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Bajaj Adventure Sports series Pulsar 150AS & 200AS launched

        Bajaj Auto Ltd. Today launched two new motorcycles Pulsar 150AS and 200AS belonging to Adventure Sports series. With these two new bikes, Bajaj begins a new Adventure Sports series aimed at youth and working youngsters seeking a city sports bike which can also tackle long-distance weekend trips.

        The new Pulsar 150AS & 200AS is built on the Pulsar NS type chassis and differ in their non AS counterparts. Pulsar 150AS is powered by a 149.5 cc single cylinder, twin spark, 4 valve, air cooled, DTS-i engine with 16.8 Bhp of power at 9500 rpm and torque of 1.3 Kgm at 9500 rpm. The bigger 200AS gets 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine with 23.2 Bhp of power at 9500 rpm and 1.86 Kgm of torque at 8000 rpm.

            The striking feature of both AS series bike are the half fairing, muscular tank, extended visor, projector headlight and telescopic front fork and rear monoschock NitroX unit. The bikes get 240 mm of disc brakes in the front and drum at the rear.

            Pulsar 150AS & 200AS is priced at Rs. 79,000 & Rs. 91,500 (Ex-shrwroom, New Delhi) respectively. Both Adventure Series bikes are available in 3 colour options – Black, Red & Blue.

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Price of Kawasaki Z800 in India slashed by Rs 50,000

The Japanese auto-maker Kawasaki has made an interesting move by slashing the price of its popular Z800 by 50,000 Rs. The price slash is surprising as very recently Indian Government decided to remove tax benefits on cars and motorcycles in India from 1st January 2015 onwards. However, one could avail Kawasaki Z800 with discounted price before 15th March 2015.  What it means? The 7.85 Lakhs worth Kawasaki Z800 is now available for 7.35 Lakhs (ex-showroom Pune).

The sales of all-time rivals for Kawasaki bikes like Yamaha FZ and Yamaha R1 in India could be affected because of Z800’s sudden price cut, sports bike enthusiasts shall switch their mind towards Kawasaki Z800’s new offering.

The price cut was first happened in Thailand, where the Z800 is actually Manufactured. The price of Kawasaki Z800 could again bounce back to normal or might increase after 15th March 2015.

Specifications/ Features of  Kawasaki Z800
  • Four Cylinder Liquid cooled 4 stroke engine
  • Engine displacement of 806cc
  • Chain drive with 6 gears
  • Dual Petal Disc brake in front
  • Tubeless tyres with alloy wheels
  • Digital Speedometer, Pilot lamps and LED tail lights
  • Inverted fork with rebound damping and spring suspension in the front
  • Bottom link uni-trak gas charged shock with piggy suspension in the rear
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Honda CB Unicorn 160 launched in India

        Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Ltd. today launched its new 160 bike Honda CB Unicorn 160 in India. The CB Unicorn comes in two variants which are priced at Rs. 69,350 and Rs. 74,414 respectively.

        The standard CB Unicorn come with a front disc are rear drum brake where as the next model gets a Combi-Brake system. The bike is powered by 163 cc single cylinder petrol engine which does 14.5 Bhp and 1.5 Kgm of torque. The gearbox is 5 speed and top speed and fuel efficiency figures are 106 Km and 62 Kmpl respectively.

        Looks wise the CB Unicorn 160 resembles the CB Trigger with some changes. The headlamps and taillamps have been redesigned which look sharper. There is new fuel tank and saree guard differentiating CB Unicorn from CB Trigger. LED tail light, chrome finished muffler and floating side cowls are added features in CB Unicorn.

        Honda CB Unicom 160 will compete with Suzuki Gixxer, Hero Xtreme Sports and Yamaha FZ Fi in Indian market. 
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Mahindra G101 scooter could be named Zesto

        Mahindra has been testing its new scooter codenamed G101 for a while and suggest that the scooter could be named as Zesto. The name Zesto matches Mahindra’s naming culture of its vehicles with the letter ending ‘O’.

        Mahindra Zesto will be powered by a 110cc engine borrowed from Centuro mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Then engine delivers power of 8.5 Ps and torque of 8.5 Nm. Fuel economy is expected to be close to 60 Kmpl.

        Mahindra Zesto will compete against the market leader Honda Activa along with TVS Wego/Jupiter and Suzuki Let’s. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 40,000 to 45,000 (Ex-showroom) and is likely to make it to showrooms by this year end.

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Honda to launch 125cc Activa by September

Honda launched its first two wheeler ‘Activa’ in India in the year 2000. Ever since its launch, ‘Activa’ has been a huge success and has become an household name in India. In fact Activa changed the entire dynamics of two wheelers in India, with all ages of people liking the vehicle for its gearless and easy manuarability.

