Takeaways: A’s offense sputtering during winless road trip

first_imgIt looks as though turning the page on the A’s current slump will take more than a simple flip of the calendar.With the loss on Wednesday, the team dropped its season series against Boston, 4-3, after going 3-1 in the first series versus the World Series champs. It was the first time since 2016 that Oakland had dropped a season set to the Red Sox.The Athletics’ second consecutive sweep was the fifth series sweep they’ve suffered this season.“It’s frustrating to lose one game,” said starter …last_img read more

Groundbreaking TB drug trial under way

first_imgGrowing pipeline of TB drugs The Department of Health has welcomed the development, noting that it could benefit not only South Africa but the whole world in the fight against TB. “The potential to offer a single regimen to treat both DS and MDR-TB represents a monumental advance in the treatment of patients worldwide and a tremendous step toward simplifying the delivery of TB treatment globally,” Spigelman said. Novel three-drug combination A novel three-drug combination with the potential of simplifying and shortening TB treatment from two years to less than six months is currently been tested on patients in South Africa. “We welcome the fresh development, which will assist in bringing down the period of taking the treatment, which is one of the main reasons for patients defaulting,” said department spokesperson Fidel Hadebe. 9 November 2010 If successful, the experimental regimen will offer a shorter, simpler, safer and more affordable treatment option for MDR-TB, an emerging global health threat. This is particularly significant for MDR-TB patients, who currentlty have to take numerous different drugs, including injections, daily for up to two years. The announcement of the first clinical trial of the TB drug combination was made in Pretoria on Monday by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding faster-acting and affordable drug regimens to fight tuberculosis. ‘Monumental advance’ in treatmentcenter_img The three-drug combination promises to be capable of treating both drug-sensitive (DS-TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). “It is extremely encouraging to see a growing pipeline of TB drug candidates that may revolutionise TB care, and committed sponsors moving with speed and efficiency towards new regimens,” said Raviglione. The Phase II trial, called NC001 or New Combination 1, tests the new TB drug candidates PA-824 and moxifloxacin in combination with pyrazinamide, an existing antibiotic commonly used in TB treatment today. He said that with increased investments in TB, there were nine promising TB compounds from six antibiotic classes in the pipeline, making combination testing of new TB drugs possible. TB Alliance CEO Mel Spigelman said what was needed was an entirely new regimen of TB drugs rather than one single drug to eradicate the pandemic. The trial, which will take place at the Lung Institute at the University of Cape Town and the TASK Research Centre in Belville, involves 68 participants, each receiving two weeks of treatment and three months of follow-up to evaluate the drugs’ effectiveness, safety and tolerability. World Health Organisation’s Stop TB department MD Mario Raviglione said there was a desperate need for new and better TB treatments to address the pandemic, which kills nearly two million people each year. He noted that treating active TB requires a combination of drugs to prevent the development of drug resistance, adding that researchers traditionally tested one new drug at a time in a series of lengthy and expensive clinical trials, meaning it would take decades to develop a completely novel drug combination. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Green Building Programs: Time for a Do-Over?

