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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Seize Land Belonging To Brajesh Thakur’s Wife: Court


Brajesh Thakur is the key accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes.

Muzaffarpur: 

A court in Muzaffarpur directed the seizure of land belonging to the wife of Brajesh Thakur, key accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

Asha Thakur is a member of the Brajesh Thakur-led NGO which used to run the Muzaffarpur shelter home.

The court of District Magistrate Mohammad Sohail also passed an order Monday, asking the other members of the NGO to furnish the details of their assets, including ancestral properties.

The court thus initiated the seizure process of the assets of the other members of the NGO in the light of the Supreme Court order in connection with the case.

The district magistrate also issued a direction to seize the 28 vehicles of the NGO. Additional Registrar Sanjay Kumar Gogalia was appointed the receiver for the seized properties.

The alleged rape of girls at the shelter home run by Thakur came to light after Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) submitted an audit report of 110 shelter homes in Bihar to the state government in April.

The audit was ordered by the Bihar government, which filed an FIR against 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, on May 31. A medical report confirmed rape.

Brajesh Thakur has been shifted from Bihar to a jail in Punjab following a Supreme Court order.





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Jaguar Land Rover Invests In Arc Electric Motorcycles


The Arc Vector claims to be the first electric superbike with integrated Human Machine Interface.




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The Arc Vector is claimed to be one of the most advaned electric superbikes

InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, has invested in Arc Electric Motorcycles. The Arc Vector electric superbike debuted at the EICMA show in Milan, and claims to be the world’s first fully-electric motorcycle with Human Machine Interface (HMI). That includes not just the bike, but Arc’s groundbreaking intelligent haptic ride-wear and connected Heads-Up Display helmet. Apart from InMotion Ventures’ investment, Arc Electric Motorcycles will also get additional funds from Mercia Fund Managers, the Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund which is part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and a number of industry specialists angel funders.

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The Arc Vector can reach a top speed of over 240 kmph

Marc Truman, Founder & CEO, Arc, said, “Our aim has always been to bring technology, performance and safety together to create an entirely new two-wheeled experience. Vector isn’t just a motorbike; it’s the world’s first fully-electric cafe racer, it’s an innovative heads-up display helmet and it’s a sensory riding suit – all working in unison to create an experience package like no other. We’re delighted to get the support of InMotion for this exciting launch phase. The team shares our vision and we’re looking forward to working together and creating more ground breaking products.”

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Range is claimed at over 270 km on a single charge when ridden in the city

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The 127 bhp (95 kW) Arc Vector electric superbike can reach a top speed of 241 kmph, and has the batteries developed by Samsung. Although technical details of the battery hasn’t been disclosed, Arc claims a range of over 270 km within the city on a single charge. The monocoque chassis is made from carbon fibre, and so is the swingarm and wheels. Suspension is handled by Ohlins, and brakes by Brembo, and the Arc Vector’s front end is a hub-centre steering design. Only 399 bikes will be built, and each Arc Vector will be priced at around $117,000 (around ₹ 85 lakh under current exchange rates).

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No Illegal Mining In 115.34-Acre Aravalli Land, Rajasthan Tells Top Court


New Delhi: 

The Rajasthan government has told the Supreme Court that no illegal mining was going on in 115.34 hectares of land in the Aravalli area of the state.

The chief secretary of Rajasthan has filed an affidavit in the top court which had on October 23 expressed shock over 31 “vanished” hills or hillocks in Aravalli area and had asked the state government to stop illegal mining in the 115.34-hectare area there within 48 hours.

“It is stated on affidavit filed by DB Gupta who is chief secretary of the government of Rajasthan that there is no illegal mining going on in respect of 115.34 hectares of land, as mentioned in our order dated October 23, 2018,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur noted in its October 29 order.

In the affidavit, the chief secretary has also said that approximately 27 per cent ground truthing of the area has been done and serious efforts would be made to complete the entire exercise within a period of three months as per directions of the top court.

Ground truthing is an exercise conducted to ascertain the empirical evidence at the actual site.

