Piaggio expands Aprilia’s ‘Fun-Experience’ portfolio with unveiling of Aprilia Storm and launch of Aprilia SR 125

Riding on the success of its Group brands in India, Piaggio India today launched the Aprilia SR 125, unveiled the Aprilia Storm and introduced an innovative smart mobile connectivity feature for Vespa and Aprilia scooters. With these unique offerings on display at Piaggio’s Pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018, Piaggio is growing its portfolio across segments to offer more possibilities, newer categories and unique technology innovations to patrons in India.

Piaggio India’s 2-wheeler business witnessed accelerated growth in the year 2017 with the company’s innovative range of premium differentiated products seeing high traction across the country. With the latest introductions at the Auto Expo 2018, the company is aiming to further boost its India growth story and is complementing the same by rapidly growing its Motoplex format dealership to bring its products closer to customers across the geography.

The Aprilia brand of racing DNA came to India 2-years ago to offer a Fun-riding experience through the first-of-its-kind category-creators, cross-overs, high performance, big wheeled scooters – SR 150 and Race. The testimony to these extraordinary product propositions was ‘Scooter of Year Awards’ received from some of the most reputed publications through the year. Today, the range gets extended with the Aprilia SR 125 which comes with a 125 cc, 3 valve engine, 14-inch big wheels and wider tyres continuing the Fun-riding experience. Its attractive exterior theme with new colours makes it a stunner while a longer seat and a raised grab handle deliver extra comfort to the rider as well as the pillion. Priced at Rs. 65,310/- ex showroom Pune, the Aprilia SR 125 will be available across Aprilia and Vespa dealerships in India.

The Aprilia story continues with the Aprilia Storm, which is specially designed for the youth. The dynamic exterior theme with vibrant colours, 12-inch wheels with wide terrain tyres, high powered 125 cc engine and customisation through accessories makes it a unique experience from Aprilia to the Fun loving generation Z of today.

In yet another category first to its credit, Piaggio launched a mobile connectivity app at the Auto Expo 2018 which will empower riders to operate and control features of Vespa and Aprilia through their mobile phones. To be available on the android and IOS platform soon, this smart feature can be installed by a simple download on the mobile phone, connecting the bike either manually or through a QR code. All the information related to the bike is stored on the feature and riders can find, navigate and follow their bikes using the smart connectivity app. It is also equipped with a panic alert feature, wherein riders can reach out to the registered number configured with the current location and ask for help in case of an emergency. Additionally, one can book a service on the app, locate nearby service stations, petrol pumps and connect with customer care executives.

Also on display at the Piaggio Pavilion were Piaggio’s other global propositions such as Vespa GTS, Aprilia RS 150, Tuono 150 and its next generation technology offering, the Vespa Elettrica.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India said, “Our aim is to introduce products which cut across categories and fulfil the needs of our exclusive customer segments across the country. With these launches, we continue our legacy of creating new categories in India and expanding our footprint across the geography, while also further strengthening our differentiated strategy with new innovations like the smart connectivity feature.”

TVS Motor Company at the Auto Expo, 2018

TVS CREON

At TVS Motor Company, innovation lies in anticipating future challenges and developing innovative technology at great value. Showcasing its vision of the future mobility solutions for the evolving two-wheeler rider, TVS Motor Company proudly presents TVS CREON.

TVS CREON is a performance oriented, electric scooter concept, designed keeping in mind the global dream for a green future and uncompromised performance. This scooter concept is a testament to the fact that electric scooters can be both – exciting as well as environment friendly.

The TVS CREON features a next-generation electric motor that propels this scooter from 0 – 60 kmph in under 5.1 seconds and boasts of a range of 80 km. A rapid charging time of 60 minutes for 80% of full charge is on par with current generation smartphones, leaving little idle time while charging.

The heart of the TVS CREON is powered by 3 state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries capable of delivering 12 kw of instantaneous power. The batteries have been specially designed to ensure high charge per volume of battery. This helps to keep the overall dimensions of the TVS CREON compact and maintain everyday practicality of usage.

TVS CREON also gets futuristic smart connected technologies on board, which have been developed in collaboration with Intel. The scooter concept is equipped with a state-of-the-art TFT Screen which displays the speedometer, battery charge and, health status, tachometer, trip meter and odometer. The vehicle is app-enabled and offers a host of features including cloud connectivity, 3 custom riding modes, regenerative braking, park assist, safety, anti-theft, GPS & navigation, and geo-fencing.