first_imgI’ve been involved with green building certification programs for about 10 years now, starting with my work with Southface and the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association in developing the EarthCraft Renovation program. Since then, I have become a HERS rater, an NAHB verifier, a LEED Green Rater, a BPI Building Analyst, an EarthCraft Technical Advisor, a Green Communities Technical Advisor, and a Building America Builders Challenge verifier (I don’t think I left anything out). In these various capacities, I have certified many single- and multifamily units under most of these programs and, until recently, felt pretty comfortable managing them and explaining the various—and sometimes conflicting—requirements of each to my clients. While I was aware that there were some changes on the horizon, it seems that the upcoming changes in ENERGY STAR and the ripple effect through other programs have taken myself and most others in the industry somewhat off our games.What’s the schedule?ENERGY STAR versions 2.5 and 3 have been in the pipeline for a while, and although I have been keeping up with them in theory, I have not yet taken the time to sit down and go through them in detail, nor have I yet taken the two-day required class for raters. The raters I have spoken to who have taken this class seem to be a frustrated bunch, many having only recently entered the industry looking for a new source of income. The general impression is that the new versions will likely lower the number of builders seeking certification—not good news for the rating industry and the thousands of newly trained professionals looking for business opportunities.I believe it is important to raise the level of performance of our buildings, but the complexity of the new ENERGY STAR, as well as many other certification programs, deserves some reconsideration. LEED for Homes, scheduled for a new version release in late 2012, has not yet shared publicly how the program will relate to ENERGY STAR Version 3, nor has the NAHB Research Center said anything publicly on the subject that I am aware of. EarthCraft House is scheduled to release a new version in March 2011 that will, hopefully, clarify some of the confusion. Right now it is a challenge to know how much work will be involved in certifying future projects, making it hard to provide pricing to potential clients. It’s enough to drive a rater crazy.I don’t need any stinking consensusIt seems to always be a big deal that many of these green programs were developed by “consensus,” supposedly leading to the best outcome, but I fear that I must disagree with this opinion. We need to only take a look at our dysfunctional legislative bodies to see just how effective (or ineffective) we can be when trying to come to a consensus. When we look at things realistically, there are lots of constituencies involved in green programs, each one having its own goals to work toward, everyone compromising, until we end up with something that ultimately pleases very few people and leaves everyone else feeling slightly abused. I do not come to this opinion from experience; rather, mostly as an outside observer of the various committees assembled to create these standards. I am willing to listen to anyone’s opinion to the contrary. While I don’t know that there is necessarily any better way to create a program, I don’t believe that the consensus model (or muddle) brings us the best product. Rather, it brings us one that offends the smallest number of people.Eschew obfuscationOne of my favorite pieces of graffiti—“eschew obfuscation,” which I translate to “avoid overcomplication”—is something I would like to see all the various and sundry green certification programs take as their mission statements. Unfortunately, “overcomplicated” seems to be the key to most programs. If it’s not a long checklist like the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) or EarthCraft House, it’s a dense, interpretation-heavy spreadsheet like LEED for Homes. Even ENERGY STAR, which in Version 2 was pretty straightforward, seems to have become obfuscated, at least for the time being, in Version 3.I’m not sure if there is a better model out there, but I believe, deep down, that there must be a better way. I have always had a theory that compared to a democracy, a benevolent dictatorship (if the dictator was truly benevolent) might be a better system to live under. I get so disgusted by politicians; I think that anyone who aspires to public office should be denied the opportunity. Some as yet unnamed higher power should just appoint people based on merit, with no opportunity for them to decline. I realize that I am being totally delusional, but it’s my blog and I can write what I want, and you’re reading it anyway.So why can’t we just pick the smartest people, sit them down, and tell them to put together the most effective, simplest, and least expensive green building program? If we pick (or someone from above chooses) the right people, we might end up with something that doesn’t continue to drive us crazy. I’m just sayin’.last_img read more