The top court posted the matter for further hearing after three months.

On October 23, the top court had observed that though Rajasthan was earning a royalty of around Rs 5,000 crore from mining activities in Aravalli, it cannot endanger the lives of lakhs of people in Delhi as disappearance of hills there could be one of reasons for rise in pollution level in the national capital region (NCR).

The court had also referred to a report of the central empowered committee (CEC) which had said that out of 128 samples taken by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), as many as 31 hills or hillocks have vanished.

The state’s counsel had then told the top court that all the government departments concerned in Rajasthan were “on the job” to stop illegal mining.

The court is dealing with a matter related to illegal mining activities in the Aravalli range.





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Jaguar Land Rover Looks To Combat Motion Sickness In Future Models


Jaguar Land Rover has already collected close to 25,000 km of motion sickness data and tested the effects caused by performing a task while in transit, such as checking emails.




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Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles are already designed to help combat feelings of nausea

We’ve all sailed in that boat. Motion sickness. There’s always been a relative, a friend who gets affected by it and just when you see an open, winding road, you have to stop because of a passenger having to deal with it. Motion sickness, afterall affects over 70 per cent of people and Jaguar Land Rover is doing some research on this which will help the company create an algorithm that generates a ‘wellness score’ for each passenger. This will help automatically personalise a vehicle’s driving and cabin settings to reduce the effects of feeling car sick by up to 60 per cent.


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Jaguar Land Rover has already collected close to 25,000 km of motion sickness data and tested the effects caused by performing a task while in transit, such as checking emails. This has enabled the creation of a baseline driving style for self-driving vehicles to work towards, minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax. This will certainly help the company as it moves towards an autonomous future.

Spencer Salter, Wellness Research Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “As we move towards an autonomous future occupants will have more time to either work, read or relax on longer journeys, it’s important we develop vehicles that can adapt to reduce the effects of motion sickness in a way that’s tailored to each passenger.”

Motion sickness is often caused when the eyes observe information that is different from what is sensed by the inner ear, skin or body forces – commonly when reading.

The ‘wellness score’ calculates how susceptible individual drivers and passengers are to feeling car sick, using biometric sensors that record physiological signals. Combining this with motion and dynamics data, the vehicle will reliably know when a passenger or driver is becoming motion sick – before they do.

Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles are already designed to help combat feelings of nausea. The Jaguar E-Pace, for example, has 26 different seat configurations for passengers to find a position that raises the infotainment screen relative to eye level as well as turn on the cooling seat function. Both factors have been proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of motion sickness.

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The first phase of the research completes this month. The findings are already being implemented into further projects across research ensuring Jaguar Land Rover can create the ultimate personalised cabin experience for its customers in future vehicles.

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Japan Loses A Bit Of Land


The island was visible from the very northern tip of Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.

Tokyo: 

Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country’s territorial waters.

The island, known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima, was only officially surveyed and registered by Japan’s coastguard in 1987, who couldn’t even say exactly how big it was.

Until recently, it rose 1.4-metre (four-and-a-half feet) above sea level, and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.

But now, it has disappeared. 

“It is not impossible that tiny islands get weathered by the elements,” a coastguard official told AFP.

The disappearance of the island “may affect Japan’s territorial waters a tiny bit,” she added, but only “if you conduct precision surveys”. 

Japan pours resources into protecting its outer islands, particularly the remote Okinotori islands in the Pacific, which secures a significant portion of the nation’s exclusive economic zone. 

It is also locked in disputes with neighbours, including China and South Korea, over the sovereignty of several islands in the region.

Prone to earthquakes and severe weather, Japan has found itself not only losing, but sometimes gaining territory thanks to natural disasters and extreme weather.

In 2015, a 300-metre strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast of Hokkaido.

Initially, the phenomenon raised fears of mysterious seismic activity, but geologists said it was probably the result of a landslide that pushed the underwater surface up.

And in 2013, a volcanic island appeared around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) south of Tokyo, engulfing an existing island and continuing to grow.

