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New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Sunday reported a 86.49 per cent decline in domestic vehicle sales to 1,639 units in May.
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* Piaggio has patented a unique three-wheel design with two wheels at the rear * Most leaning trikes have two wheels at the front and one at the back * The patents reveal that the design uses a differential on the rear axlePiaggio was quite early to adopt the three-wheeler format with it's MP3 range. The MP3, like many other other trikes - Yamaha's Niken, Triango's 50 and others - have a pair of wheels ahead and a single one at the rear. Now, new patents reveal that Piaggio has readied a design that's the opposite, with two wheels at the rear and a one up front.While this setup is quite unconventional in the trike space, there are a few, like Harley-Davidson's Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler, that use this setup. That said, Piaggio's design further distinguishes itself with a unique rear-end that allows the engine and both rear wheels to lean.Piaggio has achieved this by using a complex rear axle design. The patents reveal that the trike uses a differential that remains parallel to the ground and runs along the rear axle, even when the engine and wheels are leaned over. There are mechanisms that allow the wheels to pivot at the ends of the rear axle. The images also reveal a bar running parallel to the rear axle that links the suspension components at both ends to maintain equal lean on both rear wheels.A complex setup like this would certainly result in a very different riding experience to a conventional trike, probably with less effort required at the steering. That said, there's no clarity on if, or when, Piaggio will bring something like this to production, and how much it will cost.SOURCEAlso see:Indian Motorcycle files trademark for two new namesHonda to patent new automated clutch technology for motorcycles
* McFly technology uses strategically placed speakers to produce engine and exhaust sounds * Can recreate the effect of changing gears and can change 'gear ratios' * Clutch and gear lever designed to generate the same feel as a regular motorcycle"It is the feeling of disconnection that can make electric vehicles boring to ride." There, we said it. Agreed, they are great for the environment and in some cases can match, if not outperform, petrol-powered motorcycles. And then there's the low cost of running that seals the deal for electrics. But as strong as the EV buzz maybe, there's no denying that the experience of riding one is as bland as eating schezwan fried rice without even a hint of the fiery red paste in the mix! Electric vehicles have no sound, no vibration and no feedback, and as a result, almost no emotion. There's just the whine of an electric motor and the accompanying wind noise. And let's be honest, with the steady proliferation of electric motorcycles, most of us will miss the pure joy of the sounds and sensations that an internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycle produce. Feel the sense of nostalgia creeping in already?However, we're still at very early days and the beauty with EVs is that the possibilities are almost limitless. The Italian motorcycle you're reading about here is something that works hard to keep the special emotions of motorcycling intact, and perhaps even elevate it. Its party trick is the capability of emulating the sound and feel of a petrol-powered motorcycle, and not just one or two of these aspects. It's called the Emula. The Emula's virtual sideThe Emula is the brainchild of 2electron, an electric motorcycle manufacturer, based in Naples, Italy. The concept electric motorcycle debuted at EICMA 2019 and grabbed attention for its promise of being able to emulate the sounds of a regular, combustion-engined motorcycle. Which is why it is aptly called the Emula.The Emula's concept is pretty simple. Using 2electron's proprietary McFly (a name most likely taken from the Back to Future series of movies) technology, the Emula can recreate the sound of different types of motorcycles. Some of the preset effects include a 1989 250cc, two-stroke twin; a 1999, 600cc, four-stroke inline-four; and a 2004, 800cc, four-stroke twin. While the promotional video only showcases these three effects, we expect the company to incorporate the sound and characteristics of a lot more motorcycles in the future. After all, with the hardware in place, it's just a matter of creating the software. The McFly system plays the sounds through speakers located behind the fairing (for the engine notes) and in the rear cowl (for the exhaust notes). There's a subwoofer under the