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Cruise, GM join hands with Microsoft for self-driving vehicles

US self-driving car service provider Cruise and automaker General Motors (GM) have signed a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft. The deal, aimed at the commercialization of self-driving vehicles, will see the three companies working together to develop software and hardware, cloud computing capabilities, and manufacturing know-how to create a safer, cleaner, and more accessible ecosystem across the planet.

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General Motors unveils autonomous flying vehicle

General Motors has unveiled a self-driving, flying Cadillac vehicle which takes off and lands vertically. It is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone, and will be able to travel from and to urban rooftops at speeds of 55 miles per hour. It is a completely autonomous vehicle, and is packed with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack, and 4 pairs of rotors.

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Circular car industry can slash carbon emissions, research shows

Estimates show emissions need to decrease by around 50% by 2030 to limit global warming. Concerns have been expressed over the automotive industry dramatically overshooting its estimated carbon and resource budgets. Accenture research shows that circular economy approaches are essential to align automotive mobility with a 1.5-degree scenario by reducing lifecycle carbon emissions, according to World Economic Forum.

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Groupe PSA and FCA announce merger completion

FCA and Groupe PSA have announced the merger of both companies, bringing both into a single entity. The merger will lead to creation of Stellantis N.V., effective today. Stellantis’s common shares will start trading on Euronext in Paris and Mercato Telematico Azionario in Milan on 18 January 2021. The shares will also begin trading on New York Stock Exchange on 19 January 2021.

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Tata Motors’s tweet sparks Tesla tie-up rumours, post deleted later

Tata Motors has set off rumours of a Tata-Tesla joint venture with a tweet. Tata Motors’ EV wing tweeted a line from a famed Bollywood song to welcome Tesla in India, which means to say that these days talks about their love are in the news. Tata later deleted the tweet and clarified that they haven’t taken any decision regarding their PV business, denying all rumours.

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Dubai Autodrome: 24 Hour endurance race nears end, GPX leading

GPX Racing’s Julien Andlauer is leading in his Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 II) as the Hankook 24 Hour endurance race at Dubai Autodrome nears its end. Maro Angel of HRT Bilstein is following in second with his Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 2020. 51 players have participated in the race, and Racetivity, MP Motorsport, and Dragon Racing are also using Mercedes AMG models.

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FCA partners with Wipro for Global Digital Hub in India

Indian IT services major has announced that it has been selected as strategic technology services partner by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for setting up FCA ICT India. It is FCA’s first Global Digital Hub, to be setup in Hyderabad, and will employ 1,000 people. It will be built from ground to meet FCA's specific needs and growth agenda and will showcase world-class high-performance engineering skills.

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Tata Motors reveals 2021 Safari, production starts

The production-spec 2021 Tata Safari has broke covers, and the first production model has rolled off the assembly line. It is based on OMEGAARC platform, and shares underpinnings and various styling elements with Harrier. It is a 7-seater model, expected to be loaded with features, and will be powered by the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine also used in Harrier.

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CES 2021: GM unveils flying, self-driving Cadillac

General Motors has revealed a self-driving, flying Cadillac, that takes off and lands vertically. Essentially a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone, it will be able to travel from and to urban rooftops at speeds of 55 miles per hour. The vehicle is completely autonomous, and is packed with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack, and 4 pairs of rotors.

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Tesla's Model Y aces crash tests with 5-star rating

Tesla Model Y has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the US-based National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Model Y electric crossover earned top scores in every single crash test, including frontal, side, and rollover protection. It recorded the lowest rollover risk ever registered for SUVs by NHTSA.

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7 Karnataka legislators to take oath as ministers today

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced that 7 legislators will take oath as ministers today at Raj Bhavan. This would be the third expansion of the cabinet after the collapse of the Congress-JDS government in the wake of a mutiny by 17 MLAs of the coalition partners. Nadda and party General Secretary in-charge of state Arun Singh will be invited for the swearing-in.

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Here's how much Tesla cars are likely to cost in India

Tesla is expected to make its India debut in the first half of 2021. The electric carmaker's Model S Long Range Plus is priced at USD67,920 in US, while Model 3 Long Range is priced at USD45,490. But as per reports, Model 3 in India is likely to sell at a price of over USD82,000, while India Model X could hit the roads for over USD273,550.

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Toyota converts old workhorse Land Cruiser J70 into electric truck

Toyota, in a very unusual move, has converted a Land Cruiser J70 into an EV. The conversion is different as J70 is a utilitarian offroader, separate from J200 luxury SUV commonly seen on streets. The vehicle belongs to BHP, a mining company, which plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Converting the J70 also has an upside for Toyota, as its usage will offer insights on EVs in harsh environments.

