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FESTIVE SEASON BRINGS CHEER AS AUTOMAKERS REGISTER RECORD SALES

A majority of automobiles have registered a growth in sales in October when compared to October 2019 and September 2020. In fact, some two-wheeler and four-wheeler makers have had their best month ever in terms of sales.

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After a depressing start to this financial year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian auto industry finally seems to have a reason to rejoice. The festive season has ensured that a majority of automobiles have registered a growth in sales in October both when compared to October 2019 and September 2020. In fact, some two-wheeler and four-wheeler makers have had their best month ever in terms of sales and with Diwali fast approaching, the month of November too looks quite promising. Here’s how some of the biggies fared.

FOUR-WHEELERS

The country’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, posted total sales of 1,82,448 units in October 2020. This is a growth of 18.9% over the same period of previous year. Total sales included domestic sales of 1,66,825 units and 6,037 units for other manufactures. In addition, the Company exported 9,586 units in October 2020 which is a healthy number. Hyundai, which has occupied the second spot in the country when it comes to sales for a long time, recorded its highest ever domestic sales of 56,605 units and exports of 12,230 units with cumulative sales of 68,835 cars for the month of October 2020. Their previous highest monthly domestic sales number was achieved in the month of October 2018 with 52,001 units.

Hyundai’s rival and cousin, Kia motors, a relatively new entrant to the Indian market too registered its highest-ever domestic sales with 21,021 units sold in October. In the process, the Korean carmaker also crossed the milestone of selling 1.5 lakh in India in just over a year. Its highest selling car was the Sonet, which found 11,721 takers last month. Tata Motors fared a little better than Kia and was third overall when it came to October sales. The Homegrown carmaker was able to sell a total of 52,132 vehicles in domestic & international markets, compared to 41,354 units sold during October 2019. In India the company sold 23,617 cars, up from 21,199 units sold in the same period last year.

Mahindra & Mahindra was able to sell 18,600 cars in the month of October which is 27 % more than 14,663 cars it sold in September and 4 % more than 17,923 cars sold in October last year. Next was Toyota which sold a total of 12,373 units in October, thereby clocking a growth of 52% when compared to September 2020 when the company had sold 8,116 units. In October 2019, the company had sold a total of 11,866 units in the domestic market. Honda registered monthly domestic sales of 10,836 units in October 2020 against 10,010 units in corresponding month last year, registering a growth of 8.3 %. Renault was one of the few carmakers which sold fewer cars than last year. It sold 11,005 cars in October against 11,516 cars sold in October 2019, a fall of 4 %. However when compared to September 2020, it registered a healthy growth of 25% when the company sold 8,805 cars.

MG Motor, on the back of its recent launch Gloster, also had an impressive showing in October. The carmaker recorded overall retail sales of 3,750 units during the month, registering a growth of 48 % versus September this year when it sold 2,537 units. In October 2019, it had retailed 3,536 units, which means a growth of 6 %.

TWO-WHEELERS

Records were broken in the 2-wheeler space too as people continued to follow social distancing amid the pandemic. Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, sold 8,06,848 units of motorcycles and scooters in October 2020, its highest-ever sales in any single month. This meant a big double-digit growth of 35% over October 2019, when the company had sold 5,99,248 units. Hero’s rival Honda, after breaching the 5 lakh unit sales level in September, recorded sales of 527,180 units in October. This was 2% than over 517,845 the company sold in October 2019.

TVS Motor company reported that its two-wheelers sales grew by 24% recording 3,82,121 units in October 2020 as against 3,08,161 units in October 2019. Domestic two-wheeler sales posted a growth of 19% registering 3,01,380 units in October 2020 as against 252,684 units last year. Finally, a cult bike maker reported a slight slump in sales. Royal Enfield posted a sale of 66,891 motorcycles in the month of October 2020, against the sales of 71,964 motorcycles for the same month last year. Of these 62,858 were sold in the domestic market which was 7% lesser than October 2019.

