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BusinessMahindra’s New Pininfarina-designed Furio ICV Unveiled

Mahindra unveiled a new range of Intermediate Commercial Vehicles named ‘Furio’ on July 24 at the Chakan plant near Pune. The cabin for this new truck was developed by legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, which is part of the Mahindra Group. The Furio is the result of four years of focused efforts by over 500 Mahindra engineers, 180 suppliers and an investment of Rs. 600 crores.

Furio marks Mahindra’s debut in the Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) segment of the truck market. This new range of trucks will be made at the company’s world-class manufacturing facility at Chakan, near Pune.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra said, “The unveiling of the new Furio range of ICV trucks is a defining moment for our Truck and Bus business as we are set to enter a new orbit and become a full range commercial vehicle player. With Pininfarina inspired design, the Furio is set to be a game changer for us, and perhaps for the industry, giving the new truck one of the safest, most ergonomic and comfortable cabins that will set new standards.”

Powered by the super-efficient, lightweight, low friction, MDI Tech engine, with FuelSmart technology, Furio optimizes fuel consumption and gives unmatched mileage.

InnovationPowering Green Urbanization

As India rapidly urbanizes, there is a growing need for solutions which make new real estate developments more energy efficient.

This is precisely the objective of the new Center of Excellence (CoE) launched by Mahindra Lifespaces and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The CoE aims to develop open-source and science-based solutions that will drive the process of green urbanization. These innovative, market-ready and energy-efficient technologies for real estate can be adapted for Indian climatic conditions and will be accessible to all.

Inaugurating the CoE, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “India has the opportunity to be the world's largest laboratory for doing things differently — be it the future of urbanization, or mobility, or climate change. The Mahindra-TERI CoE embodies our focus on sustainability beyond just business -- towards creating a larger urban stakeholder ecosystem that can power a transformative ‘green shift’ across India’s cities and towns.”

The CoE in Gurugram will prepare policy briefs for Center and State Ministries to reduce the energy footprint. It will also adopt a tiered approach to implement, review and ensure deliverables. A Technical Advisory Committee comprising industry leaders and practitioners will provide regular technical oversight to research activities.

GlobalAutomobili Pininfarina Developing World’s First Electric Hyper Car

A curvaceous, sculptural exterior, a two-seater carbon fiber form encased in sweeping glass. A single ribbon of light cascading from the headlights across the front, an object of beauty that screams speed.

The launch of the luxury electric hypercar-PF0 by Automobili Pininfarina, a Mahindra Group company, is gathering momentum. New Yorkers were recently bowled over by the design preview of this high performance EV, codenamed PF0 (read PF Zero).

"The design of PF0 will espouse purity, beauty and innovation,” said Luca Borgogno, Design Director, Automobili Pininfarina. "Creating this combination in the first Pininfarina-branded road car is a dream come true."

Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke said, "PF0 is borne from the 50-year-old dream of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, to see a stand-alone Pininfarina-branded range of cars that are both beautiful and technologically advanced. PF0 will deliver enormous power and driver thrills in abundance."

The PF0 promises staggering performance for a road car, with its extreme levels of technology and functional design. PF0 will accelerate to 100 kmph in less than two seconds, break the 402 kmph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero emissions range of over 480 kilometers.

Designed, developed and produced in Germany and Italy, PF0 will be sold and serviced in all major global markets. This USD 2 million dollar car will be unveiled as a concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Rise for GoodKCMET Scholarships Help Students Aim Higher

The dream of pursuing a postgraduation from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Oxford and other reputed universities is now a reality for 82 students, thanks to K. C. Mahindra Scholarships. Over 1000 applicants applied for the scholarships, which is aimed at enabling higher education for the brightest students in India.

Commented Keshub Mahindra, Chairman – K. C. Mahindra Education Trust & Chairman Emeritus – Mahindra & Mahindra, “Education is the best weapon to drive positive change, and each year it is our endeavor to aid the brightest and the best minds from the country in this direction. I am positive that the students will carve their niche and contribute towards a better tomorrow by giving back to the nation.”

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, added, “It’s heartening to see the consistent rise in quality and number of applications we are receiving year-on-year for the scholarships. What is more exciting is the distinctiveness of every application, which is truly inspiring and doesn’t cease to amaze me every time. I hope that the candidates make the best use of this opportunity to shine and put India on the global map in diverse and significant ways.”

Of the shortlisted candidates 23 are IIT graduates, the others are from premier educational institutes including BITS Pilani, SRCC, the National Law Schools, Symbiosis, St. Xavier’s, Sir JJ College of Architecture and NID. The scholars will complete their postgraduation in subjects ranging from Computer Science, Engineering, MBA, Law, Public Policy to Economics from the leading universities abroad.

This year there has been a 45% increase in awardees, leading to an escalation in the value of the scholarships awarded to Rs. 2.92 crores.

LifestyleDanish influences in Chennai!

A community at Mahindra World City, Chennai is emulating the preferred mode of transport in the cycle capital of the world – Copenhagen! Danes have the legacy of being avid cyclists since the previous century. Even today it’s easier to get around on a bicycle in Copenhagen and indeed many parts of the world – it’s environment friendly too!

With people making conscious lifestyle re-adjustments, cycles are making a comeback. Choosing from the best of both worlds, Mahindra has reinvented the historic bicycle and modernized it to suit current needs. These bikes in their new-age avatar are GPS-enabled and have lightweight alloy frames, drum brakes, and anti-slip chains which maximize comfort.

So, parents from MWC Chennai, no longer need worry – their children happily cycle to school and home on the swanky new GPS-enabled cycles, that ensure they have real-time locations displayed on their mobile screens.

MWC Chennai in partnership with PEDL Zoomcar has introduced an intra-city cycle sharing service which can be booked through a mobile app. Vijayan Janardhanan, Business Head (Residential), MWC Chennai, said, "Nearly 40,000 persons employed in the city’s business zone visit MWC Chennai every day. This app-enabled dockless bicycle sharing service will facilitate complete last-mile connectivity within MWC Chennai. It will also ensure optimal air quality via reduced emissions."

Today the vision of a pleasant city is different from that of the 1960s. MWC Chennai, built on the philosophy of 'Livelihood, Living and Life' is the perfect example of sustainable living that Mahindra advocates. As the wheels of these smart cycles turn, residents breathe in fresher air in greener locales.

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