Motoroids https://www.motoroids.com Best auto news, reviews and features from the world with focus on India Sat, 28 Nov 2020 10:45:04 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.motoroids.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/favicon.png Motoroids https://www.motoroids.com 32 32 Fully-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge To Arrive In India In 2021 https://www.motoroids.com/news/fully-electric-volvo-xc40-recharge-to-arrive-in-india-in-2021/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/fully-electric-volvo-xc40-recharge-to-arrive-in-india-in-2021/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 10:45:04 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379241 Indian is a huge automobile market, with a lot of potential. As the world is moving towards a greener future, India too is transitioning towards electric vehicles. However, a lot of manufacturers are still in their research and development phase and the Indian market still lacks proper infrastructure for attracting a lot of EV buyers.

But the journey has begun, and a lot of car manufacturers like Hyundai, MG, and Tata, have successfully achieved a good response to their mass-market EVs like Hyundai Kona, MG ZS EV, and Tata Nexon EV. Some manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, and Honda still trust the concept of hybrids as the best option. However, the premium luxury carmakers are yet to capture a major chunk of the Indian market. Understanding this fact, premium carmakers like Mercedes Benz and Jaguar have recently launched their EVs.

Following the same trend, Volvo Cars India, while revealing its new luxury sedan S60 for the Indian market, officially confirmed the launch of fully-electric XC40 Recharge for India in 2021. The upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge, which was globally unveiled in 2019, will be the carmaker’s first all-electric for India.

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge is a sub-compact SUV, based on the standard XC40. Due to this, the EV’s exterior is similar to the standard XC40. The XC40 Recharge is ultimately based on the same Compact Modular Architecture platform. However, under the hood, it gets a new 78kWh battery pack. Technically, the battery pack is actually placed under the front seats, which allows users to get additional cargo space in the front trunk. Speaking about the power and performance, the battery pack powers two electric motors, that together, produce 402bhp of power and 660Nm of peak torque. With this, the Volvo XC40 Recharge can reach from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.9 seconds with a limited top speed of 180kmph.

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Speaking about the range, the company claims that the Volvo XC40 Recharge comes with a WLTP range of 418 km, and can be charged by a 150kW DC fast charger from 0 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. Moreover, there is also an option of another 11kW AC fast charger, which can charge from 0 to 100 percent in eight to ten hours. On the feature front, the EV gets a new nine-inch Android-based infotainment system with some handy services like Google Maps and Google Assistant. Other features on the EV includes a digital driver’s display unit, dual-zone automatic climate control, four USB-C ports, Harman Kardon stereo system and a panoramic sunroof.

Being an EV, the XC40 Recharge gets a host of safety features like four high-definition 360-degree cameras for parking view, blind spot information system, lane aid, cross-traffic alert, and also a set of adaptive headlights. There is also Volvo’s connected car tech, through the ‘Volvo On Call App’, that can pre-heat or pre-cool the car remotely.

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Ather Energy Bids Adieu To Its First Product, Ather 450 https://www.motoroids.com/news/ather-energy-bids-adieu-to-its-first-product-ather-450/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/ather-energy-bids-adieu-to-its-first-product-ather-450/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 08:20:26 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379233 Ather Energy launched its first product- Ather 450, in 2018. The Ather 450 was one of India’s first premium electric scooters which were designed from scratch, to offer an exhilarating ride and a hassle-free ownership experience for an easy transition towards EVs. However, Ather Energy has decided to stop selling the Ather 450, and replace it with their new flagships- Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus, which have been built on the same platform, with improved hardware and software capabilities.

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The success of Ather 450 had an important influence on the Indian EV market and redefined the perception of electric two-wheelers. It raised the standards of not just the design and technology but also the performance, range, speed, and safety of two-wheelers. Over the years, technologically advanced electric two-wheelers have gained popularity amongst early tech adopters and auto enthusiasts in Bengaluru and Chennai. Ather Energy has built a solid foundation with its community of owners since deliveries began in 2018. According to the company, the recommendations from owners and the Ather Forum have played a crucial part in shaping Ather Energy’s latest product, Ather 450X.

