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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018


Triumph Motorcycles will be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on 24 October, 2018.




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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will have a comprehensive electronics package

It had to happen! After Ducati introduced the Scrambler 1100 last year, it was a matter of time before Triumph brought out a bigger scrambler too. In fact, Triumph has been testing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. And now, Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan. In all possibility, Triumph will have two variants of the Scrambler 1200 which could be named ‘Retro’ and ‘R.’ The new Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ will have Showa upside down forks and Ohlins twin-shocks fitted to a new swingarm which will be longer as well. Also new is a large 21-inch front wheel (the current Street Scrambler has a 19-inch front wheel).


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Also Read: New Triumph Scrambler 1200 Spotted Testing

triumph scrambler 1200 spy shot(Triumph Scrambler 1200 Test Mule: Source-Motorcyclenews.com)

The lower spec ‘Retro’ model might have Nissin brakes and KYB suspension in a bid to keep costs down. Triumph already has the Street Scrambler in its line-up, which shares the 900 cc parallel-twin engine with the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The Street Scrambler has ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control, but the bigger 1200 cc Scrambler could possibly get additional riding modes as well, including in all probability an “off-road” mode as well.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Have Two Variants

Some of the features on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 include an LED headlamp, engine and hand guards, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-inch wheel at the rear. The engine of course will be a 1,200 cc parallel-twin motor and we believe it will be in a different tune as compared to the other 1,200 cc engines in Triumph line-up such as the Bonneville Bobber, Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bonneville T120. There are also rumours floating of Ducati coming up with a Desert Sled 1100 which could make its debut at the 2018 EICMA in November 2018 and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest rivals to the Triumph Scrambler 1200.

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We would like to believe that Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 in India sometime in the first half of 2019 with the global launch in early 2019.

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Centre To Unveil Key Policy To Make India Hub For Defence Manufacturing


The centre is likely to unveil a policy outlining a roadmap to build a robust defence production industry

New Delhi: 

The government is likely to unveil a major policy next month outlining a roadmap to build a robust defence production industry and make India one of the top five manufacturers of military equipment and platforms in the next 10 years.

Official sources said the final touches are being given to the policy before it is being placed before the Union Cabinet for approval.

They said a significant focus of the defence production policy (DPP-2018) will be to invest adequate resources to develop critical technology for manufacturing state-of-the-art military platforms including fighter jets, attack helicopters and weaponry indigenously.

The DPP-2018 is likely to be released next month, the sources said.

According to the draft policy, the government is looking at achieving a turnover of Rs 1,70,000 crore in military goods and services by 2025.

A Swedish think tank, in a report in March, said India remained the largest importer of military hardware in the world in the last five years, adding Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111 per cent in the last five years compared to 2004-08.

Officials said the aim of the DPP would be to indigenously develop all major platforms which are being imported since in the last six decades.

According to official figure, India inked 187 contracts worth Rs 2.40 lakh crore with foreign and domestic firms for various military equipment and weapons in the last four years. However, majority of the projects are yet to take off due to procedural delays.

Officials said the DPP is also likely to simplify the procurement process by cutting several layers of approval which often cause delays.

They said the policy aims to make India one of the top five manufacturers of defence platforms with active participation of public and private sectors.

The draft policy released in March listed as major objective export of Rs 35,000 crore in military equipment and services by 2025.

The government identified 12 military platforms and weapons systems for production in India to achieve the aim of “self-reliance”.

They are fighter aircraft, medium lift and utility helicopters, warships, land combat vehicles, missile systems, gun systems, small arms, ammunition and explosives, surveillance systems, electronic warfare (EW) systems and night fighting enablers, among others.

According to the policy, the government aims to make one of the top five manufacturers of military equipment and platforms in the next 10 years as well as to fulfil demand of other friendly countries.

The draft policy says the licensing process for defence industries will be liberalised and the list of items requiring licences will be reviewed and pruned.





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BMW To Unveil The New Z4 At The Monterey Car Week





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The new generation BMW Z4 will come to India next year

We’ve been waiting for this for quite some time now, and we believe the time has arrived. BMW has announced that the German carmaker will unveil a new production car at the upcoming Monterey Car Week, and we believe it is the new generation BMW Z4. BMW will showcase the new generation Z4 at the at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 23, along with the premiere of new BMW M850i Coupe and BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe. While BMW has not confirmed if it is actually the Z4, but the company says that the new model will certainly be an emotional addition to the BMW range.

