• Jawa dealer-level bookings to start on December 15

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    • Jawa showrooms in India will start accepting bookings for the Jawa and Forty Two from December 15, 2018.
    • Until now, both these bikes could be booked only on the Jawa India website. From December 15, however, prospective buyers can first see the bikes in person, take a test ride, and then decide to put in their money.
    • Around 64 Jawa dealerships across the country are expected to go operational initially. This number will go up to 105 dealers eventually.
    • The booking amount is set at Rs 5,000, both for online and dealer-level bookings. Deliveries of these two bikes will commence after March 2019. The Jawa Perak will go on sale later in 2019, and it cannot be booked as yet.
    • The Jawa and Forty Two are powered by a newly-developed 293 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that’s good for producing 27 bhp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed gearbox comes standard.
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  • Meizu 16 India launch set for December 5

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    • Chinese smartphone maker Meizu, which hasn’t launched any new device in a while, will make a comeback in the Indian market with the Meizu 16 on December 5, 2018.
    • Not just that, two mid-range phones – one of them being the M6T – are also reported to arrive in India on the same day. However, this development is not yet confirmed.
    • Talking of the Meizu 16, it is the brand’s flagship killer phone that has a slim bezel design. The display on the device is a 6-inch AMOLED unit of FHD+ resolution. Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 845 SoC with 6/ 8GB of RAM.
    • The device has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor and a 20MP telephoto lens. There’s another 20MP f/2.0 camera up front.
    • The Meizu 16 – like the OnePlus 6T it’s aiming for – also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. However, at 3,010mAh, it’s battery is a bit small, but it retains the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
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  • Nokia 7.1 launched in India

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    • The Nokia 7.1 has been launched in India at Rs 19,999. The device will be available to buy starting December 7, 2018.
    • The mid-range phone sports a 5.84-inch notched display of FHD+ resolution. It also comes with HDR10 support. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.
    • The Nokia 7.1 gets two rear cameras which consist of a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor (with EIS) and a secondary 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera is an 8MP module with 84-degree field of view.
    • The phone has a 3,060mAh battery, which may not appear to be much, but thankfully, it can be refuelled from 0-50 per cent in just 30 minutes using the 18W fast charger which comes standard.
    • Like many other Nokia phones, the 7.1 rocks Android One on the software front. It launches with Android 8.1 Oreo, but HMD Global claims that 9.0 Pie update is just around the corner.
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  • 2019 Honda Civic spied testing in India for the first time

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    • Honda has confirmed that it will bring back the Civic in India next year. Now, a test prototype of the upcoming saloon (see below) has been spotted in India for the first time by IAB.
    • India will get the latest iteration of the Civic, which is the facelifted version of the tenth-gen model. The car which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo was the pre-facelift version.
    • With the facelift, the Honda Civic has gained subtle design changes and new feature additions such as smoked headlamps, new bumpers and an updated infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
    • The India-spec model – for the first time – will come with a 1.6-litre diesel engine with 118 bhp and 300 Nm that debuted on the new CR-V. Also on offer will be a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol that generates 139 bhp and 174 Nm.
    • Even though the D-segment saloon space is shrinking, it has very capable contenders like the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis. The Honda Civic will join this segment early next year.

     

     

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  • Moto G7 Power spotted with 5,000mAh battery

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    • Motorola will launch the mid-range G7 series in 2019. Now, a new device, allegedly called the Moto G7 Power, has been certified by the US Federal Communications Commission, thereby listing its few specs.
    • As the Power suffix suggests, the G7 Power will be a battery-focused model of the upcoming G7 series. As per the listing, the battery will be a massive 5,000mAh unit.
    • There’s also a schematic of the rear of the phone which suggests that it will have a single camera, thereby hinting that it will sit at the lower end of the Moto G7 series. Then, the phone will have region-specific versions with some of them supporting NFC.
    • The device is said to house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. There will be 2/3/4GB of RAM on offer and up to 64GB of inbuilt storage as well.
    • The Moto G7 series is also rumoured to embrace the latest waterdrop notch trend. There have been several renders of the G7 Plus with a similar aesthetic.
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  • Honor 8C launched in India

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    • The Honor 8C smartphone has been launched in India and it is slotted below the Honor 8X in the brand’s lineup.
    • There are two storage variants on offer – 32GB and 64GB. The former is priced at Rs 11,999, while the latter at Rs 12,999. The phone can now be pre-ordered on Amazon India and Honor’s online store.
    • The Honor 8C has a 6.26-inch notched LCD display of HD+ resolution, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 632 SoC and a big 4,000mAh battery.
    • Going by the industry norm, the 8C has two rear cameras which consist of a 13MP f/1.8 primary sensor accompanied by a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. For selfies, the phone comes with an 8MP front camera.
    • The device competes with the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Nokia 5.1 and the recently-launched Realme U1 in the Indian market.

