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Delayed Launch of Bajaj CNG Bike Now Set for July 17th

Delayed Launch of Bajaj CNG Bike Now Set for July 17th

Bajaj CNG motorbike, now set for July 17, aims to attract budget-conscious buyers with its economical design, according to Bajaj Auto's Rakesh Sharma.

The unveiling of Bajaj's innovative CNG motorbike, initially anticipated to take place on June 18, has been postponed to July 17, as confirmed by Rakesh Sharma, the Executive Director of Bajaj Auto. Sharma also highlighted the company's intent to attract economy-minded individuals with this new motorbike. Rakesh Sharma explained that the Bajaj CNG motorbike is designed specifically for those conscious about their spending, without compromising on style and aesthetics. Despite being an entry-level model, buyers would also feel a sense of pride in owning it. cngbikelaunchdelayed In addition, Sharma provided some insight into the broad range of options available with the new CNG bike. He clarified that the bike wouldn't just be confined to a single model but would have numerous variants for the buyer to choose from. While specific power metrics were not divulged by Sharma, he did mention that potential buyers could anticipate performance in the range of 100-150cc. Sharma also revealed an interesting feature of this innovative bike: its ability to switch between petrol and CNG seamlessly. Riders wouldn't even notice the transition between the two fuel types powering the motor, he stated. In the past, the Bajaj CNG bike has been spotted being tested numerous times. For those interested in viewing the latest stealth images of the bike, they can be accessed via a linked source here.

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Skoda Kushaq Onyx AT model in India at an aggressive price point of Rs. 13.49 Lakh

Skoda Kushaq Onyx AT model in India at an aggressive price point of Rs. 13.49 Lakh

Skoda Auto India launches the Kushaq Onyx AT, the most affordable automatic midsize SUV in its class at Rs. 13.49 lakh, powered by a 1.0L TSI engine.

Skoda Auto India has recently announced the introduction of the Onyx AT version of its widely popular Kushaq midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV) in India's homegrown market. This automatic variant of the Kushaq Onyx model is thought to be the most affordable in its class, with a price tag of Rs.13.49 lakh (ex-showroom). Its powered exclusively by a 1.0L TSI turbo-charged petrol engine with three cylinders. Skoda_Kushaq_OnyxAT This automatic variant takes Skoda’s midsize SUV offering to a new level, making it highly accessible to customers. According to Petr Janeba, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, the introduction of the Onyx AT version was largely in response to an increased customer demand for a more affordable automatic variant. The Onyx AT, therefore, holds immense value, offering customers a unique combination of features from higher variants at the price point of the Active trim. This makes it the most cost-effective automatic offering in its segment. The Skoda Kushaq Onyx AT was earlier launched last year but was only available as a manual transmission variant. Notably, the inclusion of a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission has been instrumental in broadening the scope of the range. In terms of power, this powertrain can generate an impressive maximum power output of 114 bhp, along with a peak torque of 178 Nm. Skoda_Kushaq_OnyxAT Unique features in the latest Onyx AT model include tectonic wheel covers, textile mats adorned with the Onyx inscription, and an auto air conditioning function with control touch panels. Customers can also enjoy the added benefit of scuff plates etched with the Onyx inscription, along with an Onyx badge prominently displayed on the B-pillars of the vehicle. Moreover, the Onyx version is conveniently nestled between the Active and Ambition trims with an incredible array of features. Some of these include paddle shifters, an automatic climate control function, hill hold control, cornering fog lamps, and rear wipers equipped with defoggers. Additionally, the model is fitted with LED headlights complemented by LED Daytime Running Lights. Skoda_Kushaq_OnyxAT Recently, Skoda Auto India appended six airbags as a standard equipment to the Kushaq’s feature list. This safety feature is now standard in its sister vehicle, the VW Taigun as well. These two midsize SUVs have several common features as they are built on the heavily localised MQB A0 IN Platform and have successfully earned a five-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests.

