Auto Expo 2018: New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift To Launch In India Next Month

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The 2018 Maruti Suzuki will debut in India on February 7, 2018

Maruti Suzuki is all set to debut the third generation of the Swift in India and we’ll first see the car in the flesh at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has officially begun bookings for the car and the dealers all across the country have started accepting it at a booking amount of ₹ 11,000. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will be launched at the expo and deliveries will begin post that pan India. We spoke to a few dealers though who confirmed saying that it s likely that the car will carry a waiting period of 3 to 4 months from the start.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is based on a new platform and is lighter too)

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has dominated the hatchback segment and the new generation promises nothing different. The first two generations have been dominant in the compact hatchback segment ever since 2005 and it has always been on the list of top ten cars sold every month since then. Maruti Suzuki says that it has sold more than 5.8 million Swifts globally. The new generation, then, has big shoes to fill in and Maruti Suzuki isn’t holding out on making this one a cracker of a car.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift boasts a brand new design, but the infotainment system is familiar)

The new-generation Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a brand new design, and it’s an all new design language as well, which enhances the looks of the car. The new Swift is based on the 5th generation of the HEARTECT platform and it has grown in terms of dimensions. The 2018 Swift is wider (up by 40mm) at 1735 mm, has a longer wheelbase which has gone up by 20 mm at 2450 mm and is shorter than its predecessor by 10 mm (yes you read that right). Having said all of that, Maruti Suzuki says that the cabin of the new Swift boasts of better leg, knee and head room at the rear.

The new Swift also gets a major design and styling overhaul with new bold single-frame grille flanked by the bug-like headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights. The car also gets new sportier alloys, a floating-style roof design with blackened B-pillar, and new front and rear bumper. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will also get an extensively updated cabin similar to the Dzire with a flat-bottom steering wheel. There’s also a new infotainment system which comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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(The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift will get an AMT option as well)

Commenting on the all-new Swift, RS Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at Maruti Suzuki India said, “We will take the excitement to a new height with the all-new Swift. The all-new Swift with its distinctive design, advanced technology, uplifting performance and enduring driver experience will bring disruption in the premium hatchback segment. In its newest avatar, the Swift undergoes a bold transformation to meet the aspiration of young and ever changing customer. We are delighted to open bookings for the all-new Swift and look forward to a grand launch at the Auto Expo 2018.”

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Swift will continue using the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines. The 2018 Swift will be now available with a manual as well as an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). There will be a primary of 4 variants on offer in both petrol and diesel – LXi, VXi, ZXi and ZXi+. The AGS will be only available in the VXi and ZXi variants in both fuel types. The company is also bringing in a host of new colours and there will be a total of six on offer. The Prime Lucent Orange is the new colour on offer on the Swift.

There’s good amount of boot space too with 268 litres of space which is an improvement of 58 litres over its predecessor.

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Huawei to Expand in US Smartphone Market Next Year

Huawei to Expand in US Smartphone Market Next Year

Chinese smartphone brand Huawei will start sales through US carriers next year, a Huawei executive said Monday, stepping up the No. 3 global handset seller’s presence in the home market of rival Apple Inc.

The president of Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s consumer business, Richard Yu, said he would announce details at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He said sales would start with the flagship Mate 10 but declined to give a price or say through which carrier or carriers they would be sold.

Huawei sells some models in US electronics stores and online but has a minimal share of an American market in which most sales are through carriers. Globally, the company trails Samsung and Apple by handset shipments but leads in China, the biggest market, and says it expects to ship a total of 150 million units this year.

“We will sell our flagship phone, our product, in the US market through carriers next year,” said Yu in an interview. “I think that we can bring value to the carriers and to consumers. Better product, better innovation, better user experience.”

Yu expressed confidence the smartphone business wouldn’t be affected by American government concerns Huawei might be a security threat, which derailed US demand for its network gear.

“In consumer sales, when people really start using Huawei products, they will change their minds,” said Yu.

Huawei, founded in 1987 by a former military engineer, is the first Chinese brand to break into the top ranks of global technology suppliers.

The company, headquartered in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, is the world’s biggest supplier of switching equipment used by telephone and internet companies. It has manufactured mobile phones since the 1990s and launched its own smartphone brand in 2010.

Huawei reported 2016 profit of CNY 37 billion ($5.4 billion) on revenue of CNY 521.6 billion ($75.6 billion). The company is owned by its employees, with no publicly traded shares, but reports financial results in an effort to allay security concerns in the United States and Europe.

Helped by a strong position in China, India and other developing markets, sales by its premium-priced Huawei and mid-market Honor smartphone brands have grown faster than those of Samsung or Apple. That prompted suggestions Huawei might pass its American rival.

