Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Volkswagen celebrates the launch of the iconic 21st Century Beetle in India

The 21st Century Beetle is priced at Rs. 28.73 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) and is sold across select Volkswagen India dealerships
·         The carline was launched in the presence of actor Shahid Kapoor, designer Kunal Rawal, and Volkswagen Beetle owners
Mumbai, December 21, 2015: Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer celebrated the India launch of the 21st Century Beetle at NSCI, Mumbai, through a lifestyle evening in the presence of Volkswagen Beetle customers, Bollywood actor, Shahid Kapoor, ace designer Kunal Rawal and the crème de la crème of Mumbai’s fashion circuit. The 21st Century Beetle comes with a turbocharged 1.4L TSI engine, mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, luxurious comfort features and is priced at Rs. 28.73 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai). 

On the occasion of this launch, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “It gives us immense pleasure to celebrate the launch of the 21st Century Beetle in India, amidst our esteemed customers. Today, we bring one of the world’s most loved automotive icon, ‘the Beetle’ back to the Indian shores. And we are very excited to collaborate with India’s edgy and super creative fashion designer Kunal Rawal to present his collection, aptly inspired by the 21st Century Beetle.  What is also incredibly special for us is the presence of Bollywood’s superstar Shahid Kapoor to launch the 21st Century Beetle and be amongst us in this milestone celebration for Volkswagen in India. We firmly believe that our truest brand advocates are our customers, and through this special evening, we seek to thank them for their unending support, and look forward to begin a new chapter for the Beetle, with them.”

Adding glamour to the launch event, was Bollywood actor, Shahid Kapoor, who said, “As an automobile enthusiast, the Beetle is something that I grew up with because at the core of it lies fun and freedom. The 21st Century Beetle has style, sophistication, freshness and a charm that comes so naturally to it. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Volkswagen India on the launch of the 21st Century Beetle, and wish them luck for a successful run in India.”
Delighting guests at the event was reputed fashion designer, Kunal Rawal, who displayed his exclusive collection, inspired by the Beetle. He said, “The Beetle is known for its unique styling, strong references to global popular culture and an unmistakable retro personality that is complimented by its bright, much in vogue body colour palette. Inspired by these very factors, my collection this evening, was full of vibrant colours, riveting emotions and most importantly, just like the bug, it was something fun and new. The 21st Century Beetle comes with brushstrokes of fun, and today I tried to capture just that.”
With a leaner build, sporty and dynamic performance, stylish exteriors, luxurious interiors and lending a thrilling drive experience, the 21st Century Beetle is set to rekindle nostalgia, fused with modern day power and sophistication. The 21st Century Beetle is available at select Volkswagen India outlets across India.
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About Volkswagen:
Volkswagen, a leading carmaker in Europe, sells its broad model range, from the up! to the Phaeton, in more than 150 countries worldwide. Volkswagen currently offers the Polo, Vento, Jetta and Beetle in India.

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Daimler launches Mercedez-Benz SHD 2436: Super High Deck coach

Chennai: Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), the 100% Indian subsidiary of the world’s leading truck manufacturer Daimler AG, today announced the start of sales of the Mercedes-Benz coach - the Super High Deck SHD 2436 with the handing over of the first set of buses to a customer in Chennai. The luxury coach is manufactured out of its plant in Oragadam and offers a high seating capacity of upto 61 pushback seats and 14 cubic meters of luggage space. Built with a unique aluminique body, this coach is the lightest in its class offering  ultra -fuel efficiency.
Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Mr. Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India handed over the keys to Mr.  KPN Raajesh, Owner of KPN Travels at the DICV Bus plant in Chennai. KPN Travels is one of the largest luxury coach operators in South India with a fleet size of over 330 intercity buses.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India said, “This product, being the longest coach in the country built with strong features, is sure to set benchmarks in ultra-luxury travel. We are excited to be offering a state-of-the–art vehicle concept to the Indian market. Inter-city travel becomes more safe, comfortable and modern.”
The Mercedes-Benz SHD 2436 has an active steerable tag axle that results in low turning circle diameter to effortlessly navigate sharp turns and bends. It also has an advanced braking system and a strategically positioned fuel tank for added safety.     
With an investment of INR 425 crore, the bus plant at Oragadam, near Chennai produces BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz buses and houses Wrightbus, an Ireland based body manufacturer within its premises. Catering to diverse needs of the market with a twofold strategy; BharatBenz front-engine buses meets the needs of school, staff and tourist transportation for intra-city travel. In parallel, the premium segment is addressed by Mercedes-Benz rear-engine buses for inter-city transportation. The bus plant manufactures buses with gross vehicle weight of 9, 16 and above 16 ton range. The plant has a capacity of 1,500 units per year scalable to 4,000 units.
The BharatBenz network of over 80 dealerships - ramped up to offer tailor-made service packages and 24X7 after- sales support with advanced interactive vehicle diagnosis for the new Mercedes-Benz coach. BharatBenz sales is backed by BharatBenz Financial, a captive financing unit that offers full coverage vehicle Insurance, offers cashless facility including zero depreciation and full maintenance contracts. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles also has tie-ups with leading Indian banks to provide comprehensive financing solutions.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany. DICV is a fully fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market. It currently produces and sells above 9 to 49 tonne trucks for the Indian volume market, under the brand name – BharatBenz. BharatBenz stands for Indian engineering with German DNA. Under its bus division, the company will produce and sell BharatBenz buses and Mercedes-Benz buses from its manufacturing plant at Oragadam. Bharat-Benz products have been engineered to serve all major customer segments with a focus on total-cost-of ownership, safety, reliability and comfort.

