Proximity of Automotive Service Workshops in India Remains an Issue for Vehicle Owners

Although the number of workshops in automakers’ service networks has increased significantly, the establishment of workshops in key locations where vehicle owners often live or work is not aligned to customer needs, which means it still takes vehicle owners the same amount of time to reach a service workshop as it did in 2009, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2013 India Customer Service Index (CSI) Study SM released today.

The study, now in its 17th year, measures satisfaction among vehicle owners who visit an authorized dealership service center for maintenance or repair work between the first 12 to 24 months of vehicle ownership. The study measures overall satisfaction in five factors (listed in order of importance): service quality; vehicle pick-up; service advisor; service facility; and service initiation. Overall customer satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale, with a higher score indicating higher satisfaction.

Convenience of location is among the key reasons of workshop choice among vehicle owners in India over the past 5 years. Yet proximity of service workshops in India remains an issue for vehicle owners. This has been compounded by the uneven growth of new-vehicle sales among the various regions and cities of India. New-vehicle sales have increased in areas that have fewer, or are farther away from, workshops. As a result, the study finds that the time it takes vehicle owners to reach a workshop—25 to 30 minutes, on average—has remained largely unchanged during the past five years.

Maruti Suzuki Service Workshop

“While there has been service network expansion by all automakers during the past five years, the locations of these establishments are not sufficiently meeting customer needs in many cases either due to real estate availability, cost and local regulations,” said Mohit Arora, executive director, J.D. Power Asia Pacific. “Since vehicle servicing is seen as an essential errand, any steps taken to enhance customer convenience are likely to be appreciated.”

The study also finds that automakers and dealerships are attempting to manage their per day intake of service vehicles by encouraging customers to schedule an appointment. 70 percent of customers made an appointment for service in 2013, compared with 65 percent in 2012. However, these service volumes have not been sufficiently aligned to manpower and infrastructure planning. While 82 percent of customers are attended to immediately when they arrive at the workshop, 18 percent still have to wait to get their vehicle in for service, an increase from 16 percent in 2012. Among customers who have to wait to get their vehicle in for service when they arrive at the workshop, 62 percent made an appointment for their service.

“Most vehicle owners prefer to schedule an appointment for service as it helps them plan their day,” said Arora. “It is important for dealerships to ensure that relevant skilled manpower is available to ensure a smooth process for getting the vehicle in for service and minimize waiting time. This is likely to become a key driver of overall satisfaction with the after-sales service process in India.”

Overall customer satisfaction with the dealership service experience remains unchanged in 2013 from 2012 at 834 index points. While satisfaction with the service facility increases four points in 2013, the gain is offset by a four-point drop in the service initiation factor; all other factors remain unchanged from 2012.

Maruti Suzuki ranks highest in customer satisfaction with dealer service for a 14th consecutive year, with a score of 876. Maruti Suzuki performs particularly well across all factors. Hyundai (833) and Honda (825) follow in the rankings. Hyundai is also the most improved brand in the study, with significant improvements achieved across all five factors.

The overall quality of service completed continues to show consistently strong performance across the industry year over year. While 93 percent of owners indicate that the work was done correctly the first time, which is consistent with 2012 results, 71 percent of owners indicate that their vehicles were returned cleaner after the service—a 7 percent increase from 2012.

“The quality of service remains consistently high, evidence that the automakers and their dealer networks are working hard to make service a satisfying experience for their customers,” said Arora.

Vehicle owners who are highly satisfied with dealer service tend to have higher levels of advocacy and loyalty to the dealership and the brand. Among owners who are highly satisfied with their service experience at the dealership (service satisfaction scores averaging 949 or higher), 93 percent indicate they “definitely would” revisit their service dealer for post-warranty service. In contrast, only 32 percent of less-satisfied owners (service satisfaction scores averaging 766 or lower) say the same. Similarly, 88 percent of highly satisfied owners indicate they “definitely would” purchase their next vehicle from the service dealer, compared with just 30 percent of those who are less satisfied.

The 2013 India Customer Service Index Study is based on evaluations from 7,477 vehicle owners. The study was fielded from May to August 2013 and includes owners who purchased their vehicle between May 2011 and August 2012.

Scania inaugurates first manufacturing facility in India

We had been scanning the Scania Commercial Vehicles India for last some days due to its commitment for the Indian transportation needs against the likes of Volvo. Yesterday it announced plans to manufacture about 2,500 heavy haulage trucks besides 1,000 inter-city buses and coaches annually at its facility in Narasapura here.

Scania is a part of the Volkswagen Group, and the manufacturing facility that it inaugurated yesterday in the Narasapura is the first in whole of South East Asia.

Currently the localisation is 18 per cent for trucks and 100 per cent for bus bodies. Scania will also employ over 800 people at this facility within five years. The manufacturing facility with initial investment of Rs. 250 crore was inaugurated by Karnataka’s Chief Minister, S. Siddaramaiah in the presence of Union Minister for Road and Transportation, Oscar Fernandes and Mr. Martin Lundstedt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scania Global.

Scania opens its first manufacturing

The facility will serve as company’s head office and centre for all commercial operations across the country. The operations will consist of final assembly of trucks with bodywork and building of complete coaches along with a service workshop and a central parts warehouse for timely service.

“It gives me great pride to see one of the largest global companies setting up plants in Karnataka,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah. “It will not only provide an impetus to industrial growth in the region but also present significant employment opportunities to local residents. With its superior technological processes, large-scale manufacturing set-up and eco-friendly focus, the plant is a testimony to our emphasis on inspiring corporate India to reach greater heights.”

Scania Vehicles

Mr. Lundstedt said the state of Karnataka is an ideal location for company’s manufacturing operations due to proximity to customers. “Today marks the beginning of a new era for us in India, and it is our largest industrial footprint in Asia so far.”

The Narasapura plant will house two manufacturing units – one for truck assembly and another for buses. Scania started production of trucks at the new facility in Narasapura during June and production trials have started for mining and off-road trucks. Production of on-road trucks will start soon and the bus rollout is planned for the first quarter of 2014.

Scania inaugurates first manufacturing facility

“Today’s ceremony is extremely significant to us, “Mr. Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director of Scania Commercial Vehicle India and Senior Vice President of Scania Group.

“It illustrates our willingness to meet commitments and our ambition to provide sustainable transport solutions. I am sure this production line along with our total operating economy concept will create great quality vehicles and will be a strong witness of the Made in India label globally.”

With the country’s highway infrastructure improving and hub-and-spoke model gaining increasing acceptance, the domestic truck and bus industry is witnessing polarization.

Scania inaugurates first manufacturing facility in India

As the growth in heavy commercial vehicles segment outperforms overall industry growth rate, Scania aims to take the way India views transportation to the next level in line with the latest world-class manufacturing practices.

Volkswagen Jetta facelift launched in India at Rs. 13.7 lakh ex showroom Delhi

Volkswagen Jetta facelift launched in India at a price of Rs. 13.7 lakh with the range topping variant costing at Rs. 19.43 lakh ex showroom Delhi; made available with 2.0L TDI and 1.4L TSI engine options and three trim levels.

The cosmetic changes on the car includes Xenon headlamps with headlamp washers, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone Climatronic AC, and new 16-inch alloy wheels. Apart from these new features, the new Jetta also comes fitted with 12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, 60:40 folding rear seat, front- and rear-mounted proximity sensors, high-end Bluetooth-compatible music system, advanced digital instrument panel with multi-function display (MFD), cruise control and paddle shifters for the DSG gearbox.

To the safety, Volkswagen Jetta facelift proves its worth with anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stabilization program (ESP) and 6 airbags to the passengers. Meanwhile, the spacious in segment 510-litres of boot space makes it capable of carrying enormous size of luggage.

Volkswagen Jetta facelift

Mentioned below are the technical specifications of Jetta facelift:

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*Fuel-efficiency are rated as per ARAI

Hence, the diesel variant is only given an option of DSG automatic gearbox, while the petrol is driven only in manual transmission.

“With the festive season well underway, Volkswagen now has a full line-up of new and updated cars for the Indian market, starting from the new versions of the Polo – Cross Polo, Polo GT TSI and Polo GT TDI, Vento TSI, and now, the new Jetta,” commented Mr. Arvind Saxena, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars at the launch.

New Tata Sumo Gold launched in India at Rs. 5.93 lakh ex showroom Delhi

Tata Motors yesterday announced the New Tata Sumo Gold, at Tata Motors showrooms across the country. Unveiled at HORIZONEXT, the new Tata Sumo Gold boasts a powerful engine, with best-in-class features, adding more style and comfort to Tata Motors entry-level SUV.

Mr. Ankush Arora – Sr. Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (Commercial), Tata Motors Ltd., said, “The new Tata Sumo Gold is the most powerful entry-level SUV, with class leading performance & features, offering the young & progressive Indian entrepreneur with a stylish, new-age vehicle that takes on any terrain with ease. The new offering is a result of extensive consumer studies and field tests to fulfill various requirements, long-awaited by the new generation customer.”

The new Tata Sumo Gold has been conceived keeping in mind passenger comfort and maximum all-round performance, along with the ease, pleasure and convenience of owning an SUV with maximum utility and driving pleasure.

Under the hood of the new Tata Sumo Gold lies the powerful 3 litre CR4 engine which pumps out 85 PS@3000rpm and a torque of 250NM@1000-2000rpm, delivering best-in-class acceleration with a performance of 60kmph in 9.3 seconds. With a stunning mileage of 15.3 kmpl, the new Tata Sumo Gold comes with a new high performance clutch that has better thermal stability, for smoother gearshifts, lasting about 30% longer to competition, offering 1 lakh kms of tension free driving. Fuel Filter Replacement has been improved by 50% at 45000km. The long wheelbase, wide track width along with the vehicles double wishbone suspension, puts the driver in absolute control, ensuring that the Tata Sumo Gold is stable at high-speeds, with a firm road grip. The wide turning radius of 5 meters allows best-in-class maneuverability, within narrow city lanes. The Tata Sumo Gold comes with improved Clutch Life by over 30%, along with improved braking. The vehicle also boasts best-in-class Ground Clearance of 182 mm making for better under body protection, especially on irregular terrains.

New Tata Sumo Gold

On the outside, the new Tata Sumo Gold has an imposing poise, broad stable stance and a visual blitzkrieg of stylish new body graphics. A renewed front grill adds to the aggression of the new Sumo Gold. The vehicles new headlight design works in tandem with high powered forward fog lamps, lighting up the path of the new Sumo Gold. The new Sumo Gold’s prominent tail lamp cluster, with rear fog lamps and wide rear dimensions, with its spare wheel placed below the cabin, adds to its dominant presence and functionality. Large 15-inch wheels with wide 215 mm tubeless tyres, stylish wheel covers and a high ground clearance of 182 mm completes the Tata Sumo Gold’s macho looks. The new Sumo Gold is available in 4 new stylish colors – Blazing Red, Twilight Grey Arctic Silver and Porcelain White.

The Tata Sumo Gold is as refined on the inside. With 20% more space than competition, the new Tata Sumo Gold is the most spacious entry-level SUV. Plush fabrics and wooden interiors, adds a touch of sophistication to the new Sumo Gold, as excellent head, leg and shoulder space, makes room for all passengers. The vehicle also has the lowest in-cabin noise, with improved NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) and cools twice as fast due to its Powerful Dual AC.

2013 Tata Sumo Gold
With a stylish wooden center console, the new Sumo Gold is equipped with the latest music system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, supporting hands-free calling, for enhanced pleasure and entertainment, making the drive in the new Tata Sumo Gold even more enjoyable. The one touch power windows and an engine immobilizer with a key, makes the Sumo Gold secure. The chunky gear shift knob compliments the stylish interiors. The vehicle also comes with power steering for ease in city traffic driving. The wide driver and passenger seats of the Sumo Gold, also offers adequate lumbar support.

The Tata Sumo Gold is offered with a warranty of 3 year / 1 lakh kms ensuring complete peace of mind. Besides offering the lowest cost of ownership, the new Tata Sumo Gold is also offered with some of the best financing options, with lowest down payment and EMI options. The Wheel Service Life is also doubled at 30,000 kms, with a Fuel Filter Replacement at 45000 kms.

The new Tata Sumo Gold is available in 5 variants – GX, FX, EX, LX and CX with its price starting from Rs. 5.93 lakhs onwards (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

For further information, one can log on to www.tatasumo.com

Nissan Evalia drove Fourth-Time World Champion, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team at Indian Grand Prix

Just launched with the facelift avatar, the new Nissan Evalia was the official light commercial vehicle partner to the fourth-time world champion Formula One Team – Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the Indian Grand Prix 2013. Outfitted with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team logos, the Nissan Evalia played a vital role in supporting the team by transporting equipment and staff at the annual event.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing, which is based in UK, had concluded an official global supplier contract for light commercial vehicles with Nissan in 2012. Under this contract, Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicle Business Unit supplies the team with a fleet of more than 70 vehicles including the NV200 and NV400 at the team’s headquarters (Milton Keynes, U.K.), and at Formula One venues around the world.

The vehicles that are supplied provide support for all transportation needs, including the movement of staff, guests, and equipment for the team. For the Indian Grand Prix this year, the highly versatile, multi-purpose NV200 or the Evalia as it is known in India has been selected once again for the second consecutive year to support the race team.

Nissan Evalia Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Since September 2012, Nissan Evalia has been a valuable addition to the urban class utility vehicle segment in India. This month, the company introduced the new 2013 model to the Indian auto market with add-on features that are incorporated based on customer input. The add-on features are captain seats in the middle row, sliding windows on rear doors, 15-inch alloy wheels, 2-DIN audio system with USB connectivity, rear wiper, defogger, anti-glare internal rearview mirror, front row assist grip and glove-box lid. These features combine to provide customers with a new dimension to multi-purpose usage developed and built exclusively for the Indian market and now for the race team too.

Mr. Kenichiro Yomura, MD & CEO of Nissan Motor India commented: “It gives us great pleasure to have been the Official Supplier of Light Commercial Vehicles to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 team having provided our class leading range of light commercial vehicles. The Evalia was the chosen vehicle for the second consecutive year for this year’s Indian Grand Prix. With add-on features in the new Evalia, we anticipate that it will continue to derive and highlight its characteristic of an urban class utility vehicle quite vividly to the team and our Indian customers too.”

“Christian Horner, Team Principal, of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, commented: “It’s the second year of our partnership with Nissan Motor Co. and we can only say that their support during the challenging times we face during the Formula One season is irreplaceable and a big contribution in executing the team’s plans with utmost efficiency. The Evalia has been our backbone for the majority of the logistics operations and we are sure that the new Evalia will only help us enhance our experience during our short but yet memorable tenure in India.”

Mr. Nitish Tipnis, Director – Sales & Marketing, Hover Automotive India (NSC for Nissan) commented: “We are pleased to have been associated once again with the Formula One World Champions, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, for the India Grand Prix. The new Nissan Evalia provided excellent support to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team. Constant innovation and product enhancement has been an integral part of our strategy at Nissan and the new Evalia reflects that seamlessly. The newly added features, based on customer feedback made the new Nissan Evalia a lot more comfortable for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team.”

The all new Nissan Evalia is powered by the globally-proven 1.5 dci inline-4 turbocharged diesel from Renault Nissan’s engine family, which churns out 85PS of power at 3750rpm and a maximum torque of 200Nm at 2000rpm. With a smooth-shifting five speed manual transmission, the Evalia delivers a fuel efficiency of 19.3kmpl of diesel (ARAI certified).

The new Evalia’s layout gives maximum cargo space with enhanced drive stability. The dramatic front end design with a three-dimensional, imposing angled strut grille and the character line on the body side add to the dynamic view of the vehicle.

Shanghai International Circuit thrives yet again with the roaring excitement of the Super Trofeo

Gentlemen drivers returned to China this weekend for the second time in this year’s Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series. The Shanghai International Circuit was packed with excitement as Italian luxury super sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini, together with Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Blancpain, brought the 5th round of this ultimate lifestyle experience to Shanghai, China.

Over the course of this year, new elements have entered into the Super Trofeo Asia Series to present a racing championship more dynamic than ever. While South Korea made its debut as host for the Super Trofeo, the scope of gentlemen drivers expanded with the first ever participants from India, Korea and Sri Lanka. Moreover, from Japan and Indonesia came this series’ first ever female contestants, who joined others this season to enjoy the uncompromising power and aerodynamic innovation of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013.

Shanghai International Circuit

The first round of this year’s Super Trofeo took place 5 months ago in May, also at the Shanghai International Circuit, where first place victories were grasped by Chinese drivers Jiang Xin, Xu Peng Kai and Zhang Zhen Dong. Considerable experience gained from the 3 ensuing rounds in Malaysia, Korea and Japan brought a promising outlook for Chinese drivers as they returned to familiar territory in round 5. As the last stop this season before the grand final in Macau, pleasure was evidently mixed with a high dose of competitiveness as gentlemen drivers gathered from across Asia to set their sights on victory this weekend.

Speaking on behalf of Automobili Lamborghini, Cristiano Inverni, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia Series Coordinator, said: “Lamborghini has this year enjoyed a lineup of world renowned race tracks in Sepang in Malaysia, Inje in Korea and Fuji in Japan. We’re here for the second time in China to not only bring more extraordinary driving opportunities to the magnificent and world class Shanghai International Circuit, but to demonstrate the sincere importance, on a global outlook, of Lamborghini’s continued commitment to the China market”.

Teams Line up in the Pit Lane Just Before the Race
A warm Shanghai autumn welcomed gentlemen drivers as they competed in the qualifying rounds and filled the circuit for the second time this season with the enraged roar of Lamborghini. Successfully claiming pole position was Johnson Yaptonaga and Manabu Orido (#63) of Indonesia and Japan respectively, whose admirable performance on this dynamic track put them ahead of their competitors for the races to come.

In race 1 on Saturday, group A’s Jiang Xin and Max Wiser (#9) – enjoying home support and passionate cheers from the crowd – won their third victory this season. A thriving performance from Dilantha Malagamuwa and Zen Low (#69) of Sri Lanka and Malaysia respectively was justly rewarded as the duo came in for second place, finishing ahead of Taiwan’s Han Lin and Hanss Lin (#36) who came in third. In Group B, Kim Tack Sung (#82) from South Korea won his first ever Super Trofeo victory, bringing the crowd a stunning display of showmanship in this first race. In second place, showing more impressive skills from Chinese drivers was Zheng Ting and Steven Lin (#66), who firmly held their positioning ahead of George Chou and Ida Masahiko (#24) of Taiwan and Japan respectively, who finished in third.

Gentlemen Drivers Set off for the Fifth Round of the Super Trofeo Asia Series 2013

In Race 2 on Sunday, a successive win in Group A was grasped with the uncompromising skills and performance of Jiang Xin and Max Wiser (#9), marking their 10th consecutive podium finish this season. In second place were Dilantha Malagamuwa and Zen Low (#69), who took their second climb to the podium at this stop, holding their position yet again ahead of Han Lin and Hanss Lin (#36), who enjoyed their 6th podium finish this season. In Group B, local team Zheng Ting and Steven Lin (#66) brought further emotional excitement to the home cheering crowd as they raced in for first place. In second, making his debut to the podium was Hong Kong’s Smart Tse (#16), while George Chou and Ida Masahiko (#24) enjoyed another successful race as they finished in third place for the second time this round.

Also this weekend, more thrills were brought to the Shanghai International Circuit with the 2013 Sports Car Champions Festival. At this event, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 joined other car models in a sports car experience which drew a brilliant spectacle of racing heritage on this outstanding circuit.

Victors Bathe in the Success of the Super Trofeo Asia Series

After an exciting 5th round, the final chase for victory is almost in sight. The competition for gentlemen drivers reaches a whole new level as they prepare to race the grand finale on the most challenging track yet, during one of the world’s most celebrated motor-racing events: the Macau Grand prix. As Macau hosts the Super Trofeo Asia Series for the first time ever, the Guia Circuit is the next venue for the ultimate lifestyle experience, before champions make their way to Rome for the world final of the Super Trofeo. With tight corners and bumpy and narrow surfacing, the final of the Super Trofeo Asia Series 2013 will culminate in a true test of confidence and control as drivers compete under the spectacle of global motor racing.

Further commenting on it, Jiang Xin (#9) said, “Today (Saturday) we enjoyed another victory for this season. We’ve faced many challenges, but my racing partner has been a great mentor and our good teamwork has been very important for the victories we enjoyed together in the Super Trofeo.”

Team Exchange Drivers

Mahindra to sell Apples from next month!

The $16 billion auto giant Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), who has conquered everything ranging from automobiles to aerospace, is now learnt to be “selling apples” in the Indian market soon.

However, it may sound a weird to a one, but the fact is, Indian carmaker planned to launch its fresh fruit brand ‘Saboro’, which means ‘taste’ in Spanish, by early November’13. For selling the new seldom in the market, it has tied up with the retailers like Godrej Nature’s Basket and Heritage Foods; meanwhile the Reliance Fresh is still in the discussion room. Overall, the tractor manufacturing organization is in full slush to build a sustainable business model that would include the entire agri value chain.

As per the information, launch will kick off with branded apples sourced from Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, where they had planned to sort them out as per their grades in 15 outlets in Hyderabad early next month. Adding further, the M&M will also add bananas and grapes – which it produces for export at present – and mangoes to stores in phase 2 of its launch.

Mahindra to sell Apples from next month!

Commenting on this initiative, K Ravindranath, head B&M (F&V) marketing, Heritage Foods said, “The Indian fruits and vegetables market today is faced with a challenge of delivering continuous and consistent quality fruits to the consumers. As a retailer our biggest struggle today is to deliver this consistency, for which we have to check every lot that comes to our stores. With Mahindra, we can be sure that a consistent product experience will be delivered to our consumers.”

Extending its reach, M&M has planned to mark its existence on a pan-India basis targeting major cities and mini metros for the next 8 to 12 months, along with the 200 organized retail outlets by their sides. It also has plans to start online sales through retailers and gourmet stores by mid 2014.

Source: ET

WRC Spain: Volkswagen conquers manufacturers’ title

Volkswagen has won the manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with an outstanding one-two victory at the Rally Spain. That means all the WRC titles for 2013 will go to the car maker from Wolfsburg. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ crown three weeks ago at the Rally France. The French duo went on to score an impressive win – their eighth this season – ahead of their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) at the “Rally de España”. As a result, Volkswagen has an unassailable lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship with one round still to go this season. Winning three titles in its debut year with the Polo R WRC is Volkswagen’s greatest motorsport achievement to date.

Volkswagen’s achievements in the 2013 WRC season are unparalleled. The German team clinched all of the titles in the top category of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in its debut year – the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship and the manufacturers’ trophy. No other manufacturer has managed to win a World Championship in its first year since the World Rally Championship began. Even in the history of Formula 1, no car maker has yet taken the title in its opening season through their own efforts. Volkswagen’s performance has exceeded all expectations. Originally, it was considered to have set itself ambitious goals by aiming for podium finishes in year one, round wins in the second year and championship titles in its third year.

Volkswagen conquers manufacturers

The Rally Spain was the only round in this season’s WRC series to cover both asphalt and gravel. The Volkswagen Polo R WRC proved to be a great all-rounder in these unique conditions: 13 of 15 best stage times and 26 of 45 possible top-three times went to the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg. The all-wheel-drive triumphed seven times on the nine asphalt stages and on all six gravel sections. Since the Polo R WRC first lined up in the WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo, it has racked up 132 of the 215 possible best stage times – that’s 61.4 per cent. Sébastien Ogier has put in 101 best stage times single-handedly so far this year.

Posted below final results and other statistics of FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Spain:


FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Spain, final results

1.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen

3h 33m 21.2s

2.

Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen

+ 32.9s

3.

Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Citroën

+ 1m 13.7s

4.

Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Ford

+ 1m 33.9s

5.

Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor (RUS/A), Ford

+ 2m 01.0s

6.

Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Ford

+ 2m 26.0s

7.

Martin Prokop/Michal Ernst (CZ/CZ), Ford

+ 4m 55.8s

8.

Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Ford

+ 6m 55.7s

9.

Robert Kubica/Maciej Baran (PL/PL), Citroën

+ 11m 14.1s

10.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari/Killian Duffy (QA/IRL), Ford

+ 13m 26.8s



FIA World Rally Championship(WRC), points standings
Drivers’ classification

points

1.

Sébastien Ogier

265

2.

Thierry Neuville

158

3.

Jari-Matti Latvala

144

4.

Mikko Hirvonen

126

5.

Daniel Sordo

117

6.

Mads Østberg

89

7.

Sébastien Loeb

68

8.

Evgeny Novikov

67

9.

Martin Prokop

55

10.

Andreas Mikkelsen

40

11.

Nasser Al-Attiyah

30

12.

Robert Kubica

18

13.

Elfyn Evans

16

14.

Bryan Bouffier

10

15.

Juho Hänninen

8

16.

Chris Atkinson

8

17.

Hayden Paddon

8

18.

Michał Kosciuszko

7

19.

Ken Block

6

20.

Jari Ketomaa

6

21.

Khalid Al Qassimi

5

22.

Sepp Wiegand

4

23.

Henning Solberg

4

24.

Benito Guerra

4

25.

PG Andersson

4

26.

Nathan Quinn

4

27.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari

2

28.

Oliver Burri

1

29.

Yazeed Al Rajhi

1

30.

Esapekka Lappi

1

31.

Romain Dumas

1

Manufacturers’ classification

points

1.

Volkswagen Motorsport

382

2.

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

274

3.

Qatar M-Sport WRT

174

4.

Qatar WRT

169

5.

Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT

63

6.

Jipocar Czech National Team

57

7.

Volkswagen Motorsport II

40

8.

Lotos WRC Team

20

 

Nissan Safety Driving Forum Phase-2 Commences in India

As a commitment to Blue Citizenship, Nissan’s social responsibility platform, Nissan announced the launch of Phase-2 of the Nissan Safety Driving Forum in Hyderabad, to raise awareness about road safety and highlight the benefits of safety technologies in cars. The second phase began in Bangalore last week and will cover five prominent cities in India.

The two-day activity will enable participants to learn about road safety through simulator devices and emcee interaction. At the safety forum, participants will learn about the importance of seatbelts and airbags through simulators.

Announcing the launch, Mr. Kenichiro Yomura, President & CEO, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, said, “As a serious automobile manufacturer, Nissan is responsible for contributing to road safety. The Nissan Safety Driving Forum increases the awareness of safety amongst Indians and explains to them the key rules of car safety as well as safe driving techniques and technologies. This will also make the potential car user a better informed and safer driver contributing to overall reductions in traffic accidents in the future.”

Nissan Safety Driving Forum
Present at the location, Mr. Ajay Raghuvanshi – Vice President, Business Management, Nissan Motor India Private Limited, stated, “NSDF is our initiative towards developing safe mindsets in India and creating awareness about road safety. Our initiative was well received earlier this year in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and therefore, we have launched the second phase.”

Nissan Safety Driving Forum Phase-2 Commences in India
Nissan supports the reduction of fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents, and Nissan Safety Driving Forum represents a INR 90 Mn investment to date, underlining the company’s commitment to contribute to the new, growing mobile society.

Nissan Terrano

Added for the last, Blue Citizenship is the commitment of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. to realize our vision of Enriching People’s Lives. We commit to our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities where we do business to deliver engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility for all. Through our business activities, we aim to create economic value and to actively contribute towards the development of a sustainable society.

2013 Nissan Terrano

Scania launches Marine Engines in India

From Sweden, Commercial vehicles and engine manufacturer Scania launched its marine engine platform with the high-output 16-litre V8, the powerful 13-litre and the new 9-litre engines at INMEX India 2013 some days back, South Asia’s Largest and Most Successful Maritime Event organized by Informa Exhibitions India, part of the UK based Informa plc.

The company, which announced its foray into the engine segment in India in June this year at INTEC in Coimbatore, will now also be catering to the marine segment with this launch.

“Scania is committed to providing customers a complete lineup of clean diesel and natural gas engines that will deliver better fuel economy, reliability and durability, with lower operating costs,” stated Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director Scania Commercial Vehicle India and Senior Vice President Scania Group. “Scania remains focused on continually improving our proven technology to provide products that best meet the unique needs of our customers.”

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses as well as industrial and marine engines, with an excellent reputation and highly loyal customers. Every year Scania builds more than 80,000 engines, making Scania one of the most experienced engine manufacturers in the industry. Around the world, in many different applications, Scania engines are found in trucks, buses, industrial and marine operation, as well as in the power generation sector. Scania offers a wide range of industrial engines ranging from the emission standard Stage II/Tier 2 to the present Stage IIIB and Tier 4i.

Scania launches Marine Engines

Scania now launches the marine engine range in India and has appointedAries Technical Services, Mumbai as their authorized dealers for marine engines in the segment of propulsion, auxiliary and marine gensets for all institutional segments. Scania also recently announced the launch of its power engines in June this year.

Scania marine engine range illustrates maximum uptime, proven reliability and outstanding operating economy and powerful packages built on Scania’s modular product system, which simplifies servicing and parts management, and facilitates individual specifications as well as volume production.

The engines build on a long tradition of compact power packs that share both technology and architecture with Scania’s truck and bus engines. This makes for easy installation and exceptional performance.

Key characteristics of Scania’s marine engine range

Fuel economy, reliability and uptime

Traditional easy-to-service Scania architecture with individual cylinder heads

Modular design across the range facilitates parts supply and servicing

Scania engine management system – performance can be tailored to each task

Compliance with latest emission standards

Type approved

As Scania now launches the marine engine range in India, the company will also be offering power generation engines and Industrial engines through its network which will be established.

Moreover, Scania is investing about Rs. 2.5bn in an industrial facility in Bengaluru. This facility will also be the centre of the company’s commercial operations in the country. Scania’s ambition is to sell about 2,000 trucks, 1,000 coaches per year in the Indian market within the next five years.

The factory is being constructed in an industrial area 40 km east of Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka state in southern India. It is estimated that almost 800 people will be employed at the facility in long term.

The industrial operations will consist of final assembly of trucks with bodywork and building of complete coaches with bodywork. The head office of Scania’s Indian company, complete with a service workshop and a central parts warehouse, will be housed at the same site.

Scania has been represented in the Indian market since 2007, when a partnership was initiated with Larsen & Toubro (L&T). L&T has successfully established Scania’s trucks and services and has developed a close partnership with customers in the mining industry. L&T currently operates about 10 Scania service workshops at various mining sites in the country and continues to be a trusted partner for off road including mining trucks.

In 2011, Scania established the company Scania Commercial Vehicles India in order to boost its presence through sales to additional segments of the Indian commercial vehicle market. Scania recently launched a new range of on-road haulage truck models specially adapted for the Indian market – the R 500 6×4, the G 460 6×4 and the P 410 6×2. The P 410 8×4 mining tipper was launched in December 2012.

In the beginning of 2013 Scania launched a new coach range, especially for the Indian market. The new coach range is offered in three models and is a purpose-designed coach for luxury intercity or charter travels.