Thermal and Moisture Control Layers

first_imgHow to Design a WallHow Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing? Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam SheathingVapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersRigid Foam Choices Installing Mineral Wool Insulation Over Exterior Wall SheathingInstalling Roxul Mineral Wool on Exterior Walls RELATED ARTICLES Choosing the best exterior insulationWith those decisions made, what should we use for exterior insulation? The most common exterior insulation is rigid foam, either XPS (extruded polystyrene) or polyisocyanurate (PIC). A third option is EPS (expanded polystyrene).Although my feeling is that foam insulation is probably the best use for oil, in debating what materials to use, I argued strongly against XPS. XPS’s blowing agents are nasty — they stay in the atmosphere, and even though XPS insulation saves energy, in terms of global warming potential, XPS is usually a net loss to the planet, according to research by David White. Additionally, as XPS ages, its R-value decreases, and at useful thicknesses, it’s fairly effective at blocking the ability of the wall to dry to the exterior. In the plus category, it’s readily available, has decent compressive strength, and is easy to work with. Until the industry changes to the more benign blowing agents used for XPS in Europe, though, it’s always my last choice for insulation.Roxul ComfortBoard ISPolyiso has fairly benign, pentane-based blowing agents, and it is advertised as having a high R-value per inch, but with its usual foil facing, it is a total vapor barrier. Not only does its R-value decline over time, but it also loses performance as the temperature drops, just when you need it the most.EPS is vapor semipermeable at thicknesses less than 3 inches, has relatively safe blowing agents, and stable R-value, plus it’s generally less expensive than the other options. It can be crumbly to work with, and it shares with XPS a brominated flame retardant that is not safe to ingest, but if I had to choose a foam, my first choice would be EPS. My second choice would be polyiso.Fortunately, there is an alternative that is good for the house and good for the planet: rigid mineral wool, in the form of Roxul ComfortBoard IS (the IS is for “insulating sheathing”). It will keep the sheathing warm and dry, and it has low global warming potential and stable R-values. It’s a lot like a wearing a wool coat compared to a rain slicker. It’s a bit of a pain to install compared to the other options, but it’s completely vapor-open. Not only will it allow the occasional raindrop that finds its way past the siding to drain freely, but it will let the wall sheathing dry to the exterior if and when it needs to. Installed with 1x strapping, it makes an excellent ventilated rainscreen that is open to air movement at both the top and bottom of the wall.Considering my obsession with managing water and water vapor and my strong desire to build resilient yet energy-efficient homes, I am happy with the ProHOME wall assembly. Editor’s note: This post originally was published as part of the ProHOME series at Fine Homebuilding magazine. Michael Maines is a Certified Passive House Consultant and residential designer based in Palermo, Maine. Detailing for Climate Zone 5To meet code requirements for limiting vapor transmission by diffusion into the wall in Climate Zone 5, we needed a Class 1 or Class 2 vapor retarder on the interior, but with at least R-7.5 exterior insulation, the code allows a Class 3 vapor retarder. (Class 1 is 0.1 perm or less; Class 2 is from 0.1 to 1.0 perms; Class 3 is from 1.0 to 10.0 perms. Over 10 perms is considered vapor-open.)CertainTeed is now selling kraft-faced batts with its vapor-variable MemBrain vapor retarder adhered to the kraft paper. The MemBrain normally blocks most water vapor diffusion as a Class 2 vapor retarder, but when the relative humidity reaches about 60% (when bad things can happen), it opens up to be vapor-open, allowing the wall to dry to the interior. With airtight sheathing, vapor movement by diffusion is not considered to be a major issue by prominent building scientists, but the MemBrain gives us insurance.If we needed a functional air barrier at the interior, as some builders try to do with poly sheeting, then MemBrain in sheet form would be a better choice. Because we are using Huber’s Zip System oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing as the airtight layer for the walls, we don’t need to worry about the interior of the walls being perfectly airtight, although there would be no harm if it were a second airtight layer.Zip System sheathing is denser and more airtight than regular OSB (I learned that the hard way on a Passive House project), and Zip’s tape system is now familiar to most contractors. Like other OSB products, though, it is more sensitive to moisture than materials such as plywood or solid lumber. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad product; just that moisture control needs to be considered when using any OSB.The phenolic coating on Zip sheds liquid water effectively and is open to water vapor. Huber does not publish data for the actual vapor permeance of its sheathing, but standard OSB is usually between 1.0 and 2.0 perms, with some third-party testing finding that Zip is below 1.0 perm. The permeability of OSB and plywood sheathing varies with relative humidity, so it’s hard to pin down. In any case, the Zip panel can be assumed to be borderline between a Class 2 and Class 3 vapor retarder, meaning that it will allow water vapor to pass through, albeit at a slow rate. If the sheathing temperature is below the dew point of the air, the water vapor will condense out of the air and onto the surface of the OSB. Capillary action will then draw the moisture into the OSB.center_img Exterior insulation protects the sheathingTo reduce the chances of the OSB becoming saturated, our main defense is to keep air from flowing through the assembly, which we’ve already covered. The next defense is to keep the sheathing above the dew point by installing continuous exterior insulation. One of the key details of a wall with exterior insulation in Climate Zones 3 and higher is to make sure the proportion of exterior to interior R-value is high enough to prevent condensation most of the year. The exterior insulation keeps the sheathing warmer than the outdoor air, but insulation slows heat flow in both directions, so the cavity insulation keeps indoor heat from reaching the sheathing.The 2012 IRC has a handy way to make sure the sheathing stays above the dew point most of the year: table R402.1.1, which shows the minimum R-value of cavity and exterior insulation. [Editor’s note: Strictly speaking, the previous sentence is inaccurate. For more information on this topic, see Comments #10 and #11, below, as well as a GBA article titled The 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall Strategies.] For Rhode Island (Zone 5), it’s 13 + 5. In other words, a minimum of R-13 cavity insulation with a minimum of R-5 exterior insulation. What’s not clear from that table is that if you increase the levels of insulation, it’s very important to keep the proportional relationship the same, or to err on the side of additional exterior insulation. You can’t just keep code-minimum R-5 exterior insulation and bump the cavity insulation up to R-21; if you do, the sheathing will be too cold during a typical winter and condensation will occur.For Zone 5, the relationship is 38% exterior to 62% cavity. We have R-21 cavity, which means that we need at least R-8 exterior insulation to control condensation. Table R702.7.1 supports this math, requiring at least R-7.5 for a 2×6 wall if you want to use a Class 3 interior vapor retarder.We could have installed more exterior insulation; from an energy use point of view, more insulation is always better, but there are diminishing returns. Energy modeling showed that going from 2 inches to 4 inches of exterior insulation would save about 250kwh/year — less than $40 worth of electricity and less than the annual output of a single PV panel. I have designed Passive Houses with R-40 exterior insulation, so I’m not afraid of using too much, but considering the added expense and hassle of installing thicker rigid insulation, we opted to stick with 2 inches. At R-8 for the 2-inch thickness, we meet condensation-control requirements. When installed over an otherwise conventionally framed wall (or a wall built using advanced framing), continuous exterior insulation, also known as insulating sheathing, is a great way to improve whole-wall R-values and to keep the framing and sheathing dry. There are some tricks to choosing size and type of materials, though.Depending on the situation, I use different wall systems. For low-energy new construction, the builders I work with often prefer either double-stud walls with cellulose insulation, or Larson-truss type outriggers with infill insulation over a standard stud wall. Both can work well, but they have their downsides, including cost, wall thickness, and water-vapor management. Many builders, including Mike Guertin, prefer continuous exterior insulation. Since builders seem to have strong opinions on which wall type they prefer, and I think they can all work fine if designed and detailed well, I worked with Mike to design a durable, efficient wall detail at the ProHOME.The wall is framed with 2x6s 24 inches on center and insulated with fiberglass batts. The R-value of fiberglass batts is typically a bit more than that of cellulose and a bit less than mineral wool, but they’re all pretty similar. I have to say that fiberglass batts are rarely my first choice for insulation, but they are readily available and inexpensive, and in the right conditions — installed tightly in an airtight cavity with limited temperature differential across the batts — they can perform as intended. (The common assumption that they should not be compressed is wrong; if you compress them, their R-value per inch increases, up to a point.) It’s important to have at least one really good air barrier somewhere in the wall assembly. It’s OK to have more than one air barrier, but it’s never OK to have more than one vapor barrier. I prefer to use vapor retarders rather than vapor barriers, as I’ll describe below. Air barriers and vapor barriers (or vapor retarders) can be one product that does double duty, or they can be dedicated layers. For the ProHOME, we are using one air barrier and two vapor retarders (the sheathing is acting as both a vapor retarder and the principal air barrier).last_img read more

