2017 Hero Maestro Edge
Hero enjoys an unprecedented success when it comes to the commuter class of 100-110cc motorcycles. But when it comes to the segment of automatic scooters, it didn’t have an offering to thrash the undisputed leadership of the scooters, the Honda Activa. Though the Maestro and Pleasure did churn up decent volumes for the manufacturer in the country, they still haven’t been able to bring down the sales of Honda scooters, which have been selling like hot cakes.
Then came the Maestro Edge and Duet, which further strengthen the scooter lineup for Hero in the country. However, the sales of the Maestro Edge have turned out to be a bit lower than what Hero had expected. So now, Hero has tried to infuse some novelty in the Maestro Edge for the year 2017 by adding a couple of new features to the scooter. Let’s have a look at what all changes do the new Maestro Edge get:-
2017 Yamaha Fascino
In recent years, Yamaha Motor India has managed to get a makeover for itself by shifting its focus towards commuters including scooters, apart from just making performance oriented motorcycles. For a manufacturer that stayed off from making scooters till date, Yamaha now has a comprehensive lineup of scooters which cater to each and every segment of buyers in the market, ranging from college going youth to family oriented unisex scooter buyers to even fashion conscious fairer sex.
A couple of years ago, in a very bold and unexpected move, Yamaha introduced the neo-classic themed scooter Fascino, with which it tried to lure the female buyers intending to make their individualistic statement rather being just another regular part of the crowd. As a ritual of giving a midlife update to its every product in India, Yamaha now has given the Fascino its first ever update, which makes the scooter look fresher than before. Here’s a brief outlook on all the changes and details which the new Fascino gets:-
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.
2017 Honda Dio
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.
While the Activa was meant for the daily masses, the Dio took to the young street crowd. Marketed as the Moto Scooter, Dio was the favourites amongst the young generation because of its stylish lines and trendy looks. The scooter instantly hit the sweet spots of the hearts of all those wishful riders, who wanted to have a two-wheeler but found the motorcycles a bit intimidating. Although it shared the same 110cc engine as the Activa, it felt peppier due to the lightweight fibreglass body panels. Like the Activa, the Dio too has withstood the tide of time. It received a major overhaul from its first generation in 2012 which amplified its exuberant appeal even more. Now, for 2017, the scooter receives a mild update which will see BS-IV compliancy and Automatic Headlight On along with cosmetic changes. Will the new Dio continue to pluck the strings of hearts of its targeted audience? Here’s a quick overview of the scooter.
2017 Honda Activa 4G
Over and over again, we have repeatedly mentioned how the Honda Activa has proven itself to be a very significant model for not only establishing Honda in India but also in rejuvenating the scooter market in India that was dying a slow death post the discontinuation of Bajaj Chetak in the country. Paving the path for other four stroke automatic scooters in the country, the Activa was Honda’s first ever single product for the Indian market, which gradually went on to become so legendary that even after almost 17 years of its launch, it is still going very much strong and is recording as the highest selling two-wheeler.
Though, over the years, we have seen a couple of more iterations of the Activa brand in the form of a more slim and girly Activa-i and a more proper, powerful and premium 125cc scooter, the Activa 125. However, it is the original Activa which is churning out the majority of numbers even today. After a successful journey spawning three generation, the Honda Activa has entered its 17 years of existence in India with its fourth generation model, the new Activa 4G. It now comes with a couple of more cosmetic changes and a significant change to its powertrain, which makes it a bit more contemporary than before, if not much. So let’s see what’s new in the new Activa 4G:-
2017 Honda Activa 125
In today’s automotive scenario, the word ‘Honda Activa’ needs no introduction. For a scooter which revolutionised the entire scooter market, or to be precise, gave a fresh lease of life to the almost dying scooter, the Activa has enjoyed a golden journey to date becoming the highest selling two-wheeler in some of the previous months.
The Activa began its life with a 100cc engine which was later upgraded with an 110cc engine. A couple of years ago, Honda decided to make the Activa brand a bit more premium by launching a bigger and more powerful version of the same, the Activa 125.
The Activa 125 came with a slightly revised design and dimensions, the inclusion of a few new features and most importantly, a larger heart in the form of a bigger 125cc engine. This flagship scooter from Honda may not be a high volume churner as its 110cc counterpart, but it gave the scooter buyers an option to go for a big lifestyle or powerful scooter, which offers a more mature and better product over the regular Activa.
Recently, Honda silently launched the first ever facelift of the Activa 125, which hosts of a couple of new features and slight mechanical changes to its powertrain. Let’s have a look at what all changes the new Activa 125 has been blessed with:-
What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?
In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.
Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms, April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India by when all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines.
Although late to the party of bandwagons that have updated their models, it is still before the set date that TVS decided to upgrade their models too to having the BS-IV compliant engine and the Automatic Headlamp On feature. They have started with getting their champ scooter, the Jupiter, and their flagship motorcycle, the Apache RTR 200 4V with these updates.
The Jupiter also gets two new colours on its palette and a new braking technology. The Apache, on the other hand, gets fuel injection for 2017.
India’s first e-scooter Ather S340’s launch delayed by a year.
Built by a Bangalore-based startup, Ather Energy, the S340 is the country’s first premium electric smart scooter. The company was founded by two IIT-ians who are committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology.