faux fuel tank, for added effect. Together, these speakers claim to produce the exact engine, exhaust and mechanical sounds that a regular motorcycle would produce. The Revolt RV 400 does a similar trick, but for the McFly system to be taken seriously, it'll have to perform a lot better than the Revolt. However, that's not all. The company has also installed a virtual clutch and gear simulator, actuated by using a physical clutch and gear lever. It's replete with the satisfying click as you engage another gear. In a video Emula revealed of the prototype on the test bench, it certainly appears to sound and feel like an ICE motorcycle, accompanied by a slight jerk as the rider bangs up or down the virtual gearbox. The system can also create mild vibrations in the handlebar, footpegs and seat, taking the experience as close to the real deal.All these features are controlled via an 8.0-inch, touchscreen display/instrument panel. The Emula also has Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, which enables the rider to listen to the sounds using a Bluetooth helmet. In reality While that was all about the virtual aspects of the Emula, in reality, it is a proper electric motorcycle. The design is quite sporty and so is the riding position, with low-set clip-ons and rear-set footpegs.There is no information about the chassis, except the adjustable USD fork and monoshock that's visible in the images and the promotional video. The bike is powered by an 'MK1' prototype electric motor that is said to produce 250Nm of peak torque. That's a huge number, which means this will be a very high performance machine. Power is sent to the rear wheel though a direct, single-speed transmission, because let's face it, with this much torque, it really doesn't need real gears. There is no information about battery capacity or charging times, both of which are expected to be revealed at a later stage. Will the Emula Concept make it to production?Well, that's an answer that only time will tell. It's one thing to create a concept, and a whole other to produce and retail it. As a concept, the Emula is intriguing as it promises to address many of the issues we have with EVs. The future of the world is growing more and more digital. If the motorcycles of the future cannot create the analogue feelings motorcyclists love, then a digital recreation would be the next best thing. The Emula currently looks to be leading the charge in this regard.
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What are you driving and why?A whipple supercharged Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911 (991) because it's a classic sportscar, a BMW M2 because it's a pocket rocket and a drift machine, a Toyota Supra MK4 as it's a JDM classic, a restomodded 1962 Chevrolet Impala because it's a lowrider, a Bentley Flying Spur for thespeed, luxury and power it offers and a Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG.Neville's supercharged Mustang puts out 850hp!What's next on your wish list?A Ferrari 488. Every petrolhead needs to have a Ferrari once.The most fun you've had in a car?Racing in a Corvette ZR1 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Favourite / Dream money-no-object car?The Bugatti Chiron.Who is your all-time greatest motorsport hero?Ken Block, for his drift gymkhanas. He is my inspiration.Favourite road?The California State Route 1 highway that runs along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.What's on your automotive bucket list?To drive around the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS and a McLaren Senna.What would you do with your last litre of fuel?I would drift until it runs out.Your ideal 5-car garage would be?1\. Rolls-Royce Phantom2\. Bugatti Chiron3\. Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 by Brabus4\. Ferrari LaFerrari5\. Porsche 918 SpyderWhat was your first car?My first car was a BMW E46 325i Coupe by Hamann in 2000.
UK car sales set to surge as showrooms reopen, but demand will fade quicklyAfter an initial flurry, buyers are likely to fall away, spelling trouble for more than half a million workers in the auto industry
The Indian auto industry has finally resumed operations in the country, following the lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past two months. The Indian car market saw the introduction of multiple new products in the past week, while others
Called as the 'Current Technology 2.0' the dragster achieved this feat in a matter of just 0.4 kilometres.
Kawasaki continues BS6 update of its motorcycle in the Indian market, and now has updated most of its motorcycles in its line-up. The Gixxer 250 has received a very slight increase in its pricing which should help bring in more volumes to the brand.
