Bugatti all set to reclaim its position as EV pioneer, comes up with first electric car in nearly 100 years – Economic Times

Nearly a century after it produced the all-electric Type 56 in 1931, Italian car manufacturer Bugatti is apparently ready to reclaim its position as an electric vehicle (EV) pioneer with its latest offering: a toy car. The good news is that the scaled down model will be big enough for adults to play with.

Bugatti, better known for its fuel-guzzling supercars, has reportedly introduced the Baby II, a 75 percent scale electric replica of the Type 35. The car is seemingly positioned as a functional toy, something that would appeal to the wealthy parents in the market for birthday presents.

The Baby II works in a ‘Novice mode,’ producing 1.3HP from a 1.4kWH battery. The car is large enough for adults. It also features a host of configurations that’d make it a viable option to drive around the gold course or on estates.

The entry variant also has a 5.8HP Expert mode that lets drivers reach a top speed of 30mph. The Pur Sang and Vitesse models are capable of producing 13.4HP with the help of a special Speed Key. This enhances the top speed to 42mph. While not suitable for conventional use, a range of between 15-31 miles (depending on the trim level), will be more than adequate for a tour of the farmhouse.

[embedded content]Bugatti is taking orders for only 500 units of the Baby II, making it one of the most expensive scaled-down cars ever manufactured. The standard variant will cost around $35,000 (Rs. 26.18 lakh) while the Pur Sang – which has an aluminium shell – costs just under $68,000 (Rs. 50.87 lakh). The high price notwithstanding, the limited edition Baby II is the cheapest way to get a Bugatti in one’s garage. The Chiron costs roughly Rs. 20 crore in India.

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It is that time of the year when all the automobile buffs and car aficionados are at the Auto Expo to witness the biggest cars launches.

This year, much like other years, Auto Expo went big and featured some of the most-awaited cars, MUVs/SUVs, two-wheelers, three-wheelers, concept cars, vintage cars and more. The event kickstarted on 7th February and will conclude on 12th February.

The likes of Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Renault, Great Wall Motors, Kia, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Morris Garages attended the event and showcased their automobiles.

Giving the Auto Expo a miss this time, are Honda and BMW.

If you don’t know about the cars and bikes that dropped at Auto Expo, fret not because we have got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the car launches at the mega event.

Like every year, SUVs are quite the rage at Auto Expo. The folks at MG Motors are all set to step into the coveted SUV segment with Hector Plus.

Hector Plus is a 6- and 7-seater addition to the Hector brand that the company claims is India's first internet car. Hector Plus is designed to build on the success of Hector and has a more premium look and customisable seating configuration, along with revamped interiors and exteriors,

Hector Plus comes with a dual clutch automatic transmission, dual pane panoramic roof and built-in voice assistant. The petrol hybrid is powered by 1451 cc engine and has a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1600-3600 rpm.

The price of the SUV is Rs 12.73 lakh.

At Auto Expo 2020, the carmaker showcased a total of 14 internet, electric and autonomous cars across hatchback, sedans and utility vehicle segments.

(With Inputs from PTI)

Perhaps, no segment generated as much buzz at this year’s Auto Expo as electric vehicles did. German auto major Volkswagen on Thursday unveiled its concept electric vehicle ID.CROZZ based on the company's modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform.

The ID.CROZZ is a cross of four door coupe and SUV with an electric drivetrain delivering power of 225kw with a top speed of 180km/hr, the company said.

The battery of the car can be charged to 80 per cent in 39 minutes covering a range of 500 km. Now, that’s something!

"The ID. family comprises a range of vehicles across segments, starting with the recently introduced ID.3 to the ID.SPACE VIZZION," Volkswagen Passenger Cars India Director Steffen Knapp said.

(With inputs from PTI)

Chinese automotive manufacturing company Haima automobile is all set to venture into the Indian market. The manufacturer showcased its next-generation family electric car - Bird Electric EV1 at Auto Expo. The hatchback will be available in the range of Rs 10 lakh on Indian roads.

It will be offered in two variants with a driving range of 200 km and 300 km per charge, respectively.

Bird Electric EV1 is fitted with a lithium battery and electronic control system and has a torque output between 95Nm and 150Nm.

The official Twitter handle of Auto Expo tweeted out an image of the EV, captioning it. “Bird Electric EV 1 is not only stylish and equipped with modern and practical features but is attractively priced too.”

What makes Auto Expo exciting is not just the new launches but also the prototypes and facelifts that cars get. Maruti Suzuki’s acclaimed subcompact crossover SUV, got a facelift at this year’s Auto Expo. Unveiled at the 13th Auto Expo in 2016, the SUV made a comeback at Auto Expo 2020.

The vehicle comes with a 1.5 litre petrol engine with higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions, the company said. The automatic trims come with progressive smart hybrid technology.

The all-new Vitara Brezza offers a host of convenience and safety features including auto-retracting outside rear view mirror (ORVM), auto-dimming and anti glare inside rear view mirror (IRVM) and gear shift indicator.

The new vehicle is also loaded with the latest safety features including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder, rear parking assist, high speed warning alert, reverse parking sensors as standard across all variants.

The all-new Vitara Brezza will be available with a 5-speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmissions.

(With inputs from PTI)

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