Quote by Tarun Mehta, Co-founder & CEO, Ather Energy: “Our maiden model, Ather 450 was the outcome of 4 years of continuous work on R&D, design, prototype building & testing, and improving the product to make it production worthy. The learnings from Ather 450 in terms of design, specifications, and production along with feedback from the owners have helped shape the Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus. We are now looking forward to delivering our new product line across all cities. We would also like to express our gratitude to our valued owners, suppliers, and partners for being a part of Ather Energy’s journey.”

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As a part of the company’s decision, Ather Energy will stop the sale of Ather 450 on 28th November in both Bengaluru and Chennai. This marks the end of phase one of Ather Energy as a company as it moves on to a new stage of rapid growth aided by a new round of Series D funding. In this phase, with the introduction of Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus, Ather Energy is focusing on delivering the products in new markets – Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, and Kolkata. The deliveries of Ather’s Series 1 model have already begun in a few markets and will soon be available across the country. Moreover, to make the transition smoother, Ather Energy has also promised to set up 135 public fast charging, Ather Grid Points across 11 cities by the end of the year.

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Considering the demand for Ather 450X among Ather 450 owners who’re looking to upgrade, Ather Energy has also introduced a peer-to-peer service, Ather Certified Pre-owned, which connects Ather 450 owners to consumers who are interested in a pre-owned Ather 450. Every pre-owned Ather 450 listed for resale as part of this program comes with an Ather Health Certificate issued based on a comprehensive data-based inspection on every aspect of the scooter, making the system transparent and easy to use.

Being an electric scooter, Ather 450 has received more than 7 OTA updates which introduced new features like Eco-mode, Dark theme for the dashboard, and guide-me-home lights. According to Ather Energy, the product line will continue to receive new features and upgrades in the coming years, so its customers can rest assured that the Ather 450 will only get better with time. The next OTA update is planned to be released soon and will carry the Theft and Tow detection feature for all Ather 450 and Ather 450X. Ather Grid is already available, free of charge in Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Pune with 62 fast-charging points, already up and running.

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Honda Hornet 2.0 Video Review https://www.motoroids.com/news/honda-hornet-2-0-video-review/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/honda-hornet-2-0-video-review/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 07:42:14 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379235 Earlier this year, Honda Two-wheelers India re-introduced the Hornet motorcycle with a more powerful engine, more features and updated styling. The Honda Hornet is no longer a 160cc premium commuter and now plays alongside the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V among others. We spent time with the motorcycle to understand if Honda’s new premium Made-in-India machine does stir up the hornet’s nest in the segment it operates in.

Priced at INR 1.26 lakh (Ex-showroom), Honda has bumped up the displacement of the old motor and the Hornet 2.0 utilizes a 184.4cc engine. The new engine belts out 17.26 hp of power and 16.1 Nm, making it slightly more powerful than its previous avatar. The motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox and its PGM-Fi system uses 8 onboard sensors to constantly inject optimum fuel and air mixture to provide greater performance and superior efficiency. Smooth power delivery is ensured with a roller rocker arm which helps in the reduction of friction losses.

The new engine also comes equipped with a piston cooling jet that acts as heat absorbent hence improving engine thermal efficiency and giving a superior fuel efficiency. It promises best-in-class mid-range torque and can cover 0 – 200m in 11.25 seconds. Kit on the bike includes  LED lights all around and it is offered in four colour options – Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Matte Sangria Red metallic and Pearl igneous black. The front tyre measures 110/70-17 while the rear measures 140/70-17. Both are tubeless units and in terms of grip, are the best in the segment. The instrument cluster gets a voltmeter, gear position indicator and service due indicator. It also comes with customizable brightness (can be adjusted manually up to 5 levels).