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Tesla enters India, registers as a company in Karnataka's Bengaluru

Tesla, the American electric vehicle manufacturer, has officially arrived in India. The automaker registered itself as a company in Karnataka's capital city of Bengaluru with a paid capital of USD1,366. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday welcomed Tesla stating "Karnataka will lead India's journey towards Green Mobility". Tesla is also said to establish a manufacturing unit in India depending on demand.

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Mercedes Benz reveals its biggest screen yet

German automaker Mercedes Benz has unveiled its MBUX Hyperscreen measuring a mammoth 56 inches. Intended for its EQS vehicle, it will replace conventional instrument cluster and infotainment system using 12 actuators and a series of OLEDs under Gorilla Glass. The setup will be powered by chips from Nvidia, eight CPU cores and 24GB of RAM.

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Chip shortage forces auto firms to cut vehicle production

Major automakers are facing a global shortage of chip crunch. Bouncing COVID-19 pandemic has raised consumer demand which is causing manufacturing delays. Ford Motor, Toyota Motor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Nissan Motor are among the main automakers. The Mexican plant had been due to restart production next week, but now both plants will be shut by end of the month, said FCA.

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Mercedes Benz triples global sales of xEVs

Mercedes Benz tripled global sales of xEV and met the European CO2 targets for passenger cars in 2020. More than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles were sold by Mercedes Benz Cars worldwide (+228.8%). China sales of Mercedes Benz increased by 11.7% to a new record of 774,382 units. New S-Class is in high demand with more than 40,000 orders already placed worldwide.

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Check out upcoming luxury car launches in 2021

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the luxury car makers that are rolling for double-digit growth in the current year. The list of upcoming launches in luxury car segments includes Audi's Audi A4 worth INR4.23-4.6 million, Toyota Fortuner, BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine, S-Class Maestro Edition, Huracan EVO RWD Spyder, and more. Automobiles are back on demand while companies are reporting year-on-year growth in sales.

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Hyundai recalls 471,000 SUVs in the US, fault may cause fires

Hyundai is recalling 471,000 SUVs in the US over an electrical short in a computer that can cause fires. The South Korean automaker will soon notify customers on when to visit a dealer to get the problem fixed. Earlier, Hyundai recalled around 180,000 Tucson SUVs in the US over a similar issue. The short circuit may occur in defective anti-lock brake circuit board due to corrosion.

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Apple and Hyundai in talks for possible collaboration

Hyundai Motor Group has said that it is in talks with Apple for a possible collaboration to develop the rumoured Apple Car. The talks were in initial stages and nothing had been finalised yet, a Hyundai spokesperson was quoted as saying. Some media reports also claimed that Hyundai chairman was on the verge of signing the deal, as the automaker has already reviewed Apple’s collaboration proposal.

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Tesla rolls out cheapest Model Y with seven-seater option

Tesla has started the sales of a new Model Y Standard Range RWD variant, along with a new third-row 7-seat option. The model’s base price starts at USD42,000, even as Model Y has been selling for almost a year, with a Long Range Dual Motor variant and a Performance variant. The 7-seater option costs USD3,000, and appears to be available with all variants in the lineup except Performance version.

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COVID-19-hit 2020 fails to slow down luxury carmakers in India

Luxury carmakers including Audi and Mercedes-Benz are launching new models in India despite a pandemic-marred 2020. They are expecting a double-digit growth figure as the country recovers from the effects of COVID-19. Audi is set to launch a new product every other month, the company said. German luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz also recently launched a new model in India.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L to make India debut tomorrow

The new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be revealed tomorrow on the automaker's YouTube channel. A teaser image revealed the fifth generation popular SUV might be inspired by the Grand Wagoneer concept. The three-row model could have a rotatory shift knob, digital gauge cluster, standard 3.6-litre V-6 along with an optional V-8.

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Hyundai cars to be assembled in Bangladesh from 2022

To cater to a burgeoning middle-class, Bangladesh will soon have its own assembly line for Hyundai cars. Automotive vertical Fair Technology signed a contract with Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA) to establish a plant on six acres of land. USD125 million will be spent in the next 3-5 years for development of facilities. Production is expected to commence in Q2 2022.

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Mumbai: When Ratan Tata received an e-challan from traffic police

Ratan Tata's team was in for a surprise when they received an e-challan from Mumbai Traffic Police in the industrialist's name. Turns out a motorist changed her vehicle's registered number for numerological purposes. Incidentally, the number matched with that of a car belonging to Ratan Tata. Police have now booked the woman who forged the number under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Motor Vehicles Act.

