Following the official announcement of the ‘India 2.0’ project earlier this month, Skoda is all set to take charge of the VW Group’s India operations. A key part of the ambitious India 2.0 project will be establishing an engineering centre in India to locally develop products for both Skoda and VW brands.
Skoda has roped in Gordon Calder, formerly from Tata Motors to head Skoda’s Engineering Centre in Pune. Calder’s appointment as vice-president and head of engineering is significant as Skoda has appointed an outsider for this key role and not someone from within the VW Group. “We needed someone who has good experience dealing with suppliers and understands the manufacturing ecosystem in India.” said a source.
Calder comes with significant India experience having worked in Tata Motors since 2012. Calder led the body engineering team of Tata Motors’ passenger car division and was responsible for developing the Bolt, Zest, Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. He moved to a strategy role in 2016 and was briefly responsible for product planning of the company’s SUV portfolio, until he left the company a few months ago.
Prior to Tata Motors, Calder has had stints all over the world with EDAG, Ford and Nissan, primarily as a body engineer. Skoda will be counting on Calder’s expertise to tailor the VW Group’s MQB-A0-IN platform to meet local requirements and strict costs targets, which is essential for the success of the India 2.0 project.
The Czech car maker has committed an investment of one billion Euros (Rs 7,900 crores) for India 2.0, which will be used towards increase manufacturing capacity, localising powertrains and developing an all-new product range. The first products from Skoda’s rebooted operations are expected in 2020.
Calder clearly has a lot on his plate.
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The Book Cafe in Shimla helps prisoners convicted of violent crimes stay part of societyBy day, from the cafe in Shimla where he works, Jai Chand enjoys one of the city’s best views of the Indian Himalayas. In the evenings, his view is one of the worst.For 11 hours a day, the staff at the Book Cafe serve coffee and food to a stream of customers. Then they lock up and walk the 15 minutes back to prison. Related: 'Washing is a privilege': life on the frontline of India's water crisis Continue reading... [...]
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Resumption of fighting dashes hopes that Eid ceasefire would bring about extended peaceThe Taliban have rejected the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks, another blow to hopes that an unprecedented Eid ceasefire could be a step towards more lasting peace.Fighting has resumed with full intensity around the country after a brief halt during June. The latest casualties are three children from eastern Ghazni province who were killed by roadside mines at the weekend. Related: Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan women buoyed by ceasefire snaps | Ruchi Kumar Continue reading... [...]
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As part of the 2019 update, BMW will offer the G 310 R in a new shade of Racing Red. The G 310 R also gets a HP Motorsport paint finish (pearl white metallic with "HP" lettering), while Strato Blue Metallic has been discontinued. Cosmic Black One will probably be carried forward to the 2019 range of the G 310 R. This announcement comes just a few days before the G 310 R goes on sale in India on July 18, along with the G 310 GS. It’s likely that the bikes launched in India will be offered with the new colour options. Apart from the two new colour options, no changes have been made on the G 310 R.
The BMW G 310 R has been designed and developed by BMW Motorrad and is manufactured in India by TVS Motors. It’s the most affordable motorcycle in the German brands portfolio. It has been rather long wait for Indian two-wheeler enthusiasts as, despite being built in our country, the bike was never launched in our market. According to BMW Motorrad, the India launch was delayed because they wanted to expand the dealership network prior to the bike going on sale. The G 310 R was first unveiled to Indian audiences at the 2016 Auto Expo, while the G 310 GS made its maiden India debut earlier this year at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Powering the BMW G 310 R, and its sibling, is a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor producing 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a six-speed gearbox. Both bikes also get tubular steel frames, five-spoke alloy wheels and ABS. While there is no word on pricing, according to sources the G 310 R will retail for Rs 3.5 lakh, while the G 310 GS will be priced at Rs 4 lakh (both prices are on-road, India). As we will be reporting live from the launch event, watch this space for more details.
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The production version of the Tata Motors’ H5X has been given the market name, Harrier. The model is already known internally as ‘Harrier’ which follows Tata Motors' trend of codenaming its models after birds before launch. However, this time round, Tata Motors has decided to finalise that as a market name and is expected to make an official announcement sometime next week.
Tata’s chosen moniker for its newest SUV isn’t completely unique as Toyota already has a mid-size SUV called Harrier in its global portfolio. However, the identical name is unlikely to cause much confusion in India since the Toyota Harrier, which is available in markets including Japan and Malaysia, is not sold in our market.
Tata Motors is beefing up its sales network ahead of the model’s launch in India, which is expected to take place in the first half of 2019. Interestingly, potential buyers will be in for a richer experience as the carmaker is planning to give its dealerships a premium touch, with a possibility of a demarcating a special area to showcase the H5X (and future premium models).
Marking its debut at the Auto Expo 2018, the SUV concept grabbed eyeballs with its unique design, not seen before on a Tata model. In fact, pictures of a close-to-production test mule, scooped by Autocar India in February, revealed that design will stay largely true to concept and the model will retain the high-set LED headlights. Other stylistic elements include a new, more defined interpretation of Tata’s trademark ‘humanity line’ that connects the headlights and grille.
The SUV will be the first Tata product to carry the new Impact Design 2.0 design language. Set to be built at Tata's plant in Chakan, Pune, the SUV is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two states of tune and the model will be offered in five and seven-seat configurations.
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