Braking duties are handled by a 276mm petal disc up front and a 220mm rear disc and come with a single-channel ABS. The bike weighs 142 kilos and fuel tank capacity is 12 litres. The saddle is a split-type affair. The bike is built on an entirely new diamond-type frame. It also gets gold-finished USD forks, engine stop switch, sealed chain and a hazard light switch. As another industry first, Honda will also be offering a special  6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on Hornet 2.0.

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Jaguar Racing Unveils I-Type 5 Race Car Ahead Of New Formula E Campaign https://www.motoroids.com/news/jaguar-racing-unveils-i-type-5-race-car-ahead-of-new-formula-e-campaign/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/jaguar-racing-unveils-i-type-5-race-car-ahead-of-new-formula-e-campaign/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:40:41 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379226 Jaguar Racing has revealed their brand-new electric race car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 5, in a virtual launch, 50 days before season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The electric single-seater features a new powertrain developed in-house, which will run for the next two seasons. According to the company, Jaguar Racing engineers have focussed on efficiency gains, reduced weight, and lowered the centre of gravity of the I-TYPE 5’s powertrain. The most important upgrade here is the addition of a new suspension setup, that will provide greater adjustment from track to track and a more efficient invertor that will improve switching speeds and performance. Moreover, Jaguar Racing claims that the state-of-the-art invertor also features 24-carat gold due to its highly conductive properties.

James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director: “Season seven is a very exciting year for Jaguar Racing and Formula E. It’s the first season Formula E boasts world championship status and is Jaguar Racing’s fifth season in the world’s fastest-growing global motorsport. The team has worked harder than ever to create the most efficient, state-of-the-art race car and it is fantastic to be able to unveil it to our customers, fans, and partners. This season we also welcome Sam Bird into the Jaguar Racing family and he is already settling in very well. Both Sam and Mitch are hugely motivated along with the rest of the team for the season ahead. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new partner Dow. The countdown is now on until we’re back out on track in Santiago and we will be pushing for points, podiums, and wins.”

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Sam Bird and Mitch Evans, who are referred to as one of the strongest pairings on the Formula E grid, will drive the new race car. Evans has been with Jaguar Racing since they joined the all-electric championship in 2016. Bird, who has won races in every Formula E season, joins the British team this season.

Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing driver, #10: “Revealing the new Jaguar I-TYPE 5 to fans today makes it feel very real that I am part of Jaguar Racing and builds excitement to get season seven underway. I think the launch is the biggest milestone away from the track action as it highlights all the hard work the team at Jaguar Racing have been doing in the off-season. Now I can’t wait to take the I-TYPE 5 out on circuit and start my first season with such an iconic British brand.”

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Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing driver, #20: “Launch day is always a great landmark for the team as we show the world what we’ve been working on behind closed doors and set our intentions for the season. For me it’s a moment to set my own goals for the next season and start the year with positive momentum. This is my fifth season with the team and we are more determined than ever to make this the most successful year we’ve had together.”

Additionally, Jaguar Racing is now also welcoming a leading materials science company, Dow, for their first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season with the team. Dow join as an Official Partner and with over 100 years of experience in automotive, Dow brings material expertise and a pioneering spirit to the Jaguar Racing team through its MobilityScienceTM platform and its polyolefin, polyurethanes acrylic, specialty chemical, and silicone technologies. With this, Dow will now join Jaguar Racing’s leading partner line-up that includes GKN Automotive, Viessmann, Castrol, and Official Suppliers Alpinestars and DR1VA.

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In addition, Polo Ralph Lauren and Jaguar Racing have come together to celebrate the new Jaguar I-TYPE 5, by kicking off the racing season in style, Jaguar’s Formula E Team will be dressed in custom-designed Polo Ralph Lauren packable quilted jackets bearing the Jaguar Racing logo, created from recycled nylon and polyester fabrics, as well as recycled down-alternative insulation.

