Friday, October 31, 2014

Harley-Davidson introduces three new motorcycle models

Propelled by Project Rushmore and launch of the Street 750 motorcycle, Harley-Davidson stays hard on the throttle with the introduction of three new motorcycles to its India model lineup. Combining world-class aerodynamics, exhilarating performance and dialed-in ergonomic fit, Harley-Davidson expands its diverse offering of motorcycles and gives riders more ways to hit the open road.

Big wheels, big paint and classic drag-bike attitude meet premium modern refinement in the attention-grabbing performance cruiser – the Breakout. Launched at a price of Rs. 16,28,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) the Breakout is the newest addition to the popular Softail family of motorcycles and will be assembled at Harley-Davidson’s plant in Bawal, Haryana. The Breakout is also the first motorcycle from Harley-Davidson’s India line up to offer a Hard Candy Custom metal flake color Quicksilver Flake.

The new Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special is a fully loaded version of the popular performance Touring model equipped with a High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrain, Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system, Batwing fairing with splitstream vent, Dual Halogen headlamp, Enforcer cast aluminium wheels and Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS. The Street Glide Special is priced at Rs. 29,70,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

Fabulous custom styling and refined touring luxury come together in the CVO Limited, launched at a price of Rs. 49,23,793 (ex-showroom Delhi). Custom Vehicle Operations motorcycles are limited edition hand-crafted originals that push every boundary of style, luxury and performance and promise the ultimate custom ride experience.

“The motorcycles launched today have always had an incredibly passionate following in India, making this is an exciting event for our customers and our company,” said Mr. Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India. “Our latest offerings demonstrate Harley-Davidson’s unwavering commitment to delivering world-class products that cater to our customers’ demands in India and reinforce our position as the leader in the premium motorcycle segment.”

When it comes to customization, Harley’s philosophy is the more the better – and it is pushing the limits even farther. This year, Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. There are also new Genuine MotorClothes jackets, boots, helmets, shirts and more to add to the shopping cart.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover opens Engine Manufacturing Centre in West Midlands

Jaguar Land Rover has marked a seminal moment in its history with the official opening of its new Engine ManufacturingCentre. The £500m facility, announced in September 2011, represents a significant step in Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic investment programme and will see engines being produced in-house for the first time in a generation.

Located near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is home to the Ingenium engine family which will power a new generation of Jaguar Land Rover products designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK. This starts with the 2.0-litre diesel, which rolls off the production line early next year, destined for the new Jaguar XE.

Commenting on the opening Dr. Ralf Speth said: “The Engine Manufacturing Centre represents all that is great about British engineering. Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain.”

With a vision to set a new global benchmark for excellence in engine manufacturing, Jaguar Land Rover is drawing on the expertise of 2,000 powertrain engineers who have been inspired by the company’s 70-year heritage in the design and development of iconic engines. These engineers, together with the new 1,400 strong team at the Engine Manufacturing Centre, will deliver the next generation of highly efficient, ultra-low emission 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Jaguar Land Rover broke ground on the i54 Business Park site in June 2012. Today, the 100,000 sq. metre, state-of-the-art facility, houses an engine-testing centre alongside manufacturing and assembly halls, and meets the highest standards of sustainable production.

Awarded a rating of ‘excellent’ by BREEAM, for sustainable buildings, the facility is home to the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the UK, comprising no fewer than 21,000 individual panels. It is estimated that these panels will generate more than 30% of the plant’s energy requirements – providing the same amount of energy required to power 1,600 homes.

Commenting on the importance of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at the site, said: “I am proud to be leading the world-class team who will bring years of hard work to fruition as we execute the flawless launch of Jaguar Land Rover’s first in-house engines in a generation.

“Our new Engine Manufacturing Centre is an important step in advancing the competitiveness and capability of the UK automotive sector. The production of in-house engines will support the expansion of the UK supply chain providing critical mass for inward investment.”

E-Commerce portal “Build Mantra” launched

“Build Mantra”, India’s first virtual marketplace for planning, building, furnishing and renovating anything and everything that a business community or a common man may require, was launched in Chennai recently. Anyone can log on to www.buildmantra.com to source and obtain all the things needed in one place with a single click.

Speaking to the media at the launch, Mr. E.M.C. Palaniappan, Founder and CEO of Chona Group of Companies and the promoter of Build Mantra, said: “Build Mantra has been positioned as a robust marketplace, where buyers transact with sellers on literally anything – from construction material, interior furnishing, outdoor furnishing to energy products, etc. This will be a boon to a corporate or even a single individual.”

Quoting from recent reports, Mr. Palaniappan added that the E-Commerce industry in India is growing rapidly and is going to be a $43 billion industry by 2020, from the current $10 billion, according to Nomura’s India Internet Report last month. This factor has given us the confidence that we are doing this at the right time and at the right place and we feel we will get the right response.

To ensure that the customer receives the best quality at the best price, we have, in the last one year done our homework well and, tied up with some of India’s well-known companies and brands to source their products through our E-Commerce portal.

Customers can order products online and pay through the secure payment gateway on Build Mantra. Payment will be released to the sellers by Build Mantra once the goods are delivered to the customer and there is no complaint in the next 24 hours.

