Intelligence to the extreme – BMW X5 M and the all-new BMW X6 M

The tough off-roading characteristics of the BMW xDrive and the stunning power delivery of the BMW M range come together to give form to these winners from the BMW stable.

The all-new BMW X5 M is an unbeatable combination of flexibility and superior handling while the all-new BMW X6 M exudes an imposing presence wherever it goes. Commitment to high performance that defines an M vehicle is resoundingly highlighted by the impressive performance figures of both the vehicles.

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The M TwinPower Turbocharged V8 petrol enginein the all-new BMW X5 M and the all-new BMW X6 M impresses with outstanding responsiveness and agile power delivery at any speed with astonishing efficiency. An output of 423 kW / 575 hp produces a maximum torque of 750 Nm at 2200-5000 rpm and accelerates the cars from 0-100 km / hr in just 4.2 seconds to a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

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The new eight-speed M Steptronic transmissionwith Drivelogic stands out with its exceptional precision and impressive fast-shifting ability. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency. The driver can also take over manual control or gear changes using shift paddles.

The intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to the most challenging road surface conditions, ensuring outstanding traction at all times. Split-second response times allow the BMW xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. In this way, BMW xDrive combines the advantages of an all-wheel drive – traction, directional stability and safety – with classic BMW ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’.

The all-new BMW X5 M and the all-new BMW X6 M offer cutting edge safety technologies that provide optimal support in any situation with eight airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Active Protection with Alertness Assistant, Side-Impact protection, Electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensors.

The all-new BMW X5 M and the all-new BMW X6 M are available at BMW dealerships across India as CBU (Completely Built-Up) units at the following ex-showroom prices –

The all-new BMW X5 M : INR 15,500,000

The all-new BMW X6 M : INR 16,000,000

GO ALL THE WAY: The new MINI Countryman launched in India.

Fun has no Limits with the new MINI Countryman- Undeniably individualist and unmistakably a MINI.

MINI India has announced the launch of the new MINI Countryman in India.

The new MINI Countryman is a whole new combination of distinctive MINI body language, absorbing handling characteristics, spacious interior of a five-door car and the looks of a Sports Activity Vehicle that give shape to an extremely versatile vehicle.

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Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “MINI is a style icon for trend-setters and has established itself as a unique brand, associated with tradition and irresistible charm. The new MINI Countryman has pursued its path to success both on and off road. Selective design modifications for the exterior and interior along with innovative equipment features contribute to the more mature charisma and increased appeal of the new MINI Countryman. It is a perfect amalgamation of character, space and the ‘go-kart’ responsiveness.”

MINI is and will always be an emotional car. A car you not just drive but live, whether you are alone on the road or you want to share the best times with friends. The MINI Countryman crossover bridges the gap between the classic MINI concept and a contemporary Sports Activity Vehicle. This unique quality propels the new MINI Countryman onto the radar of broader target groups, whose family or leisure pursuits have created an increased need for space and flexibility. A favourite among those who are keen to blend the extrovert style of the premium brand with power, functionality and comfort.

The new MINI Countryman is available at MINI dealerships across India as a CBU (Completely Built-Up) unit from today onwards at an ex-showroom price of INR 3,650,000.

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Looks certainly matter and the new MINI Countryman scores high on that front. The bold powerdome, contoured bonnet, redesigned hexagonal grille, increased ground clearance, short overhangs and large xenon headlights with LED foglights together produce a commanding over-the-wheel stance ready to dominate the roads. Striking wheel arches and standard-fitted 17-inch alloy wheels also contribute to the visual impact of the new MINI Countryman.

The interior of the new MINI Countryman is very much in keeping with the brand’s familiar style but boasts a selection of new design and functional elements. The slightly raised seating position allows easy entry and optimises the driver’s view over the road. The dashboard is even more striking with its pronounced, concave forms and a sporty yet functional feel.

There’s never been another MINI with so much interior flexibility or space. The backseat is now available in a 40:20:40 split, perfect for people who want a 100 percent MINI, plus a little more space for their life and luggage. The optional Panaoramic Glass-roof adds to the sense of roominess.

BMW at the IAA Cars 2015 in Frankfurt

The BMW stand at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main revolves around the arrival of a new generation at the top end of the model line-up and the advent of a wide range of plug-in hybrid models. Hall 11, which is located right next to the main entrance of the Frankfurt exhibition site and has been made available for the joint presentation by the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, is where all the latest features and additions are being showcased. The entire exhibition area is surrounded by a circuit several hundred metres in length, where the public can experience the new models in action from 19–27 September 2015.

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Automotive luxury of the highest order: the new BMW 7 Series.

The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model.

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Urban all-rounder that has grown in character: the new BMW X1.

The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, as well as the Driving Assistant Plus system.

The second generation of the BMW X1 successfully transfers the trademark qualities of a Sports Activity Vehicle to the compact segment with greater intensity than ever. The new edition of this highly popular model makes its mark with powerful proportions and clean lines in the style of its larger BMW X siblings. Inside, the new BMW X1 offers far more space for both passengers and luggage, a state-of-the-art premium ambience and sophisticated functionality. Equipment features available for the BMW X1 for the first time include full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display that projects driving-related information onto the windscreen as in the larger BMW X models, as well as the Driving Assistant Plus system.

