Vandalized cars sit in a Mercedes-Benz of Oakland showroom during in Oakland, California. (AP)
File photo: A driver wearing a protective face covering drives a car displaying Uber Technologies signage on California Street in San Francisco, California, U.S. (Bloomberg)
File photo: A driver wearing a protective face covering drives a car displaying Uber Technologies signage on California Street in San Francisco, California, U.S. (Bloomberg)

Uber launches hourly ride booking option in select cities

  • The hourly ride option is already available in a handful of cities in Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
  • This option will cost $50 per hour in US cities.

A 2020 Creta at Hyundai's manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave hint to this step on Friday to help vehicle owners during the ongoing lockdown restrictions across the country. (REUTERS)
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave hint to this step on Friday to help vehicle owners during the ongoing lockdown restrictions across the country. (REUTERS)

Home delivery of petrol, CNG? Oil companies may provide all fuels at doorstep

  • After doorstep delivery of diesel, the government aims to start home delivery of petrol and CNG to help people during lockdown.
  • The government has also taken steps to boost CNG station network in the country.

Shimla: Stranded Kashmiri workers board a bus for Jammu and Kashmir from Lakkar�Bazar Bus stand. This photo is dated April 25. (PTI)
Shimla: Stranded Kashmiri workers board a bus for Jammu and Kashmir from Lakkar�Bazar Bus stand. This photo is dated April 25. (PTI)

Himachal to resume public transport services from June 1

  • Buses will be allowed to ply with a maximum 60 per cent seating capacity to maintain social distancing. The will have to be sanitized multiple times in a day.

File photo used for representational purpose. (REUTERS)
File photo (REUTERS)
File photo: A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed inside of a Tesla dealership in New York. (REUTERS)
The Mahindra ALSV is a light armoured specialist vehicle built for use by military and defence forces. (Photo courtesy: mahindraarmored.com)
File photo.
Tata Power EZ charge network has already installed 170 fast and smart-charging points in various usage environments in more than 20 cities in India. (File photo)
Mercedes is all set to drive in the new GLS to India.
Mercedes is all set to drive in the new GLS to India.

Mercedes-Benz India to launch next-gen GLS on June 17

  • Following the footsteps of the last-generation model, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 2020 will set foot on the Indian shores as a CKD (completely knocked down) product. It will be assembled at the Mercedes' Pune based facility.
  • It will rival the likes of BMW’s XL-sized three-row SUV, the X7.

File photo: The logo of Nissan is seen through a fence at Nissan factory at Zona Franca. (REUTERS)
File photo: The logo of Nissan is seen through a fence at Nissan factory at Zona Franca. (REUTERS)

Spain says it will do all it can to reverse Nissan closure, workers protest

  • The Spanish government has said it could seek an alternative partner to keep the Barcelona plant open.
  • The plant and nearby facilities employ 3,000 workers and the closures could indirectly affect up to 25,000 jobs, as per unions.

The ban on the old cars will take effect from October, regardless of their date of manufacture. (AFP)
A logo of Lamborghini is seen outside a car dealer in Brussels, Belgium. (File photo used for representational purpose) (REUTERS)
A logo of Lamborghini is seen outside a car dealer in Brussels, Belgium. (File photo used for representational purpose) (REUTERS)

Lamborghini enters esports with tournament series

  • The combination of racing and esports is growing.
  • This is Lamborghini's first esports event.

File photo used for representational purpose.
Amritsar: Passengers travel in a bus after the Punjab Government resumed public transport services, during the lockdown nationwide COVID-19  lockdown, in Amritsar, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI20-05-2020_000250B) (PTI)
Amritsar: Passengers travel in a bus after the Punjab Government resumed public transport services, during the lockdown nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Amritsar, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI20-05-2020_000250B) (PTI)

Use of public transport may fall for six months, post lockdown: CSE survey

  • Within six months after the lockdown, metro ridership will decline from 37% in pre-lockdown period to 16%, as per the CSE.
  • Of 36% survey respondents who do not own any vehicle, around 28% said they may want to buy one for safety reasons in the near future.