The first generation Activa when launched was powered by a 100cc engine. The second generation vehicle got a bigger 110cc engine giving better pick up and performance. But still Activa was short in terms of engine capacity and power as the rivals had bigger engines and better performance, yet at a price competitive to Activa.

Honda now has decided to give a bigger heart to its success icon. The new Activa with 125cc engine will be launched by September this year. The Activa with a bigger engine promises class leading power and performance in its segment. The new Activa 125cc will have a better riding position for a comfortable ride.

We have minimal information about Chassis, Suspension and Fuel efficiency of the new Activa 125. Stay tuned for more updates on the new Activa 125cc...
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Mahindra Stallio to be relaunched a Pantero

Mahindra entered commuter motorcycle segment with Stallio but due to various reasons could not sell in good numbers and Mahindra had to forcefully withdraw the bike from the market. News is that Mahindra will relaunch the Stallio commuter bike with a new name Panthero. Well Mahindra has stuck to naming its products with the letter ending with ‘O’.

The Pantero will look similar to the Stallio, but we guess Mahindra have worked on all aspects of the bike to make it sure Pantero is not a half baked product. The original Stallio was powered by a 4 stroke 106.7 cc single cylinder air cooled engine with power output of 7.3 Bhp at 7500 rpm and torque of 0.8 Kgm at 5500 rpm. The engine was mated to a 4 speed gearbox. The Pantero is expected to be launch in January next year.

The Pantero was spied by Autocarindia readers while testing near Pune. Here are the spy pictures.

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TVS to launch Phoenix 125cc motorcycle soon, appears in a video

     TVS Motors has been testing a 125cc commuter motorcycle to be launched in India soon. The bike is named a Phoenix 125 which is basically the street version of Radeon 125 concept shown earlier this year at Auto Expo 2012. This is the second motorcycle from TVS Motors in 125cc segment and caters to increasing demand of commuter motorcycles in India. We came across a video of Phoenix 125; probable could be a dealer video show from Thailand.

The new TVS Phoenix 125 comes with range of features such as:

* Clear lens headlamp with pilot lamps
* Digital instrumentation console that comes with a range of functions like distance covered, speed, trip meter and a fuel guage.
* LED tail lamp
* Dual spring rear suspension
* Petal disc brake
* Alloy Wheels
* Electric Start

     The motorcycle will be powered by the same Flame SR125 engine. The Flame’s 125cc, 4 stroke engine which operates through 3 valves produces peak power of 10.5 Bhp and peak torque of 10 Nm. The engine is mated to a four speed gearbox.

     With loads of features, TVS Phoenix 125 will give tough competition for Honda Shine and Bajaj Discover 125 ahead.

TVS Phoenix 125 Video

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Husqvarna Motorcycles to come to India

     Husqvarna Motorcycles, the name seems to be very new in India. But Husqvarna Motorcyles has a very strong history dating back to 1903. Husqvarna was established in 1903 in Sweden and made bicycles before starting making motorcycles. In 1987 Husqvarna became a part of MV Agusta and currently is owned by BMW Motorrad. Husqvarna is headquartered at Varese, Italy.

     Husqvarna makes a range of motorcycles for Off-road, Supermotor and Street use. The company aims to bring Husqvarna Nuda 900R as its first offering for India. The other bikes from Husqvarna are less than 800cc and need homologation before bringing it to India. The Nuda 900R is powered by a 900cc engine sourced from the BMWF800R parallel twin motor. The capacity of the engine has been increased to 900cc and Husqvarna has tuned the engine to their requirements. The engine produces 105 Ps of power and 100 Nm of torque and weighs 175 Kgm. The Husqvarna Nuda 900R is expected to be priced at Rs. 14 lakh in India.

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Honda CBR250R bags I Mark 2012

      In the first Indian design review ranking, Honda CBR 250R motorcycle has won the best design for the two wheeler category. The Indian Design Mark (I Mark) is the highest recognition from the Indian Government through Indian Design Council, an autonomous body under Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

      The first India Design Mark awards program was organized in cooperation with Japan Institute of Design Promotion. The program recognizes exceptional innovation and assurers Indian and global customers of excellence in form, function, quality, innovation and sustainability. Maruti Swift and Wagon R won the accolades in the four wheeler segment. 

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Yamaha to launch world’s cheapest motorcycle in India

     The performance oriented motorcycle company Yamaha will launch the world’s cheapest motorcycle in India. When launched, the unnamed motorcycle will cost Rs. 28,000 which is Rs. 8000 cheaper than the current cheapest model Hero Honda’s CD Dawn in India.

