MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 14th July
News highlights of the day include Ducati, Kia, Toyota and BMW.
Ducati – The premium Italian motorcycle maker is about to launch the new Ducati Panigale V2 in India by August-end. It will be replacing the Ducati 959 Panigale. Powered by a 955cc, twin-cylinder engine producing 155 HP and 104 Nm of torque. Some dealers have already started accepting bookings for the same.
Kia – The new Kia Sonet compact SUV is set for its world debut on 7th August 2020. The Sonet was revealed at the Auto Expo 2020 in a production-ready concept form. It will share its mechanicals with the Hyundai Venue including the new iMT gearbox. India launch expected soon after the debut.
Toyota – The Japanese carmaker has temporarily halted its production at their plant in Bidadi, Karnataka. Halting of production effective from 14th July (second shift) to 22nd July (first shift). This step is taken in adherence to the directives issued from the State Government.
BMW – BMW Motorrad will launch their new S 1000 XR on 16th July in India. It is powered by a 999cc, 4-cylinder engine that puts out 165 BHP at 11,000 RPM and 114 Nm at 9250 RPM.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, in New Delhi, the frequency of traffic collisions is higher than the rate in London by 40 percent.
Comment of the day – The Dark Knight – “Mahindra must be itching for badge engineering.”