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Toyota India launches Fortuner facelift, starts at INR2.99 million

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd today launched the facelifted Fortuner SUV. The much-awaited revisited model of popular SUV will be available in as many as seven trims, with the price ranging from INR2.99 million to INR3.75 million. There is also a new 'Legender' variant on offer. The revamped range gets two engine options in the form of 2.7-litre petrol and 2.8-litre diesel engine.

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The all-new Tata Safari is here!

Launch of new Tata Gravitas as the new Safari bookings is starting from January. Tata Motors has decided to resurrect the iconic Safari with its upcoming flagship SUV. Tata motors claimed it to be the perfect combination of design, versatility, comfort, and performance. Showcased as the Gravitas at Auto Expo 2020, the flagship 7-seat SUV will revive the iconic Tata Safari.

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Norway: 2020 sees electric cars race to 54 percent market share

Electric cars in Norway are ahead of their petrol, diesel and hybrid engine counterparts with a 54pc market share in 2020. Battery electric vehicles set a global record accounting for 54.3% of all new cars sold in 2020 compared to 42.4% in 2019. Norway hopes to become the first nation to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025.

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Tesla: Celebrating success with half a million cars in 2020

Tesla. Inc. took to Twitter to share gratitude to their customers, employees, and business partners for the support. In 2020, Tesla produced and delivered half a million vehicles, in line with their most recent guidance, extending with appreciation. US electric vehicle giant Tesla is yet to enter the Indian market but its electric vehicles have already touched down in neighbouring country Nepal.

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Astron Martin returning to Formula 1 - Grand Prix

Aston Martin is back in Grand Prix for the first time in six decades. Aston Martin Formula One Team will make its debut in Melbourne, Australia on 21 March 2021. This marks a return to top-flight single-seater competition for the luxury carmaker. The new 2021 Formula 1 car and team livery will be revealed in February 2021.

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Ford to continue solo in India as joint venture with Mahindra called off

The much-anticipated joint venture involving American automaker Ford and Indian auto giant Mahindra has been called off. Discussions regarding the JV went on for long after the initial announcement in October 2019. Following the end to discussions, Ford will continue to operate solo in India. Had the JV become a reality, Ford and Mahindra would have developed, marketed, and distribute Ford vehicles in India together.

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Front airbags mandatory for all cars from next year

India is all set to make airbags for front passengers mandatory for all the new car models from 1 April 2021 and all existing ones from 1 June 2021. Airbags have been made mandatory for drivers from July 2019. Also, safety features like speed alert system, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, reverse parking alert system, manual override for central locking system were also made mandatory.

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Skoda announces electrified vehicle fleet for UK emergency services

Emergency services in the UK will soon be using hybrid vehicles after Skoda added three electrified vehicles to its 'blue light' squad. Octavia vRS iV, Octavia iV, and Superb iV will be available for Britain’s police, ambulance and fire and rescue services. The range will receive Skoda's bespoke emergency service conversion treatment among other transitions.

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Here's how you can use Tesla's self-driving software for free

Elon Musk said Tesla vehicles delivered in the final three days of 2020 will come with a three-month access to the company's 'full self-driving' software for free. Access to the software, which is currently in beta phase, typically costs USD10,000. All new Tesla vehicles come with a form of the firm's Autopilot system, a Level 2 partially automated technology.

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Toyota launches C+pod ultra-compact electric car

Toyota C+pod is a 2.5 metre long, 2-seater city car, created for cheap personal transport. It has a 60kph top speed, with a cruising range of up to 150 km. Charging is also efficient, with 5 hours on a single phase 200V network. Since its 9.2kW motor is situated on the rear axle, it is a rear-wheel-drive car, and will weigh nearly 670-690 kg.

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Volkswagen working on autonomous robots to charge EVs

Volkswagen is working on an EV charging robot prototype, which nearly identical to concept, with blinking digital eyes. It’s working idea is to undock itself from its station after you have parked your car and called it. It hooks up to a mobile battery and plugs it into your car to charge it. After the charging is done, it removes the battery and returns it to station.

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Tesla coming to India in early 2021, confirms Union Minister for Transport

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari confirmed that American electric vehicle company Tesla will begin its operations in India in early 2021. Gadkari said that Elon Musk-led Tesla will initially begin with sales. It is expected to venture towards assembly, sales, and manufacturing in India in coming years. In October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had suggested that the company will come to India in 2021.

