Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India on a path to become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020.
When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Each one of them gave the required push for the Japanese brand to establish itself into the roots of the automotive market and the rest, as they say, became history.
For the two wheel world though, it was the 2001 entrant scooters, Activa and Dio that went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company. On this fortunes, Honda became the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market and in 2016, Honda 2 Wheelers India became the number one contributor to Honda’s global two-wheeler business.
With such laurels up their alley, Honda decided to pump in major investments and R&D into the country’s production and service with one goal in sight: To become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020 taking over reigns from Hero MotoCorp.
Bajaj is ploughing the field for the electric boom.
The Pune based manufacturer has been in the news for a lot of reasons, and most often than not, it is a good one. With the latest being the eyebrow-raiser Triumph-Bajaj global partnership, Bajaj is making the right moves to get ahead of the competition soon enough.
Now, fresh information from the industry sources is pointing out at the firm’s newfound love for alternative fuel powered vehicles, most probably being electric. Coined as "Urbanite", the new project will aim at developing upmarket products in the electric vehicle segment.
Your favourite motorcycle makers to skip the 2018 Auto Expo.
South Asia’s biggest biennial Auto Expo will be back for the 14th edition at India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) in Greater Noida, New Delhi. Spread for six days in the February of 2018, the Motor Show will bring in a great opportunity to see some spectacular vehicles, some radical concepts and enchanting conversations about anything automotive.
But it is not the case with a few of the manufacturers who have decided to stay away from the Expo floors this year citing economical confrontations. Most of who have a huge presence in the country’s automotive market. And they include both two wheel and four wheel vehicle manufacturers.
Future commuters from Honda will look like this.
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 latest one is the Honda CB 150R street motorcycle that the company launched in the Thailand market. It showcases an entirely new design language from Honda for the small capacity commuter motorcycles that will roll out of its plants in the near future.
Ducati will now be powered by the 210 bhp Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine.
In what will go down as the biggest shift for the company, Ducati officially launched its four cylinder V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine at the Misano World Circuit on Thursday, 7th September 2017.
It will be replacing the Superquadro twin-cylinder which is having its final run on the mighty 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The first motorcycle it will run on will be the Ducati Panigale V4 to be unveiled November 5, 2017.
Fate of the second most expensive scooter of the country.
The reason I say that zero units have been sold is because Piaggio declined to release an official figure of the same. Nonetheless, there were rumours about orders and enquiries coming in for the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani.
After the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC (priced at ₹ 15 lakh), this scooter from another Italian maker was the most expensive scooter being on sale in India. It was commissioned by the famous Italian designer, Georgio Armani and was priced at ₹ 12.04 lakh. But now, since the contract between Armani and Piaggio has ended, the scooter is no longer on sale anywhere in the world.
Mahindra is sketching a different course for its future.
The Mahindra Group is billed at USD 19 billion currently but their motorcycle division hasn’t seen a single buck as profit on any year ever since its inception. Except for the 2012 launch Mojo, the rest of its housemates never entered the competition seriously and have been a disaster.
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. Doing so, the motorcycle division has officially withdrawn from the domestic mass market segment, and are looking to enter into the unknown.
Fuel prices are set to break all previous records and you wouldn’t have even known about it.
Gone are the days when every fortnight you had to wait for, what felt like an eternity, to get your tank filled with petrol because it costs a rupee more. Stand in the queue for hours all just to save a couple of tens. That was the human psychology up till June 2017 when state-owned oil conglomerates chucked the 15-year-old practice where they revised fuel prices on the 1st and 16th of every month.
They instead opted to follow a dynamic daily price revisions that changed the fuel costs on a daily basis depending on the international crude oil market. A coup or not, it left the citizens in a daft about the price fluctuations as it happened every day and before we got any clue about it, petrol prices have reached a three year high.
Royal Enfield has fired up their third factory near Chennai spread across 50 acres.
When Eicher took over affairs of Royal Enfield into their strides, they revived the dying fire of the cult motorcycle manufacturer. Since then RE has been at the top of the game releasing products that got every motorcycle aphrodisiac’s blood racing. Right from the Classic 500 till the very recent Himalayan. These motorbikes spoke for themselves, and the sales figures are the proof of this.