Ways Enhanced Technology has Changed the Nature of Business

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Mila Jones AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Mila Jones is a Senior Business Consultant, with rich experience in the domains of technology consulting and strategy, she works with both established technology brands and market entrants to offer research inputs and insights on leveraging technology as a source of strategic competitive advantage. She is a prolific author and shares her expertise with tech enthusiasts on popular digital publishing platforms. Tags:#automation#business#customer service#effeciency and productivity#employee engagement#productivity#technology#training Related Posts Businesses are always growing and changing because of technology. This is happening in many important ways that you should know about so that your business can keep up, remaining both competitive and innovative regardless of your company’s size.Improved Access to Information and DataWith Microsoft Office, it’s easy to create and edit any documents your business needs today (e.g., reports, spreadsheets, presentations). About 90% of today’s companies are using both its on and offline features. These features are being used because the templates that are available in this program make it so easy to create anything you need without relying on your own brain power. You can then save these things directly to the cloud so you can reach them from any of your devices or collaborate with others in your business, even in real time.The Need for Business AdaptabilityToday’s hyperreal web of real-time information has greatly improved our connectivity. Nevertheless, businesses still need to alter their practices, so they can remain competitive, especially since the tech culture is continually growing and changing too. Pause for just a moment and look around you and you’ll see that there isn’t a company in existence that has enough power within its own wheelhouse to find all the solutions.A company needs applications that will help provide the solutions they need then also applying said answers too. Companies today must look to various consultants in specialized fields for these things. Consultants for various business solutions isn’t something that was necessary, much less even available, in previous decades. However, thanks to technology we now live in a more open, integrated, and synergistic society.This is just one of the many ways that companies are being required to step up and explore new technologies that can enhance the work they do and help to adapt the high-speed pace in which today’s businesses are forced to work. One of the best examples of this is how stronger rendering engines and programs now enable us to see 3D environments.Communication Technologies in BusinessModern technology has changed our communication today. There’s no end to the changes we’ll see either since this sector continues rapidly growing. As such, businesses must pay attention to all the modern communication solutions that are arriving on the market now. While this may sound like a big job, honestly, it’s quite easy and convenient to access various types of services and products that will be of benefit to your company.Boosted Efficiency and Productivity via AutomationTechnology also provides us with various tools to help us be more productive. The benefit of these types of devices will help improve your workflow, especially if your business is related to the technology world. It doesn’t mean that companies who don’t work within the technology sector can’t also benefit here. There are many ways you can learn how to properly and adequately implement modern technology today if you’re willing to spend some time browsing around for things you can make use of.Enabling Business Real-Time AnalyticsUp-to-date customer information is the only way your business can keep up with the ever-changing trends that are happening in marketing. Smartphones have given us apps that can gather this information in real-time so businesses can now react to these new trends and habits immediately. Of course, this is only one of the tools they have.There are also tools available to help you analyze and sort through the large amounts of customer data that’s gathered daily. Once collected, there are even tools that will help you quickly share it throughout your office so everyone can see the big picture, regardless of their physical location.24/7/365 Business ConnectivityThe 24/7/365 business connectivity makes office life easier in many ways (e.g., sending emails around the world, quickly retrieving data from various locations, attending conferences online, meeting with people from different countries through video calls). However, what many people overlook is that it also improves their customers’ lives because they can now get the products and services any time they need them.Of course, this results in bigger profits for your brand. While all this is great, you must understand that the only way this will work is if your business keeps up with technology. When and if you fall behind, you’ll lose money to those businesses who have embraced the act of 24/7/365 connectivity.Employees Training and Development ProgramWhile you’ll want always to hire trained, skilled staff, there will still be times when your employees won’t have all the skills you need them to have. An example of this has come with the growth of AI in the business world. What AI already knows isn’t something that universities can predict so they can’t make sure that its graduates have all the skills and knowledge necessary in this area.Instead, you’ll need to create your own training program for things like this. Fortunately, if you own a small business, this isn’t out of the realm of possibility for you because there are many ways of doing this today, including:Online programsA variety of booksProject-based training programsVideo tutorialsWebinarsPodcastsVideoconferencingSo, there’s no longer any excuse not to use robots, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence(AI), business intelligence (BI), or cloud computing, so you have a truly innovative business, one that’s able to compete with all the big businesses surrounding it.ConclusionUnderstanding how technology is changing business is only the starting point here. It’s just as crucial for you also to know how to apply these technological advancements to your brand, so you remain both innovative and competitive with other companies, especially those that are bigger than your own. Hopefully, you now have some ideas on how to do this, whether they come from this article or you have some ideas of your own. With these in mind, it’s now time to step forward and put them into action. Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f…last_img read more

