• Ola, Uber to Carry Non-Coronavirus Patients in Bengaluru Due to Shortage of Ambulances
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    Ola, Uber to Carry Non-Coronavirus Patients in Bengaluru Due to Shortage of Ambulances

    The charges for this service will be at a minimum, without any extra service charge or additional charges. The service will continue until April 15.

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    Global Electric Vehicles Market: Trends, Size, Growth, and Opportunities (2020-2025) - ResearchAndMarkets.com

    The "Electric Vehicles Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

  • 10 safest cars in India as rated by Global NCAP
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    10 safest cars in India as rated by Global NCAP

    10\. Renault Duster 3/5 The Renault Duster makes it to the top 10 list with three stars for adult occupant safety (9.0/17) and two stars for child occupant safety (17.75/49). This model, which was tested in 2017, was equipped with just a driver's side airbag - the model with no airbags was given zero stars for adult occupancy. Considering the Renault Duster on sale right now has dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors and more - and has since then been upgraded to meet pedestrian safety norms with a facelift - it could potentially score better than the model tested on Global NCAP's crash tests. The Duster is now a petrol-only model priced between Rs 8.49-9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 9\. Ford Aspire 3/5 When it was tested in 2017, the Ford Figo-based compact sedan was given a respectable 3-star rating for adult occupancy (10.49/17), despite not having safety kit such as ABS and seat-belt pre-tensioners as standard. Faults like excessive movement of the three-year-old dummy's child seat and lack of Isofix child-seat mounts meant that the Aspire received a 2-star child-occupancy rating (14.22/49). The Ford Aspire facelift, which launched in late 2018, came with far more safety kit than the model that was tested; so, the Aspire's overall score isn't bad at all. The Maruti Dzire rival costs Rs 5.99-8.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in its BS6 form. 8\. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 3/5 The current-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was able to secure a 3-star rating for adult occupancy (9.25/17). Points were deducted as the body shell and footwell area were rated unstable and the passenger pre-tensioner failed to work properly during the test. The Maruti Ertiga did manage to secure three stars (25.16/49) for child occupancy. Standard safety kit on the Ertiga includes two airbags, ABS, seat-belt reminders for the front seats, Isofix child-seat mounts at the rear and the now-mandatory rear parking sensors and speed alarms. The Ertiga is a petrol MPV that is priced from Rs 7.59-10.13 lakh, though there is a CNG variant on offer for Rs 8.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 7\. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 4/5 The Vitara Brezza's 4-star rating for adult occupancy (12.51 out of 17) makes it the safest Maruti Suzuki model you can currently buy in India. However, the SUV only roped in two stars for child occupancy (17.93 out of 49) with the 18-month old dummy in the test suffering injuries to its head and shoulders. The markings for the Isofix anchorages did not meet Global NCAP testing protocols, either. All variants of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belts with pretensioners, a driver's side seat-belt reminder and Isofix child-seat mounts. The Hyundai Venue rival costs between Rs 7.34-11.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 6\. Tata Tiago and Tigor 4/5 The Tata Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan were both awarded four stars in the crash tests, managing to score 12.52 out of 17 for adult occupancy. The Tata Tigor and Tiago both also managed a 3-star child occupancy rating (34.15/49) - they were marked down for the lack of Isofix child-seat mounts. The Tiago's Rs 4.60 lakh starting price makes it the most affordable car in India with a 4-star Global NCAP rating. Tata Tigor prices start at Rs 5.75 lakh and go up to Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). 5\. Volkswagen Polo 4/5 Despite lacking some safety kit available on today's model such as ABS and seat-belt reminders, the VW Polo with two airbags managed a solid 4-star rating for adult-occupant protection (12.54/17) way back in 2014. It also scored three stars for child occupant protection (29.91/49) despite lacking Isofix child-seat mounts (now standard on the hatchback). The top-spec variants of the Volkswagen Polo now come with traction control, ESC, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera, with prices ranging between Rs 5.82-9.59 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). 4\. Mahindra Marazzo 4/5 The first made-in-India MPV to gain a 4-star rating, the Mahindra Marazzo, performed better than people carriers such as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the now-discontinued Renault Lodgy and Chevrolet Enjoy. The Marazzo MPV scored 12.85 out of 17 in adult safety and 22.22 out of 49 in child occupancy (two stars) thanks to safety kit such as dual front airbags, ABS, a driver's side seat-belt reminder, front seat-belt pretensioners and Isofix anchorages for the rear seats - standard across all variants. This score also means it is the safest MPV on sale in India. In BS4 form, Mahindra's MPV was priced between Rs 9.99-14.68 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), which means Marazzo prices are bound to increase in the coming days. 3\. Tata Nexon 5/5 While the Nexon secured four stars (13.56/17) the first time it was crash tested, Tata upgraded all variants of the compact SUV with a seat-belt reminder for the driver and front passenger (which has since become mandatory) and sent it in for Round 2. This time around, the Nexon also managed to pass the UN95 side-impact protection requirements and became India's first 5-star car, securing 16.06 out of 17 for adult occupancy. The Nexon's child-occupancy rating is three stars (25/49). All variants of the Tata Nexon come with two airbags, ABS and Isofix child-seat mounts as standard. Do note that the model tested was the pre-facelift car and it has since been upgraded to meet pedestrian protection norms that will come into effect later, this year. Currently, the extensive Tata Nexon range is priced from Rs 6.95 lakh, with prices going up to Rs 12.50 lakh for the top-spec diesel-automatic model. 2\. Tata Altroz 5/5 Tata's second model to get a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection (16.13/17), the Altroz didn't score as well on child occupant protection, securing three stars (29/49) as the backrest of the rear seat unlatched in the test and the three-year-old dummy's head made contact with the interior. Nonetheless, the Tata Altroz ranks as the safest hatchback tested by Global NCAP. Standard safety kit across the Altroz range (Rs 5.29-9.29 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India) includes two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seat-belt reminders for the front seats and Isofix child-seat mounts. Higher variants add kit such as height-adjustable front seat belts, a rear parking camera, and front and rear fog lamps. 1\. Mahindra XUV300 5/5 The safest car in India as rated by Global NCAP is the XUV300. Mahindra's sub-four-metre SUV was awarded five stars for adult occupancy (scoring 16.42/17) and four stars for child occupant protection (scoring (37.44/49). It subsequently won Global NCAP's first-ever Safer Choice award. The entry-level XUV300 W4 and W6 variants (Rs 8.30-9.99 lakh) are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear disc brakes and Isofix child-seat mounts, along with other equipment like rear parking sensors and seat-belt reminders that are now mandatory. While the higher-spec XUV300 W8 and W8(O) variants cross the Rs 10 lakh mark (Rs 10.60-12.69 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India), they come with more safety kit; the range-topping version gets seven airbags, front parking sensors, electronic stability programme, front and rear fog lamps, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a rear parking camera.

