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    New Gen Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals – Spied During TVC Shoot In Rajasthan

    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals Edition Spied For First Time. Image – Power on WheelLaunch of the new gen Royal Enfield Classic 350 is expected to take place next month – TVC shoot is taking place in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
    Royal Enfield, a leader in the 350cc motorcycle segment, is currently having to deal with some competition in the form of the new gen motorcycles like Honda Hness CB350 and Jawa. Not only this, Yamaha and Suzuki have plans to enter this segment as well. To counter this rivalry, the company is working on a host of new products in the 350cc segment. The new Meteor 350 cruiser was introduced last year, while the next gen RE Classic 350 is all set for debut next month.
    Next Gen RE Classic 350
    The new gen Classic 350 has been spied in production ready avatar in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan by Power on Wheel. The leaked images and videos have drawn our attention to a number of features and mechanics which will be a notable upgrade over its current counterpart.
    The new Classic 350 will share its platform and engine specs with the Meteor 350 which is positioned on the new modular J1D platform. This new platform offers better ride quality on the Meteor 350 while the addition of a balance shaft reduces vibrations to a great extent.
    Where its design is concerned, the next gen Classic 350, will sport a similar retro theme with a flatter fuel tank design, smaller handlebars, mid set foot pegs, an upswept exhaust and rounded headlamps. It will also receive a twin pod semi digital instrument cluster with Tripper Navigation System. Take a look at the leaked video below.
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    It will also get an analogue speedometer with digital readout system for trip meter, odometer and fuel gauge, etc. On board features will also include dual channel ABS and new alloy wheels. Also seen is a revised tail lamp design and new double down tube frame, which it will share with the Meteor 350.
    It will be offered in single seat as well as dual seat option. Signals Edition, Desert Storm will also be on offer. New colours, as can be seen in the video above, will be offered via Royal Enfield smartphone customization app. Alloys will also be on offer.
    Engine, Suspension and Braking
    The next gen Classic 350 will share its engine with the Meteor 350. The 349cc, air/oil cooled, SOHC, single cylinder engine will make 20.4 hp power and 27 Nm torque, an improvement in power figures over its earlier 346cc engine that offers 19.1hp power. It receives telescopic forks in the front and dual shock absorbers at the rear and disc brakes on both wheels with ABS offered as standard.
    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Desert Storm
    Royal Enfield is likely to launch of the new gen Classic 350 next month. In June 2021, current Classic 350 sales registered a significant decline. It is possible that the company has already started production of new gen Classic 350 at their plant in Chennai and already discontinued production of current gen Classic 350. More

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    GM Sues Ford over BlueCruise Name For Hands-Free Driving Tech

    General Motors filed a lawsuit Friday in a California federal court accusing Ford of trademark infringement and unfair competition.GM says that the BlueCruise name that Ford chose for its hands-free driving technology is too similar to Super Cruise, GM’s driver-assistance system, and Cruise, GM’s autonomous vehicles division.Ford says that “cruise” is a common automotive term and that “it’s like GM trying to own the term ‘hybrid,’” providing a list of other companies with products that feature the word.In April, Ford announced that its hands-free driving system would be dubbed “BlueCruise” and would become available starting with 2021 model year F-150 trucks and Mustang Mach E crossovers. But General Motors has taken exception to Ford’s name choice. GM, along with its autonomous-taxi subsidiary Cruise, filed a lawsuit in a federal court in California on Friday in an attempt to prevent Ford from using the BlueCruise moniker, according to a report from Reuters.

    General Motors says the name infringes upon GM’s trademark for its own hands-free driving system, Super Cruise, as well as its trademark for Cruise, an autonomous vehicle subdivision. In the lawsuit, GM also accuses Ford of unfair competition, requesting that the court prevent Ford from using the BlueCruise name and for Ford to cover unspecified damages. GM said in a statement that the company “had hoped to resolve the trademark infringement matter with Ford amicably” but after failing to iron out the issue, GM had “no choice but to vigorously defend our brands and protect the equity our products and technology have earned over several years in the market.” In a statement, Ford defended its name choice, calling the lawsuit “meritless and frivolous” and contending that “drivers for decades have understood what cruise control is, every automaker offers it, and ‘cruise’ is common shorthand for the capability.” Ford also provided a list of other technologies that use the word cruise, such as Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control, contending that “GM has had zero issue with other ‘cruise’ names.” Ford compared this situation to GM trying to assert trademark ownership on a term such as hybrid or turbo.The lawsuit itself, as cited in Reuters, alleges malicious intent on Ford’s behalf, with GM arguing that “Ford knew what it was doing” and that “Ford’s decision to rebrand by using a core mark used by GM and Cruise will inevitably cause confusion.” GM originally announced the Super Cruise name back in 2012, with the technology first appearing in GM vehicles in 2017. The Cruise subsidiary has existed since 2013, with GM acquiring the self-driving brand in 2016.
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    2022 Chevy Traverse Prices Range from $34,895–$54,595

