The year 2015 was indeed a positive year for the Indian two wheeler scenario. While the year was dominated by launches of more premium and performance oriented sportbikes, the commuter end of the market too witnessed a lot of action with new launches from almost all the major players in the industry, thus making the Indian two wheeler scenario a happening segment for the year 2015.
Apart from the all new products making their way into the Indian two wheeler market, there were some existing motorcycles, which were given cosmetic as well as mechanical upgrades, but not too major to bill them as all new products. Following is a list of twenty such motorcycles, which though have been existing in the market for quite some time, but were enhanced in order to withstand the ever increasing competition in the market. Here we go.
Since the last ten years, Honda has been ruling the 125cc segment single handedly with its premium 125cc commuter, the Shine 125. Though Yamaha was the pioneer of the 125cc segment of motorcycles in the Indian market, it was the Honda Shine which managed to gain a pace in the 125cc segment, and made a certain faith among customers by giving them a product to upgrade from a 100cc motorcycle.
Though going for the Shine wasn’t that easy – every other manufacturer, especially Bajaj, experimented a lot in the 125cc segment, but no other motorcycle managed to dethrone the Shine. Within Honda too, the CBF Stunner co-existed along with the Shine as a sportier 125cc motorcycle, but then again, its sales weren’t even half of what the Shine managed to put up.
Particularly, there are very less negativities about the CB Shine 125 as a product, the fortes of which are reliability, fuel efficiency and build quality – traits which an Indian buyer puts up as his topmost priorities. But there was one glitch with the Shine – it was too simple to look at. The overall design of the Shine was way too mature for the young Indian enthusiasts, who want a motorcycle which shall not fall short of the sporty quotient. Though for that, Honda had the CBF Stunner which had the big bike feel as far as design was concerned, but the fact that it was an underpowered motorcycle for its size kept the buyers away from it.
Towards the end of 2015, Honda then decided to pull the plug off from the CBF Stunner and finally introduce a sporty avatar of the Shine – the new CB Shine SP. Though the standard CB Shine DX will continue to be on sale, the CB Shine SP comes with a host of cosmetic changes, feature additions and mechanical changes which positions it as a premium and sportier motorcycle over the CB Shine DX.
But then, the CB Shine SP is not alone in the field – there are some rivals of it which too carry novelty factor in them – Hero Glamour, TVS Phoenix 125 and Yamaha Saluto. All these motorcycles aim to deliver a mixed experience of premium feel and economy. But which one emerges out to be the best? Let’s find out.
It seems KP Aravind is riding high on success. Just after winning the 2015 Raid de Himalaya, the Mangalore based rider won the MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Rally Championship at Chikmagalur. Representing Team TVS Racing, he dominated the championship and in the fourth race at Chikmagalur he finished the race in 49.8 minutes.
Aravind’s teammate R Nataraj came out second as he finished the race in 49.29 minutes, emerged second. Aravind and Nataraj both were competing in the Group “A” class, while Abdul Wahid, became winner in the Group “B” M3 & M4: 4 stroke motorcycles 166-260 cc class, was third fastest overall with a total time of 53:04 minutes. Out of the 40 participants who started the race, only one could not finish. The race covered a total of 70 km. The special stage distance of the race was about 50 km, with a total of three sections. The stages were run inside the Kuvempu PG Centre and Police Training Centre.
The great Indian festive season is almost at the door, and all the auto manufacturers are trying to win customers heart in various ways, be it home grown, or foreign owned, be it a four wheeler manufacturing company or a two wheeler maker. And in this scenario, what could be a better option for them to rope in a well known celebrity as the face of their product? And when it is Amitabh Bachhan, then undoubtedly there is no question about the chance of growing popularity of that particular product.
TVS recently roped in country’s most famous face Mr. Amitabh Bachhan as the brand ambassador of their popular scooter TVS Jupiter. The advertisement was shot in the context of Diwali, which is the festival celebrated by the entire nation. In the advertisement Amitabh Bachhan is seen describing the TVS Jupiter as his ‘Guru’ (Godfather).
