Demonetization impact on sales is over – Bajaj Auto’s Rajiv Bajaj

The impact of demonetization on the company’s motorcycles and three-wheelers sales in India has worn off, Bajaj Auto CEO Rajiv Bajaj said. “Sales was down 20% in the aftermath of demonetization, but now it’s 0%,” Bajaj said, adding that he was expecting to have grown his sales by 20% through the year. “We were expecting growth of 20% and for the year from April to October, we had been growing at those rates,” Bajaj said in a TV interview today. The loss of growth in the December and January was…

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Bajaj Auto to launch 2017 KTM Duke 390 and 200 next Thursday

Bajaj Auto said it will unvel the “all-new KTM Duke Range” of motorcycles in India on Feb 23 at an event in Mumbai. The event, which will start at 11:30 AM and will most likely be streamed live on Youtube, is likely to launch the 2017 Duke 390 and possibly the Duke 200 bikes. The Duke 390 is the most popular bike from the KTM brand, part-owned by Bajaj Auto. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke is also powered by the same 373 cc engine found in the 2016 model, but…

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WATCH LIVE: Bajaj to unveil Dominar brand of premium motorcycles

Bajaj has opened a facility for its fans to watch the unveiling of Dominar, it’s new sub-brand of motorcycles that will sit above the Pulsar range. The first Dominar 400, the first of the line-up, will  be launched tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 PM and you can watch the unveiling below. The first motorcycle carrying the brand was rolled out from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant on 18th November. Dominar is a derivation from a Spanish word which means “to excel or exceed in power”. The new line-up will be its “biggest…

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TVS launches colour variants of StaR City+ & TVS Sport

TVS Motor Company, one of India’s leading two wheeler manufacturers, launched new colour variants for its two brands of motorcycles TVS StaR City+ and TVS Sport in Bangalore today. The new colour variants TVS StaR City+ in Spotlight White colour & TVS Sport in Black Silver colour have been launched to mark the approaching festive season, said the company. The spotlight white colour variant of TVS StaR City+ will come with the 109.7cc engine while other features of the Motorcycle include tubeless tyre, digital fuel gauge which comes at a…

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Bajaj Auto launches new Cosmic Red, Wild Green Avenger Street variants

The Bajaj Auto introduces two new colors in Street variants. The 150 cc variant of Avenger Street, which currently is available in Midnight Blue will also come in Cosmic Red and the 220 cc variant, currently available in Matte Black, shall also be available in Matte Wild Green, the company said. All other specifications of the bike including 150cc and 220 cc DTSi engine, remain unchanged. The Avenger Street dons a 5 speed gearbox to enhance the entire cruising experience for bikers along with street control handlebar, low slung seat…

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CNG-fueled bikes? Why not, says the government

After autorickshaws, cars and buses, the government is now targeting the two-wheelers for CNG conversion. A pilot CNG-program under GAIL and Indraprastha Gas will test the suitability of CNG as a fuel for two-wheelers. Typically, natural gas is not considered an ideal fuel for smaller vehicles. However, given its low pollution footprint, the fuel was adopted for public transport in India’s big cities over the last ten years. At present, nearly all public transport and a large chunk of private cars run on compressed natural gas. However, natural gas has…

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TVS XL 100 four stroke launched at Rs 28,843 in Maharashtra

TVS Motor Company launched its new four stroke TVS XL 100 in Maharashtra. The all new TVS XL 100 comes with a seat which is broader and more comfortable. It also has a detachable rear seat with a robust rear flatbed platform to enable carrying of loads. The key selling point of mopeds in India is the price. TVS XL is priced at Rs 28,843 ex showroom in Maharashtra, about half the price of a standard, entry-level motor cycle. The TVS XL 100 is powered by a 99.7cc four stroke…

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Honda CD 110 Dream Deluxe starts selling at Rs 44,000

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said it has started dispatching the new Deluxe version of its entry-level commuter bike CD 110 Dream. The motorcylce is priced at Rs 43,997 plus tax in New Delhi. The self-start version is costlier by around Rs 2,200. “The new color graphics – black with green stripe, introduced exclusively for the new deluxe variant. Also emphasizing the trust & quality, the time tested HET engine comes with the Honda red-colored logo embossing on it,” the Japanese company said. The self-start variant will be available in…

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After Uber, Ola offers bike taxis at Rs 2 per km

On the same day as Uber made announcement, rival Ola said it too will offer bike taxis in Bangalore. “Bike Taxis on the Ola app will help customers zip through traffic with ease, at lowest fares,” the company said. The fare will be Rs 2 per km plus Rs 1 per minute of trip time. In other words, if you travel for 10 km and the journey takes 20 minutes, the total fare will be Rs 40. Bike Taxis will be available to book through Ola’s app in the city…