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Hyundai's First Mass-Market EV Creta Set to Launch in January 2025

Hyundai's First Mass-Market EV Creta Set to Launch in January 2025

Hyundai confirms the Creta EV launch for January 2025, marking its ambitious entry into India’s EV market with a high-volume, game-changing EV

Hyundai has officially confirmed the launch of its much-anticipated electric vehicle, the Creta EV, in the Indian market in January 2025. The announcement signals Hyundai's ambitious foray into the burgeoning EV sector in India. As revealed in the recent media interaction with Tarun Garg, the CEO of Hyundai Motor India, the company is leveraging its collective experience from the successful market performance of the Ioniq 5 EV. Garg noted that this seasoned knowledge would now be instrumental in launching Hyundai's "first high-volume EV", scheduled for early 2025. the Creta EV With production set to kick off by the end of 2024, Hyundai seems geared to introduce the Creta EV to Indian customers before the release of Maruti’s eVX. The SUV, currently undergoing rigorous testing in India and abroad, is part of Hyundai's strategic trio of mass-market midsize e-SUV launches. The Creta EV will be manufactured at the Hyundai Chennai plant, sharing a production line with the standard Creta model. Owing to shared production elements and components, the company expects to effectively control production costs. That said, the electric variant will have distinctive features and styling. the Creta EV This EV, earmarked as Hyundai India's premier mass-market offering, will sport an electric motor similar to the entry-level Kona Electric available overseas. The front-mounted motor is expected to have an output of around 138hp and 255Nm torque, fueled by a 45kWh battery pack. Some unique elements to expect in the Creta EV include an aero-optimized alloy wheel design, a marginally altered center console, and a shift in the location of the drive selector. The front and rear bumpers will also sport subtle differences compared to the standard model. the Creta EV As part of Hyundai’s aggressive EV blueprint, the launch of the Creta EV will be followed by another mass-market compact EV, tentatively planned for 2026. Details about this second local EV, however, remain undisclosed. Meanwhile, Garg noted that the valuable insights derived from the sales of the Ioniq and Kona Electric will go a long way in ensuring a robust product line.
The primary focus for Hyundai currently remains on EVs. However, the company is also examining the possibility of introducing hybrid vehicles in the market at a later stage. Hyundai Creta EV’s debut will undeniably cement the company's reputation as a dominant player in India's EV revolution. With plans of launching five new EVs by 2030, Hyundai is certainly set on a determined path in the rapidly evolving electric automobile domain. the Creta EV And while eagerly waiting for this upcoming e-SUV, auto enthusiasts can catch the comparison video review of Hyundai Creta and Honda Elevate or peek into other sub-brands like Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Hyundai Alcazar. Hyundai Creta's expected price in New Delhi stands around ₹ 12,71,085. Stay tuned for all the latest updates from the automobile universe as Hyundai continues to fortify its electric vehicle roadmap.

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New Petrol-Powered Mini Cooper S Pre-Booking Begins in India

New Petrol-Powered Mini Cooper S Pre-Booking Begins in India

The fifth-generation Mini Cooper S is making a grand return to India with an evolved design, modernized interior, and classic shape. Bookings are open.