Jaguar Racing is also pleased to debut at the season seven launch the use of new sustainable materials called Typefibre. The I-TYPE 5 has a new prototype race seat made from sustainably sourced Typefibre. It will be tested at speed in different temperatures, loads, and environments around the world as part of the team’s Race To Innovate mission, which focuses on sharing the benefits of race technology with road cars and in turn Jaguar customers.

Jim Fitterling, Dow Chairman and CEO, said: “Strong partnerships are based on shared visions and values. Our new relationship with Jaguar Racing is grounded in a common focus – delivering more sustainable solutions to the world through collaboration, innovation, and inclusion. As a global materials science leader, we look forward to working together to advance vehicle electrification through our MobilityScience platform — making progress on our collective journey to a carbon-neutral world.” Jaguar Racing will return to the streets of Santiago on the 16 January for the first of 14 races in 12 cities.

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Video Explains How The New TVS ARIVE App Works https://www.motoroids.com/news/video-explains-how-the-new-tvs-arive-app-works/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/video-explains-how-the-new-tvs-arive-app-works/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:53:26 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379222 TVS Motor Company has introduced a new ARIVE (Augmented Reality Interactive Vehicle Experience) App to allow potential owners to experience the Apache range of motorcycles up close while staying indoors. The app allows an in-depth product exploration and purchase experience using AR technology and also has a 3D mode for devices which do not support AR.’

The TVS A.R.I.V.E app has been introduced with a module on the company’s flagship models, TVS Apache RR 310 and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, catering to its tech-savvy customers. This will be followed by the inclusion of the entire range of TVS products. The app will offer an independent module for every product, which can be downloaded by users as per their preference and interest.

Each module is divided into three different modes – Place to explore (AR-based), Scan a real bike (AR-based) and the 3D mode (for non-AR compatible devices). Each of these modes offers multiple hotspots that highlight the critical features through an X-ray vision of the vehicle, supported by a detailed description, videos, animations, and more. The app also provides the Sell Through Process option for last-mile connectivity. Through this, users can schedule a test ride, locate the nearest dealer, or book their vehicle online. he app is now available on Google Playstore and Apple App Store for iOS customers.

In other related news, TVS-owned Norton Motorcycles is gearing up to unveil its first motorcycle under its new parent company. The 2021 Norton V4RR will be the first ‘New’ Norton to roll out of the factory. Making the announcement, company CEO, John Russell said, ” “TVS bought Norton because it was a once in a generation opportunity to buy one of the great brands of the motorcycle industry. It is our job, our goal to make sure the foundations we create, now create the real potential to unlock this brand and deliver its potential long term.” He further added, “Much of what we are working on now so intensely, is invisible to our customers and enthusiasts but at the heart of what we’re doing is this bike, which will be the first one available from the new Norton at the end of this year.”

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Hero Motocorp Appoints Global Mobility Expert As New Chief Operating Officer https://www.motoroids.com/news/hero-motocorp-appoints-global-mobility-expert-as-new-chief-operating-officer/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/hero-motocorp-appoints-global-mobility-expert-as-new-chief-operating-officer/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:18:52 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379218 Hero Motocorp has been in the news recently for its brand new partnership with Harley-Davidson for India and also for a few changes which happened in the brand’s top management. Riding on the record sales success of the festive season, the company has now announced the appointment of global mobility expert Michael Clarke to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), with the additional role of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).

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Based out of India, Mike will join Hero MotoCorp effective January 1, 2021, and report to Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO of Hero MotoCorp. Mike Clarke’s appointment comes close on the heels of recent augmenting of the Leadership Team at Hero MotoCorp. As part of this process, Hero MotoCorp has earlier announced assigning the role of Head of Strategy to Malo Le Masson and expanded the role of Ravi Pisipaty as the Head of Plant Operations. Sanjay Bhan has returned to the Company as the Head of Global Business (GB) to play a key role in the rapid expansion and consolidation of Hero in the international markets. Mahesh Kaikini, the Head of Gurugram plant, has been appointed as the Chief Quality Officer, while Ashutosh Varma has been elevated to the role of Head of National Sales.

