Volkswagen looking to locally manufacture its MQB platform in India

Volkswagen looking to locally manufacture its MQB platform in India

Volkswagen uses its MQB platform for a range of products in India and across the globe. However using the platform wasn’t exactly cost effective for VW especially since it wanted to enter the more affordable segments and that’s where Tata’s AMP platform had come into the picture thereby contemplating a venture. However since the deal was called off (you can read about it here) VW had to think up other ways.

According to recent developments, Volkswagen AG is considering a proposal to bring in the Modular Transverse Matrix or MQB platform in India. If at all VW decides to manufacture the platform in India, it would also mean significant investments considering Skoda, Audi and VW cars are built on the same platform.

As mentioned before, the MQB platform forms the base for a number of VW models which also helps in faster introduction of new models as well as in saving costs. Also VW has been able to adapt to standardization across its products by using this platform and has also widened its product offering through a multitude of its own brands. With the MQB, VW will not only be able to bring in cars below the Polo but at the same time can also manufacture bigger cars from the Skoda and Audi stable. Keep watching this space for more!

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Sarahah App: What Is It, and Why Is Everyone Talking About This Anonymous Messaging App?

Sarahah App: What Is It, and Why Is Everyone Talking About This Anonymous Messaging App?

The Sarahah app has taken hold in the social media sphere over the past week, joining trends such as Prisma app that rose quickly in public consciousness. Whether it will remain a hit or fade away in a few weeks is anybody’s guess, but for now Sarahah app is something difficult to avoid seeing in your Facebook news feed. You would be surprised to learn that the Sarahah app is actually a few months old, and has already been a hit in regions such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report. The premise of the app is pretty simple – send messages to each other, anonymously. Here’s everything you need to know about the app.

Sarahah app – how it works

The idea is simple – you create a Sarahah profile, which anyone can visit. Even without logging in, people can visit your profile and leave messages, anonymously. If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, but users can choose to tag their identity. On the receivers app, all the incoming messages show up in an inbox, and you can flag messages, delete them, reply, or favourite them to find them easily later.

But although the app has become very popular, it’s quite polarising. For instance, although it has (at the time of writing) 10,305 5-star reviews on Google Play, it’s also got 9,652 1-star reviews, showing a near 50-50 split in opinion. The creators described it by saying: Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.

That’s at least in part because of fact that anonymity enables people to act out and behave in hurtful ways without consideration for consequences. Even positive reviews on the App Store still warn that this app is not for the weak hearted. Another 5-star review mentions that people are getting a lot of hateful comments.

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Mercedes GLC ‘Celebration Edition’ launched at Rs 50.86 lakhs

Mercedes-Benz has joined the celebration of India’s 70 years of Independence with the launch of the ‘Celebration Edition’ of their mid-size luxury SUV, the GLC. The limited edition GLC gets a few premium additions over the top-spec GLC Sport trims and a new shade of red.

The GLC Celebration Edition is available with both the 220d and the 300 petrol engines and are priced at Rs 50.86 lakhs and Rs 51.25 lakhs respectively for the diesel and petrol variants. The Celebration Edition GLC gets additional chrome accents on the air intakes along with the existing large chrome grille along with a chrome strip added on the tailgate as well.

It gets sporty AMG-style gloss black wing mirrors along with LED logo projectors fitted on the exit lamps of the doors. Inside the cabin, the driver gets sporty stainless steel pedals along with a Garmin Maps navigation.

Being based on the fully-loaded trim, three-zone climate control, panoramic electric sunroof, leather upholstery with power seats, auto-dimming power mirrors etc. are all a part of the standard feature list along with the seven-airbags and the electronic stability program for safety.

The GLC 220d gets the 2143cc four-pot turbodiesel that develops 168bhp of power and 400Nm of torque while the GLC300 comes with turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 241bhp of power and 370Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to nine-speed automatic gearboxes along with torque-on-demand all-wheel drive

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Infiniti goes retro and it is electric

Infiniti goes retro and it is electric

The Japanese foray into cars came in almost half a century after the first automobile was built. For a brand that is less than 30 years old, vintage has to be earned and Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti has done that in style. Meet the Prototype 9, a design exercise by Infiniti – Nissan’s luxury division.