The fifth-generation Mini Cooper S, a renowned petrol-powered model, is primed to make its grand return to the Indian market. Retaining its iconic shape but with an evolved design and modernized interior, this model welcomes the return of petrol-powered Minis to India. The booking for this dynamic offering from Mini has begun, although the pricing details will be disclosed later. 5TH_genMini_Cooper This 2024 edition Mini Cooper still embraces its classic form. However, it flaunts a refreshed, sleeker design along with a new octagonal front grille adorned with detailed design elements. The modern touch doesn't stop there; the car comes with round LED headlights with customizable DRL light patterns. The side presents newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels, which can be elevated to 18-inch units based on personal preference. At the back, you'll notice redesigned LED taillights sporting a unique sequential indicator and the classic Union Jack motif. Customers will have the option to choose from five colour schemes for the Mini Cooper S, including Ocean Wave Green, Sunny Side Yellow, British Racing Green, Chill Red II, and Blazing Blue. 5TH_genMini_Cooper Moving inside, the new Mini Cooper retains its signature circular theme while incorporating a minimalist design. The spotlight feature is the 9.4-inch round OLED touchscreen, replacing the traditional instrument cluster. All necessary car information is displayed on this central screen. A tastefully designed toggle bar unit houses the parking brake, gear selector, start/stop key, experience mode toggle, and volume control on the centre console. The traditional placement of the gear lever now boasts a wireless charging tray. A panoramic glass roof enhances the feel of the cabin, accompanied by rear seats fitted with a 60:40 split function to expand the trunk space from 210 to 725 litres. 5TH_genMini_Cooper Amongst the extensive list of features, the Mini Cooper S rolls out with a heads-up display, electrically adjustable front seats, massage function for the driver's seat, ambient lighting, an electrochromic inside rearview mirror, auto AC, and connected car tech. Under the hood, the new Mini Cooper S houses a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. It pushes out 204 PS and 300 Nm, which is an improvement from the current model. The car clocks a 0-100 kmph time of 6.6 seconds, powered by a 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic transmission) driving the front wheels. 5TH_genMini_Cooper When it comes to safety, the new Mini Cooper S is equipped with six airbags, ABS with brake assist, Level-1 advanced driver’s assistance system (ADAS), traction control, dynamic stability control, and an electronic parking brake. It also includes a pedestrian warning system as standard, with a blind spot warning system available as an option. While the new Mini Cooper's pricing is yet to be officially announced, the existing Mini Cooper S three-door range starts at Rs 42.7 lakh (ex-showroom). Given the added tech features and upgrades, the new model is likely to be priced higher. Even though it doesn't have direct competition, it can be an alternative to models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3.

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Upcoming 2025 Kia Carens Facelift Tests with 360-Degree Parking Camera

Upcoming 2025 Kia Carens Facelift Tests with 360-Degree Parking Camera

Spotted with a 360-degree parking camera, the 2025 Kia Carens Facelift boasts new aesthetic and technical updates, including a refined design.

Spotted with a 360-degree parking camera, the upcoming 2025 Kia Carens Facelift model reveals several new updates. These findings indicate that Kia is making various aesthetic and technical enhancements in their Carens Facelift automobile before its launch. Kia_Carens_Facelift_Tests The recently spotted test mule showcases the mid-life facelift of the Kia Carens, introduced in 2022 by Kia India in the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment. The car quickly gained a good fraction of sales from the MPV segment. Throughout its life cycle, Carens received minor feature enhancements, variant updates, and an upgraded 1.5-litre tGDi turbo petrol engine, replacing the older 1.4-litre tGDi following the BS6 Phase 2 transition. The most recent spy shots reveal a revision in the design, with an updated front fascia. The changes include a new set of headlamps, a connected LED DRLs, and a larger air-dam incorporated into a revamped bumper. Interestingly, the headlamp design appears to be a single-piece unit housing both the main headlight and the DRL. While the side profile maintains the familiar silhouette, a new set of dual-tone alloy wheels enhance the exterior appeal. Kia_Carens_Facelift_Tests Additional features noticed include a camera positioned on the Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs), indicating the presence of a 360-degree parking camera in the Carens Facelift. An expected revision may be seen at the rear end, as the heavy camouflage also extends to the quarter glass section. It's worth noting that the single-pane sunroof from the existing model will be retained in the updated MPV, excluding the inclusion of a panoramic sunroof feature. Inside the cabin, minor changes are expected to the overall layout, accompanied by fresh upholstery. The reports hint at a revamped AC control panel. Further, Kia may add ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) to the Carens Facelift's list of features. Kia_Carens_Facelift_Tests From a mechanical standpoint, the new model will still harness power from the usual petrol and diesel engine options. These will come paired with a 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter automatic, 6-speed iMT, and 7-speed DCT automatic transmissions. According to predictions from media sources, Kia will release the Carens Facelift in the Indian market next year, i.e., 2025. A minor increase in price over the current model is anticipated. The Kia Carens stands as a rival to the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, XL6, and the Toyota Rumion in India's domestic market. In conclusion, with the many updates and improvements in features and design, the Kia Carens Facelift model has sparked much excitement among automobile enthusiasts.

