Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) unveiled the Burgman Street 125 automatic scooter at the Auto Expo 2018. A new report reveals that this scooter will launch in late-May or early-June this year. Until now, it was being speculated that the Burgman would launch in the current month. However, with only a few days of this month left, there is absolutely no sign of the new offering. Hence, it looks like the latest claim of a May/June launch holds at least some truth. The Burgman Street 125 will be India’s first maxi-scooter. The upcoming scooter will have to rival the likes of TVS NTorq and Aprilia SR 125 in terms of pricing. Internationally, the Burgman is available with bigger engines. While the 125cc motor of the India-spec scooter will be far less powerful than its international counterparts, the scooter will have similar dimensions. The scooter shares many bits with the Gixxer 155/Gixxer SF motorcycle. For example, it gets the same all-LCD instrument console. The … [Read more...] about Suzuki Burgman Street 125 automatic scooter: India launch details revealed
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Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) has launched the Suzuki GSX-S750 in the country at an ex-showroom, New Delhi price of INR 7,45,000. The Suzuki GSX-S750 is the brand’s first sub-1,000 cc big-bike in the country, and is the second CKD product after the Hayabusa. The Japanese brand showcased the motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Featuring a chiselled fuel tank, vented front fender, light rear fender, moulded mirrors, and angular tail section with integrated LED taillight, the bike bears the moniker ‘Apex Predator’. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd. said: We had made a commitment to launch several new and premium products every year for the Indian-market. GSX-S750 is not just the first new offering from Suzuki for the new financial year, but is also our first-product in the sub-1000cc big-bike segment. As our second CKD model in India, we are confident that the GSX-S750 will further strengthen the ‘GSX’ … [Read more...] about Suzuki GSX-S750 launched in India at INR 7.45 lakhs
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has closed the 2017-2018 financial year on a historic note. They have created a new world record by becoming the first two-wheeler company in the world to add 1 million plus incremental customers in a single fiscal year. Sharing highlights of Honda’s performance in FY’2017-18, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “2017-18 is the year of rise of Honda in India. Honda 2Wheelers India is the only two-wheeler company in the world to grow at a pace witnessed never before, adding 1 million plus incremental customers in a single year. Led by strong customer demand, Honda has surpassed its most challenging target ever and sales apexed at 6,123,886 units with 22% growth. With 4 brand new models, new capacity infusion, addition of 500 new network outlets increasing our reach to hinterlands, Honda successfully consolidated leadership … [Read more...] about Honda 2wheelers India creates world record in sales
Honda 2Wheelers India has announced a new Indian team that will compete in the 2018 Asia Road Racing Championship. The newly formed IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team has been put together with Honda's aim of developing an iconic Indian rider in the two-wheeler racing space. The team, which will be run by T Pro Ten10 Racing, has two Indian riders - Rajiv Sethu and Anish D Shetty. While 2018 is Sethu's second year in the ARRC's Asia Production 250cc class, Shetty is an ARRC rookie. Anish D. Shetty and Rajiv Sethu will compete in the Asia Production 250 class of the 2018 ARRC Sethu and Shetty will compete, as stated earlier, in the Asia Production 250cc class, where they will be up against 23 other Asian riders. The team, however, is also fielding a third rider, 23-year old Taiga Hada. The Japanese rider, who finished third overall in the SuperSports 600cc class in the 2017 FIM ARRC season, will compete in the same class this year too. Prabhu Nagaraj, vice president – customer … [Read more...] about ARRC 2018: Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty part of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team
27th February marked a historic day in the History of Honda as Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) rolled out their 35th million two wheeler in India. The feat was achieved cumulatively by the four manufacturing plants that HMSI has in India. They have achieved this milestone in just 17 years, which is an industry first. Honda 2Wheelers india started operations in 2001. The start was a bit slow as they took almost 11 years to reach 10 million units (they hit the mark in 2012). But Honda upped their game and added the next 25 million customer’s in just 5 ½ years. And they are still going strong. Honda has a diversified portfolio here in India, with as many as 24 two-wheeler models ranging from 110cc to 1800cc capacity. Rolling out the historic 35thmillion two-wheeler, an ‘Activa 4G’ from Honda’s second plant in Tapukara (Rajasthan), Mr. Minoru Kato – President & CEO, Honda 2Wheelers India said, “Thanks to great support from … [Read more...] about Another Milestone for Honda: 35 million+ two wheelers in India
The Union Budget, presented yesterday by Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister didn't seem to touch the automotive sector directly at all. But we you shall see soon, it did. The auto sector happens to be too large to be unaffected by changes elsewhere. To wit, the drop is corporate tax should make medium and small industries more profitable. Here is a reaction from Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd.Hemalatha Annamalai, south chapter chief, SMEV and CEO & founder Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt Ltd." I am sure that simplifications in indirect taxes will ease compliance requirements for the MSMEs and also, electric vehicle companies in India. The budget intends active measures for promotion of rural infrastructure and agricultural for the country and thus, increasing income of rural people. And then, the renewed thrust to MSMEs to the tune of Rs 3,794 crore in the form of capital support and interest subsidy by 2022, will surely help meet the credit demands of many companies. … [Read more...] about Union Budget 2018: High tax (GST) on the EV components still remains a big concern for the industry, Ampere Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd.
Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd has announced its new managing director will be Gurpratap Boparai. Boparai will take over the post of MD from April 2, 2018. He was formerly the chief executive officer (CEO) of Fiat India Automobiles Ltd. Boparai will report to Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. Skoda India had a good year in 2017, registering a 30 per cent growth in sales. Primarily driven by the popularity of the Skoda Rapid, Skoda India managed to sell as many as 17, 438 cars in the calendar year. In addition, new launches including the Skoda Kodiaq SUV, Skoda Octavia RS, as well as refreshes to the Skoda Rapid and Skoda Octavia sedans.Volkswagen Group which owns Skoda, recently commissioned Skoda Auto to evaluate global architecture for volume segments on the basis of the MQB A0 IN platform. This localised platform will reach India in 2020, to prepare for more stringent crash and emissions standards on the way. … [Read more...] about Former Fiat India CEO Gurpratap Boparai is the new MD of Skoda India
Is this the first of perhaps many repercussions of the April 2012 announcement that the Volkswagen India Group is the sole importer of Porsche? Precision Cars India (PCI) is suing Porsche India over the appointment of VW Group Sales India as its exclusive importer and distributor in the country. Formerly, PCI was the only official importer of Porsche cars since 2007. After starting with showrooms in Mumbai and Delhi, PCI went on to set up dealerships in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. A PCI representative recently told media that they had not been informed about this development. PCI will cite “illegal breach of contract by the manufacturers” to initiate their lawsuit against Porsche. Meanwhile, there has been no word from the VW-Porsche camp on the issue, except that there is nothing more to add to their public notice. According to this public notice, w.e.f April 1, 2012 only VW Group Sales India will be authorised to import Porsche cars and … [Read more...] about Precision Cars to sue Porsche India over dealership rights
Tata Motors has joined hands with Jayem Automotives to form a joint venture company named JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. under a 50:50 partnership. This new company will be working towards development of performance vehicles and will offer a range of niche products to customers. Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives will be working together to develop a range of performance vehicles in a phased manner. JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. will be given its own dedicated production line, which is likely to be set up in Coimbatore. All production cycle processes, including design, precision machining, assembly and testing will be done under a single roof. Interestingly, this isn't the first time that these two companies are working together. JA Motorsports, which is a racing and rallying subsidiary of Jayem Automotives, had earlier designed and engineered a 230 BHP Super Nano, which was showcased at the Autocar Performance Show in 2014 (related post). … [Read more...] about Tata & Jayem Automotives form JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.
Eicher Polaris Pvt. Ltd., a 50:50 joint venture between Eicher Motors Ltd and Polaris Industries Inc., has launched the Multix; something they claim to be India’s First ‘Personal Utility Vehicle’. The vehicle shall be developed in Eicher Polaris’ Jaipur facility. Eicher Polaris Pvt. Ltd. has made an investment of Rs.350 crores towards product development and setting up a manufacturing facility. The plant has an annual capacity of 60,000 units which can be scaled up to 1,20,000 units. Multix will be available in two variants and four colors, starting at a price of Rs. 232,850/ - (ex-showroom, Jaipur). Speaking at the launch of Multix, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd., said, “We have identified a large untapped segment in Independent Businessmen with an estimated population of 5.8 crores in India, and are committed to create a new and strongly differentiated automotive solution for them through Multix. Our aim is to … [Read more...] about Eicher Polaris Pvt Ltd launches Multix, a ‘Personal Utility Vehicle’ for Rs. 2.32 Lakhs