Commenting on the connected technology platform on board the TVS Creon, Vinay Harne, President – New Product Development, TVS Motor Company said, “Two-wheelers are the lifeline of modern Indian cities. In the drive towards smart and sustainable transportation solutions, two-wheelers have a key role to play. TVS Motor Company and Intel have worked together to transform urban mobility with a product line of smart-connected gadgets on energy efficient two-wheelers. This collaboration is aimed at creating a unique positioning for Hybrid and Electric scooter series from TVS Motor Company as both Green-energy champions and smart-connected gadgets.”

Nivruti Rai, Country Head – Intel India, Vice President, Data Center Group said, “Smart, connected and sustainable transportation solutions are the need of the hour and Intel is committed to accelerating this transformation globally. Two-wheelers are critical to urban mobility and a smart connected scooter is designed keeping in mind tech-savvy, next-generation riders. It is an excellent example of innovation ‘designed in India’ for the world, creating more convenient, intelligent and personalized riding experiences. We are very happy about our collaboration with TVS Motor Company in this exciting innovation endeavor.”

The TVS CREON also features an Aluminum lightweight perimeter frame, which provides the chassis stiffness and helps in improving the handling of the scooter. Diamond cut alloy wheels with wide section TVS Remora tubeless tires provide significant grip during cornering. The front and rear discs with single channel ABS in the front ensure safe and precise braking for all road conditions. The superior performance and sporty handling of the vehicle is achieved with advanced light-weight platform and optimized Centre of Gravity (CG) distribution. In terms of utility features, the scooter can secure a full-face helmet under the seat and is also equipped with a smart phone charger.

TVS CREON is a showcase of the cutting-edge scooter technology from TVS Motor Company and sets the direction for the company towards a green and exciting future.

TVS ZEPPELIN

In the age of wanderlust filled ride goals, TVS Motor Company proudly presents TVS Zeppelin, a futuristic motorcycle cruiser concept.

TVS Zeppelin is a performance cruiser motorcycle, sporting a raw metal look and feel. At the heart is a 220cc engine coupled with a one-of-its kind, TVS patented – Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). ISG comes with an e-boost option, which starts the motorcycle faster by giving it an augmented boost. This empowers the motorcycle with unmatched performance and best-in-class fuel efficiency. A 1200W regenerative assist motor with 48V Li-ION battery further adds to the powerful performance.

Targeted at the new-age long distance rider, TVS Zeppelin is a sleek metal-bodied cruiser in a striking matte black finish with shades of rustic brown. The sleek ochre front forks, together with a compact head-lamp, make a distinct statement. The riding posture of TVS Zeppelin is aggressive yet comfortable, having two-up seat, lowered bars and feet forward highway pegs.

The handling of the motorcycle is aided by lightweight tubeless spoked alloys, 41 mm USD forks, dual-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and monoshocks. It’s silent belt drive provides an engaging ride with a dynamic cornering capability added to a superior braking performance.

Complete with state-of-the-art features such as LED lighting system, first-in-class smart Bio-key, electronic speedometer, online connectivity, the TVS Zeppelin also hosts an integrated HD Action camera to capture your riding adventures on the go.

TVS Zeppelin looks to be the new milestone in the world of cruising, where the power cruising and minimalist design blend seamlessly with cutting-edge technology.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol

Reducing the carbon footprint on the environment has been one of the key focus areas of research for TVS Motor Company. Over the years, the company has actively undertaken development of new technologies for reduction of emission and CO2 levels. The focus has been to create products, which will meet future emission norms – a crucial measure to protect the environment and ensure sustainability. Today, TVS Motor Company is proud to showcase its revolutionary ethanol powered motorcycle, TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol.

Ethanol is domestically produced from renewable plant sources. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and, safe to handle, store and transport. An oxygenated fuel that contains 35% oxygen, Ethanol reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from combustion. Apart from this, Ethanol as a fuel also helps reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter and sulphur-di-oxide. Use of Ethanol as a fuel will also reduce dependence on the import of petroleum and increase energy security.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is equipped with technical improvements to make the motorcycle reliable with Ethanol as fuel. It sports vibrant green graphics on the tank with a sticker to indicate ‘Ethanol’ thus lending it a stylish look.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is also equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology. This ensures better drivability, faster throttle response and further guarantees reduction in emission levels. With these factors in place, the engine operation becomes linear leading to better usable power under varied ambient conditions thereby increasing the performance.

