Category — Automobile

India’s Ola Cabs to Feature Apple Music

Ola, the online transportation network company based in Bangalore, India, has partnered with Apple to provide Apple Music as part of its customers’ in-cab experience, and as a component of its platform called Ola Play.  Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass are also part of the same platform. When passengers book an Ola ride, they will be able to interact with an in-car tablet to control the vehicle’s air conditioning, music, watch videos and even read ebooks, reports LA Times.

Ola Play

 

During a news conference, Bhavish Agarwal, CEO of Ola said, “Cars were initially built for the driver,  but with ride-sharing, the control needs to be there for the passenger, and Ola Play works along that.”

Since this is Apple’s second such partnership (the first being with Didi, China’s ride-hailing company) some analysts are wondering if Apple has plans to develop software or services for transportation network companies or even auto makers.

November 26, 2016   No Comments

Ford India Makes the Ecosport SUV for U.S. Market

The updated 2017 Ford EcoSport, meant for the American market, will be made at Ford’s plant in India, in the southern city of Chennai.

Changes envisaged are a revised tail gate, bumper and tail lamps. The front grille is chunkier with chrome slats, while head lamps and the front bumper have changed too.

Ford Ecosport

On the inside, 2017 EcoSport gets a new dashboard and steering wheel; a more advanced SYNC3 infotainment technology; a new 8-inch screen working in tandem with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto commands; as well as B&O Play audio settings.

The EcoSport is one of the most prominent models for the company iacross the world, reports IndianCarsBikes.In

 

 

 

November 23, 2016   No Comments

FCA’s India Plant Manufactures Jeeps for Global Export

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’  Ranjangaon plant near Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, is now one of four global manufacturing hubs for Jeep Compass. This plant in India will be the only place where the right-hand-drive model will be manufactured and exported to all right-hand-drive markets, reports IndianCarsBikes.In.

 

Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass

“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off- road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,’ said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA Global.

November 22, 2016   No Comments

Volvo’s India R&D Develops Trucks for Export

Swedish multinational Volvo‘s India R&D team has a global mandate to develop value segment trucks.

“Concept to design to execution is done by the Indian team. Of course, they may take some help when it comes to engines. But, they are leading the show. Some of the products this team will do will never be sold in India,” says Kamal Bali, managing director of Volvo India.

Volvo Buses India

The team finds a product gap in its portfolio and decides to develop new products; a specific center is awarded the responsibility of developing a product based on its competencies and past experiences, Bali added.

Business Standard reports that Volvo, which produces trucks, buses and construction equipment, is looking to grow India revenue from $1.5 billion to $2 billion in next couple of years. “We are going to be aggressive. India is looking very bullish and all categories will grow in double digits for us. We want to improve market share and need to grow faster than the industry,” said Bali.

October 28, 2016   No Comments

India is a Focus Market for Fiat Chrysler

In an interview with Business Standard, Kevin Flynn, president and managing director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, India, said that the company has robust plans for a ‘made in India’ variant of their Jeep brand.

“We have invested $280 million in our facility at Ranjangaon near Pune to mobilize our localization strategy. We are on track with our plans to manufacture and roll out an all-new, premium Jeep SUV from our plant in 2017.

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We don’t see India as a cheap but  rhater a great manufacturing option. We want to make a lot more use of that unit and you will see a significant increase in production from that plant,” he added.

Fiat Chrysler India will open 10 new distribution outlets in nine cities by the end of this calendar year to sell the Jeep products in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

September 13, 2016   No Comments