Lamborghini Huracan Evo To Be Launched On February 7


The Lamborghini Huracan Evo has been given reasonable styling and power upgrades in a bid to make it even more agile and mature on the tarmac.




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The Lamborghini Huracan Evo gets a revised front and rear end to better its aerodynamics.

Lamborghini Ihas been on a role in India right from the launch of its first ever SUV- the Urus and it looks like it has again pulled up its socks entering into 2019. Starting the year with the launch of the even more manic version of the Aventador- the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the Italian carmaker is geared up to launch the Huracan Evo in India on February 7, 2019. The Lamborghini Huracan Evo is the facelifted avatar of the standard sports car and has refreshed styling, more power and better aerodynamics.

Also Read: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Launched In India

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7mcqhp6 At the rear, the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo gets a wider diffuser and sharper ducktail spoiler.

On the outside, the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo gets new bumpers, a bigger rear diffuser which sports two exhaust pipes and a sharper ducktail spoiler in a bid to improve the downforce drag. The cabin of the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo looks largely the same save for a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen unit which is equipped with Apple CarPlay and has more internal storage.

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Powering the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo is the same 5.2-litre, V10 motor which now churns out 28 bhp more at a staggering 631 bhp and a heavy peak torque of 600 Nm. This engine propels the Huracan Evo to triple-digit speeds in just 2.9 second and the 0-200 kmph come in just 9.0 seconds. The Lamborghini Huracan Evo can take a top-speed of 323.5 kmph. Moreover, the underpinnings of the new Huracan Evo have also been upgraded and in addition, it has a new chassis control system which the bull calls Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). What it does is that it controls the dynamics of the car with the inputs it gets from the sensors sensing the tarmac ahead and assessing the behavior of the driver. 

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To further accentuate the drivability it’s been fitted with magnetorheological dampers for better leveling according to road conditions and lateral movements. In turn, Lamborghini has also worked on the torque-vectoring system in a bid to maintain the cornering stability even better by sending just the right power to the opposite wheels while cornering which is further complemented an improved steering system.

Though the Lamborghini Huracan  Evo will be in its own niche and will have a reserved set of buyers, it will sure be fun to see and hear this on the road and specially if the owners choose to make it to the track days at the Buddha International Circuit and other car events.

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Renault Convenes Board To Turn Page On Ghosn Era


The board, which meets at 0900 GMT on Thursday, will consider the proposed appointment of outgoing Michelin boss Jean-Dominique Senard as chairman and the promotion of Ghosn’s deputy Thierry Bollore to CEO, three sources said.




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The decision has come two months after Ghosn’s arrest.

Renault has called a board meeting to replace Chairman and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn, in a move that may begin to ease tensions with alliance partner Nissan in the wake of Ghosn’s arrest in Japan for alleged financial misconduct. The board, which meets at 0900 GMT on Thursday, will consider the proposed appointment of outgoing Michelin boss Jean-Dominique Senard as chairman and the promotion of Ghosn’s deputy Thierry Bollore to CEO, three sources said. Renault confirmed an emergency board meeting was planned for Thursday, but a spokesman did not respond to questions about its agenda or Ghosn’s replacement.

The decision, two months after Ghosn’s Nov. 19 arrest and swift dismissal as Nissan chairman, turns a page on his two decades at the helm of the partnership he transformed into a global carmaking giant, following Renault’s acquisition of a near-bankrupt Nissan in 1999. Ghosn has been charged with failing to disclose more than $80 million in additional Nissan compensation for 2010-18 that he had arranged to be paid later. Nissan director Greg Kelly and the company itself have also been indicted. Both men deny the deferred pay agreements were illegal or required disclosure. Ghosn has also denied a separate breach of trust charge over personal investment losses he temporarily transferred to Nissan in 2008. Nissan has said it takes the matter seriously and pledged to improve corporate governance.

Ghosn has now agreed to resign from Renault, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters – but only after the French government, its biggest shareholder, called for leadership change and his bail requests were rejected by the Japanese courts.


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Senard, 65, now faces the immediate task of soothing relations with Nissan, which is 43.4 percent-owned by Renault. Since Ghosn’s arrest, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has sought to weaken Renault’s control and resisted its attempts to nominate new directors to the Japanese carmaker’s board.

