The Cup is the salvation table of a season that begins to be like a toothache. This Athletic can go down in history as the one that regained the path of the titles (the important ones, since the 2015 Super Cup is a minor success) but also as the one that registered the third worst streak of games without winning in the League: they are ten without adding three hit points, the same lot as with Iribar as coach in the 1986-87 campaign. And they only overcome this embarrassing ranking the 11 days of the 2005-06 campaign (this time it was with two technicians, since Mendilíbar was stopped and followed the Clemente guideline). And then there is the top of Berizzo last year, with 13 games without winning. Garitano tries to break this dynamic that is projected since December 1, when the lions were imposed on Granada 2-0. At this time, he has been defeating five times (against Betis, the first and the four in a row that he accumulates at the close of this fatal series: against Getafe, Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Alavés). And many other ties, all concatenated: against Eibar, Madrid, Sevilla, Celta and Espanyol.They have amassed only five of the last 30 points. The dramatic thing is that in the stumbling blocks against Osasuna and Alavés the opponent did not do much, he just waited for the mistake of an Athletic with three centrals although he needed to be ambitious.Gaizka Garitano is at his worst as a rojiblanco coach, confessed by himself. The descent is nine points. He is running out of that credit that President Elizegi granted him a week ago. In addition, an eternal shadow pursues him. In the 2014-15 campaign when he was leading Eibar, his only complete campaign with a First club to date, he had 27 points in the first round and even dreamed of Europe.The second was a drama: he scored eight points and four of them were in the last two days, with a draw against Getafe and a win against an evicted Cordoba. It was not worth anything, since it only got rid of the decline due to the administrative fall of Elche.
Honda Cars India is all set to intensify competition in the fast growing SUV segment, which is dominated by the likes of Hyundai and Renault, with the launch of its seven-seater model BR-V next month.The segment has been growing around 35 per cent for the past two years and ruled by Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Mahindra Scorpio and Ford EcoSport.ALSO READ: Honda Cars India to spice up the compact SUV segment with BR-V launchThe latest entrant in the fray — Maruti’s sub-four metre SUV Brezza Vitara has also been received well with over 40,000 bookings so far received by the company.”This space which we are entering has been growing for last two years. The compact sports utility segment grew by over 40 per cent last year. Customer traits are evolving as aspirations are going up,” Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen told PTI.With BR-V, which is big on versatility, the company has a winner on its hands, he added.ALSO READ:Honda tease new BR-V SUV; India launch soon”Success of a product depends on pricing, positioning and network. We will price it competitively, position it well and we have a growing network,” Sen said.As of March 31, the company had a network of 295 outlets across the country.The vehicle, that will be launched on May 5, will come with premium interiors, high road clearance and powerful engine, Sen said.”Though the exact pricing would be announced next month, one thing I can say right now is that we would price it very competitively,” he added.advertisementALSO READ: Is Honda Navi a bike or a scooter? The company would manufacture the SUV at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Honda is in the process of expanding the production capacity of this facility from the current 1.2 lakh units per annum to 1.8 lakh units per annum. When asked about the localisation level achieved on the product by the company, Sen said: “All our current vehicles, barring CR-V, have localisation levels beyond 90 per cent. So it is going to be on similar lines for BR-V too.” BR-V has already been launched in Indonesia and Thailand where it has been received well, he added.On exports, the company is yet to come out with a concrete plan, Sen said.ALSO READ:2016 Honda Civic launched at Indonesia International Motor ShowBesides, BR-V, the company also plans to introduce Accord Hybrid during the festive season. It has already launched an updated version of its compact sedan Amaze last month.