Rev Up Your Festivities with Honda’s Exclusive ‘Elegant Edition’ and ‘Elite Edition’ – Unveiling Premium Joy on Wheels!

Honda Elevate
Honda Cars India kicks off its inaugural large-scale delivery extravaganza for the Honda Elevate.
Inauguration of Honda’s Elite Edition and Elegant Edition

In New Delhi on October 3, 2023, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), a prominent manufacturer of premium cars in India, proudly introduces the festive editions – the ‘Elegant Edition’ for the mid-size sedan Honda City and the ‘Elite Edition’ for the popular family sedan Honda Amaze. These unique editions, available in limited quantities, are offered with both Manual Transmission (MT) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), based on the V grade of Honda City and the VX grade of Honda Amaze. Featuring an enhanced premium package, these editions are available in a spectrum of color options.

As part of ‘The Great Honda Fest,’ the company is also presenting exclusive festive offers on other City and Amaze variants, creating an exciting opportunity for customers across India. Until October 31, 2023, customers can benefit from a range of attractive offers when purchasing their preferred Honda car from any authorized Honda dealership.

Mr. Yuichi Murata, Director of Marketing & Sales at Honda Cars India Ltd., shared insights on the festive editions, stating, “As we gear up for the festive season, our focus is on enhancing our models with a distinct premium package to appeal to our discerning buyers. The new editions of City and Amaze aim to offer enhanced styling and convenience with added features at an attractive price.” He further added, “Festivals hold a special place in our lives, providing a reason to celebrate. Alongside the launch of these limited editions, we have introduced exciting offers on other City and Amaze variants to make the new car purchase more rewarding for all our customers.”

Honda City ‘Elegant Edition’ Highlights:

  • Derived from the V grade in both Manual Transmission (MT) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Trunk Spoiler with LED
  • Wireless Charger (Plug and Play type)
  • Front Fender Garnish
  • Elegant Edition Seat Cover
  • Sleek Step Illumination
  • Elegant Edition Badge
  • Leg Room Lamp

Price (Ex-showroom Delhi):

  • MT: Rs. 12,57,400
  • CVT: Rs. 13,82,400

Honda Amaze ‘Elite Edition’ Highlights:

  • Constructed from the top-tier VX grade in both Manual Transmission (MT) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Trunk Spoiler with LED
  • Integrated Tyre Pressure Monitoring System with display functionality accessible through the Honda Connect App
  • Front Fender Garnish
  • Comfortable Front Armrest (Sliding Type)
  • Anti Fog Film on ORVM
  • Elite Edition Seat Cover
  • Elite Edition Step Illumination
  • Elite Edition Badge
  • Tyre Inflator

Price (Ex-showroom Delhi):

  • MT: Rs. 9,03,900
  • CVT: Rs. 9,85,900

The festive editions of the City and Amaze are available for purchase on Honda’s online sales platform “Honda from Home” and through HCIL’s authorized dealership network across the country.


Nissan Powers Up EV Revolution: All UK Plant Models Go Electric in £3 Billion Drive Towards a Zero-Emissions Future

Nissan's £3 Billion Drive to Electrify All UK Plant Models
Nissan accelerates the switch to full electric

Nissan has announced the production of its second and third new electric vehicles in the UK, expanding its EV36Zero hub. This transformative initiative will necessitate the establishment of a third gigafactory to support the UK’s largest car plant. The commitment to electric vehicles by Nissan facilitates an investment of up to £3 billion, covering three models, battery production, and infrastructure. The flagship Nissan Qashqai, JUKE, and LEAF models will all transition to all-electric versions. These future models will draw inspiration from the Hyper Urban, Hyper Punk, and Chill-Out concepts.