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Tesla’s new holiday update brings new ‘controversial’ feature

Tesla’s new holiday update will be bringing in the new Boombox mode, which can transmit custom audio outside the car. It brings in a slightly humorous side, and owners can now use different sounds such as goat sounds and even fart sounds in lieu of normal car horn sounds. Several sounds are included here, including applause, a ‘tada’ clip, and then the fart.

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US determines Roxor's redesigned version doesn't violate trade rights: M&M

Mahindra & Mahindra stated that Administrative Law Judge of US 'determined' the redesigned 2021 version of Roxor unique and doesn't violate FCA trade rights. M&M and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) have been locked in a legal battle in US over Roxor design similar to Willys Jeep. Roxor was launched on 2 March 2018, to be sold in US and Canada.

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Maharashtra: Bajay Auto signs MoU to set up facility in Chakan

Bajaj Auto Limited signs MoU with the Maharashtra government to set up a manufacturing facility in the state. MoU envisages INR6.5 million in the state’s Chakan, in return for the Maharashtra government to facilitate Bajaj. "The facility will be utilized for manufacturing high-end electric vehicles", the company said in a statement. The service to commence production in 2023.

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Mahindra & Mahindra to increase prices of passenger & commercial vehicles

Indian automobile giant Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has announced to increase the price of its passenger as well as commercial vehicles from 1 January 2021. "This has been necessitated due to the increase in commodity prices and various other input costs", read a statement issued by the company. The automaker will release revised price list of its passenger and commercial vehicle models soon.

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Italian supercar FV Frangivento Asfane DieciDieci unveiled in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi witnessed first global launch of the Italian car FV Frangivento Asfane DieciDieci priced at EUR2 million. The car looks forward to being the Italian equivalent of Koenigsegg unveiled at courtyard of Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The car can be driven using a battery, solar energy, fuel, and gas with an aircraft-inspired steering wheel and freestanding digital instruments cluster.

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Dubai Motor City gets AGMC’s new showroom and service facility

The Arabian Gulf Mechanical Centre’s newly constructed Dubai Motor City showroom and service facility was today inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council also toured the 300,000 square feet facility. It features specific spaces for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad, BMW i, BMW M, MINI Next and BMW Premium Selection, besides a full-fledged service centre.

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Study: 5 significant points for making self-driving cars safe

Experts from European Commission outlined challenges, which is needed for safe self-driving cars or Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV). Technology-driven future seeks to collaborate self-driving cars and humans for monitoring, frequent testing on different environments, data privacy, and more. Currently, Tesla is among the top companies providing CAVs and self-driving cars in the market.

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Volkswagen readies for internal rejig of its top leadership

Volkswagen prepares for the next wave under India 2.0 by conducting an internal rejig of its top leadership to strengthen its leadership team wherein VW Group is to invest 1 billion euros in India. With new development as Priyesh Kumar being the new head of sales and P Ravichandran as head of the dealer department, Volkswagen is all set to take the brand to greater heights.

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Renault DP World F1 Team car unveiled at Dubai Mall

As part of DP World’s ‘Race Ready’ activation, Renault DP World F1 Team car was unveiled in Dubai Mall. The initiative aims to encourage people to get involved in this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge. DP World has also enlisted the help of team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon. They have created a series of videos on how they keep fit whilst travelling the world on the F1 circuit.

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Jeep reveals Wrangler Rubicon 392, its most-powerful so far

Jeep has revealed a V8-powered variant of the Wrangler named the Rubicon 392. The new Jeep Wrangler has a 470-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine and can go from zero to 60 miles an hour in 4.5 seconds, making it the quickest and most-powerful Wrangler the company has ever produced. This will be the first time in almost 40 years that the Wrangler has been offered with a V8 engine.

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UK to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030

New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, prime minister Boris Johnson announced. The ban had been planned for 2040 but has been brought forward under Boris Johnson's 10-point plan to tackle climate change. The plan also includes developing the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.

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Mercedes Benz confirms Citan for 2021, along with electric version

Mercedes Benz has confirmed the next-generation models for its Citan van to be introduced in H2 2021. Mercedes describes it as a ‘comprehensively new development’ with ‘brand-typical DNA’. It will offer compact exterior dimensions and high interior storage volume with diverse possible applications and wide opening sliding doors for the small van.

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Definition CE 04: BMW clubs class with power in new electric scooter

As part of a suite of new announcements for its latest offerings, BMW also showcased the Motorrad Definition CE 04, which is an electric scooter. While there are no specs offered, it has a unique design with an elongated, low vehicle body and the diagonally rising front end. Batteries lie in the underbody, creating more storage space with focus on practicality.

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