Bs Reporter / New Delhi August 21, 2008, 1:05 IST

In what would be a generational change in its engine technology, India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has decided to introduce the new K-series petrol engine in all its cars in India in the next three to five years, according to the company's annual report for 2007-08.

ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY: Vivek Nayer (left), Vice President-marketing, Arun Malhotra, Senior Vice President-sales, Mahindra and Mahindra launching the Bolero CNG vehicle in New Delhi on Thursday.

NEW DELHI: Mahindra & Mahindra on Thursday unveiled its CNG pick-up vehicle

Opens electronic components plant and R&D centre in Bangalore BANGALORE: German automotive electronics supplier, Continental AG, with 2007 global sales of euro 26.4 billion, will provide fuel pump sensors for the Tata Nano. Markus Distelhoff, Managing Director of Continental-India, told reporters here on Monday, "The details are being finalised; we believe small cars, affordable and with full functionality, will drive the market in the years ahead'. The company was also involved in the hybrid car from Mercedes, likely to be launched next year, he said.

Saving energy: The regional aircraft Modem Ark (MA)600 in Xi'an, China, on Sunday. XI'AN: The first China-made regional aircraft Modem Ark (MA)600 was completed on Sunday, marking a milestone in the nation's drive to be one of the world's leading providers of turboprop regional aircraft. The research and development of the 70-seat MA700 was also under way, head of the preparation group for the China Aviation Industry Group Corporation Lin Zuomin announced at the Xi'an Aircraft Industry(Group) Company Ltd.

Opens factory at Ambattur to produce 100 bikes daily CHENNAI: Tube Investments of India (TII), a part of the Rs. 9,582-crore Murugappa Group, has announced its foray into eBikes by kick-starting its factory at Ambattur here. M. M. Murugappan, Chairman, TII, on Thursday, inaugurated the eBikes factory. The factory would have a production capacity of 100 eBikes a day in the low and high-speed categories. These eBikes would be marketed under the aegis of the BSA brand. The market for eBikes is estimated at Rs. 450 crore. The industry is expected to double in a year's time.

Government should cut import duties on eco-friendly cars

Amara Raja Batteries announced its entry into the two-wheeler battery segment on Monday with the launch of Amaron Pro Bike Rider two-wheeler batteries, powered by VRLA (valve regulated lead acid) technology from Johnson Controls of the U.S., customised by Amara Raja's R&D for the Indian markets. Amaron brand ambassadors Narain Kartikeyan, Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel were present on the occasion.

As more vehicles turn to CNG, the number of filling stations is proving to be inadequate Spiralling prices of crude oil are ringing alarm bells for the green fuel policy in the Capital. As more and more private vehicle owners switch to CNG and the government makes CNG mandatory for different categories of vehicles, the city is falling way short of the demand. Long queues at CNG filling stations mean one thing: the city needs an immediate augmentation of capacity. And it needs it fast.

New Transistor Uses A Material Known As Gallium Nitride Washington: Every household is filled with dozens of silicon-based electronics, whose main component is usually a silicon-based transistor. But now, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student's invention could replace this technology with a new generation of transistors that will not only cut energy consumption but also work under extreme conditions.

Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) President and CEO Masahiro Takedagawa, in an interview with Swaraj Baggonkar, shares the company's India strategy, including the launch of hybrid technology (a first on Indian roads), small cars and outlook on diesel technology, an area where the company is losing ground to other auto majors. The company launched its 8th generation Accord today in Mumbai. Honda lacks a diesel car in India, a market where more than 40 per cent of vehicles sold run on the fuel. Comment.