Their first offering is the Ather S340, which they are building it from the ground up and promise to change the way we perceive the electric transport till now. The company has received fundings to the tune of ₹6.3 crores from Flipkart, ₹76 crores from Tiger Global and the very recently ₹205 crores from the world’s biggest manufacturer of two-wheelers, Hero MotoCorp. This has allowed Ather to sustain momentum in its journey of building a future-ready product platform and to accelerate the infrastructure and ecosystem development around electric vehicles in the country.
But down the line, the development stage is taking the toll because the management overshot on their calculations for giving us the production ready model.
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women’s day
TVS, the popular two wheeler manufacturing company in the country give birth to a scooter, which was meant for the fairer sex. Christened with the name Scooty, it is perhaps the first scooter that was built in the country targeting the females riders.
It was but obvious that this scooter went the extra mile to show their support to all the women riders in the country this International Women’s Day. With a video to respect our mothers, sisters and friends, TVS urges every woman separated by choices but united by the love for riding to keep riding, come what may.
TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.
The launch of the Activa saw the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. It singlehandedly showed signs of the rise and comeback of scooters in India.
Although it had a 100cc motor, it ruled the commuter segment, and the rest followed suit. Every other manufacturer except Bajaj started making scooters and claimed theirs to be the best one. Currently, there are scooters falling under the 100cc, 110cc, 125cc and 150cc segments, of which the 100cc and 110cc ones are almost saturated with a million options.
The 125cc and 150cc, on the other hand, have only a couple of players which the manufacturers are looking at taking advantage of. TVS and Hero are two of those.
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?
Do you remember the iconic Bajaj Chetak scooters your uncle used to ride back then? The one that was famous for coining the ‘Hamara Bajaj’ for the entire brand was a household workhorse back in the 80s’ and the 90s’. Along with that, there were also the likes of Wave, Legend, Saffire and Spirit that gave birth to the Bajaj we know today.
Then, the industry moved to geared motorcycles and scooters were gradually phased out. Bajaj too started developing this newfound interest in geared motorcycles and phased out their scooter section with the last one of them being the Bajaj Kristal DTS-i.
2017 Honda Aviator
After commencing its streak of success with its scooter duo of Activa and Dio, Honda expanded its scooter portfolio for the Indian two-wheeler market by introducing its full-size 110cc scooter, Aviator. Targeted at a more niche audience, the Honda Aviator opened up an all new segment of premium 110cc scooters, which was totally absent before its advent.
As the entire nation’s manufacturers are busy updating their models to run on BS-IV engines, the Japanese Red are also doing the same and are completely flipping their BS-III models to BS-IV. This leads us to look into the Honda Aviator update that is now BS-IV compliant and is AHO enabled.
After updating their Unicorn 160 and Shine models with these features with their CB Hornet already running the upgraded motor, it was time for the scooters to taste the new smell. Starting with launching the new Activa 125, it was the brand’s stylish automatic scooter, the Aviator.
2017 Aprilia SR 150 Race
In 2016, Aprilia did something unbelievable for the Indian two-wheeler market by launching a mass oriented scooter SR 150. This was an ‘out-of-the-blues’ decision for a superbike maker like Aprilia, which is known for motorcycles that cost at least ₹ 20 lakh and upwards, thus targeting itself towards a niche audience. However, with the SR 150, Aprilia has widened its base and has created an all new segment of performance oriented scooters in India for the mass market buyers.
Touted to be the sportiest and fun-to-ride scooter to ever step into the Indian mass market for scooters, the SR 150 carries a lot on its shoulder, as it also is the very first model from Aprilia in the sub-1 lakh segment. And the scooter has been accepted with open hands in India, which is the reason why despite very limited sales network across India, the scooter has churned up some pretty impressive numbers.
To continue the momentum, Aprilia has launched a limited edition version of the scooter titled as SR 150 Race, which comes with some cosmetic as well as mechanical changes over its regular version. Here’s is a comprehensive review of the all new Aprilia SR 150 Race:-
Suzuki updates the Gixxer and Access for 2017.
While Bajaj has been the first and only manufacturer to have completely switched to BS-IV engines, others are slowly catching up on it. Suzuki is the new entry on the block with the launch of its 2017 line-up featuring the Gixxer series and the Access with the updated engine and Automatic Headlamp On feature.
Honda’s new ’Frontastic’ Activa 125
The launch of the Activa saw the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. It singlehandedly showed signs of the rise and comeback of scooters in India. It was the first independent product from Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Limited, a venture which Honda started on its own alongside its separate joint venture with the Hero group (the then Hero Honda).
Its simplistic design and engine reliability made it an overnight success, which it reaps even today, 15 years after its first launch. And now, Honda launched an exciting update of this start performer and christened it at the Honda Activa 125 BSIV.
Honda is gearing up for a new ’Frontastic Ride’ Scooter
As the entire nation’s manufacturers are busy updating their models to run on BS-IV engines, the Japanese Red are also doing the same and gave us a hint at bringing in a new scooter to its product line-up.
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India’s senior vice-president, YS Guleria confirmed this development and hinted at it being a ’surprise’ for all of us. He said "It will be launched very soon and what it is, is a surprise, so wait for the launch. We can’t say anything more at this stage,".