Thursday, 31 August 2017

Mercedes-Benz inaugurates seventh AMG Performance Center; Chennai emerges in AMG’s global footprint

Strengthening its AMG strategy in India further, the country’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India, launched Chennai’s first and India’s seventh AMG Performance Center at Trans Car India. The inauguration of the AMG Performance Center (APC) in Chennai is a part of Mercedes-Benz’s current AMG network expansion plan to newer markets. The inauguration of two AMG Performance Centers in two days in Kochi and Chennai also marks the celebration of 50 years of AMG, globally. The inauguration of the AMG Performance Centers in Kochi and Chennai takes the total number of the exclusive APCs to 7 in India. 

The launch of the AMG Performance Center in Chennai is aimed to strengthen the customerrelationshipby offering them an exclusive and customized Mercedes-AMG product experience and unmatched service quality. Mercedes-AMG offers an exceptional brand experience; providing luxury car owners and aspirers the preferred exclusivity. These distinct AMG Performance Centers along with an impressive AMG portfolio comprising 12 models, promises a fascinating brand experience for the existing and potential AMG customers.

Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, commented: “India is an emerging market and performance car segment has an immense growth potential in the country. We are experiencing increased interest among the discerning customers for an AMG vehicle, not only from the key metro cities but from the non-metros as well. With the inauguration of the Chennai AMG Performance Center, we further reinforce our commitment to connect with our potentialcustomers, who seek the thrill of performance driving and the unmatched exclusivity that is associated with an AMG. The AMG Performance Center will attract ardent performance car enthusiasts,where they can choose from our vivid AMG car portfolio for the ultimate driving experience.”    

Elaborating further, Mr. Folger said: “With the recent launch of the AMG GT R and the GT Roadster, Mercedes-AMG now has expanded its performance car portfolio in India to 12 products and leads the segment by holding a significant market share. The AMG Performance Center in Chennai will serve as a right place for performance car enthusiasts to experience and discover theirmuch aspired AMG model, concept and accessories for an unparalleled driving and ownership experience. The inauguration of an APC in Chennai also underlines the importance of Chennai market, which has been a key market for both Mercedes-Benz and AMG products.”

Key highlights of the Chennai AMG Performance Center:

* Full dry wall construction as per the global standard of AMG Performance Center

* Dynamically flowing room, integrating free-form dry wall structure to demarcate the spaces with right angles are broken up, constantly producing new visual connection and slight lines along a fascinating spatial choreography

* The Regupol flooring with tyre marks, kerbs and Pit lane marking immediately bring to mind the world of motor sport

* The Shagpile carpet to create a pleasant atmosphere and improves the quality of the visit

* Large textile graphics give an emotional and passionate look to the entire area for passionate enthusiasts

* The interactive sound module is a guaranteed goosebumps and the passionate performance enthusiasts can experience the distinctive features of the entire AMG vehicle – the sound

* Exclusive boutique and accessories area with mannequin displays

The Chennai AMG Performance Center is characterized by a consistently applied and unique AMG brand identity. The facility boasts of three exclusive AMG car display and two dream cars display and provides complete AMG Brand Experience by the exclusively trained product specialist & the product display and demonstration. The AMG Performance Centers have their own distinct branding and focus on the AMG performance brand, AMG products and concepts, as well as the individualization options which will create a bespoke and immersive brand experience for the valued customers of Chennai. 

AMG Performance Centers

The AMG Performance Centers are the key pillars of the Mercedes-AMG growth strategy in India and offers unique experience to AMG customers and performance driving enthusiasts. The AMG sales and service experts ensure first-class service delivery at every touch-point throughout the customer relationship life-cycle, through a rigorous and uniform global training program. Globally, the AMG Performance Centers are central pillars of the AMG growth strategy. These 400 + touch points, which have been part of the Mercedes-Benz distribution network since 2008, create optimal market reach for the brand. 

AMG Private Lounge 

AMG Private Lounge is an exclusive AMG owner’s online community designed to interact and benefit from the knowledge of AMG owners worldwide. Some of the highlights of engagement include lifestyle events and driver training courses all over the world. The AMG Private Lounge serves as a perfect place for AMG drivers and experts to exchange their opinions, techniques and experiences.