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Mike Clarke is a business leader with more than 25 years’ global experience in publicly listed companies in the US and UK. Mike has worked extensively in building, leading and managing teams across geographies and functions. Mike has worked in leadership roles in some of the world’s top companies, such as Fiat Group SPA and Delphi Technologies. Mike was also in leadership roles in Operations and Human Resources functions in several other companies, including Tenneco Automotive and Hertz Corporation Breed Technology (formerly AlliedSignal SRS) across Europe.

Commenting on the new appointment, Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said “I am excited to have Mike join the Hero family at this crucial juncture in time of emerging opportunities and new challenges. Mike brings considerable global experience and expertise in managing complex operations, international restructuring, organisational and cultural change.  His experience will be highly beneficial as we look to further consolidate our market leadership across continents. We have a clear focus to create benchmark products and facilities, including industry-leading processes and operations. Mike will contribute by playing a vital role in providing strategic leadership in operational excellence and driving the Talent agenda at Hero MotoCorp.”

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Ashok Leyland Renames UK-Based Subsidiary And Reveals EV Future Plans https://www.motoroids.com/news/ashok-leyland-renames-uk-based-subsidiary-and-reveals-ev-future-plans/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/ashok-leyland-renames-uk-based-subsidiary-and-reveals-ev-future-plans/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:01:55 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379209 One of the biggest names when it comes to commercial vehicles, Ashok Leyland has renamed Optare Group Ltd (“Optare”), its majority-owned UK subsidiary to Switch Mobility Ltd (“Switch”) as part of its drive towards electrification and new mobility services.

Unveiling the new logo and name, Mr Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited, said: “Optare is adopting a new identity and logo as “Switch”, which signals our strategic ambitions in Electric and Green Mobility. Towards this, Ashok Leyland is examining various options to bring the entire EV initiatives of Ashok Leyland under Switch Mobility Ltd.

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“This strategy reflects the clear growth opportunities in the global LCV & Bus EV market, which is projected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of more than 25% and to be worth in the region of USD 50bn by 2030. To capture part of that market, we are considering EV initiatives through Switch that could include financial participation and strategic tie-ups.”

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Switch will build on the success of Optare in the UK, where it is a leading player in electric buses with more than 150 of them currently operating successfully in its home market. Optare, the forerunner of Switch, was recently named OEM of the Year (Bus/Commercial Vehicle) at the prestigious 2020 EVIEs Awards. Following the successful delivery of 30 Electric Double Decker buses to Metroline in London, the company is currently fulfilling orders for operators including Tower Transit, London and First York. This will create a foundation for the expansion of Switch’s operations in Europe and growth in India and other parts of the world.

Mr. Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, Ashok Leyland Ltd, added: “Ashok Leyland is a pioneer in delivering innovative commercial vehicles and mobility solutions. With our proposed new structure, Switch will be positioned to become the potential global arm of Ashok Leyland focused on Electric Vehicles and Green Mobility Solutions. This proposed step will enable Ashok Leyland to focus on the development of new electric vehicle platforms through Switch including next-generation Buses, PODs and E-LCVs and swiftly scale up the EV business.”

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Nissan India Expands With 50 New Sales And Service Touch Points https://www.motoroids.com/news/nissan-india-expands-with-50-new-sales-and-service-touch-points/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/nissan-india-expands-with-50-new-sales-and-service-touch-points/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:30:19 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379192 Before the launch of the all-new Nissan Magnite next month, Nissan India is trying to further strengthen its customer-centric services with highly-trained channel partners.  It is facilitated by an end-to-end digital ecosystem, and a virtual showroom with a vehicle configurator which together provide a seamless exterior and interior experience of all grades, powertrain and feature combinations including “tech pack”.

