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BMW Motorrad launches its most expensive bike in India.

China car times - 22 juill. 2018 - 11:25

Earlier in the week, with the expectation of increasing its sales by a huge margin in India, BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler arm of German auto giant, announced the launch of its most affordable bikes — G 310 R and G 310 GS. However, regardless of this announcement, the company said that it would continue introducing high-end bikes in India.

The latest high-end bike to be introduced in the Indian market by BMW Motorrad is the HP4 Race which is the costliest BMW Motorrad bike.

Significantly, a mere 750 units of the BMW HP4 Race have been manufactured globally, in India it has been priced at Rs 85 lakh INR, ex-showroom. The fact that it comes without a tail lamp, headlamp and number plates is even more surprising.

Also, customers would have to reconsider purchasing this high-end bike as it is not being made road-legal. Meaning one cannot publicly flaunt it on street roads.

ABOUT BMW HP4

Based on the road-legal HP4, BMW HP4 Race is specifically a track-focused bike of the German motorcycle. One can only take it for a spin on race tracks and thus BMW has eschewed number plates and lights.

The parts used to construct a BMW HP4 Race consist of the highest-spec brakes, electronics and suspension also not to forget the extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber.

Exclusively manufactured by a trivial and highly specialized team at BMW Motorrad, the HP4 Race comes with a race-spec engine that makes 215hp at 13,900rpm and maximum torque of 120Nm at 10,000rpm. The mill comes mated to a six-speed close-ratio racing gearbox used with optimized transmission ratios.

The main frame of HP4 Race weights just 7.8 kilograms and is made entirely of carbon fiber. Both the front and rear wheel are also made of this high-tech element, which gradually reduces weight load. The TTX 36 GP spring strut at the rear and the front top-notch FGR 300 upside-down fork at the front installed in the BMW HP4 are both supplied by the Swedish manufacturer Ohlins.

The brake system of HP4 Race is also very unique as it features two Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers with 320 T-type racing steel brake disks which till date can only be found in World Cup machines.

For even more track comfort, the most expensive BMW bike also comes with launch control, pit lane limiter and wheelie control. It also boasts off 2D dashboard and 2D data recording which includes logger

 

Fiat Chrysler's new CEO shows company's future is all about Jeep

Automotive Business Review - 22 juill. 2018 - 10:50
Fiat Chrysler's choice of Jeep boss Mile Manley as Sergio Marchionne's successor shows that the automaker's future success depends on its iconic offroad brand.

Suzuki Motorcycle India to launch its first e-scooter by 2020

China car times - 22 juill. 2018 - 08:26

In an attempt of reaching its target of 7 lakh unit sales by the end of this fiscal year and 10 lakh units by 2020,  Suzuki Motorcycle India has announced that it would be expanding its sales network by adding as many as 100 exclusive dealerships and 200 touchpoints by the end of this year.

For fiscal 2017-18, the huge company, which has nearly 1,000 touchpoints and 500 dealerships in India, went well over the 5 lakh unit mark. And for the previous fiscal It had sold as many as 3.5 lakh units.

In an interview with local publication ETAuto, the Executive Vice President of Suzuki Motorcycle India, Sajeev Rajasekharan went on to state, “Currently we own 500 exclusive dealerships which we plan to increase up-to 600 by this fiscal,” He further added, “by doing so, we believe it will help us achieve our sales target.”

Rajasekharan then went on to say that, “at present we have a 1,000 touchpoints in total, which will increase to 1,200, however, we wound only be focussing on markets which have unit sales of above 1,000 units.

Additionally, Suzuki Motorcycle India also revealed that it has started work towards the plan of launching its first electric scooter which will be available at any showroom by 2020.

According to Satoshi Uchida, the Managing Director of Suzuki Motorcycle India, he said that the company would be launching the first generation model as a mere experiment to test the market and based on the feedback the second and third generation products would be upgraded and launched.

Uchida’s statement reads as follows, “the project of preparing the electric scooter has already been started, also we are evaluating all the options at our disposal.”

The company’s current manufacturing plant situated in Gurgaon (Haryana), India, that has a maximum capacity of 1 million which would be exhausted by 2020. And as a result of this, the company has already begun discussions of setting up a second manufacturing plant by 2021

According to a report published by a market research firm for the setup of the new facility, “Suzuki Motorcycle India has already been conducting a feasibility study with KPMG.”

Uchida went on to say, “We may manage to meet market demands till 2020, however after that, we would definitely need one more facility,” He also added, “ We are in the final stages of finalizing the location, and within 2-3 months a decision would be made.

