Youth Drove a BMW In The Lockdown; This Was The Outcome

Owner of a BMW sedan from Chattisgarh was driving his BMW at night amidst the lockdown while going live on Facebook. Police tracked him and arrested him.

Contents of this post-

  • Lockdown overview
  • Who is this youngster that drove his BMW in night during the lockdown
  • Why was he arrested
  • What about the other states, How’re they being treated in the lockdown?

Lockdown Overview

The Covid-19 has turned the whole enjoyment into a quarantine moment. Moreover, India has been imposing the nationwide lockdown now for over a month and there might be a genuine reason for that. We need to flatten the curve of the spread of the pandemic, we can only do this through lockdown. Moreover, the violation of the lockdown rules can even get you arrested and here we have a perfect example of that.

A youth of New Shanti Nagar, Chattisgarh was arrested by the police after he broke the lockdown rules.

Who is this youngster that drove his BMW in night during the lockdown

This youngster named Abhinay Soni is from Chattisgarh. Not only was he driving a luxury car in the lockdown but he was also live streaming his joyride. He was most certainly arrested by the cops for such carelessness on Monday. Abhinay belongs to a wealthy family and he’s an architect by profession.

Even amidst the lockdown, he took his BMW out for a spin and went as far as 20 km away from his house, roaming around in the city and streaming. Not just this, he even stopped at a road-side eatery for a quick meal at Murshidabad. Along with this- Soni was live streaming all his activities via his facebook profile.

Why was he arrested?

Youth caught driving BMW in lockdown: Gets arrested
Image: CarBlogIndia

Being out on roads without any valid reason and his action of going live on Facebook somehow caught the attention of the cops. The police traced Abhinay and eventually arrested hum. As stated, people are only allowed to move outside of their homes for emergency purposes or for procuring necessary items in the lockdown. No one is allowed to go out of their homes without a valid reason or you might have to face heavy penalties. The authorities are taking various measures to stop the vehicular and unnecessary movements of the fellow citizens.

Also Read: The BMW 4 Series- Price, Launch Date and Specs

This is not the first time where the cops have taken a drastic step against the rule breakers. In various states, the police have seized thousands of vehicles from people who were out without proper protection and valid reason.

These vehicles will only be returned after the lockdown gets over. In many cases, the cops are also imposing big fines on the offenders. Getting arrested and taken to jail will be the worst outcome of such irresponsible behavior.

What about the other states, How’re they being treated in the lockdown

In Maharashtra, a few people were arrested after they live-streamed their activities on Facebook. Such activities not only encourage more people to come out of their homes, but also breaks the purpose of the lockdown.

We know that it’s a great pleasure in riding luxury cars and traveling outside. But it’s for your own safety!

We request everyone to stay at home and abide the rules that have been laid down by the authorities. Even after the lockdown lifts, practicing social distancing will be the best way to stay healthy and keep from getting infected from various infections. Its certainly difficult but its the only way to overcome the situation.

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Piaggio to Launch 250-300cc Motorcycles in Collaboration With Aprilia Motors!

Piaggio to launch 250-300cc bikes in collaboration with Aprilia. Here’s what you need to know!

Piaggio had planned to make 150cc motorcycles in collaboration with Aprilia. However, now these two companies are planning to launch bikes under 250-300cc segment together.

Contents of this post-

  • New Aprilia Bikes Are On Their Way to India!
  • Piaggio to Bring 250-300cc Bikes In India in Collaboration With Aprilia!
  • What’s Interesting?

New Aprilia Bikes Are On Their Way to India!

The Italian sportsbike manufacturer- Aprilia is eyeing on the 150cc motorcycle segment. Moreover, Aprilia has also planned to launch its models- The RS 150 and the Aprilia Tuono 150 in India and they had even showcased these two bike in the Auto Expo 2018.

Aprilia RS150 India
Image: BikeDekho

Piaggio to Bring 250-300cc Bikes In India in Collaboration With Aprilia!

Piaggio won’t launch the 150cc motorcycles under the Aprilia brand in India after all just like the RS150. However, Piaggio seems to have other plans which are no less exciting either. Moreover, Piaggio is now focusing on the growing mid-size motorcycle segment in India which is also largely dominated by Royal Enfield as there’s more scope for that. Furthermore, Piaggio now plans to launch motorcycles in the 250-300cc range with Aprilia.

