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Continental to supply keyless entry tech to Mahindra Our Bureau Mumbai

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a h i nd ra’s new electric car, earlier known as NXR, and rumoured to be christened the E20, will get keyless entry technology. Supplied by Continental, it will also come with Basic Function controller (BFC) and an immobilizer. This was announced in a Continental executive board meeting held to signify the importance of India’s

automotive market to global components supplier. President, Interior Division and Member of the Executive Board, Continental AG, Helmut Matschi said, “We are the first to supply such technology for an electric car in India. It is difficult for an electric car because operations can’t draw too much power from the battery compared to a gasoline car.” Mahindra is making a reputation for itself in providing a long list of features with their cars.

This keyless entry technology is only available in the Nissan Micra among hatchbacks as this is considered a premium feature. Commenting on the partnership with Continental, Founder and Chief of Technology and Strategy, Mahindra Reva, Chetan Maini said, “We believe that electric vehicles are the future of individual mobility. For this we have partnered with Continental and this synergy will result in a superior experience for our customers.” Mahindra’s first electric vehicle is expected to be launched soon and is completely different to its predecessor. It has modern styling, increased interior space and better range compared to the outgoing model.

Expansion plans

José Avila, Head, Powertrain and Member of the Executive Board, Continental

Cars now consume less fuel: JD Power study

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hile the incidence of initial quality problems reported by new-vehicle owners in India is slightly higher in 2012 than in 2011, the incidence of problems related to excessive fuel consumption has significantly declined during the past five years, according to the JD Power Asia Pacific 2012 India Initial Quality Study (IQS) released recently. The study measures problems owners experience with their new vehicle during the first two to six months of ownership and examines more than 200 problem symptoms covering eight vehicle categories (listed in order of frequency of reported problems): engine and transmission; vehicle exterior; driving experience; HVAC; features, controls and displays; vehicle interior; seats; and audio, entertainment and navigation. All problems are summarized as the number of problems per 100 vehicles. Lower PP100 scores indicate a lower rate of problem incidence and higher initial quality. There has been a significant reduction of 23 percent in the incidence of problems related to excessive fuel consumption during the past five years, which indicates that automakers in India are producing more fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicle owners report fuel economy figures in 2012 that are 10 percent higher than in 2008. However, the study also finds a gap between the promise of fuel efficiency made during the purchase process and the actual fuel efficiency experienced by owners. In 2012, 67 percent of new-vehicle owners report that their vehicle’s fuel efficiency was less than what their salesperson communicated to them during the purchase process, an increase of five percentage point since 2008. “Historically, fuel efficiency has been one of the key drivers of model consideration and purchase in India,” said Mohit Arora, ED, JD Power Asia Pacific, Singapore. Honda and Toyota each have two models that rank highest in their respective segments. The Honda City ranks highest in the midsize segment for a 10th consecutive year, while the newly launched Honda Brio ranks highest in the premium compact car segment. The Toyota Innova ranks highest in the MUV/ MPV segment for a sixth consecutive year, and the Toyota Fortuner ranks highest in the SUV segment. The 2012 India Initial Quality Study (IQS) is based on evaluations from 8,688 owners who purchased a new vehicle between November 2011 and July 2012. The study includes 94 vehicle models from 16 makes. The study was fielded from May to September 2012 in 25 cities across India.

The Continental automotive group is divided in three divisions – chassis and safety, powertrain and interior. At these divisions, Continental has announced expansion of its Manesar facility from 7,152 acre to 15,027 acre. Continental says that the production has increased due to

“We are the first to supply technology for an electric car in India. It is difficult for an EV because operations can’t draw too much power from the battery compared to a gasoline car.” customisation of their technologies to suit local needs. The conditions in India are quite different compared to other markets making it necessary to adapt technologies to local conditions. “Our engineering talent in India customise advanced technologies for the local market making it possible for us to offer them to our customers at an affordable price,” said Matschi. The company recently inaugurated new product lines for fuel rail assemblies and fuel pumps at its Pune facility and set up a test & validation lab for fuel supply products at its Bangalore

Helmut Matschi, President, Interior Division and Member of the Board, Continental AG

development centre. “Our engineering team in Bangalore not only undertakes local development projects but also interfaces with our global engineering teams for application engineering and development of our global automotive projects,” said Head-Powertrain Division and Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG, José Avila.

Auto Monitor - 3 December 2012  

'AUTO MONITOR’, India’s leading weekly automotive news magazine, focusses on offering a broad platform to the automotive industry. It strive...

Auto Monitor - 3 December 2012  

'AUTO MONITOR’, India’s leading weekly automotive news magazine, focusses on offering a broad platform to the automotive industry. It strive...

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