ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross 2018 edition launched in India

The updated ISUZU D-Max V-Cross gets exciting new features and equipment in the 2018 edition. Available in two variants, High & Standard, at ₹15,76,240 (ex-showroom, Chennai) and ₹14,26,241 (ex-showroom, Chennai) respectively, the new V-Cross 2018 is an upgrade over the earlier version that was launched in India in May 2016.

Feature Highlights – Variantwise

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) were much needed features and makes the V-Cross safer in the outdoors. Day-time Running Lights (DRL) and LED Tail Lamps have been added as well. Auto Cruise Control and a 6-way Power Adjustable Driver seat add to the comfort and convenience of the driver on long road trips. The Rear View Camera shall make parking in the city a ease. The new V-Cross comes with dual-tone interiors and sporty Black Leather seats shall add up the quotient of Adventure Utility Vehicle. And all this, while the V-Cross retains the true ISUZU DNA of tough build, durability, fuel efficiency and reliability.

The new V-Cross is available in the newly introduced bold Ruby Red colour apart from the earlier range of colours – Orchid Brown, Cosmic Black, Titanium Silver, Obsidian Grey and Splash White.

It has been Awarded as the ‘Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year’ at the BBC Magazine TopGear Awards 2017 and at the CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards 2017,. With a capable 4WD, lmodern SUV features & equipment and a large practical deck, the new V-Cross 2018 is expected to be an adventure vehicle. However, the segment is currently niche and V-Cross is trying to capture it. The other competition in the segment should be Mahindra Scorpio Getaway & Tata Xenon. However, the Isuzu is way more capable and premium than others.

An ode to Tata Indica – 20 years of Indi’genious’ car!

Yeah, Tata Indica was India’s home grown first indigenous (originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native) car! It was showcased in 1998’s auto expo and shipment to dealers started from Feb’99. It has sold an impressive ~15 Lakh cars in 226 months and is currently in the end of its life. We saw a post on 20th Birthday of the legendary vehicle today, and hence this article! Let’s see some interesting stats on the brand –

  • Within a week of its unveiling, Tata Motors received 115,000 bookings! Within two years, the Indica had become the number-one car in its segment.
  • Introduced with the caption “More car per car,” the ad campaign focused on roomy interiors and affordability. And yes, it was one of the most impressive automotive ad campaigns of all time.

  • Indica was the first Tata to have a monocoque chassis! And the other firsts from Tata Motors were – first car to have a “body in white”, first car to be designed keeping aerodynamics in mind, first car with a transversely mounted front engine, front wheel drive layout.
  • The Indica offered options like air conditioning and electric windows, which were previously restricted to upmarket imported cars in India!
  • Indica was also exported to European markets from 2003. It was rather badged as a MG Rover CityRover!

  • It’s highest sales in a month was 15,283 units (Mar’2007)!
  • Tata Indica has sold 14,69,038 units till date and has been the best selling car by an ‘Indian OEM’!
  • Indica established Tata Motors as a forerunner in the Indian OEM’s race. Other OEMs (like M&M) followed the suit. Indica also helped Tata Motors launch other models (Indigo, Indigo CS) which elevated Tata Motors race to No.3 OEM in Indian market.
  • A glance at Indica’s sales over years –

Interesting Fact – 1998 Auto Expo was iconic in terms of the cars which were showcased that year (Tata Indica, Hyundai Santro, Honda City, Ford Fiesta etc)!

Launch Ad –

Indica V2 TVC –

KTM Duke 390 now available in White!

Yes, KTM which is already famous for its orange avatars, has launched the white Duke 390 for 2018. The 390 Duke comes packed with 43.5 Ps of power and 37 Nm torque and a host of features
such as a trellis frame, all-LED headlamp, multifunction TFT display, open-cartridge suspension by WP.
Safety is ensured by the presence of large dual disc brakes (320mm/230mm front/rear) and ABS by
BOSCH.

KTM Duke 390 was recently chosen as the 2018 ‘Indian Motorcycle of The Year’ by a jury of 16 eminent automotive journalists.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Amit Nandi President (Probiking) said “KTM has been amongst the fastest
growing motorcycle brands in the country. The new generation of KTM Dukes launched last year have
been extremely well received and with this new color variant we have broadened the choices available
for our customers.” Bookings for the white color variant of the KTM 390 Duke have begun across the 400+ exclusive KTM showrooms in the country.

30 Slow Moving Models of 2017

Let us have a look at the 30 slow moving models of 2017. Models which got discontinued in 2017 and those launched in H2 of 2017 are excluded.

  • Tata Motors is slowly and silently phasing out old workhorse with capable new product range
  • Despite being 32 year old Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is still doing decent numbers
  • Nissan-Datsun-Fiat are in existential crisis mode

(The article is written by the Newest Pundit on the team – Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at emailrohanrishi@gmail.com)

Bajaj Auto launches new Discover 110 & 125

(L-R) – Mr. Eric Vas, President – Motorcycle Business & Mr Sumeet Narang, VP, Marketing, Bajaj Auto, at the launch of new Discovers 110 & 125

Bajaj Auto today announced the launch of new executive Discover 110 and Discover 125.  With new looks, enhanced performance and a double LED DRLs (Day Running Lights) headlamps. Commenting on the launch Mr Eric Vas, President (Motorcycles), Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “Bajaj has made a significant impact in the 100 cc segment with the Platina Comfortech & CT 100. The new Discover 110 and 125 bring first time ever features to customers in the 100-125cc segment for a premium experience. The Discovers shall attract a whole new set of customers who desire the benefits of modern technology.”

The new Discovers comes with an unique LED DRL headlamps which is a category first in the executive segment.  The Discovers also carry an all new digital speedometer seen so far only in premium segment bikes. Both Discovers come with new long stroke engines that pack in better torque and power. The newly launched Discover 110 is equipped with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 115.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers 8.6 Ps power and 9.81 NM torque. On the other hand, Discover 125 is geared with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 124.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers 11 Ps power and 11 NM torque. The Discover duo are also fitted with 16% longer suspensions and extra cushioned seats for better rides.

Discover 110 will be available at a price of Rs 50,496 (Ex-showroom Maharashtra) while the Discover 125 will be available at a price of Rs 53,491 and Rs 56,314 for drum and disc version respectively (Ex-showroom Maharashtra).

Both the options will be available in three colours – Black, Red and Blue.

With the launch of the new Discovers, Bajaj Auto also showcased the new 2018 version of its performance motorcycles:

  • The 2018 Dominars now come in 3 new vibrant colors inspired by the terrains conquered and the golden alloy wheels.
  • The new Avenger Cruise 220 and Street 220 now come with a more contemporary look while retaining it definitive classical family silhouette.
  • The special Pulsar Black Pack edition in 150, 180 and 220 cc with an all new mean black look and sporty white alloys.
  • Bajaj V with a stylish backrest that adds to the pillion comfort of this solid motorcycle