#ODRecap: Datsun redi-GO launch, Baleno Euro NCAP results and Ducati signs Lorenzo
Datsun to launch redi-Go in India on June 1, 2016
Usually, every upcoming new car launch from Maruti makes the entire nation sit up and take notice. However, this time around it's an all-new Datsun hatchback that has got us as well as prospective buyers interested. The Datsun redi-Go is based on the same CMF-A platform that also underpins the Renault Kwid and sports styling similar to the concept car showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. Under the hood, there's a 800cc motor coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Read about it here
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo signs with Ducati for 2017 and 2018
Speculations have been rife since the start of the 2016 season on whether Jorge Lorenzo would continue to race for Movistar Yamaha. There were rumors that he could move on to Ducati for the 2017 season. Now, Ducati has issued a statement that the Spaniard will be riding for them in the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP seasons. Read about it here
Bajaj Allianz introduces new 3 year insurance policy for two-wheelers in India
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has launched a new two-wheeler policy in India that provides an insurance cover for up to three consecutive years. In addition, the policy also provides 24×7 road assistance which is a first of its kind for two-wheelers in India. The road assistance support will be offered complimentary for women for the first year. The company will issue only one policy certificate thus negating the need of annual renewal. The 24×7 support by Bajaj Allianz will provide assistance in emergency situations like flat tyre, low battery, lost key, towing, minor repairs and legal advice. The assistance also takes care of accommodation, taxi benefits and medical co-ordination. Get more details about the Bajaj Allianz's new two-wheeler insurance policy here.
1.33 lakh Polaris ATVs to be recalled for a potential fire risk
World renowned for their off-road vehicles, Polaris is recalling a good 133,000 of its recreational ATVs due to a fire risk in a certain batch. The models under scrutiny are the RZR 900 and RZR 1000 all-terrain vehicle models between 2013 and 2016, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It is said that these ATVs are prone to catch fire while driving them, posing a hazard to occupants. Polaris has already received over 160 reports of their vehicles catching fire, including an incident which cost the life of a 15-year-old. Read about the Polaris recall here.
Tork Motorcycles raises funds for the development of the T6X electric motorcycle
Pune-based electric two-wheeler company, Tork Motorcycles has raised angel funding from Ola founders Bhavish Agarwal, Ankit Bhati along with other investors led by Harpreet Grover, CoCubes co-founder & CEO. These funds will primarily be used to develop a production version of the T6X electric motorcycle, scheduled for an end-2016 launch in India. The T6X will come equipped with in-built navigation, cloud connectivity along with an integrated GPS. Tork Motorcycles has already released a teaser image of the T6X electric prototype. Get all the information about the upcoming Tork T6X here.
India-made Maruti Suzuki Baleno scores three stars in Euro NCAP crash test
The India-made Maruti Suzuki Baleno has scored a three star rating at the recently conducted crash test by Euro NCAP. However, the variant with the safety pack (radar-based braking) scored four stars. The three star rating means, "average to good occupant protection but lacking crash avoidance technology", according to Euro NCAP. The tests conducted include front-offset deformable barrier test at 64kmph, Front full width rigid barrier test at 50kmph, Side mobile barrier test at 50kmph and the side pole test at 32kmph. Read here for our detailed feature.
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