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ICREATE LAUNCHES AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE INNOVATION CHALLENGE FOR THE TWO-WHEELER AND THREE-WHEELER EV IN INDIA

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iCreate (International Centre for Technology and Entrepreneurship), innovation-based startup incubator, has launched EVangelise, a grand challenge aimed at identifying the next generation of innovators in the electric vehicle sub-components segment. Planned in three stages over seven months, EVangelise is targeted at startups, college students, research institutions, independent innovators, and EV enthusiasts, with revolutionary innovations in sub-components used in 2W & 3W electric vehicles.

* EVangelise is a three-stage, international challenge open to startups, college students, research institutions, independent innovators, and EV enthusiasts with innovations pertaining to two-wheeler and three-wheeler EV sub-components.

* A total of Rs 88.5 lakh will be given as assured cash prizes to winners across four innovation categories and three stages.

* The top three winners will get cash prizes of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 7.5 lakh, and Rs 5 lakh, besides assured incubation support of Rs 50 lakh each, access to iCreate’s facilities, market connections, and industry mentorship.

* The event will culminate in an EV Expo against the backdrop of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia, where 18 finalists will showcase their innovations, alongside India’s leading EV companies and sub-component manufacturers.

* The grand finale will feature a one-of-its-kind EV race at the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue.

* Applications are open from 15 July 2021.

Anupam Jalote, CEO, iCreate said, “EVangelise aims to identify and nurture some of the brightest minds from across the world, by using the power of innovation in addressing key problem statements of the EV industry. This event has been conceptualised to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the country with sophisticated, energy-efficient and sustainable transportation solutions for the Indian market, thus aligning with India’s 2030 EV ambitions of having 80% of two- and three-wheeler sales as EVs. We believe these innovations also have the potential to help Indian EV manufacturers gain a position of global leadership. iCreate envisions a 25% energy efficiency over current EV configurations through a multitude of efficiency-enhancing innovations such as regenerative braking, waste heat recovery, and more. With EVs as one of our focus areas, we have experienced first-hand, the technology potential in this segment. iCreate is thrilled to announce the launch of EVangelise and invite EV enthusiasts from all over the world to come and witness history in the making.” EVangelise has been designed to cover the four sub-component levels of an electric vehicle: Electric Powertrain (motor + controller); Battery, BMS, and Hybrid Energy Storage Systems; Regenerative Braking Systems; and Intelligent Vehicle Management Systems. With EVangelise, the goal is to create a tech package that can be used by mass manufacturers for accelerating EV adoption in India, and to gain a dominant market position in the global market. Participants can get more details at www.EVangelise.org.in or emailing at EVangelise@icreate.org.in.

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OPPO RENO 6 5G IS MORE THAN A SLEEK LOOKING SMARTPHONE

If you are looking for a smartphone with good looks and great battery life, then Oppo Reno 6 5G can be your pick.

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Oppo, as a brand is known for introducing a smartphone with cutting edge technology stunning looks and above all multi-functional camera setup. This time around it is no different. Oppo introduces Reno 6 5G in the Indian market is this device just beauty or does have some brainy mechanism let’s find out?

DESIGN

Oppo Reno 6 5G has a very sleek and captivating design. As you slide the device out of the box you are impressed by the way it looks. The ultra-slim design with a flat-edged frame and curvy edges make the device very comfortable to hold and good to look at. The dimensions of the mobile are 156.8 mm x 72.1 mm x 7.59 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs approximately 182 grams. Making the device very light to use. It is available in two colours Stellar Black and Aurora.

DISPLAY

Oppo Reno 6-5G comes with a 43 inches flat AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio. The screen is great with minimal bezel at all sides. The only thing that bothers me is the punch hole on the left corner. It distracts my attention for sure. But the device is easy for viewing content. You can enjoy watching your movies & shows on a clear & bright display.