Nissan currently owns a 15 percent non-voting stake in its French parent and 34 percent in Mitsubishi Motors, a third major partner in their manufacturing alliance. Once its new management is settled, French officials want work to resume on a new ownership structure cementing the partnership – which Ghosn had been mandated to explore when his Renault contract was renewed last year with government backing.

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Nissan is wary of any such move. In an interview last week, Saikawa acknowledged shareholders’ concerns that the current structure undervalues their investment, but added that changing it was “really not the current priority”. “The subject is not on the table today,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday amid Japanese press reports that France was actively pushing for a Renault-Nissan merger. The widely anticipated rejection of Ghosn’s latest bail application raises the likelihood that the 64-year-old executive will remain in custody until his trial in Japan.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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2019 Nissan Kicks vs Hyundai Creta vs Renault Captur: Price Comparison


The segment promises volumes and the Nissan Kicks has turned out to be an interesting offering with good looks and a premium cabin.




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The model also gets several segment first features.

Nissan India has just added an all-new offering to its line-up with the Kicks in the compact SUV segment. The 2019 Nissan Kicks takes on the likes of the Renault Captur and the Hyundai Creta in the segment, which is dominated by the latter. The segment promises volumes and the Nissan Kicks has turned out to be an interesting offering with good looks and a premium cabin. The model also gets several upmarket features. With the prices now announced, it’s now time to see how does the newly launched Nissan Kicks compare against the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur. Let’s take a look.

Petrol

The 2019 Nissan Kicks is offered with the 1.5-litre petrol engine tuned for 104 bhp and 142 Nm of peak torque. The petrol variants are available in two variants – XL and XV. The Kicks XL is the most affordable variant in the line-up and is priced at ₹ 9.55 lakh, while the XV is priced at ₹ 10.95 lakh. In comparison, the Renault Captur RXE petrol is priced at ₹ 9.99 lakh Dual-Tone version. The Hyundai Creta petrol starts from ₹ 9.50 lakh for the base E trim, going up to ₹ 13.66 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi) for the range-topping SX (O) petrol. The Creta certainly has the advantage as the most affordable petrol SUV here, even though the top-end Kicks petrol is more aggressively priced by a good margin.

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Diesel

That being said, the bulk of sales in the compact SUV segment are commanded by diesel engine options. Prices for the 2019 Nissan Kicks start at ₹ 10.85 lakh for the XL trim, going up to ₹ 14.65 lakh for the top-of-the-line XV Premium+ version. The Kicks diesel is offered in four trims, which will give customers enough options to choose from.  The Kicks diesel is powered by the 1.5-litre K9K engine shared with the Terrano but is offered in the 108 bhp guise with 240 Nm of peak torque. Both the petrol and diesel engines are paired with the 6-speed manual transmission, while there’s no automatic on offer for now.

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The Creta diesel continues to be more affordable here with prices starting at ₹ 9.99 lakh for the entry-level E+ variant, but the top-spec SX (O) is substantially more expensive at ₹ 15.10 lakh, over the Creta. The Kicks’ French cousin Renault Captur diesel is priced in the middle over the two models. The SUV starts at ₹ 10.99 lakh for the RXE trim, going up to ₹ 13.24 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi) for the top-end Platine version.

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2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R: Price Expectation In India


The new 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is built on a more advanced platform, is bigger than before, and much more equipped than ever. So, we expect the car to be priced from Rs. 3.9 bhp.




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The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is based on the Heartect platform and has also grown in size

The new-gen Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is finally ready to go on sale in India, on January 23, and bookings have been underway since early this month. Currently, in its third generation, the new India-spec Wagon R is completely different from the global-spec model and is based on the same Heartect platform as the new Swift and Dzire. Ahead of the car’s launch the company has been putting several teaser videos talking about all the new and updated features the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R will come with. In fact, there was even a brochure that was leaked online, revealing all the specifications of the new car. All that now remains to be known is the price of the new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, and here’s what we expect.