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95.6 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)

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(BMW is currently perfecting on 2019 Z4’s driving dynamics)

Also Read: 2019 BMW Z4 Confirmed For Pebble Beach Debut

The new generation BMW Z4 is in the final stages of its testing and within a few weeks, we will get to see it in flesh. Powered by in-line 6-cylinder engine, the Z4 also underpins the Toyota Supra, which both manufacturers are working together on. The new generation BMW Z4 will make its market launch next year in Europe and is slated for its India launch sometime by end of 2019. The BMW Z4 will be manufactured at the Magna plant in Graz, Austria, starting the end of 2018.

Also Read: 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster Patent Images Leaked Ahead Of Debut

Visually, the new BMW Z4 adds more character than its predecessor not only on the exterior, but also the interior. While the design is still under wraps, expect the Z4 to feature a soft top instead of the hard top from the previous generation. The recently leaked patent images, however, sheds some insight on the design. Expect the Z4 to sport a wider front grille with stacked headlights along with shrinking corner intakes in the front fascia. The Z4 will be aggressive in its road presence and will shed some weight thanks to the new platform. At the back, the Z4 gets sculpting on the small spoiler.

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(2019 BMW Z4)

Also Read: 2019 BMW Z4 Production To Begin Later This Year

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At the heart of the Z4 will be a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine. While the petrol engine will churn out 350 bhp and 500NM, the entry level petrol engine will produce 250bhp. If reports are to be believed, then BMW will also introduce s hybrid version of the Z4, but at a later stage.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organisers Unveil Ticket Prices


Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday unveiled ticket prices for the 2020 Games ranging from 2020 yen ($18) up to $2,760, largely in line with prices at the London Olympics in 2012. More than half the tickets on sale will cost less than 8,000 yen ($71), according to the organisers. Tickets for the opening ceremony are priced between 12,000 yen ($110) and 300,000 yen ($2,670), but sporting events will be much cheaper.  For those, tickets will start at the symbolic price point of 2,020 yen, but only for group sales, with the cheapest individual tickets on sale for 2,500 yen or just over $22.

While fluctuating exchange rates make comparisons with previous Olympic ticket prices complicated, the Tokyo prices are roughly in line with those for the London Olympics, but more expensive than in Rio in 2016.

There, the best seats at the opening ceremony cost 4,600 reais or $1,200 at today’s exchange rate.

In London, the top category opening ceremony tickets cost 2012 pounds or $2,616 at today’s exchange rate.

The most expensive sports event at Tokyo 2020 will be track and field, with tickets ranging from 3,000 yen ($26) to 130,000 yen ($1,156).

But fans of the marathon, softball, hockey and other events will be able to score tickets starting from just 2,500 yen ($22).

The organisers said in a press release that they created 2,020 yen ($18) tickets for groups, so that “families and groups with children, older people and handicapped people can come to the events” together.

Tickets will go on sale in Japan from spring next year, with a precise date not yet set, and Olympic enthusiasts hoping to score seats will need to register online first at https://id.tokyo2020.jp.

Timing for ticket sales overseas will vary depending on countries.

According to local media, the Tokyo 2020 committee is hoping to sell 7.8 million tickets, bringing in 77.3 billion yen.



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Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast To Unveil SUV And Sedan At The 2018 Paris Motor Show


A brand-new Vietnamese car company, VinFast is developing its own range of world-class vehicles to be produced at an all-new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in northern Vietnam. Spearheading the company’s launch, a SUV and a sedan, both developed by Pininfarina, will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October this year. According to the company, the two models have been developed to international standards after the Vietnamese people voted on their favorite design from a range of options presented in October 2017.

Moreover, VinFast is also developing other vehicles and the company is planning to export to foreign markets in the coming years. VinFast is working with world-leading European design, engineering and production technology partners to create products that meet international standards and customer expectations in terms of design, quality, dynamics, premium in-car features and the ownership experience.

