Toyota Innova Crysta launched in Mumbai; prices start at Rs 13.84 lakh

first_imgToyota has finally updated the Innova after a decade-long run. The new generation model of the MPV is called Innova Crysta and has been launched at a base price of Rs 13.84 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai  with the top of tine variant costing Rs 20.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Also Read: First Drive Report: We drive the new Innova before its launch The Innova Crysta was first launched in Indonesia last year and has taken its time to before appearing on Indian shores. Earlier, the competition for the Innova was represented by the Renault Lodgy and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. With the new prices, the Innova Crysta has pushed itself above the rest with a difference of Rs 4.2 lakh in its prices, when compared to the outgoing model of the MPV. Gallery: Toyota updates the Innova, calls it the Innova Crysta The Innova will also get an automatic transmission for the first time, coupled with the new 2.8-litre diesel mill that Toyota is offering on the Innova Crysta. It is capable of producing 172 bhp and 373 Nm of torque. A smaller 2.4-litre diesel mill is also available, and it will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission. The smaller engine is capable of churning out 150 bhp and 340 Nm of torque. The engines also get three different modes – Eco, Normal and Sport. Currently, the new Toyota Innova will be in a segment of its own in the Indian car market due to its pricing. The only direct competition for the new Innova in the near future can be the Tata Hexa.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup Probe in Turmoil

first_imgGENEVA — Hours after a FIFA judge cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning World Cup bids, the American who led the investigation said he would appeal the decision to close the case because it was based on “materially incomplete and erroneous” information.In what appears to be an open act of conflict within FIFA, prosecutor Michael Garcia criticized ethics judge Joachim Eckert’s 42-page report clearing the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.Eckert’s findings, which were released Nov. 12, were based on Garcia’s investigation. Despite finding wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations, Eckert said the integrity of the December 2010 votes was not affected.The dispute between Garcia and Eckert further fueled the turmoil surrounding FIFA’s decision to give the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.Questions about the integrity and validity of the hosting decision have been raised ever since the vote by FIFA’s executive committee.“Today’s decision by (Eckert) contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report,” Garcia said in a statement released by his law firm. “I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”Garcia had called for key details of his 430 pages of investigation to be published, provoking clashes with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Eckert’s report seemed to confirm that the 2022 World Cup would definitely be played in Qatar — though exactly when is still unclear as FIFA seeks an alternative to the desert heat in June and July. Qatar has also come under scrutiny for its treatment of foreign laborers.“FIFA welcomes the fact that a degree of closure has been reached,” the governing body said Thursday in a statement before Garcia announced his objections. “As such, FIFA looks forward to continuing the preparations for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022, which are already well underway.”Eckert formally ended the probe almost four years after the vote by the governing body’s scandal-tainted executive committee. No proof was found of bribes or voting pacts in a probe hampered by a lack of access to evidence and uncooperative witnesses.“The evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA Ethics Committee,” the German judge wrote in a statement released by FIFA.Both winners, however, had issues highlighted by Eckert.Qatar’s bid had “potentially problematic facts and circumstances,” plus a “significant lack of transparency” in its use of advisers. Computers leased for use by Russia staffers were later destroyed.Eckert’s report reserved his harshest condemnation for England’s failed bid for the 2018 tournament. It criticized England for wooing disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and “damaging the image of FIFA and the bidding process.”The corruption case is still open for past and current members of FIFA’s ruling board, but it is unclear who might be targeted.Critics of FIFA have long relied on Eckert and Garcia to build a case to remove the wealthy desert emirate as host in 2022 by proving suspicions that votes and influence were bought. Qatar beat the United States 14-8 in the final round of a five-nation contest.The Qatari organizing committee said it would study the report before commenting.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more