Also Read: 2019 Maruti Suzuki WagonR: Variants Explained

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is now longer, wider, and gets a longer wheelbase

The new-gen model is built on a more advanced platform and it’s also bigger than the previous-gen model and well-equipped as well. This means it will come with a decent premium over the older model that is priced at ₹ 4.18 lakh to ₹ 5.36 lakh. Having said that, considering the Wagon R is meant to rival the Hyundai Santro, which is priced from ₹ 3.89 lakh, it’s likely that Maruti will launch the car at a lucrative introductory price, possibly around ₹ 3.9 lakh to ₹ 5.9 lakh, (all prices ex-showroom). However, if the car does come in that price range, expect a price hike later this year.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki’s Electric Wagon R Prototype Spotted Testing

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2019 Maruti Suzuki Wagon R gets a new touchscreen infotainment system called SmartPlay Studio

The new-gen Wagon R is longer at 3655 mm, wider at 1620 mm, and has a longer wheelbase now at 2435 mm, which means the cabin will be roomier. Furthermore, the car will be more upmarket exterior with new floating-roof design, new ORVMs and new LED taillamps. The cabin will get a new dashboard equipped with a SmartPlay Studio infotainment system, climate control, new steering with controls for music and telephony. With respect to safety, the car will come with the driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, front seatbelts reminder, speed alert system and rear parking sensors as standard across all trims. It’s disheartening though that the passenger side airbag is not a standard feature on the hatchback.

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes with a new tailgate, vertically-stacked taillamps with an LED band

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The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R will get the more powerful 1.2-litre K12B four-cylinder petrol engine, in addition to the existing 1.0-litre K10B three-cylinder motor. The 1197 cc motor, sourced from the Swift, churns out 82 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a peak torque of 113 Nm at 4,200 rpm, while the smaller 998 cc motor makes 67 bhp at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and an optional 5-speed AGS unit.

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Nissan Kicks 2019: Variants Explained In Detail


The Nissan Kicks 2019 has been launched in India in four variants and there are 12 colour options available.




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The Nissan Kicks 2019 is available in four variants- XL, XV, XV Premium and XV Premium+.

The all-new Nissan Kicks 2019 has been finally launched in India at a starting price of ₹ 9.55 lakh for the base petrol variant which goes up to ₹ 14.65 lakh for the top-end diesel variant. The India-spec Nissan Kicks is larger in dimensions than the global model and is underpinned by the MO platform which is also shared by the Renault Captur, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. There is a 1.5-litre diesel engine in the new Kicks which produces 108 bhp and 248 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. While there is no automatic at the start, Nissan is considering introducing it at a later date. The petrol Nissan Kicks is also a 1.5-litre motor which churns out 104 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.

44h36bb8The Nissan Kicks 2019 is equipped with features like LED daytime running lights, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, automatic climate control and rear AC vents even in the base XL varinat.

Also Read: New 2019 Nissan Kicks Launched In India; Prices Start At ₹ 9.55 Lakh 

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The new Kicks has been launched in India with four variants- XL, XV, XV Premium and the top-spec XV Premium+ both in the petrol and diesel range and is availlable in 12 colour options. While the top-end XV Premium+ of course gets the most bells and whistles, even the base XL trim in the 2019 Nissan Kicks is pretty well loaded. The base XL variant gets features such as LED daytime running lights, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, power windows, power-adjustable wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and Bluetooth connectivity for the audio system which is linked to four speakers for the audio output.

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Also Read: New 2019 Nissan Kicks Launch Live Updates: Images, Specifications, Features






Variants Petrol (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) Diesel (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
XL ₹ 9.55 lakh ₹ 10.85 lakh
XV ₹ 10.95 lakh` ₹ 12.49 lakh
XV Premium   ₹ 13.65 lakh
XV Premium+   ₹ 14.65 lakh

Here’s the list of all the variants and the features they are equipped with.

