All-New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Spied, Detailed Interior And Exterior Pictures


New pictures of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga showcase all the details of the new seven seat MPV, which will be launched on November 21, 2018 in India

Earlier today we brought you news on how bookings for the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga have begun with a booking amount of Rs 11,000 at Maruti Suzuki Arena dealerships across the country. And now, new detailed pictures showcasing the Maruti Suzuki seven seater MPV inside and out have surfaced. The new Ertiga will be launched in India on November 21, 2018 and is expected to have a price tag of between Rs 7-11 lakh. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also be available with both a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre K15 engine making 103 bhp while the diesel is a 1.3-litre DDIS 200 engine making 89 bhp. Both cars will get a 5-speed manual gearbox with the petrol also getting a 4-speed torque convertor automatic. There will be no diesel automatic Ertiga at the time of launch and no factory fitted CNG Ertiga either. That said, scroll down for more detailed spy pictures of the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at a dealer stockyard in India.

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will get five colour options)

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is all set to launch in India and will be the second generation of the popular MPV. The new Ertiga gets an all new design language that is similar to the likes of the larger and more premium Toyota Innova Crysta. The new Ertiga will get a new grille and sharper headlamps.

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a set of 15-inch alloy wheels on the top spec version)

The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also get a set of new LED daytime running lights and LED headlamps along with a set of possible LED foglamps from the new Ciaz too. The top spec ZDI+ will get 15-inch alloy wheels like the ones seen in the image above. 

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga rear design)

The big changes continue around the rear too. The Ertiga now gets a completely redesigned rear end with a set of boomerang tail lamps that looks very similar to the ones on Volvo SUVs. It gets LED lighting elements for the brake lights while the tail gate itself has a slim chrome styling cue. 

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Gets an all-new interior)

The new Ertiga gets a brand new interior too. A new steering wheel that is borrowed from the Dzire now makes an appearance and just like the Dzire and Ciaz, there is premium wood finish panels on the dashboard and the side door panels too. On the whole, a much better design language. 

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dashboard)

The wooden finish on the dashboard is more evident here. And so is the climate control setup along with the new touchscreen infotainment system that gets inbuilt navigation. It will also support Apple Carplay and Android Auto. 

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Roof Mounted AC)

As expected, the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a roof mounted AC vent for the rear passengers. The second row also is adjustable and tumbles forward in order to give access to the last row of seats. The new Ertiga also gets a beige interior and beige upholstery on the seats. 

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(New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Pictures)

And finally, the trademark seven seat – three row layout. The new Ertiga is more spacious as compared to the older generation as it has a longer wheelbase and a much larger cabin. The new Ertiga will also have a bigger boot as compared to its predecessor. That said, carandbike will be driving the new car on November 22, 2018 so stay tuned for our detailed gallery and of course, our detailed review right here on the website and on our youtube channel. 

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 2.50 Lakh


The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 come in three variants – Standard, Classic and Custom. The bikes have been launched at a starting price of Rs. 2.50 Lakh for the Interceptor and Rs. 2.65 lakh from the Continental GT.




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Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal and President Rudratej Singh announcing the prices of the bikes

Royal Enfield today officially launched the company’s new 650 cc twins – Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT India. Introduced at a starting price of ₹ 2.50 Lakh for the Interceptor and ₹ 2.65 lakh from the Continental GT, both the bikes will be offered in three variants – Standard, Classic, and Custom. The top-of-the-line Custom variant of the Interceptor 650 is priced at 2.70 lakh which Continental GT 650 Custom is priced at ₹ 2.85 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Goa). These prices have truly surpassed our expectations. In some states, the prices will start as low as ₹ 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Powering both the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is a new 649 cc, air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 47 bhp at 7250 rpm and develops 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 rpm. We have already ridden both the motorcycles and the engine is possibly the smoothest and most powerful Royal Enfield engine we have ever experienced. About 80 per cent of the torque is available from 2500 rpm and a flat torque curve results in ample power all the way till about 6000 rpm. Sending power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper clutch, for a lighter lever operation. The bikes are capable of speeds in excess of 160 kmph.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