Earlier in the week, On July 19th, The company today launched its premium 125 cc scooter Burgman Street priced at Rs 68,000 INR (ex-showroom Delhi).

With plans of launching another motorcycle within the next couple of months.

Illness ends career of Sergio Marchionne, the CEO who liked to fix things

Automotive Business Review - 22 juill. 2018 - 08:00
Sergio Marchionne bowed out on Saturday as one of the auto industry's most demanding and tenacious chief executives, his health in crisis after a career in which he rescued Fiat and Chrysler.

Sergio Marchionne's flair for theatrics made him an exciting CEO to cover

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 23:38
Sergio Marchionne was the most remarkable fellow to ever run a global car company and, as far as I'm concerned, the one who did the most with the least.

What dealers, union leaders are saying about new FCA CEO Mike Manley

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 20:29
Dealers and union leaders viewed FCA's choice of Mike Manley to succeed Sergio Marchionne -- even under the circumstances -- in positive terms.

Five top priorities for new Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 19:33
New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley inherits a much cleaner company than did his predecessor, Sergio Marchionne, but it's far from spotless.

Fiat Chrysler paints grim picture of Sergio Marchionne's health

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 18:21
Comments by the company and its chairman suggest that the 66-year-old has become gravely ill weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Ferrari names Louis Carey Camilleri as new CEO

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 18:00
Ferrari's new CEO will be Louis Carey Camilleri, a former chairman of tobacco company Philip Morris International, the automaker said. He succeeds seriously ill Sergio Marchionne.

Fiat Chrysler Chairman John Elkann releases statement on the health of longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 17:42
Fiat Chairman John Elkann released this statement on Saturday regarding the health of Fiat Chrysler's longtime chief, Sergio Marchionne.

New FCA CEO Mike Manley is a 'solid dealer guy'

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 17:15
Mike Manley, the second CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has received intensive on-the-job training at Sergio Marchionne's side for nine years and has years of practice running operations around the globe.

FCA's new CEO a 'solid dealer guy'

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 17:14
Mike Manley, the second CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has received intensive on-the-job training at Sergio Marchionne's side for nine years and has years of practice running operations around the globe.

Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram, replaces ailing Sergio Marchionne as FCA CEO

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 16:45
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Saturday appointed Mike Manley to replace the seriously ill Sergio Marchionne as its CEO. Manley, 54, a native of England, has headed Jeep since 2009 and the Ram brand since 2015.

TIMELINE: Sergio Marchionne's transformative Fiat Chrysler tenure

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 14:25
Over 14 years at the helm of what's now FCA, CEO Sergio Marchionne transformed a middling European carmaker into a global giant. Here is a timeline of some key moments during his tenure.

10 Longest Produced American V8 Engines

China car times - 21 juill. 2018 - 13:20

Although first engineered in France, V8 engines are currently synonymous with the US – probably because they are currently mostly utilized right here in the states. Or maybe it’s because some of the most powerful V8 installations were built right here. In any case, that’s beside the topic. What we’re interested in establishing here is a list of 10 longest lasting V8 engines made in America. Ever since 1914 Cadillac’s L-Head, V8’s have had a major role in American car industry. These powerhouses have brought performance to the people just like Ford had brought them cars themselves a few years beforehand.

Some engines from this list have been produced for decades, and some are still going strong despite their age. These aren’t the longest produced engines overall, but some of them enter the mix regardless. After all, V8’s have a long history of tire burning performances. A century-old history, that is. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most resilient 8-cylinder powertrains throughout the American auto evolution history.

10. Pontiac V8 Engine

Pontiac’s OverHead Valve V8’s have been built between 1955 and 1981 when Chevy’s own 305 finally became a standard throughout GM brands. There were, of course, many variations of Pontiac’s V8 through the years – from first 287 “Strato Streak” to last of the line 301 and its sibling 265 which was only available in 1980 and 1981. Pontiac’s small-journal engines have lasted for 26 years, were painted blue, and happened to power some of the most important American cars in history like the GTO, Grand Prix and Firebird.

9. Oldsmobile Rocket V8 Second Generation

Combined with first generation of Olds V8’s, Rockets have been around the block for impressive 42 years. It’s the second generation, however, which lasted longer – 26 years to be precise. Second gen V8 Rockets were introduced in 1964 and finally phased out in 1990 as the last carburetor V8 engines in American passenger cars at the time. Famous Rockets weren’t only used in Oldsmobile models like Cutlass or 4-4-2, but in Buicks, Pontiacs and even Cadillacs.