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  • Central locking with speed-sensing auto lock
  • Impact-sensing auto door unlock
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat
  • Fabric upholstery
  • LED signature lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Black body cladding
  • Front armrest
  • Power steering with tilt adjustment
  • Power windows (front and rear) (With one-touch up-down for the driver’s side)
  • Electrically adjustable wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators
  • Two 12V power outlets
  • Auto AC
  • Rear AC vents
  • Integrated 2-DIN music system with Bluetooth
  • Nissan Connect
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dual airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS)

  • Nissan Kicks XV (In addition to the XL variant)

  • Front fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Reverse camera
  • 8-inch touchscreen screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
  • Rear seat armrest with cup holder
  • ECO drive mode (diesel only)
  • Rear wiper
  • Steering-mounted audio controls
  • Satin chrome body cladding
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control  (diesel only)
  • Fabric upholstery with single stitching
  • 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Satin skid plate

Nissan Kicks XV Premium (In addition to the XV variant)

  • Hill-start Assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Push button start/stop
  • Cruise control
  • Chrome rear trunk garnish
  • LED projector headlights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear knob with chrome accents

Nissan Kicks XV Premium Plus (In addition to the XV Premium+)

  • 360-degree Around View Monitor (Segment First Feature)
  • An optional dual-tone paint scheme
  • Leather upholstery with double stitching
  • Soft-touch dashboard
  • Auto headlights
  • Cornering Lights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Follow-me-home headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers

     

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Ducati India Announces First-Ever Ducati India Race Cup


The first ever Ducati India Race Cup will be held in October 2019 at the Buddh International Circuit, and will follow a one-make format.




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The 2019 Ducati India Race Cup will follow a one-make format

Ducati India has announced the very first Ducati India Race Cup in India. The race will be held alongside the season finale of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2019 and will be held in October 2019 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. This will be the very first time that the Ducati India Race Cup will take place in India, and the event will be a collaboration of Ducati India with Volkswagen Motorsport India. Ducati riders aboard Ducati Panigale and Ducati SuperSport motorcycles will battle for top honours at the BIC.

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The 2018 Ducati Riding Experience Track Days was a popular and successful event


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“In 2018, Ducati showcased its racing DNA by winning at the JK Tyre National Superbike Racing Championship and now, Ducati is proud to bring its very own one make race along with Volkswagen Motorsport India. This year, we are also looking to organise not just another DRE Track day but are also working on having certified DRE instructors in India itself so that they can provide individual training to keen Ducati riders before the race. Ducati India is thankful to Volkswagen Motorsports India for this collaboration,” said Sergi Canovas, Managing Director, Ducati India.

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The 2019 Ducati India Race Cup will give Ducati owners an opportunity to learn track riding skills and race against each other at the BIC

“The Volkswagen Group with its diverse portfolio offers us opportunities to collaborate within the brands and come up with racing properties that cater to a wider audience. I am glad that we are taking the first step towards creating a power-packed event along with Ducati India and really looking forward to working on many more events in the future,” said Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India.

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The Ducati Race Cup has been introduced in India to provide a platform and opportunity for Ducati owners to ride their motorcycles on the racetrack, and also to develop the sport in India. The Ducati Race Cup will have one qualifying race on October 5, followed by the race on October 6. Ducati India will open entries for the Panigale and SuperSport owners for the inaugural season of 2019. More details about eligibility and entry forms will be made available on the Ducati India website.

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Nissan Leaf India Launch Confirmed For 2019


Nissan India has confirmed that the popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf, will definitely be launched in India in 2019.




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The Nissan Leaf will be launched in India in 2019

The new generation Nissan Leaf electric car will be launched in India in 2019, senior Nissan India officials have confirmed to Carandbike. In fact, there have been several reports doing the rounds about the Nissan Leaf spotted in India, and in 2017, the Japanese automaker had confirmed that the Leaf will be introduced in India in 2019, as part of the Intelligent Mobility initiative launched by Nissan India. Now, there’s the first confirmation that this year will see the electric car finally being launched in India. Globally, the car has been around for some time now, and India will get the latest second generation model of the Leaf.

Also Read: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Spotted In India

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Nissan Leaf Spotted in India

The Nissan Leaf comes with a 40 kWh battery which can offer a range of up to 400 km on a single charge, and offers a power output of 148 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm. Charging time of the battery is from 8 to 16 hours, depending on power capacity. The Leaf also gets a quick charging feature which can give 80 per cent battery charge in just 40 minutes.

Also Read: Nissan Leaf Scores 5 Stars In Euro NCAP Tests

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The latest generation Nissan Leaf has already been spotted in India, possibly to undergo test runs. The Leaf is expected to be launched in India as completely built units (CBU), imported from Japan, but Nissan India is hoping to increase localisation of the Leaf at a later stage, and that could result in better and competitive pricing. The Leaf is one of the most popular electric cars globally right now, and in 2018 alone, it registered sales growth of 95 per cent across the world. However, the Leaf isn’t expected to be exactly affordable and could command a price tag of ₹ 30 lakh or more, when it’s launched in India.

