Desi firms enter race to make Li-ion batteries

Sharda Motor Industries, a New Delhi-based manufacturer of auto parts such as suspensions and catalytic converters, and the Kinetic group of Pune have become two of the rare Indian firms to dare to enter the cut-throat world of lithium-ion battery manufacturing. The supply of Li-ion batteries is currently almost completely controlled by Chinese companies, which […]

Hero’s battery swapping bikes could arrive early next year

Hero MotoCorp, which announced a partnership with Taiwan-based battery swapping company Gogoro, said its new range of e-bikes with swapping technology will hit the Indian market next year, possibly as early as Jan-Mar. Niranjan Gupta, Chief Financial Officer at the world’s largest two-wheeler maker, said the company is working on bringing out electric bikes that […]

Hero MotoCorp to introduce battery swapping network

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest maker of two-wheeler vehicles, today announced a tie-up with Taiwan-based Gogoro to introduce the latter’s battery swapping technology in India. Hero MotoCorp, one of the biggest makers of electric scooters in India, will bring Gogoro’s battery swapping platform to India. Under the agreement, Hero will get access to Gogoro’s innovations […]

TVS Motor ropes in global veteran as design head

TVS Motor Co, one of India’s top motorcycle makers, said it appointed industry veteran Timothy Prentice as vice president in charge of design. Having started his career at Honda’s US-based R&D team, Prentice won the Red Dot award for designing electric motorcycle Mission R in 2010. Prentice has helped brands such as Triumph Motorcycles, Polaris, […]

Hero to develop Harley Davidson bikes for India

Hero MotoCorp said it has signed an agreement to co-develop and sell “a range of premium motorcycles” with iconic US motorcycle maker Harley Davidson. The announcement comes a month after Harley Davidson decided to exit the Indian market due to poor sales. The company had been selling over 10,000 units per year during the peak […]

COVID not driving buyers to cheaper models: Bajaj Auto

Bajaj Auto, one of India’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers, said it is yet to see any down-trading or change of behavior among motorcycle buyers in India due to the COVID pandemic, and that demand is already at 80-85% of normal levels. Speaking to investors and analysts after the company’s quarterly results last week, executive director Rakesh […]

Bajaj takes aim at Royal Enfield, Jawa with Triumph tie-up

Bajaj Auto has just announced its grand entry into the retro-motorcycle market with a new partnership with 118-year-old British brand Triumph. The two companies will jointly develop and market retro-look motorcycles in the Indian market at prices less than Rs 2 lakh — the bread and butter segment for Royal Enfield and Jawa. Until about […]

BS-VI Transition: Last-minute discounts on Royal Enfield bikes unlikely

Royal Enfield, the country’s biggest maker of premium motorcycles, is unlikely to offer last minute, stock-clearance discounts as part of the BS-VI transition, given that strong festival sales helped clear out much of its inventory. According to company officials, the festival sales this year have been so strong that they have effectively cleared out any […]

Royal Enfield sales down 22% in July-September

Royal Enfield, the country’s most popular premium motorcycle brand, reported a 22% decline in its September quarter motorcycle sales, even as revenue for parent Eicher Motors fell 9%. Royal Enfield sold 1.63 lakh motorcycles during the three months, down from 2.10 lakh motorcycles sold over the same period in 2018, even as it invests heavily […]

Royal Enfield says BS-VI plans on track

Royal Enfield, one of the biggest manufacturers of premium motorcycles in India, today refuted reports that the company could face an increase in input costs if it does not source an electrical component from a Delhi-based autoparts maker. The Mint newspaper carried a report today claiming that most motorcycle makers source the electrical rectifier — […]

TVS’s Ethanol bike priced at Rs 1.2 lakhs, top speed 129 kmph

TVS Motor Co has launched a unique bike that could play a part in reducing India’s dependence on oil imports — a two-wheeler that runs on ethanol produced from plants instead of petrol. The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 has been priced at Rs 1.2 lakhs ex-showroom, and will be available in Maharashtra, Uttar […]

Hero Splendor is the first BS-VI bike in India

Two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd said that it has received the BS-VI certification for its Splendor iSmart motorcycle, becoming the first two-wheeler manufacturer in India to receive the stamp. Hero MotoCorp said that it received the Type Approval Certificate from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for the Splendor iSmart model, after it was successfully […]

TVS Motors launches upgraded version of sports bike TVS Apache RR 310

Two-wheeler maker TVS Motors said it launched an upgraded version of its sports bike TVS Apache RR 310 model with Race Turned (RT) Slipper Clutch technology. The upgrade provides swift gear shifting with low hand fatigue and maintains the vehicle’s stability at high speed during downshifts, especially in corners, TVS Motors said. The slipper function […]