 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,250 rpm. The Hybrid Levante will be lighter than the original V8 powered car, with 0-100kmph in 6 seconds, and a top speed of 240kmph.
Mini has launched the 2021 3-door hatch, Convertible and John Cooper Works hatch in India at ₹38 lakh, ₹44 lakh and ₹45.5 lakh respectively. The cars are imported as Completely Built Units (CBU) in India. The 2021 models feature new headlight elements, new LED tail lamps, and redesigned bumpers and grille. On the inside, it gets a new 8.8” touchscreen and new sport seats. The entire range comes with drive modes, cruise control, rear-view camera, heads-up display, Apple CarPlay and a Harmon-Kardon audio system.
Dacia has launched the new Duster which gets a sharper styling. The changes include a new chrome grille and new LED headlamps with LED indicators- first in a Duster. It also gets new tail lamps with union jack LED elements. On the inside, it gets a redesigned interior with a big cubby space, USB ports, and new materials and trims. An 8.0” touchscreen with smartphone integration comes as standard.
Anti-locking Breaking System or what is commonly known as ABS is a safety system used in
vehicles. ABS comes into play whenever sudden brakes are applied. In an occasion of
emergency braking, wheels tend to lock, which means they stop spinning. Due to this the
driver can lose control and the car can skid. ABS includes wheel speed sensors which detect
sudden change in speed and reduce the hydraulic pressure in the brake of that particular
wheel. This avoids wheel lock and the car doesn’t lose control.
Volvo has reportedly partnered with Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt to supply
batteries for their EVs. This will include batteries to be used in both Volvo and Polestar cars.
The two companies plan to set up a ‘gigafactory’ by 2026, which will produce over 50 GWh
annually. The factory will be powered by renewable energy resources entirely and will hire
over 3000 workers.

The new Mercedes AMG SL Roadster has been spied testing with minimal camouflage. The new Roadster is said to be entirely different from the previous generation or current AMG GT. It combines an aluminium space frame with a ‘self-supporting structure’. The SL will arrive with a fabric hood instead of the folding hard-top in a two-seater configuration. It is expected to be powered by multiples powertrains including six-cylinder engines and a V8. The car will compete with the Porsche 911 Cabriolet in the international markets.

Buying a car can be a tough decision, considering it is a depreciating asset. Here we quickly go through some important things to consider. To start, a used car can save you a considerable amount of bucks compared to the same brand-new model, saving on registration fee and road-taxes and also since a new car in its initial years loses its value rapidly. A new car though, is easier to maintain in initial years with free services and packages, gets new technologies and above all, it’s a new car.
Just 10 days before the 20th anniversary of the Fast& Furious’ release, the original Toyota Supra from the movie has been sold for $550,000 (₹4.07cr) at a Barrett Jackson auction.  The car sold is one of the 8 Toyota Supras used in the Fast & Furious movies. The car sold was a 1994 Mk 4 Supra, which was driven by the Late Paul Walker. The car was painted in Gold for 2Fast2Furious before being restored to it’s original pearl orange colour.
French GP was filled with excitement in the start and end as Hamilton was the one to take the lead on the first turn of the race with an incredible move on Verstappen. Redbull played the pit stop perfectly as Verstappen again took back the lead when Hamilton pitted. At the end it was Max Verstappen in the second last lap that took the lead following a thrilling chase from a 5 second deficit. Perez came third after an overtake on Bottas in the last few laps.
The two Redbull's started the Q1 strong with consistently being in top 3 but the Mercedes kept climbing back up to the top spot. Upset for Ocon as he couldn't get into Q3 in his home race. Q3 again started off strongly for both the Redbulls but Hamilton was always lurking around the front row. The last few seconds of Qualifying were quite exciting as Redbull and Mercedes both went at it but it was Max Verstappen who took the pole with Hamilton and Bottas behind him. 
Mercedes AMG S-63 has been spotted testing with minimal camouflage. The global reveal of the AMG version will happen later this year. The spy shots indicate reworked bumpers, quad exhaust, bigger wheels and the signature Panamericana grille, exclusive to AMG variants. On the inside, the S-63 could get new carbon-fibre elements, sporty seats and an AMG steering wheel. It is expected to be powered by a 4-cylinder V8 engine producing around 700bhp.
Max Verstappen finished first at the final practice session with a .7s margin, followed by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Interestingly, the top 3 teams were from different countries, as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shifted down by two spots compared to FP2 and finished at fifth spot closely following Red Bull racing’s Sergio Perez.
BMW Motorrad India is gearing up to launch the 2021 R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure. The 2021 models were teased on company’s social media platforms. It will be powered by a 1254cc BS-6 compliant engine producing 134bhp and 143Nm of torque. Changes to the new adventure touring bike will include new paint schemes including a ’40 Years GS’, which pays homage to the R 100 GS, and more standard features including a 6.5” instrument cluster. Prices could start at around ₹20 lakh.