Bajaj Chetak electric scooter
Porsche Taycan EV is considered a 'milestone' vehicle. Porche CEO Oliver Blume is optimistic that the future looks bright for the company and it is about getting back up to speed once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
Porsche Taycan EV is considered a 'milestone' vehicle. Porche CEO Oliver Blume is optimistic that the future looks bright for the company and it is about getting back up to speed once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

Porsche focuses on speed of a different kind

  • Weeks of production shutdown may have taken a toll on Porsche plans but CEO Oliver Blume charts the path ahead.

File photo used for representational purpose here. (REUTERS)
The Volkswagen Nivus SUV is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0 litre TSI engine mated to a six-ratio Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Nissan Motor has teased 12 new models that the company aims to launch by 2021, (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@NissanME)
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Skoda Superb facelift pictured. Image Courtesy: Skoda Auto.
A view of graffiti on a road to raise awareness about the COVID-19 during the nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic, in Jaipur.
Autoliv feels that the auto industry is still facing significant hurdles, with supply chain issues remaining an area of concern.
Smoke rises over the Nissan factory as workers burn tires during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, (AP)
Smoke rises over the Nissan factory as workers burn tires during a protest in Barcelona, Spain, (AP)

'War': Nissan's plans to shut Barcelona plant sends shock waves in Spain

  • Nissan has decided to shut the plant, which employs around 3,000 people, from December as part of a global cost cutting strategy.
  • Spanish government may seek an alternative partner to keep the plant open.
  • Workers are fuming and many protested outside the plant by shouting 'War'.

While Tesla cars have  never been advertised using traditional mediums, indirect measures like transporting astronauts to SpaceX launch site in a Model X have often worked wonders. SpaceX is a company owned by Elon Musk as well. (REUTERS)
While Tesla cars have never been advertised using traditional mediums, indirect measures like transporting astronauts to SpaceX launch site in a Model X have often worked wonders. SpaceX is a company owned by Elon Musk as well. (REUTERS)

Here's why Tesla could finally go big on advertising despite Elon Musk's qualms

  • Elon Musk has opposed paying for traditional advertising and criticized other companies for spending on marketing rather than on improving their products.
  • Many shareholders however feel it is time to advertise Tesla products even if the company's board opposes the measure.

In the US, the Compass is powered a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine.
File photo: Renault employees, wearing protective face masks, work on the automobile assembly line of Renault ZOE cars. (REUTERS)
Employees of British luxury carmaker Aston Martin at work in St Athan factory.
Employees of British luxury carmaker Aston Martin at work in St Athan factory.

Coronavirus impact: UK car output could fall to lowest level in decades

  • The pandemic adds to a series of challenges facing automakers including a slump in diesel demand, which has already pulled down British production in recent years, and the cost of meeting stricter emissions rules by electrifying their line-ups.

Nissan Motor's facility in Chennai. (Photo courtesy: Renault)
Nissan Motor's facility in Chennai. (Photo courtesy: Renault)

Nissan settles dispute with Tamil Nadu over unpaid dues, claim sources

  • Nissan initiated an international arbitration against India in 2016, claiming 21 billion rupees in unpaid dues and 29 billion rupees in damages and other costs. Tamil Nadu has been trying to reach a settlement with Nissan for several years.

Volkswagen said various contracts between the two companies were nearing completion and would be signed soon.
Volkswagen said various contracts between the two companies were nearing completion and would be signed soon.

Volkswagen approves further projects in Ford alliance

  • Two of the biggest carmakers in the world have planned to team up on electric and self-driving vehicles even as the coronavirus derails other projects.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Fireball in bright yellow colour. Image credit: Instagram/Automobili.infiniti
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Fireball in bright yellow colour. Image credit: Instagram/Automobili.infiniti

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Fireball to launch in mid-July: Sources

  • The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Fireball has been built on a new platform which is known by the codename: J1D and employs a double cradle chassis.
  • It gets a very contemporary retro-classic design and also hosts a number of factory-level customisation options.

Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition
File photo: The daily price revision exercise could be started even if lockdown is taken into fifth phase from June once the government gives its nod. (PTI)
File photo: The daily price revision exercise could be started even if lockdown is taken into fifth phase from June once the government gives its nod. (PTI)

Fuel prices may rise by 5 per litre after daily revision restarts: Sources

  • The increase in retail fuel prices under daily revision would depend on prevailing oil prices and global oil market at the time.
  • However, government sources have indicated that retail price of petrol and diesel may not be allowed to increase beyond a point.