“We are definitely looking with a lot of interest at the motorcycle segment in India. It is natural, having a motorcycle brand like Aprilia, which is popularly known across the world for winning in racing competitions. We are now looking more at the 250-300cc range motorcycles. However, we need some time to introduce the products.

Diego Graffi- Piaggio Managing Director

The mid-size motorcycle segment has been rapidly growing for the last couple of years. The consumers who had previously bought 150cc commuter motorcycles are now being considered as bigger mid-size motorcycles with a little for performance. In the financial year 2018-2019, around 7,73,855 motorcycles which had engine capacity between 250-350 cc were sold in the Indian domestic market. Excluding those, Royal Enfield accounted for 99% of the market share with sales volumes of 7,64,012 units and that too during 2018-2019.

What’s interesting?

Piaggio has finally shown some interest in the 250-300cc segment, it is not yet known as to what kind of products are being planned to launch. Aprilia has mostly naked line-up, and full-faired sport bikes. Despite the growing interest in the 250-350 cc motorcycle segment, the fact remains that the dominant player is still under the sector of modern classic bikes. Whatever it may be, we hope it arrives sooner than later. It would be really interesting to see the Aprilia’s take on this segment.


Kia Teases The India Spec-Carnival in its Video!

The Kia Carnival will be positioned as a more premium MPV than the toyota innova crysta. Here’s what you need to know-

After the Kia Seltos, the next Kia product for India would be the Carnival premium MPV. Kia Motors have finally released the first teaser of the Carniva. Moreover, the company will showcase its model to its Indian dealers in January 2020. Furthermore, the Carnival will also get an India-specific styling too and will compete against the likes of the Toyota Vellfire, Mercedes V-class, etc.

Contents of this post-

  • Kia Carnival Teaser Video
  • 2020 Kia Carnival Dimensions
  • Kia Carnival Engine
  • Kia Carnival Price in India

Kia Carnival Teaser Video

Interior of 2019 Kia Carnival

The recently released teaser video has featured Jim Sarbh. Moreover, the company provides a detailed look inside the cabin of the 2020 India-spec Kia Carnival. The Carnival also gets three rows of seats which can be modified according to 6-, 7- or 8-seat configurations. However, for the second row, the captain seats gets extendable leg rests and armrests in certain seat configurations. Moreover, the TVC has also revealed the display that’s mounted to the headrest of the two front seats which could also be a part of an accessory package along with other features.

What’s more in the India-Spec Kia Carnival?

Kia Carnival India
Image: ZigWheels

Well, as for the dashboard, the Carnival features a wide touchscreen infotainment display with chrome detailing, and a premium-looking design. The carnival being as a premium MPV, is also loaded with many cool features as well.

Kia Carnival’s features includes-

  • Kia’s UVO connectivity suite
  • Two sunroofs
  • Three-zone climate control system
  • Power sliding rear door
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat along with memory functions

Also Read: 2019 Kia Seltos vs MG Hector; Complete Details, Pricing and Features

2020 Kia Carnival Dimensions

The Carnival positions itself as a premium MPV. Talking about the dimensions, the Carnival measures-

  • 5,115mm in length
  • 1,985mm in width
  • 1,740mm in height
  • Wheelbase of 3,060mm.

Kia Carnival Engine

The Kia Carnival is powered by a BS6-compliant, 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine that develops over 202hp and 441Nm of peak torque.

Kia Carnival Price in India

The Kia Carnival will cost you around Rs. 60 Lakhs in India(Ex-Showroom price).


Sharp Fall in Auto Sales in December: Reason Due To CAA and NRC?

There has been a sharp decline in auto sales. The reason might be protests against the CAA and NRC. Can this make a rollback agan?

The automotive industry has indicated that the total passenger vehicle production in November stood at 2,90,727 vehicles (reported from India Today), which indicates that players in the auto industry are trying to ramp up production activities. But as of December, there has been a lot more decline in car sales in India.

Maruti Suzuki and Renault
Image: CarWale

Contents of this post-

  • CAA’s Impact on the Automotive Sector
  • What is CAA?
  • CAA affects car sales?
  • How much time will it take for the automotive sector to recover again?

