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       HEADLINES: Nation going to witness protests of Ayyappa devotees, Rahul Easwar tells Arnab Goswami                                              ‘Cyber bullies should be purified’, says Saradakkutti                                              Women should not destroy rituals, says Ali Akbar                                              Police dept prepares List of women-officers to be deployed at Sabarimala                                              Navarathri festival begins at Pathmanabhapuram palace                                              Bar demands lifting ban on lawyers' strike, but CJI unimpressed                                              Sharad Pawar won't contest 2019 polls: NCP                                              Khaleda Zia admitted to specialised state-run hospital                                              India beat West Indies by innings and 272 runs                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Tata Motors inks three-year partnership with PKL    
MUMBAI: The Commercial Vehicles Business Unit (CVBU) of Tata Motors has signed a three-year long partnership with the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) as associate sponsors from this season. Concurrently, Tata Motors would extend their commercial support to PKL franchise UP Yoddha as the principal sponsor for the second consecutive year, a media release from the company said Saturday. Through this partnership, the company hopes to build deeper connections with stakeholders across the country - inc

         Lamborghini sees India among top 10 global markets in five years    
PUNE: Italian super sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini expects India to break into its top ten global markets in the next five years with its new SUV Urus, set to help drive up volumes in the country, a top company official said Thursday. The company, which sold 26 units in India last year, expects to double that in the next two years, with Urus drawing a complete new set of buyers. "India is not yet in the top ten markets of Lamborghini, but I see huge potential here to beat some of thos

         Gill holds on to lead in Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare    
Devanagere: ndra racer Gaurav Gill, however, held on to his pole position on the leaderboard at the end of Day 4 in the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare on Wednesday.

         Honda Navilution sale crosses one lakh mark    
NEW DELHI: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) on Thursday announced that the sale of Honda NAVI model has touched one lakh customer mark. Powered by 109 cc engine, the model is priced at Rs 44,775, as per the company release. Speaking on the achieveemnt, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd said " The unconventional design, looks and endless possibilities of customization has helped us to engage young

         Tata Motors plans to roll out 10-12 new passenger vehicles in next 5 years    
SANAND: Homegrown auto major Tata Motors plans to bring around 10-12 new products in passenger vehicles segment in the next five years, according to a senior company official. The new products, to be developed on two new platforms -- Alpha and Omega, will help the company to have presence in over 90 per cent of the Indian passenger vehicles market.

         Harley seeks alliance for lightweight bikes to grow India business    
CHICAGO: Harley-Davidson Inc is scouting for a partner with a manufacturing and distribution footprint to make lightweight motorcycles for use in India and other Asian markets, a top company executive said. The Milwaukee-based company, known for its heavy touring motorcycles, said last week it would launch a 250cc to 500 Harley is hoping a foray into the lightweight segment, along with other new product launches. Industry sales are projected to grow 25 percent a year in Asia's third-largest

         Maruti Suzuki to Recall 1,279 units of new Swift and Dzire models    
NEW DELHI: Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday said it will recall 1,279 units of new Swift and new Dzire models to inspect for a possible fault in the Airbag Controller Unit. A total of 566 units of new Swift and 713 units of new Dzire manufactured between May 7 2018 and July 5 2018 will be covered in this campaign, the company said in a statement. Owners of the vehicles included in this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part

         Hyundai to drive in an electric SUV in India next year    
NEW DELHI: South Korean auto major Hyundai plans to launch an electric SUV in India next year as it prepares to test the country's EV market before going full throttle with local manufacturing for such vehicles, a top company executive said. The company, which operates in India through a wholly-owned subsidiary, plans to bring the vehicle as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit. "We will launch an electric SUV in the second half of 2019. We will import it as completely knocked down uni

         New Fiat Chrysler boss set to stay on course in post-Marchionne era    
MILAN: Fiat Chrysler's new boss, Mike Manley, faces the task of executing his predecessor's plan to ramp up production of SUVs and catch up on electric cars to keep the world's seventh-largest carmaker competitive in the absence of a merger. Jeep division head Manley was named on Saturday to succeed longtime Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, one of the auto industry's most tenacious and respected auto chiefs, who fell seriously ill after suffering complications following surgery.

         Passenger vehicle sales rise 38% in June; car sales up 34%    
New Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle sales rose 37.54 per cent to 2,73,759 units in June this year from 1,99,036 units in the corresponding month last year.