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2019 Yamaha FZ V3.0: All You Need To Know


Here’s a look at what all has changed on the third generation Yamaha FZ, and the Yamaha FZ-S, which now come equipped with single-channel ABS.




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The Yamaha FZ and Yamaha FZ-S Version 3.0 now get single-channel ABS and updated styling

Yamaha India has launched the 2019 Yamaha FZ Version 3.0 and the 2019 Yamaha FZ-S Version 3.0 with updated bodywork, new LED headlamp, a new instrument console and single-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS). The 150 cc, naked street motorcycle is available in two variants, with the standard Yamaha FZ Version 3.0 being priced at ₹ 95,000 (ex-showroom Delhi), while the FZ-S Version 3.0 variant has been priced at ₹ 97,000 (ex-showroom). The Yamaha FZ has been around since 2008, and started the trend of the muscular naked street styling that is synonymous with 150-160 cc motorcycles in India today. Here’s a look at what all has changed on the third generation Yamaha FZ.

Updated Design

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The Yamaha FZ Version 3.0 gets updated design for 2019, including a new single-piece seat, newly designed fuel tank and tank extensions, as well as a new LED headlight


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The Yamaha FZ V3.0 gets significantly updated bodywork, including an all-new LED headlamp which gives a completely new look to the face of the motorcycle. The LCD instrument panel is all-new as well, and so is the muscular fuel tank with the long tank extensions, something similar to the Yamaha FZ-25. There’s a small engine belly pan on the Yamaha FZ-S V3.0 as well, and the riding position has also changed somewhat with a slightly taller handlebar. The new generation FZ also loses the split seats and gets a single-piece unit which is slightly larger and offers better padding as well. There’s also a new one-piece aluminium grab bar. The exhaust muffler seems to be borrowed from the bigger Yamaha FZ-25.

Same fuel-injected engine, more weight

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The Yamaha FZ-S Version 3.0 gets updated styling and single-channel ABS

The third generation FZ and FZ-S however don’t get any updates to the powerplant. The 149 cc, air-cooled, two-valve, single-cylinder engine makes 13.2 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 12.8 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The kerb weight has also increased by 5 kg on the third generation FZ, from 132 kg in the outgoing model to 137 kg in the latest variant. The FZ is still one of the lighter motorcycles in its class, but is still one of the least powerful motorcycles compared to the competition.

Single-channel ABS

The Yamaha FZ V3.0 and FZ-S V3.0 now gets single-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS). This is a regulatory measure, and all motorcycles of 125 cc and above will need to have at least single-channel ABS by April 1, 2019. So, the FZ Version 3.0 is now ready to meet the mandatory ABS norms, but that has bumped up the price of the motorcycle as well.

Pricing and Market Positioning

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The third generation Yamaha FZ goes up against the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer, and TVS Apache RTR 160 4V among others

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The Yamaha FZ and FZ-S continue to be one of the more popular motorcycles from Yamaha India, and with the updates, the prices have been increased at ₹ 95,000 for the standard FZ Version 3.0 and ₹ 97,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Yamaha FZ-S Version 3.0. The updated Yamaha FZ and FZ-S takes on other worthy competitors in this segment, including the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Suzuki Gixxer and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. The latest generation Yamaha FZ and FZ-S certainly get fresh appeal and with ABS. But in terms of value they still aren’t the most powerful among the competition. How they perform, both on the road, and in the market, against worthy competitors remain to be seen.