Harmanpreet Kaur presented with a Datsun redi-GO for cricket feats in ICC Women’s Championship 2017

Datsun India recently honoured cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur by giving her a Datsun redi-GO in celebration of her fantastic performance for India at the ICC Women’s Championship Trophy 2017. As Vice-Captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Harmanpreet led India into the finals with her unbeaten knock of 171 against Australia.

Representing Datsun at the event to hand over the car keys to Kaur, Jerome Saigot, Vice President, Datsun India, said: “Datsun is working hard to help fuel the ambitions of India’s young achievers and risers. We are delighted to see women like Harmanpreet make the nation proud. We congratulate Harmanpreet for her outstanding contribution during the ICC Women’s Championship Trophy 2017 and we are pleased to present her with the redi-GO for her sporting excellence.”

On receiving the redi-GO, Harmanpreet Kaur said: “Thank you, Datsun India, for this gesture and I am looking forward to driving the redi-GO. This makes it easier for me to move around for training, but I am excited to take my family for a spin first.”

In 2015, Nissan entered an eight-year deal with the ICC that further strengthens its ties with global sport. The agreement runs through 2023, and Nissan will be a global sponsor of cricket’s international tournaments, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, ICC World Twenty20, and the Under 19 and Women’s and qualifying events. The partnership allows Nissan to bring its innovative and fan-focused approach to sport to millions of cricket-lovers around the world.

Dog power vs. Horsepower in Discovery Sport Snow Tunnel Challenge

With an estimated 50 per cent of Land Rover customers owning or regularly travelling with a dog, Land Rover has put its canine capability to the test by transporting a team of sled dogs to an underground snow tunnel in Finland for a unique training challenge.

This year’s warm summer has left much of Northern Europe without snow. Land Rover took a team of husky dogs in need of training ahead of winter championships to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland, for a much-needed sprint around a snow track.

The Discovery Sport SUV provided stiff competition for Finnish middle distance champion, Laura Kääriäinen and her team of six sled dogs. They went head-to-head in Vesileppis Ski Tunnel, Finland, in a unique 1km sprint around the dedicated underground tunnel.

The undulating tunnel is carved into the bedrock 35m below ground level and kept at constant -2°C to maintain a blanket of snow 20mm deep throughout the summer, making it the perfect place to put the Discovery Sport’s all-terrain capability to the test.

Setting off in opposite directions, the dogs had a straightforward task. Once they had negotiated the first incline they were able to pick up and maintain speed – typically around 35km/h. In contrast, the Discovery Sport’s path was blocked by a set of ice blocks, which put its wheel articulation and traction control systems to the test, on one of its laps.

Over two laps of the tunnel, the sled team and Discovery Sport were closely matched but the Land Rover, which was forced to negotiate a set of unique ice obstacles along the way, won the unique challenge by a dog’s hair.

Driver Karl Richards, Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Snow is one of the most demanding surfaces drivers will encounter during winter around the world and Discovery Sport proved to be as comfortable in these conditions as the dogs. Land Rover’s advanced Terrain Response technology and intelligent four-wheel drive system ensure our premium compact SUV is in a class of its own when it comes to off-road driving – whether you’ve got two legs or four.”

Before the race, the Discovery Sport’s dedicated accessories ensured that lead husky Jami was safely transported to the snow tunnel to join his snow-starved pack. Land Rover’s full height luggage divider prevents pets from accessing the passenger compartment and easily fits into anchor points inside the vehicle, while a durable rubber boot mat protects the boot floor and even contains minor spills.

Convenience features including Land Rover’s Gesture Tailgate made easy work of getting Jami in and out of the premium compact SUV while the Surrround Camera System, accessed through the 10-inch central touchscreen, allowed driver Richards to keep an eye on the dogs when manoeuvring inside the tunnel.