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Honda Activa becomes first auto-scooter to sell 1 cr units

It would be safe to say that this is a landmark that Bajaj Auto – the former undisputed king of the Indian scooter market did not anticipate. Honda Activa, the highest selling scooter in India, has crossed the milestone of 1 crore units sold. Yes, that’s about 1 for every 125 Indians. In fact, in July this year, Honda Activa became the only automatic scooter to become the No. 1 selling two-wheeler in the India, ever. Otherwise, the spot was always held by motorcycles. In the same month, it also…

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Royal Enfield expands to North America, to set up showrooms across US

Royal Enfield, maker of the iconic Bullet bikes in India, said it has set up its first operating direct distribution subsidiary outside India, in North America. Setting up a direct distribution company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is expected to boost sales of Enfield models in the US and Canada. It will also launch a fully-branded retail store in Milwaukee that will retail its entire product line-up of motorcycles and gear. Over the next 18 months, the company plans to launch several such stores in key metropolitan areas across the US. Among…

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Honda Motorcycle recalls CBR 150R and CBR 250R for defective starter relay

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said it was recalling all CBR 150R and CBR 250R brand of premium motorcycles manufactured between July 2014 to June 2015 and sold in India. The recall is to examine and if necessary, replace, the bikes’ starter relay switch. This is being done as part of a global effort, and the parts were manufactured outside India, Honda said. “The recall process will start in mid of August 2015, as a precautionary measure to check and replace if it belongs to the defective lot.” “It is…

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Yamaha R3 superbike launched in India at Rs 3.25 lakh

Yamaha Motor India today launched the YZF-R3 sports bike at the Budhha International Circuit near Delhi. The YZF – R3 will cost the Indian buyers Rs 3.23 lakh and will be available at select authorised Yamaha dealerships in two colour schemes – Racing Blue and Black Lightning. The all new Yamaha YZF – R3 mounts a newly developed 321cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line 2-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The R3 will be assembled at India Yamaha Motor’s plant from the CKD sets. Yamaha was the first to launch superbikes in India, back in…

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Honda CBR 650F, Livo, CBR 250R and 150R launched in India

Honda Motorcycles has launched 5 new models in India — the biggest ever such launch in the two-wheeler history of this country. The new launches address everything from entry-level to premium. These are the new models: At the top is the CBR 650F Premium sports tourer. The 650cc motorcycling beast comes powered by 16 valve in-line 4 cylinder DOHC engine. CBR 650F is priced at Rs. 760,970 ex-showroom in Mumbai. It has 63.6kW (87PS) of power, 62.9 Nm of torque and ABS as a standard fitment. Second is the 110cc…

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TVS XL Super special edition moped launched

TVS Motor Co has launched the company’s legendary TVS XL Super in a special edition to commemorate 1 crore units of the moped sold in India since 1980. The TVS XL Super is ubiquitous in rural areas of south India, particularly Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and is amongst the most affordable mechanized forms of transport available in the country. “In celebration of crossing the milestone 1 crore mark in sales, TVS Motor Company has introduced a special edition of its legendary TVS XL Super,” TVS said. The new variant will…

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Hero Motocorp reports flat June sales even as rivals race ahead

Hero Motocorp reported lackluster numbers for June, with sales remaining largely flat. The company sold 5,42,362 motorcyles during the month, more or less unchanged from last year’s 5,41,594 units. In contrast, rival Yamaha Motors and TVS Motors reported strong growth for June. Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. announced a growth of 26% in domestic sales, while TVS Motors’ two wheeler sales grew by 7% increasing to 211,002 units for the month. The biggest rival for Hero, former partner Honda, is yet to report its numbers. Hero Motocorp has been…

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Royal Enfield Bullet sales jump 50% in June

Sales of Royal Enfield motorcycles, built by Eicher Motors, has jumped 48% in June, the company said. A total of 37,341 Royal Enfield bikes, including Bullets, were sold in June compared to just 25,303 sold in the June of last year. The number indicates an acceleration in the sales of Enfield motorcycles. They were rising by around 25-40% so far this year. For the first six months of 2015, Eicher Motors has sold a total of 1.99 lakh motorbikes, compared to 1.38 lakh sold in the same period last year,…

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Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 clocks over 7,000 bookings, 2 month waiting period

Bajaj Auto said its latest premium motorcycle Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has seen over 7,000 bookings in the first three months since launch and that the waiting period for the model is now two months. Pulsar is Bajaj Auto’s key profit driver and arguably the most successful motorcycle sub-brand along with Hero’s Splendor. ““The all new Pulsar RS 200 has met with a phenomenal response and has been a runaway success with customers,” said Eric Vas, the company’s President for its motorcycle business. Bajaj is facing intense competition from fast-grow…

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