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Mahindra Launches World’s Fastest Car – Battista

Automobili Pininfarina has finally lifted the veil off Battista, the world’s fastest car at its world premiere in Geneva. The two-seat coupe is the first luxury vehicle from Munich, Germany-based, Automobili Pininfarina, which was established a year ago by the Mahindra Group.

A revolution in automotive performance, design and technical collaboration, Battista is the first in a range of purely electric, zero-emission luxury cars. Its electric powertrain, sourced from the Croatian firm Rimac, produces 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque, makes it the most powerful Italian car to date. It also pushes the supercar to 62 mph in less than 2.0 seconds, 186 mph in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.

Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who founded the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the all-electric hyper GT will be designed and hand-built at Pininfarina SpA under the watchful eye of Paolo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman. Never before has a new brand and its first car been launched with such an emotive past, relevance for the present, and potential for the future – the Battista embodies timeless design as a piece of art.

Automobili Pininfarina CEO, Michael Perschke, said, “This is the most authentic and exciting automotive story imaginable. The Battista is the hypercar of the future, inspired by a legendary past. It combines true inspiration and innovation in its technical achievement and emotional appeal. We aim for the Battista to be a future classic and automotive icon, writing its own page in automotive history books.”

Stylistically, the Battista is the result of a close collaboration between the Automobili Pininfarina design team and legendary design house, Pininfarina SpA. With extensive use of lightweight materials, in an effort to keep the weight of the car under 2,000 kg, a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and visually stunning carbon fibre body provide the foundation for elegant design solutions at the heart of the hypercar.

Luca Borgogno, Design Director, Automobili Pininfarina, said, “The automotive world is ready to see a marriage of beauty, electric power and performance. It is this combination provided by Pininfarina SpA working shoulder-to-shoulder with us at Automobili Pininfarina that will make the Battista more than just a ferocious performance car and more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, producing a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty.”

Expected to cost USD2 million, the Battista will go on sale in 2020, a year that marks the 90th anniversary of the Pininfarina design house. No more than 150 Battistas will be hand-crafted in Italy and allocated equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia.

Over the next two decades, electrification will revolutionize car design, car ownership, and even the set-up of car companies. But from 2020, the Battista will immediately set new standards and inspire true love for EVs as the world’s first luxury electric hyper GT.

Click here to witness the world’s first luxury electric hyper performance GT, Battista FUTURise mobility.


SsangYong Korando Makes a Debut in Geneva

SsangYong Motor Company, a part of the Mahindra Group launched its all-new SsangYong Korando for Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

The SsangYong Korando SUV is the fourth generation model to carry the name and comes in a completely revamped version with an all-new exterior design supplemented with spacious and premium interiors. With one of the most contemporary interiors and easily accessible dashboard, the new Korando bristles with the very latest in-car technology and connectivity.

For enhanced driver assistance and safety, the Korando includes Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS)

supplemented with a camera and radar, lane keep assist, safe distance and driver alerts, intelligent and adaptive cruise control and high beam assistance. It also features blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert with automatic brake activation.

The Korando will be available with two engines from launch – a 136hp 1.6-litre turbodiesel and a brand-new 163hp 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol unit, and will go on sale across Europe from mid-2019.


Revolutionizing Mobility

GenZe is all set to boost the electric bike fleet category with the introduction of ‘GenZe Fleet e-Bike’– world’s first electric bicycle that is purpose-built for fleet use. With this new IoT (Internet of Things) cloud-connected fleet e-Bike, independent operators can now easily launch and maintain a rental, corporate or shared e-Bike fleet.

The GenZe fleet e-Bike is designed with a free-floating durable cable lock solution that unlocks via smartphone app. This innovative IoT cloud-connected system also provides GPS location tracking for geo-fencing and increased theft security. The data feed can easily connect into an operator’s existing system for seamless integration, thus helping the user check battery levels, lock/unlock state, distance traveled and operating time. The bike is ruggedly-built to meet the demands of fleet-use and boasts an industry-first commercial warranty. It also features an easily-removable battery that ensures easy maintenance and helps keep the fleet fully-charged.

