Top Car News Of The Week: Here Are The Main Headlines From The Week Gone By!

Tesla
R&D
Unit
Registered
In
Bengaluru,
India
After
many
speculations
and
rumours,
Tesla
is
finally
set
to
enter
the
Indian
market.
The
company
will
soon
be
starting
operations
of
its
new
R&D
unit,
set
up
in
Bengaluru,
Karnataka.
The
R&D
unit
has
been
registered
under
the
name
‘Tesla
India
Motor
&
Energy
Private
Limited’,
with
its
office
located
at
Lavelle
Road

here
are
the
details.
BMW
2
Series
220i
M
Sport
Launched
In
India
BMW
has
launched
the
new
petrol
variant
of
their
2
Series
sedan,
called
the
220i
M
Sport.
The
new
BMW
2
Series
220i
carries
forward
all
the
same
features,
equipment
and
styling
from
its
diesel-counterpart,
with
only
the
engine
being
the
differentiating
factor.
The
BMW
2
Series
220i
comes
powered
by
a
2.0-litre
TwinPower
Turbo
petrol
engine
producing
190bhp
and
280Nm
of
peak
torque

here
are
the
details.
Tata
Altroz
iTurbo
Unveiled:
Bookings
Open
Tata
Motors
has
finally
unveiled
their
much-awaited
Altroz
iTurbo
model
for
the
Indian
market.
The
new
Tata
Altroz
iTurbo
will
come
powered
by
a
de-tuned
version
of
the
same
1.2-litre
turbocharged
petrol
engine
powering
the
Nexon.
The
engine
on
the
premium
hatchback
produces
108bhp
and
140Nm
of
peak
torque
and
is
mated
to
a
five-speed
manual.
The
company
has
also
started
accepting
bookings
for
the
same

here
are
the
details.
Aston
Martin
DBX
Launched
In
India
Aston
Martin
has
launched
its
first-ever
DBX
in
the
Indian
market
for
a
price
tag
of
Rs
3.82
crore,
ex-showroom
(India).
The
DBX
SUV
features
all
the
signature
elements
of
its
supercars,
while
also
combining
practicality.
The
Aston
Martin
DBX
is
powered
by
a
4.0-litre
V8
producing
542bhp
and
700Nm
of
peak
torque,
mated
to
a
nine-speed
automatic

here
are
the
details.
Tata
Safari
Unveiled:
Production
Begins
At
Pune
Facility
Tata
Motors
announced
the
start
of
production
of
its
upcoming
Safari
hatchback
at
its
Pune
facility.
The
company
rolled
out
the
first
retail-ready
Tata
Safari,
while
also
unveiling
the
exterior
design
and
details
of
the
SUV

check
out
all
the
details
here.
Thoughts
On
The
Top
Car
News
Of
The
Week
Here
was
our
pick
of
all
the
top
headlines
from
the
four-wheeler
industry
from
last
week.
The
auto
industry
is
off
to
a
strong
start
in
2021,
with
January
already
confirmed
to
be
packed
with
surprises.
Source: DriveSpark.com

Aston Martin DBX SUV Launched In India: Prices Start At Rs 3.82 Crore

Although
an
SUV,
the
DBX
continues
to
feature
all
the
signature
elements
of
an
Aston
Martin.
This
includes
the
‘DB’ grille
at
the
front,
muscular
bonnet
lines,
with
the
LED
headlamps.
The
DBX
also
comes
with
the
brand’s
signature
ducktail
boot-lid
spoiler
at
the
rear,
LED
tail
lights
and
the
twin
exhausts
integrated
into
the
rear
bumper.
The
Aston
Martin
SUV
also
comes
with
flared
wheel
arches,
housing
a
set
of
large
22-inch
alloy
wheels,
frameless
door
and
a
coupe-like
roofline.
Moving
inside,
the
Aston
Martin
DBX
continues
to
offer
a
host
of
features
combining
both
sporty
and
luxury
characteristics.
The
cabin
of
the
DBX
comes
with
premium
leather
upholstery
all
around,
sporty
seats
moulded
from
the
ones
found
in
the
DB11.
There
are
also
a
host
of
bespoke
elements
all
around,
along
with
other
comfort
and
convenience
features
and
equipment.
The
DBX
also
comes
with
a
large
12.3-inch
digital
instrument
cluster,
a
10.25-inch
digital
infotainment
system
with
Apple
CarPlay
as
standard.
There
are
also
features
such
as
360-degree
camera,
panoramic
sunroof,
ambient
lighting,
wireless
charging,
multi-zone
climate
control
and
a
host
of
others
available.
The
Aston
Martin
DBX
comes
with
large
dimensions,
offering
good
cabin
and
boot
space,
allowing
customers
to
travel
in
both
luxury
and
comfort,
while
also
being
practical.
The
DBX
measures
5,039mm
in
length,
1,998mm
in
width
and
1,680mm
in
height.
The
SUV
also
comes
with
a
wheelbase
of
3,060mm
and
is
said
to
have
a
ground
clearance
of
190mm.
The
DBX
comes
with
an
air
suspension
system
which
further
allows
the
SUV
to
be
raised
or
lowered
by
45mm
to
50mm,
respectively.
The
large
dimensions
also
ensure
the
DBX
comes
with
a
large
boot
space
of
632-litres,
with
the
rear
seats
offering
a
40:20:40
split.
The
Aston
Martin
DBX
comes
powered
by
a
4.0-litre
twin-turbo
V8
petrol
engine.
It
produces
542bhp
@
6500rpm
and
700Nm
of
peak
torque
between
2,200rpm