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Datsun India to fulfill dreams of winning a car in Season 9 of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’

30 lucky winners will win a Datsun redi-GO over 30 episodes during the ‘Jio Ghar Baithay, Jeeto Jackpot’ segment

The upcoming season of the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ TV quiz show, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, is offering the audience a chance to fulfill their dreams. Datsun India has partnered with Sony Entertainment Television for a special segment on its popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) in line with the Datsun brand’s vision to cater to the aspirations of ‘young India’. Promos show Mr. Bachchan celebrating the spirit of young Indians overcoming the challenges experienced by average people and giving a fitting response to tough questions.

Starting August 28, a question will be asked during the ‘Jio Ghar Baithay, Jeeto Jackpot’ segment which gives television viewers from across the country the opportunity to win a brand new Datsun redi-GO. KBC fans from all over India can participate via SMS in a prescribed platform and 30 lucky winners who provide the correct answer stand a chance to win a Datsun redi-GO car over 30 episodes.

Jerome Saigot, Vice President, Datsun India, said: “We are excited to be reaching out to people through one of the most popular programs on television today. The Datsun brand resonates with the aspirational sentiments of the show, and our engagement with KBC will encourage viewers to #VoteForMorePower and make Datsun redi-GO a part of their family”.

The partnership will be an extension of Datsun’s #VoteForChange campaign which inspires people to ‘declare independence’ from compromising on their car purchases amid few choices in the small car segment. Datsun believes that Indians want new choices and the brand is focused on offering products that young India wants and desires. The Datsun redi-GO is a great combination of power, style and convenience that has received a great response from consumers.

Launched in India in June 2016, Datsun redi-GO combines the roominess, agility and efficiency of an urban hatchback with best-in-class ground clearance (185mm) and high seating position. The Datsun redi-GO 1.0L brings together other best-in-class features, such as front visibility, shoulder room, rear knee room, with brisk acceleration thanks to more power coming from the 1.0-liter i-SAT engine.

#NotForEveryone - Suzuki Two-Wheelers rides-out with a bold new statement for Gixxer

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has rolled-out a brand new campaign – #NotForEveryone for the popular Gixxer portfolio of motorcycles. Celebrating the ‘exclusivity’ that sets apart a Gixxer owner from the crowd, #NotForEveryone is a 360-degree pan-India campaign with strong digital amplification, print media and outdoor activations, besides the TVC that will play on national and regional TV channels.

Speaking about the TVC, Mr. Sajeev Rajasekhran, EVP, Sales and Marketing, SMIPL, said: “Moving away from the specification heavy content that dominates this category, with the new Gixxer TVC, we have taken a refreshingly new route to connect with our audiences by digging-out typecasts. In a segment that is cluttered with sameness, Gixxers have always offered customers an alternative with its blend of unique styling and functional excellence. We are confident that this TVC will not only bring out the youth even more closer to the Gixxer brand, but will also inspire them to break away from  the shackles of conformism.”

Mr. Kartik Iyer, CEO and Co-founder of Happy mcgarrybowen, said about his firm’s first outing with Suzuki Two-Wheelers: “The campaign idea was born out of conversations with existing Gixxer owners. They all beamed a common passion around the bike, its looks and its performance. The other thing that clearly shined through is that they all are very proud of their unique choice. Our job was simple. Show the bike in all its glory and create a narrative that almost challenges the viewer. Taking on new-age stereotypes adds freshness to the campaign. Clearly this bike is not for those who want to ride with the pack, but ahead of it.”

Royal Enfield begins commercial production from its third manufacturing facility at Vallam Vadagal near Chennai

The state-of-the-art facility starts with an installed production capacity of 300,000 motorcycles per annum in the first phase 

Royal Enfield, the global leader in mid size motorcycles, started commercial production from its new manufacturing facility at Vallam Vadagal near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Spread over 50 acres, the Vallam Vadagal plant will be Royal Enfield’s third manufacturing facility, and will manufacture Royal Enfield motorcycles for India and international markets.

In FY 2017-18, the combined production capacity from all the three plants is planned to be 825,000 units. In FY 2016-17, Royal Enfield produced and sold 667,135 motorcycles, nearing its installed capacity.

Royal Enfield acquired a 50 acre plot in Vallam Vadagal in October 2014 as the site for its third manufacturing facility. The construction of the facility started 15 months back and has been completed in record time. The new facility has been benchmarked to the highest level of quality and productivity. The capacity in this facility will enable the company to meet its next level of growth.

