10 Sep

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kindanew looks to New York

first_img 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Der überwagen See All • Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint New York Auto Show 2019 Fiat 0 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Fiat Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Post a comment Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 72 Photoscenter_img 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Livin’ that Club life New York Auto Show 2019 Convertibles Sports Cars Tags Enlarge ImageNo, it’s not limited to dealerships in rural Illinois. Fiat Fiat Chrysler loves a nice, inexpensive aesthetic upgrade package. Look anywhere in the lineup, from Dodge to Jeep and back again, and you’ll find ’em. Now, FCA has a new package of that kind in store for the Fiat 124 Spider, and it’s headed to the 2019 New York Auto Show.Fiat announced on Friday that it will bring the new 2019 124 Spider Urbana Edition to the New York Auto Show next week. The Urbana Edition, which I’m relatively sure is not a shout-out to town in which the University of Illinois resides, is an inexpensive aesthetics package that boosts the looks of the Miata-based 124 without raising the window sticker by much.The Urbana Edition is based on the 124 Spider’s Classica trim. It gives the looks a boost by adding 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, performance tires, new exhaust tips and piano black exterior accents. There’s also a glossy black finish on the seatback pillar and mirror caps. Fiat also threw a set of fog lights into the mix.On the inside, there are some matte gray accents, in addition to a wrapped instrument panel and gauge-cluster hood. The Urbana Edition also picks up a set of seats wrapped in a combination of leather and microfiber.Otherwise, it’s the same Fiat 124 Spider as usual, bouncing around town with a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 that puts out 164 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Urbana Edition can be had with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The Urbana Edition adds just $995 to the car’s bottom line — and for context, the 124 Spider Classica starts at $26,685, including $1,495 for destination. Alas, it’s not available for the peppier Abarth version. Share your voice More about 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica Convertible reading • 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition brings kinda-new looks to New York Preview • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesomelast_img read more

5 Sep

Tata Steel to start sale process of UK business April 11 to

first_imgTata Steel will officially put up its U.K. assets up for sale starting April 11, Britain’s business secretary Sajid Javid said after his meeting with Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry in Mumbai Wednesday. The U.K. government assured support to buyers, as it seeks to protect thousands of jobs in the country. Javid and Mistry held talks in Mumbai after the former flew to India Tuesday and the two talked about “the details of the upcoming sales process and discussed timescales for any potential sale,” according to the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. “A number of people have already started coming forward and I think more will do so once the formal process begins,” Javid reportedly said. Earlier this week, he held a meeting with Indian-origin businessman Sanjeev Gupta, who owns Liberty House metal group, on Tata Steel’s U.K. assets. While the Tata Group had earlier said it would leave the U.K. at the earliest, according to Reuters, the company assured the British government it would provide “reasonable” time for the sale process to be completed, Javid tweeted. “Met with Tata Steel in India today. I’m determined to do all I can to secure a long-term viable future for U.K. steel and workers. Constructive and  positive meeting. Formal sales process will begin by Monday – govt will do all it can to help secure a serious buyer,” the British business minister said. “No set time frame. Tata Steel will allow a reasonable period to find a buyer,” he tweeted. Tata Steel’s exit from the U.K. is feared to affect nearly 40,000 jobs in the country, as it directly employs 15,000 people in the U.K. and deals with 25,000 other workers in the supply chain. The David Cameron government faced criticism from the Opposition over the potential crisis. “Workers and their families face a worrying time, and our priority is to help those likely to be affected,” Cameron had tweeted last week after Tata’s announcement. The Indian steel giant had cited high operation costs, weak demand as well as import of Chinese steel into Europe as reasons for leaving the U.K. Tata Steel’s U.K. business, including the country’s biggest steel plant at Port Talbot, is reportedly losing more than £1 million daily.last_img read more