5,000rpm
and
is
paired
to
a
nine-speed
automatic
gearbox
as
standard.
In
terms
of
performance,
the
new
Aston
Martin
DBX
claims
to
sprint
from
0

100km/h
in
just
4.5
seconds,
while
having
a
top-speed
of
291km/h.
Thoughts
On
The
Aston
Martin
DBX
In
India
The
Aston
Martin
DBX
has
finally
entered
the
Indian
market.
The
SUV
from
the
British
supercar
brand
will
rival
the
likes
of
the
Lamborghini
Urus,
Bentley
Bentayga
V8,
Porsche
Cayenne
and
the
Rolls
Royce
Cullinan
in
the
market.
Source: DriveSpark.com

Aston Martin DB5 Junior: A Scaled-Down Version Built In Collaboration With ‘The Little Car Company’

According to ‘The Little Car Company’, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior took 15 months to build and features all the elements from the actual car. The Junior is powered by an electric motor with a 1.8kWh battery pack, producing 6.7bhp which is sent to the rear wheels. The DB5 Junior is also said to max out at around 35km/h. The electric powertrain is positioned below the bonnet of the DB5 Junior. The car comes with a detachable battery pack which offers a maximum range of around 25km on a single charge. Power is transmitted to the road via 10-inch wheels with ventilated discs for braking. In terms of dimensions, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior measures 3 metres long and 1.1-metre wide. The Junior is said to easily seat one adult and one child side-by-side. The DB5 Junior is said to be made using aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite materials for the body, to help keep the weight down to 270kg. The DB5 Junior car can be driven around with the power regulated using aluminium billet pedals for both acceleration and braking. The Aston Martin DB5 Junior even carries forward the same suspension setup as the original, this comes in the form of a double-wishbone at the front. The setup of the camber gains and roll centre matches the actual car’s geometry as well. In terms of design and features, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior also comes with the brand’s iconic ‘Aston Martin wings’ shield and the DB5 badges as the original. The instrument cluster also has been replicated to match the iconic 1963 vintage model, although a few changes have been made. This includes the fuel gauge being replaced by the battery meter, while the oil temperature gauge now measures the battery temp. Another interesting feature is the presence of the Smiths clock, carried forward on to the DB5 Junior, similar to that on the original. Apart from this, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior also features working headlamps, taillights, indicators and even a horn. Thoughts On The Aston Martin DB5 Junior The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic models from the 1960s from the British brand. The car was made even popular with its appearance in various James Bond movies over the years as well. Now, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior is definitely something special, which is sure to grab attention.
Source: DriveSpark.com

Aston Martin Heritage EV Project Converts Old Classic Aston Martin Cars Into Electric Vehicles

Aston Martin makes some of the most desirable cars in the world like the Aston Martin Vantage that was launched recently. That alone is enough incentive to own one despite the lofty price tag. What makes them more desirable is the fact that the price of an Aston Martin only goes upwards and never downwards as its age increases. The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven by James Bond fetched more than Rs 14 crore when it was auctioned off earlier this year. This is just one of many examples where classic Aston Martin cars have been sold for a price much higher than they were bought for. This effect is only multiplied if the Aston Martin in question is a desirable heritage classic like the DB5 or the DB6 MkII Volante. With emission norms tightening up across the world, Aston martin is very well aware that electric cars are the way to go forward. Though such heritage cars are not banned from public roads yet, there could be a possibility of such a ban in the future too. If a blanket ban on all cars older than 15 years is imposed, owners of heritage cars would be left in the lurch. Adding to all this is the fact that car buyers and users are becoming more environment conscious with every passing day. In order to prevent heritage car owners from getting into trouble with environmental agencies and to appeal to eco-friendly car owners, Aston Martin has announced the Heritage EV scheme. Under the Heritage EV program, owners of classic Aston Martins can get their cars converted so that they can purely run on electricity. Aston Martin will convert the classic car to an electric car by plonking in an electric motor while leaving as much of the heritage car in its original state as possible. This scheme includes leaving the gearbox and engine mounts in place. The first car that would undergo this conversion program is the Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante that was produced from 1965 to 1971. For the Heritage EV program, Aston Martin will be using technology from their upcoming electric sports car – Rapide E. The Aston Martin Rapide E is set to debut in the latter half of 2019 and will be powered by an 800-volt, 65kWh battery. It will have range of over 320 kilometres and will go from 0-100km/h in under 4 seconds. With a top speed of 250km/h, it will be a pretty quick car. Aston Martin will be producing ‘cassettes’ with this EV technology that just slots into older Aston Martin cars and bolts on directly to the original engine mounting plates. The only major change inside the cars will be aTFT screen to display various vehicle parameters. The Aston Martin DB6 MkII Volante is powered by a 4.0-litre, inline-six-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 282bhp and a peak torque output of 380Nm. 0-100km/h was dispatched in 8.4 seconds and it was capable of a top speed of around 240km/h. With the new electric powertrain though, things would change drastically. If Aston Martin decides to go anywhere close to the performance of the upcoming Rapide E with the DB6 MkII Volante, the brakes and suspension too would have to be upgraded. What makes the Heritage EV program interesting though is that it can be reversed. Just in case the owner of the car wants to plonk in that gas-guzzling petrol motor back in, Aston Martin would gladly do it for its valuable customer. Thoughts On Aston Martin Converting Classic Cars Into Electric The global automotive industry is moving toward electrification and there is no doubt about it. Be it mass market car manufacturers or exotic car manufacturers, everyone would sooner or later have to humble themselves before the electric motor and this is Aston Martin’s way of doing it – keeping them old classic running clean and green.
Source: DriveSpark.com