There had been a 4 per cent rise in the car sales during the month of November. Moreover, the domestic auto sales had been declined by 11.8 per cent in November 2019

According to a report by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

CAA’s Impact on the Automotive Sector

First of all for all those who aren’t aware about CAB. Here’s a little definition that will make you understand what CAB is.

What is CAA?

The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. Moreover, it has amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to the Indian citizenship for-

  • Hindu
  • Sikh
  • Buddhist
  • Jain
  • Parsi
  • and Christian minorities fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan
  • Excluding only Muslims in India

CAA effects car sales?

CAA has declined the vehicle sales marginally by 0.84 per cent to 2,63,773 in comparison with 2,66,000 vehicles sold last year during the same period.

However, the fact that domestic car sales went down 10.83 per cent to 1,60,306 units compared to 1,79,783 units in November 2018 could also be a matter of the protests against the CAB.

And what about Motorcycles

Motorcycle sales, too, declined by 14.85 per cent to 8,93,538 units last month in comparison to 10,49,651 units sold in December 2018.

How much will it take for the Automotive Sector to Recover again?

Just because of CAA, it may take longer than expected for a genuine recovery in the auto segment as overall vehicle sales across categories faced a decline of around 12.02 per cent to 17,92,415 units in November 2019 from 20,38,007 units in 2018.

For more news, please stay tuned.

MG Motors To Commence The Bookings of The ZS EV Before Jan 2020!

MG Motors will commence the bookings of the ZS EV before January 2020. Moreover, this car will come in two variants-

The ZS EV was unveiled in India on 5th December 2019. Furthermore, this car will come in 2 variants.

Contents of this post-

  • MG ZS EV Overview
  • MG ZS EV Design
  • Variants and Features
  • MG ZS EV Battery
  • MG ZS EV Price in India
  • ZS EV Launch Date in India

MG ZS EV Overview

The ZS EV was unveiled in India on 5th December 2019. However, it is the second car from MG Motors in India after the MG Hectors. Moreover, this car will be brought in India as a CKD (completely knocked down) unit and would definitely outperform its competitors.

MG ZS EV Design

Image: MG

The MG ZS EV is a gorgeous looking car which does not speak its electric credentials at all. The ZS EV is a traditional MG model with elegant proportions. The car sports a crossover-ish design and gets bold diamond finished grille upfront, a curved roofline and a swooping bonnet.

Also Read: MG Hector Price in India, Images, Features, Mileage and Comparison

Variants and Features

The booking amount for the MG ZS EV has been set to Rs. 50,000. This car is going to be available in two variants-

  • Excite
  • Exclusive.

Every car has an entry level variant. In MG, it is going to be Excite! The Excite will get features like-

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Four speakers
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto Support

And safety features like-

  • Six airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • ESP

Features of the MG ZS EV Exclusive Variant

The Exclusive variant gets many exclusive features that you will miss in the Excite Variant. These features include-

  • Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Roof rails
  • Comfy leather seats
  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • A PM2.5 air filter
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat
  • Power folding and heated Outside Rear View Mirrors
  • Rain-sensing front wiper
  • Seat back pockets
  • iSmart EV 2.0 connected features
  • The charging port very smartly hidden behind the grille
  • And six speakers.

MG ZS EV Battery

MG ZS EV Price in India
Image: ZigWheels

The ZS EV being powered by a synchronous motor produces a whopping 141 bhp and 353 Nm of torque. Moreover, the car gets a battery pack that can travel up to a range of 300km on a single charge. The car comes with a 44.5 kWh battery pack and the lithium-ion unit that can be easily charged up to 79 per cent in 40 minutes and that too with a 50 kW DC charger. However, it will take up to seven hours if you charge it with a standard 7 kW charger.

The company will also set-up the country’s first 50 kW DC fast-charging stations across different cities to create a better infrastructure for the Electric Vehicles in India. For this, MG has collaborated with Fortum India to install the charging network and will first set-up the same at its showrooms located in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

Also Read: 2019 Kia Seltos vs MG Hector; Complete Details, Pricing and Features

MG ZS EV Price in India

The MG ZS EV is expected to be priced around Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.

MG ZS EV Launch Date in India

MG Motors unveiled the ZS EV in India on December 5 and the bookings will start from December 21 2020.