Yamaha’s first ever Scooter Boutique launched in India at Chennai

In a one of its kind of initiatives, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd today inaugurated its first Yamaha Scooter Boutique in India at Chennai, Tamil Nadu under the banner of its dealership “Bikerz”. A gallery of riding possibilities, Scooter Boutique will offer its customers a one stop solution to both scooters and fashion accessories through unique buying experience provided by a team of highly motivated professionals. The new Scooter Boutique covers an area of 3100 sq. ft. area for both sales and service and also provides a complete range of scooters of Yamaha available in India. Yamaha’s continuous endeavor to provide highest level of customer service to its scooter customers along with latest variants sporting the brand’s DNA of style, sportiness and innovation will open out in the fitting scale through the scooter boutique.

Over the years, Yamaha received rave reviews for its impressive range of products. Started with scooters in India since 2012 with its vision to grow as a personal mobility brand, Yamaha’s attractive line-up including the fashion scooter Fascino, new Alpha disc brake version for family riding, unisex scooter Cygnus Ray Z and Cygnus Ray – ZR for boys has revved countless hearts. Known as a brand for youngsters, Yamaha’s unique approach of product development ensured it doesn’t only deliver a technologically advanced two wheeler, but a prized possession that matches the traits of persona for today’s generation. The Scooter Boutique is aimed at further strengthening Yamaha’s commitment towards quality by promoting its scooters and engaging customers to canonize their individualistic sense of fashion. Scooter Boutique will also display ride props, safety training and supports etc. as Yamaha’s scooters offer style and comfort along with innovation and excitement.

Commenting on the launch of the Scooter Boutique, Mr. Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said, “Yamaha’s innovation in design and technology has contributed significantly to the modern era of motorcycling in the world. Similar engineering is also consumed to design Yamaha’s global scooter line up which offers comfort and excitement with every ride along with stylish and sporty visual appeal. India’s expanding scooter segment, which has been defining the growth trajectory for the domestic two-wheeler industry for quite some time, could now see a boost with more female customers. Yamaha’s Scooter Boutique, being the first of its kind in India as well as in the world, will bring out the global experience of exciting brand engagement and appropriate customer interface to let the Indian customers connect their scooter passion to the worldwide trend of scootering.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said, “Yamaha’s scooter boutique will host exciting experiences of buying and servicing which draws its true value when offered to the evolving customer base for scooters in India. Today’s customer shows enhanced engagement when they are offered finest hospitality in the buying zones. The boutique is aimed at creating a world class facility for Yamaha customers by focussing at their lifestyle which is now an extension of their personality. Also as a young brand, Yamaha’s connect with fashion and lifestyle (established through the fashion scooter Fascino) will be amplified through services of lifestyle enrichment and fashion cues. The boutique will offer style and comfort along with realistic purchase options based on comfort, riding skills and economy.”

Ducati launches the all new Scrambler Desert Sled in India

Ducati India today announced the launch of the Scrambler Desert Sled. Drawing its inspiration from the off-road bikes of the ’60s and ’70s that made US motorcycling history in the mountains and deserts of California, the Scrambler Desert Sled offers a unique incomparable style.

Equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, the EURO 4-compliant, twin-cylinder 803 cm3 air and oil-cooled engine delivers 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 68 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The updated homologation introduces a new throttle control and an all-new engine calibration that has made power delivery even smoother, especially at the bottom end of the rev range.

The modified frame and suspension, high mudguards (specially designed for this version), type-approved headlight mesh guard and engine skid plate lend to the off-road capability of the Scrambler Desert Sled.

The Scrambler Desert Sled is the natural evolution of the Urban Enduro version towards a more functional off-road style. It is also characterised by a new riding position thanks to the full 200 mm extended travel on the front and rear suspension, higher seat (a 20 mm low seat option is available as an accessory) and off-road style foot pegs with removable rubber pads.

The 19” front and 17” rear spoked wheels on the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled mount the new Pirelli SCORPION™ RALLY STR tyres that have been specially designed to combine the performance of a top-flight off-road tyre with that of an enduro street one.

Combining maximum stopping performance with minimalist styling, the Brembo braking system features a Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system with pressure sensor. The front wheel has a single 330 mm disc and a 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monobloc caliper while the rear features a 245 mm disc gripped by a 32 mm diameter piston caliper.

Sergi Canovas Garriga, Managing Director of Ducati India said, “We’ve introduced for the first time in India, a motorcycle in the ‘easy off-road’ category. Staying true to the Scrambler family and inspiration from the ’60s and ’70s, California motorcycle scene, the Desert Sled reinforces the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun. The bike is perfect for the city and to get off the tarmac and explore the road less travelled.”