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New 2019 Nissan Kicks Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 9.55 Lakh





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The new 2019 Nissan Kicks gets a youthful & a sporty demeanour

The 2019 Nissan Kicks has been launched in India with prices starting at ₹ 9.55 lakh for the base XL petrol varinat, going up to  ₹ 14.65 lakh for the top-end XV Premium+ diesel variant, all prices ex-showroom, Delhi. Globally, the Kicks is built on the Micra platform but for India, Nissan will be manufacturing the Kicks on the Renault Duster’s M0 platform but with a few updates. Without a doubt, the new Kicks is a looker! We really like its sharp, upright styling with edgy lines. The V-shaped grille with a thick chrome border and those sweptback headlamps give the Kicks a rather stylish appearance. Viewed in profile, the crossover stance with the contrast roof and sleek body add a youthful and a sporty demeanor to the SUV. The 17-inch alloys along with a ground clearance of 210 mm add that SUV flair to the overall crossover-like stance. Bookings for the new Nissan Kicks have already begun. You can book one for ₹ 25,000 at any Nissan dealership or book it online as well.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks India Launch: Live Updates

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(We like how the new 2019 Nissan Kicks looks!)

The Kicks also gets a whole bunch of features starting with the LED projector headlamps, which light up the roads very well in the dark. The headlamps are automatic and the fog lamps up front also light up at corners. Step inside and you see the sumptuous leather upholstery all around the cabin which oozes premium-ness. There is a lovely 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers smartphone integration in the form of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is auto climate control on offer along with cruise control as well. In terms of safety and driver assists, Nissan offers 4 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill start assist and a first-in-segment 360 degree camera view too.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks: All You Need To Know

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(The new Nissan Kicks gets leather upholstery inside the cabin)

The Nissan Kicks is larger than its biggest rival, Creta on all fronts. The Kicks has a length of 4,384 mm, a width of 1,813 mm, height of 1,651 mm and a wheelbase is 2,673 mm. In comparison, the Creta has a length of 4,270 mm, width of 1,780 mm, height of 1,665 mm and the wheelbase on the Creta is 2,590 mm. and then, the Kicks can accommodate 400 litres of luggage in the boot.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks vs Hyundai Creta Comparison Review

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(The Nissan Kicks will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta & Renault Captur)

The Nissan Kicks uses the same 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre K9K diesel engines as on the Duster and in the same state of tune. The petrol engine makes 104 bhp and 142 newton metres of peak torque while the diesel engine makes 108 bhp and 240 newton metres. The petrol engine gets a 5-speed gearbox while the diesel gets a 6-speed unit. There are no automatic options as of now. The Nissan Kicks has the goods to take on the Hyundai Creta and potentially be more successful than the Captur. It is definitely a good-looking SUV with a decent list of premium features too. But, will it be enough to dethrone the Creta? That is something only time will tell.

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2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Bookings Open





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The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno will be launched with updated safety features to meet the safety norms.

Bookings for the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift has officially commenced in India for an initial token of ₹ 11,000.  Set to receive its mid-life update after almost three-and-a-half years, the new 2019 Baleno is expected to come with several cosmetic and features updates. The company claims that the new Baleno will come with a bolder attitude, stylish design, and premium interiors. In fact, it was just recently that we shared spy photos of an uncamouflaged 2019 Baleno, where we go to see a bunch of visual changes on the exterior front.

Also Read: 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift Spotted Sans Camouflage

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Mentioning some of the visual updates, the company says that the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift will come with a new and aggressive face, which based on the spy photos we know now comes with restyled grille and headlamps with a new bumper as well. The facelifted Baleno will come with a revised cabin with refreshed and more premium interior elements. Other visual updates will include new alloy wheels, revised taillamps and rear bumper among others.

dq64j308The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been recently spotted without camouflage. 

Maruti has also confirmed that the car will now come with improved safety features like speed alert system, co-driver seat belt reminder and rear parking assist sensors. On the other hand, the standard safety bits will include – dual airbags, child seat restrain system (ISOFIX), Pre-tensioner and force limiter seat belts and ABS with EBD.

While the company hasn’t mentioned details about the engine, it’s very much likely that the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift will continue to feature the existing petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre K-Series engine offers 83 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque, while the oil burner offers 74 bhp and 190 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional CVT automatic transmission for the petrol unit. Maruti Suzuki also offers a performance-spec Baleno RS which get the 1.0-litre boosterjet turbo petrol engine that makes 100 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque and gets only a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, whether the RS version will also be updated or not is yet to be known.

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The Maruti Suzuki Baleno was launch in Indian in October 2015, and since then the carmaker has sold over 5 lakh units of the car. In fact, in the first nine months of the current 2018-19 fiscal year alone, the Baleno saw a 14 per cent growth in the Indian market.

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