Hyundai has finally launched the Alcazar in the Indian market. Prices start from ₹16.3 lakh for the base prestige variant, all the way up to ₹19.9lakh for the Signature(O) variant. Comparing it with its key rivals, the MG Hector Plus starts at ₹13.6 lakh for the base Style variant and ₹19.6 lakh for the Sharp; TATA Safari at ₹14.9 lakh for the XE trim and ₹21.8 lakh for the XZA Adventure Persona; Toyota Innova Crysta at ₹16.52 lakh and ₹24.59 lakh for the base G and ZX trim respectively and the Mahindra XUV-500 starts at ₹15.5 lakh for W7 and ₹20.03 lakh for the W11(O). All prices are ex-showroom.
Benelli in China has launched the new 1200GT at a starting price of 99,800 Yuan or ₹11.3 lakh. It is powered by a 1200cc inline three-cylinder engine generating134 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 120 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. It features an electrically adjustable windscreen, front and rear cameras, a 15” TFT display and Tyre-pressure monitoring system to name a few. The touring bike design includes a large fairing and panniers and top-box at the rear.
SUVs have a share of over 30% in the Indian market. Consequently, manufacturers are working on new SUV launches. Skoda Kushaq has been in the news a lot and will launch on 28 June, followed by the VW Taigun. Mahindra has created quite a buzz about the XUV-700 after the official name reveal and multiple spy shots. The XUV-700 is expected to launch in August. Tata motors will be entering the entry level crossover segment with the HB-X, which was revealed in a near production guise at the 2020 AutoExpo. MG motors is also gearing up to enter the mid-size SUV segment with its Creta rival- the Astor.

If Mercedes AMG G-63 is not fast enough for you, Brabus has unveiled the 900 Rocket edition based on it. The 4.5-litre V8 engine in this Super-SUV makes a massive 900hp and 1050Nm of torque with 0-100kmph in just 3.7 seconds! The car gets a ‘Widestar’ carbon body kit, a rear spoiler, 24” wheels and reworked bumpers. On the inside, it gets individual bucket seats for rear passengers. The car will be exclusive with only 25 being produced globally.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) held its first Grand National event, on 19 June 1949 at the Charlotte Fairgrounds. It started with Bill France’s vision to run a 100-mile national champion race. Local news editor argued that a national organisation to sanction a national event will be required, which gave birth to the idea of NASCAR to Bill France, which he founded on 21 February, 1948. At present, Jim France, son of Bill France is the CEO of NASCAR since 2018.
Toyota has revealed its full-size pick-up truck-the Tundra, soon after the car leaked online. Toyota released images of the TRD Pro variant of the truck titled "First official look: 2022 Toyota Tundra" without any accompanying information about the truck. The 2022 Tundra features LED headlights with integrated vertical air intake vents, and a massive grille with 3 LED lights. It is likely to be powered by the same twin-turbo V6 from the Land Cruiser.
With petrol prices crossing ₹100/litre in some places and diesel following closely after, fuel efficiency has become all the more important. If you need to ensure better efficiency, start with maintaining the right tyre pressure. The car should be maintained to ensure smooth performance. Clear extra clutter from your car with only some emergency items. Try following the instantaneous fuel efficiency meter on your car’s MID, avoiding sudden speed changes or using eco mode if your car has one.
Yamaha unveiled the new Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid scooter along with the launch of the FZ-X. It comes with a small electric motor, which Yamaha calls Smart Motor Generator (SMG), coupled with the 125cc Fi engine, capable of producing 8bhp and 10.5Nm of torque. The system will help the scooter while starting off or when extra power is required, like going uphill. The hybrid tech will be more efficient than the regular Fascino. The scooter comes with full LED headlamps and taillamps with front DRLs. It also gets a new digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity.
In the last decade, car manufactures have tried to introduce products measuring less than 4 meters. An entirely new segment of Sub-compact SUV has emerged, what started by the Ford Ecosport mainly, now has over 10 cars to choose from! So why this sudden incline towards sub-4-meter cars? The Indian Government, with the aim to reduce congestion on roads, reduced the excise duty on cars measuring less than 4 meters in length and powered by petrol engines less than 1200cc or diesel engines less than 1500cc to 8%. This hard to ignore change led carmakers to enter the sub-4-meter segment.
TATA Motors has set up India’s largest solar Carport in Chikhali, Pune. The grid synchronized, 6.2 MWp (Megawatt peak) solar carport is capable of generating 86.4lakh kWh of electricity every year and plans to reduce 7000 tons of carbon emissions annually. The 30,000 sq. mt. Carport will provide covered parking space for finished cars from the TATA Motors plant. The project was completed in a span of 9.5 months.