Honda's new semi-automatic gearbox using CB1100 as base bike. Image Courtesy: bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/
A view of the Kia manufacturing facility in Anantpur. (Photo courtesy: HMG Newsroom)
A view of the Kia manufacturing facility in Anantpur. (Photo courtesy: HMG Newsroom)

With SUVs in focus, Kia Motors to invest additional $54 million at Andhra plant

  • CEO Kookhyun Shim says Kia is all set to become a model for foreign investors and investments coming to Andhra Pradesh.
  • Kia plant in Anantpur is one of the largest car factories in the country.
  • Kia made India debut in 2019 with Seltos SUV and has added Carnival MPV to its product portfolio.

The Hard Rock Stadium in Florida can accommodate up to 230 cars. Photo courtesy: Hard Rock Stadium/https://hardrockstadium.com/Theater/
File photo used for representational purpose. (Bloomberg)
The scale model of the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 has 3696 pieces.
The logo of Nissan is seen through a fence at Nissan factory at Zona Franca. (REUTERS)
Datsun redi-GO facelift
File photo: A protester wears a mask of US president Donald Trump as people take part in a protest to reopen all businesses. (REUTERS)
File photo: A protester wears a mask of US president Donald Trump as people take part in a protest to reopen all businesses. (REUTERS)

US states sue Donald Trump over weakened car-mileage standards

  • A lawsuit filed by California and other US states ramps up a legal war against President Donald Trump to preserve the Obama-era clean-car standards.
  • A final ruling in the dispute will impact the fate of the auto industry under stress from the lockdown and pollution levels in the country.

While Mercedes-Benz looks at further strengthening its AMG portfolio in India, the company is also looking at coming good on other products on the cards even if there could be some delay and reshuffling of launch sequence.
While Mercedes-Benz looks at further strengthening its AMG portfolio in India, the company is also looking at coming good on other products on the cards even if there could be some delay and reshuffling of launch sequence.

Delays possible but cancelling promised new models not: Mercedes-Benz India

  • Speaking to HT Auto, Martin Schwenk of Mercedes-Benz India explains that one cannot not expect delays in new launches after temporary shutdowns for more than 2 months.
  • Schwenk says it is not just about launches but selling the new cars as well. "We have a ramp up of product, of factory, of society."

The company has teased a picture of the upcoming 4 Series Coupe which confirms a new-look front face for BMW.
Skoda India takes the covers off the BS 6-compliant 2020 Rapid 1.0 TSI at a price tag of  ₹7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
File photo (REUTERS)
Aston Martin Resumes DB5 Production with Goldfinger Continuation Cars. 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled elegantly off the production line.
File photo: A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed inside of a Tesla dealership in New York. (REUTERS)
File photo: A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed inside of a Tesla dealership in New York. (REUTERS)

Tesla's price cuts signal demand weaker than stock suggests

  • Analysts say that cutting prices of Model S, X and even 3 is an acknowldgement of sorts from Tesla that it is not immune to effects of weakening demand in North America.

File photo: A Nissan logo is pictured at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium. (REUTERS)
Chetak e-scooter from Bajaj Auto.
File photo: The Esso Fawley Oil Refinery, operated by Exxon Mobil Corp., stands in Fawley, U.K., on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Bloomberg)
File photo: The Esso Fawley Oil Refinery, operated by Exxon Mobil Corp., stands in Fawley, U.K., on Thursday, May 14, 2020. (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus is going to hasten the demise of many oil refineries

  • While the refining industry globally has been forced to take capacity offline, the hit has probably been bigger in Europe and the US than in Asia, according to Fitch Ratings.

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The para-transit vehicles also include auto rickshaws, taxis, Gramin Sew, Eco Sewa, Phatphat Sewa vehicles of last mile connectivity. (File photo used for representational purpose only). (PTI)
File Photo of the logo of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. (REUTERS)
The many moods of Musk: File photo of Elon Musk. (REUTERS)
Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe
Electric avatar of the iconic HM Ambassador car as designed by Vishal Verma.