It started as a concept when the American marketing division asked Infiniti’s design head Alfonso Albaisa what would an Infiniti barn find look like if it had to be a race car hidden away for decades? With contributions from all the major departments at Nissan, the Prototype 9 has turned out everything the Japanese car maker would have ever wanted.

The Prototype 9 is styled like the quintessential ‘30s racer with its wire wheels, skinny tyres and and the enormously long hood. I am sure it reminds you of the Silver Arrows and the Fiat Corsas that went flying around the half-paved racetracks at breakneck speeds. And it is built like it would have been in those days as well. The Prototype 9 gets a hand-beaten aluminium body with the signature boat tail. It even gets the old-school leaf springs and the disc brakes are hidden behind the large drum camouflage.

It is only the signature chrome grille in the front, the breathing gills on the side and the logo up top that reminds you that it is an Infiniti. But that is not the only modern part. It is powered by the new Nissan Leaf electric powertrain that spins 148bhp of power and close to 350Nm of torque. With 0-60kmph in just over five seconds, the top-speed has been limited at 160kmph and it should be quite a handful with that skinny rubber.

Well, the Prototype 9 stirs up some serious want but Infiniti hasn’t said anything about building any more of them. Because if they did, the Prototype 9 would be the perfect mix of vintage racers and modern tech that money could buy, a lot of money!

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Lenovo K8 Note Review

Lenovo K8 Note Review

There has been a sudden increase in the number of powerfully-specced smartphones in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market, and the new Lenovo K8 Note is the latest to join them. The new Lenovo device is targeted at buyers who love entertainment on the go and don’t want to compromise with performance or camera quality. The Lenovo K8 Note sports dual cameras at the back, a feature that has become very popular among Android manufacturers after the launch iPhone 7 Plus (Review) last year. There are already quite a few Android smartphones with dual cameras in the Indian market including the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual (Review), OnePlus 5 (Review), and Honor 6X (Review). We’ll find out how well K8 Note fares against its competitors.

Ever since completing its acquisition of the Moto brand, Lenovo has been on a roll in terms of smartphone shipments. Industry reports show that Lenovo has managed to become one of the top five smartphone vendors in India thanks to its vast portfolio of products. At the India launch of the K8 Note, Lenovo claimed that it has managed to sell 8.5 million K-series devices in the country so far.

With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching the Vibe Pure UI entirely, which is big move. On paper, the Lenovo K8 Note has some decent specs and features, but competition is stiff. Does it manage to strike a good balance between pricing and features? We find out.

Lenovo K8 Note look and feel
The Lenovo K8 Note’s metal body feels sturdy when you hold the phone for the first time. The Aluminium 6000 material offers a premium feel and a soft touch. While there’s no doubt that the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, the design is far from original, and strongly reminds us of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges, which looks neat. Lenovo has used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn’t have to bother cleaning it very often.

The Lenovo K8 Note has capacitive navigation buttons at the front, which aren’t backlit. We often had trouble using them in the dark. The front camera has its own LED flash which has been a popular demand lately, according to Lenovo. The rear has the dual cameras which are placed one above the other, accompanied by a dual LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is right below the cameras, and was easily accessible at any point. The overall size and placement of physical buttons makes them easy to use. We liked the fact that power and volume buttons have been slightly low to easily fall under a thumb or forefinger depending on which hand you’re holding the phone in.

There are the familiar antenna bands on the top and bottom of the handset’s rear. The bands will match the phone’s colour, making them blend in. The Lenovo K8 Note will be available in Fine Gold and Venom Black, which we received for our review. Lenovo has gone with minimalistic branding on the K8 Note, which is good. You can find a logo at the back.

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The left panel has a dedicated “Music key” which is customisable for any purpose. Users can customise it via Settings > Music Key for playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app. The Music Key has a red colour accent to make it stand out, with play and pause icons above it. There are also dedicated slots for two SIMs and a microSD card, which Lenovo stressed is one of the most demanded features in this segment. There’s a Micro-USB port at the bottom, with a speaker grille on either side. Unfortunately, there’s only one functional speaker, but this phone does support Dolby Atmos Audio enhancement. The other grille is just for show, much like on many other budget phones. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack.

