Michelin R&D Centre in Manesar
Michelin have inaugurated a 3,800-sq-m materials test laboratory at Manesar to support the Michelin Technology Centre in Gurgaon. This Technology Centre is focused on radial truck and bus tyre R&D and provides technical support to the company’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai, China and Thailand. This new state-of-the-art facility, formally inaugurated by His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, expands Michelin India’s research and innovation capacity and strengthens their commitment to the mobility industry.
Jeep Compass Bookings Open
The all-new Jeep Compass has begun rolling out of Ranjangaon, near Pune. Bookings are now open at Rs 50,000. The Compass will initially be offered only in diesel guise with the 2.0-litre MultiJet II paired to a six-speed manual transmission and either two- or fourwheel drive. A seven-speed twin-clutch automatic option for the diesel as well as combinations with the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbopetrol will be offered later. There are three trim variants: Sport, Longitude, and the topend Limited. You may read our first drive review on page 38 of this issue.
New GLA Launch Soon
Mercedes-Benz India will launch the new GLA-Class on 5 July. It sports a more muscular grille and restyled headlamps with LED signatures. Expect similar powertrain choices: a turbo-petrol GLA 200 and a pair of diesels — the GLA 200 d and GLA 220 d 4MATIC, with only a slight change in price.
Ssangyong G4 Rexton
Mahindra-owned Korean manufacturers Ssangyong are due to launch their G4 Rexton. The car was first seen at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year. The new Rexton has been built from the ground up on a new bodyon-frame chassis developed by Ssangyong and Korea’s leading steel manufacturer, POSCO. The new chassis has been constructed using high-tensile-strength steel and is expected to offer higher torsional stiffness and lower weight than the chassis on the current car, resulting in better handling and dynamics, and improved fuel efficiency.