Renault encourages entire French town to go electric with Zoe electric vehicle

– For the first time a settlement has been occupied by residents exclusively driving electric vehicles

– Residents get a new Zoe for three years to encourage electric mobility

Renault has helped to create the first 100 per cent electric town by giving a new Zoe to every household in the town of Appy in the Ariege region of France. Under the scheme, the electric vehicle will be handed over to the residents for a period of three years to prove that electric mobility is suitable for all. The vehicle has a range of 394 kilometres (245 miles) with broad charging capabilities.

The residents on the remote rural town of Appy will be provided with a home charger, just like all the customers in the UK. The company will also set up a public charger for the town. When plugged into a DC charger, the Zoe’s 52kWh battery offers a driving range of 145 kilometres with a charging time of just 30 minutes. 

The Appy residents – along with regular Zoe owners – will be benefitting from a range of advanced features that come as standard on one of the New Zoe’s several attractive trim levels. This includes recycled seat material on selected models, a 10-inch TFT drivers instrument display, intuitive EasyLink touchscreen infotainment systems in a range of screen options up to 9.3-inches in size, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems to ensure driving a ZOE is as easy and safe as possible. 

The Renault Zoe is offered with free home wallbox for faster home charging, five-year, 1,00,000-mile (approx. 1,60,935 kilometres) warranty including a three year roadside assistance and eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery. 

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BMW M8 Coupe – Now in pictures

Ninad Ambre

July 29, 2020, 10:59 PM IST1,197 Views

BMW M8 Coupe - Now in pictures

BMW India brought in the striking M8 Coupe without much fanfare due the COVID-19 outbreak. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs 2.15 crore for the Indian market. This is the high performance version of the 8 Series coupe and every detail speaks of the same. Here’s a picture gallery that takes you through its specifications.

BMW M8 Left Front Three Quarter

The M8 features a twin kidney grille and BMW Laserlight as seen on many new models from the manufacturer’s line-up. This car has larger air intakes at the front that aid with cooling.

BMW M8 left rear three quarter

Another interesting highlight is its carbon fibre roof. Round at the back, the car sports a lip spoiler, an M diffuser and even a double-flow exhaust system with twin tail pipes.

BMW M8 Dashboard

BMW has given it a driver-focused cockpit with M lettering on the door sills hinting at its performance. The M Sport seats wrapped in two-tone upholstery get a M8 logo on the headrests.

BMW M8 Front Seat Headrest

Then, there’s ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit. The latter gets Apple CarPlay connectivity as well.

BMW M8 Dashboard

An owner’s entertainment needs are taken care of by a Harman Kardon sound system. In fact, buyers also have the option of choosing a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system.

BMW M8 Left Front Three Quarter

Also part of an optional M package are M Driver’s Package, M branded seat belts, M carbon engine cover, M Carbon ceramic brakes, M Sport exhaust system and many other enhancements.

BMW M8 Engine Shot

The M8 employs a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out a staggering power output of 592bhp at 6,000rpm and 750Nm of torque at 1,800-5,600rpm.

BMW M8 Gear Selector Dial

This engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via the M xDrive AWD system. It also boasts of an M Sport Differential and adaptive M suspension.

BMW M8 left rear three quarter

Apart from BMW Individual paintwork options, this BMW M8 coupe can be had either in barcelona blue, sonic speed blue, hatch grey, marina bay blue, motegi red and donington grey.

BMW M8 Left Front Three Quarter

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Mitsubishi to discontinue the Pajero SUV in 2021

Nikhil Puthran

July 29, 2020, 09:00 PM IST1,971 Views

Mitsubishi to discontinue the Pajero SUV in 2021

– Mitsubishi Motor Corp shares plunged over 10 per cent 

– The company will stop production of Pajero SUV in 2021

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Mitsubishi Motor Corp has reported over 10 per cent drop in shares after the automaker posted dismal sales in its key Southeast Asian market. Moreover, the company forecast a huge loss for this financial year. As a result, the company will discontinue its iconic 4×4 SUV, the Pajero in 2021. 

The company has projected an operational loss of 140 billion Yen ($1.33 billion) for the year ending on 31 March, 2021. As per records dating back to 2002, this is the biggest loss in 18 years. Mitsubishi has already discontinued the Pajero in its home market. However, the company’s facility in Gifu Prefecture town of Sakahogi in Japan Prefecture town of Sakahogi in Japan has been making Pajero units for exports. This facility will be closed with the end of production of the Pajero SUV. 

Additionally, it is learnt that Mitsubishi will gradually reduce its presence in Europe and North America and will focus on growth in Asia. It is believed that the restructuring plan will help in increasing the company’s operating profit to 50 billion Yen in 2022/23 and will boost the operating profit to 2.3 per cent. 

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Jeep Compass Night Eagle edition teased yet again

Aditya Nadkarni

July 29, 2020, 08:15 PM IST1,632 Views

Jeep Compass Night Eagle edition teased yet again

– New Jeep Compass Night Eagle edition teaser reveals fascia of the mid-size SUV 

– The model is likely to be launched in India soon

Jeep India has released the second teaser of the Compass Night Eagle edition ahead of its launch that is expected to take place soon. The new teaser video shared on the brand’s social media channels gives us a glimpse of the fascia of the limited edition model.

As seen in the teaser, the new Jeep Compass Night Eagle edition will feature a black paintjob, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lights, black roof rails and skid plates. Also on offer will be Gloss Black alloy wheels.

The Compass Night Eagle edition from Jeep, which was revealed last year, is also expected to come equipped with all-black upholstery, Gloss Black trims on the dashboard, dual-zone climate control, push-button start and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Powertrain options on the upcoming Jeep Compass Night Eagle edition are expected to be the same 1.4-litre petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine, both of which are offered with the standard models. Transmission options might include a six-speed manual unit as standard as well as a seven-speed DCT for the petrol variant and nine-speed torque converter unit for the diesel variant.Jeep Compass Photos618 Images

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Lamborghini SCV12 teased ahead of debut

Aditya Nadkarni

July 29, 2020, 07:30 PM IST705 Views

Lamborghini SCV12 teased ahead of debut

– Lamborghini SCV12 has been teased on the official website and app

– The model will be propelled by an 830bhp 6.5-litre NA V12 engine

Lamborghini is all set to reveal the SCV12 track-only car soon. The model has been teased on the brand’s website and though we don’t have an official date of unveiling, teaser images of the SCV12 on the marquee’s official app, Lamborghini Unica, hint that the debut isn’t far away.

Coming to the teaser image, the Lamborghini SCV12, which is developed by the brand’s Squadra Corse division, features a front splitter and side skirts hugging the tarmac, LED lights with an octagonal surround, roof scoop, large carbon fibre rear wing and what seems to be a livery similar to the Huracan Super Trofeo series, with a green paintjob and orange highlights. We can also expect 19-inch and 20-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively, wrapped in bespoke Pirelli rubber.

Lamborghini Aventador Front view

Underpinned by an all-new carbon-fibre chassis, the Lamborghini SCV12 will breathe to life from a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine that is claimed to produce a power output north of 830bhp. Power will be sent via a six-speed sequential gearbox to the rear wheels.Lamborghini Aventador Photos7 Images

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