The E85 version motorcycle boasts of an impressive peak power of 21 PS @ 8500 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm and has an ascending top speed of 129 kmph*.

Promising superior performance coupled with a sustainable green solution, the TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi Ethanol is a through and through winner for the rider and the environment.

Mahindra Launches the Supro Load Heavy Duty Series

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $19 billion Mahindra Group, today launched the Supro Load Heavy Duty Series, which will be available on the company’s small commercial vehicle offerings, the Supro Maxitruck and Minitruck. The Heavy Duty Series will comprise a strong 8 leaf front suspension, strengthening Supro’s promise of delivering a superior value proposition to its customers.

Priced competitively, the Supro Maxitruck Heavy Duty will cost Rs. 4.63 lac (BS4 Ex-showroom Mumbai) while the Supro Minitruck Heavy Duty Series will be available at Rs. 4.23 lac (BS4 Ex-showroom Mumbai).

The Supro Maxitruck and Minitruck offerings are positioned as Mahindra’s ‘Profitrucks’ given the high load carrying capacity and the resultant, strong earning potential that these vehicles present. Since their launch in 2015, both trucks have set new standards in the market with their class leading features including superior power, mileage, cargo box size and payload.

Speaking on the launch, Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief Sales and Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “As the leader in the small commercial vehicle load segment, our endeavour has always been to address the evolving needs of our customers. The launch of the Supro Load Heavy Duty “Profitruck” Series aimed to enhance earning potential of our customers is a veritable step in this direction. The Supro Heavy duty series with strong front rigid suspension comes equipped with class leading performance, superior fuel economy and better load carrying ability. I am sure that the Supro platform will go a long way in helping our customers prosper in life.”

Built at Mahindra’s state-of-the-art plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, the Supro platform has undergone rigorous and full test cycle runs and has been validated on all performance, safety and reliability parameters. It also comes with a class-leading warranty of 2 years/60,000km (whichever is earlier) and will be available in attractive colour options of Diamond White, Deep Warm Blue and Lava Red.

Mahindra has forged a deep relationship with its customers founded on trust which has been earned on the strength of the quality of its products, their robustness, earning potential, low maintenance cost and above all the reliability of brand Mahindra. The aim is to influence the customer’s life positively and all these enable the customer to progress in life, while building a long-term relationship with brand Mahindra. To add to this, the widespread Mahindra network of over 3,000 service centres and associates facilitates easy repair and service, which ensure peace of mind for customers.

Ford Freestyle: The All-New Compact Utility Vehicle from Ford Debuts in India

Ford today unveiled its latest global product offering – The All-New Ford Freestyle, a cool, capable & connected, compact utility vehicle (CUV) for Indian consumers.

The all-new product from Ford combines SUV-like robust design, benchmark performance, innovative technologies and outstanding fuel efficiency – for greater choice to consumers in India and markets around the world.

India will be amongst the first across the globe where the all-new Freestyle will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

“The global unveil of the Ford Freestyle strengthens Ford’s continued commitment to India to bring products that consumers want and value,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president and managing director, Ford India. “With the cool, capable and connected Ford Freestyle, we are adding yet another great product to our diverse portfolio that will help us expand our family of happy Ford owners in India.”

The all-new Freestyle will position Ford to address growing consumers demand for SUV-like vehicles. Such vehicles are being preferred owing to their commanding seating position & better ground clearance to tackle congested urban environment.

Compact SUVs alone, a segment that Ford pioneered with the EcoSport, have consistently outpaced overall automotive sales in India, growing more than three-fold between 2013 and 2016. In 2017 alone, compact SUV sales in India grew 37% compared to 9% in total vehicle sales.

“Just like we did with the EcoSport, we see a lot of potential in offering this compact utility vehicle to meet the SUV owning aspirations of first-time buyers or young achievers who are looking to upgrade their small cars,” Mehrotra added.

Free-Spirited

The all-new Ford Freestyle embodies the aspirations of free-spirited buyers who are uninhibited and love to live life to the fullest. These consumers aren’t afraid to take their chances and are driven by passion.

Their motto in life is to ‘Do Everything, & Regret Nothing’.

“Freestyle is more than just an expression. This powerful word immediately encourages you to push the boundaries and do more, just like the product” said Rahul Gautam, vice president for Marketing at Ford India, said.