  • India’s first drive-through COVID-19 sample collection facility introduced
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    India’s first drive-through COVID-19 sample collection facility introduced

    In a first for India, citizens will now be able to get tested for the coronavirus without leaving the comfort of their vehicle. Dr. Dang's laboratory in West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, has set up a drive-through COVID-19 sample collection facility to curb the spread of the virus.The lab takes appointments for the drive-through sampling facility via their website, www.drdangslab.com. In order to be eligible for this facility, customers will have to provide three mandatory documents - a government ID, a doctor's prescription advising COVID-19 testing and a patient proforma.This drive-through system, according to Dr Arjun Dang, chief executive officer, Dr Dangs Lab, ensures maximum safety and minimum exposure for the patient and the medical personnel while collecting the samples. It is said to be inspired from countries abroad that have successfully implemented this facility.The sample-collection process starts off with the patient driving to the lab at their given time of appointment. A medical professional would then collect samples of the patient through their car's window while wearing all the necessary protective equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus. The entire process is said to take around 10-12 minutes. The sample collection area will be disinfected before and after the patient visits the facility.The cost for the drive-through sample collection facility at Dr. Dang's lab is set at Rs 4,500. Meanwhile, the reports of the tests will be given to the patient through email within 24 to 36 hours of the sample collection.The outbreak of the novel coronavirus had led to a 21-day nationwide lockdown in India, which is causing a number of disruptions in the automobile industry. Click here to see how manufacturers are dealing with industry issues during this pandemic.Also readHow India's automakers have joined the fight against Coronavirus

  • Amid Flight Cancellations Due to COVID-19, Delhi IGI Airport Records Highest Social Media Traffic
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    Amid Flight Cancellations Due to COVID-19, Delhi IGI Airport Records Highest Social Media Traffic

    The IGI topped the global list with over 3.5 lakh social media engagements in the second half of March 2020.

  • Spec comparison: Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 vs RE Himalayan BS6 vs KTM 390 Adventure vs Benelli Imperiale 400
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    Spec comparison: Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 vs RE Himalayan BS6 vs KTM 390 Adventure vs Benelli Imperiale 400

    We take a look at all the 400cc offerings that compete with the Bajaj Dominar 400

  • Incredible Photos Show Airplanes Grounded at Airports Around The World
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    Incredible Photos Show Airplanes Grounded at Airports Around The World

    Spectacular photos show parked airplanes sitting on runways at the airports around the World as coronavirus pandemic puts a near stop to the global airline business.

  • Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 Power & Torque Figures Revealed: Becomes Less Powerful
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    Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 Power & Torque Figures Revealed: Becomes Less Powerful

    Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 power and torque figures are revealed ahead of launch. The Xpulse 200 BS6 model now makes lesser power than the BS4 models. The company has revealed the power figures on their official website ahead of its launch.

  • Vespa LX 125 2020 STD
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    Vespa LX 125 2020 STD

    Vespa LX 125 2020 STD

  • 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Petrol-Hybrid Details Revealed: India Launch Expected Soon
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    2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Petrol-Hybrid Details Revealed: India Launch Expected Soon

    Maruti Suzuki recently launched the Vitara Brezza petrol variant in the Indian market. The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol was first showcased at the Auto Expo, held earlier this year. The compact-SUV offering apart from the new BS6-compliant petrol engine also

  • Hero reveals 2020 Xpulse specs
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    Hero reveals 2020 Xpulse specs

    Hero has revealed the specifications of the 2020 Xpulse and it makes slightly less power than the BSIV model. The new BSVI compliant engine is a 199.6cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox that makes a power of 18PS and 16.45 Nm of torque.

  • BS6 Hero Xpulse 200 makes lesser power
    Autocar India

    BS6 Hero Xpulse 200 makes lesser power

    Hero has updated its website with the 2020 BS6 Xpulse 200 and has listed all of the details and the specifications of the updated motorcycle that it first showcased in February 2020. At the time, we knew that the motorcycle was using fuel-injection, a new oil-cooler and a rerouted exhaust, but we now know how these changes have affected the performance.As expected, the BS6-compliant 199.6cc engine has lost out on power figures because of the more restrictive exhaust set-up. It now produces 17.8hp at 8,500rpm and 16.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, in comparison, the BS4-compliant model made 18.4hp at 8,000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. While the BS4 model was available with either a carburettor or fuel-injection, the 2020 Xpulse can only be had with the latter.The header pipe now doesn't run next to the engine, like it did on the Impulse and the 2019 XPulse. It's now directed downwards to go under the engine and back up to the muffler, which continues to remain in the same place. We expected this change to lower the ground clearance as the belly-pan has been redesigned to make room for the exhaust piping, but according to the website the ground clearance remains unchanged, at 220mm. All these changes have resulted in the Xpulse becoming slightly heavier than before and it now has a kerb weight of 157kg, compared to the BS4 model's 154kg figure.We are yet to hear from Hero about the price of the 2020 Xpulse 200. For reference, the BS4 Xpulse 200 was priced at Rs 99,500 (carb) and Rs 1,07,500 (fuel-injected) (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).Also see:Hero Xpulse 200 review, test rideHero Xpulse 200 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan comparison

  • J&K Saw Highest Jump in Vehicle Registration Last Year, Delhi Ranks Lowest With Over 40 Percent Decline
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    J&K Saw Highest Jump in Vehicle Registration Last Year, Delhi Ranks Lowest With Over 40 Percent Decline

    The Indian auto industry is facing one of the worst slumps ever due to an imminent lockdown that was imposed to curb the outbreak of COVID-19 in India.

  • New Hyundai Elantra Official Walkaround Video Released: India Launch Expected Next Year
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    New Hyundai Elantra Official Walkaround Video Released: India Launch Expected Next Year

    New Hyundai Elantra official walkaround video has been released by the company. The next-gen Elantra is expected to be launched in India by next year. Here are all the changes featured on the upcoming sedan.

  • Four F1 teams to potentially drop off the grid, according to McLaren's Zak Brown
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    Four F1 teams to potentially drop off the grid, according to McLaren's Zak Brown

    McLaren head says major changes needed to Formula 1 to ensure its survival

  • Hero Xpulse 200T, Xtreme 200R, & 200S Discontinued: Removed From Official Website
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    Hero Xpulse 200T, Xtreme 200R, & 200S Discontinued: Removed From Official Website

    Hero Xpulse 200T, Xtreme 200R, & 200S motorcycles have been discontinued in the Indian market. The motorcycles have been unlisted from the company's website.

