Honda Brio production stopped in India, will not make a comeback

KeralaOnRoad | Feb 16, 2019
trending Honda launched its entry level hatchback Brio in 2011, but failed to capture hearts as expected with this model. Brio that underwent a facelift in 2016, still continued to disappoint the company with dull sales volumes. Apparently, Honda has officially decided to wrap up production of this little city car in India.

With this decision, the entry level car from the brand ahead will be Honda Amaze that is also one of the best selling cars from their lineup. It is indeed sad that Brio had managed to sell only less than one lakh units in the country since its launch 8 years ago. This hatchback started with decent sales figures but gradually declined to as many as 100 cars a month last year that made the Japanese car maker pull the wraps on this particular model.

Honda Brio was powered by a 1.2L SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine that delivered 88bhp worth power and 109Nm of peak torque. It was available in both five speed manual and automatic options. Priced in the range of Rs.4.73 lakh and Rs.6.81 lakh, this urban car competed with Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and its likes but went into decline owing to poor sales volumes. Honda Brio was launched in a new avatar last year in Indonesia, but the company seems to have announced their decision to not launch the same in India.

Indian Motorcycle dealership opened in Kochi

KeralaOnRoad | Feb 16, 2019
trending It’s raining bikes in Kochi, the growing automobile hub of Kerala. Indian Motorcycle has inaugurated their eighth dealership in the country, in the city of Kochi, Kerala. This showroom, EVM Automobiles is also the brand’s first dealership in the south west part of India.

All popular models from Indian Motorcycle including Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chief Dark Horse, Roadmaster, Scout, Scout Sixty and New Scout Bobber will be available at the new outlet. After-sales support of international standards will also be provided by the team promising an all-new experience for the customer.

Kerala is a state that has always shown immense passion towards automobiles, particularly bikes. Enthusiasts from this part of the country welcome motorcycles with both hands, especially adventure tourers and baggers. Indian Motorcycle, a brand that is popular for this segment of motorcycles, expects to receive an overwhelming response for their bikes here and hence, the inauguration of this outlet in God’s Own Country.

Indian Motorcycle showroom in Kochi is situated near Reliance Petroleum Outlet, Thykoodam, Vyttila. Bookings for the new FTR 1200 S duo are also being accepted across the eight outlets in the country at a token amount of Rs.2 lakh while deliveries are expected to commence from April 2019 onwards.

Kawasaki launches 2019 Versys 1000 in India at Rs.10.69 lakh

KeralaOnRoad | Feb 16, 2019
trending Kawasaki India launched the 2019 version of their much awaited motorcycle Versys 1000 in India at a price of Rs.10.69 lakh (Ex-showroom). Tagged as the cross over sport model of Ninja 1000, this new edition boasts itself to be equipped with an engine and chassis that is designed to maximize riding enjoyment on the street.

New Versys 1000, seated above Versys 650, carries a price tag that makes it the most affordable adventure tourer in India. Bookings for this model had begun in November and delivery for those customers who have booked already is expected to begin in another months’ time.

As reported earlier, the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 will reach the brand’s Indian facility as CKD units. The motorcycle is equipped with Ninja’s 1043cc inline four cylinder engine, but is fine tuned to produce 120bhp and 102Nm of torque.

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Upcoming compact SUV Skoda Kamiq spied ahead of global showcase event

KeralaOnRoad | Feb 16, 2019
trending Skoda is all set to showcase their compact SUV Kamiq at the Geneva motor show next month. Ahead of this global unveil, Kamiq that draws attention as the upcoming rival for Creta and Harrier was spotted testing for the first time.

Skoda named it as Kamiq, in line with the tradition of naming their SUV's starting with "K" and ending at "Q" as in the case of Kodiaq. This small SUV is designed based on the Vision X concept. From the testing mule, few features have been revealed now.

New Skoda Kamiq has a sporty front bumper with distinctive headlights. Side profile gets sports alloy wheels, large windows and rear split LEDs like in the case of Harrier. The dimensions of the car measure 4390mm long, 1,781mm wide and 1,593mm tall. The car is built on the MQB-AO-IN platform that has helped the price appear highly competitive. In India, the same model will be powered by the Rapid's 1.6L engine which will be updated to a BS-VI engine.

Skoda Kamiq will be featured with class first features like a virtual cockpit and heated steering wheels but no source has confirmed it. All the luxury features on cars from this segment have turned standard now and will be available in this model.

The prices for this model too will compete with Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier. New Kamiq is expected to be priced between Rs.15 lakh to Rs.18 lakh (Ex-showroom).

Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Edition returns at a starting price of Rs.11.26 lakh in India

KeralaOnRoad | Feb 16, 2019
trending Skoda Rapid re-launched the Monte Carlo edition and is offered in an exclusive flash red color scheme. The Monte Carlo range pays homage to Skoda’s motorsport Heritage and rally Monte Carlo.

The older version of Rapid’s Monte Carlo edition was discontinued by the company in less than 2 months after its release in August 2017 as Monte Carlo apparels filed a trademark infringement case against the automaker, but that case has been settled now.

The Monte Carlo edition is the sportier version of the standard model Rapid. Its sporty features include gloss black B pillars and Monte Carlo badging, black roof rail, black tail gate spoiler, black diffuser and blackened ORVMs. Other exterior features include 16 inch alloys and projector headlamps with LED DRLs.

Interiors also appear sporty with single tone black treatment in the cabin with all the amenities like touchscreen which doubles as a rear parking camera, a sporty flat bottom steering wheel, front and rear arm rest, tinted window glass, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and so on. In terms of safety, this new edition comes with all necessary safety equipments like dual-airbags, ABS, EBD, three point seat belts, ESC and hill hold assist.

The Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo edition is powered by 1.5L TDI diesel unit offering 110bhp worth power and 250Nm torque and the petrol variant is powered by a 1.6L engine producing 105bhp and 153Nm of torque. Both the engines are available in either manual or automatic options.

The prices for the petrol and diesel MT are Rs.11.26 lakh and Rs.13 lakh respectively and for their AT versions are Rs.12.36 lakh and Rs.14.26 lakh (Ex-showroom).

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