For the first time in the Indian two-wheeler industry, Hero MotoCorp has created a record with 7,587,130 unit two-wheeler sales from April 2017 to March 2018. This translates to a growth of 13.84 percent over the previous fiscal. In March 2018, the brand clocked its highest ever monthly sale of 730,473. This amounts to a 20% growth over the same month last year. In the same month, the brand inaugurated its 8th manufacturing plant in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read: Production Hero XF3R in the works – Report With this additional facility, the company will have a cumulative capacity of 11 million units annually. The company currently has an installed capacity of 9.2 million units per annum. In the third quarter of the FY-17-18, the brand unveiled the Hero Passion Pro, Passion XPro and the Super Splendor in the third quarter of the fiscal. For the financial year 2018-19, the company plans to launch four new products – Xtreme 200R and XPulse in the premium … [Read more...] about Hero MotoCorp achieves landmark 7 million unit sales in FY17-18
It’s no secret that the Trump administration will eventually come forward with a relaxed version of existing automotive fuel economy targets. Despite previously agreeing to them, most automakers have decided Obama-era goals are less than ideal and have reached out to the current president to take it easy on them — something he appears willing to do. However, the White House is going to have to sell the decrease to numerous states that claim they won’t accept such a proposal, as well as a driving public that likely doesn’t want to spend more money on fuel than it has to. Fortunately, the administration has a strategy for this, and has tapped the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for backup. It’s trying to prove that cutting fuel economy would actually make vehicles safer. According to documents obtained by Bloomberg, the NHTSA claims lower MPG standards could lead to a potential drop in highway deaths. A specific example in … [Read more...] about Here is Trump’s Ace in the Hole for Slashing the United States’ MPG Rules
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) announced that it will voluntarily inspect and if required, replace a suspected quality part in three of its scooter models – The Honda Grazia, Aviator and Activa 125. HMSI has identified a suspected quality issue of excessive hardness in “Bolt flange 10X42” mounted in the front telescopic fork. All the three scooters come with telescopic fork, while the rest of the scooters – Honda Activa 5G, Activa i, Cliq and Dio – in HMSI’s portfolio feature bottom-link suspension up front. 56,194 units of the three scooters combined, manufactured between 7 February 2018 to 16 March 2018 have been affected. Honda will voluntarily inspect these models and will replace the suspected part, if required, free of charge irrespective of the affected vehicles’ warranty status. The company through its dealers will directly notify affected customers via call / e-mail / SMS for inspection of the scooter. Also … [Read more...] about 56,194 units of Honda Grazia, Activa 125 & Aviator recalled
Tweet TweetFans of Honda Ridgeline have all the reasons to feel upset about the latest announcement of the officials behind the brand, who decided to phase out this model starting with September next year. The decision is unexpected considering that the next model in line after Honda Ridgeline is not expected to hit the market sooner than 2016 and the sales are not really that bad. In fact, a look into the sales numbers of Honda Ridgeline show that throughout the United States there were sold over 14.000 units this year, which means with 44% more than back in 2011! Some people wonder whether Honda Ridgeline will have a comeback in 2016, as suggested, or if this is the subtle end of this model. An official spoke man took the word to underline how Honda Ridgeline remains a significant product of the car maker, with continuously increased sales of 24% year after year. Even so, Steve Kinkade reserved the right to make no statements regarding their development plans! … [Read more...] about Honda Ridgeline – a two years break or the end of manufacturing this model?
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has announced a “special service campaign” (otherwise known as a product recall) to replace the inflator module in the airbag system on the front passenger side in various vehicle models. The current exercise involves around 21,000 units of the Toyota Vios, Corolla Altis and Alphard manufactured from January 2013 to December 2014 and which were officially sold by UMWT in Malaysia. The defect is due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and temperatures as well as high temperature cycling. The inflator module contains a non-desiccated, phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant that may cause the rupture of the module. Should such a situation occur, metal fragments will pass through the airbag as it inflates and shoot into the vehicle interior at high speed, leading to serious injury or death. Parts for this campaign are currently being sourced by TMC and once the parts are available, UMWT will … [Read more...] about UMW Toyota recalls 21k units of 2013-2014 Vios, Altis and Alphard for passenger airbag inflator replacement