Royal Enfield’s sales have grown at a compounded rate of over 55% over the past 6 years. The order book continues to be strong and there is a large unmet demand. In FY 2017-18, the company plans to invest Rs. 800 crores, largely towards capacity expansion at Vallam Vadagal, new products and platforms, and technical centres in Leicester, UK, and Chennai, India. This investment will be funded through internal accruals.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Chinese appliance leader uses Honeywell Solstice for energy-efficient refrigerator insulation

TCL expects to increase energy efficiency for its new refrigerator by 4% using Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

Honeywell announced recently that TCL Corporation, one of China’s largest manufacturers of appliances and electronics, is using Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in its refrigerator insulation to increase energy efficiency and further reduce climate impact. TCL manufactures approximately 2 million refrigerators annually at its world-class appliance industrial manufacturing park in Hefei.

Chinese manufacturers produce 70 million refrigerators per year, which is more than half of all refrigerators produced globally. Many are insulated with foam made with high-global-warming-potential (high-GWP) chemicals such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Blowing agents are a critical ingredient in foam insulation used in appliances, allowing the foam to expand and enabling its excellent insulating performance, which in turn improves energy efficiency.

Blowing agent blends made with HFCs and hydrocarbons can have GWPs of more than 150. Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1, which enables TCL to export its products to Europe and meet the region’s stringent F-Gas regulations.

By transitioning to Solstice LBA, which is based on next-generation hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, TCL joins more than a dozen appliance manufacturers worldwide that have chosen Honeywell’s ultra-low-GWP blowing agent to improve insulation performance, reduce energy use and meet changing environmental regulations.

“Solstice LBA’s ultra-low-GWP provides a 4 percent improvement in energy efficiency, making it the obvious solution to meet our customers’ expectations to continually reduce climate change impact,” said Zhengming Cui, Chief Technology Officer, TCL.

TCL began the transition to HFOs earlier this year when it converted from a hydrocarbon/HFC blend to a hydrocarbon/Solstice LBA blend for export refrigerator production at its Hefei, China facility. 

Solstice LBA is a highly efficient insulator. In addition to household appliances, it is used in a variety of rigid foam insulation applications such as shipping containers, spray foam insulation and insulated metal panels. It also is used in flexible foam applications such as those used in furniture, car seats and footwear.

“Worldwide demand for Solstice LBA is growing at an unprecedented rate as industries seek to use environmentally preferable solutions to achieve energy efficiency, meet regulations and lower their carbon footprints,” said Patrick Clifford, Global Business Manager, Honeywell, foam blowing agents. “TCL’s adoption of Solstice LBA not only advances our next-generation blowing agent technology in China, but it also builds on the momentum that we are seeing globally for an alternative to high-GWP blowing agents. We are committed to helping appliance OEMs through this transition to low-GWP solutions such as Solstice LBA.”

Solstice LBA is nonflammable (ASTM E-681) and considered VOC-exempt per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is registered under the European Union’s REACH program. Honeywell’s U.S.-based, world-scale capacity manufacturing plant for Solstice LBA started up in May 2014.

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Renault announces the launch of ‘Renault CAPTUR’ in India this year; races past 300 dealership outlets

Renault, one of the fastest growing automotive brands in India, made two important announcements recently, reflecting Renault’s ambitions to continue to grow its presence in India. Firstly, as part of its strong product offensive strategy and commitment to breakthrough product innovations, Renault will expand its product range with the launch of its new game changer, Renault CAPTUR, a PREMIUM SUV with strong CROSSOVER DNA.

Furthermore, Renault crossed the milestone of 300 dealership outlets in India, which makes it one of the fastest network ramp-ups in the automotive industry, matched with pioneering initiatives to augment the customer experience. 

Commenting on these two developments, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said: “India is an important market for Renault’s global growth plans and we have a thorough business strategy to grow our presence across the country. This is reflected by our strong product strategy, our rapid network expansion and fervent efforts to ensure customer delight. We have expanded our product portfolio to best suit the Indian customer and focusing on new and emerging segments to drive volumes. The SUV segment, which is amongst the fastest growing segments in the Indian automobile industry, has witnessed increasing customer attention to styling and design elements which are playing an important role in the purchase decision.”

