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Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen ended the final day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing with the fastest time.
Raikkonen's morning effort of 1m17.221s was not threatened in the final afternoon of pre-season running, although a spate of late runs in the final hour did shake up the order behind the Finn.
Daniel Ricciardo was the first to make a big move with 45 minutes of the session to go, jumping up to second in the Red Bull on supersofts, before he was usurped by both Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso.
Sainz did not get his day going properly until around two hours were left, after Renault had to replace his RS18's gearbox, but went second fastest with 30 minutes to run, on hypersofts. But the Spaniard was beaten to the runner-up spot before the end of the day by compatriot Alonso, who was making up for lost time after a turbo issue caused the McLaren to stop on track in the morning and lose over five hours while its Renault power unit was changed.
Using hypersofts, Alonso posted a 1m17.981s to go second and then improved to a 1m17.784s to end the day 0.563 seconds slower than Raikkonen. Alonso did briefly jump to the top of the times in the final 10 minutes, but had his lap deleted for cutting the final chicane. He ended the day with a total of 93 laps to his name.
Romain Grosjean was the day's most productive runner for Haas with a tally of 181 laps, the best of which was good enough for fifth-fastest behind Ricciardo using ultrasofts.
Valtteri Bottas took over testing duties from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon, going sixth fastest on mediums and giving the champion outfit a combined session-topping total of 201 laps.
After his morning spin, Charles Leclerc used hypersofts to move up to ninth in the Sauber behind Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) and Force India's Esteban Ocon.
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) completed the top 10 after handing over to Lance Stroll for the final few hours, with the Canadian again setting the slowest of the day behind Hamilton using softs.
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Swedish carmaker Volvo, today, announced that it will hike prices for all its models in India by up to 5 percent. The move follows the government's decision to increase the customs duty on completely knocked-down (CKD) kits and fully-imported vehicles in the Union Budget 2018.
In a media release today, the carmaker said it will be unable to absorb the higher costs and the price hike, to be effective from this month, will be applicable on new stock yet to be cleared by customs.
In the Union Budget announced on Feb 1, 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed a customs duty hike on imported engine components from 7.5/10 percent to 15 percent, and an increase in the duty on the vehicle parts that are an element of the CKD kits – from 10 percent to 15 percent.
Additionally, he proposed a rate hike on one section of customs duty on Completely Built Unit (CBU) from 20 percent to 25 percent.
Volvo India currently assembles only the XC90 SUV locally at Volvo Trucks’ plant near Bengaluru. The rest of the vehicles in its model range are sold as CBUs or full imports.
Charles Frump, MD, Volvo Car India said the increase in duty came as a surprise and will have a short term impact on the automobile industry. He further called for subsidies on hybrids as they act as a stepping stone in the transition to full electrics. “What I would have liked to see is a much needed incentive for hybrids and plug-in hybrids as these solutions have an immediate impact on the environment. Volvo Cars' vision is aligned with the Indian government’s vision of going full electric but till we get to full electric, the interim is hybrids," Frump said in a company statement.
In a similar move, Czech brand Skoda had recently announced an increase in prices across its product range in India, from March 2018.
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TVS is expected to launch the thoroughly updated 2018 Apache RTR 160 on March 14. As the spy images suggest, the new RTR 160 will feature styling that is more in line with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. The bike will also get a considerable amount of mechanical changes.
The RTR 160 has received consecutive cosmetic updates since its launch over a decade ago, but the bike has never been thoroughly updated. This new version, which will launch in less than a week’s time, is expected to change that. With an overall styling heavily inspired from the RTR 200, it features a similar tank, headlight, tail-light, instrumentation and even turn indicators. The RTR 160 will also feature a similar ‘shotgun’ exhaust design as on the RTR 200.
However, the RTR 160 does feature a different centre panel and a single-piece seat, unlike the split unit seen on the RTR 200. The bike was also spotted riding on differently designed alloy wheels.
The RTR 160 will also use a new frame that will be paired to a mono-shock for the first time, replacing the outgoing twin shock absorbers. The images also reveal that the new bike's air-cooled engine also gets oil cooling for better heat management. We expect the new engine to be significantly more refined than the previous 159.7cc unit, with a bump in power and torque also expected over the outgoing 15.1hp and 13Nm.
Unlike the Apache RTR 200, which has a slightly sporty riding position owing to the clip-on handlebars, the upcoming RTR 160 will feature a conventional handlebar for a more comfortable riding position. The bike spotted testing was also equipped with a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear. However, like the current-gen model, we expect TVS to offer a rear disc brake as an option.
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