Cool & Compact

Featuring a striking-look, and a commanding stance, the Ford Freestyle uses design elements common to more expensive mini SUVs.

And it all begins with a unique grille with a dynamic, three-dimensional mesh.

Sweeping straight lines moving from front to the rear give the Ford Freestyle robust, muscular, & SUV looks. The front bumper of the vehicle has an integrated skid plate and sculpted fascia sections, that create a protective full-width beam element, accentuating Freestyle’s SUV looks and credentials.

The sculpted rear fascia conveys Freestyle’s athletic stance while precision detailing in the tail lamps ensure every colour is noticed distinctly.

The blacked-out high contrast headlamps in Freestyle, complemented by fog lamp bezel, create an assertive and commanding expression. While an inclined windshield gives the vehicle a sleek, fast profile that communicates a high-end image.

Capable & Safe

The Freestyle will come paired with Ford’s all-new, three-cylinder 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine that is small, light, strong and delivers outstanding fuel efficiency. The naturally aspirated engine will generate best-in-class 96 PS of peak power and 120 Nm of torque to deliver Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA. Consumers will continue to have a choice to opt for Ford’s trusted 1.5L TDCi diesel engine that generates class-leading 100 PS peak power and 215 Nm of torque.

Freestyle will deliver sportier performance in all driving conditions and will feature a uniquely tuned suspension with increased track-width, high ground clearance, TCS, ABS with EBD and uniquely tuned EPAS among others.

The Freestyle will continue Ford’s leadership on Safety, offering up to six airbags.

With the introduction of Active Rollover Prevention (ARP), Freestyle is designed to perform safely in extreme situations, without compromising on the fun-to-drive elements. Combined with Electronic Stability Control, the ARP system will be able to automatically detect potential rollover situations by applying brakes to individual tyres and decrease engine torque.

Clever & Connected

The Ford Freestyle will also feature Ford’s in-car infotainment system, SYNC 3 with a 6.5-inch touchscreen which allows drivers to control their entertainment and their connected smartphone with conversational voice commands.
SYNC 3 system is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

Datsun launches the best priced AMT model in India

Datsun India today has announced the start of sales of Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto at an introductory price of INR 3,80,600. Deliveries to new customers will begin from today across India.

At INR 3,80,600 Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto is the most feature rich AMT model in its segment.

The new Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto comes with new Dual-Driving Mode and Rush Hour Mode to provide an ultimate driving experience with best in class ground clearance (185 mm), cabin space, boot space and head room:

Dual-Driving Mode: Customers can enjoy complete flexibility of switching between automated and manual mode during up-hill / down-hill and city traffic conditions
Rush Hour Mode: provides the optimum cruising speed of 5~6 Kmph which helps customers cruise effortlessly in bumper to bumper traffic conditions

With the new Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive, Datsun also introduces new Bluetooth Audio System (with hands-free calling and Audio Streaming) across its range of redi-GO model in T (O) and S grades.

Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto combines the convenience and flexibility of dual-driving mode with best-in-class ground clearance, cabin space, boot space and head room. In line with our commitment towards our customers, we are launching the new redi-GO Smart Drive Auto at an attractive introductory price and rich features in its segment.”

Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto is powered by Intelligent Spark Automated Technology (iSAT), 1.0L three-cylinder fuel efficient engine, all black interiors, central locking system with remote key for convenience. The car is available in five colours: Ruby Red, Lime Green, White, Grey and Silver.

Datsun customers also have access to ‘Datsun CARE’, a comprehensive service package for new customers of redi-GO that assures complete peace of mind by 100% coverage of parts and 24×7 road-side assistance. The Datsun CARE package covers not only scheduled services and their associated spare part costs, labour charges and taxes, but also other important value additions. These include replacement of brake and clutch components, replacement of wiper blades once a year, wheel alignment and balancing, extended warranty with road-side assistance, exterior washes and interior cleaning. Datsun Care is acceptable at all Nissan & Datsun network pan India will also be available for Datsun redi-GO Smart Drive Auto.

LOHIA AUTO IS GOING FOR PRODUCT PORTFOLIO EXPANSION

Lohia Auto Industries, an automobile division of 700 crore Lohia Global will be launching series of products to increase its products portfolio with the launch of new CNG, diesel and electric vehicles.

At present Lohia Auto manufactures Electric & Diesel vehicles comprises Two and Three Wheelers. The Company is planning to increase the numbers of product profilio from 10 to 15 by end of this fiscal with introducing new categories and variants in Diesel/Electric three wheelers.