Visually, both the Royal Enfield 650 twins are designed based on the original motorcycles of 1960-70s. The bikes come with a retro flavour and use an all-new frame developed by RE subsidiary Harris Performance in the UK. Furthermore, the chassis of both the bikes have been optimised to offer excellent handling and superior comfort. In terms of dimensions, the bikes measure 1024 mm in height and have a ground clearance of 174 mm. The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 will have a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 litres, while the Interceptor 650’s fuel tank will be slightly larger at 13.7 litres.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650 will come with the conventional 41 mm telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers for the rear suspension. Braking will be handled by a 320 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. Both bikes will come with dual-channel ABS as standard. The bikes will also ride on large 18-inch wheels wire-spoked wheels.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 India Launch Live Blog: Prices, Images, Specifications, Features


The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 is all set to be launched today and the bike maker will finally announce the prices for its all-new middleweight motorcycles. We’ve ridden the bikes and did come back quite impressed with what they have to offer. This does raise expectations from Royal Enfield’s modern-day large capacity motorcycles, which could be game changers for the segment and the company as well. The 650 Twins are expected to do wonders for RE globally too, establishing the Chennai-based bike maker on the global front.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 & Continental GT 650: Price Expectation

Royal Enfield has announced prices for the US and UK markets, while that for the Indian market still remains a mystery. Dealers have unofficially started accepting bookings for the motorcycles while deliveries are expected to begin towards the end of this month.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 First Ride Review

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 also mark a major leap for the brand technologically. The bike uses a newly developed platform developed by UK’s Harris Performance, while the engine is a 649 cc parallel-twin motor, a first-ever for Royal Enfield. The air/oil cooled motor is tuned to produce 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed gearbox and also gets a slipper clutch. The bike also comes with dual-channel ABS across both versions.

Also Read: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 First Ride Review

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 will be offered in three versions – Standard, Classic and Custom – each of which will be offered in different colour options. More details on the motorcycles will be available in sometime from now.

Also Read: Royal Enfield 650 Twins: Top Questions Answered

Catch all the details Live from the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 launch event here:



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Ford, Walmart To Collaborate On Designing Automated-Vehicle Delivery


Ford has emphasized commercial uses of autonomous vehicle technology, such as goods delivery, in contrast to rival General Motors Co, which is working to build a robot taxi service at its GM Cruise unit.




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Ford has said it expects to launch commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021

Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.


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The project is the latest to grow out of Ford’s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles.

The Walmart pilot, which will take place in the Miami area, initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford has said it expects to launch commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021.

Ford and its partners are using Miami as a testing ground for automated delivery service ideas and automated vehicle technology.

The new pilot project will offer customers delivery by Postmates of goods ordered at Walmart stores. Brian Wolf, an executive of Ford’s autonomous vehicle unit, wrote in a blog post that the companies will work over the next “couple of months” to figure out what goods can be delivered successfully, especially perishable groceries.

“Before self-driving cars can go mainstream, we must get a better sense of how people want to interact with them,” Tom Ward, Walmart senior vice president for digital operations, said in a statement on Thursday.

That could require new designs or equipment for vehicles, Wolf wrote. Among the challenges Ford has said it is working on is designing on-board storage systems that are easy for customers to open to retrieve a pizza or a package.

Postmates, according to its website, operates in 385 U.S. cities, as well as Mexico. It offers delivery from brick-and-mortar restaurants and stores.

Walmart is competing with online retailer Amazon.com and other rivals to cut the cost of delivering goods over what industry executives call “the last mile” to customers who order online.

Replacing human delivery van drivers with robotic systems could reduce last-mile delivery costs. But the technology is still expensive, and the industry is still waiting for regulations that could help protect automated vehicle owners or manufacturers from liability claims.

Ford has emphasized commercial uses of autonomous vehicle technology, such as goods delivery, in contrast to rival General Motors Co, which is working to build a robot taxi service at its GM Cruise unit.

Ford is in discussions with German automaker Volkswagen AG about a possible investment in its self-driving vehicle unit, people familiar with the situation said. No deal has been announced.

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In July, Ford said it would create a new business unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, to house its self-driving vehicle operations. The automaker said it would invest a total of $4 billion in the unit through 2023.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650 Prices Leaked; Starts At Rs. 2.34 Lakh


Prices for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 have been leaked online and the motorcycle starts at a highly competitive sticker price of Rs. 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are all set to be launched in a few hours from now. RE has kept the prices hidden for the big day today, but a leaked price sheet has made its way online revealing the prices on the motorcycles. According to the leaked image, prices for the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 start at ₹ 2.34 lakh for the standard version, while the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at a price of ₹ 2.49 lakh (all-prices, ex-showroom). Those are truly breathtaking prices for the motorcycles and by far the most affordable twin-cylinders to go on sale in India.