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Jaguar Land Rover To Open Technical Engineering Office In Hungary


Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will create 100 jobs with a new technical engineering office in Hungary to allow for close collaboration with suppliers in central and Eastern Europe.




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JLR said engineers in Budapest will work with staff in Britain and elsewhere when the office opens

Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will create 100 jobs with a new technical engineering office in Hungary to allow for close collaboration with suppliers in central and Eastern Europe, the firm said on Friday.

JLR, which on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss and announced cuts as part of a turnaround plan, opened a new plant in Slovakia earlier this month and has warned that the wrong Brexit deal would hit its profitability.

The automaker said engineers in Budapest will work with staff in Britain and elsewhere when the office opens in 2019.

“The team in Budapest will complement the suppliers and supplier technical assistance that we already partner with in the region, as well as our teams in the UK,” said Nick Rogers, JLR’s Executive Director of Product Engineering.

The announcement was welcomed by the country’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto.

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“The decision of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer to open a technical engineering office in Budapest reaffirms our foreign direct investment strategy and in particular our specific focus on high quality automotive-related growth,” he said.

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Exclusive: Land Rover To Begin Assembling The Range Rover Velar In India


JLR has been steadily increasing its locally assembled portfolio in India. The Range Rover Velar will also join the list of cars with CKD local assembly, in the next few weeks. This also means we expect prices to get more attractive for the model, with a price reduction likely by the start of 2019.




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JLR will begin local assembly of CKD kits at its plant outside Pune by January 2019.

The Range Rover Velar will soon be locally made by Jaguar Land Rover India. Sources have shared with carandbike that the Tata Group company will begin local assembly of CKD kits (completely knocked down kits) at its plant outside Pune by January 2019. The luxury SUV is one of 4 Range Rover models and sits between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Making the car locally will result in a likely reduction in its prices, while it will also mean the variant mix is likely to also be reduced. The car is currently available in a whopping 25 variants across petrol and diesel, with a wide variety of trim levels on offer. That will be reduced, and the First Edition variant is also likely to go off the market. Prices are expected to come down by approximately ₹ 10-14 lakh depending on variant and engine specification. This means the car is expected to then see the range begin at roughly ₹ 65-70 lakh ex-showroom. The Range Rover Velar currently starts at ₹ 83.34 lakh and tops off at ₹ 1.45 Crore.

range rover velar all terrain systemThe car is currently available in a whopping 25 variants across petrol and diesel.

We saw similar moves when the Jaguar F-Pace moved to local assembly too, with prices coming down. The F-Pace now starts at Rs 63.17 lakh, and its local production began in 2017. Prior to that, five other models from the JLR stable had moved to CKD operations. These are the Jaguar XJ in 2014, the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport in 2015, the Jaguar XE in 2016, and the new XF sedan stayed with CKD when it was introduced in 2017 too. The previous generation XF and Land Rover Freelander2 had also been built locally at Pune in the past. After the Range Rover Velar moves to being locally built, the next model expected to follow suit is the Land Rover Discovery. That is expected to happen around mid-2019. Its prices currently start at ₹ 74.95 lakh (ex-showroom) since it is a completely built-up (CBU) import only at this time. We have reached out to JLR India for a comment but are yet t receive a response on our query.

jaguar f pace ckd launchedThe F-Pace was the last model that went to local assembly and underwent a huge price reduction therefore.

Also Read: 2019 Jaguar F-Pace Petrol Launched In India; Priced At ₹ 63.17 Lakh 

The Land Rover Velar in India is offered with a range of drivetrains. The petrol powered Range Rover Velar is powered by a 2.0-Litre Petrol motor that produces 248 bhp and 365 Nm of peak torque in the base P250 variant. In the top-end P300 petrol the same engine churns out 296 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque.

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The diesel Range Rover Velar is offered with two engine options. First is the 2.0 Litre Diesel engine that produces 178 bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque in the base D180 trim. Then is the top notch D300 variant which is powered by a 3.0 Litre Diesel motor that produces 296 bhp and a hefty 700 Nm of peak torque.