     Unlike its Japanese counter parts, Yamaha has not had the success which it anticipated in India. The launch of FZ series of bikes did sell in good numbers but the competiton from others such as Honda and Bajaj Auto checked the Yamaha sales. Now Yamaha has decided to enter the mass motorcycle segment by launching the cheapest motorcycle. Hope Yamaha does get some success here…

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Garware Motors to launch Hyosung 250cc bikes in India

     Kolkata based Garware Motors will launch 250cc bikes from Hyosung stable in India in 3 to 4 months. The Hyosung range consists of three motorcycles, which include GT650R, GT650N and ST7 Royale, all of which will be available in India soon. These motorcycles will be marketed across India through the company's 16 dealership spread over the country. A new manufacturing unit is also planned at Wai in Mahrashtra with capacity of 2000 motorcycles per year. Garware Motors has entered inot the joint venture with South Korea's S & T Motors which manufactures Hyosung marque motorcycles. The company aims at tie-II cities of India with its first offering GT250R.

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Bajaj Auto to unveil new Pulsar in December 2012

     The Pulsar is the house hold name in India and it is the bike which changed the fortunes of Bajaj Auto Ltd. When launch the Pulsar caught lot of attention by youth with its muscular design and powerful engine. Since its launch the Pulsar has undergone numerous changes, first it was Pulsar 150, then 180 and later on 200 and 220cc variants. The latest one to add is the Bajaj Pulsar 135LS which has style, performance and yet affordable.

     Bajaj Auto will unveil the new Pulsar (can we call it the next generation Pulsar) in December this year. The new Pulsar will be built on a new platform expected to be that of the KTMs. The new Pulsar might also feature the latest technologies from the KTM motorcycles, which later on will be transferred to commuter bikes such as the Discovery series.

     Then new Pulsar will be launched in January next year, probably at the Auto Expo 2012. Expect the new Pulsar to be more powerful and performance oriented as compared to the current one. Finally Bajaj Auto is attempting to rival the Japanese in terms of power and performance in a segment which it once dominated.
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Hero MotoCorp launches Impulse motorcycle priced at Rs. 66,800/-

     Hero MotoCorp has launched Impulse motocycle, its first motorcycle under its new brand name. The Hero Impulse is priced at Rs. 66,800/- (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The deliveries of the motorcycle will be done before this Diwali.

     The Hero Impulse is powered by a 150cc eninge which produces 13.2 PS of power at 7500 rpm and 13.40 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. The motorcycle will be available in 5 colour shades – Black, Vibrant Blue Metallic, Sports Red, Leaf Green Metallic and Vibrant Orange.

Hero Impulse Features:
  • Nitrox-gas filled mono-shock rear suspension
  • Knuckle guards
  • Mount muffler
  • Large and raised durable fenders
  • Straight pull spokes
  • Motocross seat
  • High ground clearance
  • Stud-type tread pattern tyres
  • Large front disc brakes

Anil Dua, Sr. Vice President, marketing and sales, Hero MotoCorp - 
“Impulse – the first model to be launched under our new brand identity. It also introduces an entirely new segment within the motorcycle market. With the attractive price tag, we are sure ‘Impulse’ is going to bring a lot of cheer and added excitement for our customers this festive season. We have planned to make Impulse available for test rides and purchase at several locations across the country ahead of Diwali.”

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Hero MotoCorp unveils Impulse dirt bike and Maestro scooter at London

     India’s largest two wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has unveiled two models at the logo unveiling ceremony in London. The two vehicles are a dirt bike named ‘Impulse’ and a scooter named ‘Maestro’.

     The Hero Impulse is a dirt bike with engine capacity of 150cc. It is basically the Honda NXR and we guess Hero MotoCorp would have bought the license from Honda to manufacture and sell the product in India.

     The bike has maximum power of 13.8 Bhp at 8000 rpm and maximum torque of 13.6 Nm at 6000 rpm and is coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission.

Hero Impulse/Honda NXR specs and features:

Fuel tank capacity: 12 Liters, 2.3 Liters reserve
Front Suspension: Telescopic with 180 mm stroke
Rear Suspension: Monoshock with 150 mm stroke
Saddle height: 830 mm
Max. Ground Clearance: 244 mm
Dry Weight: 119.1 Kg
Wheel Base: 1353 mm

     The bike will be available in Black, Vibrant Blue Metallic, Sports Red, Leaf Green Metallic and Vibrant Orange colours.

     The Hero Maestro is the scooter which will be positioned as male-specific gearless scooter. Hero has another product ‘Pleasure’ which is positioned as female-specific product. More details of ‘Maestro’ have not emerged but expect this 110cc scooter to have lot of resemblance to the Honda Aviator.
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Hero Motocorp unveils its logo at London

     We in our earlier post had mentioned that Hero Motocorp will unveil its logo at London on 9th of August. Hero Motocrop has unveiled its brand new logo in London in a grand ceremony in the presence of Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Akon.