We had no trouble using the K8 Note with just one hand. It measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm. At 180g, this phone is a bit heavy compared to the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (175 grams) which should be seen as direct competition. Additionally, the Lenovo K8 Note has a water repellent design which help it survive light splashes, but don’t consider it to be equivalent to actual water resistance. Lenovo clearly points out that liquid damage will not be covered under the warranty.

When compared to the Lenovo K6 Note, the Lenovo K8 Note has a lot of improvements in terms of design that make it feel more premium for its price. In the box, you get a transparent plastic case, a USB cable, a 15W rapid charger, a SIM ejector, and instruction manuals. The Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone to ship with a rapid charger. However, there are now no bundled earphones which might be a bit of disappointment for some buyers.

Lenovo K8 Note specifications and software
The Lenovo K8 Note features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Under the hood, it is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797) SoC with four cores clocked at 1.4GHz, another four cores at 1.85GHz, and two cores at 2.3GHz. The K8 Note has been launched in India in two storage and RAM variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. We received the latter for our review. Storage expansion using a microSD card (up to 128GB) is supported.

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Lenovo is heavily marketing the dual camera feature on the K8 Note, which is the company’s first phone to offer this feature. There’s a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for creating a bokeh effect. For selfie lovers, the K8 Note has a 13-megapixel sensor at the front with its own LED flash. There’s a 4000mAh non-removable battery, and this phone does support rapid charging. The K8 Note features 4G with VoLTE (voice over LTE). LTE Cat 6 speed means that you can get up to 300Mbps download speeds and up to 50Mbps upload speeds if your carrier offers that kind of performance. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

One of the big changes Lenovo is making with its all-new K8 Note is in terms of software. The Chinese company shared the news first with Gadgets 360, and confirmed that all future Lenovo phones will run stock Android out-of-the-box. The Lenovo K8 Note runs on the recent Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This means Lenovo has entirely ditched its Vibe Pure UI. Running Android 7.1.1, the Lenovo K8 Note comes has the 3D Touch-like app shortcuts feature, which was rolled out in December last year. K8 Note users can perform contextual actions using any optimised app by simply long-pressing its icon. Our unit had already received the latest July security patch, and Lenovo promises that users can expect timely updates from now on. Some of the other notable Android 7.1.1 features on the K8 Note include GIF support directly in the keyboard, a wide variety of new emojis, split-screen multitasking, and Google Assistant.

You get all the standard Google apps including Duo, Play Movies and Play Music but the phone also comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which are removable. The interface is fluid, and you won’t feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running. Google’s Photos app becomes the default gallery which in our opinion is good, since you can sync all your photos and videos to the cloud.

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There are still some minor tweaks to the software. You can find the Dolby Atmos app preloaded on the handset for tweaking audio settings. There’s also TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. This time around, however, Lenovo doesn’t have an exclusive partnership with any headset maker. The company feels that there are enough VR headsets in the Indian market, and the Lenovo K8 Note with TheaterMax tech will support most of them.

We tried the TheaterMax mode on the K8 Note with a VR headset in our lab, and found that it worked flawlessly. The VR mode can be enabled by long-pressing the power button and tapping the TheaterMax option. This lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view. We had fun watching videos and TV shows using the K8 Note and a headset as it offered a cinema-like feel. We hope that Lenovo partners with content providers and does even more with its VR push.

Interestingly, Lenovo has already promised that the K8 Note will be receiving an update to Android O before end of this year which makes it an even sweeter deal at this price.

Lenovo K8 Note performance and camera
We had a good time using the Lenovo K8 Note, and found that stock Android was very welcome. We didn’t have any issues despite running up to 12 apps in the background, which can be credited to Android’s memory management. The K8 Note is being launched in 3GB and 4GB RAM options, and our suggestion would be to go with the 4GB version for a better overall experience if you can.

