Nissan's Micra ready to launch in July


Japanese car major Nissan will launch its much-anticipated small car Micra in India in July. The new Nissan Micra will be launched nationwide on July 14, 2010.Nissan Motor India has recently inaugurated its new facility at Oragada near Chennai and the debut Micra will be produced from here only.

The new Micra have to compete with Tata Nano, Chervy Spark, Maruthi Swift etc in the segment.The likely price of the base version  is expected below Rs 4 lakh. Micra would be available in four variants, XE, XE+, XL, and XV. The new Micra come with a 1.2 litre petrol engine capable of producing 75 bhp.The interiors are spacious and the top-end variant will also feature keyless entry and start, a feature found on luxury cars where you can keep the key fob in your pocket and press a button to start the car.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor is the brand ambassador of Nissan Micra. Nissan Micra booking has crossed 1000 mark, within four weeks. "We are delighted with this encouraging initial response. With the launch of the new Nissan Micra next month, Nissan will begin an exciting journey in India aiming to provide Indian customers with a full range of products and services," Nissan Motor India Managing Director and CEO Kiminobu Tokuyama said.

The company expects to produce 80,000 units of the new Micra, for both domestic and export markets, in its first year. Nissan will export Micra to over 100 countries, including Europe, Middle-East and Africa, by later half of 2010. Also will launch nine model in next 2 years and are targeting to sell 1, 00,000 vehicles in India by 2013.

Sachin Tendulkar , Now Group Captain of Indian Air Force


The cricket maestro, Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred  with the honorary rank of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. IAF had mooted the proposal in recognition of his glorious achievements as a cricketer under a provision in the armed forces to grant such ranks to eminent personalities. IAF feels his association with the IAF will motivate the younger generation to join the Air Force to serve the country.

Sachin, who is presently not in the country said: "It is indeed a great honour that I have been considered for the honorary rank of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. As an Indian, I am very proud to be associated with this dynamic force and I shall do my very best to be a brand ambassador".

IAF is conferring the honor after an interval of 20 years. Also Tendulkar is the first sports man to receive the honorary rank. Twenty one persons have been granted the honorary ranks from Flight Lieutenant to Air Marshal. J.R.D. Tata was first made an honorary Group Captain in 1948, promoted as Air Commodore in October 1966 and finally Air Vice Marshal in 1974. Vijaypat Singhania was the last to be granted the honorary rank in October 1990.

Tedulkar has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award, India's second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour. India's World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army in 2008.

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