The Sunderland-based EV36Zero hub, a blueprint for future manufacturing, will now consist of three electric vehicles, three gigafactories, and significant investment. This development is welcomed news for Nissan’s 7,000 employees in the UK and the 30,000 jobs supported in the UK supply chain. The entire manufacturing process, including vehicle and battery production, will be powered by the EV36Zero Microgrid, utilizing wind and solar farms at the Nissan facility. Nissan President and CEO Makoto Uchida emphasized the significance of this project, positioning the Sunderland plant as the core of Nissan’s future vision for an all-electric future in Europe.

The announcement aligns with Nissan’s commitment to making all new cars in Europe fully electric and aims for its entire passenger car lineup in Europe to be 100% electric by 2030. This move is part of Nissan’s broader Ambition 2030 vision, striving to be a sustainable company contributing to a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed confidence in Nissan’s investment, asserting that it solidifies Sunderland’s position as a hub for electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing.

Nissan’s investment includes up to £1.12 billion for research and development, manufacturing improvements, skills training, and tooling for suppliers. The three new electric vehicles, based on the Qashqai, JUKE, and LEAF models, will be inspired by the Hyper Urban, Hyper Punk, and Chill-Out concepts, respectively. Specific details about the names, specifications, and launch dates of these models will be disclosed later.

This announcement builds on the initial £1 billion investment in the EV36Zero project, transforming the Sunderland manufacturing facility into a world-leading electric vehicle manufacturing ecosystem. The expansion also includes a Microgrid project initiated by the Sunderland City Council, capable of delivering 100% renewable electricity to Nissan and its neighboring suppliers. The UK government has further supported this initiative with a £15 million funding grant for a collaborative project led by Nissan, enhancing the technical expertise and research and development capabilities of the Nissan Technical Centre.

In conjunction with this announcement, a new Investment Zone (IZ) for North East England has been confirmed, focusing on Advanced Manufacturing and Green Industries. This aligns with the government’s plan for the automotive sector, creating jobs, driving growth, and reinforcing the UK’s position as a major manufacturer. The Investment Zone aims to capitalize on the region’s strengths in automotive and advanced manufacturing, attracting further investments of similar scale and significance. The EV36Zero project is a pivotal component of Nissan’s Ambition 2030 vision, contributing to the company’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality across the lifecycle of its products by fiscal year 2050.

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BMW’s Designworks Ignites Innovation in Egypt’s Forbes International Tower Project

Designworks creates User Experience Design for Forbes International Tower

Designworks, the innovation studio of the BMW Group, has joined forces with real estate developer Magnom Properties to craft an emotionally engaging design for the façade of Egypt’s new Forbes International Tower. This collaboration aims to mark a significant milestone in sustainable urban development in the Middle East. The architects behind the project, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, conceptualized a 230-meter (755-foot)-tall building that seeks to establish a modern symbiosis between architecture and the environment. In line with this vision, the Designworks team will integrate features such as reflection, illumination, and digital interactivity into their design to foster a harmonious connection between the building, the surrounding environment, and the occupants and visitors.

Beyond the exterior design, Designworks will also be responsible for creating a seamless user journey across all physical and digital touchpoints of the EV charging park. Leveraging the BMW Group’s experience design process, which prioritizes customer needs, the team aims to provide visitors with a completely new experience of the building, both from the outside and the inside. Magnom Properties CEO Maged Marie emphasizes that the collaboration with Designworks aligns perfectly with their vision of creating an exceptional experience that integrates innovative technologies.

The 55-story business tower, a collaborative effort with Forbes, is planned to be part of Cairo’s new administrative and financial district. Boasting over 100,000 square meters (328,000 sq. ft.) of space, it is set to establish a new benchmark for sustainable architecture, aiming to minimize the building’s carbon footprint and achieve the highest certifications for ecological construction.

Holger Hampf, head of Designworks, highlights the BMW Group’s commitment to sustainability, stating, “The BMW Group was the world’s first car manufacturer to have its own environmental protection officer, and today, sustainability is at the heart of the company´s focus – far beyond the automobile.” As a subsidiary of the BMW Group, Designworks is proud to contribute to the design of the Forbes International Tower, believing that high-quality design can influence customer mindsets and behavior, promoting more responsible action.