This leading electric vehicle manufacturer in India, is eyeing a turnover of Rs 500 crore in the next Two years. It has already lined up an investment of around Rs 10 crore for its CNG vehicles which is a completely new vertical to its current offering of vehicles which at present comprises of electric two wheeler, electric three wheelers and diesel-powered three-wheeler.

“We are aiming to achieve a turnover of Rs. 500 from our auto division by 2020. Our current portfolio and new launches over the coming quarter will help us achieve this number and set the ball rolling” said, Mr Ayush Lohia, CEO Lohia Auto Industries.

“Lohia Auto has marked its product expansion plans and launches on high priority as it will enable further growth for the company by tapping on new opportunity. The company plans to add a new CNG vertical and introduce new models of diesel and electric vehicles in the coming quarter. The new range of products will be equipped with the sector’s latest technology.” added Mr. Lohia.

“Also the Electric vehicle segment has a huge potential. With recent initiatives such as quick pilot drafted by NITI Aayog, the sector is poised for growth. It will accelerate the acceptance and popularity of Electric Vehicles in the country. We want to tap into this opportunity by launching our new range of electric vehicles. With this not only will we create more demand and boost company’s sales but also reinforce the vision of the government of reducing crude oil consumption and cutting down carbon emissions. Also keeping up with the NEMMP‘s idea of introducing 6 million EVs on Indian roads within 6 years span. This will make India less needy for crude imports while also keeping a check on pollution.” further stated the CEO of Lohia Auto Industries.

To increase its manufacturing capacity, the company is also planning to set up new state of art plant in one of the states in southern or western India. Moreover the new plant will also boost the company’s presence, reduce logistics time and cost. With an investment of over INR 100 Crore, the new plant will be equipped with the sector’s latest technology. Proposals and plans are already being invited for exploring some good options for setting up the second plant in this region.

“With the new state of art plant the production capacity could be further enhanced to around One lakh two-wheeler units and about 60 thousand three-wheelers.

Bajaj Auto launches new Discover 110 & 125

Bajaj Auto today announced the launch of new premium executive Discover 110 and Discover 125. With new stylish looks, powerful performance and a first-in-class double LED DRLs (Day Running Lights) headlamps. Since its launch in 2004, the Discover brand has been known for its superior performance and distinctive styling. The all new Discover 110 & 125 take this to another level with several first in segment features.

Commenting on the launch Mr Eric Vas, President (Motorcycles), Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “Bajaj has made a significant impact in the 100 cc segment with the Platina Comfortech & CT 100. The new Discover 110 and 125 bring first time ever features to customers in the 100-125 cc segment for a premium experience. The Discovers shall attract a whole new set of customers who desire the benefits of modern technology.”

The new premium executive Discovers come with unique LED DRL headlamps which is a category first in the executive segment. Apart from imparting a very stylish look to the bikes, they enhance safety by making them visible from a distance without any significant impact on fuel economy. The Discovers also carry an all new digital speedometer seen so far only in premium segment bikes.

Both Discovers come with new long stroke engines that pack in best in class torque and power. It makes the ride energetic and fun even in busy traffic conditions. The newly launched Discover 110 is equipped with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 115.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers a class leading 8.6 Ps power and 9.81 NM torque. On the other hand, Discover 125 is geared with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 124.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers a class leading 11 Ps power and 11 NM torque.

The Discover duo are also fitted with 16% longer suspensions and extra cushioned seats that add to the comfort of day to day rides.

Discover 110 will be available at a price of Rs 50,496 (Ex-showroom Maharashtra) while the Discover 125 will be available at a price of Rs 53,491 and Rs 56,314 for drum and disc version respectively (Ex-showroom Maharashtra).

Both the options will be available in three colours – Black, Red and Blue.

With the launch of the new Discovers, Bajaj Auto is also pleased to showcase the new 2018 version of its performance motorcycles:

The 2018 Dominars now come in 3 new vibrant colors inspired by the terrains conquered and the golden alloy wheels.
The new Avenger Cruise 220 and Street 220 now come with a more contemporary look while retaining it definitive classical family silhouette.
The special Pulsar Black Pack edition in 150, 180 and 220 cc with an all new mean black look and sporty white alloys.
Bajaj V with a stylish backrest that adds to the pillion comfort of this solid motorcycle

TVS Motor launches Matte Series for TVS Victor Premium Edition with additional features

TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two and three-wheelers in India, has introduced a new Matte Series for the TVS Victor Premium Edition including two new colours and additional features. The two new colours – Matte Blue (with white) and Matte Silver (with red) are complemented by chrome detailing on the visor and a dual tone beige seat.

