The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Dieselgate might finally be winding down, there’s more turnover at Tesla, Elon Musk used a legal recreational substance, and Mercedes is being cautious with its new EQC. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday. 1st Gear: The Trial for a Massive Dieselgate Lawsuit Against VW Starts Next Week It’s a test case, meaning that, should the plaintiffs win, it could open up VW to up to $10.7 billion in damages from hundreds of other claims. The lawsuit was brought by shareholding investment fund which said that VW wasn’t honest with it about the scope of the scandal ahead of a notice of violation issued by the EPA and a subsequent 37 percent drop in VW’s share price. VW has admitted to emissions cheating and has paid some 27.4 billion euros in related fines and penalties as a result. The trial will start Monday in a court in Braunschweig, Germany, … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s Final Dieselgate Reckoning Is Coming Soon
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Prices of new bikes and scooters are set to get a whole lot costlier for all new two-wheeler buyers from September 1, 2018. The price hike comes after the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India directed all insurance companies to mandatorily offer third party insurance of five years for all new two-wheelers. The price hike will be applicable to almost every motorcycle and scooter sold in India, which includes ones from leading brands such as Honda, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj, Royal Enfield and TVS Motors. Bajaj is the first bike maker to have announced price hikes on the on-road prices for its bikes come September 1. MoneyControl is reporting that prices of Bajaj motorcycles on sale in India will rise by at least Rs 3,000 due to the new insurance rules. Honda, Hero MotoCorp, Enfield, TVS Motors and other companies are yet to announce such moves. Prices for new Bajaj Platina, which currently costs Rs 53,338 in Delhi are set to get hiked by nearly 9% with the on-road … [Read more...] about Honda, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj, Royal Enfield, TVS Motors motorcycles/scooters to get nearly 10% COSTLIER from September 1st: We explain!
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most renowned car marque's in the history of the automobile, Land Rover. The iconic British brand unveiled its first vehicle, the Series I in 1948, at the Amsterdam motor show and from then on has made SUVs that have literally conquered every terrain imaginable. Land Rovers, over the years have been the preferred mode of transport of celebrities, scientists and rescue workers. In India, the Land Rover Series 1 has played a pivotal role in helping establish a civilisation in the Darjeeling district. The route from Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu is essentially a pony trail, replete with a rocky surfaces and steep inclines. From 1958 onwards, close to 300 Series I Land Rovers were brought to the sleepy hamlet of Maneybhanjang and these helped transport people and essential commodities up and down the treacherous route. To date, over 40 Series I Land Rovers continue to ply on this route and hence, there could be no better place to celebrate 70 … [Read more...] about Image gallery: Celebrating 70 years of Land Rover
The Indian automobile sector, which has been driving in growth lane consistently for some time now, has opened 2018 on a robust note, with all vehicle categories reporting strong sales in January. Industry is certainly seeing happy days, with FY2018 pegged to be the first fiscal after a gap of five years since FY2013 (+2.49%), to be posting solid double-digit growth amidst a slew of economic reforms and regulatory changes being introduced in the first half of fiscal year FY2018.Total vehicle sales across segments in January stood at 2,117,746 units (+30.71%) with passenger vehicles (285,477 / +7.57%), commercial vehicles (85,660 / +39.73%), three-wheelers (62,543 / +99.53%) and two-wheelers (1,684,066 / +33.43%), all registering strong growth and continuing the industry’s momentum towards the fag end of the fiscal. Nonetheless, January 2018 sales have to be seen the backdrop of the low year-ago base, which was adversely impacted by demonetisation.Utility vehicles, including … [Read more...] about 2018 opens on a strong note for Indian OEMs
With a contribution of over 60 percent to its overall global business, Varroc Lighting Systems (VLS), the Czech-based Varroc Group’s lighting arm is set to make strides with new innovative technologies, also envisioning India as a strong driver of contemporary developments in the coming future.The company has seen a lot of hard driving in the recent past to bring LED technology into the mainstream automotive application. While it could gauge progress being made gradually, the penetration is really accelerating now, also making way into the two-wheeler space. VLS, today, is offering the front LED headlamps on the Bajaj Dominar and the KTM Duke 2017 models in India.Surface-LED technology uses thin layers of micro-optic filters and conventional LED light sources to achieve the homogeneous appearance generally associated with OLEDs.According to Todd Morgan, senior vice president, global product development, VLS, “Standardisation is going to play a key role in bringing LED … [Read more...] about Varroc eyes surface LEDs to drive future growth