Three Imperatives for Revenue Growth

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now You want revenue growth? You want to make your goals? Here are your three imperatives.Create Enough OpportunitiesTo improve your revenue numbers and reach your goals, you need to generate opportunities. You might be able to acquire enough opportunities within your existing client accounts, but it isn’t likely. Opportunity acquisition is your very first problem and it should be your first priority each week.You create new opportunities by prospecting.If you want growth, you have to dedicate time to the activities that generate opportunities. If you put some other activity in front of opportunity acquisition, those activities will like crowd out the time you need to prospect and nurture your dream clients. If your honest with yourself, you know this is true.Put opportunity creation first and dedicate the necessary time to prospecting.Improving Your Win RateEvery sales interaction counts. It’s imperative that you execute your sales process and that this process helps your buyer navigate their buying process. You can generate all the opportunities that you want, but if you’re not effective enough at the moment of truth you don’t advance opportunities—and you don’t win them.You improve your win rate by following your sales process. You also improve your win rate by planning the outcomes of your sales interactions. Deep down, you know that opportunities are too rare to squander. Winging it isn’t a plan for value creation. Your effectiveness during sales interactions is the key to winning.Focus on executing and improving your win rate.Capture More ValueThe final imperative is to capture more value from each and every opportunity. You need to create the most value possible for your clients so that you can capture the most value for you and your sales organization. It’s easier to win small deals and it’s often faster. But you need an average deal size that allows you to reach your goals.Capturing more value requires that you build bigger deals. It might also mean you increase the size of target accounts. It almost always means improving your ability to create enough value to capture more of it yourself (i.e. selling well enough that you don’t have to discount).Focus on creating the maximum value for your clients and capturing some of the value that you create.These are the three imperatives for revenue growth: creating opportunities, improving your win rate, and capturing more value.QuestionsAre you creating enough opportunities? Are you dedicating enough time to opportunity acquisition?Is your win rate improving? Declining? Are you executing your sales process and preparing for each sales interaction as if it matters?Are you selling your clients what’s easy or what they really need? Are you selling small prospects instead of the dream clients you really need to build your business?last_img read more

It’s Bach to the cemetery for a musical feast in Kolkata

first_imgCome Saturday, Kolkatans, both the living and the dead, can look forward to a grand musical feast as the South Park Street Cemetery, one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, will celebrate its 250th birthday by holding a concert on its premises. In a clearing amid small and giant sepulchres, ageing plaques, and 300 varieties of trees, its sprawling, leafy compound will host a performance by a string quartet and a pianist on January 6. The performances, according to the programme booklet, will mainly be of “17th and early 18th century Baroque composers” such as Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel. Some of the finest musicians of the city, including some who are based abroad, such as the violinist Prosanto Dutt, will perform. “He will also talk about the music,” said Ranajoy Bose, the architect of the two-hour show and a managing member of the Christian Burial Board, which manages the cemetery. The tickets are priced at a modest ₹20.On being asked about the low price of the tickets, Mr. Bose said, “This is a strange cemetery. For instance, there are no crosses here. Instead, the tomb designs carry the architectural imprint of many civilisations, including Greek, Roman, Turkish and Mughal influences, and some are even shaped liked Hindu temples. We would like school children to know something about these eclectic designs created by Indian masons, besides some Western classical music.”last_img read more

Andy Murray beats Gilles Simon to reach Shanghai Masters final

first_imgBriton Andy Murray on Saturday secured his place in the Shanghai Masters final where he is due to play against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut here.Murray, who has won the Shanghai Masters on two occasions (2010 and 2011), overcame Frenchmen Gilles Simon on Saturday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory, reports Efe.Murray and Bautista have battled it out on the court twice in the past, at Wimbledon 2014 and in Munich 2015. (Also read: Djokovic stunned by Bautista Agut in Shanghai semi-finals)The Scot failed to concede a set on either of those occasions.However, Murray will have to prepare for an in-form Bautista in Sunday’s final after the Spaniard, ranked number 19 in the world, upset world number one Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4) in order to secure his spot in the ultimate stage of this year’s Masters.last_img read more

BMW launches diesel variant of 6 Series Gran Turismo model

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) German luxury car maker BMW today launched the diesel variant of its 6 Series Gran Turismo model in India with price starting at Rs 66.5 lakh. The locally produced, BMW 630d Gran Turismo diesel is available in two design schemes — Luxury Line and M Sport — and will be available at dealerships of the company across India from today onwards, the company said in a statement. While the BMW 630d Gran Turismo Luxury Line is priced at Rs 66.5 lakh, the BMW 630d Gran Turismo M Sport is tagged at Rs 73.7 lakh (ex-showroom), it added. The new variant is powered by a 3-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with 265 horse power and the car is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in 6.1 seconds, it said. BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said with the diesel variant broaden the range of choices for the company’s customers. The model is equipped with safety features such as anti-lock braking system with brake assist, dynamic stability control, including dynamic traction control, hill descent control and side-impact protection among others. PTI RKL ANS ANSlast_img read more