“We are delighted to announce that we will launch our premium feature loaded Renault CAPTUR in India this year, which has delivered global success and is widely acclaimed for its stunning design expressive design. CAPTUR has sold over a million cars worldwide and will enhance our product portfolio as we aim to grow our presence in the SUV segment in India. Like all our offerings in India, there will high levels of innovation and customisation in the Renault CAPTUR that will be launched in India, to best suite the Indian customers.”

Renault CAPTUR has a sensual crossover French design with expressive styling, clearly reflecting Renault’s new design DNA, which has played a big role in its global success. Renault CAPTUR has been crafted to appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes and desires. It brings forth the best from the world of Renault in terms of style and designing, in line with Renault’s recent product introductions. Renault has an aggressive plan to successfully launch CAPTUR in India, with several innovative initiatives planned over the next few months.

On the network expansion front, Renault has taken systematic steps to ensure that the Renault brand becomes more accessible across the country. Given the diversity of the Indian landscape and customer demographics, Renault’s efforts towards expanding its network are invested tactically to cater to customers in metro cities as well as across Tier II-IV cities. With this, Renault has a clear vision of taking the brand to newer markets, aspiring to be amongst the top 5 automotive brands in the country by 2020.

The current network of 300 dealership outlets across the country has been designed according to the RENAULTSTORE concept. RENAULTSTORE is a new generation of dealerships which has been conceptualized to best address the evolving needs of the customers by highlighting the value of the brand, products, services and accessories in a modern and more effective manner.

Renault India has undertaken many first-of-its kind after-sales initiatives to offer a seamless brand ownership experience to its customers. The company has introduced a slew of initiatives including Renault SECURE, Renault ASSIST, Renault ASSURE, Workshop on Wheels (WoW), customer apps and regular customer service camps. Renault India has also recently launched ‘Passion on Wheels’, a fully functional mobile showroom to reach out to the customers in smaller markets and give them an experience of the Renault brand.

“Having completed a little over five years of operations in India, we are already the number one European brand in the country. We have a long-term commitment to this dynamic automobile market. We will continue to aggressively ramp up our service network as well as build on our product offensive strategy to drive volumes in India. While doing this, we will continue to introduce several unique and pioneering value-added services that make our customers’ lives easier, reflective of our brand ideology, Passion for Life”, Mr. Sawhney added.

Pioneer India Electronics introduces Z series premium in car entertainment in India

Premium features packaged together at an affordable price for the masses


Pioneer India Electronics, launched its Z series under the touch screen car stereo segment. The Z-series bring premium in-car entertainment features to the masses. Z series car stereos comes with a newly redesigned circuit board which delivers superior sound quality. The line up includes four new models AVH-Z7050BT, AVH – Z5090BTAVH – Z2090BT and AVH – Z1090DVD. The AVH – Z5090BT is all set to power up your car with latest features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, AppRadioMode+, MapMyIndia offline navigation & full HD video playback with a 7 inch WVGA touchscreen, and its priced at Rs. 29,990.

The new AppRadioMode+ allows users to playback both downloaded videos and live streaming videos from a smartphone on the car stereo’s touchscreen using just the USB cable. With enhanced smartphone connectivity, the Pioneer car stereo automatically detects and connects to an iPhone or Android device without any complicated time-consuming setup routine. One can also enjoy high resolution movies using a portable hard drive as the system supports hard drive playback. The simple and easy interface with superior in car AV performance makes it the ideal choice for those who want unmatched quality entertainment in their vehicles.

Elaborating on the launch of the new models Mr. Minoru Ogawa, MD, Pioneer India, said: “We are delighted to unveil our latest offering the Z series in India. Our efforts in continuous market research and changing customer demands have encouraged us to foray into the affordable segment. Our aim is to offer premium features packaged at an affordable price to expand our existing customer base. As this is our first step into this segment, we are watching the markets closely and will collect customer feedback.”