In perfect Scrambler style, the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled also comes with a dedicated accessory and apparel line. The Scrambler Desert Sled is available in ‘Red Dusk’ and ‘White Mirage’ with black frame and spoked wheels with gold rims at INR 9,32,000 & INR 9,45,000 (Ex-showroom) respectively.

Prices for the Euro 4 version of the Scrambler Icon and Scrambler Classic start at INR 7,23,000 and INR 8,48,000 respectively. Bookings for Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, Icon and Classic (now available in Euro 4 version) are open and the motorcycles are available across all dealerships in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad and Kochi.

Honda Cars India Introduces ‘Privilege Edition’ of Honda Amaze

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, today announced the introduction of 2017 ‘Privilege Edition’ of its successful sedan Honda Amaze. The Privilege Edition comes enriched with advanced infotainment system, enhanced exterior and safety features.

· DIGIPAD – Revolutionary 17.7 cm Advanced Infotainment with audio, video and navigation system
· Privilege Edition Themed Premium Beige colour Seat Covers
· Centre Arm Rest for the driver
· Sophisticated Body Graphics
· Privilege Edition Emblem
· Rear Parking Sensors

DIGIPAD is a revolutionary 17.7 cm Advanced Infotainment with a lot of functions which will give a lot of fun to the driver and passengers. It features:
· In-built Satellite Linked 3D Navigation
· My storage Internal Media Memory 1.5GB
· Mirror Link support for Smartphone Connectivity
· Internet access for Browsing, Email and Live Traffic via optional Wifi Receiver
· Voice Commands for Media, Navigation and Calling
· Smartphone Voice Assistant Activation
· Bluetooth for Handsfree Telephone and Audio Streaming Support
· AM/FM Digital Radio Tuner, MP3/WAV, i-Pod/i-phone compatible
· USB slots (2 Nos), Micro SD Card Slots for Maps and Media (2 Nos.) & HDMI-IN port

The premium new seat covers offer a very comfortable seating and are highlighted by the ‘Privilege edition’ embossed on them. The newly offered Centre Arm Rest for the driver enhances the ease and comfort during every journey in the Amaze. The Rear Parking Sensors help in a safer and more convenient parking experience.

Speaking about the Privilege Edition of Amaze, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “Our endeavor has always been to offer best in class features to our customers & we are happy to offer the Privilege Edition of the Honda Amaze with Digipad for advanced infotainment. The new edition with its enhanced value is a compelling offer for our Amaze customers and is available as limited edition.”

The Honda Amaze ‘Privilege Edition’ offers advanced features, superior interiors and assertive styling, which sets it apart from all others in the segment. The limited edition is based on Amaze S(O) MT grade which has features like Dual Airbags, ABS (in Diesel Variant) , Power Adjustable ORVMs, Steering Mounted controls, Driver Seat Height Adjuster, Digital AC Controls, Premium Dual tone interiors and much more. The Privilege edition is priced Rs 10,000 over S(O) MT grade and is available at Ex-showroom New Delhi prices of INR 648,888 for Petrol and INR 773,631 for Diesel.

The Amaze has received overwhelming success in the Indian market ever since its launch, making it a strongly preferred family car in the Indian market. Its cumulative sales have crossed more than 2.4 Lakh since its launch in April 2013.

Suzuki Two Wheelers Styles The New Access 125 In Matte Colours

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, has launched a new stylish matte colour variant of the Access 125. The fresh, new colour provides a fashionable makeover to the flagship Suzuki scooter to appeal to the young trend conscious riders.

The special edition of Access 125 will now be available in elegant Metallic Fibroin Grey (PGZ) and Metallic Matt Black colours (YKV), giving the scooter a distinctive sporty appearance. The new colours will be an addition to the existing colour line up which includes Pearl Suzuki Deep Blue No.2 (YBA), Candy Sonoma Red (YHL), Pearl Mirage White (YPA), Metallic Matte Fibroin Grey (PGZ), Metallic Sonic Silver (YD8) and Glass Sparkle Black (YVB).

