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Ford will pump out more profitable big SUVs to fund its future
Posted on 12th February 2018
Southfield, Michigan: Ford Motor Co. is spending $25 million more at its Kentucky factory to pump out more of the profitable big sport utility vehicles that are critical to funding its ambitious—and expensive—electric and self-driving vehicle plans.

The investment will allow the second-largest US automaker to boost production of the new Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition by 25% from what the company was planning last fall, when the redesigned models first hit showrooms.

“The Expedition and Navigator products are very important to both the Ford and Lincoln lineups,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations, said on a tour of the plant. “It’s really important that this plant is able to produce more because we know we have this high demand now.”

The factory—which also assembles Ford’s Super Duty pickups—is a money minter for the automaker, churning out models that analysts estimate can generate profits that exceed $10,000 a vehicle. Those earnings are essential for Ford as it plays catch-up to rivals such as General Motors Co. and Tesla Inc. in developing battery-powered cars and autonomous vehicles.

The incremental spending is on top of the $900 million investment that Ford announced for the factory in June. Upgrades to the Kentucky truck plant in Louisville include 400 new robots, improved data analytics and a parts-making 3D printer.

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Uber Eats may sell Indian biz to Swiggy by March, keep 10% stake: Report
Posted on 22nd February 2019
Uber Eats, the food delivery arm of ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc, is close to a deal to sell its Indian business to Bengaluru-based Swiggy, the Economic Times reported on Friday.

The share-swap deal is expected to close by next month and will give Uber a 10 percent stake in food delivery service Swiggy, the paper said, citing people privy to the development.


Samsung S10+ to hit Indian shelves from Mar 8 priced Rs 73,900 onwards
Posted on 22nd February 2019
Buyers of Samsung’s Galaxy S series of premium smartphones will have to shell out close to Rs 1.18 lakh to get their hands on the top-end model of the device that starts selling in India from March 8.

Samsung had launched three models - Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e - in San Francisco on February 20. These flagship devices will compete head-on with Apple’s iPhone that is seeing sales slowdown in many markets, including China.


GMR, Terna sign agreement for new airport in Greece; to invest 500 mn euros
Posted on 22nd February 2019
GMR Infrastructure on Friday said its subsidiary GMR Airports and its Greek partner Terna Group have signed a concession agreement for construction of the new international airport in Greece's island Crete.

The consortium intends to invest over EUR 500 million (approx Rs 4,034.28 crore) for development of the new airport, GMR Infrastructure said in a regulatory filing.


Petrol prices hiked to Rs 71.29 in Delhi; check latest price for metros
Posted on 22nd February 2019
Oil marketing companies hiked the price of petrol by 14-15 paise and that of diesel by 16-18 paise a litre the major metros on Friday. In Delhi, petrol prices were hiked by 14 paise to Rs 71.29 a litre as against Rs 71.15 yesterday. One litre of diesel can be purchased for Rs 66.48 in the national capital. In case of Mumbai, one litre of petrol can be purchased for Rs 76.93 up from Rs 76.79 per litre, implying a 14 paise hike.

The diesel cost has been raised to 69.63 in the financial capital. In Kolkata, one litre of petrol is retailing at Rs 73.39, while diesel can be bought for Rs 68.27. In Chennai petrol prices have been hiked to Rs 74.02, while consumers will now have to pay Rs 70.25 in Chennai. The revised rates are applicable from 6 am on Friday morning.


Bata India hits record high; stock zooms 50% in 4-months
Posted on 22nd February 2019
Shares of Bata India hit a new high of Rs 1,301 apiece, up 1 per cent on the BSE, surging 50 per cent in past four months after it reported a strong earnings growth in December 2018 (Q3FY19) quarter and foreign portfolio investors buying. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 6 per cent during the same period.

Thus far in the calendar year 2019 (CY19), Bata India has outperformed the market by gaining 15 per cent, against unchanged benchmark index. In CY2018, it soared 52 per cent, as compared to a 6 per cent rise in the Sensex.


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