31 Aug

Prayaas A mystical evening

first_imgDelhiites enjoyed a mystical Kathak performance at the 10th edition of annual Kathak production ‘Prayaas 2018’, organised by Rasik Performing Arts at Kamani Auditorium on December 15.The evening started with Ganesh stuti – an invocation to Lord Ganesh, praying for success and peace. This was followed by the first performance lined up for the event – ‘Khil Rahi’, a presentation by the youngest batch of students at Rasik Performing Arts. Next in queue was ‘Umang’ which is based on a Tarana in ‘Raag Bhopali’. This Tarana is set in the sixteen beat cycle of Teentaal. ‘Pieces of Ten’ – a rhythmic cycle of 10 beats presenting infinite possibilities of grouping and regrouping phrases, numbers and movement patterns within the cycle orbit of ten – took the evening forward. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the 10th edition of Prayaas, Guru Jayashree Archarya and co-founder of Rasik Performing Arts, said “I am glad that ‘Prayaas’ completed its 10 successful years, and I am looking forward to many more editions to come. All this was not possible without the hard work of all my students and even the parents who are sending their kids to learn classical dance. Even today, where western music and dance are dominating, there are some parents who want their kids to acquire the art of traditional classical dance form.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Creating a phenomenal aura of dance and music, many performances were staged, keeping the audience glued to their seats throughout the event. ‘Echoes of nine’ – a mesmerising piece of work that used ‘Raag Jaijayanti’ as its melodic backdrop, was also staged during Prayaas 2018. Coming from Rasik Performing Arts, one of the batch performed ‘Gati’, which was based on a Sargam in ‘Raag Charukeshi’. The act highlighted the joy of ‘Taiyaari’, which can be explained as the control and command over speed and the free flow of dance movements. Following ‘Gati’ was the next act – the poetry speaks of the ‘Nayika’ who sets out to meet her beloved amidst the stormy night. The Tarana was composed by the legendary maestro of Indian Classical Music – Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. With a blend of the syllables typical of Tarana with excerpts from Persian poetry, ‘Darbari Tarana’ came next in the performance sequences at the event. The act is a combination of mnemonic syllables compared against the melodic exploration of a Raag and rhythmic journey of a taal, speaking about the eternal longing of the earthly soul that craves for a meeting with its divine beloved. ‘Raag Bhairavi’ was the last performance by the batch of Rasik Performing Arts, in which the choreography tried to capture various aspects of this musical scale and artists depicted a sense of peace and spiritual awakening. The show-stopper of the evening was the guest artist – Sandeep Mullick who performed ‘Navras’ in Paaramparik Kathak, accompanied by Shiv Shankar Ray (Tabla), Anirban Bhattacharya (Vocal Music) and Salim (Sitar).last_img read more

30 Aug

Disrupting the Disruption Myth

first_img In the United States right now, in some conference room or coffee shop, a potential investor is asking an eager CEO of a startup the D question: “What makes your venture disruptive?” And in the pit of that CEO’s stomach, he or she knows that the answer could make or break their venture.The buzz word disruption has captured center stage in the U.S. investor world. Disruption grabs headlines, accelerates valuations and is so seductive for investors. Its widespread appeal comes from logic that goes something like this: Unless a startup is doing the blowing up, the company is likely to get blown up as a result of another company’s success. This line of thinking is an odd by-product of Clayton Christensen’s 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, which was of great influence at Bell Labs when I worked there in the late 1990s. Related: A New Challenge to Disruption Theory (and a Better Idea for Dealing With New Technology)But is disruption a necessary ingredient in the startup world? A look overseas to China indicates that this need not be the case.The stellar rise of 4-year-old Xiaomi (pronounced SHOW-me) defies the disruption myth. Largely unknown in the United States, Xiaomi is China’s largest smartphone vendor, according to Canalys.Where’s the technology disruption usually required for a tech company to grow so fast? There isn’t any — at least not in the conventional sense.  Xiaomi’s secret could be something I saw described on a Sina blog called Internet thinking, a still evolving concept loosely defined to mean leveraging the Internet’s capability to let lots of people collaborate so that they can all create personalized product experiences. “Internet thinking is a business model emerging from a vast customer base which has experienced tremendous base expansion and cost reduction enabled by the Internet, The Sina columnist wrote. “The guiding principle of Internet thinking is this: ‘Ordinary people [are] king, user experience is priority, and scale is key.'”A graduate student from China working for my firm this summer explained to me this emerging mind-set, indicating that Internet thinking isn’t about disruption at all but is about a user-centric focus.Related: Xiaomi, the ‘Apple of the East,’ Surpasses Samsung as China’s Top Smartphone SellerIn the case of Xiaomi, it means letting people create a Xiaomi brand of one that is very personal and that will give Xiaomi a strong, yet nondisruptive competitive advantage.  Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO, explained it this way in a video interview on Reuters that was translated into English: “The main difference is that it is the Internet that has made Xiaomi. Apple’s design is very simple and no matter who the customer is, there is one set solution. There are a few opportunities to meet individual preferences, but Xiaomi’s system can be changed by anyone. Thousands of designers create all sorts of functions, looks and solutions.”Indeed the Xiaomi community has created more than 2,000 themes and in excess of 10,000 ring tones and wallpapers. Its revenue comes from selling undisruptive and ubiquitous dialing, message writing and cloud services.  The company’s high velocity growth, many observers claimed, is because Xiaomi is ripping off Apple. For example a TechCrunch article last month attributed Xiaomi’s growth “in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple.”I believe these critics are missing the quiet, nondisruptive point. Putting aside the reality there are no clear rules for distinguishing between an iteration and an intellectual property ripoff, Xiaomi is the antithesis of Apple.Unlike Apple, Xiaomi lets people create their own personal Xiaomi experience defying the tight user experience controls of Apple. Also unlike Apple, Xiaomi pushes out weekly, community-driven software updates. Perhaps most unlike Apple, these updates are fraught with glitches that only mobilize the community to work even harder to help Xiamoi do better.  Perhaps it’s time for the disruption bloom to come off the venture capitalists’ rose. The disruption myth was great fun for a while, allowing ventures and investors to say stuff like “this is so cool it will melt your face off.” I look forward to a time when the some smart money, around the world, is betting on people first and not trying so hard to fund companies that are so disruptive that, while they can kill the competition at the expense of really serving people well. That is what venture capitalists’ dreams should be made of.  Related: Get Ready for the Next Digital Revolution as the Rest of the World Goes Online Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 12, 2014last_img read more