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Bajaj Unveils Chetak 2901 at a Competitive Price of Rs 95 998

Bajaj Unveils Chetak 2901 at a Competitive Price of Rs 95 998

Bajaj Auto launches the affordable Chetak 2901 e-scooter at Rs 95,998, targeting the youth with a vibrant steel body, priced at Rs 51,000.

Bajaj Auto, the popular automobile manufacturer, has launched a new exceptionally affordable variant of its Chetak e-scooter to the market, known as the Chetak 2901. The model has been designed to appeal to the younger generation and is priced at Rs 95,998. The Chetak 2901 comes with a steel body available in five different vibrant colors. Interestingly, this new model is Rs 51,000 cheaper compared to the premium Chetak variant. The_Chetak_2901 The Chetak 2901 launch had been anticipated over the past month, following our exclusive report concerning the imminent release of a more cost-friendly Chetak model. The design of the Chetak 2901 mirrors that of the other models in the Chetak range. However, it lacks certain functionalities. For example, the baseline Chetak 2901 comes with steel wheels and only one riding mode. Bajaj Auto has made additional features optional with the TecPac, which includes two riding modes (Eco and Sport), a reverse mode, hill-hold assistance, alloy wheels, and more – all for an extra cost of just Rs 3,000. The Chetak 2901 also comes equipped with an off-board charger, similar to the Chetak Urbane, while the on-board charger is reserved for the Chetak Premium. The_Chetak_2901 The Chetak 2901 shares its 2.9 kWh battery with the mid-spec Chetak Urbane, offering a promising range of 123 km. Bajaj has, however, reduced the top speed to 63 kph in comparison to the other models. The charging time is also slightly longer, taking a claimed six hours to reach a full charge. The introduction of Bajaj Chetak 2901 onto the e-scooter market pits it directly against rivals such as TVS iQube 2.2, Ather Rizta S, and Ola S1 Air. Its reputation and competitive pricing should contribute to making it an enticing option for potential buyers. It's also noteworthy that the price of the Ather 450 Apex has recently surged. The affordable Chetak variant could beat the competition in terms of price, range, and color variations. The_Chetak_2901 The Bajaj Chetak Premium, priced at ₹ 1,19,000 * on road in New Delhi, has witnessed a range of reviews and views over the past four months, peaking the interest of the automobile enthusiast. As always, we remind users to log in and share their thoughts and comments about the launch of the new Bajaj Chetak 2901. Finally, while discussing Bajaj's new launch, this article would be incomplete without mentioning Bajaj's other popular bike, the Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z priced at Rs 1.85 lakh -- known for being the most affordable 40hp bike in India.

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Enhanced Tata Altroz with More Features and Two New Trims Launched

Enhanced Tata Altroz with More Features and Two New Trims Launched

With the 2024 Altroz, Tata Motors introduces high-spec models XZ LUX and XZ+S LUX, featuring a 10.25-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera.