     The logo consists of Hero with capital H and rest of the letters in lowercase. The logo also consists of a triangle, a parallelogram and a trapezoid all put together form “H” representing Hero in 3D.

     Ranbir Kapoor has been pulled by the company as the brand ambassador and A R Rahman has composed new anthem for the brand.

     The company also unveiled a dirt bike named Impulse and a scooter named Maestro at the ceremony.

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Hero Honda is now Hero MotoCorp

     World’s largest two wheeler manufacturer Hero Honda Motors Ltd now becomes Hero MotoCorp Ltd. Hero Honda has officially received the necessary statutory approval from the Registrar of Companies to change the company’s name.

     Hero Honda split from Honda Motor Corporation by buying the later’s share in the company. Hero MotoCorp will unveil its brand identity in London on August 9th 2011.

Dr Brijmohan Lall, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp Ltd
“The change in name is the first big step towards further strengthening the company’s leadership in the two-wheeler industry. It marks the beginning of a new era of innovations – be it in the field of technology and product development or customer satisfaction and expanding our footprint across global markets. While I am announcing a new name for the company today, I assure you there is much more to follow. Do wait for August 9, 2011 for the unveiling of the brand new identity of Hero MotoCorp Ltd and the excitement that will unfold in the near future.”
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Kawasaki Ninja 650R to be priced at Rs. 4.5 lakh

     Bajaj Auto Limited will price the Kawasaki Ninja 650R at Rs. 4.5 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi when it will be launched on 8th June. This will be a very competitive price which could knock out the Hyosung GT650R which is price much higher. Considering the competitive pricing the small Ninja 250R might come for Rs. 2.7 lakh.

Source: ICB
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Bajaj to launch Kawasaki Ninja 650R in India soon

     Bajaj Auto has already stated showing teaser pictures of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R. According to AutoCarIndia Bajaj will soon launch the Ninja on the Indian roads.

     Kawasaki Ninja is powered by a 649cc, four stroke, parallel twin, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine. The engine produces whooping 73 Bhp at 85pp rpm. The bike will be imported as CKD unit and assembled at Bajaj’s factor in Chakan. Expected to be priced at around Rs. 5.5 lakh and will compete with Hyosung GT650R.

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TVS StaR motorcycle crosses 3 million sales mark

     TVS Motor Company has announced that it has crossed the 3 million mark in the sales of its StaR brand of motorcycles. The company stated, StaR brand has evolved over the years and is the most sought vehicle in the economy segment.

     TVS Motor Company had launched StaR motorcycle in 2004 with a first of its kind 5 year warranty, signifying the quality assurance from the company. Soon an electric start option was introduced as a standard fitment which was again a first of its kind.

Press Release:

H S Goindi, President Marketing, TVS Motor Company -
“TVS StaR was introduced as part of the company’s customer centric approach. We have always made concerted efforts to incorporate maximum customer expectations while introducing technology superiority. The brand philosophy of being a complete value for money product has been well accepted by our customers. Constant upgrades with new features, styling and refreshing graphics at regular intervals has helped us achieve this milestone.”
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Yamaha confirms 200-250cc bikes for India

     Good news for bike lovers in India. Yamaha has officially confirmed 200-250cc bikes for Indian market. With Honda launching the CBR250R in India, Yamaha doesn’t want to stay behind its arch rival Honda in the growing Indian two wheeler market.

     Apart from the large capacity bikes, Yamaha has also plans to launch 150cc gearless scooters in India. Yamaha which entered the premium bike segment though late made a good impact on the Indian customers. We feel, Yamaha has to act much faster before others spoil its party. Yamaha known for its high performance bikes has a good chance now to prove itself in India.

Yamaha FZ25

Hiroyuki Suzuki, the new managing director and chief executive of India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd -

We are in a very severe condition. But we aim to break even by 2013 as we are increasing our production capacity. We plan to raise the capacity of this plant to one million and, by 2013, in the domestic market we aim to sell 800,000 units and 200,000 to be exported. The African markets need basic models such as Crux and FZ and we will export YBR to South America. In Africa, you see three types of motorcycles—mopeds, scooters and street models of motorcycles. These motorcycles are also used for commercial purposes. I mean a rider can have two pillion sitting behind him and he can charge fare from them. So, we will have to change specifications of the bikes, which we plan to export. We may need at least two years before we come up with a scooter in the 150cc segment. Going forward, we will bring in motorcycles in the range of 200-250cc”.
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