Following Biden’s announcement on making plans to shift toward EV’s, Volkswagen is gearing up to introduce more electric vehicles in the U.S market. VW’s brand development chief Thomas Ulbrich reported new plans “to realign to the new proposition for EV’s in a massive way”. Volkswagen iD.4 recently bagged the “World Car of the Year” title. Manufacturers like Toyota and Ford also plan to launch more electric vehicles for the U.S.
Hyundai has launched the Alcazar in India with prices starting at ₹16.3 lakh, all the way up to ₹19.99 lakh. The Alcazar is available in three trims- Prestige, Platinum and Signature in standard and optional variants with a choice of 6/7 seats. It comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine making 115PS and 250Nm of peak torque and a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 159PS and 191Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Alcazar in its top Signature(O) variant comes with segment first features like a 10.25” digital cluster, an air-purifier, front-row retractable seatback table and front-row sliding sunvisor. Other features include a 8 speaker BOSE sound system, panoramic sunroof, 64 colour ambient lighting, traction modes, 8-way powered driver seat and Blue-link connected car tech.
Yamaha has launched the Retro looking new FZ-x. It starts at ₹1.16 lakh and ₹1.19 lakh with Yamaha motorcycle connect. It uses the same 149cc engine from the FZS producing 12.2bhp and 13.3Nm of peak torque, mated to a five-speed transmission. The design features round LED headlamps with integrated DRL’s, LED taillamps, Bluetooth connectivity and a retro silhouette. It is available in three colours- orange, blue and black.

Manufactures have adopted a strategy to launch 5-seater SUVs followed by their 6/7-seater options like Hector/Hector plus, Creta /Alcazar or Harrier/Safari.  But will you spend more for a pair of extra seats?

Manufactures tend to give more features because of the premium price tag these bigger counterparts carry. Additionally, the seats increase the practicality; they can be used for passengers or can be folded down to increase boot space. On the downside, if you don’t have a big family, then the seats maybe folded most of the times. Also, the bigger size makes parking and city use cumbersome.

Kia motors has revealed the facelifted version of its ‘World Car of the Year’ title winner in the international markets. The 2021 Telluride features KIA’s new logo along with minor exterior changes. The car now gets more standard technology than before which includes a 10.25-inch TFT touchscreen infotainment display with three-way split-screen functionality, in-built navigation, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control and Kia’s Highway Driving Assist feature. 
Some 10 years ago, a touchscreen head unit was a feature only expensive cars had. Now, even a Maruti Suzuki Alto comes with a touchscreen infotainment display. There has been an addition in feature list of cars with manufacturers trying to fit in whatever possible. Wireless phone chargers have become very common with small cars like Grand i10 Nios getting one while the Alcazar gets a second row wireless charger too! Another feature which has filtered down to cars under 20 lakhs is a panoramic sunroof, a feature loved by Indians a lot. 360-degree camera is available in a Top-spec Nissan Magnite costing under 10 lakhs while ventilated seats are also becoming common in the 10-lakh plus segment cars.
Dacia recently revealed their new logo which looks more modern than the current logo. It features letter ‘D’ and ‘C’ put together in a mirrored style. The brand is also using a Khaki color theme depicting the brand’s focus towards off-road capabilities and cleaner energy. The new logo, as the company states “gives the impression of robustness and stability” and reflects the brand’s “simplistic and artful mindset”. The logo was first seen on Dacia’s Bigster concept which was unveiled in January.
Hyundai recently launched the updated Creta in Russia. It gets subtle design changes compared to the Indian model. Changes include a new cascading grille and creases on the tailgate, making the car look more mature and less quirky. Engines on offer include a 1.6-litre turbo petrol or a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The Russian spec Creta also gets an All-wheel-drive system; something which the Indian version misses out on. The interiors are identical with a new brown interior trim, as seen in the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar.
The Nürburgring motor-racing circuit held its first race meeting in 1927, Germany. The first motorcycle race was won by German Toni Ulmen on an English 350-cc velocette bike. Germany’s Rudolf Caracciola was the winner of first car racing event-5000cc class in a Mercedes Compressor. The track consisted of 174 bends. It was also open to public in the evenings and weekends as a one-way toll road. Recently, Porsche Cayenne achieved the record of fastest production SUV around Nürburgring in 7:38:925 minutes.
Porsche has made a new record for the fastest lap at the Nürburgring in a production SUV. Porsche used a new production version of the Cayenne, based on Cayenne Turbo Coupe to beat the previous record holder, the Audi RS Q8. The car completed one lap in 07:38:925 minutes, 3 seconds quicker than the Audi. Interestingly, both the cars are from the VW group of cars. The particular model of the Cayenne used for the record is yet to be revealed officially by the company.