Under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, DICV and MFTBC (Mitsubishi Trucks and Bus Corporation) are optimizing research activities, product development and sourcing. The DICV built FUSO trucks from Oragadam are exported to markets in South East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The state-of-the-art production plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares). It includes a modern test track designed to simulate Indian conditions – making it one of its kind in Asia. DICV has made an initial investment of 4,400cr and additional 425cr for the bus plant facility (approximately €750 million). Sustainability being a core of Daimler’s corporate culture, DICV will focus on creating efficient, reliable and ecologically friendly products.

Krittika Nangalia
Account Executive

PETRONAS Lubricants International partners with Tata Motors to launch Tata Motors Genuine Oil

January 6, Mumbai, INDIA – Tata Motors in association with PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) today launched the Tata Motors Genuine Oil (TMGO) for its passenger vehicles range in the India market. TMGO will be the first range of co-branded lubricants jointly developed by the Companies. The co-branded range of lubricants – Tata Motors Genuine Oil CH-4 15W-40 for diesel vehicles and Tata Motors Genuine Gear Oil 80EP for passenger cars – makes part of a bigger range of nine co-branded products that will be rolled out in a phased approach.

According to Mr. Dinesh Bhasin, Head, Customer Support, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd., “Tata Motors has always worked with a customer centric approach and providing its customers with the best post-purchase experience. With the new co-branded TMGO range of lubricants now available, we are creating a distinct & differentiated value proposition in the market.  We will continue to provide our customers with the best lubricant technology expertise and support in today’s competitive market place. We are happy to have partnered with PETRONAS in developing this range for our vehicles. With a commitment to deliver better performance, TMGO will offer trusted support to our customers and will further enhance the customer experience.”

According to Mr. M.P.Singh, Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt Ltd (PLIPL)  “PLIPL has recorded steady volume growth at 40% CAGR and is aiming to capture 5% total market share by 2019. PLI in India is now entering the next wave of growth in line with our aspirations and we are confident that the coming together of Tata Motors, a highly-respected leader in automotive engineering, together with PLI will help us better our position in this market as a leading provider of premium lubricants. We are offering a unique proposition through TMGO to further strengthen our relationship with customers and deliver products for engine care that is built upon a strong legacy in lubricants technology.”

This new range of branded lubricants have been formulated from high performance base oils and additives, providing optimum engine performance through excellent deposit control and wear protection. These lubricants have been developed as per the regulations and specifications required for the Indian passenger vehicles market. 

These products will be available through PETRONAS distributor network of over 3,500 outlets, across India today and will be rolled out progressively in 2016.
 Photo Caption - L to R -  Mr. Dinesh Bhasin, Head, Customer Support, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors Ltd. and Mr. M.P.Singh, Chief Executive Officer, PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt Ltd (PLIPL) launching the Tata Motors Genuine Oil (TMGO) for its passenger vehicles range in the India market
About PETRONAS Lubricants International

PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS, the national oil corporation of Malaysia. Established in 2008, PETRONAS Lubricants International manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 80 markets globally. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, PLI has over 30 marketing offices in 23 countries, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago and Durban.

Currently ranked among the top 15, PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company.

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About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,62,796 crores (USD 42.04 billion) in 2014-15. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 8 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

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