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(Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast To Unveil SUV And Sedan At The 2018 Paris Motor Show)

Also Read: Pininfarina Develops Two Cars For Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast

James DeLuca, CEO, VinFast Trading and Production LLC said, “We are immensely proud to be the first volume automotive manufacturer in Vietnam, and the first to participate in a major international motor show. We look forward to introducing our new brand and two new models in Paris. Our show stand will also prominently feature the best of Vietnam, demonstrating the passion and tenacity that we will bring to the global automotive stage.”

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VinFast is the country’s first car brand that changes the automotive landscape in Vietnam. The company’s target is to produce 500,000 vehicles in the country by 2025 and to launch the first car in September 2019.

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Automobili Pininfarina To Unveil First Images Of Electric Hypercar At Monterey Car Week


Mahindra-owned Automobili Pininfarina came into existence in April this year. The sole purpose of the new brand is to develop and manufacture luxurious electric hypercar and the first one in the list is PF0 concept as the company will release design sketches at the upcoming Monterey Car Week next month. The Munich-based company will present its business and product plans to prospective retailer partners, clients and media in New York this week. We are quite excited with what the Mahindra-owned Automobili Pininfarina will showcase in the near future as the company, upon its debut, had announced that it will offer a range of extremely luxurious and high-performance EV cars designed and built in a close partnership with Pininfarina SpA.

Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina said, “Automobili Pininfarina is a pioneering new business created to service the most discerning clients in the world. Our product portfolio will launch with an innovative, zero-emissions hypercar that represents the progression we aim to make at the pinnacle of the luxury and sports car market.”

Also Read: Mahindra Announces New Luxury Electric Brand ‘Automobili Pininfarina’; First Electric Hypercar in 2020

Michael Perschke and the new Automobili Pininfarina management team will deliver a range of vehicles offering design purity, emotional appeal and innovative EV technology to customers worldwide. According to the company, in less than two years, Perschke and his team will present the first customer with a car of unmatched performance and unprecedented heritage. The company had earlier announced that its first ‘Electric Hypercar’ will arrive in 2020.

The electric hypercar we are talking about is most likely be a Grand Lusso or Grand Luxury. This luxurious electric hypercar will come with Level 3 autonomous driving system and will be capable of hitting the 100kmph mark in just 2 seconds and the 300kmph mark in under 12 seconds. Moreover, the electric hypercar will come with a top speed of 400kmph and will be able to travel 500kms on a single charge. The electric hypercar will most likely cost around 2 million Euros.

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Moreover, the company has also tempted some significant talents to move to Munich with experience from brands such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover, Maserati, McLaren Automotive and Volvo. Among the most notable members include – Per Svantesson from Volvo, Dan Connell joins from Jaguar Land Rover, Marcus Korbach from Bugatti and Paolo Dellacha from Ferrari.

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Kookaburra Unveil New ‘Turf20’ Ball For T20 Leagues And International Cricket


Premeir ball manufacturers Kookaburra on Sunday unveiled a new ball, specially introduced for T20 leagues around the world and international cricket. Kookaburra hopes their introduction of the ball to world cricket will be put into use in T20 leagues and international cricket before the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 slated to get underway from October 18 in Australia. The new ‘Turf20’ ball, which has been crafted to better withstand the powerful hitting in the game’s shortest format and was used in a blind test in the Northern Territory Strike competition last weekend, according to reports. “As Twenty20 cricket evolved, Kookaburra thought there should be a way to create a ball specific to its needs rather than follow the traditional method of ball-making that is used in Test cricket,” Kookaburra spokesman Shannon Gill was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. 

However, Kookaburra will reportedly continue testing the ball over the next 18 months before offering it to cricket boards by late 2020. Gill further explained about the ball and said: “A Test ball is designed to gradually deteriorate over 80 overs, this is an integral element to Test cricket. Twenty20 cricket has evolved quite differently; the ball is only needed for 20 overs and the action is more intense and explosive than Test cricket.

“This means gradual deterioration is not as big a factor, instead a ball that meets the demands of the power hitting game has been created,” the spokesman added.

The Kookaburra cricket balls have been manufactured by Kookaburra for over 125 years. Kookaburra balls were first used at an international level when the Australian Board of Control International Cricket (now Cricket Australia) selected the Kookaburra Turf Ball to be used by Don Bradman’s Australian Test team when they played England in the 1946/47 Ashes Test Series.

The Kookaburra Turf Ball is used in the majority of Test Matches, all One Day Internationals and all T20 International matches around the world. In the southern hemisphere it is also used in the majority of First Class cricket competitions. 