8. Chrysler LA Engine

Introduced in late ’65, Chrysler’s small-block LA engines were strutting their stuff until 1992 when they were finally superseded by the improved Magnum small-blocks which continued until 2003. All in all, LA small-blocks have enjoyed a spell of 28 years during which they made their appearance in icons like Dodge Ram, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Plymouth Barracuda, Plymouth Fury, Chrysler 300, and the list goes on.

7. Ford 385 Big-Block Engine

Ford’s big-block V8 has served many a full-size luxury cars and pickup trucks throughout its life which spanned across 29 years between 1968 and 1997. The 385 was available in 370, 429 and 460 cubic inch variants, and it gets its name from 460’s 3.85″ stroke. These Lima plant engines could have been found in Ford’s police cruiser and interceptor as well, albeit in slightly modified form.

6. Holden 308 Engine

This one hasn’t featured in the states, but it was built by GM’s subsidiary in Australia – Holden. It’s still one of the most successful overseas GM engines, and its lifespan of 31 years more than supports that fact. Cars like Holden Monaro, Holden Statesman and various Holden Commodores were only a few nameplates fitted with the 308.

5. Detroit Diesel V8

OK, here’s the first oil burner on this list of 10 longest produced American V8 engines. First introduced back in 1982 and intended for GM’s rich pickup line (see what I did there), Detroit’s diesel 8-cylinder was phased out in 2000 – at least from conventional production. However, the engine is still alive, and currently powers up military Humvees which gives it a life span of 34 years and counting. Only couple of versions were ever built: 6.2L and 6.5L ones. Apart from long list of C/K trucks, this engine boasts with giving life to eighth generation Suburban and earlier Hummer H1 models.

4. Windsor Small-Block

One of Ford’s most successful engines (also called Fairlane V8) was in production for no less than 39 years – from 1961 to 2000. This powertrain was used in just about anything that Blue Oval released back in the day: from Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor, over Mustangs, all the way to ’97 F-150 and ’01 Explorer. It came in no less than 7 displacement configurations (from 3.6L to 5.8L), and even powered many smaller recreational boats between seventies and nineties.

3. Detroit Diesel Series 71

Screamin’ Jimmy, Green Leaker, Driptroit Diesel… Call them whatever you like, but these engines were (and still are) dependable, easy to maintain, and above all grateful. 9.3L 8V-71 was the only V8 of the lineup, and it delivered 318 hp between ’57 and ’95. In fact, it’s still being produced for military applications. As if lifespan of 38 years wasn’t enough already.

2. Chevrolet Big-Block

Chevy big-block V8’s (originally known as Turbo-Jets) were introduced in 1965 and lasted until 2009 which gives them a lifespan of 44 years. In fact, first generation of big-blocks (W-series) was made in 1958. Second generation (Mark IV series) was introduced in order to help out Chevy’s small-block engines. More precisely, in order to power larger vehicles. Over the years, these V8’s have powered pretty much every full-size car that came out of Bow-Tie brand’s assembly lines including Chevelle, El Camino, Corvette, Camaro, Impala, Silverado, etc.

1. Chevrolet Small-Block Generation I

And the winner is Chevy’s small-block V8 (Turbo-Fire) which was in the markets for 49 years between ’54 and ’03. This is the longest produced American V8, and its successors (small-block Generations II, III, IV, V) are still going strong. Like its bigger (but younger) sibling big-block, Chevy small-block V8 could have been found across plethora of Bow-Tie brand’s nameplates. Some of the names are Corvette, Camaro, Nova… Apart from being the longest produced American V8 engine, Ed Cole’s offspring was also one of the best engines of the century, and certainly one of the most important ones as well.

Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler prepare for future without Marchionne

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 11:50
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles now must face the premature end of the Sergio Marchionne era.

Autonomous vehicles face challenges from wireless device interference

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 05:01
Companies developing autonomous and connected-vehicle technology face an old problem for electronics: interference from other wireless devices.

Looking back on Honda's brush with the UAW

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 05:01
The UAW's quest to organize Marysville would come up short against the patience of Honda executive Shige Yoshida, who brushed off pressure from Japan brass to recognize the union.

Collectors expert McKeel Hagerty says it's a 'golden age of muscle'

Automotive Business Review - 21 juill. 2018 - 05:01
You don't have to go into too many old barns to find the collector cars of tomorrow, says one of the collectible trade's leading authorities, Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty.

Sergio Marchionne to permanently exit Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari amid health crisis

Automotive Business Review - 20 juill. 2018 - 22:53
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is to be replaced permanently at the helm of the global carmaker as well as Ferrari after suffering serious complications from surgery, Reuters reported Saturday.
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