    Chevy has announced pricing for the refreshed Traverse three-row SUV.It now starts at $34,895 for the base LS trim level with a V-6 engine and front-wheel drive.The top trim remains the High Country, which starts at $52,395.The Chevy Traverse enters 2022 with a revised appearance and a higher starting price, as the base L trim level has been eliminated from the lineup and the 2022 Traverse LS now kicks things off at $34,895. That’s $3900 higher than the 2021 model’s starting price but just a $500 increase when comparing equivalent trim levels.

    All 2022 Traverse SUVs come standard with front-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while all-wheel drive is a $2000–$3800 option depending on trim level. The LT is one step above the LS and starts at $37,395 with cloth upholstery or at $41,095 with leather upholstery and other additional equipment.The Traverse RS features slightly sportier styling and starts at $45,395, while the Premier ($47,795) and High Country ($52,395) models bring in more luxury equipment. There is also a $995 Midnight/Sport appearance package available on the LS and LT.Like in other GM models, Chevy will be temporarily giving Traverse customers a $75 discount while models are being produced without a wireless phone charger due to the chip shortage. The refreshed Traverse was initially released as a 2021 model but GM then postponed the update until the 2022 model year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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    This 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition Is Listed on eBay for $150,000

    A four-door 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition finished in Area 51 is listed on eBay for $150,000. The sold-out First Edition was limited to 7000 units, and it starts at $62,605 for the four-door. The First Edition is powered by a 330-hp twin-turbo V-6 and comes with the Sasquatch package that adds 35-inch tires. Ford’s new Bronco has started shipping to reservation holders, and included in the nearly 200,000 reserved off-road SUVs is a batch of the limited-production First Edition model. The Bronco First Edition was limited to 7000 units, and they’re all accounted for, but someone has already listed one on eBay in Long Island, NY, for an absurd price of $150,000.

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    Yes, you read that right: That’s an $87,395 markup over the starting price of the fully loaded four-door model. This one is equipped with the hardtop and is finished in Area 51 with the First Edition–specific Dark Space Gray and Navy Pier interior. First Editions have unique hood and side graphics and come equipped with the Sasquatch off-road package, which includes 35-inch mud-terrain tires, locking front and rear axles, high-clearance suspension and fender flares, Bilstein dampers, and more. The Lux package also comes standard, which adds things like a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and a wireless charging pad.

    Bronco First Editions come with the optional 330-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. We recently tested a two-door Bronco First Edition, and it reached 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, making it quicker than a Wrangler Rubicon with Jeep’s 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which takes 7.4 seconds to get to 60 mph. Those who didn’t reserve a 2021 Bronco will have to wait until the 2022 model year to get their hands on the new off-roader unless they’re willing to pay this much to get the exclusive First Edition. This example has just 500 miles on the odometer, and we wish the seller—and the buyer—the best of luck. Of course, this wouldn’t be the most someone has paid for the new Bronco, as VIN001 was auctioned for more than $1 million at Barrett-Jackson earlier this year.
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    KTM 390 Duke Modified Into A Scrambler With 3D Printed Parts

