At the Auto Expo 2018, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) unveiled their fourth offering in the financial year 2017-18. At the start of the FY, the company had announced to introduce four vehicles by the end of FY 17-18. As promised, they have now introduced their latest model X-Blade at the event. Bookings for the same have begun officially at company dealerships, while deliveries will commence by the second week of March 2018.
Suzuki Motorcycles launched the 2018 version of their flagship motorcycle Hayabusa, much ahead of the Auto Expo this year. It will however be showcased at the event in the company pavilion. This much awaited bike comes to India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units and will be assembled at the company facility at Gurugram.
As the new Xtreme 200S from Hero Motorcorp has been unveiled in India, the company also plans to introduce few impressive models at the Auto Expo 2018 that includes the most powerful motorcycle from their lineup. The XPulse adventure motorcycle that was first unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in 2017 will be the showstopper of Hero pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018.
Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd, an electric two wheeler maker has launched an e-scooter in India named Praise. This is the company’s second electric scooter launched in the country. Ridge, their first ever electric scooter was launched earlier this year at Rs.43,702. Bookings for Praise have begun last month itself across all its dealerships in the country at an amount of Rs.2000. However, Okinawa remained silent on other details of this new scooter until launch.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
Kawasaki has launched its smallest adventure tourer and the most affordable of its lineup of motorcycles Versys X300 in the country. Priced at Rs.4.60 lakh, this entry-level tourer is the smallest displacement bike from the Kawasaki tourer stable and targets both the city and highway cruising enthusiasts.
At the recent EICMA Motorcycle Show 2017, Kinetic Group announced their decision to launch the world famous UK based Norton Motorcycles in India in the coming year. Kinetic Motoroyale has entered into a Joint Venture with Norton Motorcycles to form Kinetic Norton that will locally assemble and sell Norton Motorcycles in India. The partnership is said to be a 51%-49% agreement with Kinetic having the majority share thereby representing Norton in South East Asia.
• Two new Chopper motorcycles Rudra and Pravega launched from an Indian Brand
• Will be available as custom made to order motorcycles
• Rudra and Pravega priced at Rs.23.90 lakh and Rs.21.40 lakh respectively
• Suzuki Intruder 150 launched at Rs.98,340
• Gets the same engine and few other features as on the Gixxer 150
• Competes against Bajaj Avenger
Indian automobile market seems to add excitement to the end of festivity as well withmore motorcycles geared up for launch. Few of them already in the market, many more are expected to arrive in the coming few months. While the first half of 2017 witnessed newcomers from the performance segment, the second half seems to be having a mixed bag of commuters, naked and full faired sport bikes, both new and revised models. With more and more brands marking its presence in India, this market has been growing rapidly contributing towards the growth of the Indian economy.
• Carberry Motorcycles debuts in India
• Royal Enfield 1000cc launched at Rs.7.35 lakh
• Booking begins at an amount of Rs.1 lakh
• TVS Apache RTR 160 and RTR 180 now available in matte red
• No other cosmetic or mechanical changes but gets new style
• Both bikes cost Rs.1000 more than the existing version
• Ducati SuperSport bikes launched in India
• Both bikes powered by 937cc, V-twin, liquid cooled engines
•Standard variant and S variant priced at Rs.12.08 lakh and Rs.13.09 lakh respectively
MV Agusta launched the 2017 iteration of their popular model Brutale 800 in India last month. The previous generation of the same never reached India and as a result, this model seems to have enticed quite a few luxury bike enthusiasts in the country. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs.15.59 lakh.
Piaggio Group recently launched two superbikes named Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India, from their flagship brand Aprilia. The bikes originally priced at Rs.13.33 lakh (Shiver 900) and Rs.13.84 lakh (Dorsoduro 900) are sold at an introductory price of Rs.11.99 lakh and Rs.12.50 lakh (all prices, Ex-showroom Pune) respectively until June 30th, 2017. Aprilia that has marked its presence in the country earlier through bikes like Tuono and RSV4 adds two more to their Indian line-up through this launch.
All new Hero Glamour was launched in the country recently with latest style and technology in addition to the upgraded BS-IV engine. It appears in two variants- a drum brake and a disc brake variant at Rs.57,775 and Rs.59,755 (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi) respectively. Another fuel injected version, Glamour FI has also been launched with only a disc brake variant priced at Rs.66,580 (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Hero has started selling the 2017 model bike through all its dealerships across the country through prebooking options. The older version still continues to be on sale until stocks last at its price, which is around Rs.10000 lesser than the new one.
BMW Motorrad commences Indian operations through BMW group officially. Initially the brand used to sell its products through importers here in Mumbai and New Delhi. But now, the global portfolio comprising of premium motorcycles from the brand reaches India through company’s official dealership network in India. The dealership network is expected to begin with stores at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune while the company plans to widen its presence in the country soon. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune showrooms will be inaugurated in the upcoming three days.
Honda finally readies itself to launch Africa twin in the country by June 2017. It is expected to reach India as CKD units. The launch that was supposed to happen earlier was delayed due to an earthquake near the company facility in Hamamatsu, Japan which produced the assembly kits. The price for this adventure tourer is not yet officially known but it is expected to be anywhere between Rs.16-18 lakh. However, it is still unclear whether India might receive both manual and Automatic Dual Clutch transmission variant or any of these.