Additionally, the AVH-Z7050BT, AVH – Z2090BT & AVH – Z1090DVD are priced at Rs. 44,990, Rs. 24,990 & Rs. 21,990 respectively. These car stereos are packaged with features such as Apple car play, HD videos,  MapmyIndia offline navigation and much more.  Customers can enjoy full HD videos through the improved 24-bit True colour screen for significantly richer hues. Also, a new highly customizable and intuitive graphical user interface ensures a truly seamless operation for customers.

Highlights of Z series

Android Auto
With an interface that is really simple and built for driving, Android auto makes your favorite apps really easy to use in a car. Android users can now enjoy smartphone’s navigation, messaging, music, Google talk & much more.

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an  in-built way to make calls, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch while on the go.

MapmyIndia offline navigation

MapmyIndia can now be accessed with the AppRadio Mode and supports detailed map coverage, realistic 3D Landmark, terrain & city models for better recognition and supports live traffic updates in 27 cities.

Steering Wheel Control

Steering mounted audio controls of your car can now be retained with the learning SWC feature.

Full HD Video Compatibility

Z series AV receivers can now play full HD (1080P) videos from files encoded in a wide range of digital formats stored on USB devices.

Simple and easy User Interface (UI)

The touchscreen stereo displays connected smartphones which eases the process of switching between devices. Users can move the icons and personalize the display.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Honda Cars India introduces Honda Jazz ‘Privilege Edition’ for the Festive Season

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, announced the introduction of ‘Privilege Edition’ of its globally successful Premium Hatchback, Honda Jazz. The Privilege Edition comes enriched with advanced infotainment system, enhanced interiors and exteriors and new safety & technology features.


* DIGIPAD – Revolutionary 17.7 cm advanced infotainment with audio, video and navigation system
* Privilege Edition themed premium beige seat covers and premium floor mats.   

* Rear parking sensors
* Privilege Edition Emblem


* Rear Parking Sensors
* Honda Connect, with 20 ingenious features that run round-the-clock, providing a sense of safety, security and convenience

Speaking about the Privilege Edition of Jazz, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India, said: “Our festive offering of Honda Jazz Privilege Edition, with advanced infotainment, security and comfort features, is a great value for our customers at a very attractive price and strongly enhances its appeal. HCIL has witnessed strong sales momentum in this fiscal year with a cumulative growth of over 21% since April 2017. We hope to continue this trend through the festive season.” 

DIGIPAD is a revolutionary 17.7 cm advanced infotainment system, with several functions which will entertain the driver and passengers. It features:

* In-built satellite-linked 3D navigation
* My storage internal media memory of 1.5GB
* Mirror link support for smartphone connectivity
* Internet access for browsing, email and live traffic via optional Wi-Fi receiver
* Voice commands for media, navigation and calling
* Smartphone voice assistant activation
* Bluetooth for hands-free telephone and audio streaming support
* AM/FM digital radio tuner, MP3/WAV, i-Pod/i-phone compatible
* USB slots (2 nos.), Micro SD Card slots for maps and media (2 nos.) & HDMI-IN port

The newly designed premium seat covers with ‘Privilege Edition’ embossing offer a very comfortable seating for its occupants. The rear-parking sensors help in a safer and more convenient parking experience. Additionally, the Honda Connect app offers a unique sense of round-the-clock safety, security and convenience to the owner. 

The Unique Honda Connect enhances the Honda car owner’s experience with 20 ingenious features:

* Convenience Features with online service & booking notification, new products and campaigns alert with customer feedback directed to the company.

* Utility features with manual SOS feature, active in just a simple click, location sharing with friends and family, pit stops facilitates with nearest Honda dealer & fuel station locater. Insurance and PUC renewal reminders, document wallet, fuel log records with fuel economy figures

* Safety and sense of security with impact alert feature such as strong jerk, physical knock or collision followed by connecting with HCIL’s 24X7 call center. Locate My Car feature enabling to locate the car, Trip analysis, My Car’s Health & Share My Location are some of the unique features which add up to customer safety & security

The Privilege Edition Jazz is based on Honda Jazz V MT (petrol and diesel) & V CVT petrol grade featuring dual airbags & ABS, touch panel auto AC, rear camera, alloy wheels, advanced multi-information combination meter with eco-assist ambient meter rings, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirror with turn indicators, paddle shift (in CVT variant) and host of other safety, convenience and aesthetic features. 