To keep up with the demand, the Chennai based brand had purchased a 50-acre land back in 2014 and took a record 15 months to build their third production plant in the country.
Triumph and Bajaj enter into a global partnership
A few days ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto said, "We are very close to finalising a very promising alliance, it’s not certain, that it will happen, but if it happens, it will open up enormous possibilities for the company."
Today, however, a press release cleared the air and has managed to lift up all eyebrows. The alliance Bajaj was talking about was a global partnership with the British legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph.
Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle’s dealer reach to boost rural sales.
When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Now, the company operates out of two modes, HMSI for the two wheeler division and Honda Motor for the four wheeler division.
With the two-wheeler operation of the company getting some serious business, Honda Motor is trying to tap that source and double its share in the automobile market in the coming future. For this, Honda Motor will collaborate with the former’s dealer network, distribution and customer base and try to capture the rural reach.
India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.
Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters - a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters - Activa and Dio - went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.
The company has come a long way since then and are on fire to go reach even higher heights. In the process, the Japanese Red has, together with its allied suppliers, invested ₹ 5400 crores into the Karnataka plant in Narasapura that just became the biggest two wheeler manufacturer for Honda in the entire world.
Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".
Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, Ducati has stopped working on its superstar L - twin Superquadro powerhouse that made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.
We must accept the end of something in order to build a new something which can take you past that feeling. It is becoming ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition; its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.
MV Agusta is sailing on safe waters now. Closes deal on new investments.
Despite making gorgeous motorcycles, MV Agusta] always seems to find itself under the radar and it never seems to end for the Italian marquee. Last year, it was reported that the company allegedly misused $ 8 million of social security contributions of the employees. Post this, the company’s major owners, Mercedes-AMG looked out from the company after an acrimonious situation, leaving the Italian high and dry.
This made MV Agusta restructure its financial situation and was compelled to cut down its employees from 300 to just 190. They were even planning to cut down operations and production of newly developed motorcycles. And the company was hunting for investments. Then came the news from Russia, with Love.
After many allegations, the Italian has now signed an agreement to increase its capital with a Russian investment group-Black Ocean, which is a flagship satellite of Ocean Group holding company.
Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.
A week ago, rumours filled the news about Harley-Davidson being the top contenders to buy the luxury two-wheeler Italian marquee from Volkswagen. For no fault of theirs, except for them being owned by VW, Ducati could possibly see a change of hands since the German company is in considerations of selling brands under its portfolio.
Now, there could be a new chapter in Ducati’s history books, courtesy, the Volkswagen Diesel Gate scandal. If reports are to be believed, KTM-Bajaj was approached by the German company to buy out the Italian brand, an initiative taken towards the new financial strategy set out by the company post the Diesel Gate scandal.
TVS Motors is pumping ₹ 500 crores into new products and operations to take on the competition.
TVS Motor is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, whose strength lies in its goal of designing and development of new products that are a continuous source of inspiration. They produce machines that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
Fuelling such visions, the Hosur based company is said to invest ₹ 500 crores in the coming future for launching new products and improving operations. According to the report, TVS is looking at launching a performance motorcycle along with a new scooter very soon. Also, the company is currently developing a brand new next generation engine to power its future products in a run to suppress the competition.
Lambretta V-Special + Gallery
Fashion and style statement has always run in the blood of Milan, Italy since centuries. And for Lambretta, this statement held on since World War II, the time it was born. It was solely manufactured in Italy and licensed to be made in other countries until 1972. Post that, it was then bought by the Indian government and it was made in India until 1997.
Now, for the first time in the 21st century, The Lambretta Consortium has re-launched the "Lambretta V-Special" Model. The model is designed by an Austrian firm knows as KISKA who also happen to design the latest iterations of the KTM motorcycles as well as the Husqvarna street models. The V-Special is available in three types - V50, V125 and V200.
Kawasaki now operates out of its own factory and shop. More SKD motorcycles coming our way.
Kawasaki made its entry into the Indian market when it joined hands with our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ in 2009. 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.
But now, the two companies have split, and Kawasaki is operating under its own subsidiary, India Kawasaki Motors (IKM). Until now, they used Bajaj’s Akrudi plant for their operations and now, IKM has set up a plant in Chakan which is already begun assembly and production of all its product in the Indian line-up, effective since July 1, 2017.