The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is at ₹ 2.34 lakh for the Orange Crush, Mark Three Black and Silver Spectre colours of the standard range, while Ravishing Red and White and Red colours are priced at ₹ 2.41 lakh, part of the Classic range. The custom Interceptor 650 Chrome is priced at ₹ 2.54 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).

Meanwhile, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 starts at a price tag of ₹ 2.49 lakh for the Black Magic shade, while the grey and black paint scheme and queen white colours are priced at ₹ 2.56 lakh. The Continental GT 650 Ventura Blue is priced at ₹ 2.69 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom), same as the chrome version.

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(Together with the Interceptor 650, the Continental GT 650 could possibly disrupt the middleweight segment)

The prices will make the new Royal Enfield 650 Twins a complete game disrupter in the middleweight segment and also for the competition. In comparison, the KTM 390 Duke is cheaper by ₹ 20,000, but the BMW G 310 R is about ₹ 66,000 more expensive than the standard Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.

It is likely that these prices will be introductory, but even then they are extremely competitive undercutting every 650 cc offering on sale. For the price, the bikes come with a completely new 649 cc parallel-twin engine with 47 bhp and 52 Nm of torque, newly developed chassis, dual-channel ABS, 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch and more. The bike is by far the most powerful RE offering to go on sale in modern times.

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‘F1 Race in India Was Strange Because It Was Such a Poor Place’: Lewis Hamilton


World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One’s policy of organising races in new countries after this month’s announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix.

World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One’s policy of organising races in new countries after this month’s announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix. Hamilton told the BBC that he would prefer to see more stops in countries with a genuine racing tradition, rather than expanding to new markets. On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such,” said Hamilton who sealed his fifth world title last month.

“If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.”

The Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, will hold a Formula One street race from 2020 after signing a 10-year deal.

Formula One has steadily expanded beyond its traditional heartlands, adding races in China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with mixed results.

At the same time, historic European races in England, Germany and Italy have come under threat, while France dropped off the circuit for 10 years before returning this season.

“We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow,” said Hamilton.

“But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.

He added: “I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

“We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience.”

Formula One has thrived in Singapore, but it didn’t last long in India and South Korea. Vietnam also has scant racing tradition.

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Hamilton said: “If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so much about Formula One.”

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France Unveils 500 Million Euros In Aid To Motorists


The government will double the current 2,000 euro bonus granted to motorists on low incomes who change old-model cars seen as contributing to pollution for more recent and cleaner ones




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The government will also increase other aids granted to motorists

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday announced a 500 million euros ($564 million) plan to help motorists with the lowest incomes, in a bid to defuse a wave of nationwide protests against a tax increase on fuels.

The government will double the current 2,000 euro bonus granted to motorists on low incomes who change old-model cars seen as contributing to pollution for more recent and cleaner ones, Philippe told RTL radio on Wednesday.The government will also increase other aids granted to motorists, as well as an existing special aid for low income families who use diesel fuel to heat their homes.

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Philippe said the new plans would overall represent an extra 500 million euro cost for the government.

The new measures come after nationwide protests against tax increases on petrol have spread in recent weeks. Several associations and groups created on social networks have scheduled demonstrations and road blockades for Nov 17.

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New Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Teased With Wire Sculptures


The second-generation Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is slated to be unveiled on November 22.




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The upcoming Range Rover Evoque is the second-generation model and will be unveiled on Nov 22

Finding yet another unique way to announce its upcoming model, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has teased the next-generation Range Rover Evoque with special life-size wire sculptures. Slated to be unveiled on November 22, the life-size wire art installations of the second-generation RR Evoque were placed across London, ahead of its official debut. Interestingly, the wire sculptures have been designed by the same team in charge of designing the new Range Rover Evoque, thus giving us a general idea as to what to expect in terms of the SUV’s design.

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The Range Rover Evoque Wire Sculpture is built by the same team that has designed the new Evoque

Based on the several spy images that we have seen so far, the upcoming Range Rover Evoque will borrow a lot of its cues from its bigger sibling, the Range Rover Velar, and these new wire sculptures further confirm this. Furthermore, the upcoming 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be based on an updated version of the existing platform and it will also be bigger in dimensions. The SUV will be longer and will also come with a longer wheelbase to offer more cabin space, while both the front and rear axles will be widened, making it wider as well.