According to the manufacturers, the centre of the Turf ball is made of cork, with five layers of natural cork and worsted yarn built onto the cork nucleus and finished with a generous layer of worsted winding. The cover of the cricket ball is cut from selected alum tanned steer hide into four sections. 

 



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PM Narendra Modi To Unveil Development Projects Today


Bhopal:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived today in Madhya Pradesh on a one-day visit during which he will launch several development projects.

PM Modi will dedicate the Mohanpura Irrigation Project in Rajgarh district to the people of the state and also inaugurate several other projects, including an urban transport scheme named ‘Sutra Seva” in Indore, a government public relations officer (PRO) said.

The Prime Minister will land at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport around 12 pm and  leave for Mohanpura. He will then visit Indore to take part in various programmes, the official said.

“The Prime Minister will dedicate the Mohanpura irrigation project worth Rs 3,866 crore to the people of the state. This project, which includes a dam and a canal system, will benefit 727 villages in Madhya Pradesh,” he said.

Thereafter, PM Modi will head to Indore to dedicate the development works worth Rs 4,713.75 crore at a programme.

He will also felicitate the winners of cleanliness survey – Swachh Survekshan 2018. He will give away awards to the representatives of Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh, the cities that secured top three positions in the survey, the official said.

PM Modi will also inaugurate the state government’s urban transport scheme named ‘Sutra Seva’ at Indore’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The economical bus service — ‘Sutra Seva: MP Ki Apni Bus’ — is being introduced in 20 selected cities of the state.

The Urban Development and Housing Department will make the bus service available inside and outside the cities under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme through private partnership.

In the first phase of ‘Sutra Seva’, 127 buses will start plying in four municipal corporation cities — Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Chhindwara — and in two municipal council towns — Guna and Bhind, the official said.

The ‘griha pravesh‘ (house warming ceremony) of all 1,00,219 beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana will be performed simultaneously across the state.

The Prime Minister will also dedicate 23 development projects undertaken at a cost of Rs 278.26 crore in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Ujjain under the Smart City Mission, the official said.

During the programme, PM  Modi will also inaugurate drinking water schemes for 14 urban areas. These places are: Dharampuri Municipal Council (Dhar distric), Raisen Municipal Council, Begumganj, Obaidullaganj, Berasia (Bhopal), Athner (Betul), Badhvad (Ratlam), Dindori, Lakhnadon (Seoni), Narsinghpur, Sabalgarh, Bamor, Poursa (Morena) and Bamouri (Shahdol), he said.

Parks developed under the AMRUT Yojana in 10 urban areas, including Khandwa, Burhanpur, Khargone, Sehore, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Pithampur, Guna, Gwalior and Rewa, will also be dedicated to the people during the programme.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are scheduled to be held by the end of the year.





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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Spied, Global Unveil Soon


The current generation Mercedes-Benz GLE has been around for a while now, first as the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and then of course as the GLE that we know now. The mid size Benz SUV is one of the best selling cars in its global portfolio and even offers a GLE coupe version that takes on the likes of the BMW X6. The GLE is long overdue a refresh and the new generation is due for a launch later this year. And now spy shots of the new SUV wearing minimal camouflage have been circulating the internet. According to these shots, the GLE SUV seems to have taken an evolutionary approach to design especially when it comes to the iconic C-Pillar design.

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(2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE)

The rest of the SUV however, is expected to go through a rather large makeover. From what is visible in the tail lamps, the SUV is due to get a set of sleeker LED tail lamps with a design feature connecting both tail lamps in the middle of the tail gate. As we spoke about earlier, the C-Pillar is an evolution of the current generation GLE with a blacked out finish giving it a wraparound look. This feature has been a predominant one on all ML/GLE SUVs since the very first MLs of the late 90s.

Up front, expect the GLE to get a similar styling direction as the likes of the rencely launched CLS and A-Class. A set of triangularish lights are expected with a large chunky grille and a bumper with a set of large split intakes on either side. Also expect some sort of skid plate treatment in the centre of the bumper. On the inside though, the GLE will go through a massive transformation from what it is right now. To begin, the car will get a set of dual screens like the E-Class along with a centrally mounted command system. Expect the car to continue to have a 5-seater layout for now.

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