  • Nexa range accounts for 18 percent of Maruti Suzuki’s 2019 sales
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    Nexa range accounts for 18 percent of Maruti Suzuki’s 2019 sales

    Research firm Jato Dynamics has release data about the country's largest automaker that provides a keen insight into its sales distribution. The data shows that, of the 14,85,943 units of passenger vehicles (PVs) that Maruti Suzuki sold domestically in CY2019, the Nexa sales channel accounted for 18.1 percent (2,68,956 units), with the Arena network making up for the remaining 81.9 percent (12,16,987 units).The sales share of Nexa models registered a drop of 1.9 percentage points last year, compared to the year before (CY2018 sales distribution: Nexa - 20 percent, Arena - 80 percent). This marks a maiden negative growth in the sales contribution of the premium retail network since its inception in 2015. Furthermore, last year's figures also reflect a contraction by 0.3 percentage points, compared to CY2017 when Nexa models had accounted for 18.4 percent of Maruti Suzuki's total sales in India. Interestingly, the Baleno made up for a substantial 1,83,862 units of the Nexa sales (68.36 percent) in 2019, trailing by just 8,039 units behind the Swift which, at 1,91,901 units, was the bestselling Arena model last year. These statistics also highlight the reliance of the automaker's high-end sales channel on a single model, with rest of the Nexa range, including the Ciaz, Ignis, S-Cross and XL6, bringing in only 85,094 units combined (31.64 percent).In an effort to maintain sales, Maruti Suzuki has been introducing a steady stream of updates to its premium vehicle portfolio. The Ciaz midsize sedan got a mid-cycle facelift in August 2018, which was followed by a mild refresh for the Baleno premium hatch in January the next year. The automaker then expanded the Nexa family by launching the XL6, essentially a premium, 6-seat version of the 7-seat Ertiga MPV, in August 2019.The most recent update has been the facelifted Ignis hatch introduced earlier this year. The company will round off by swapping the S-Cross' 1.3-litre diesel powertrain with a 1.5-litre petrol unit next month. Also see:Maruti Suzuki Nexa outlets sell one million cars, SUVsMaruti Suzuki's Nexa network expands to 350-plus touchpoints within 4 years

  • ZoomCar, Rapido & Others Jump in To Get Essential Services Moving
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    ZoomCar, Rapido & Others Jump in To Get Essential Services Moving

    Many shared-mobility companies are offering their vehicles to get essential services moving faster during lockdown.

  • 2020 BMW R18 image gallery
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    2020 BMW R18 image gallery

    BMW Motorrad has revealed the production-spec R18 cruiser, months after it showcased the smashing R18 concept at EICMA 2019. Here's what it looks like.

  • KTM extends warranty and free services to June 30
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    KTM extends warranty and free services to June 30

    KTM has announced that it is extending the free services and warranty periods for all its products. The decision has been made in light of the 21-day countrywide lockdown as customers may struggle to get their vehicles serviced on time, or avail warranty benefits that may expire during the period.The warranty and free services that were set to expire in March, April and May can now be availed until June 30, 2020.KTM joins the likes of Yamaha, TVS, Honda and Bajaj in extending warranty and free service deadlines.In other news, Pierer Mobility - parent company of KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas - announced last month, the implementation of a two-week company vacation at its Mattighofen plant in Austria from March 30 to April 10. This is probably the result of an interruption of components supply due to the complete shutdown in northern Italy. Sources inform us that India may be affected, as some components for KTM and new Husqvarna models do come from that region. As things stand, there is some stock ready in India, but if the shutdown continues unabated, we may see supply issues for some 390 and 250 models. Also see:KTM, BMW pull out of EICMA, INTERMOT motorcycle shows

  • SpiceJet Operates its First Cargo-on-Seat Flight From Chennai to Delhi with COVID-19 Supply Onboard
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    SpiceJet Operates its First Cargo-on-Seat Flight From Chennai to Delhi with COVID-19 Supply Onboard

    The first B737 passenger aircraft took off from Chennai and landed in Delhi and is expected to do five rotations today carrying crucial supplies.

  • Honda furloughs U.S. workers until May 1 as coronavirus suspends operations
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    Honda furloughs U.S. workers until May 1 as coronavirus suspends operations

    Honda Motor Co on Tuesday said that it had furloughed workers at its U.S. plants which will be closed until May 1 as demand for cars in the country has plummeted due to the spread of the coronavirus. A spokesman for Honda, which employs about 18,400 workers at plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, said the Japanese automaker would guarantee salaries through Sunday, having suspended operations on March 23. Automakers are facing a drop in sales in the United States, the world's second-largest car market, after some states barred car dealers from selling new cars while "stay at home" orders are in place.

  • Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 2020 STD
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    Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 2020 STD

    Harley-Davidson Low Rider S 2020 STD

  • India needs drive-through Corona testing centres
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    India needs drive-through Corona testing centres

    In this grim battle with the Coronavirus, a valuable weapon can be drive-through testing clinics. India has just got its first one, but we need many more.

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    Ashok Leyland provides food through their Plant Kitchens to support Covid-19 warriors

    In continuation to its community outreach initiatives, India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, is providing food through the kitchens in all its plants to the Covid-19 warriors like doctors, paramedical staff, civic and sanitary workers, health department officials, and the local community.