The only thing we noticed was that this phone got warm very quickly. You will start feeling heat if the camera app has been open for a few minutes or if you use GPS navigation even briefly. The same thing happened when gaming. A 20-minute session made the phone warm though not too uncomfortable to use.

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Honda City Hybrid spotted testing in Europe

Honda City Hybrid spotted testing in Europe

Honda’s popular selling sedan, the City, has been spotted on test in Europe. The test mule visually appears to be slightly longer than the regular model, thereby indicating a possibility that this might be the hybrid powertrain with twin motors version. The vehicle also featured a new set of alloy wheels that is commonly seen in the bigger Honda cars like the Civic and the Accord.

Japanese automaker, Honda, has been working on the hybrid system for nearly a year now. Moreover, the company has also used the technology in the Accord. Combined with a twin motor system, it is expected to be independently used on the front wheels. Technical details of the hybrid version is not revealed for now and it might be known in the coming months. Currently, in India, the Honda City is available in 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options which generate 119bhp and 100bhp respectively. The petrol version is available in five-speed manual as well as CVT option, while the diesel version is limited to a six-speed manual transmission.

Honda is unlikely to get the City hybrid to India anytime soon due to heavy taxes on hybrids which currently stands at 43 per cent under GST. However, over a period of time with rising environmental concerns and most manufacturers progressing to greener alternatives, it will be only a matter of time before the government once again decides to offer benefits on hybrid cars

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Lenovo K8 Note Review

Lenovo K8 Note Review

There has been a sudden increase in the number of powerfully-specced smartphones in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market, and the new Lenovo K8 Note is the latest to join them. The new Lenovo device is targeted at buyers who love entertainment on the go and don’t want to compromise with performance or camera quality. The Lenovo K8 Note sports dual cameras at the back, a feature that has become very popular among Android manufacturers after the launch iPhone 7 Plus (Review) last year. There are already quite a few Android smartphones with dual cameras in the Indian market including the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual (Review), OnePlus 5 (Review), and Honor 6X (Review). We’ll find out how well K8 Note fares against its competitors.

Ever since completing its acquisition of the Moto brand, Lenovo has been on a roll in terms of smartphone shipments. Industry reports show that Lenovo has managed to become one of the top five smartphone vendors in India thanks to its vast portfolio of products. At the India launch of the K8 Note, Lenovo claimed that it has managed to sell 8.5 million K-series devices in the country so far.

With the Lenovo K8 Note, the company is also switching to a stock Android experience, ditching the Vibe Pure UI entirely, which is big move. On paper, the Lenovo K8 Note has some decent specs and features, but competition is stiff. Does it manage to strike a good balance between pricing and features? We find out.

Lenovo K8 Note look and feel
The Lenovo K8 Note’s metal body feels sturdy when you hold the phone for the first time. The Aluminium 6000 material offers a premium feel and a soft touch. While there’s no doubt that the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, the design is far from original, and strongly reminds us of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges, which looks neat. Lenovo has used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn’t have to bother cleaning it very often.

The Lenovo K8 Note has capacitive navigation buttons at the front, which aren’t backlit. We often had trouble using them in the dark. The front camera has its own LED flash which has been a popular demand lately, according to Lenovo. The rear has the dual cameras which are placed one above the other, accompanied by a dual LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is right below the cameras, and was easily accessible at any point. The overall size and placement of physical buttons makes them easy to use. We liked the fact that power and volume buttons have been slightly low to easily fall under a thumb or forefinger depending on which hand you’re holding the phone in.

There are the familiar antenna bands on the top and bottom of the handset’s rear. The bands will match the phone’s colour, making them blend in. The Lenovo K8 Note will be available in Fine Gold and Venom Black, which we received for our review. Lenovo has gone with minimalistic branding on the K8 Note, which is good. You can find a logo at the back.

lenovo k8 note music key gadgets360 lenovo

The left panel has a dedicated “Music key” which is customisable for any purpose. Users can customise it via Settings > Music Key for playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app. The Music Key has a red colour accent to make it stand out, with play and pause icons above it. There are also dedicated slots for two SIMs and a microSD card, which Lenovo stressed is one of the most demanded features in this segment. There’s a Micro-USB port at the bottom, with a speaker grille on either side. Unfortunately, there’s only one functional speaker, but this phone does support Dolby Atmos Audio enhancement. The other grille is just for show, much like on many other budget phones. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack.