To build on the aspirational value of the TVS Victor Premium Edition, the chrome detailing adds a touch of elegance to this executive motorcycle while the new Matte colours lend it a striking look. Launched in September 2017, the TVS Victor Premium Edition has already set a benchmark with its dynamic design language, class leading technology, fascinating interplay of attractive graphics and superior performance.

The new Matte Series on the Premium Edition preserves TVS Victor’s superior engine performance and delivers an excellent mileage of 72 km/l. It is powered by an advanced 3-valve Oil cooled engine, which is tuned to deliver the optimum combination of power and fuel economy. An electric start fires up the 4-speed powertrain to churn out 9.5 PS of power@ 7500 rpm with a torque of 9.4 Nm @6000 rpm.

In addition to these new colours, the Premium Edition of the motorcycle is available with a Disc brake and a variant in black colour with yellow graphics and red with gold graphics. The TVS Victor Matte series with these new features and colours has been priced at Rs. 55,890 (Ex-Showroom Delhi)

Hero Unveils The New Passion Pro, Passion Xpro And Super Splendor

In keeping with its aggressive product strategy, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, today unveiled three new motorcycles – the 125cc Super Splendor, the 110cc Passion PRO and the 110cc Passion XPRO.

Close on the heels of a record-breaking festive season, the Company is aiming to further augment its dominant market leadership through the launch of these new youthful, powerful, stylish, and efficient range of motorcycles.

There will be a phase-wise launch of the three motorcycles in the market, starting January 2018.

Hero MotoCorp is already the dominant leader in the 100-125cc segments with its popular brands – Splendor, Passion, HF Deluxe, Glamour, and Super Splendor.

Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said, “Over the recent past, we have strengthened our in-house product development capabilities at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT). Our new motorcycles deliver best-in-class performance, with advanced features and modern styling. We are also gearing up to launch multiple new exciting products across segments in the coming months.”

Mr. Malo Le Masson – Head of Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said, “With the launch of the new Passion PRO, Passion XPRO and Super Splendor, we are aiming to further consolidate our leadership in the 100-125cc segments. These new motorcycles come with bold styling and more power while still retaining their product DNA and will surely be appreciated by the customers. Now, we will shift our focus on premium motorcycles and aim to grow our market share in the premium segment.“

The New Passion PRO

Designed for today’s smart generation, the performance-oriented and boldly styled new 110cc Passion PRO is loaded with an array of convenience, safety and utility features, which integrate seamlessly to offer improved handling and a hassle-free riding experience. The modern appeal of the bike and best-in-class performance promises to offer an enhanced experience to the customers.

The new Passion PRO draws its unmatched performance from a BS-IV compliant 110cc TOD (Torque on Demand) engine, producing a maximum power output of 7.0 (9.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The fuel efficient and cleaner engine offers more usable power.

The motorcycle also features Hero’s intuitive i3S (Idle-stop-start system) and also offers 12% more power and torque than its previous generation. The bike races from 0-60 km/h in 7.45 seconds only.

The boldly styled motorcycle comes packed with a host of style elements including the new muscular Fuel Tank with Flush type Cap, modern & sleek signature rear Tail Lamp.

In addition, the motorcycle offers a slew of safety and utility features, such as, Digital-Analog meter with digital Fuel Gauge, trip meter, All Time Headlamp On (AHO) and side stand indicator.

Adding to the style quotient are the five bold metallic color schemes – Sports red- strong and bright, Black monotone- exciting and premium, Force silver metallic- bold and vibrant, Heavy grey metallic- sober and elegant, Frost blue metallic- cool and convenient. The motorcycle is available in both Drum and Disc variants.

The New Passion XPRO

The new sharper Passion XPRO offers the right mix of style, technology and best-in-class performance. Targeted at the youth, the motorcycle comes packed with a host of modern and stylish features, including the new sharper Fuel Tank with Flush fuel lid, dynamic shrouds, sporty real cowl, duel-tone mirrors, LED Tail Lamp and Digital-Analog meter with digital Fuel Gauge. All Time Headlamp On (AHO) offers superior visibility and safety.

The new motorcycle comes with a BS-IV compliant 110cc (Torque on Demand) engine, producing a maximum power output of 7.0 (9.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 9.0 Nm @ 5500 rpm.