In the latest quarter, Huawei’s handset shipments rose 16.1 percent over a year earlier to 39.1 million, well ahead of Apple’s 2.6 percent growth to sales of 46.7 million, according to IDC. Samsung sales expanded 9.5 percent to 83.3 million units.

“We are a Top 3 smartphone supplier but we are very close to the Top 2. So maybe quickly we can be Top 2,” said Yu.

The Mate 10, unveiled in October, offers an extra-wide display, high-end cameras and other advanced features at prices 15 to 30 percent below those of Samsung and Apple.

Yu said the Mate 10 will be “competitively priced” in the United States but Huawei expects to compete on performance instead of cost.

“Our strength is in developed markets,” where consumers will pay for performance, said Yu. “We are not a cheap, low-cost company.”

Also next year, Huawei plans to start selling through carriers in Japan, where its phones already are sold in stores, Yu said.

“I think next year is a very important year for Huawei,” he said.

Huawei’s US business suffered a setback when a congressional panel recommended in October 2013 that phone carriers avoid doing business with it or a smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp. Beijing rejected the report as false and an effort to block Chinese companies from the US market.

Huawei denied being a security threat and rejected the US complaints as politically motivated or possibly an attempt by competitors to keep it out of the market.

“They are lying,” said Yu. “We are a company that really cares about cybersecurity and privacy protection. We do a lot better than the other vendors.”

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Samsung Bixby 2.0 to Be Unveiled Next Year, Will Work on Multiple Devices in the Home

Samsung Bixby 2.0 to Be Unveiled Next Year, Will Work on Multiple Devices in the Home

South Korean technology major Samsung will introduce the second edition of its voice-powered digital assistant ‘Bixby’ next year that will work on multiple devices, including televisions and refrigerators, a top company official said Thursday.

This will help the global smartphone leader further strengthen its position against companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon that also have virtual assistants – Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa, respectively.

“We would introduce Bixby 2.0 in 2018… it would be designed to be available on any and all devices,” Samsung Electronics V-P, Mobile Communications Business, Ji Soo Yi told reporters in Seoul.

He added that “this means having the intelligence of Bixby act as the control hub of device ecosystem, including mobile phones, TVs, refrigerators…”.

Bixby 2.0 would have “one work on one platform” command structure and would integrate all operating systems like Android and Samsung’s Tizen.

However, Yi did not divulge the month of the planned launch of the new version of the voice assistance software. Named after a bridge in California, US, Samsung had introduced Bixby in May this year globally on its premium smartphones like Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8.

Asked whether Samsung would extend Bixby to other Samsung phones, Yi said: “Yes, we would.” However, he did not share the models on which Bixby will be extended to.

“We are getting it ready to work with more languages,” he said, adding that “Hindi could probably be among the first five languages the company will have first”.

Samsung will also invite local linguistic experts to develop the local language command in the second phase.

“Self-sustainable ecosystem is essential because that is the only way to support users’ growing personal need,” Yi said.

India is a huge market for Samsung for mobile phones and consumer electronics.

The company has maintained its leadership position in the burgeoning and dynamic Indian smartphone market, commanding 24 percent share at the end of June 2017 quarter.

In the consumer durables segment, Samsung is a leading brand in TV panels, microwaves and frost-free refrigerators. It had recently launched an Internet of Things-enabled washing machine.

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Reebok introduces next wave of UFC gear, including ‘UFC Legacy’ series

The UFC and Reebok announced their new Fight Night Collection on Tuesday, which includes updates to their standard gear, as well as a Legacy Series dedicated to fighters competing in the main events of pay-per-views or in championship bouts.

According to Reebok General Manager of Training Corinna Werkle, the changes are meant to further accentuate the individuality of the UFC’s athletes.

“With the new UFC Fight Night Collection, we wanted to give athletes a product that meets the quality and performance demands that they depend on in the Octagon, but also offer them an opportunity to let their unique confidence and personalities shine through,” said Werkle in a press release.

“Our design, product and research teams have spent countless hours talking to and working with the UFC athletes and MMA community to do just that. We are thrilled to debut our latest iteration of the UFC athlete fight night apparel with the new UFC Fight Night Collection and are committed to constantly reimagining and evolving the Reebok Combat collection to adapt to athlete requirements and appeal to UFC fans.”

Reebok’s exclusive apparel deal with the UFC has drawn ire from both fighters and fans alike due to issues with the distribution of sponsorship money, criticisms over the design of the gear itself, and numerous errors.

It remains to be seen if this is a step in the right direction to appeasing the athletes who have to wear the clothing and the viewers who are expected to purchase it.

The Legacy Series will make its debut at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta. Titleholders Demetrious Johnson and Amanda Nunes will sport customized walkout gear, as will respective challengers Ray Borg and Valentina Shevchenko.

Check out the gallery below to see what this weekend’s headliners will be wearing, plus additional shots featuring several UFC stars including champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Max Holloway, and Stipe Miocic.

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