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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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Sudden accelerations in Tesla cars were user error: US govt

Tesla issued the recall with NHTSA for 9,136 Model X SUVs built in 2015 and 2016 over pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to a lack of primer.

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San Francisco, Jan 9 : A year-long review of Tesla cars in the US has concluded that there is not enough evidence to open a full investigation into claims that some Tesla vehicles were accelerating without warning the users.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement on Friday that “pedal misapplication” at the end of drivers was the actual cause of the problem.

NHTSA received 246 complaints about this “sudden unintended acceleration” phenomenon, reports The Verge.

“There is no evidence of any fault in the accelerator pedal assemblies, motor control systems, or brake systems that has contributed to any of the cited incidents,” the agency said.

“There is no evidence of a design factor contributing to increased likelihood of pedal misapplication. The theory provided of a potential electronic cause of SUA in the subject vehicles is based upon inaccurate assumptions about system design and log data.”

Tesla has settled most of a purported class action lawsuit in 2018 over the acceleration issue.

The review was opened in January 2020 in response to a petition by Brian Sparks, a Tesla investor.

“I believe Tesla vehicles have a structural flaw which puts their drivers and the public at risk. I further believe Tesla must know of this flaw and be unresponsive to it,” he wrote in December 2019.

Tesla responded to the review with a blog post that claimed there was no merit to the idea

“We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,” the company emphasised.

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is under scrutiny over battery and security issues after at least two dozen complaints were filed with the NHTSA.

Tesla in November last year recalled over 9,500 Model X and Y SUVs built in 2015 and 2016.

Tesla issued the recall with NHTSA for 9,136 Model X SUVs built in 2015 and 2016 over pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to a lack of primer.

Tesla also issued a recall for 437 Model Y SUVs over a potentially loose bolt that could result in the upper control arm separating from the steering knuckle.

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Bajaj Auto reports 11% rise in December sales

But commercial vehicle sales during the month under review declined by 34 per cent to 33,948 units from 51,253 units sold during the like period of last year.

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Mumbai, Jan 4 : Two-wheeler and commercial vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Monday reported a 11 per cent growth in total sales during December on a year-on-year basis.

According to the company, total sales during the month under review grew to 3,72,532 units from 336,055 units sold during the corresponding month of 2019.

However, Bajaj Auto’s total domestic sales declined, standing at 139,606 units — down (-) 9 per cent — from 153,163 units sold in December last year.

The company’s overall exports zoomed by 27 per cent to 232,926 units from 182,892 units shipped out during the like month of 2019.

In terms of two-wheelers, the company’s total sales rose by 19 per cent to 338,584 units from 284,802 units sold in December last year.

But commercial vehicle sales during the month under review declined by 34 per cent to 33,948 units from 51,253 units sold during the like period of last year.

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Ashok Leyland sells 12,762 trucks in Dec 2020

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Chennai, Jan 1 : Commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland Ltd on Friday said it closed last month with a sales figure of 12,762 units.

In a statement the company said it sold 12,762 units last month up from 11,168 units sold in December 2019.

Cumulatively this fiscal till last month the company had sold 56,657 units down from 99,749 units sold during previous year corresponding period.

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