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Range Rover Evoque will be bigger and resemble the Range Rover Velar

Engine options are yet to be confirmed, by the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is likely to come with JLR’s tried and tested four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the Ingenium family. Additionally, word has it that there will also be a hybrid powertrain that will use a three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine and an electric motor.

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The new Range Rover Evoque is expected globally go on sale next year, and possibly come to India in 2020. Other technical details and features are expected to be revealed at the time of the official unveiling of the SUV, on November 22, 2018. So keep watching this space as we bring you more updates about the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

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Kyocera Introduces 3D Displaying System For Safe Driving


Kyocera Corporation has developed a 3D displaying system, which alerts drivers through various visual warnings such as pedestrians and other cars in blind spots by detecting them early with its original auto-sensing system




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Kyocera exhibited its newly developed technology at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies

In what gives a boost to safe driving, Kyocera Corporation has developed a 3D displaying system, which alerts drivers through various visual warnings such as pedestrians and other cars in blind spots by detecting them early with its original auto-sensing system.

A blind spot in a vehicle is an area around the vehicle that cannot be directly observed by the driver while at the controls, under existing circumstances.

Kyocera exhibited its newly developed technology at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, “CEATEC Japan 2018,” recently held in Makuhari Messe, Tokyo.

A car equipped with this newly developed 3D displaying system also provides up-to-date traffic signal information by linking with different roadside processing units.

Kyocera Corporation official Kaoru Kusafuka said, “Drivers can get lots of information thanks to the 3D displaying system without having to use excessive eyesight checks while driving and that will lead to reducing stress

By developing various assistance features for drivers, such as giving off visual signals beforehand for a pedestrian approaching the car from its left, we can keep drivers from hitting that person while their attention is, maybe, fully taken by a car approaching from the right side.”

“So, we can reduce driving risks in that way. Another thing is that by gaining traffic signal information beforehand, we can opt for the best route which can lead to less carbon dioxide emissions and less fuel being wasted. So, we can promote an eco-friendly society in that way,” added Kusafuka.

The product, “Amcena” from Kyocera received Minister Award, one of most prestigious awards within this field given in Japan. “We call this new antenna “Amcena”. On the metallic surface, antenna normally does not work well due to structural issues. We thought we can accelerate the field of the internet of things (IoT) by overcoming this challenge and we have finally achieved our goal,” said Nobuki Hiramatsu, another official at Kyocera Corporation.

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“Since this is harmless to the human body, it can be used for wearable devices as well. As for our future vision, this new technology can be potentially used in diverse fields such as for factory facilities by collecting vibration data to detect and predict facilities’ malfunctions, or basic infrastructures like steel bridges and roads, as well as bicycles and automobile,” added Hiramatsu.

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BMW India Kick Starts Online Sales Of Its Cars


Customers will be able to compare specifications, use the car configurator, view financing options, payment methods, and get instant consultation before finalising the purchase

BMW India has launched an online sales channel where customers can select and purchase a car online. Customers will be able to compare specifications, use the car configurator, view financing options, payment methods, and get instant consultation before finalising the purchase.


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Vikram Pawah, Chairman – BMW Group India said, “Digitalisation will be a key differentiator in our industry and will become an increasingly important retail channel in the future. BMW is pioneering the futuristic path of automotive retail in India that will go beyond physical boundaries and appeal to fans in the digital world. We are the first luxury automotive manufacturer in India to offer an end-to-end digital sales solution for the entire product range. With this, our customers will have greater independence and flexibility in choosing the purchase process. BMW Group has always been a customer-centric brand and today, a new milestone is being added to BMW India’s fascinating story.”

BMW India’s Online Sales Channel will allow customers to browse all products, choose a preferred dealership and even book a test drive online. BMW says that though the buying process is entirely online, the dealer remains at the heart of the process and drives the entire process. The platform seamlessly integrates the BMW India website, CRM systems, sales channel and website configurator.

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BMW is not the only carmaker to go digital as far as sales are concerned. Jaguar Land Rover already has a sales channel online. But it’s not just luxury car makers who are getting into the act of setting up a shop online. Hyundai recently opened bookings online for the Santro and the response it got was humongous. We wait to see when the other manufacturers make the switch.

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