Royal Enfield enters Brazil, the fourth largest two wheeler market in the world.
Royal Enfield entered the motorcycle industry more than 116 years back in the UK. This makes it the world’s oldest motorcycling company in continuous production. Since then they have been giving us with simple and resilient machines that are ridden across some of the world’s most exciting terrains.
After winning over customers in India, it has continued its stride of expansion and has opened up an exclusive brand outlet and sets up a direct distribution subsidiary in Brazil headquartered in Sao Paulo as part of its growing strategy. Enfield’s new retail format showcases “Pure Motorcycling” as its brand philosophy and has now entered the fourth biggest two-wheeler market in the world.
Someone caught the Honda XRE 300 on the shopfloor in India.
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Recently we discussed about Honda eyeing to get the brand’s adventure motorcycle, the XRE 300 into the country as part of their four ’all-new’ two wheelers for FY2018. Looks like our speculations were right if we have to believe this snap of Team-BHP’s reader is true.
Honda has exterminated the CBR 150R and CBR 250R. What is the plan here?
The Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.
Meanwhile, what we know so far is that Honda has taken off their faired commuters, the CBR 150R and the CBR 250R off their official websites too and have stopped selling them. This could be due to the BS-IV regulations and they might even be updated with BS-IV engines and AHO. Or is the brand launching new generations of the brands?
Honda will launch four ’all-new’ models by FY18. Here is what we think are coming.
One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by introducing newer models to their line-up and getting a fresh breed of motorcycles for us to grin about.
The Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers, is also targeting a 20% growth in volume and has reportedly invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18. Doing so, the Japanese are gunning for the pole position, grabbing it from its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp.
Honda launched its new Fireblade in the country and it is scorching hot
Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.
Yesterday, the Japanese Red launched the screaming CBR 1000 RR Fireblade in all pomp and fanfare.
Hero Electric has tied up with Bosch for powertrain partnership
Hero Electric has been the sub-brand of Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. The company is a multi-product and a multi-location enterprise with interests in Electric Vehicles, Bicycles and Healthcare. With the newfound interest in electric powertrains, Hero has made strides in this direction and are betting big on the technology.
It has been launching electric two-wheelers for some time now and has sold over 1 lakh customers. They, however, were not market spec vehicles like the Tork T6X or Ather S340 and were very underpowered. Now, they have tied up with the German Technology giant, Bosch, to get things around for them.
BMW Motorrad India is in business starting today.
BMW Motorrad has not necessarily been a household name. With them costing a bomb to import and maintaining them was a nightmare for the complexity the Bavarian company had put into them. But things are up for a change as we speak and by the time you will be reading this piece, BWW is busy setting up its exclusive showrooms across four cities in India.
BMW Motorrad has also published the ex-showroom prices for all the models the German manufacturer has seen it fitting to get them into the country. While doing this, BMW Motorrad has also officially announced their start of business in India from today.
The Benelli ’Monkey’ TNT 135 may not come anytime soon.
India came to know about the monkey bikes when the then ‘Escorts’ group designed and built the Rajdoot GTS (Grand Touring Sports) 175 in the 60s’ and 70s’. It was powered by the stock-in-trade 175cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine that was borrowed from a Polish motorcycle maker called Cekop. It is also fondly called as ‘Bobby’ which was christened because of the movie it was shown in.
Now, the Italians have taken a dig at this segment and have been testing out their new Benelli TNT 125 on Indian roads. Although no official announcements have been made regarding the price and availability, the bike was supposed to be launched sometime in May. Unfortunately, the makers have other reasons to believe.
Royal Enfield has given both Himalayan and the Bullet 500 Fuel Injection for 2017.
As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms by every manufacturer, the post-British Royal Enfield is following suit. RE has by now updated all their products in their line-up for 2017 with the new Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature, and their engines are now going to be BS-IV compliant.
Although their models were thought of having no mechanical changes, the official website of the models says otherwise. Both the Himalayan and the Bullet 500 model specification pages sees the fuel supply as ’Electronic Fuel Injection’.
Motorcycle dealers are tasting bitter sweet after the BS-III debacle. Hear them speak on this fiasco.
The country saw the biggest ever sale fest where every automotive dealer was offering you massive discounts on their BS-III (Bharat Stage - III) vehicles in a bid to clear off stock. Every dealer hustled to clear off BS-III stock from their backyard, and some were offering discounts up to ₹ 3 lakh to do that.
If you planned to buy a two-wheeler for yourself, and you missed a good deal, blame your stars. But all of this has definitely played spoilsport with the dealer’s business. We approached a few to ask them about it, and this is what they had to say:
The Supreme Court comes to the rescue and bans sales of BS-III vehicles from April 1st.
Finally, the Supreme Court ruling is out and it gave a strong notion out to the manufacturers who tried to get away with the legislation. It said that the health and safety of the citizens should be given more priority than manufacturers having inventories even after being given ample time to convert completely to BS-IV.
BMW Motorrad is officially setting up shop in India on the 14th of April.
BMW Motorrad has not necessarily been a household name. With them costing a bomb to import and maintaining them was a nightmare for the complexity the Bavarian company had put into them. But things are up for a change as we speak and by the time you will be reading this piece, BWW is busy setting up its first ever exclusive showroom in Pune, India.
After buzzing the industry with the news, BMW is making its official entry into the country’s two-wheeler arena finally on April 14th, 2017.
Mahindra opens its first ever exclusive Mojo showroom in Bengaluru.
It might have taken a long time, but then, the segment of naked sports tourers has finally begun to burgeon in India. It all started way back in 2012 when Mahindra previewed the Mojo concept for the first time in a raw form.
Today, Mahindra made headways with this strategy and went on to open its first ever exclusive Mojo showroom that will, apart from sales and service, will push customers to indulge in an all-round experience of owning the bike. In a bid to tap the newfound interests in the sports tourer segment, Mahindra Two Wheelers is on the path to growing its premium motorcycle brand, Mojo.
Bajaj and Kawasaki have now officially split
Back in 2009, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market motorbikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.
Now, eight years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away. With Bajaj making an official statement, it is safe to think that the Indian must have initiated this brink. With KTM doing very well for Bajaj, they want to indulge more in operating the Austrian orange into sharing spaces in their Pro-Biking showrooms.
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS is already producing a single cylinder G 310R for BMW Motorrad in their Hosur plant. This is no new news that BMW teamed up with TVS Motors in a Euro 20 million partnership to support them with the manufacturing and distribution of smaller capacity motorcycles, starting with the G 310R.
Now, TVS is doing just that. Production is in full swing and TVS Motor Company has begun with exporting the bike to several foreign markets as BMW Motorrad has made India home to their low capacity models.
The supreme court wants a list of unsold BS-III motorcycles.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield’s middleweight category.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away from the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them. The sales figures were the scary truth for Bajaj where they understood that they played the wrong card.
Now, the Japanese Red are planning to lock horns with RE to have their go at the middleweight segment and give a stiff fight to the Enfield’s 500-535cc motors.