TVS Jupiter is one of the most popular scooters in India in the 110 cc segment. It comes with 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHC engine displacing 109.7 cc. Mated with a CVT gear box, it delivers 5.88 Kw peak power at 7500 rpm, while the torque amount is 8 Nm at 5500 rpm.
The commencement of the Indian motorcycling market is an interesting story in itself. Until the mid 1980s when the only manufacturer which was locally producing and selling motorcycles was Royal Enfield, all the international motorcycle manufacturers were now eyeing on the Indian subcontinent, as this was the market which had the potential for all of them to expand their profits and base.
It all started with the big Japanese four – Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, which entered into the Indian market in collaboration with relatively smaller Indian partners. After a period of time, these joint ventures did broke up, in favour of both the companies involved in the partnership. While their Indian partners became fully potential of developing products on their own, their Japanese partners too made themselves capable of studying and understanding the Indian market in a very comprehensive manner.
Sooner than later, the European marques like KTM and BMW Motorrad too have understood that if they have to make a bigger mark in the international sales charts, they have to make a significant presence in the Indian market, because they too have admitted that India is now the fastest growing market as far as two wheelers are concerned. Following is a list of seven joint ventures which saw the light in the Indian two wheeler market:-
In a recent interview to Autocar Proffesional TVS Motor Co’s R&D chief Mr. Vinay Harne said that TVS is working on extending the Apache range. The new Apache range will close be powered by a more powerful engine which is also close the gap between the 180 cc to 250 cc but he also said that Indian customers still look for more fuel efficient motorcycles and thus TVS will continue producing commuter motocycles with 100, 110 and 125 cc displacement.
TVS did showcased the Draken concept at the 2014, Auto Expo and it did attracted lots of attention, at this point we certainly cannot depict that the new Draken concept styling will not be adopted by TVS for their upcoming Apache motorcycles which will have a displacement of more than 200 cc. Many of you are also aware of the fact that TVS has jointly partnered with BMW motorad and if everything goes according to plan soon BMW will develop motorcycles with a lower displacement specially for new markets.
TVS motor Co’s R&D chief Vinay Harne also said in the interview that they are also devoping their R&D base which already has an increased strength of 40 to 60% and their team size at the product development section too has increased in the recent years.
While all the other two wheeler manufacturers beside TVS are also focusing on the 250 cc segment we can certainly assure you that Indian motorcycle market will be flooded with many new and technologically advanced motorcycles in the upcoming years which will be more powerful than the daily commuters but also priced quite reasonably at the same time.
You can read the entire review of the TVS Apache here
Indian scooter market was almost at the verge of extinction few year back but from the year 2012 it revived a little and then the Legendary Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio again set their foot in the Indian market and launched few of their exciting premium scooters which although had a steep pricing still sold in large numbers which clearly showed that people of India still loved their scooters, the trend which was started by Bajaj way back in the 80’s. Then to rescue the scooter market some of the Indian two wheeler manufacturers took their own initiative and introduced some exciting range of scooters, which was stylish as well as feature packed, TVS was also one of them.
TVS motors was mainly known for their 2 wheeler Scooty which is still considered to be one of the most exciting products from their stable. It attracted a large section of Indian teen towards it, TVS mainly focused on female oriented scooters previously, they also launched the TVS Wego which was a more powerful scooter than the Scooty and was more muscular looking which attracted both men and women towards it. It also had a lots of advanced features which set it apart from rest of the competitors.
Now TVS, launched another scooter in the Indian market recently, which is more male oriented and will definitely attract large Indian 2 wheeler enthusiast because of its stylish looks, TVS christened it as Jupiter. This scooter also comes with many interesting features which will also be a big U.S.P(Unique selling point) of this product.
So let’s find out all the details about this brand new scooter from TVS
TVS Motors, India’s third largest two wheeler manufacturing company has showcased a new full fairing version of their flagship model Apache RTR in Indonesia. In India TVS till now has introduced the RTR 160 EFi (Fuel Injection), RTR 160 RD (Rear Disc), RTR 180 and the latest RTR 180 ABS. The manufacturer now is about to upgrade their 160cc RTR which is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo to be held in Delhi in January 2012.