With the unveiling of the upgraded Altroz hatchback, Tata Motors has added two new high-spec models to the lineup –XZ LUX and XZ+S LUX. The company has also included additional features in the top-of-the-range Altroz XZ+ OS variant. The enhanced 2024 Tata Altroz range comes with several new elements. The new Altroz XZ LUX, priced at Rs 9 lakh and above, boasts of a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with an improved operating system, a 360-degree camera, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Adding Rs 65,000 will get you the Altroz XZ+S LUX, which includes another four airbags. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX The top-tier XZ+ OS variant, previously available from Rs 9.65 lakh, has been upgraded with additional features like Tata’s in-car connectivity technology and an air purifier. This bumps up the starting price by Rs 34,000 to Rs 9.99 lakh. It's important to note these prices are for the petrol-manual models. The two latest trims are also available in petrol-manual, petrol-DCT, CNG-MT, and diesel-MT configurations. The Altroz XZ+ OS, however, only comes in a petrol form. Some features were adjusted, with leatherette seats now being an exclusive feature to the Altroz Racer whilst others like the electric sunroof, cruise control, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, 90-degree opening doors, auto headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers remain a constant. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX Even with these changes, the Altroz in 2024 continues to be powered by its 88hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 90hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol variant also has an optional CNG kit. The introduction of the Altroz Racer came with the discontinuation of the i-Turbo version's 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. The standard Altroz features a standard 5-speed MT with the added option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic for the petrol variant. Tata's Altroz persists in its competition with models like the Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno, and Toyota Glanza. The innovative Altroz Racer, however, is pitted against the likes of the i20 N Line and Fronx Turbo. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX In terms of upcoming vehicles from Tata motors, there are speculations of the Tata Curvv based on the available spy shots. Currently, the Tata Safari and Harrier are being offered with up to Rs 1.25 lakh off on MY23 stock during this month. In the retail market, the on-road price for the new Tata Altroz in New Delhi starts from Rs 6,05,840. The images of the newly launched Tata Altroz Racer have been released to the public, projecting an image of class and sophistication associated with the revamped model.

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Inspection Recall for TVS iQube Electric Scooter Chassis Bridge Tube

Inspection Recall for TVS iQube Electric Scooter Chassis Bridge Tube

TVS iQube, a top-selling electric scooter in India with around 300,000 units sold, stands out in the market. Continual updates keep it ahead with features

TVS iQube, one of India's best-selling electric scooters, has sold approximately 300,000 units to date. This highly coveted scooter, embraced by households across the country, has carved a significant space for itself in the Indian electric vehicle market. To stay ahead in the game, TVS diligently updates the iQube lineup, continually adding more features, options and broadening the range to keep pace with the dynamic needs of their clients. TVS iQube Nevertheless, a recent development put the spotlight on iQube through a video circulating on social media which highlighted an alleged defect in the scooter's chassis. Uploaded by Mohit Badaya, the video revealed the scooter's damaged chassis, despite it not being involved in any accident or collision. The footage, watched by nearly 32 million (3.2 crore) viewers, triggered a flurry of similar complaints from other iQube owners, leading to TVS's swift action: a voluntary recall. In reaction to the potential defect that poses a significant threat to customer safety and satisfaction, TVS Motor Company has called for a voluntary recall of its iQube electric scooters. The recall applies to those manufactured between July 10 and September 9, 2023. A comprehensive inspection of the scooters' chassis bridge tube will be conducted by TVS to ascertain its structure and fortitude, ensuring that the scooter’s performance and ride do not degrade over time. TVS iQube There is no clear indication of how many scooters will be affected by this recall since TVS has not made an official statement. However, based on production volumes within the given timeframe, industry insiders estimate that about 45,000 units could be impacted. TVS dealers will reach out to affected iQube owners individually to set off the recall proceedings. The scooters will undergo an exhaustive check-up for potential chassis damage and weaknesses. If necessary, any repairs or replacements will be performed at no cost to the customers, reflecting TVS's commitment to uphold the high safety and performance standards synonymous with the iQube brand. TVS iQube TVS’s rapid response to this matter highlights their dedication to customer safety and their proactive stance in resolving potential challenges. By addressing the concerns raised promptly, the company aims to affirm the customer's faith in the brand. With the surge in the popularity of electric vehicles, it is vital for manufacturers to ensure top-notch safety and reliability.

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