         Hyundai crosses 8 mn cumulative production milestone in India    
New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today said it has crossed 8 million cumulative production milestone since its inception nearly 20 years ago. The company achieved the landmark with the rolling out of a unit of its newly refreshed SUV Creta, HMIL said in a statement. The target is to achieve 10 million units in first half of 2021, it added.

         India could have 10 million CNG vehicles on roads by 2025: Report    
NEW DELHI: India could have one crore CNG vehicles on the roads by 2024-25 if an additional 5,000 filling stations are added, thereby providing answers to calls for alternative sustainable and eco-friendly mobility, according to a report.

         Apple signs deal with Volkswagen for driverless cars    
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple and Volkswagen struck a deal late last year that let the technology giant equip VW vans with selfdriving technology to transport Apple employees between offices, according to a person familiar with the matter.

         Toyota Yaris launched at a starting price of Rs. 8.75 lakhs    
NEW DELHI: Japanese carmaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Friday officially launched its mid-segment sedan Yaris at a starting price of Rs. 8,75,000, reports ET Auto.

         Honda drives in new Amaze; to launch six new models in three years    
NEW DELHI: Honda Cars India will launch six new products over the next three years as part of its strategy to claw back to a dominant position in the passenger vehicles segment, a top company official said.

         Tesla sets up Shanghai firm as it expands China presence    
SHANGHAI: Tesla has set up a company in Shanghai focusing on technology development in China, a crucial market for the US firm as the country plans to scrap ownership limits for foreign automakers.

         Volkswagen to recall 410K cars over faulty seat belts    
NEW DELHI: German carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would recall 410,000 cars from its own brand and Spanish subsidiary Seat over faulty seat belts, warning customers not to use the middle seat in the meantime.

         Terra Motors raises 10 million dollar fund to expand in Asian market    
NEW DELHI: Japan-based Terra Motors, an electric vehicle startup company, on Tuesday announced that it has secured USD 10 million from foreign investors, to accelerate their global expansion.

         CarToq emerges as the largest, most-engaged automobile platform in India    
NEW DELHI: CarToq, India's fastest growing automobile platform, reached a new milestone by becoming the largest digital entity with over 17 million unique audiences every month across its web and social media properties.

         Favourable taxation structure pre-requisite to launch EVs in India: Mercedes    
NEW DELHI: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz can drive in a fully electric vehicle to India as early as next year depending on a favourable taxation structure for such vehicles in the country, a top company official said.

         Toyota to build test track for self-driving cars    
MICHIGAN: Toyota is going all-in on autonomous vehicles, announcing Thursday plans to open a center this year to test driving scenarios too dangerous to perform on public roads.

         Skoda eyes up to 10% growth in 2018    
NEW DELHI: Skoda Auto India, a part of Volkswagen Group, is looking at a growth rate of 8-10 per cent in 2018 and continue to operate in the premium segment as part of its short-term strategy, a company official said Friday.

         China considering cutting duty on imported cars by about half    
BEIJING: China is considering cutting the import duty on passenger cars by about half as part of the country's plan to further open up the automobile market, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

         Triumph Motorcycles India eyes 10% growth    
CHENNAI: British iconic motorcycle brand Triumph is eyeing 10 per cent rise in sales during the next financial year, a top official said on Tuesday.

         Dream job: Harley-Davidson interns get a free motorcycle    
MILWAUKEE: Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They'll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship.

         BMW expects 50% of sales in India to come from X series SUVs    
NEW DELHI: German luxury carmaker BMW expects 50 per cent of sales in India to come from SUVs under its X series, according to a top company official.

         First years’ service for smallest Rolls-Royce    
NEW DELHI/GOODWOOD: In the spring of 2017, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled a seminal new concept in luxury, crafted for one very special customer, St. Richard's Hospital Paediatric Day Surgery Unit in the marque's home town of Chichester, West Sussex.

         Volvo Cars plans to assemble two more models in India this year    
STOCKHOLM: Swedish automaker Volvo Cars plans to locally assemble two more models -- XC 60 and V 90 Cross Country -- in India to strengthen business in the country.

         Toyota plans to hike vehicle prices next month    
BENGALURU: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to increase vehicle prices from next month in order to partially offset rise in input costs.

         China to lift foreign ownership limits on automakers    
BEIJING: China announced a timeline for lifting ownership limits on foreign automakers Tuesday, meeting a longtime demand of the United States and Europe that President Xi Jinping pledged to fulfil last week.

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