Our site will help to plan, build, furnish and renovate all living, work and leisure spaces like homes, apartments, offices, storage warehouses, industrial work area, restaurants, shopping malls, retail showrooms, hotels, resorts, vacation homes etc.

Mr. U. Jayraj Rau, Director - Marketing, Build Mantra, said: “The Indian public has never had it so convenient - as the site offers a wide range of products from building materials to home accessories - every little thing needed to make dream projects come to life. This is specifically done by a state-of-the-art geographic store locator. Based on the pin code you enter, it finds stores that are closest and can provide you with the best deals in the shortest time.”

India now has more than 200 million Internet users, with 89 million users visiting online shopping sites. The main challenges facing the e-commerce industry are infrastructure and trust-related challenges, and the number of people who actually order online. Since we are the pioneers and we will have the first mover advantage, this will help the B2B industry greatly and we hope to achieve a turnover of Rs. 200 crores in the first two years, added Mr. Palaniappan.

Build Mantra is based on the mantra of an efficient, convenient and safe online market place for transactions between buyers and sellers in construction and interiors. With a passion to innovate continuously to make life easy for anyone building anything, Build Mantra is well on its way to expanding nationally and offering the ultimate in international and local building materials and solutions.

Karadi Path Education Company presents ‘Science of language learning’ workshop in Chennai

Karadi Path Education Company will be presenting a unique workshop “The Science of Language Learning and an introduction to Karadi Path” in Chennai on November 1. The workshop will be led by Ananda Mahto, Educator and Head-Training & Product, The Karadi Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd.

This one of its kind, highly informative workshop will engage teachers and senior educators and school management on How to teach/learn language naturally? How to teach/learn language in the classroom? What are the intelligences that come into the picture while learning language? How does language proficiency impact learning?

The workshop will present some new insights into Linguistic Intelligence, and the process of learning and acquiring the mother tongue and multiple languages.  

An introduction to the widely acclaimed Karadi Path methodology and programmes will also be part of the presentation.

Honda opens 800th dealership, in Karnataka

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has announced the opening of its 800th Honda exclusive authorized dealership (HEAD) with the inauguration of its new 4S (sales / service / spares / safety) facility in Karnataka.

Honda’s phenomenal network expansion is the fastest dealership spread ever in the Indian 2-wheeler industry. With the expansion of sales capacity, Honda continued its spree of spreading wings in India and reaching out to customers through the expanded network in an aggressive manner.

Mr. Y.S. Guleria, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, HMSI, said: “At Honda, reaching closer to our customers has always been our top priority and we have been relentlessly following our ambitious targets for expansion in line with our product portfolio expansion. Today, we are delighted to announce the opening of Honda’s 800th 4S Dealer facility and welcome our new business partner to the Honda family. Through diligent network expansion we wish to cover the vast Indian landscape and thus deliver our world class products & services to our valued customers closer to their place.” 

HMSI dealers are present across 5 regions across the metros and hinterlands of India. The dealer outlets offer key customer needs ranging from product sales, product servicing, Honda’s genuine spares facility along with Road Safety promotion amongst other services. 

One can visit http://www.honda2wheelersindia.com/dl.aspx to spot the nearest Honda dealer network.

Hyundai announces 18th Free Car Care Clinic

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) has announced the 18th edition of the nationwide ‘Free Car Care Clinic’ customer connect program. Aimed at extending the advantage of its excellent services to its customers, the camp will be held from October 31 to November 9 at all service outlets across the country.

Announcing the 18th Free Car Care Clinic, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. VP - Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said: “We at Hyundai understand the evolving needs and preferences of our customers. We have been receiving an overwhelming response to our ‘Free Car Care Clinic’ and this year also we hope to see increased participation from our customers across the country. Our objective is to provide the best of products and services to customers and enable them to enjoy value-added experience.”

The ‘Free Car Care Clinic’ will offer a comprehensive 80 point check-up and a thorough examination of the engine, transmission, electrical system, under-body, AC, exterior, etc. Hyundai customers can also avail attractive discounts on spare parts/labor charges, selected accessories, and other value added services. In addition, Hyundai is also offering an attractive discount of up to 20 per cent on extended warranty along with additional discount on labor and parts, further can avail exciting offers on exchange of old cars.

Hyundai values its long term relationship with its customers thus there are additional attractive offers through scratch cards for the customers that are more than four years old. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., the nationwide sponsor for this event, is also offering attractive schemes.

To honor and reward Hyundai customers attending the camp, attractive gifts like 10 free extended warranties on daily basis and other exciting prizes are also being offered during the entire period of the 10 days. 

Customers can book their service at dealerships and through “Hyundai Care” Mobile Application, or through customer care website: www.customercare.hyundai.co.in.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get employed now at FLAG 2015

Employability Bridge, a company that facilitates corporate across India and educational institutions at Tier-II and Tier-III cities to place the right candidate in the right job profile is organizing the 28th FLAG 2015 program in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Dindigul on November 4.

FLAG is a series of intelligent graduate hiring events that aggregate students of choice across regions. FLAG has provided opportunity for hundreds of students from small towns to get placed since inception. This initiative focuses on improving hiring from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities and provides the right kind of placement opportunities to young and talented aspirants.

FLAG provides opportunities for institutions from smaller towns across regions to enhance its campus placements. Interested colleges are requested to visit http://employabilitybridge.com/ to register and for further details.