The Kerala floods in recent days have claimed as many as 94 lives and also caused massive damage to various parts of the southern state. As everyone affected takes stock of the damage, there is also a major setback in terms of damage to parked vehicles which were inundated or washed away by the floods. Stepping up to help its customers with such damage vehicles, Nissan India has announced that it is extending support to them. The comprehensive service support covers the Nissan and Datsun customers in the state. The company has set up special emergency repair teams and additional trained manpower has been designated from dealerships in neighbouring states to expedite repair times for affected vehicles. It is also offering a free towing service for these vehicles. Nissan India has also issued an essential safety advisory and set up a 24-hour special desk (Helpdesk Support Number: 022-62613360) for faster insurance claims and settlement for flood-affected vehicles. If you are an affected … [Read more...] about Kerala floods: Nissan India offers service support to affected customers
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Japanese carmaker Nissan has launched the updated Micra in India. Prices for the new Nissan Micra start at Rs. 5.03 lakh ex-showroom (pan India) for the base petrol variant. The new Nissan Micra is offered in both petrol and diesel guises with the 1.2-litre petrol producing 76 bhp and 104 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine, on the other hand, cranks out 63 bhp and 160 Nm of torque. The petrol engine of the Micra is exclusively paired with a CVT automatic gearbox while the diesel uses a 5-speed manual transmission. Since, the Nissan Micra petrol is only available with the CVT automatic gearbox, the price of the new Micra automatic car is Rs.1.32 lakhs lower than that of the base AMT version of the segment-leading Swift hatchback from Maruti Suzuki. The new Nissan Micra comes with a host of safety features like dual airbags, speed-sensing door lock and driver seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors and a speed warning device as standard across all variants. ABS is still only offered … [Read more...] about New Nissan Micra launched in India: Cheaper than the Maruti Swift
Nissan has launched the updated Micra and the Active in India. The 2018 Nissan Micra Active has been priced at Rs 5.03 lakh whereas the more premium Micra will be available at Rs 6.19 lakh, ex-showroom. The changes that have been introduced in both the hatchbacks are cosmetic in nature and do not get any updates in mechanicals over the previous models. The 2018 Nissan Micra and Active both get cosmetic updates This one comes equipped with dual airbags, speed-sensing door lock and driver seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors, speed warning device come as standard across all variants. The updated Micra will also offer 6.2-inch touch screen AVN with phone mirroring and turn Indicators on ORVM. Nissan will offer features like the geo-fencing, speed alert, curfew alert, nearby pit stops, locate my car and share my car location on the Nissan Connect mobile application. There two powertrains offered on the Micra are, a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with the Nissan's X-Tronic CVT or a … [Read more...] about 2018 Nissan Micra and Active launched in India, prices start at Rs 5.03 lakh
UM entered the Indian market more than 2 years back and has made its presence felt in the affordable cruiser segment. We spoke to Rajeev Mishra, the CEO of UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt. Ltd. as he gives an insight regarding the company’s future plans and a few perceptions which surround UM. Here’s the full interview: xBhp: What are the difficulties that you faced as a start-up? Rajeev Mishra: I think we have gained a lot of ground and yes, as a start-up there are many issues which come up. One of them is that a new company faces the problem of localisation. That is to get into the local market and try to get the local component. There is a cartel and it doesn’t favour the new entrant in the market and that’s why we struggled a lot. Second issue is attracting new talent to a new company. For a start-up getting new talent is also a big challenge. And third, automotive industry is highly competitive. Every manufacturer has created a wall against them and … [Read more...] about #InConversation with Rajeev Mishra, CEO, UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt. Ltd.
The Union Budget, presented yesterday by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister didn't seem to touch the automotive sector directly at all. But we you shall see soon, it did. The auto sector happens to be too large to be unaffected by changes elsewhere. To wit, the drop is corporate tax should make medium and small industries more profitable. Here is a reaction from Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd.Hemalatha Annamalai, south chapter chief, SMEV and CEO & founder Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt Ltd." I am sure that simplifications in indirect taxes will ease compliance requirements for the MSMEs and also, electric vehicle companies in India. The budget intends active measures for promotion of rural infrastructure and agricultural for the country and thus, increasing income of rural people. And then, the renewed thrust to MSMEs to the tune of Rs 3,794 crore in the form of capital support and interest subsidy by 2022, will surely help meet the credit demands of many companies. … [Read more...] about Union Budget 2018: High tax (GST) on the EV components still remains a big concern for the industry, Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd.