Mahesh Kodumudi Appointed as New President and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group India

Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, is appointed Group Chief Representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with immediate effect. With effect from 1st May 2014, Mr. Thierry Lespiaucq will take over as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. Mr. Arvind Saxena has resigned from his position as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division in India with immediate effect.

Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi (48), President & Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited is taking over the additional role of Group Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group India with immediate effect. He follows in this position which was formerly held by Mr. Gerasimos Dorizas, who returned to Europe in December 2013.

With effect from 1st May 2014, Mr. Thierry Lespiaucq (58), currently Volkswagen Brand Director, Volkswagen de Mexico, has been appointed as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. He succeeds Mr. Kodumudi, who had temporarily taken over the additional responsibilities as Head of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited last December.

Mahesh Kodumudi Appointed as New President and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group India

Mr. Thierry Lespiaucq has been in the automotive industry for thirty five years. He joined the Volkswagen Group as Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars for Volkswagen Group France in May 2004. Before joining Volkswagen Group, he was CEO of Renault-Nissan Suisse and Toyota France and spent 14 years at General Motors handling Sales, After Sales and Service.

Mr. Arvind Saxena (54), who led the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division as Director for the last 18 months has decided to leave Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited by end of February 2014.

Skoda VisionC design concept – The next stage in the Skoda model campaign

As a part of the most comprehensive model campaign in the brand’s history, Skoda is renewing and expanding its model range. The design language of the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé ‘Skoda VisionC’ introduces the next evolutionary step in Skoda design: The design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional and underpins the dawn of the brand. At the same time the five-door Coupe concept demonstrates the possibilities in innovative and emotional chassis design.

For more than 100 years, Skoda has been manufacturing cars with high demands on design. Skoda is once again emphasizing the traditional brand’s expertise in design and engineering through the ‘Skoda VisionC’ design concept.

“We are signaling the next stage in the evolution of Skoda’s design language with ‘Skoda VisionC’, and thus highlighting the dawn of the brand. The vehicle demonstrates the company’s outstanding design and engineering expertise, and underpins the dynamism and value of one of the world’s longest-established automotive companies.” says Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, Skoda CEO.

Skoda VisionC design concept

As a five-door Coupé, the ‘Skoda VisionC’ features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion.

In addition to its creative ambition, the ‘Skoda VisionC’ impressively demonstrates the Skoda engineers’ concept of ingenuity; design, engineering, space, functionality and the emotional coupé shape combine in compelling unity. The ‘Skoda VisionC’ provides plenty of room for four people and their luggage.

Skoda VisionC design

The large boot and excellent loading capacity are characteristic of Skoda. Modern MQB technology, approaching series-produced drive systems, low weight and optimized aerodynamics also demonstrate the high potential of responsible individual mobility.

Under the bonnet, we find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine. On natural gas, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per kilometre, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. ŠKODA has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today’s conventional drive technology.

Skoda VisionC design

2014 Geneva Motor Show: A Handy Round-Up Of What You Can Expect

2014 Geneva Motor Show starts on 3rd March, so we have created a handy roundup of what you can expect. The 84th Geneva Auto Show is a relative return to normalcy, considering 2013’s extravaganza of exotic vehicles such as Lamborghini Veneno and Ferrari LaFerrari. The wild stuff will still be there; however this Geneva Show will provide a better balance of vehicles for all budget types. It is one of the most prestigious significant annual events in the automotive industry and is known for its open feel and relatively compact size. Major automobile manufacturing companies are right alongside tiny upstart carmakers and supercar firms. It is also one of the most important and biggest shows of the world with models including Alfa Romeo 4C, Ferrari LaFerrari, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Audi A3.

The doors will open on 3rd March, during which time over 10,000 media representatives from all over the world and over 700,000 fans will walk the aisles and scrutinize all the vehicles. We already known that there will be world debuts of new Audi TT, Lamborghini Huracan, Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The 2014 Geneva Motor Show includes over 900 cars, dozens of concept and new model introductions, a retrospective of 90 years of 24 Hours of Le Mans and test track for electric vehicles. So before we grab our passports and head to Switzerland, we wanted to give a peek at the most significant vehicles at 2014’s Geneva Auto Show. Read our guide below to see what will be on display at the show.

84th Geneva Motor Show 2014: Key Cars

  • Peugeot 108/Citroen C1 – The French brands unveil their new urban runabouts
  • Audi TT – The all-new version of the company’s sports coupe as trailed by All-road Shooting Brake concept in Detroit
  • Honda Civic Type-R – The automaker’ hot hatchback arrives in prototype form; expect impressive spoiler and high-revving drama
  • Ford Focus – An extensive redesign of ever-popular Ford Focus engineered for adding some more sparkle to its looks
  • Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe – The 2-door version of new S-Class promises devastating pace and abject luxury
  • Lamborghini Huracan – A replacement to Lamborghini Gallardo takes a bow in the carbon fiber/metal

2014 Geneva Motor Show: Full Details

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo MiTo QV, Alfa Romeo 4C Targa Concept, and Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

The word is that Alfa Romeo will wow Geneva crowds with Targa-roofed version of 4C sportscar. What we know for sure is that there are new models of Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde and Alfa Romeo Giulietta on the stand. The upgraded Giulietta QV will be motivated by a 1.75 liter turbocharged petrol aluminum engine from Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, which is good for pulsating 237 horsepower.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB9 Carbon White and Carbon Black and Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

The British automaker is planning to launch two special edition models at the show, the V8 Vantage N43 will be joined by DB9 Carbon White that’s also offered n Carbon Black. The new models mark 101 years of AM production with cosmetic and mechanical changes marking them out over standard models.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430


Audi RS4 Nogaro, Audi S3 Convertible and Audi S1

Audi is likely to expand its S range with the forthcoming S1. Speculation of performance focused A1 has been fierce since the vehicle’s introduction 4 years ago. And while we have already driven the limited edition A1 Quattro and a prototype, the S1 Sportback and S1 will take place in Geneva. The S1 is expected to be a strong rival in the hatchback segment with turbocharged 2.0 liter powerplant and Quattro all wheel drive system from S3. The 2014 Audi S1 takes the proven framework of A1 premium subcompact hatch as its basis, injects it with 231PS of TFSI-derived thrust and shores up the result with Quattro four-wheel-drive that appears for the first time in a series production car in this class.

Audi teased the aesthetic of TT with Allroad Shooting Brake in Detroit, and with the spy shots of pre-production TT prototypes, we have a pretty good idea about what the all-new model will look like. The Audi TT is one of the most iconic vehicles in our range. Both Roadster and Coupé are offered with fuel-efficient TDI powerplant and road holding Quattro all-wheel-drive – the same technologies which have given us unprecedented success in Le Mans 24-hour race. There is also a wide choice of optional upholsteries and alloys for ultimate comfort. It all means that you can enjoy driving the Audi TT purely for pleasure.

Audi S3 Convertible

Audi will be introducing the S3 range at Geneva Motor Show too. The S3 Convertible will be equipped with Quattro all wheel drive system that sends power to all the four wheels and a 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant, which is good for producing 296 horsepower. Geneva is a busy show for Audi, with the company also introducing the RS4 Nogaro – a special edition of fast estate vehicle with new interior and paint job for celebrating 20 years since RS2 Avant was introduced.


BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW used the show in Detroit for showcasing the new BMW M4 and M3 for the first time, so it will be tricky to generate the same level of excitement in Geneva. Nonetheless, it does look like we will see the launch of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the first ever front wheel drive multipurpose vehicle of BMW.

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will also be on BMW stand. The stunning new 4 Series Gran Coupe combines 4-door practicality with coupe lines and provides the sleek look of a 2-door coupe with functionality provided by 4 doors. While it is identical in width and length to 4 Series Coupe, the roof of Gran Coupe is 12mm higher and stretches 112mm further back, leaving more headroom for rear seat passengers. Details of the more practical 4 Series Coupe were released earlier and the vehicle will go on sale in June in UK.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer


Citroen C4 Cactus Aventure concept, Citroen Cactus, Citroen C5 CrossTourer and Citroen C1

Another show star at 2014 Geneva Motor Show will be Citroen C4 Cactus. You can make your own minds up on the styling; suffice to say it is an acquired taste and is sure to spur lively debate as they start appearing on the roads. It carries a new yet simpler approach to design and focuses on usability and comfort, rather than performance. The production version retains the stunning design showcased by concept at Frankfurt Auto Show. The automaker will also reveal the latest version of C1 city vehicle and will be a sister car to Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo both of which will be introduced in Geneva.

Citroen C4 Cactus Aventure concept


Ferrari California T

Elegant, sporty and versatile: that’s the Ferrari California. Since 1950s, this particular model has been the Prancing Horse’s finest embodiment of all three attributes. Now, however, the new California T adds a radical innovation to that honorable tradition whilst still retaining the vehicle’s highly renowned versatility. The T in its moniker refers to the development of new turbocharged eight-cylinder powerplant, which fuses fuel consumption and reduced emissions with exceptional performance underscored by blistering pick-up because of torque curve which adapts to suit every gear change and zero turbo lag. Equally, the RHT or retractable hard top transforms the T from a chic coupé into sleekly sophisticated spider in just 14 seconds.

2014 Ferrari California T


Ford Mustang, Ford Edge Concept and Ford Focus Facelift

Ford’s huge effort to grow its European product portfolio continues apace. Star of its stand will be the redesigned Ford Focus, which will take styling direction from latest Fiesta with large front grille dominating the nose. New engine choices and updated cabin will also be included. In addition to Focus, the American automaker will give us a taste of the future with a look at the upcoming Edge Sports Utility Vehicle and Mustang that are both due in 2015.

Ford Mustang


Honda Civic Type R Concept

Designers call the Honda Civic Type R Concept a racing car for the road. Dramatically flared wheelarches with vents behind them, full width diffuser with four exhausts and enormous rear wing with incorporated LED brake lights make the Type R look more like a touring vehicle than something engineered for daily commuting. Honda is promising at least 276 horsepower from direct injection 2.0 liter turbocharged engine; however the Geneva Auto Show concept will give us our best idea of how the vehicle will look when it arrives in 2015.

Honda Civic Type R Concept


Hyundai Intrado Concept and Hyundai Genesis

The Hyundai Intrado concept will be showcased to the public for the first time in Geneva. The crossover is likely to feature a pioneering fuel-cell system and is sure to turn heads; with its radical new design direction. More than a styling exercise, the South Korean said the Intrado demonstrates the company’s belief that intelligent design and advanced vehicle technologies can fuse to engage more effectively with passengers and driver.

The Hyundai Genesis range kick off with V6 petrol 3.8 liter engine together with V8 5.0 liter topping the range. All wheel drive is also an option. The Genesis is a luxury sedan model which was originally shown in Detroit; however Europe will get its first look at the car ‘in the metal’ at Geneva show. As Hyundai’s ambition to drive the brand upmarket gains pace, the automaker will show its all-new Mercedes Benz S-Class rivaling Genesis at Geneva Motor Show. It will available in United Kingdom with right hand drive later in 2014.

Hyundai Intrado Concept


Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is a high performance and one of the most practical models in its range. Set to arrive at Geneva Auto Show, the Sportbrake joins the XKR-S and XFR-S Sedan as the third member of the ballistic R-S family. Like its siblings, it is propelled by a 5.0 liter V8 supercharged engine that generates 680 newton meters of torque and 542 horsepower that’s enough to rocket it from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds.

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake


Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 is a sports car developed and designed by Lamborghini which replaces Lamborghini Gallardo, the company’s most produced car and sales leader. It made its auto show debut at 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and is scheduled to be released in spring this year. The Huracan’s name is inspired by a Spanish fighting bull, similar to various other Lamborghini car vehicles. Huracan was a bull known for its courage which fought in 1879. During the global preview tour specially organized for VIP Lamborghini clients, the Huracan LP 610-4 has registered 700 preorders. The Geneva Motor Show will be where it is officially revealed, and it is the first car that will be shown at the event. The Convertible model is also on the way; but don’t expect that to arrive till 2015.

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4


Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate and Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe

The Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate provides a choice of 3 model lines, each fusing high levels of equipment with unique styling, outside and inside. The Executive SE features LED daytime running lights, sports radiator grille with central star, Easy-Pack automatic powered tailgate and Artico leather* upholstery. Opting for the AMG Sport Edition will give you lowered sports suspension, AMG details throughout the interior and muscular AMG body styling with 17 inch AMG alloy wheels. At last, the C63 AMG Estate combines premium design with exceptional performance – from ‘6.3 AMG’ lettering on front wings and stylish chrome roof rails to AMG Performance flat-rimmed steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather.

In Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe, you will find all the hallmarks of classic 2-door bearing the 3-Pointed Star — given a visionary new interpretation which propels the highest expression of MB coupe into the future. In the interior, intelligence and emotion run high in a striking fusion of time honored craftsmanship and cutting edge technology. Effortless power delivery comes courtesy of a sophisticated, V8 4.6-liter powerplant, with overwhelming handling offered by MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension, a technology which scans the road surface ahead and automatically adjusts to improve ride comfort. Add a full complement of Intelligent Drive assistance and safety technologies, and the S-Class Coupe leaves no doubt that the next chapter of “The best or nothing” will have everyone on the edge of their seats.

Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe


MINI John Cooper Works Concept and MINI Clubman Concept

Two concept vehicles are in the pipeline for MINI’s Geneva show stand, which will be shown alongside the company’s new 3rd generation hatch. The first is a look at next-gen Clubman. We have already spied the production vehicle, so expect it to confirm the 6-door layout – replacing it predecessor’s controversial Clubdoor rear door. It is likely to be larger, too, rivaling the Volkswagen Golf Estate for load lugging ability. The MNI John Cooper Works was initially showcased at Detroit; however will make its European debut at Geneva. MINI has called it a concept but in reality it’s a thinly veiled version of production model. It will be motivated by a tuned version of turbocharged 2.0 liter powerplant in current Cooper S, pulsating around 217 horsepower.

MINI John Cooper Works Concept


Peugeot 308 SW, Peugeot 108

Peugeot’s attempt at Volkswagen Golf Estate rival will be shown at Geneva Motor Show. The 308 SW offers 610 litres of boot space that’s bigger as compared to SEAT Leon estates and Golf – and the most efficient model emits only 85g/km of CO2. Peugeot has also cut 140kg from the weight; thanks to new EMP2 platform that helps further boost economy. The automaker will also show its all-new city vehicle, which will replace 108. It is a sister car to Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 – new versions of which will also be shown at Geneva.

Peugeot 308 SW


Skoda VisionC Coupe Concept

As a 5-door Coupe, the Skoda VisionC features a new dynamic, emotional and expressive design language. The interplay of slightly contoured, soft convex and concave surfaces, in addition to precise, sharp lines creates an immediate impact. The proportions and surfaces demonstrate clear arrangement and a stunning interaction of shadow and light. The front has an air of energy and confidence, whereas the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with radical conclusion. Besides its creative ambition, the VisionC impressively demonstrates the ŠKODA engineers’ concept of design, ingenuity; space, engineering, emotional coupé shape and functionality combine in compelling unity. It offers comfortable seating for four passengers with plenty of space for luggage.

The excellent loading capacity and large boot are characteristic of Skoda. Modern MQB technology, approaching optimized aerodynamics, low weight and series-produced drive systems also demonstrate the high potential of responsible individual mobility. Beneath the hood, you will find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo powerplant. On natural gas, it consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per 100km, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km.

Skoda VisionC Coupe Concept


Volkswagen Polo Facelift

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into a Volkswagen showroom again, the automaker has announced another 4 Polo model, to add to the facelift announced less than a month ago. The Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo TSI BlueMotion, Cross Polo and Polo BlueGT will premiere at Geneva Motor Show next week, with cleaner running petrol and diesel powerplants, for which the company is claiming as much as 21% lower fuel consumption. Till now, BlueMotion has meant specifically turbodiesel power; now, for the first time, there is a Polo TSI BlueMotion with an all-new, 3-cylinder 66kW, turbo petrol engine. VW says it is the most fuel efficient petrol driven 5-seater vehicle in the world with a combined cycle figure of just 4.1 litres per 100km.

Volkswagen Polo Facelift

Volvo Concept Estate

The final chapter of Volvo’s concept car trilogy has arrived after few teasers earlier this week, in addition to some recently leaked images, and as we so astutely summarized previously, it’s a brown shooting brake. Really, we couldn’t think of a better type of vehicle to follow up the Concept Coupe from Frankfurt Auto Show, the Concept XC Coupe from Detroit Motor Show and complete the Swedish trinity of concepts.

It is better to think of Concept Estate as a classier yet hipper cousin to the Concept Coupe. The two are virtually identical below the beltline, featuring front fascias which are indistinguishable from each other. Both cars wear wide, rectangular grilles inspired by classic Volvo vehicles and T-shaped headlamps Where the Concept Estate differs, obviously, is with its longer roof and more functional rear end. We have already seen the svelte XC Coupe and Coupe Concept; however the 3rd in the trilogy is likely to be a new interpretation of the company’s bread-and-butter model. Expect its design to influence the new V70, due in 2015.

Volvo Concept Estate

Arvind Saxena is the New President & Managing Director of GM India

General Motors recently announced the appointment of Arvind Saxena as the new President & Managing Director of GM India with effect from 1 March 2014. Arvind will succeed Lowell Paddock, who is moving to GM International Operations (GMIO) as Vice President, Planning & Programme Management.

“We are delighted to have Arvind join our team and with his extensive experience, lead us in to a successful future in India, with its significant growth potential. GM is committed to India and with Arvind’s leadership, we look forward to recognizing the long-term growth potential of the market” said Stefan Jacoby, GM Executive Vice President and President, GM International Operations.

Arvind has more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and management with several Indian and global automakers. He began his career in 1983 as an Area Manager in the Motorcycles and Scooter Division of Escorts Ltd. He moved to Bajaj Auto in 1992, where he held the post of Regional Manager of North India. Three years later, he joined Maruti Udyog as Regional Manager of Western India. After a year at Fiat India in 1999 as General Manager, he returned to Maruti as General Manager of Sales and later was promoted to Chief General Manager of Sales.

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI

Prior to his appointment at GM, Arvind was Managing Director of Passenger Cars (VW brands) and a member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group Sales India.

Arvind has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lucknow University.

Lowell, who has led GM India since January 2012, joined GM in 1992. He has held senior positions in planning, programme management and marketing in North America, Europe and Asia. He was GMIO Vice President, Planning & Programme Management, before assuming responsibility for GM India.

Stefan also thanked Paddock for his leadership at GM India in the last two years.

Tata Motors steps up its on-going campaign against counterfeit spares

To protect its customers from the menace of counterfeit spares, Tata Motors has launched a systematic multi-pronged campaign against the sale of spurious spare parts, under the brand name of Tata Genuine Parts (TGP).

As part of its on-going enforcement campaign, Tata Motors launched nationwide raids, to expose the burgeoning spurious spares parts business. So far, Tata Motors has conducted 33 successful raids in and around, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Solapur, Kolhapur, Latur, Sangli, Satara area, and around 125 raids across the country.

The enforcement team including the IPR enforcement, copyrights protection agencies, Tata Motors’ TGP team and the legal team, have been working closely to identify both manufacturing units and selling outlets / locations of counterfeit spares and packaging centres, across major cities and trade hubs of India.

Tata Motors steps up its on-going campaign against counterfeit spares

Based on complaints from Tata Motors’ sources, the local area police along with the enforcement agencies launched raid operations against violators at the following locations in Maharashtra:-

  1. SS Clutch Co, Mumbai -Thane godown
  2. Viking Automobiles, Dahisar, Mumbai
  3. Shiv Motors, Kalamboli, Mumbai
  4. Gurukripa Spares, Kalamboli, Mumbai
  5. Mukesh Automobiles, Ulhasnagar, Mumbai
  6. Kamlesh Automobiles, Ulhasnagar, Mumbai
  7. Ravi Motor Parts, Ulhasnagar, Mumbai
  8. Deepak Motors, Pune
  9. Nirmal Automobiles, Pune
  10. Parth Enterprises, Katraj, Pune
  11. Pragati Automobiles, Katraj, Pune
  12. Atul Automobiles, Temburni, Solapur
  13. Pawan Motors, Latur
  14. Puja Auto, Yeola, Nashik
  15. India Battery, Yeola, Nashik
  16. Anand Motors, Sangli
  17. Rajkamal Auto Stores, Kolhapur
  18. New Abid Auto, Nagpur
  19. Memon Motor House, Nagpur
  20. India Tempo House, Satara

The most easily duplicated products include clutch parts, air/ oil /fuel filters, belts, hoses, ball joints, seals, suspension items like liners and brake pads, gear parts, syncrocone, gaskets. For these, counterfeit packaging, labels and various other fast moving parts were being manufactured and distributed to the market from these locations.

According to Mr. Rajesh Bagga, Vice President – Legal, Tata Motors, “The use of spurious parts poses a safety risk to consumers. Data shows that over 50% of spares for all popular brands sold in the market are fake and unreliable. Studies also show that 70% of consumers opt for fake spares instead of visiting authorised service centres, once the warranty period on the vehicle has expired. Customer Awareness is the key to curb sale of counterfeit products, prompting Tata Motors to generate countrywide awareness campaigns about safety risks posed by spurious / counterfeit spare parts.”

The TGP team has launched a series of pilfer-proof plastic packaging for Gear and Differential Parts as well as lazer marking with Tata Logo. A slew of security enriched packaging stickers and labels and the Tata Dhaal hologram on the packaging, as an identification mark, aids to provide customers with additional assurance when they buy Tata Motors spares. Tata Motors has also kick-started regular Mechanic and Retailer Meets and various outreach programs through the Spare Parts Distributors, educating the influencers and end customers on the various initiatives taken by the company to control the counterfeit parts.

Tata Motors is committed to protect its end user from being cheated with counterfeit, duplicate, imitated or fake parts and would continue its action against proliferation of these parts in the market.

Mahindra Launches e2o in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Mahindra Group, a USD 16.7 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of Bhutan for a strategic partnership to promote the usage of electric vehicles in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

On this occasion, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited, India’s electric vehicles pioneer and a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group, announced the launch of its all-electric, zero-emission ‘Mahindra e2o’ in Thimphu, the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The launch of the Mahindra e2o in Bhutan is part of the Mahindra Group’s larger commitment to partner with the Government of Bhutan in its vision to create a sustainable, clean and green society.

The Mahindra e2o will be available in 3 variants and priced at 6.99 Ngultrum (ex-showroom Bhutan) for the base variant, 7.99 Ngultrum (ex-showroom Bhutan) for the premium variant and 8.39 Ngultrum (ex-showroom Bhutan) for the premium variant with Quick2Charge.

The Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay and Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director & President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Chairman, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. were present during the MoU signing and at the launch.

Mahindra Launches e2o in the Kingdom of Bhutan

The MoU inks a strategic partnership between the Mahindra Group and the Government of Bhutan to introduce electric vehicles and the requisite charging infrastructure for the country. The introduction of the Mahindra e2o, through the Mahindra Group’s subsidiary, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd., is the first step in this direction. The Government of Bhutan will provide the required charging infrastructure support for the successful deployment of the Mahindra e2o and for the other electric vehicles from the Mahindra stable to be launched in the future.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pawan Goenka, said, “The association between Bhutan and India is one which goes back a long way. It is a matter of pride for an Indian company like ours to be associated with Bhutan in such an important initiative to co-create and nurture a sustainable ecosystem. With the Mahindra e2o we are taking the lead in not only creating a comprehensive ecosystem to nurture sustainable mobility solutions, but also partnering Bhutan to redefine the future of urban mobility.”

Dr. Goenka further added, “Given the increasing fuel prices and carbon footprint, we need ample awareness around the benefits of electric vehicles and the initiative taken by the Government of Bhutan is a bold and path-breaking statement that is highly commendable. Little wonder then that the country’s social, economic, political and spiritual foundations are rooted in the idea of Gross National Happiness, the main thread for a country’s development.”

The Mahindra e2o is a manifestation of Mahindra’s vision of the Future of Mobility, expressed by the 5C’s framework – Clean, Convenient, Connected, Clever and Cost Effective. It is expected to set the standards for clean and affordable road transportation in Bhutan as well as provide an impetus towards a clean and green future.

Speaking at the launch of the Mahindra e2o, Chetan Maini, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Mahindra e2o is a near perfect amalgam of the dramatic advancements in automotive technology, electronics and Information Technology. The vehicle offers innovative features such as the Hill Hold control and advanced regenerative braking which will be very useful while driving in the hilly terrains of Bhutan.. We are certain that the cutting-edge technological innovation that has gone into the Mahindra e2o will help our customers in Bhutan remain connected in a convenient, cool and cost-effective manner.”

Mahindra will work in collaboration with the Government of Bhutan, to create a sustainable ecosystem for electric mobility, through the following:

Initially map out the Kingdom’s Electric Vehicle and charging infrastructure requirement.

  • Work towards introducing affordable Electric Vehicles in Bhutan for public and private commuting
  • Work towards developing the regular and fast charging infrastructure
  • Establishing through our partners’ local service and maintenance network to monitor and manage Electric Vehicles

Skoda Revises Rapid Range for 2014

Skoda Rapid now got a revision for its whole range. The Czech based carmaker has made available the Active, Ambition Plus and Elegance trims of its entry level sedan in the showroom, which earlier were discontinued. The equipments remain the same as they were there earlier.

On specifications, Ambition Plus trim equips kits like dual front airbags, steering-mounted controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear-shift and hand-brake lever, Bluetooth and USB compatibility. For the upper hand of range i.e. Elegance trim, Skoda has added the 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control and projector headlamps to the aforesaid package.

In short, as we too are well informed with the fact, Rapid is in the need of hard push to conquer the market captivation. To its results, a good numbers of 2013 model cars are still available with the dealers in their stockyard, which they will roll it off for a hefty discount. So those who are looking to buy a Skoda Rapid this season, can crack the deal for a quite least-expensive amount. The carmaker has given a mild facelift to Rapid in the October 2013, so no to worry of feeling outdated with that year’s match.

Skoda Revises Rapid Range for 2014

2014 Skoda Rapid prices


  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Active MT Rs 7.09 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Ambition Plus MT Rs 7.99 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Elegance MT Rs 8.59 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Ambition Plus AT Rs 8.96 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Elegance AT Rs 9.55 lakh


  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Active MT Rs 8.26 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Ambition Plus MT Rs 9.06 lakh
  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 Elegance MT Rs 9.61 lakh

(All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Volvo Concept Estate Gets Official: Ahead of Geneva Debut

Volvo Car Group will be using Geneva Auto Show for revealing the third in a series of concept vehicles, the Volvo Concept Estate, which continues the widely admired exterior design language unveiled in first two concept models; however for the first time unveils how the interior of upcoming vehicles will both function and look. The most stunning interior design feature of Concept Estate is its simplicity. The conventional selection of controls and buttons have been replaced by one large tablet PC-like touchscreen display control panel in the centre console, bringing the interior firmly into 21st century. Mr. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design, Volvo Car Group said the basic idea is to organize information and controls in a perfectly user-friendly and intuitive way. Everything is exactly where you expect it to be, making the drive more safe, efficient and enjoyable.

In cooperation with the automaker’s specially designed software, the touchscreen display will be the main control panel for in-car user experience. It replaces all knobs, controls and buttons except for few crucial functions like window heaters, hazard warning, play-pause and volume. It also interacts flawlessly with digital instrument cluster in front. Mr. Robin Page, Design Director Interior at Volvo Car Group said not having to deal with controls and buttons for an increasing number of functionalities is like being freed from a pair of handcuffs. This has made it possible to design a beautiful interior architecture around portrait screen. The all-new Volvo Concept Estate showcases how this user interface will be incorporated in upcoming models.

Volvo Concept Estate

Volvo is an organization, which redefined the Estate vehicle by fusing practicality, sturdiness and functionality with performance. The XC70 and V70 are amongst the most respected Station Wagons in the market and the all-new Volvo Concept Estate points to how the automaker could capitalize on this heritage in its upcoming vehicles. The company has been on a winning streak with its concept vehicles. The Concept Coupe was named Car of the Show by the leading German Auto Magazine at Frankfurt Auto Show, whereas the Concept XC Coupe received luxurious Eyes ON Design award at Detroit Auto Show. Global attention on concept vehicles of Volvo has been intensifying as they offer the first significant clues as to how the subsequent vehicles and much-anticipated and all-new XC90 sports utility vehicle will look. The XC90 is due to be introduced later in 2013.

Learning from history

Mr. Thomas said the rear of Concept Estate echoes the design of Volvo 1800 ES from early 1970s. The 18th Century models are iconic Volvos, renowned for their beautiful detailing and forms. Nonetheless, using elements from their interior and exterior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to glorious past for creating a future in which sheer beauty becomes recognized part of the automaker’s identity. The subtle inspiration from classic models is also evident on several details inside Concept Estate, including the instrument panel, dials and 2-spoke steering wheel.

Volvo Concept Estate interiors

Mr. Page explains the initial 40 years of Volvo history was characterized by high quality materials and classic craftsmanship. We are merging this vital part of our brand DNA with more recent focus on smart functionality and technology. In Volvo Concept Estate we also add the creative side of Scandinavia. The result is an exotic interior with beautiful detailing and genuine materials.

Beautiful and Different

Applying this approach to iconic estate car that’s the essence of versatile Volvo functionality – creates a car which is both different and beautiful. The generous dash to low bonnet, axle ratio, glass roof and sleek silhouette all contribute to the dynamic impression, yet capable 3-door sports wagon. The contrast between the 21-inch bright 5-spoke wheels and the deep, dark brown pear color contributes to the modern, cool aura.

Just like the Concept XC Coupé and Concept Coupé, the face of Volvo Concept Estate is distinguished by new topography on floating grille and bonnet, flanked by headlamps equipped with T-shaped DRL light guides. The taillight signature is another unique element in Volvo Cars’ new design direction.

Swedish Inside And Out

Thomas explains colorful and extrovert trends within modern Swedish design and lifestyle have been powerful sources of inspiration for design team. Passengers in all 4 seats are embraced by orange seat belts, whereas the unique, woven wool carpets from Kasthall, Swedish designer have the same deep accent color. The crystal gear leaver from Orrefors/Kosta Boda also has an orange glow, whereas the chequered white and black wool textile on rear sides and headliner of front seats adds playfulness to the cabin. Creativity is thriving in Swedish society. This includes technology and design, in addition to fashion, art scene and music. We have used all this as inspiration to create a new, exciting way to express Sweden’s soul.

New Volvo Concept Estate

The feel of a Scandinavian living room

Handcrafted, refined details including instrument panel covered by naturally tanned, thick saddle leather from Tärnsjö and inlays made of waxed, naturally aged wood and machined copper details also highlight the exclusive Swedish atmosphere inside Concept Estate. The interior is exceptionally vivid yet the seats and glass roof covered by light, soft Bridge of Wear leather help to retain that bright and cozy feeling which is the hallmark of Swedish living room. A place that makes you feel so comfortable that you are reluctant to leave, says Robin Page.

Specially designed Swedish ‘kubb’ game

The ambiance might inspire occupants to stop for a picnic and game of Swedish “kubb”. The specially designed game set is visible through the load floor in the back. “Don’t know the rules? No problem. They are printed on the transparent floor. And rain is no excuse. You will find exclusive Stutterheim raincoats in the back of the car as well,” explains Robin Page.

Volvo’s Partner Suppliers in the creation of Concept XC Coupé, Concept Estate and Concept Coupé:

  • Wheels: Uniwheels
  • Tires: Pirelli
  • Exterior paint: Axalta Coating Systems
  • Leather: Bridge of Weir
  • Gear shift: Kongsberg
  • Carpet: Kasthall
  • Exterior light: Valeo
  • Gear shift glass: Orrefors
  • Interior ambient light: 3M
  • Belts: Autoliv

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Bugatti Veyron Special edition Lang Lang Shown: Qatar Motor Show

Bugatti, the French automaker has revealed the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Lang Lang at Qatar Motor Show; this vehicle has been designed and engineered for honoring classical music star pianist Lang Lang. Only one model will be built and will available for the price of £1.757 million (€2,132,700). It is a version of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse built for concert pianist Lang Lang, inspired by a piano keyboard. It features white leather embroidered with black stitching to mimic sheet music, white and black body colors, Lang Lang’s signature at center console with gold marker and gold plating on wheel hubs, fuel cap and steering wheel.

The look of Bugatti Veyron was inspired by concert grand piano; therefore why the exterior is finished in white and black. The black elements are exposed of carbon fiber, whereas the white color is known as Blanc Atalante. To add an extra touch of luxury, the EB tags on oil caps and fuel tank and EB emblem at the back are plated with 24-carat gold. Black Sang Noir diamond-cut rims complete the look. With its prestigious length of 4.47m, the Bugatti Veyron Special Edition is a perfectly balanced combination of sleek, racy design and high powered performance. Even at complete standstill, the vehicle’s enormous power is made visible by its impressive mid-engine, elevated majestically underneath the chassis. At the same time, the well balanced surfaces, clear line structures and bold proportions give an impression of pure, sleek elegance.

Bugatti Veyron Special edition

Inside, again the piano keyboard is a dominant theme with roof liner, foot wells and seats covered in black leather. The doors are covered in white leather overlayed with black stitched lines which are intended to resemble a musical stave, whereas the steering wheel, gear selector and bolsters of seats feature white stitching. Other touches include gold plated EB ring and logo on steering column and piano black finish to EB logo on white rear centre storage box. Lang Lang’s signature is also integrated into the vehicle’s footwell. Lang Lang signed the vehicle after giving a concert at the automaker’s plant in Molsheim, France.

Bugatti Veyron interiors

All controls reflect a meticulous care for detail and clear lines dominate the design. The finish and selection of prevailing materials leather and aluminum meet the highest possible standards, while the unique alloy was specially developed for guaranteeing the consistent aluminum shine. Only the choicest leather – free of even tiniest blemishes is used for the interior. The light alloy steering column is a composition of aluminum spokes, a work of art, convenient rocker switches providing easy access to the vehicle’s sports automatic functions and a leather cover. The satin aluminum finish of handcrafted center console rounds off the stylishly sophisticated look.

New Bugatti Veyron Special edition

So far, 3 of 6 planned Legend models have been revealed, in honor of Jean-Pierre Wimille, 2-time Le Mans winner, Jean Bugatti, son of the founder of Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti and Meo Constantini, former Bugatti racing chief respectively. Three more are likely within the year, with 4th likely to debut at Geneva Auto Show. The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse offers the top speed of 254 miles per hour and is motivated by the more powerful version of the company’s W16 8.0 liter powerplant that’s good for pulsating earth-shattering 1184 horsepower and jaw-dropping 1500 newton meters of torque. The automaker claims a 0-62mph time of 2.6 seconds, longer than it takes to say ‘Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.’

Bugatti Veyron Special edition 2014

2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Configurator: 2014 Geneva Auto Show

2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is just days away from its debut at 2014 Geneva Auto Show; however the vehicle has already been presented to potential customers where it managed to rack up 700 orders in just one month. The Italian automaker of luxury sportscars and former sports utility vehicles is aiming for extreme levels of customization with new personalization program for the new model. Amongst the choices: hand stitched seat logos, monograms in the interior and dual-tone exterior paint. Shoppers can also pick from an array of colors for seatbelts and floormats. The new Huracan boasts an exterior styling and its design carries inspiration from Sesto Elemento and Aventador.

There is nothing from the past that rivals the technology of 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 that comes together n a perfect vehicle, which seems straight out of the future. For an unmistakably recognizable night design and high tech appearance, the Huracan includes full LED lighting system. Every light including double-Y daytime running lamp, interior lights, license plate lights, rear lamps and headlights is LED. The LED light is quite similar to the daylight and ensures more contrast by night and reduced fatigue effect for the eyes of driver. The standard steering is a sophisticated Electromechanical Power Steering system that ensures increased efficiency and was carefully set up in order to offer the driver with perfect steering feedback according to driving condition.

2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

Powering the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is V10 5.2 liter engine that produces 610 horsepower with 560 newton meters of torque. Alternatively, there is all the control and technology in electronically controlled all-wheel drive system, the mid-mounted naturally aspirated V10 engine and Lamborghini Doppia Frizione seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 0-60 mph sprint will take just 3.2 seconds and top speed is said to be around 202 miles per hour. The Huracan LP 610-4 is a highly anticipated replacement for Lamborghini Gallardo, the most popular model of Lamborghini in its 5-decade history. Competitors to Huracan LP 610-4 are McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia. Availability and full pricing for U.S. market will be announced later in 2014.