Under 1500 kgs are unfit for the road – says Guwahati HC

An interim order by Guwahati High Court to ban the launch of small cars that fail to meet crash-test norms in Assam has come as a major setback for the carmakers in the country, while the Indian automobile industry is still searching for a revival mode. In response to petitions that appealed to make cars safer, the Court ordered that the sale of all small cars that weigh under 1500 kgs and don’t meet the crash test norms and must be stopped.


Further the court said, the order will not impact SUVs that are bigger and have capacity to absorb impact during a crash. The state transport authority has asked car dealers to stop selling products that fail to meet the crash-test norms.

As a matter of fact, the northeastern states account for about 12 per cent of total car sales in India, and Assam is the largest contributor in that. The petitioners said that crash tests such as the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) that are followed in developed markets should be applied to cars sold in Assam as well because of higher safety standards needed in mountainous regions.

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Cars in India are required to pass the frontal crash test norms which is also known as steering impact test to be able to manufacture and sell cars. And stricter front offset crash tests would begin in India as well, but not before 2017.

“The Centre is directed not to permit the auto manufacturers to release and sell the small four-wheelers with a mass up to 1,500 kg and cars without putting them to crash test and emission test,” the court said.

The Sale and the registration of the popular models such as Maruti Suzuki’s Alto, Swift, Hyundai Eon, Honda Motor Company, New Jazz 2015, which does not comply the crash test requirements have been stopped in Assam.

Ride for Freedom! – The Triumphant Independence Day

Over 300 Triumph Customers came together to ‘Ride for Freedom’ on the Independence Day

Triumph Motorcycles partnered with Smile Foundation pledging to contribute towards girl child education.

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To commemorate the 69 years of India’s Independence, around 300 Triumph Motorcycles customers came together to New Delhi on August 17th, 2015 for their ‘Ride for Freedom’ on the Independence Day across twelve cities. Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British Motorcycle manufacturer, partnered with Smile Foundation to support the cause of girl child education. Education provides freedom to mankind and India would be truly Independent when its girls get their right to education.

Triumph Motorcycles, which is closing 2000 customers in India, has had this ‘Ride for Freedom’ across all twelve cities wherein it has its dealerships in the country, on the Independence Day.

DATSUN MEETS THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH STYLISH NXT LIMITED EDITION

Datsun introduces Datsun GO NXT Limited Festive Edition ahead of the festive season in India. This Festive Edition will be available between August and December 2015 across all 196 Datsun outlets in India.
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Datsun GO NXT Limited Festive Edition offers add-ons worth INR 20,000 at a minimal price increase of just INR 5,000. The car will be available at around 4.2 lakhs.

The Datsun GO is a modern five-door, five-seat hatchback engineered for young, aspirational Indians. The car offers a sophisticated driving experience along with spaciousness, quality and fuel efficiency for new-age Indian who seeks a stylish, practical and value-for-money product.
Datsun GO NXT Festive Edition is an extension of Datsun GO ‘T’ variant, offering enhanced value proposition. The new features include rear parking sensors, remote central locking and chrome exhaust finisher, all first in the segment. In addition, the car boasts piano black interior finish on the dashboard, meter console and around the gear shifter. The rear parcel tray and body side mouldings on the outside add to the convenience and appeal.
 
Announcing the Datsun GO NXT Limited Festive Edition, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director – Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We in India save most of our purchase decisions for the festival season. We prefer to align our dream buys with the auspicious occasions during this period. Continuing this ‘parampara’ and bringing in the newness, we offer the Datsun GO Limited Festive Edition to add to the cheer.”   
 
“Datsun GO has been purposefully designed for Indian market rather than adapted to fit and boasts best in class space, performance and economy. With the NXT Festive Edition, we are offering a host of convenience features that add to the functionality, practicality and appeal of the car,” he added.

SUPRA SAEINDIA came to a dashing close as exciting as ever!!

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The 4th edition of Maruti Suzuki SUPRA SAEINDIA which is the final stage was held over 4 days from Thursday, July 16, 2015 till today (Sunday, July 19, 2015) at the Madras Motor Racing Track (MMRT) in Chennai. A total of 167 teams had initially registered for the event, out of which 110 teams qualified for the finals. Nearly 2200 students participated from all over India.

Mr. C. V. Raman, Executive Director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said, “We had first collaborated with SUPRA SAEINDIA in 2011 for this competition to encourage budding talent in motorsports and engineering. To conceptualize, design, fabricate and run a Formula prototype car from start to finish, provides an immense amount of hands-on experience. Being the market leader, Maruti Suzuki has always paid extra attention to engineering and we will continue with our initiatives to provide students the right kind of exposure to further polish their engineering skills. I believe that there is an abundance of talent pool in our country so I hope to see more students participating and gaining as much experience as possible from these events to develop their abilities from the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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SUPRA SAEINDIA, organized annually by SAEINDIA (earlier known as Society of Automotive Engineers India), is an event intended to inculcate and harness applied engineering skills among students wherein teams design and construct a Formula category vehicle as per defined performance and safety specifications. SAEINDIA is India’s largest automotive engineering fraternity, and also the largest affiliate of SAE International, USA.