The New Access 125 is known for its leading features, superlative fuel efficiency and powerful performance which translates into a smooth ride.
The new colour variant of the Access 125 will be available with disc variant and the price shall be Rs 59,063 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Commenting on the new colour offerings, Mr. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, SMIPL, “Since its launch, the New Access 125 has been one of our most appreciated models. To celebrate monsoon and the upcoming festival season, we are introducing two new additional matte colours to widen the array of choices for our young customers. The refreshed Access 125, loaded with advance features, complies with our endeavor of crafting a stylish scooter which delivers a superior performance. We are confident that these new matte colours will find universal appeal and further strengthen our foothold in the segment.”

Skoda rolls out new Octavia at starting price of Rs15.49 lakh

Czech carmaker Skoda on Thursday launched an all-new version of its best selling sedan Octavia in India with price starting at Rs15.49 lakh (all India ex- showroom).

The car will be available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version comes with two engine options of 1.4 litre and 1.8 litre, priced between Rs15.49-20.89 lakh. The Octavia diesel is powered by a 2-litre engine and priced between Rs16.9-22.89 lakh across four variants.

“The Octavia is the heart of Skoda brand. Globally, it has sold over six million units in total. In India, it has sold over 90,000 units since 2001 when the company entered the market with the model,” Skoda Auto India director sales, service and marketing Ashutosh Dixit told reporters in New Delhi.

He said the new car will help further boost the company’s sales, which has witnessed 15% growth in January-June. Skoda Auto India sold 7,576 units during the first half of this year. “We plan to grow our sales 30% this year on the back of new products and further consolidate our position in the premium segment,” Dixit said.

The new Octavia is equipped with features such as hands-free parking, iBuzz driver fatigue alert and eight safety airbags. “While retaining its strong characteristics of space, all round comfort, safety and technology, the new Octavia will be a compelling proposition in its segment and will continue to drive Skoda’s success in India,” Dixit said. The new Octavia will take on Toyota’s Corolla Altis in the segment.

Tata Motors expands small commercial vehicle range

Tata Motors BSE 1.19 % today said it is expanding portfolio of its small commercial cargo vehicles under Ace brand with the addition of three new products priced between Rs 3.08 lakh and Rs Rs 4.78 (ex-showroom Mumbai).

The company is introducing ‘XL series’ in its Ace Mega, Ace Zip and Ace range, offering 15 per cent longer loading deck as compared to the standard versions, Tata Motors said in a statement.

“With the introduction of BS-IV compliant XL range of SCV (small commercial vehicles), we are offering a complete portfolio of last mile delivery solutions,” Tata Motors Head – Sales & Marketing (Commercial Vehicles) RT Wasan said in a statement.

These new additions will address the emerging needs for a safer, economical, and more reliable business transport solutions, he added.

With the implementation of GST, the hub and spoke model of transportation will become even more prominent, which in turn will fuel growth of both heavy duty trucks and last mile transportation SCVs, he added.

The company said Ace XL, with a payload of 710kg is priced at Rs 4.23 lakh, while Ace Mega XL that has a 1,000 kg payload is tagged at Rs 4.78 lakh. The Ace Zip XL with a payload of 600 kg will cost Rs 3.08 lakh ( all prices ex- showroom Mumbai).

“These will be available from tomorrow across all our 1,400 sales points across the country,” Wasan said.

Ever since its launch in 2005, the Tata Ace range has sold over 20 lakh units.

“We have been the leaders in the SCV segment and with the addition of these new XL series we are hopeful of strengthening our market share even further,” Wasan said.

Datsun India opens pre-bookings for the redi-GO 1.0L

Datsun India today announced the start of pre-launch bookings for the highly-anticipated Datsun redi-GO 1.0L from July 11.

Customers can pre-book their Datsun redi-GO 1.0L with a fully refundable down payment of INR 10,000 at Nissan and Datsun dealerships. Deliveries of the vehicles to new owners will commence from July 26, 2017.

Jerome Saigot, vice president, Datsun India said, “At Datsun, we are constantly striving to challenge the status quo and disrupt conventional thinking about the entry car segment in India. Today’s youth want a car that shows their personality with style, and redi-GO 1.0L is ready to meet their needs with more power and convenience.”

“With the positive customer responses to the redi-GO and redi-GO SPORT, we are delighted to offer the redi-GO version with a more powerful 1.0L engine. The redi-GO 1.0L with the iSAT engine is an ideal package for customers looking for attractive design, power and performance,” he added.

The Datsun redi-GO 1.0L is powered by the Intelligent Spark Automated Technology (iSAT) 1.0L three-cylinder fuel efficient engine, paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

Launched in India in June 2016, the redi-GO is a versatile car that combines the roominess, agility and efficiency of an urban hatchback with best-in-class ground clearance (185mm) and high seating position. Living up to its name, the Datsun redi-GO 1.0L brings together its best-in-class features with more power coming from the new engine.