PERFORMANCE & SOFTWARE

Oppo Reno 6 5G, is equipped with Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nm) processor for enjoying a speedy and lag-free performance. Multi-tasking is no issue on this device. You can blaze through multiple applications simultaneously, browsing the web, and playing games. Having multiple tabs at the same time or playing games none of it seems to be bothering the functionality of this device.

Oppo Reno 6 5G gives you a clutter-free and user-friendly UI as it runs ColorOS 11.3 based on the Android 11 operating system. The device comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2 TB.

CAMERA

Oppo is known for its camera, the brand has always worked a bit extra on the camera setup. This time around it is no different, the device gets a triple rear camera setup. There is a 64 MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2 MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Features on the rear camera setup include HDR, panorama, LED flash, and more. On the front, the phone sports a 32 MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture for selfies and video calls.

The Primary lens gives you great results. They are a bit beautified but that is a give in with an Oppo device. The ultra-wide-angle results are a bit blurry on the edges which were a bit of a disappointment. The low light photography is not the best in class but does the job. The front camera is good for selfies and posting as you look better in the imagination than in real life. The device is good for video calling and even for attending meetings and classes.

BATTERY

The smartphone houses a Li-Po 4300 mAh non-removable battery that supports 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging. The device gets charged quickly and has great battery life. Making the device experience better.

VERDICT

Oppo Reno 6 5G smartphone price in India is Rs 29,990. At this price, you get a sleek device, great display and amazing battery life. Low light photography is the real downside of this device and at this price range, you have multiple options in the market. If you are an Oppo loyalist and someone who is looking for a smartphone with good looks and great battery life then this can be your pick.

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HOW IQOO 7 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE MARKET DISRUPTOR

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Mid segment has always been a very competitive market for the smartphone industry. The number of entries is always many but the one which are able to make a mark are few. iQOO7 enters the market as more or less well-rounded device. Will it be a market disruptor? Let’s find out.

DESIGN

The brand has worked well with the designing of the device. Making it look smart up to date and good looking. The curvy edges give it the sleekness you would be looking for. The rare gets AG matte glass which not only feels premium but also keeps fingerprint smudges away. iQOO 7 measures only 8.4mm in thickness and weighs less than 200 grams, making it a slim and handy device. The sides are polycarbonate, with the power button and volume rockers at the right side. It also features a flat bottom that holds the single speaker grille and Type-C port, SIM tray, and a mic.

The rear gets the triple camera setup which is well placed and designed in a way which goes well with the aesthesis of the smartphone.

DISPLAY

iQOO 7 gets a 6.62-inches Full HD+ AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen is very comfortable to the eye. Viewing angles are great and under direct sunlight the panel is bright enough for direct viewing.

You have a thin bezel running all over the phone with a punch-hole notch at the top.

The iQOO 7 supports DRM L1 certification which means that it can stream Full HD content on apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Prime videos. Notably, HDR is not supported on OTT platforms except YouTube. The device comes with an intelligent display chipset that does Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation (MEMC). Basically, it interpolates animation frames in an attempt to make animation more fluid even slow-motion effects look better with MEMC. All in all, the display is sharp, smooth, produces rich colors, you will thoroughly enjoy watching content and playing games on this device.

CAMERA

The Triple rear camera on the iQOO 7 comprises of Sony IMX598 48MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide angle that doubles as a macro camera, and a 2MP monochrome lens. At the front, it gets a 16MP shooter for selfies and video.

The daylight photography was on point. The AI helps detect well and generate good images if you disable AI you might get better results depending on the light. Low light -photography might not be as perfect but does the job well. Ultra-wide mode makes the picture look a bit doctored in comparison the macro mode gives way better results.

The selfies you click will be as good as its competitors and in some cases even better. The selfie shooter doesn’t make the picture look unnatural and painted.

Performance: Under the hood, iQOO 7 is powered by a 7nm Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 processor. The smartphone is backed by Adreno 650 graphics engine. iQOO 7 runs on Android 11-based FuntouchOS 11.1 and coupled with up to 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)and up to 256B (UFS 3.1) storage. Performance is for sure the high side for this device. Using it as a main device for over 10 days didn’t make me feel a glitch even once.