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The company is also focusing on establishing an End-to-end E-commerce from booking to delivery including the finance process, and also a first-in-industry virtual test-drive feature that allows the customer to take a test drive from home on their personal device. This is a unique interactive experience where the customer gets a first-hand experience of being on a test drive of the all-new Nissan Magnite on road with a virtual sales consultant.

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Furthermore, Nissan India is enhancing its customer connectivity with 30 new service stations and 20 new showrooms across the country. This is in line with the Nissan NEXT strategy to prioritize and invest in the Indian market for sustainable growth. “Nissan India’s focus is on improving customer connectivity by providing a seamless journey through these company-owned platforms. We are adapting and adopting the changes in the marketplace to strengthen Nissan’s commitment to the Indian customer on product and service assurances,” said Sinan Ozkok, President, Nissan Motor India.

In the past few months, Nissan India has also introduced ‘Nissan Express Service’ to deliver a quick and comprehensive service experience in just 90-minutes. Nissan India has also promised that it will extend the service reach to its customers by conducting “Nissan Service Clinics” in 100+ upcountry locations. Nissan customers may book services and even check costs online through the Nissan Service Cost Calculator via Nissan Service Hub (website) or Nissan Connect, supported by Nissan’s 24/7 Roadside Assistance available in over 1500 cities.

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Post-pandemic, keeping the health and safety of its customers in mind, Nissan’s ‘Convenience of Doorstep Service’ follows firm standard operating procedures to provide customers with the car service without them, having to leave their homes. Nissan India also offers ‘Pick-up and Drop-off’ services of Nissan cars to and from dealerships which mitigate the risk of infection and minimizes disruptions in the schedule of customers.

“With India gradually becoming a more strategic base for value-added services, Nissan’s new and improved initiatives will underscore our desire to give customers a hassle-free, safe, and satisfying sales and service process that is enhanced by a comprehensive digital ecosystem for discerning customers,” said Rakesh Srivastava, MD, Nissan Motor India.

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TVS Launches Augmented Reality App A.R.I.V.E For Customers https://www.motoroids.com/news/tvs-launches-augmented-reality-app-a-r-i-v-e-for-customers/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/tvs-launches-augmented-reality-app-a-r-i-v-e-for-customers/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:26:40 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379201 TVS Motor Company has launched its innovative mobile application TVS A.R.I.V.E, aimed at transforming customer experience of exploring two-wheelers. The Augmented Reality Interactive Vehicle Experience (A.R.I.V.E) app allows an in-depth product exploration and purchase experience using AR technology, from the convenience of the homes. The TVS A.R.I.V.E app will make its foray with a module on the company’s flagship models, TVS Apache RR 310 and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, catering to its tech-savvy customers.

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This will be followed by the inclusion of the entire range of TVS products. The app will offer an independent module for every product, which can be downloaded by users as per their preference and interest.

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Each module is further divided into three different modes, namely, Place to explore (AR-based), Scan a real bike (AR based) and the 3D mode (for non-AR compatible devices). Each of these modes offers multiple hotspots that highlight the critical features through an X-ray vision of the vehicle, supported by a detailed description, videos, animations, and more. The app also provides the Sell Through Process option for last-mile connectivity. Through this, users can schedule a test ride, locate the nearest dealer, or book their vehicle online.

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The three available modes on the app perform specific functions to ensure an all-inclusive experience to the users. The Place to explore mode creates an augmented experience of the real vehicle, by positioning the virtual 3D model of it in the AR world. The virtual vehicle can be placed on any horizontal flat surface, allowing the user to have a 360-degree view by moving around it, or by performing swipe gestures to rotate it on the screen. Users can zoom in and out the model or move the camera closer to the surface for a more precise and in-depth view.