Customers can also get more details about the redi-GO 1.0L on the ‘Datsun India App’ which can be downloaded from Google Play store. More details about Datsun India and its product range can be found at https://www.datsun.co.in/

Suzuki Two Wheelers Launches Let’s In Dynamic Dual Tone Colours

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, has unveiled new dynamic dual tone colour options for its scooter Let’s to make celebrations this festive season even more colourful.

The newly launched dynamic dual toned Let’s is now available in a combination of bright colours which include Royal Blue / Matte Black (BNU), Orange / Matte Black (GTW) and Glass Sparkle Black (YVB) which provides a fresh new look to the scooter. The new Let’s is powered by Suzuki comes with four stroke, fuel efficient 112.8cc BS1V engine with cutting edge SEP technology to provide a powerful and comfortable ride.

The new dual toned Let’s post GST will be retailed at Rs. 48,193 (Ex Showroom, Delhi).

Commenting on the launch of the new dual tone Let’s, Mr. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, SMIPL, said “The Let’s has always made a strong statement as a fuel efficient, performance oriented, and trendy scooter. The new Let’s in Royal Blue / Matte Black (BNU), Orange / Matte Black (GTW) and Glass Sparkle Black (YVB) dynamic dual toned colours will build on the scooter’s style quotient and further enhance the brand appeal. We constantly endeavour to bring in new variety to our products and offer the best features to our customers. We are confident that this new colour proposition will be a popular choice amongst our discerning young customers.”

Mercedes-Benz launches the suave and vibrant new GLA

Mercedes Benz has strengthens its product portfolio by launching the suave and vibrant new GLA. Refreshed with dynamic design and powerful appearance, the new GLA comes in three Engine Variants ~ GLA 200, GLA 200 d, GLA 220 d.

  • Dynamic exterior highlights – The new GLA features a typical breadth emphasizing SUV design with athletic shoulders for a powerful and harmonious impression
  • Energetic Performance: The GLA 220 d 4MATIC features a 2,143 inline 4 engine with an output of 125 kW and a torque of 350 Nm capable of sprinting from 0-100 in a mere 7.7 seconds
  • Motorized by the 7G Dual Clutch Transmission, the GLA ensures rapid gear shifts, in turn enhancing the driving performance without compromising on fuel efficiency
  • 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels | Twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim elements integrated into the bumper
  • Better illumination – LED High Performance headlamps with fiber optics and tail lights with a crystal look and innovative reflector technology
  • Ambient Lighting in 12 colours: 12 different colours | 5 dimming levels | Lighting with full LED technology
  • Versatile color portfolio: Mountain Grey, Cirrus White, Polar Silver Metallic and a new Canyon Beige exterior paint option
  • Urban Package brings out the sportiness of the vehicle with some high-quality highlights and chrome elements

Piaggio Group’s Vespa and Aprilia SR 150 set to make its mark in Sri Lanka

Piaggio Group is delighted to announce the launch of its premium and innovative brands Vespa and Aprilia SR 150 in Sri Lanka, symbolizing elegance, sophistication and style. Vespa is a timeless icon which is classy and irreverent on the other hand, the Aprilia bikes are known for their undisputed racing heritage and are amongst the most technologically advanced bikes in the market. Premium to the core these Piaggio brands represent the Italian style and deliver the unmatched riding experience through technology and performance.

Sri Lankan youth is aspiring to own and experience the international, premium and performance brands. With its distinctive, innovative brands Italian premium two wheeler manufacturer Piaggio aims to replicate the Indian success story in the Sri Lankan market serving the emerging need of the aspiring youth of Lanka catering to the desires of the biking enthusiasts, imparting uniqueness and creating a differentiated image to its riders.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO – PVPL said, “Both Aprilia and Vespa have created a benchmark in the two-wheeler segment in India and now the bikes are set to make their debut in Sri Lanka. It is indeed a matter of pride for the Piaggio Group that our marquee products will be available in a new market like Sri Lanka. We hope to further enhance our positioning in the Indian Sub-Continent with this launch. The accolades that the bikes have received in India and other International markets, are an inspiration for introducing more innovative products in the future.”

Brand Model Ex Showroom Price – Sri Lanka LKR
Vespa LX 325008
VXL 366991
SXL 125 384726
ELE 125 401012
VXL 150 395222
SXI 150 410422
SXL R 150 418747
Aprilia SR 150 331954
SR 150 Race 339485