We had no trouble using the K8 Note with just one hand. It measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm. At 180g, this phone is a bit heavy compared to the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (175 grams) which should be seen as direct competition. Additionally, the Lenovo K8 Note has a water repellent design which help it survive light splashes, but don’t consider it to be equivalent to actual water resistance. Lenovo clearly points out that liquid damage will not be covered under the warranty.

When compared to the Lenovo K6 Note, the Lenovo K8 Note has a lot of improvements in terms of design that make it feel more premium for its price. In the box, you get a transparent plastic case, a USB cable, a 15W rapid charger, a SIM ejector, and instruction manuals. The Lenovo K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone to ship with a rapid charger. However, there are now no bundled earphones which might be a bit of disappointment for some buyers.

Lenovo K8 Note specifications and software
The Lenovo K8 Note features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. Under the hood, it is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797) SoC with four cores clocked at 1.4GHz, another four cores at 1.85GHz, and two cores at 2.3GHz. The K8 Note has been launched in India in two storage and RAM variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. We received the latter for our review. Storage expansion using a microSD card (up to 128GB) is supported.

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Toreto Aqua Review

Toreto Aqua Review

Toreto is an Indian firm that has been selling mobile accessories since 2013. Its range includes earphones, headphones and speakers, and the latest addition to its lineup is the Toreto Aqua, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that is priced at around Rs. 3,000. Is it worth your time and money? Read on to find out.

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Toreto Aqua design and features

The Toreto Aqua speaker ships in a box with clear plastic top that let you see its contents. You get the speaker itself, a Micro-USB cable, a small aux cable, and a user manual. The speaker is quite funky with gray being the dominant colour, and bright orange accents and buttons. The base is made in such a way that speakers point upwards at an angle when the unit is placed on a table, which helps direct audio towards your ears.

The speaker has a metallic grill on the front. The orange accents on the front and the hook at the back are made of plastic while the buttons and the rest of the body are rubberised. There’s a rubber flap at the back that keeps the Micro-USB port, the 3.5mm headphones socket and the microSD card slot waterproof. The Toreto Aqua weighs 340g which is spread across the unit well. Powering it is an 1800mAh battery.

Toreto Aqua Speaker NDTV Toreto Aqua Review

Build quality is decent and the speaker is IPX7 rated. Toreto claims that it is resistant to water, shock, snow and dust. We did accidentally drop it a couple of times and it survived the impact without showing any signs of damage.

It has 1.5-inch drivers and has a rated output of 6W. There are four buttons on the top; two for volume control, a play/pause button, and a multifunction “M” button for power, toggling between modes and pairing Bluetooth devices. There is an LED between the four buttons that shows the state of the speaker, and a mic so you can make and receive voice calls when your phone is paired.

Toreto Aqua performance and battery life

Long-pressing the M button fires up the device, and the LED blinks rapidly waiting for a device to pair. To test the Toreto Aqua, we paired it with an Asus ZenFone AR (Review) and a OnePlus 5 (Review) with music streaming from Google Play Music and media from Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

When we started testing this speaker, we were surprised at the volume it could put out. It could get really loud indoors, and we had to stick to a lower volume level. We found that the speaker’s volume couldn’t be controlled by a phone, and had to be adjusted independently.

Toreto Aqua Pool NDTV Toreto Aqua Review

We played MP3s as well as FLAC audio files, and it was quite hard to tell any difference between them. The overall audio quality of the Toreto Aqua is decent but it seems to go overboard with the highs. It is capable of producing some bass but the mids aren’t very clear. When playing songs with a good bass line at high volumes, the speaker would rock about on our table.

