New Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe launched at Rs 2.55 crore

Mercedes-Benz, India’s biggest luxury carmaker on Monday introduced the new Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé priced at Rs 2.55 crore (pan India) to take on compatriot rivals like BMW, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo in Asia’s third largest car market. 

The new Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé boasts of technical and visual highlights with a more powerful engine and a distinct look to woo buyers.

The Pune-headquartered automobile major had recently launched the range-topping, performance version of the E-Class in the country.

New BMW X3 xDrive30i @ Rs 56.90 lakh

BMW, India’s second biggest German luxury car maker by sales, has introduced the new BMW X3 with a petrol engine option to take on archrival Mercedes Benz, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo in Asia’s third biggest car mart.

The locally produced third-generation BMW X3 xDrive30i sports utility vehicle priced at Rs 56.90 lakh at pan India will rival Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic, the Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE and the hybrid Lexus NX 300h in the Indian market.

The company had introduced diesel version about two months ago in the country.

Jaguar launches new F-Type SVR Coupe, Convertible sports car

Tata Motors-owned British luxury sports car maker, Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday introduced the Jaguar F-Type SVR both in Coupe and Convertible form, priced at Rs 2.65 crore and Rs 2.80 crore respectively at pan India showroom.

The F-Type SVR sports car is the fastest production Jaguar car till date and packs a 575 hp supercharged V8 engine.

The F-Type SVR has been developed by the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team at Jaguar Land Rover, and what's pushed to the maximum is the performance of the car.

Bharat Forge makes strategic investment in UK’s Tevva Motors

Bharat Forge, exporter of auto components, on Tuesday announced a strategic investment in the UK-based Tevva Motors, a firm which provides electric power train solutions for trucks and buses. Bharat Forge and Bharat Forge International UK will pick up 35.26 per cent stake in Tevva for Rs 90 crore. Tevva currently provides electric vehicle (EV) solutions to the 7.5-14 tonne range category commercial vehicles.

This is soon to be extended for the development of new commercial vehicles, especially trucks and buses.

First Drive: Volvo’s all new small SUV aiming to be volume grosser

After introducing Volvo's flagship sports utility vehicle, the XC90 in the country a couple of years ago, the Swedish luxury carmaker is in a rush to expand its market share in the fiercely competitive luxury car market in the country.

It believes that the all new small SUV, the Volvo XC40, which has all what it takes to be a volume grosser, will drive sales in Asia’s third biggest car market.

Acute summer hits 91 major reservoirs

Even as the Himachal Pradesh government devises a strategy to prevent last week’s infamous Shimla water crisis, an acute summer this year has dried up 91 major reservoirs across the country to below the ten-year average. The water storage level across 91 major hydro reservoirs in India plummeted to 17 per cent last week, lower than the 21 per cent storage recorded last year at the same time.

It is below also the last ten years average storage of 19 per cent, the latest weekly fresh reservoir storage data from the Central Water Commission (CWC) showed on May 31.

Shimla water shortage foretells India crisis story

Shimla, a popular hill station retreat in northern India, reeling under a severe water crisis, has also revealed depleting reservoir levels of 91 major dams across the country, indicating perilous ground water situation in Asia’s third biggest economy.

The situation was so acute in Shimla that it forced the state authorities to temporarily shut schools and even suspend an officer for negligence.

The hill station had no water supply for nearly eight days, and water tankers carried drinking water to residents.

Bentley drives in Bentayga V8 at Rs 3.78 crore

Bentley, the British ultra-luxury carmaker, has launched the new Bentayga V8 in the Indian market at a staggering price starting at Rs 3.78 crore at Mumbai showroom.

The imported luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be sold via Exclusive Motors, the official Bentley Motors partner in the country.

The Bentayga V8’s closest rival will be the soon-to-be-launched 2018 Range Rover SV Autobiography facelift, and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which will also be launched in India later in 2018.

The new model would be available on order in the country.

Bhima-Koregaon violence: Pune Police make 5 arrests

The Pune Police on Wednesday arrested five people allegedly having close Maoist links, including prominent Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence on January 1.

According to sources in the Pune Police, Dhawale was arrested from his house in Mumbai, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activist Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen were picked up from Nagpur and Rona Wilson was arrested from his flat in Munirka in Delhi in simultaneous raids on Wednesday morning.

Rising use of plastics in farm sector bad for crop, land: WOTR

The Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a Pune-based non-profit group, has warned the government ab­o­ut rising use of plastics in agriculture. It has suggested alternative natural materials obtained from plants, anim­als, and new generation bio­polymers, which are plastics made from biomass sources.

While lauding the gover­nment’s efforts banning single use plastics and enforcing penalties for non-compliance, WOTR has urged action that goes beyond bans and prevent contamination of soil, water, food and air.