     

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  • Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon launched

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    • Bajaj has jazzed up the ageing Pulsar 150 by adding new colours to its lineup. The Pulsar 150 Neon, as it is called, has been launched at Rs 64,998 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
    • The new variant is available in three colour options – Neon Red, Neon Yellow and Neon Silver. All sport neon accents on the headlamp, side panel, alloys and grab rail. Also, the badges on these variants are written in neon instead of the regular chrome.
    • Additionally, the Neon Yellow Pulsar 150 comes in matte grey, the first matte colour option on the bike.
    • Otherwise, you get the same 149 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine on the bike that generates 14 bhp and 13.4 Nm. Also, instead of new colours, there are no aesthetic changes on the Pulsar 150 Neon.
    • This new variant does not come with ABS as standard.
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  • Mercedes-AMG GT range updated

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    • The Mercedes-AMG GT range has been refreshed with styling changes, performance upgrades and more technology. Also, a new GT R Pro variant joins the existing GT, GT C and GT R models.
    • The AMG GT now sports revised LED headlights, new tail-pipe designs, a 12.3-inch screen for the instrument console, and a new design for the steering wheel which now has touch-sensitive areas for navigating through the information displayed on the 10.3-inch infotainment screen.
    • The GT R Pro is a track-honed new variant that features a coil-over suspension setup with manually adjustable dampers, adjustable front and & anti-roll bars, carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fibre components and revised aesthetics aimed at enhancing aerodynamics.
    • The Pro also gets an optional Track Package which adds a roll cage, four-point harnesses and a fire extinguisher to the standard package.
    • Mechanical muscle to the updated AMG GT range is supplied by the familiar 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 motor that produces anywhere between 469-577 horsepower depending on the variant chosen. The GT R Pro isn’t any more powerful than the standard GT R.

     

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  • Asus ROG Phone launched for hardcore gamers

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    • The gamer-centric Asus ROG phone has been launched in India at Rs 69,990.
    • The ROG phone takes mobile gaming quite seriously. It has a 3D vapour-chamber cooling system, ultrasonic AirTrigger touch sensors, side-mounted ports optimised for landscape gaming, a 6-inch AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, front-facing stereo speakers, and an overclocked Snapdragon 845 SoC.
    • The phone is most one of the most unique looking devices on sale today with its gaming-inspired aesthetics which also include an RGB rear logo.
    • The Asus ROG Phone has 8GB RAM, 128GB of inbuilt storage, a large 4,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras that consist of 12MP + 8MP sensors and an 8MP front camera.
    • To make for an immersive gaming experience, the phone comes with a bunch of accessories. There’s a Professional dock (Rs 5,499), a joystick dubbed GameVice (Rs 5,999), a TwinView dock that comes with a second display (Rs 21,999) and a Desktop Dock (Rs 12,999).

     

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  • Audi e-Tron GT concept unveiled

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    • Adding a second model to its all-electric lineup, Audi has showcased the e-Tron GT concept at the ongoing LA Auto Show.
    • The e-Tron GT – which has a 4-door coupe construction with stunning design elements all around – will morph into a production-ready car by 2020 and will then go head-on against the Tesla Model S.
    • The car has a 90 kWh lightweight battery which sits between the axles on its flat floor architecture. The body of the car, which is a mix of carbon fibre, aluminium and high-strength steel, is also constructed with weight saving in mind.
    • The Audi e-Tron GT is propelled by permanently excited synchronous motors, one per axle. This grants it a power output of 434 kW (about 582 bhp), therefore allowing it sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
    • The range of the car is expected to be around 400 km on the WLTP cycle. The batteries can recharge from 0-80 per cent in just 20 minutes using an 800V charging system.

     

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