The Forbes International Tower in Egypt is scheduled for completion in 2027, with plans for additional commercial towers of similar design in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.


The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic: back to the future

The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic
The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic
The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic

A total of 1,250 examples of the limited-edition model by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur will revive the style of the 1960s and early 1970s. Like its immediate predecessor, the 997-based 911 Sport Classic presented in 2009, the appearance of this model is inspired by the original 911 (1964 – 1973) and the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

“The Heritage Design models represent the most emotionally driven concepts of the Porsche product strategy,” says Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualization and Classic. “This unique approach sees the Style Porsche design department working with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur to reinterpret iconic 911 models and equipment from the 1950s through to the 1980s and to revive design features from those decades.” Porsche is launching four limited-edition models over an extended period. The first of these was presented in 2020: the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition with design elements from the 1950s and 1960s.

Porsche Design has also created a high-quality chronograph exclusively available to drivers who purchase the collector’s edition vehicle. The watch seamlessly picks up on numerous details from the new 911 Sport Classic design. As part of the Heritage Design Classic package, selected interior elements of the new 911 Sport Classic will also be available for most current 911 models.

The wide body – otherwise reserved for the 911 Turbo models – a fixed rear spoiler in the style of the legendary ‘ducktail’ Carrera RS 2.7 and the double-bubble roof underscore the distinctiveness of the new 911 Sport Classic.

As with the first 997-generation 911 Sport Classic launched in 2009, the designers were inspired by the Fashion Grey paintwork of the early Porsche 356 when choosing the exclusive paint finish for the new limited-edition model. “The new 911 Sport Classic is the first vehicle to feature Sport Grey Metallic paintwork,” says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche. “Grey is never boring, quite often a statement and always cool.” As an alternative to the exclusive Sport Grey Metallic finish, the new 911 Sport Classic is also available in solid Black, Agate Grey Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic or Paint to Sample. Twin stripes painted on the bonnet, roof and rear spoiler in light Sports Grey emphasise the car’s sporty design.

In the interior, the iconic Pepita pattern can be found on the door panels and seat centres, while two-tone, semi-aniline leather upholstery in Black/Classic Cognac provides an elegant contrast with the exterior colour.

550 PS for the most powerful manual 911 yet

The powertrain concept is equally unique: the 3.7-litre, twin-turbo flat-six engine (911 Sport Classic: fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 12.6 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 285 g/km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 12.8 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 292 g/km) transmits its 405 kW (550 PS) to the road via the rear wheels only. In combination with the seven-speed manual gearbox, the new 911 Sport Classic is the most powerful manual 911 available today.

The gearbox has an auto-blip function that compensates for engine-speed differences between the gears with a brief burst of revs when shifting down. The standard sports exhaust system is specially tailored to the model for an even more emotive sound experience.

The suspension, based on that of the 911 Turbo and 911 GTS models, meets high performance requirements: thanks to the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), its shock absorbers respond to dynamic changes at lightning speed. PASM is combined as standard with the sports suspension, which features a 10-millimetre-lower ride height.


2021 Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD wins AAA’s Best Overall Car for 2022

2021 Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD
2021 Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD
2021 Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium All-Wheel Drive has won AAA’s Best Overall Car for 2022, the most recent approval for Ford’s electric SUV.

AAA analysts gave exceptional acclaim to the vehicle for its sensational new profile, its power, and for hushing up, speedy, large, and amusing to drive. Bronco Mach-E keeps on drawing client consideration also, with U.S. deals up 23% through April.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has guaranteed various different honors including Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice Award and Electric Vehicle of the Year Award, in addition to the Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award, AutoGuide’s Utility of the Year, Green Vehicle of the Year and Autoweek’s Car Buyer’s Award.