Harley Davidson, a brand that gained a lot of fan following in India since its first launch has come up with their latest offering, All-New Street Rod 750 in the country at a price of Rs.5.86 lakh. The 2017 iteration is based on the old 750 Street model and comes with few remarkable changes to captivate the youth here, special mention to the robust looks and a more powerful engine. In India, Harley Davidson progresses towards a wider audience through the launch of this iconic creation.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Bajaj Auto with KTM has launched the Duke 2017 line-up of motorcycles with a new 250cc addition named Duke 250 that positions itself between Duke 200 and Duke 390. New upgrades in terms of design and technology are evident on the entire range, with Duke 390 having received the most of it.
Yet another silent launch in the Automobile market, HF Deluxe i3S was launched in India recently at a price tag of Rs.46,630 (Ex-showroom New Delhi). While uncertainty prevails over the number of variants this motorcycle has, news confirm the availability of a self-start variant for now. However, it can be assumed that the kick-start variant may be offered at a lower price if at all it becomes available in the market.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Last week, Hero Electric- the company that sells the largest number of electric bikes in India introduced Hero Flash at Rs.19,990 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi).
Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 version of its two best performers, Pulsar RS200 and Pulsar NS200 with upgraded engines that comply with the BS-IV emission norms. As per the order from Government of India, all automobile companies are asked to upgrade their vehicles (both existing and upcoming) with BS-IV compliant engines before March 31st, 2017. This initiative was taken as a first step to curb the pollution levels in the country.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
MapmyIndia, popular for its GPS navigation devices, digital maps and other smart applications launched a GPS tracking device in India named Rover Bike, exclusively for motorcycles.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.
It was more than a year back that Kawasaki launched their off road dirt bike for children, the KLX 110. Later months ago, the company introduced two more dirt bikes, KX 100 for starters and KX 250F for real riders. Now, they have come up with their fourth offering, KLX 140G for the passionate off-roaders. Belonging to this particular segment, all these four bikes are only allowed on off-road circuit tracks and are illegal on roads.
DC Design has always been a name popular among modified car lovers since many years. The bike enthusiasts would have at least once, wished for DC’s entry into the two wheeler segment. And here the wish comes true as DC Design launches DC2, their new two wheeler modifications brand with a styling kit for Royal Enfield models to begin with. The body-kit named as Carbon Shot has been introduced on the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 at an all-inclusive price of Rs.76000 (exclusive of the price of the RE Bullet 350).
World’s popular sports bike manufacturer KTM launched their 2017 RC 200 and RC 390 in India with a host of super sport features at a price of Rs.1.71 lakh and Rs.2.25 lakh (Both ex-showroom price, Delhi) respectively. The duo has been provided significant cosmetic changes on the exterior and plenty of new other updates. Deliveries for both the bikes are expected to begin by last week of January.
Honda unveiled their latest motorcycle at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 held at LA. For those who wonder what a motorcycle has to do in the CES, here’s the answer. Honda introduced Riding Assist, a prototype built on a technology that lets it to not only balance itself but also has a follow feature. Confused??
All New Honda CB Unicorn 160 was launched in the country without much buzz,pushing aside all rumours of discontinuation of the existing Unicorn 150 that had been doing rounds for quite some time now. The updated version CB Unicorn 160 comes with an upgraded BS-IV emission norms compliant engine. As we all know, BS-IV emission norms will be strictly applicable from April 2017 onwards. Hence, this upgraded engine will be a striking feature to attract customers for the new CB Unicorn 160.
Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.
• Polaris India launched yet another legendary cruiser in the country, the all new Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
• Powered by a Thunder stroke 111 petrol engine
• Priced at Rs.31.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
• Features include solo seat, ABS, cruise control, key less ignition, audio system and many more
The Suzuki Hayabusa will now set you back by Rs 13.57 lakh, making it almost 15 per cent cheaper than the CBU model that came before it, which was priced at nearly Rs 16 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi). As you'd expect, Suzuki Motorcycles India is setting up a new assembly line for the Hayabusa, since such a high performance machine demands precision of the highest order.
After months of wait, Polaris India launched the much anticipated Indian Springfield from Indian Motorcycles at a price of 30.60 lakh (ex-showroom Gurgaon/Gurugram) in the country.
• Introductory price at Rs.1,24,999
• 100kms on full charge, quick charging within 2 hrs.
• Loaded with advanced and first in segment features
Without much noise, Kawasaki launched the Ninja 300 KRT edition replacing its previoussports bike model, Ninja 300 that was launched in November 2015. For those who wonder what this new three letter addition means, the company has stated that KRT stands for Kawasaki Racing Team. The new avatar KRT edition is available at a price of Rs.3.61 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) at all Kawasaki outlets across the nation.
While people around the globe have been surfing online to catch reports of the new bike from KTM, the Duke 390 was spotted testing at pune roads recently. Even though this is not the first time the bike has been spotted testing in India, bike enthusiasts are hoping the launch date is somewhere round the corner.
Ever since Hero and Honda parted ways, the former had been paying royalty to Honda for the technology they continued to use for their motorcycles. That’s when Hero decided to build their own R&D unit and later, as a result, Splendor i3S was launched.
Yamaha launches Cygnus Ray-ZR in its lineup of scooters
Royal Enfield has made its way up the ladder to mark its place among the top 5 motor vehicles in India.