The Honda Jazz Privilege edition is priced Rs. 5000 over V Grade and is available at an ex-showroom New Delhi prices as below:

V MT Privilege Edition (Petrol) –   Rs. 7,36,358
V CVT Privilege Edition (Petrol) –  Rs. 8,42,089
V MT Privilege Edition (Diesel) –   Rs. 8,82,302

Peter MacKenzie named MD of Harley-Davidson India

Peter MacKenzie has been named Managing Director of Harley-Davidson India with immediate effect. MacKenzie assumes the role in addition to his current role as managing director for Greater China. He will continue to based in Shanghai, China, with frequent travel to India. On a day-to-day basis, Manish Agarwal, Country Manager, will be providing full support to our operations in India.

In his new role, MacKenzie will manage Harley-Davidson India’s leadership team responsible for in-country sales, dealer network management, marketing, service and operations activities to expand the company’s presence in the country.

MacKenzie joined Harley-Davidson in 2010, bringing with him almost 25 years of business development experience in the automotive industry. In his tenure with the company, he has consistently demonstrated an innovative and analytical approach to problem-solving, as well as successfully driven productivity, sales and profitability.

“India is a strategic market for us in line with our company strategy to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. I am confident that MacKenzie will provide strong leadership to the team to grow the reach and impact of our brand, as we expand our dealership network in the country to support our business and give loyal and new customers greater access to our brand,” said Marc McAllister, Vice President and Managing Director, International Markets.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Honda launches new 110cc scooter CLIQ in Tamil Nadu

While aggressively expanding its market leadership in the critical South Region, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. launched its all new 110cc scooter – CLIQ in Tamil Nadu. Developed specially to give maximum utility with an additional value of comfort and convenience, Honda CLIQ is India’s most practical scooter. The new revolutionary CLIQ marks Honda 2Wheelers India’s next big step to further boost scooterization in the upcountry markets.

After extending its leadership in Southern States of Kerala, Karnataka and Telengana, Honda is the New No.1 selling two-wheeler brand of Tamil Nadu as well.

Sharing on Honda’s India plans and role of the South region in driving this growth, Mr. Minoru Kato, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “Honda 2Wheelers is not only driving Indian industry momentum but also leading Honda’s global two-wheeler business which is conducted in more than 120 countries. Armed with the latest capacity expansion of Narsapura plant, Honda has set its most challenging target of 6 million unit sales in FY’17-18. The 5 Southern States alone contribute an overwhelming 28% to all India two-wheeler industry and Honda is a No.1 two-wheeler brand here with 35% market share. Growing almost 6 times that of south 2wheeler Industry at 23% against 4% growth of, Honda continues to expand its leadership here. Within South, Tamil Nadu is the biggest 2-wheeler market by volumes. It is also India’s largest scooter market. Giving further boost to scooterization in the state, today we are launching CLIQ - our next revolutionary product in the 100-110cc two-wheeler segment.”

Elaborating how demand is changing and Honda’s plans, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “With better road infrastructure, co-usage in a family and more women entering the work-force, the primary requirement of riders in Tamil Nadu has evolved from the mileage and price conscious 110cc motorcycles to the more convenient and unisex automatic scooters. Now nearly every 2nd customer chooses to ride home on a scooter with mopeds witnessing a sharp decline. CLIQ is developed for the up-country customers with a progressive mindset, and is a true disruptor in the 100-110cc segment. CLIQ challenges the traditional preferences with its perfect blend of Practicality, Versatility and Value for money.”
‘CLIQ’ delivers maximum utility with practicality

An industry first in terms of OEM fitment in the 100-110cc 2-wheeler category, CLIQ’s special block pattern tyres with deep grooves provide extra grip and better control over patchy roads under all weather conditions. These rugged tires are also more durable and have a longer life. Wide & spacious foot-board, large under-seat storage space and rear carrier (optional) enhance the comfort and utility of increased load carrying capacity.