* 5,000 unit export mark crossed 22 days after Hyundai resumed production on May 8, 2020 * Hyundai has exported over 3 million cars since it first started operations in India back in 1999 * Hyundai also currently exports 'Made-In-India' cars to 88 countries in four continentsHyundai Motor India, which closed financial year (FY) 2020 as the No. 1 passenger vehicle exporter, has reported exports of over 5,000 units in May 2020. The Chennai-based carmaker began production at its plant on May 8.In the last 20 years, since the Korean brand began operations in India back in 1999, Hyundai has cemented its position as the leading exporter of passenger cars exporting more than 3 million vehicles. In CY2019, Hyundai Motor India exported 1,81,200 units, with 792 customised variants according to country specific preference and demand. The company had a market share of 26 percent in CY2019 to the total exports of passenger cars from India.Hyundai Motor India currently exports to multiple countries across Africa, Middle-East, Latin America, Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Clearly, its aggressive export strategy for shipping its made-in-India products is paying off. On September 24, 2019 it held the International Partner's Meet 2019 in New Delhi where 60 of its global partners representing Hyundai from several countries including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Vietnam, Chile, Peru and Columbia participated. Many new markets like Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana were also explored for export of the Atos (Santro in India). The representatives got a close look at the company's latest product line-up - the Venue, Grand i10 Nios, Atos (Santro in India) - at the event held at the Buddh F1 circuit.Speaking at that event, S S Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India had said, "Hyundai Motor India plays a key strategic role in Hyundai Motor Company's global export plans for the world markets. Our consistent efforts towards ensuring world-class quality have helped us become a highly loved brand both in India and overseas. We are overwhelmed with the customer response and appreciation from international markets for made-in-India cars."Currently, Hyundai India exports 10 models, namely the Atos (Santro), Grand i10, Xcent, Grand i10 (Nios) and Grand i10 (Aura), Elite i20, i20 Active, Accent (Verna), Venue and new Creta. Globally, Hyundai exports 'Made-In-India' cars to 88 countries in 4 continents - Latin America (33 countries), Africa (28 countries), Asia Pacific (26 countries) and Europe (1 country).Also see:Hyundai's Relief Task Force to aid Cyclone Amphan affected customersTucson facelift to be next Hyundai launch in India1.0 turbo GDI proves most popular Hyundai Venue engine option
The new guidelines will come into effect on from June 1 and will be implemented till June 30, 2020.
The only international flights currently being operated are non-scheduled commercial flights under Vande Bharat Mission.
Prospects are free to choose any three months in the year to pay lower EMI. This three-month low EMI arrangement will continue every year throughout the tenure of the loan.
Hyundai Motor India has exported over 5,000 cars since it has resumed operations after the nation-wide lockdown was eased earlier this month. The company had to temporarily suspend its entire operations to ensure the wellbeing of its workforce during the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
German car manufacturer Volkswagen, launched their all-new five-seater SUV, the T-Roc in the Indian market back on the 18th of March 2020. The new Volkswagen T-Roc has been priced at an introductory amount of Rs 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom (India).
Automakers like Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Toyota and Tata Motors expect demand for personal vehicles to go up in the country as social distancing and fear associated with COVID-19 veer people away from public transport.
MG Motors India will reopen the booking of its electric-SUV on June 1. The company has announced the new on its official social media channel. The ZS EV will also be available in six new cities across the country.
The near-collapse of the airline business and quarantine plans for cross-border travel have put paid to most folks’ travel plans this year, but not all. Social distancing notwithstanding, there will be a few well-heeled coves who’ll still be planning to get down to their holiday hideaways at home or abroad. And with fuel prices on the floor, cars such as this, Audi’s second-generation RS7 four-door coupé, might be just the high-performance ticket for that journey – as long as you can stand the glares of admonishment when the town-drain-sized exhaust shatters the peace and quiet. What is it? With a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine delivering 592bhp at 6,000rpm and 590lb ft of torque at 2,050rpm, this large, 2.06-tonne coupé can shift – and how. While the top speed is limited to 155mph (you can pay to have it delimited to give 190mph), the 0-62mph acceleration is quoted at 3.6sec. Burning superunleaded petrol, the RS7 will deliver about 23mpg in the official WLTP test and emit 265g/km of CO2. The new V8 has a 48-Volt mild hybrid system which helps drive the car, as well as a cylinder cut-out system that turns the engine into a V4 under light loads, but all the same I wouldn’t expect to be loved by environmentalists if you drive one of these.