In the event, Ms. Unnathi Pai from Team – Force Ikshvaku won the best participation award, while Team Aryans were selected as the Best Team participants. Including Marketing Presentation award, Engineering Designs award and Dhronacharya award there were about 14 categories on which teams and individual participants are awarded.

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NISSAN MICRA CVT AUTOMATIC GETS MORE ACCESSIBLE – MICRA X-SHIFT LAUNCHED

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Nissan today introduced a new variant of its Micra CVT Automatic hatchback with a view to make the Xtronic CVT Technology closer to buyers in the automatic segment. The Micra CVT Automatic will now be available in a new XL variant, which is positioned just below the top-of-the-line XV variant.

The occasion also marks the announcement of the new limited edition Nissan Micra X-Shift, based on the XL variant, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of globally popular hatchback. Micra X-Shift is limited to 750 units and will come with added style and convenience features.

Unveiling the Nissan Micra X-shift, Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations said, “The demand for automatic cars has risen to over 3.5% in the last two years from less than 1% in FY12. Nissan is a pioneer when it comes to Xtronic CVT Technology and with the introduction of the XL grade in our CVT range; we aim to make this technology more accessible to our buyers.”

New Micra CVT Automatic XL variant is competitively priced and will be available at the following prices:

Micra CVT Automatic XL INR 6,39,990(Delhi),
Ex-Showroom Mumbai INR 6,67,782

The Micra X-Shift will be available at no extra cost. The top-of-the-line Micra CVT Automatic XV variant will continue to be sold at INR, 6,93,100 (ex-showroom Delhi)

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The announcement of this new variant also marks Micra’s 5th Anniversary in India. Nissan’s premium hatchback was the first locally manufactured product in India, launched in July 2010. To celebrate this milestone, the new Micra CVT Automatic XL will also be available in a Limited Edition X-Shift trim.

The X-Shift will be limited to 750 units and will come with a raft of exciting features to jazz up the driving experience:

  • Premium matte black roof wrap and side decals add an athletic touch
  • Chrome exhaust tip finisher adds sportiness to the rear
  • Branded floor mats, silver-finished door armrests and premium LED scuff plates enliven up the interior
  • Reverse parking sensors for ease of parking

To top it off, an X-shift decal adds distinction to this limited edition. All these features are being offered at no extra cost.

Nissan Scouting for Racing Driver in India

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Nissan has announced the GT Academy India Live Qualifying in Chennai. Nissan and PlayStation began searching for the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6, for a real world-racing driver in India. The revolutionary GT Academy prepares for its biggest year yet and once again offers gamers the chance to live the dream as a NISMO Athlete.

GT Academy Online Final Qualification round commenced on 2nd June 2015 and concluded on the 16th June on Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3. Online gamers had an opportunity to drive the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo as a part of qualifying. Ten winners from the Live Events will then join ten winners from the online game at the Indian National Final to be held in July 2015, with the chance to grab one of six places at the famous Silverstone Race Camp.

Last year over 5000 gamers from all over India competed against each other in the race to the GT Academy final race camp. Six fastest contestants from the National Final in India then made it to Silverstone to compete with the winners from other regions. Abhinay Bikkani, one of the finalists from India last year, is currently racing in the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada.

A new competition, ‘GT Academy Asia’, will also be launched for 2015. The Asian region will feature Thailand and India, both of which were introduced to GT Academy in 2014 as part of the International competition, and will also be open to gamers from Indonesia, the Philippines and Nissan and PlayStation’s homeland, Japan. The winner of the GT Academy in Asia will bag an opportunity to race at the Dubai 24hrs in January 2016.

NISMO Athlete Ricardo Sanchez, is enjoying the life-changing journey of GT Academy and is currently racing a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe. Such success proves that winning GT Academy is a genuine opportunity to launch a dream career as a racing driver.

Nissan GT Academy 2015 Moves up a Level with National Finals in Chennai

Nissan announced the commencement of the GT Academy National Finals for India on July 1st, 2015. The event, hosted over two days at Chennai’s legendary MMSC Racetrack, saw the top 20 qualifiers from online and live qualification events compete for the top spots.

The winners are –

  • Abhishek Dwarknath
  • Anush Chakravarthi
  • Askhay Gupta
  • Dhruv Dayal
  • Jaideep Chahal
  • Shantanu Kallianpukar

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The six winners of the second season of GT Academy in India will now move to Silverstone, UK for the ultimate race camp, where they compete with the finalists from Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines in the GT Academy Asia Championship.

One winner from here will then get a chance to undergo a driver development program and compete for Nissan at Dubai 24-Hours.

Nissan GT Academy kick-started the hunt for a racing driver in June this year, in association with Sony PlayStation.