Honda Reliability & Trust

CLIQ is powered by the trusted 110cc Honda BS-IV HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, which delivers superb mileage with no compromise in performance. With the engine delivering 5.91 Kw of power and a kerb weight of only 102 kgs, it has one of the best power to weight ratio which makes it extremely exciting to ride. 

Ahead of its time, CLIQ comes equipped with Combi Brake System (CBS) with Equalizer technology. (As per Government regulations, CBS will be mandatory on all two-wheelers up to 125cc engine capacity from April 1, 2018).  The unique Equalizer in Honda’s advanced Combi Brake System (CBS) distributes braking force proportionately between front and rear wheels simultaneously by pressing just the left lever. This results in reduced braking distance & improved balance, leading to more confident riding compared to conventional braking.

Better comfort with convenience

CLIQ’s unisex design makes it equally comfortable to be ridden by both male and female riders. Far more convenient than using clutch and engaging gears, CLIQ’s automatic transmission ensures low cost of ownership and a smoother ride. With lower seat height, lighter weight, CLIQ is easy to manoeuvre through dense traffic as well as narrow lanes. The mobile charging socket ensures that you always remain connected while tubeless tyres, maintenance free battery and viscous air filter adds to the convenience of the rider.

Optional Accessories

Customers can choose from a variety of optional parts including Front Screen, Floor Cover, Box Center, Cap Cover and Rear Grip which further enhance the utility and aesthetics of CLIQ. These parts can be selected individually by the customer and are economically priced.

Colours, Variants and Availability

Honda’s latest stereotype breaking scooter CLIQ is manufactured at Honda’s second plant in Rajasthan. After its debut in Rajasthan in June and Maharashtra in July, CLIQ is now available for sale across Tamil Nadu. The new CLIQ comes in four attractive colours: Patriotic Red with White, Black, Moroccan Blue with White, and Orcus Grey and is available for sale in Standard & Graphic variants at an attractive price starting Rs. 44,524 (ex-showroom, Chennai).

Grundfos India launches Dewatering Pumps

Over the last few years, the monsoons are getting more intense and unpredictable. Due to the rains in the different parts of our country, many cities, towns and rural areas are experiencing extreme water logging, flooding and power cuts. In addition to the heavy rains, lack of efficient water and wastewater management systems is another key reason for this water logging issue.

It is therefore important to be equipped with the right pumping solutions to help during such situations. Grundfos India, the leading manufacturer of intelligent & efficient pumping technologies, has the ideal solutions for the monsoons. Grundfos’ reliable dewatering pumps, DPK and DWK, aim at easing the way of life while restricting the economic losses. These compact submersible pumps can dewater effectively. DPK & DWK can be used not only in homes, offices, gated-communities but also at construction sites, excavations, tunnels, underground parking, industrial drainage pits, and more, hence making it a perfect solution for all the water logging and drainage related issues during the monsoons.

The DPK and DWK range of dewatering pumps are conceptualized and engineered after going through many levels of stringent tests. They come with intelligent features such as:

* Built-in bi-metal sensor that protects against overheating of the motor

* Pump performance is unhindered by sand or other abrasives is required, or if the available power supply is limited

* Combining installation flexibility with reliability and ease of service

Speaking about Grundfos’ dewatering pumps, Shankar Rajaram, Vice President - Business Development, Grundfos India, said: “Indian monsoons are becoming more unpredictable every passing year. It is therefore essential to be proactive in addressing issues such as water logging by being equipped with the right pumping solutions. Grundfos range of dewatering submersible pumps are designed to work optimally in such environments. These pumps are easy to install and service and therefore are a perfect solution for both commercial and domestic customers”.

Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. (Grundfos India), a wholly owned subsidiary of Grundfos Holdings was established on March 13, 1998. Grundfos India is responsible for sales of Grundfos products in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. Currently, Grundfos India has more than 250 employees and works with 200 distributors and dealers with 14 offices across India. The company provides energy efficient pumps and smart pumping solutions for various applications – heating and hot water service systems, cooling and air-conditioning systems, industrial applications, pressure boosting and liquid transfer, groundwater supply, domestic water supply, sewage and wastewater, dosing, chlorination systems, disinfection systems and pumps running on renewable energy. 

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