When listening to Levels by Avicii and Keep It Mello by Marshmello, we found the highs to be a little unpleasant at higher volumes in an enclosed room. When watching Le Mans on Amazon Prime Video the hybrid race cars did sound a little different though dialogue was clearly audible. Overall we found that this speaker performed better in open spaces than in closed rooms.

Playing audio files off a microSD card isn’t much of an issue. The Toreto Aqua can play MP3s but not FLAC files. The speaker plays a tone to notify you that a Bluetooth device has been paired or disconnected, and when switching between modes. This can be a little tricky as the cues are easy to miss.

Knowing the speaker is waterproof, we did dunk it in a swimming pool a couple of times. Once pulled out of the pool, it would continue playing songs without any trouble. The speaker would sound muffled with water in the drivers, but just had to bump the volume up to help the speaker push it out. We did check the rubber flap on the back and found that it can keep the ports dry even after multiple dips as long as you secure it properly.

The Toreto Aqua can keep playing music for over five hours, but needs over three hours to charge. It is also quite hard to gauge battery life. There is no obvious way to check how much time you have left before the battery will run out.

Verdict
The Toreto Aqua does a few things well but it could do with some improvements. It looks good and has its waterproofing sorted out, but its output needs to be a little warmer and the mids need a boost. For now, it is safe to say that this is a good speaker for outdoor use, but not the best performer indoors. If you are looking for a bathroom speaker this isn’t ideal, but if you want to blast your tunes on a trek or a swim, this might do just fine.

Price (MRP): 3,000

Pros

  • Compact
  • Shockproof and waterproof
  • Loud output

Cons

  • Charging takes a long time
  • Mids suffer at higher volumes

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 3
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5
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2019 Nissan Altima will adopt the new Vmotion 2.0 design

2019 Nissan Altima will adopt the new Vmotion 2.0 design

Nissan unveiled the Vmotion 2.0 concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Now it looks like the Japanese car maker will be gradually incorporating these design elements into its newest offering. A recent spy shot of the 2019 Nissan Altima confirms that the new mid-sized sedan is in the works and will be styled along the lines of the new Vmotion 2.0 concept.

The spotted car wears a camouflage, yet, we managed to get a glimpse of its restyled front. The grille has adopted the new V-shape, the headlamp assembly has been styled to look sleeker and it also houses the DRL inserts. Side proportions are not vastly different from its predecessor, however there could be a few tweaked shoulder and waist lines beneath the camouflage. The rear end is expected to be revamped as part of the update.

 

Inside the cabin, the new car will get a tablet style infotainment system and a flat bottom steering wheel. The dashboard is blacked out, however, the company has put in chrome inserts to add to the premium feel of the cabin.

Power source is expected to be the same in-line four units. However, the higher trims are expected to be offered with a V6 unit. The new Nissan Altima is expected to be unveiled later next year and could be dubbed as the 2019 model.

It is unlikely that Nissan will bring the Altima to the Indian market, however we can expect the current Nissan portfolio to adapt the Vmotion 2.0 concept design in their due update

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Some Tips for Before You Buy a Car

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This is a good time to buy a car—new cars and used ones, too. Dealer lots are overstocked, and there aren’t many shoppers kicking the tires in showrooms these days.

No one knows that better than Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Ally Financial. Ally is one of the biggest auto lenders in the U.S. The giant bank handles auto financing for more than 4 million consumers. It’s been in business for nearly 100 years under the GMAC name—General Motors Acceptance Corporation. It was rebranded as Ally Financial in 2009 when GM spun off the unit during the financial crisis.

Speaking to Fortune’s Susie Gharib, Brown says that used cars are the one bright spot in the auto market these days. “The used car market remains very attractive. Very strong,” he says. “It’s almost three times the size of the new car market and about 50 percent of the business we do today is in the form of used.”

So it’s not surprising that automakers are offering special incentives and deep discounts to shoppers interested in getting a new car. And even with all the bargains, Brown says it still makes sense to negotiate better deals.

“The reality I think is dealers know that they’re going to have to negotiate prices down. That’s part of the normal buying process,” says Brown. “And I’d still say it holds true, last day of the month, it’s still a pretty attractive time for consumers to go inside a dealership and get the best deal.”

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