Honda has launched their Gold-Wing Tour in India at an exorbitant price of 37.20 lakh ex-showroom. It comes with 1,833cc, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder engine building 125bhp and 170Nm at 4500rpm mated to a 7-speed DCT or a 6-speed manual transmission. It is based on a die-cast, aluminum twin-beam frame and double wishbone suspension at the front. Features on offer include a 7-inch TFT LCD screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Smart key, electric windscreen, lightweight speakers and cruise control to name a few.
Skoda is gearing up to launch its new mid-size SUV later this month. Variant details of the upcoming Kushaq have surfaced online. The Kushaq will be offered with two turbo petrol engines across three variants- Active, Ambition and Style. While the 1.0-litre turbo petrol will be available in all three variants, the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine will be offered in the top-spec Style variant only.
Suzuki has unveiled the 2021 Suzuki GSX-S950 which uses a detuned version of the 999cc inline-four engine from the GSX-S1000. It can produce 94bhp and 92Nm at 6500rpm but can be restricted to 47bhp for A2 license riders or beginners. It features a lower-spec KYB suspension and Tokico brakes. The design is inspired by the GSX-S1000 and gets the same stacked LED headlights.
While the manufactures are pushing their focus to electric vehicles, buyers are still skeptical whether to invest in an electric vehicle already. So how easy or not so easy is it to live with an EV? To start, some state governments like Delhi are providing subsidies to boost EV sales. Moreover, the running costs of electric vehicles is much less compared to conventional fuel powered counterparts and the charging stations are growing across the country, albeit at a small pace. The main concern while buying EV’s turns out to be the range and availability of charging stations. All in all, EV’s will be more pocket friendly in long term and buying an EV in big cities with good charging infrastructure makes the most sense.
Mercedes has launched its luxury-suite on wheels- the seventh generation S-class in India at ₹2.17 crore for S 400d and ₹2.19 crore for S 450. It features new adaptive digital lights, flush door handles, 12.8-inch infotainment screen, electrically adjustable rear seats with massage function, a rear axle steering and World’s first frontal airbags for rear passengers. It is powered by six-cylinder turbo-petrol and diesel engines producing 362bhp and 500Nm of torque and 327bhp and 700Nm of torque respectively.
The Delhi Government Transport Department recently revised the scrappage policies. A 10+ year diesel car or a 15+ year petrol car will be fined with Rs. 10,000 if found running on road. The authorities can impound such vehicles and scrap them. The apex court has also asked transport departments to publish a list of delisted vehicles and to notify their owners to get their vehicles scrapped.
Mercedes on Wednesday announced on social media that Grosjean’s long awaited F1 test has been postponed due to travel restrictions between United States and France. Grosjean was offered two outings in a Mercedes w10 by the team boss Toto Wolff, after Grosjean’s crash at last years Bahrain Grand Prix. The Mercedes team added that the test will be rescheduled and that they are committed to giving Romain a chance in a Mercedes F1.
The Chiron Super Sport is a new updated version of the Chiron and follows on the same path as the Veyron Super Sport. Bugatti suggests that the chassis has been modified over the standard Chiron. The front end has been revised over the standard car and it also has a 'centodieci' inspired exhaust tips in rear. 
Just as every year the Azerbaijan GP gave us an interesting and exciting race yet again. From engine failures, tyre failures to red flags, and lead changes this race had it all. At the end it was Redbull's Checo Perez who got the win ahead of Vettel and Gasly. With Verstappen out of the race due to tyre failure it looked as if Hamilton would take the lead in championship points but during the restart he couldn't capitalize on it and succumbed to some sort of brake failure. 
Charles Leclerc has managed to take a controversial pole in Baku. This was his 9th pole position of his career. With the free practice and qualifying full of crashes and run offs, it will be interesting to see how the race turns out. Hopefully, we get to see the 'well done Baku' from everyone again.
The Nevera, formerly called as the C Two is an all electric hyper car with 1,914 bhp and 2369 Nm of torque. The numbers on this car are just incredible, 0-100kmph in 1.85sec, 412 kmph top speed and a price tag of $2 million. Rimac has been the pinnacle of electric hyper cars for a few years now. It would be really interesting to see how the upcoming Tesla Roadster would stack against this behemoth. 
The Indian Air Force is all set to make the Hashimara Air force base in West Bengal home to a batch of 4 new Rafales. They will soon join the newly ressurected 101 'Falcons of Chamb' Squadron which should make our eastern borders even more secure. 
Ever since Mercedes have unveiled the AMG One or Project one as it was called before, everyone's eyes have been on it. Last year many reports suggested that Mercedes was struggling to make the Formula 1 engine from their F1 cars to be road legal and might even consider to scrap that idea all together, but all hail the mighty German brand as they seemed to have got them working. One such test mule was spotted in Germany looking absolutely insane on public roads.
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