Tesla coming to India soon: What cars to expect

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January 20, 2021

Tesla will start operations in India in early 2021: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Jan 20: Your dream of owning a Tesla electric car will soon be a reality as the company is set to begin its India journey with its highest-selling Model 3, before the premium Model S and Model X, which would be available later in the year and in early 2022.

Arriving in India via Tesla Motors Amsterdam that will give the electric car-maker tax benefits related to dividend payments and capital gains, the Model 3 may start from around Rs 60 lakh.

The base Standard Range Plus model now claims a driving range of 423 km per charge, while the Long-Range Model 3 can give you 568 km range on one single charge.

CarDekho.com has even listed the price of three Tesla models with their expected arrival: Tesla Model 3 from Rs 60 lakh in as early as March, Tesla Model S from Rs 1.5 crore in July and Model X from Rs 2 crore in early 2022.

The India arrival dates and prices, however, have not been revealed by Tesla, which now has a registered office in Bengaluru.

According to Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, Tesla's bold bet on India will supercharge and transform the country's mobility future.

"Over the short-term, Tesla's entry will give a boost to the government's policy initiatives, strengthen EV manufacturing in India, spur new mobility startups, and most importantly, fasten the development of enabling EV infrastructure," Ram told IANS.

Tesla is setting up a corporate office in Bengaluru to commence its India operations. The Karnataka government had earlier made a strong pitch to invite Tesla to the state.

Tesla is also in touch with other state governments in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to start its India operations.

The move will also open India to select as one of the countries where Tesla cars can be purchased.

People are eying its most loved car e Model 3 e which is built from the ground up as an electric vehicle with ultra-high strength steel and a low, solid centre of gravity.

Model 3 achieved a US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) 5-star safety rating in every category and subcategory with its energy absorbent crash structure, rigid passenger compartment, incredible side impact protection and one of the lowest rollover risks of any sedan on the road.

Model 3 comes with the option of dual motor all-wheel drive, 20-inch Uber turbine wheels and performance brakes and lowered suspension for total control in all weather conditions.

A carbon fibre spoiler improves stability at high speeds, allowing the Model 3 to accelerate from 0-96 km in as little as 3.1 seconds. A 15-minute recharge at a Supercharger location can get it ready to go for up to 280 km.

The inside of Model 3 is unlike any other car. You can use your smartphone as a key, and access all driver controls in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat.

In the US, the warranty on the base Model 3 variant is four years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) and on the battery and drive unit, the warranty is 8 years or 120,000 miles (whichever comes first).

The electric vehicle (EV) market in India is expected to reach over 63 lakh unit-mark per annum by 2027, according to a recent report by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). The demand for the batteries is also going to rise substantially over the same period.

The EV sales in India stood at 3.8 lakh units in 2019-20, and the EV battery market reached 5.4GWh during the year. Tesla's entry will only boost the EV sector.

"Over the long-term, India stands to leapfrog the current conventional mobility and build a strong foundation for e-mobility. With India's advanced capabilities in manufacturing and information technology, the country is potentially poised for success and lead the world in the post-Covid future," Ram noted.

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March 4,2021

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Samsung on Wednesday launched Galaxy A32 smartphone that comes with 64MP quad camera, 90Hz display along with a long-lasting 5000mAh battery for Rs 21,999 (6GB+128GB variant).

The device with 6.4-inch FHD+ sAMOLED screen will be available in four colours -- Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet available across retail stores and leading online portals, starting Wednesday.

As an introductory offer, consumers can get cashback up to Rs 2,000 on HDFC Bank credit card, debit card and EMI transactions, making Galaxy A32 available at an effective price of Rs 19,999.

After the success of Galaxy A12, Galaxy A32 is the second Galaxy A series smartphone in the country this year.

"Galaxy A32 continues the legacy and will strengthen our mid-range portfolio by providing new generation technology to all. Galaxy A32 has been designed keeping in mind the growing appetite for content consumption and expression of creativity among Gen Z and millennials," said Aditya Babbar, Senior Director and Head, Mobile Marketing, Samsung India.

On the rear, Galaxy A32 comes with 64MP main camera. The 8MP ultra-wide lens has a 123-degree field of view which adds more perspective to images. The 5MP macro lens helps take close-up shots, and the 5MP depth camera gives portrait shots in ‘Live Focus' mode.

Galaxy A32 supports hyperlapse, night mode, slow-mo, panorama and pro mode as well and offers a 20MP selfie camera.

Galaxy A32 packs 5000mAh battery that claims to provide up to 20 hours of video playback, 93 hours of music playback and 19 hours of internet usage time. The device comes with 15W adaptive fast charging.

It houses advanced Octa-Core Mediatek Helio G80 processor.

According to the company, the in-built 'Game Booster' software monitors gaming performance and automatically adjusts settings including battery life, temperature and memory usage.

Galaxy A32 supports Android 11 and One UI 3.1 and comes with in-display fingerprint sensor. The consumers also get ‘AltZLife' feature that enhances privacy levels.

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March 1,2021

Maruti Suzuki sales rise 4 per cent to 1,60,752 units in January

New Delhi, Mar 1: Maruti Suzuki on Monday reported total sales of 1.64 lakh units during February, up 11.8 per cent from 1.47 lakh units year-on-year.

The country's largest carmaker said total sales included domestic sales of 147,483 units, sales to other OEMs 5,500 units and exports of 11,486 units.

Maruti Suzuki's domestic sales increased by 8.3 per cent to 1.44 lakh units last month as against 1.33 lakh units in February 2020.

Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto said its sales last month totalled 3.75 lakh units against 3.54 lakh units year-on-year, marking a growth of 6 per cent.

Two-wheeler sales jumped 7 per cent at 3.3 lakh units against 3.1 lakh units in February last year while commercial vehicle sales went down 5 per cent at 42,454 units against 44,691 units.

Domestic sales dropped by 2 per cent at 1.64 lakh units against 1.68 lakh units. Exports grew by 13 per cent at 2.1 lakh units against 1.86 lakh units year-on-year.

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February 23,2021

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Washington, Feb 23: Netflix has found a new way to get content in front of its users. The online streaming platform has launched a new feature that will automatically download TV shows or movies based on subscribers' preferences and viewing history.

As per Variety, the new feature called 'Downloads For You' was made available to Netflix's Android app globally starting February 22, after the company tested it out with select users in late 2020.

Netflix has also said it will test out Downloads For You in the iOS version of its app soon.
Netflix three years ago first introduced Smart Downloads, an offline-viewing feature that pulls in the next episode of users' favourite shows. Now it is trying to get users hooked by proactively pushing content to their smartphone or tablet so it is available to watch even if they are disconnected.

Netflix also said that most, not all, content in its catalogue is available to be downloaded and watched offline, with some exceptions based on licensing rights.

"We're excited to introduce Downloads For You. People who choose this new feature will have shows or movies automatically downloaded to their devices, with recommendations based on their tastes," Patrick Flemming, Netflix's director of product innovation, said in a statement.

Flemming added, "We want to make discovering your next new favorite series or film even easier, whether you're connected or not."

Another recently introduced feature is 'shuffle play', rolling out worldwide in the first half of 2021 on connected TVs, which lets subscribers press a button and randomly start streaming a recommended title or one from their watch list.

With the 'Downloads For You' feature, Netflix emphasised that users have control of how much video is downloaded to their device.

To enable the feature, users must go to the Downloads tab on the app and switch on Downloads For You. Then they can choose the maximum amount of content they want downloaded -- 1 gigabyte, 3 GB, or 5GB -- and click Turn On. The more space you allow, the more recommendations Netflix will download for you.

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