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The Scan a real bike mode, on the other hand, is a combination of real objects, and AR. Users can scan a real vehicle by holding the device in front of it. Once detected, different features of the vehicle will automatically get highlighted by the pulsating hotspots on it. By tapping on them, users will get the x-ray vision of the functionality, and detailed explanation through audio-visual and textual format.

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The 3D mode will be available for both AR & Non-AR supported devices. Non-AR supporting devices will have only the 3D mode functionality where users will be able to rotate the vehicle 360-degree along with zoom in and out functionality, to have a better visual experience. To highlight the key features of the motorcycle, users can click on the pulsating hotspot enable icon, which will activate the key features on it, and provide audio-visual, and textual information. This option will also offer a suitable background for an enhanced experience. Here, the user can experience an aerial view of the vehicle using the camera option.

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Official statement

Mr. Meghashyam Dighole, Head – (Marketing) Premium Motorcycles, TVS Motor Company said, “TVS Motor Company has been at the forefront of introducing technological advancements across our products, and services. The TVS A.R.I.V.E app is an extension to that philosophy, as our customers now get an opportunity to explore our products at the convenience of their homes through the AR technology. We introduce the app with the TVS Apache RR 310 & TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, the flagship models from our stable. This app will bridge the gap between a customer’s consideration and the decision of testing or purchase, by using augmented reality to give a 360-degree experience of the product using audio-visual and textual formats. We are sure that our potential and existing customers will find great value in this new service.”

The app is now available on Google Playstore and Apple App store for iOS customers.

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2021 Norton V4RR To Become the First ‘New’ Norton Motorcycle Under TVS Ownership https://www.motoroids.com/news/2021-norton-v4rr-to-become-the-first-new-norton-motorcycle-under-tvs-ownership/ https://www.motoroids.com/news/2021-norton-v4rr-to-become-the-first-new-norton-motorcycle-under-tvs-ownership/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:08:02 +0000 https://www.motoroids.com/?p=379196 2020 has been quite a happening year for all of us, even more so for automotive brands. The automotive industry is currently experiencing a rollercoaster ride with frequent ups and downs. And when it comes to the story of Norton Motorcycles, it doesn’t get more happening than that! Norton is one of the most iconic motorcycle brands and was on the verge of bankruptcy. TVS acquired Norton for 16 million GBP, earlier this year and saved the brand from extinction.

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And now, Norton Motorcycles is gearing up to unveil its first motorcycle under its new TVS-ownership. The 2021 Norton V4RR will be the first ‘New’ Norton to roll out of the factory.

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Official statement

It was announced by none other than the company CEO, John Russell. This is what he said in an interview video: “TVS bought Norton because it was a once in a generation opportunity to buy one of the great brands of the motorcycle industry. It is our job, our goal to make sure the foundations we create, now create the real potential to unlock this brand and deliver its potential long term.” He further added, “Much of what we are working on now so intensely, is invisible to our customers and enthusiasts but at the heart of what we’re doing is this bike, which will be the first one available from the new Norton at the end of this year.”

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Specifications

Talking about the Norton V4RR, it has also been listed on the brand’s official website, with the statement ‘Coming in 2021′. The new V4RR will be powered by a 1200 cc, liquid-cooled, V4 engine with a claimed 200 bhp at 12,500 rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. The Norton V4RR is claimed to be bred on the racetrack, with the bike’s development taking place with Norton’s experience at the Isle of Man TT. The V4RR will also feature top-spec Ohlins suspension, with an Ohlins NIX 30 front suspension and Ohlins TTXGP Norton bespoke rear suspension.

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We believe that it is not going to be the only Norton motorcycle which will get unveiled in the coming few months as Norton recently filed for trademarks to get hold of six new names. The names filed in the trademark applications are taken from Norton’s illustrious history, and include ‘Norton Electra’, ‘Norton Fastback’, ‘Norton Navigator’, ‘Norton Nomad’, ‘Norton Ranger’ and ‘Combat’.

 

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