    KTM Duke 390 Modified. Image – Bike ExifThe design of this modified KTM 390 Duke has been created on 3D software – Parts have been created using a 3D printer
    While aftermarket modifications of automobiles are not very uncommon in India (although it is not legal), only seldom do we come across a custom-built motorcycle that has been created using a 3D printer. This example of a KTM 390 Duke turned into a scrambler is one of those rarities.
    Interestingly, the project of building this custom bike has not been carried out by some experienced aftermarket workshop but by a Mumbai-based couple. Akash Das, a graphic designer in the advertising industry, and his wife Garima, also a designer, are responsible for creating something new out of a Duke 390.
    KTM Duke 390 Modified
    The couple designed the custom parts using 3D software and then 3D printed the prototype parts before outsourcing the machined bits. The Duke 390 used here is a 2018 model and a personal possession of Akash. In order to convert a naked streetfighter into a neo-retro scrambler meant that there needed to be structural modifications and not just cosmetic updates.
    Neo-Retro Scrambler Design
    Hence, a new subframe was designed which was bolted onto the existing mounting points but with a shorter and flatter layout. This gave the motorcycle a stubbier rear section along with a short rear fender and a new LED taillight providing it with a completely different look at rear. The rear fender also houses a custom luggage rack. All final machined components are made of aluminium.
    KTM Duke 390 Modified
    Further, the seat foam was designed in-house, then outsourced to be wrapped in synthetic leather. Upfront, the motorcycle features a JW Speaker-sourced LED headlight with a custom surround. The unit was first 3D printed and then the final part was machined from CNC 6061 T6 billet aluminum. Other components such as front sprocket cover, a taillight surround, a custom cowl and a fuel tank cover have been created from a similar process.
    KTM Duke 390 Modified
    The motorcycle now runs on 17-inch Akront spoked rims instead of alloy wheels which are shod by block pattern dual-purpose tyres from Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR. This gives the bike some off-roading characteristics. The front braking setup now features a petal rotor from Galfer, though the ABS system remains stock.
    More Details
    Akash has used a custom handlebar that is more upright and a radiator coolant overflow tank. Other custom-made parts include a front sprocket guard, a radiator guard, a bash plate and a sump guard that protects the engine while off-roading. The custom-built fuel tank was the trickiest of them all which required Akash to fabricate the entire piece in wood first before shaping the metal onto it.
    KTM Duke 390 Modified
    It took two years and lot of patience for Akash and Garima to complete this prototype. From learning of new design softwares to actually executing the same. The cost of the project is not shared. KTM currently retails Duke 390 at a price of Rs 2.82 lakh (ex-showroom). A new-gen model of the naked streetfighter is expected to make its debut in the coming months.

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    Suzuki Sales, Exports Breakup June 2021 – Access, Burgman, Gixxer, Hayabusa

    Image – Sinha SuzukiSales growth was reported across both domestic and exports – Suzuki Access being the best seller in India
    Total domestic sales increased 97.61 percent YoY to 40,474 units, up from 20,482 units sold in June 2020. Suzuki Access scooter was the most sold model in the company lineup in June 2021. Sales which had stood at 15,540 units in June 2020 increased 102.05 percent to 31,399 units in June 2021. Access scooter commands a 77.58 percent share in the company lineup.
    At No. 2 in terms of domestic sales was the Burgman, which also posted positive YoY growth. Sales increased 129.14 percent in June 2021 to 7,935 units. Thereafter, sales of Suzuki Access and Intruder dipped 86.14 percent and 90.38 percent to only 42 and 20 units respectively.
    Sales of these two models in the same month of the past year had stood at 303 and 208 units respectively. The Hayabusa and V-Strom also added a few units to total domestic sales. Interestingly, Hayabusa sales were more than that of Intruder.
    Suzuki exports for June 2021 increased 666.94 percent YoY to 9,188 units, up from 1,198 units exported in June 2020. In export markets it was the Gixxer, Burgman and Gixxer 250 that were most in demand. Gixxer exports increased 371.41 percent to 3,149 units in June 2021 up from 668 units sold in June 2020.
    Suzuki India Sales and Exports June 2021 vs June 2020 (YoY)
    Burgman shipments stood at 3,392 units, the highest percentage increase of 2,131.58 percent over 152 units shipped in June 2020. Gixxer 250 exports increased 293.81 percent to 827 units in the past month. Hayate, Intruder and Access also added some numbers to exports along with the Lets that saw an 85.71 percent export growth YoY from 168 units in June 2020 to 312 units in the past month.
    MoM Sales and Exports
    Suzuki Motorcycle India reported a 223.46 percent growth in terms of domestic sales. Sales which had stood at 12,513 units in May 2021, increased to 40,474 units in June 2021. Suzuki Access sales grew 223.50 percent MoM from 9,706 units sold in May 2021. This was followed by Burgman and Gixxer with domestic sales growth of 189.07 percent and 110 percent respectively.
    Sales growth was also reported for Intruder, Gixxer and Hayabusa with Gixxer MoM sales growth at 8,516.67 percent to 1,034 units in June 2021 up from just 12 units sold in domestic markets in May 2021. MoM exports increased 37.38 percent to 9,188 units, as against 6,688 units shipped in May 2021.
    Suzuki India Sales and Exports June 2021 vs May 2021 (MoM)
    In export markets it was the Gixxer and Burgman that were in top two spots. Gixxer exports dipped 10.64 percent to 3,149 units, while Burgman shipments increased 64.66 percent to 3,392 units MoM. Gixxer 250 also saw some growth with exports increasing from 552 units to 827 units MoM but thereafter, Hayate exports fell 16.67 percent to 400 units in June 2021 from 480 units exported in May 2021. Exports of Access scooter rose exponentially by as much as 7,566.67 percent to 920 units in June 2021 from 12 units exported in May 2021. More

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    Upcoming Bajaj Electric Motorcycles, Scooters Will Launch Under New Subsidiary