The motorcycle also features Hero’s intuitive i3S (Idle-stop-start system) and also offers 12% more power and torque than its previous generation. The bike races from 0-60 km/h in 7.45 seconds only.

The motorcycle will be available in five premium dual-tone color palettes – Sports red with black – powerful and warm, Black with sports red – strong and popular, Black with techno blue – vibrant and youthful, Black with heavy grey – elegant and sober, Force silver with black – cool and bright. The motorcycle is available in both Drum and Disc variants.

The New Super Splendor

Targeted at young professionals, the new Super Splendor ticks all the right boxes with its best-in-class performance and stability. This is in addition to the trust, reliability and fuel efficiency that are distinct to the Splendor brand.

The powerful commuter comes with a new Air-Cooled, 4-stroke single Cylinder OHC 125cc TOD (Torque-on-Demand) engine that also features the highly efficient and proven Hero i3S technology. The engine produces a maximum power output of 8.4 (11.4) kW (PS) @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 11 Nm @6000 rpm.

The motorcycle offers 27% more power and 6% more torque than its previous generation. The bike reaches a maximum speed of 94 km/h.

The motorcycle also comes packed with a series of utility and comfort features, such as All Time Headlamp On (AHO), Side Stand Indicator, wider Rear Tyre, updated seat profile and side Reflector, largest under seat storage in class with additional storage in front under the tank etc.

To add to the style-quotient, the motorcycle comes with Chrome finish Muffler, sleek Tail Light, silver finish Side Cover, Trapezoidal Headlamp and Modern Graphics.

The new Super Splendor comes in five premium metallic colors – Black with purple graphics, Black with Fiery Red graphics, Black with silver graphics, Candy Blazing Red and Heavy Grey with Blue graphics.

Ashok Leyland Launches Captain Haulage and 3718 Plus Trucks in Mumbai

Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, and one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, launched Captain Haulage and 3718 Plus, the BS-IV trucks with iEGR (Intelligent Exhaust Gas Recirculation) engines in Mumbai today. Ashok Leyland also introduced Haulage Trucks with maintenance free Hubs i.e., with Unitized Wheel Bearings.

Present at the launch, Mr. Anuj Kathuria, President, Global Trucks, Ashok Leyland Ltd., said, “Ashok Leyland has been gaining customers’ trust across the country, across segments. This has been possible owing to our winning combination of products, our innovation-led technologies and our customer-first approach. Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, has been one of our key focus market and our customers here are seeing the value in investing in our products. As part of our strategy to further grow and strengthen our leadership, Captain Haulage and 3718 Plus will play an important role. Both will be leading from the front in delivering our brand promise of ‘Aapki Jeet. Hamari Jeet’ to our customers. The winning combination includes competitive price point, higher fuel efficiency, more payload and heavy duty aggregates resulting in lower operating cost, maintenance cost, better maneuverability and durability. All of this combined with our innovative iEGR technology, will help reduce operating costs for customers, resulting in higher profitability.”

The Captain Haulage trucks are especially designed to deliver higher uptime and faster turnaround time to meet the high productivity demands of the logistics industry. Captain is powered by the H series CRS engine with iEGR technology, and offers high initial pickup, superior driveability and unmatched fuel economy. With international styling and comfort and designed for the Indian operating conditions, the Captain offers the best-in-class cabin which is available in both AC and non AC versions. These vehicles also come with an essential safety feature, Frontal Crash Protection. This feature helps the vehicle to absorb the impact in case of an unfortunate incident of head-on collision and keeps the occupants of the vehicle safe. Captain Haulage Trucks are available in 25T, 31T & 37T GVW segments. The range is built for a wide number of applications like Market Load, Parcel, Tankers, Cement Bulkers and Containers.

3718 PLUS is latest addition in 37T segment which is one of the fastest growing segments in CV industry. This offers another 10% fuel savings, 225 kgs of more payload and 10% extra tyre life from new technology tyres. 3718 PLUS offer the best maneuverability through optimal overall length, 27.5 ft & 29.5 ft loading span options, and appropriate positioning of lift axle.

In Trucks with Unitized Wheel Bearings, grease is packed for life and no periodical hub greasing, end play adjustment or bearing replacement are required. It also helps in improving tyre life. Unitized Wheel Bearings are now available as an optional feature on 37T & 31T range and will expanded to other ranges progressivel