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2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 launched in India at Rs 15.99 Lakh

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2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260

New Delhi, June 18: Ducati India has just launched the 2018 Multistrada 1260 in the country at Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Multistrada 1260 S has been priced at Rs 18.06 lakh (ex-showroom). Ducati India announced the launch through its social media on Tuesday.

The 1260 is the company’s flagship adventure-tourer and comes with a number of changes over the model it replaces. These updates include additional power, a revised chassis and new equipment.

The Multistrada gets a new 1,262cc, liquid-cooled, L-Twin motor. It produces 158hp at 9,500rpm, a 6hp increment over the 2017 Multistrada. Torque, too, has gone up by 1.5Nm, bringing the total up to 129.5Nm, which is delivered at 7,500rpm. The new engine features what Ducati calls Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT), which, combined with Desmo valve actuation, results in good low-end torque. This tech also helps make the engine Euro-IV emission norms compliant.

The DVT on the Ducati Multistrada 1260 combines variable timing with desmo valve actuation which delivers an ideal combination of horsepower, low-rpm torque as well as meets Euro-4 emission norms. The Multistrada 1260 DVT engine is now capable of 160 PS at 9,500 rpm and 129.4 Nm at 7,500 rpm. However, it now gets a very flat torque curve, delivering 85 percent of peak torque from as low as 3,500 rpm, something ADV riders will greatly appreciate.

Internationally, the Multistrada 1260 is available in four variants, the 1260, 1260 S, the S D|air and the Pikes Peak – the last two will only come to India later, if at all.

To make the most of the new engine, the chassis has been retuned as well. The steering rake has been increased from 24 to 25 degrees, adding 5 mm of trail, and the swingarm is 48 mm longer.

This takes the wheelbase to 1,585 mm from 1,530 mm on the earlier model. The longer wheelbase should be able to facilitate more comfortable riding and better stability. The Multistrada 1260 has 48 mm inverted forks up front and a rear shock by Sachs, both fully adjustable.

The 1260 S also receives a new high-definition colour TFT display, navigation, semi-active Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), as well as barrage of rider assist options including a vehicle hold control, as well as four riding modes – sport, touring, urban, and enduro.

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Northern Railway gets its first high speed locomotive

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New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) The Northern Railway on Tuesday received its first aerodynamically designed passenger electric locomotive capable of running at 200 kmph, an official said.

“The first aerodynamically designed three-phase WAP-5 passenger electric locomotive built by the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has been introduced in service in Northern Railway today,” a senior rail official told IANS.

The official said the new locomotive comes with improved aerodynamics and has an ergonomic design, which also takes care of the driver’s comfort and safety.

The new locomotive will be used to power premium trains like Rajdhani Express, Gatiman Express, and Shatabdi Express, which would slash the travel time for these trains, the official said.

“The new locomotive front design has a more aerodynamic shape to reduce drag at higher speeds. And the revamped suspension system would ensure that there are no undue vibrations due to air drag and the train is dynamically stable even at speeds of 200 kmph.”

The WAP-5 variant, with 5,400 HP of power, is energy efficient and stable for high speed operations. It has also been provided with Crew Voice and Video Recording System (CVVRS) for on-board driving data recording and analysis.

“Cameras with microphones have been installed at the critical positions inside and outside the locomotive to record the voice and audio signals for post-event analysis with data storing facilities,” the official said.

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Tata Motors rolls out its first SUV ‘Harrier’

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Mumbai, Oct 30 : Automobile major Tata Motors on Tuesday announced the roll-out of its first SUV “Harrier” from its all-new manufacturing line.

“Tata Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes,” the company said in a statement.

“The completely new world-class assembly line has been built in a record time of six months with the best manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ ‘KUKA and ABB’ robots.”

The five-seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation “Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced” architecture, which is derived from Land Rover “D8” architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata Motors plans to the launch the SUV early 2019.

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Local manufacturing of Jaguar’s petrol ‘F-PACE’ commenced

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Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) Luxury automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover India (JLRIL) has commenced the local manufacturing of petrol powered Jaguar’s SUV “F-PACE”, priced at Rs 63.17 lakh (ex-showroom).

“In the two years since its launch in India, the Jaguar ‘F-PACE’ has captivated the imagination of Jaguar fans and our discerning customers,” Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, JLRIL was quoted as saying in a statement.

“With the launch of the locally manufactured Ingenium petrol derivative of the ‘F-PACE’, the appeal of our first Jaguar SUV is further enhanced,” it added.

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