    Image for reference. Credit – Stalin K Raju
    Bajaj’s EV subsidiary will aim at improved efficiencies and better competencies against rivals
    At a time when EV space is undergoing rapid transformation, OEMs need to think and act proactively to stay ahead in the game. With that in mind, Bajaj Auto has decided to setup a separate wholly owned subsidiary for its EV business. The new entity will have access to dedicated resources and freedom to take decisions in line with evolving market dynamics. Assigning responsibilities will also become easier with the new subsidiary.
    Board approval
    In its communication submitted to Bombay Stock Exchange, Bajaj has stated that the board has provided its approval for setting up of a wholly owned subsidiary. The subsidiary will focus on harnessing opportunities in the mobility space. It will also define the roadmap that will be used to achieve desired goals and objectives. The subsidiary will manufacture a new range of electric scooters, electric motorcycles and hybrid vehicles that will include two, three and four-wheelers.
    The name of the subsidiary has not been announced yet. Bajaj is working on some names and a final decision is expected soon. The name will be announced once it gets approval from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The subsidiary will be setup with a proposed authorized capital of Rs 100 crore.
    Chetak expansion plans
    As of now, Bajaj has only Chetak in its EV portfolio. With significant interest from customers, Bajaj has plans to rapidly expand operations to more cities in the coming months. By 2021, it is targeted that Chetak will be available in 22 new cities. By end of this fiscal, the number would have increased to 40 cities.
    Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter
    At the time of its launch, Chetak was available in Pune and Bengaluru. The company recently added four more cities – Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mysore and Mangalore.
    Bajaj’s EV strategy indicates that the company is factoring in the threats as well as opportunities that exist in this space. As far as Chetak is concerned, its primary rivals include TVS iQube and Ather 450X. Both have been continuously expanding operations to newer cities across India.
    In the electric two-wheeler space, the biggest move till date is from Ola electric scooter. This is expected to be launched soon. Ola electric has turned out to be a huge hit with bookings of 1 lakh on first day itself. This is a new record in the country’s automotive history.
    Ola Electric’s mega plant in Tamil Nadu is currently under development. When fully complete, it will be capable of producing 10 million units per annum. The company will be targeting global markets as well to optimally utilize its production capacity. More

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    Honda Activa Converted To Electric Scooter – Starya Mobility EV Conversion Kit

    Honda Activa with Starya EV Conversion Kit
    With initial funding of Rs 2.1 crore, the startup will soon commence production of its innovative conversion kit
    In a development that can accelerate the transition to a fully-electric ecosystem, Starya Mobility claims that they have come up with India’s first electric propulsion kit for scooters. The kit will be used in combination with a swappable battery. It will be used to convert gearless petrol powered scooters into fully electric units. The kit has been developed after more than two years of extensive research.
    Mass conversion planned
    It’s true that electric two-wheeler sales are gaining momentum. However, they are still a fraction of sales of ICE powered two-wheelers. One also needs to consider the fact that there are millions of petrol-powered scooter users.
    Majority of these folks are unlikely to buy a new electric scooter anytime soon. Factors like high acquisition cost, range anxiety, battery life and hassles associated with charging often dissuade users from switching to electric.
    In view of these bottlenecks, Starya Mobility’s petrol to electric conversion kit seems like the right solution. One of the key benefits for users is that they will be able to convert their petrol scooter to electric at around half the cost of a new electric scooter. The conversion kit, which includes the battery, is available at a basic cost of Rs 39,000.
    Petrol to Electric Scooter Conversion Kit by Starya Mobility
    Moreover, the battery will be offered as a service. This will further reduce the cost of conversion kit. Another benefit is that running cost will be reduced to one-third. As compared to approx. running cost of Rs 3.10 per kilometre for ICE scooters, the conversion kit will reduce that number to around Rs 1 per kilometre.
    Starya Mobility is also building a large network of battery swapping stations. This should take care of any range anxiety that users may have. Another thing is that charging a scooter is not as easy as charging a mobile phone. A battery swapping network will take care of such issues. As the swappable battery will be available on subscription basis, there will be negligible impact on vehicle’s resale value.
    Starya Mobility conversion kit specs
    The kit includes a 6.0 KW PMSM motor connected to a 250A controller. The motor is an advanced unit that has been patented by the company. The motor has a top speed of 75 kmph and range of around 75-80 km on a full charge. The kit should allow users to achieve 0-40 kmph in 3.7 seconds.
    Starya Mobility petrol to electric conversion kit seems like a great idea. However, success will depend on how well it’s executed. Rising fuel prices can definitely work in company’s favour. But users will make the switch only when they are satisfied about quality of product and reliability of services offered. More