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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.

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