VERDICT

At over Rs 34,000 this device is for sure a market disruptor. With performance equivalent to that of a flagship the device has everything going well for itself. This can be a real pick for someone who is looking for a smart, sleek, well rounded smartphone in the mid- segment.

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TATA LAUNCHES DARK EDITIONS OF ALTROZ AND NEXON RANGE

Tata dark range brings in more exclusivity and premium feel. The idea is to give the cars a more premium and exclusive look with an all-black theme both on the exterior and the interior.

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NEW DELHI: Tata Motors has announced the expansion of the Dark range of vehicles which covers different cars in the company portfolio. What started with the Harrier Dark in August 2019 has now been taken to cars—the Nexon sub-compact SUV, Nexon electric and the Altroz premium hatchback. The idea is to give the cars a more premium and exclusive look with an all-black theme both on the exterior and the interior. While the Tata Altroz Dark Edition is priced at ₹ 8.71 lakh, the Nexon Dark Edition is priced at ₹ 10.40 lakh. The electric version of the SUV is priced at ₹ 15.99 lakh, while the Harrier Dark Edition will set you back by ₹ 18.04 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.

ALTROZ DARK

The Altroz Dark is available in the top variant XZ+ for petrol both with naturally aspirated and turbo engines. The new top of the line variant of the hatch comes in a new cosmo black exterior body colour with dark tint finish on 16-inch alloy wheels and premium dark chrome across the hood. The granite black interior theme with metallic gloss black mid pad and the leatherette upholstery with deep blue tri-arrow perforations and deco blue stitching, all add to the premiumness of the Altroz Dark. The dark mascot on the exterior and the dark embroidery on the front headrest also add to the theme.

NEXON DARK

The Nexon in its dark avatar sports new charcoal black 16-inchalloys, dark mascot, sonic sliver highlights on the body along with matte granite black cladding on the exterior. The interiors offer special dark interior pack and premium leatherette upholstery with Tri-arrow perforations on seats and door trim. The front headrests sport special dark embroidery in line with the theme of the interiors. The new Nexon dark will be offered in XZ+, XZA+, XZ+(O) & XZA+(O) variants of the SUV, in both petrol and diesel fuel options.

NEXON EV DARK

The Nexon EV Dark will be available on the XZ+ and the XZ+ LUX variants of the car. These variants will adorn a premium midnight black exterior colour with satin black humanity line and beltline, dark mascot, and all-new charcoal grey alloy wheels. The interiors of the car get dark themed glossy piano black mid-pad with premium dark themed leatherette upholstery along with tri-arrow perforations on seats and door trims. These are highlighted by EV blue stitches on the seats and a leatherette wrapped steering wheel. The car also gets Tyre pressure monitoring system. Additionally, the Nexon EV XZ+ variant will have rear seat central armrest with cup-holders, 60:40 rear seat-split and adjustable rear seat headrests.

HARRIER DARK

The Harrier dark offers all-new Oberon black colour with a tinge of deep blue making the SUV look a bit different. It also sports the bigger 18-inchblackstone alloys which enhance the sporty stance of the car. Inside, the car offers a premium dark theme with exclusive touches to the key interior elements. The benecke kaliko leatherette upholstery carry special tri-Arrow perforations with deep blue undertone to it enhancing overall premiumness. Also, the front seat headrests sport a special Dark embroidery complementing overall dark theme on the interiors. The car will be available in 3 trims XT+, XZ+ & XZA+.

The Dark range is now available at Tata dealerships and is open for bookings. Tata Motors also decorated the dealerships in the Dark theme to add to the customer’s experience. Additionally, to add aesthetics and accentuate the styling, the company is also introducing exclusive merchandise, which will consist of Dark branded premium leather jackets and T-shirts. In addition to this the company has also introduced a tyre puncture repair kit, as a priority customer offering, to increasing the convenience quotient in the range.

The writer is Senior Editor at carandbike.com

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MOBILE WALLETS, DIGITAL GIFT CARDS HAVE MADE SHOPPING EASIER

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Increased numbers of people have been using digital wallets for making purchases in recent times and this has resulted in ease of shopping. More and more Indians are now turning to digital and contactless payments, and this has reshaped the shopping experience for people, according to a survey by Blackhawk Network. The Global Digital Payments survey analysed how payment preferences have changed among consumers across nine geographies, including India in the last year. Taking responses from more than 13,000 shoppers, the study said that 94% of people believe that digital payments have made shopping easier for them.

There is no doubt that online shopping has become a trend that keeps on growing every year. According to the survey, 93% of Indian respondents now prefer using digital wallets regularly when compared to their global counterparts. The Covid-19 pandemic has surely given an impetus to the adoption of digital wallets in India as people adopt more ways for making transactions from their mobile devices. Not only for online shopping but it has also been observed that people prefer buying products from retailers that allow them to make digital purchases. “The survey finds 69% of respondents will shop more frequently at retailers that accept digital payments,” read the press note.

Theresa McEndree, global head of marketing, Blackhawk Network said, “With the widespread adoption of mobile wallets, digital gift cards, rewards, and loyalty points, consumers are increasingly seeking retailers that have embraced digital and contactless payments.” Notably, India is still a very high cash-driven market where the digital payment industry is still in a nascent stage, however, the report noted it is evolving fast. In the last year, the opportunities for retailers have increased multifold and consumers would rather prefer retailers that offer fast, seamless, and secure digital payments.

With the pandemic being a major catalyst for shifting consumers’ spending as well as payment patterns, retailers cannot afford to ignore the digital payment options, McEndree added. “Overall, this presents an opportunity for retailers to help consumers make potentially temporary spending habits more permanent,” said Radhakrishna Venketeshwaran, VP, Head of Strategic Development Centre, Product & Engineering, Blackhawk Network.

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UNVEILED: NEW DETAILS OF APPLE IPHONE 13

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Apple’s next iPhone series will launch in a few months. While the upcoming lineup was believed to be named iPhone 13, there were also claims that Apple may skip the number 13 and come up with some new name for the forthcoming series. However, Mashable has learnt that Apple’s next flagship smartphone will be called iPhone 13. This information sounds like the most obvious piece of news ever.

There was, however, some speculation that Apple might name its next flagship differently, perhaps due to the connotations of the number 13, which is considered to be an unlucky number in some cultures. Also, we shouldn’t forget that the current iPhone naming scheme is only two generations old, before iPhone 11 there was iPhone X, so Apple straying from this path wouldn’t be as surprising as it initially may seem. Still, it wasn’t meant to be. Supply chain sources said the naming scheme will be the same as last year, with Apple launching four new models: the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the 5.4-inch iPhone mini.

The report also claimed that Foxconn will be producing all of the iPhone 13 Pro Max devices, 68% of the iPhone 13 devices, and about 60% of the iPhone 13 Pro devices, with the rest being built by Luxshare, while Pegatron is exclusively building the iPhone 13 mini. The iPhone 13 is widely expected to be a fairly small upgrade compared to the iPhone 12, with a near-identical design, and the same screen sizes, though some of the new models are expected to feature 120Hz displays.Other potential improvements include faster processors, more storage options, a bigger battery, and an improved ultra-wide camera.

The iPhone 13 is also rumoured to come with an Always-On Display. As per the rumours, the Always-On Display will only show time, battery percentage, and incoming notifications.

The upcoming device is said to preserve the design philosophy of the recent iPhones and not come with a lot of heavy design changes. The iPhone 13 could come with a smaller, taller notch, with the earpiece getting shifted into the bezel area.

As for the colour, two new colour variants for the iPhone 13 are being speculated. One could be Rose Pink and the other could be a black colour which is darker than the Space Grey of the Apple iPads.

None of this is likely to be officially confirmed until the iPhone 13 series launches, which will probably happen in September.

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