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Tata Motors Reveals Turnaround Plan For Jaguar Land Rover After Loss


Under “Project Charge” Tata Motors said it plans to cut costs and improve cash flows at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) by 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) over 18 months.

India’s Tata Motors Ltd on Wednesday announced a turnaround plan for its luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover which has been hit hard by trade tensions between China and the US, low demand for diesel cars in Europe and worries over Brexit. Under “Project Charge” Tata Motors said it plans to cut costs and improve cash flows at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) by 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) over 18 months. JLR also plans to launch several new vehicles including the Jaguar I-Pace and the new Range Rover Defender over the next few years and will offer a hybrid or electric version of all its models by 2020.


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“Together with our ongoing product offensive and calibrated investment plans, these efforts will lay the foundations for long-term sustainable growth,” JLR CEO Ralf Speth said after Tata Motors reported a loss for the second-quarter.

JLR has trimmed its pre-tax profit expectations for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2019 and expects to break even, Speth said, versus an earlier target of profit growth.

As part of the turnaround plan, JLR will first focus on cash saving “quick wins” like reducing non-product investments and speeding up asset sales, Tata Motors said in an investor presentation.

In the near term it will improve efficiency in areas including purchasing and material cost, manufacturing and logistics and people and will focus on strategic and non-core asset sales. JLR has already reduced the number of production days at its UK plants in Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

The company said in its presentation it has saved 300 million pounds since it initiated the turnaround plan six weeks ago and is working on 500 ideas for the future.

Tata Motors made a loss of 10.49 billion rupees ($141.9 million) for the July-September quarter, compared with a profit of 24.83 billion rupees in the year-ago period. That was worse than the estimate of a loss of 2.40 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv data.

JLR reported a loss of 101 million pounds during the quarter and its margin on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 130 basis points to 9.9 percent.

Retail sales of its Jaguar saloons and Land Rover sport utility vehicles (SUVs) fell 13.2 percent to about 130,000 units, hurt particularly by tariff changes in China and escalating trade tensions.

Demand in China remained muted even after the country cut import tariffs for cars and car parts to 15 percent for most vehicles from 25 percent from July.

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Tata Motors’ domestic business reported a profit of 1.09 billion rupees and EBITDA margin rose 210 basis points to 8.7 percent during the quarter from a year ago. The automaker incurred a one-off charge of 4.37 billion rupees due to the closure of operations at its Thailand-based subsidiary.

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56 Years After Indo-China War, Arunachal Villagers Get Land Compensation


Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and state Chief Minister distributed the cheques to the villagers.

Bomdila: 

Fifty six years after India’s war with China, villagers of Arunachal Pradesh have received nearly Rs 38 crore as compensation for the land acquired by the Army to set up its bases, bunkers and barracks.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu distributed the cheques to the villagers of West Kameng district on Friday.

“A total of Rs 37.73 crore has been given to the villagers. Those were community land. So the huge amount they received will be distributed amongst the villagers,” Mr Rijiju said.

Among those who received the cheques include Prem Dorjee Khrimey, who received Rs 6.31 crore, while Phuntso Khawa got Rs 6.21 crore and Khandu Glow received Rs 5.98 crore.

After the 1962 India-China war, the Army had acquired huge tracks of land to set up its bases, bunkers, barracks, construct roads, build bridges and other installations.

However, no compensation was given to the land owners till last year.

Mr Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, had persuaded with the Defence Ministry and got the compensation amounts sanctioned.

“Lands acquired by the Army were done in national  interest, but no government has bothered to pay the compensation to the villagers of Arunachal Pradesh since the 1960s. I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for clearing it finally. Total cheques of Rs 37.73 crore were handed over,” he said.

In April 2017, Rs 54 crore was distributed among 152 families of three villages of West Kameng district. In September that year, another instalment of Rs 158 crore was distributed among the villagers for the private land taken over by the Army. In February 2018, Rs 40.80 crore was handed over to 31 families in Tawang district. The pending cases of land acquisition related to the districts of Tawang, West Kameng, Upper Subansiri, Dibang Valley and West Siang in Arunachal Pradesh.





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