Tom Valasek, Chief Commercial Officer, GenZe, said, “Shared-use and delivery fleets are now a major part of the e-Bike category, as operators recognize the many benefits of electric bicycles. We’re delivering a plug-and-play solution that makes it easier for independent operators to establish and maintain an e-Bike fleet, regardless of size.”

The new e-Bike was developed through GenZe’s recent successes with shared-use e-Bike and electric scooter fleet partners including Ford GoBike and Scoot in San Francisco, and Scoobi in Pittsburgh. GenZe has become a key supplier within the booming shared mobility category, launching fleet electric bikes and scooters with public operators and fleets in the tourism, delivery, college and corporate sectors.


A ‘SMART Academy’ for Women

With International Women’s Day round the corner (March 8), Tech Mahindra Foundation has launched an All-Women SMART Academy for Healthcare in Mumbai.

The SMART Academy in Mumbai, inaugurated by Chairman Anand Mahindra, is a state-of-the-art institute envisaged to create skilled paramedic and allied healthcare professionals. It is equipped with hospital simulated labs, industry-relevant study material, and experienced faculty to help young women make a career in the healthcare sector.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “This All-Women Healthcare Academy in Mumbai, will open new doors for women and ensure that they get equal access to quality education and career opportunities in

the healthcare sector. Indian women have made us proud in so many ways. Their nurturing hands will make a big difference in our healthcare services.

Launched in May 2016, The Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare is established as a CSR initiative of Tech Mahindra Limited. It has been three years since the launch of the first Tech Mahindra SMART Academy for Healthcare in Delhi, and less than two years since the inauguration of the second one in Mohali.The Smart Academy has enrolled over 1500 young men and women and is proving them with high quality, innovative and interactive training to become skilled professionals.


Vroom into a Great Escape!

India’s most loved off-roading adventure, Mahindra Great Escape concluded its 158th edition in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan recently. The annual ‘Invitation Only’ Great Escape saw an overwhelming participation from CEOs of domestic and international auto component companies, agencies, and a select group of media.

The tough and rugged DNA of Mahindra vehicles were put to the test on prudently chosen trails and terrains. Over 75 SUVs from the Mahindra stable including the Thar, Scorpio, Scorpio Getaway and customized Thar stood their ground and emerged unscathed in the sandy terrain in the popular Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer.

The Mahindra Great Escape route chalked out by the Mahindra Adventure team with the ‘With You Hamesha’

service team ensured that participants enjoyed the rally unhindered. Flanked by the ruthless desert and magnificent sand dunes on one side and sprawling forts and palaces on the other side, Jaisalmer is a city steeped in cultural heritage and was an obvious choice for the Great Escape. Post the rally, it was time for celebration with singer Ambili Menon belting out popular numbers well into the night.

Over the years, Mahindra Great Escape has made a reputation of being one of India’s most thrilling off-road events. This year’s edition was no different as it put both man and machine to test.


Driving Positive Change

For over a decade, the Mahindra Group has been leveraging its size and stature for maximum sustainability impact. In an interview with GreenBiz, Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group explains how by working on the overlap between planet and profit, the Group adheres to a number of sustainability targets and still remains profitable.

As population across the world continue to grow, and economic growth escalates in emerging markets, the planet is straining its physical limits in an attempt to keep up with the existing model of production and consumption. From planting over 15 million trees to committing to science-based targets, the Mahindra Group has been leading the global fight against climate change. It’s ‘Rise against Climate Change’ campaign has contributed to creating awareness amongst the general population to take charge and fight against climate change.

At the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in 2018, Mahindra Group made a commitment to go carbon neutral by 2040. M&M is the first Indian company to announce its internal Carbon Price of USD 10 per ton of carbon emitted to fund investments required to pursue the path of carbon neutrality. It has doubled the energy productivity of its automotive business almost 12 years ahead of schedule. M&M is also the first company in the world to sign on to the EP100 program, which is the global, collaborative initiative of influential businesses that pledges to double energy productivity by 2030.

Read on to know how announcing the internal carbon pricing has helped the Group multiply its projects, and balance both -short-term profitability and long-term sustainability.

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