News highlights of the day including top comment and automobile facts.

Ferrari Roma
The new front engined V8 Ferrari has a unique retro design

Tata Tech Facility – Tata Motors has inaugurated their new tech development facility in Pune. The Indian carmaker has set up the facility for engineering, testing and developing powertrain solutions for all its products.

Bajaj Chetak – Bajaj Auto will commence bookings of the all-electric scooter from January 2020. The electric Bajaj Chetak will be priced under Rs. 1.40 lakhs and will be launched in a phased manner. The bike maker is also working on a powerful version of Chetak that will be sold under KTM or Husqvarna branding.

Ferrari Roma – The Italian supercar maker has introduced their latest car Roma. It is powered by a 3855cc V8 engine that produces 611 HP at 5750-7500 RPM and 760 Nm at 3000-5750 RPM, mated to a new 8-speed dual clutch transmission. 0-100 km/hr in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/hr in 9.3 seconds. Top speed is 320 km/hr.

Hyundai Aura – Hyundai has started testing their upcoming compact sedan which is the Xcent successor. The Korean carmaker has flagged off a test mule of Aura that will be tested across the country.

FASTag – FASTag will be completely mandatory from 1st December 2019. It is a digitised system that works on state and national highway toll plazas.

Honda Activa – The Japanese bike maker has sold more than 25,000 units of the BS6 compliant Honda Activa 125 in India.

Triumph Tiger 900 – The British premium motorcycle maker has teased their upcoming adventure motorcycle Triumph Tiger 900. The bike will be available in two versions – Rally and GT. It will be unveiled globally on 3rd December.

Motor Trivia – Did you know, the first car in India to have power windows was Standard 2000 that was launched in April 1985.

Comment of the daySathish Narayan – “Value is winning in this segment. Brezza, Venue and Nexon are the best VFMs and hence the higher sales. EcoSport is decent while XUV300 lacks the value of other cars here and it settles for least number. The top end W8 variant of XUV300 is significantly costlier than the top ends of the competition. True it gets additional features, but the asking price is high. So evens out n acts as disadvantage. Also adding on is it’s poor boot space which is a big bummer.”

Hyundai Aura Test Mule
Hyundai is testing the new Aura compact sedan across the country