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    Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter Sales At 1,337 Units In 2020 – TVS iQube At 290

    Bajaj Chetak
    Production of Bajaj Chetak electric scooter was stopped in Dec due to shortage of semi-conductor chips

    Even as the Chakan plant commenced production from June onwards, last month production again came to a standstill due to a global shortage in supply of semi-conductors / chips. 0 units of Bajaj Chetak were manufactured in Dec 2020. Sales were down to just 3 units in Dec 2020. This is also the first time TVS iQube sales have been higher than that of Bajaj Chetak since launch.
    Total sales in the year 2020 stood at 1,337 units for Chetak. In comparison, TVS iQube sales were at 290 units for the same period. Bajaj Auto expects to overcome these issues and once again resume production over the next 2-3 months. The company has now announced plans to open up bookings in 24 new cities during the period April 2021 and March 2022.
    Registrations Cross 50k
    Even as the Bajaj Chetak e-scooter is only on sale in the two cities of Bengaluru and Pune, registrations have hit the 50,000 mark. Registrations are not same as booking. It does not involve any payment. Interested buyers who submit their name and number either via online website or at the dealership, is considered as a registration.
    Production Constraint And New Plant
    Earlier this year too, Bajaj had production issues with Chetak. Bajaj Auto relies on its supply of battery cells coming in from Wuhan and the mandatory lockdown and further constraints lead to issues in the supply chain.
    Bajaj Chetak Sales vs TVS iQube in 2020
    Plans are afoot to commence manufacturing of the Chetak e-scooter to capacity once these issues are sorted. Apart from that, the company is working on setting up a brand new plant in Chakan, near Pune. The facility will commence production from 2023 and will be utilized for the manufacture of high end bikes from KTM, Husqvarna and Triumph motorcycles along with the Chetak.
    Bajaj Chetak e-Scooter
    The Bajaj Chetak is priced at Rs.1 lakh. Presented in two variants – Urbane and Premium and six colour options, the Chetak is currently on sale via 13 dealerships in Bengaluru and 4 dealerships in Pune.
    The Chetak e-scooter receives an all metal body with a circular headlamp, alloy wheels and keyless ignition. Its fully digital instrument panel reveals information on battery range and real time battery indicator while the scooter rides on 12 inch wheels.
    Bajaj Chetak is powered by an IP67 rated, 3 kWh lithium ion battery offering 5.36 bhp peak power and 16 Nm peak torque. It receives two modes of Eco and Sport with range of over 95 kms in Eco mode and 85 km in Sport model when fully charged.
    Suspension is via single sided trail link in the front and rear single shock. The company offers a 3 year/50,000 km warranty with the Bajaj Chetak. The Pune based automaker also claims that the life of the battery is around 70,000 kms and has been tested under varying road and weather conditions. More

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    2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Makes Global Debut – 10 Kgs Lighter

    2021 Triumph Speed Triple RS
    Triumph will soon launch Tiger 850 Sport and Trident 660 in India

    Triumph Motorcycles has officially revealed its India-bound hyper naked motorcycle Speed Triple 1200 RS today. Earlier this month, the British two-wheeler brand has teased the upcoming bike through a video which barely revealed it in its actual form.
    However, with this global unveil, the company has revealed each and every detail regarding naked street racer barring its price. First introduced in 1994, Speed Triple has been one of the most capable litre-class naked motorcycles in its segment. Last iteration of the naked streetfighter, Speed Triple 1050, has not received any updates as of late, thus making it a bit outdated.
    Updated Design
    Hence, an updated Speed Triple would certainly help Triumph reclaim its prosperity in the litre-class naked segment. The bike gets a new twin-headlamp setup is which is complemented nicely by integrated eyebrow-shaped LED DRLs which give it an angry-looking face. The LED headlamps are similar to the ones present in Street Triple R/RS which are currently on sale in India.
    Another design highlight is the new LED taillight which is starkly different from the one in Speed Triple 1050 RS. What remains to be seen is whether or not this new Triumph Speed Triple will feature a high mount with twin exhaust setup which will add a sense of distinction to it. Although we do know that this naked speedster is going to be equipped with a carbon fibre mudguard and gold-finished USD forks at front from Ohlins that should be fully adjustable.
    2021 Triumph Speed Triple RS
    Rear mono-shock too has been sourced from Ohlins and offers preload and damping movability. A single-sided swingarm should also find its presence in the new Speed Triple RS. Triumph has ditched the last generation Speed Triple’s steel Trellis frame in favour of a cast aluminium chassis. The British bikemaker has also opted for freshly designed 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
    Features on offer
    Since it is a flagship product, Triumph has equipped the new-gen Speed Triple RS with loads of gizmos and electronic aids. This includes a fully-digital 5-inch TFT instrument cluster with Bluetooth as well as MyTriumph connectivity suite. The electronic package comprises throttle-by-wire, multiple ride modes, cruise control, traction control, GoPro controls and navigation. Other features on offer include full LED lighting, full keyless system and a quick-shifter.
    Performance
    Coming to its most crucial aspect- performance, the ‘1200’ moniker clearly indicates a  larger powertrain is employed. The latest iteration of Speed Triple RS is powered by a 1160cc triple-cylinder which delivers an output of 178 bhp at 10,750 rpm and 125 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a silp and assist clutch for quicker and smoother shifts.
    2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
    For reference, the older 1050cc triple-cylinder motor churned out 148 bhp at 10,500rpm and a peak torque of 117 Nm at 7,150rpm. Surprisingly, this new 1160cc unit is lighter than the older 1050cc unit by 7kg which results in an incredible jump of 25% in its power to weight ratio.
    2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
    Prices of the naked streetfighter are yet to be announced although one can expect the new Speed Triple 1200 RS to be priced at a slight premium over Speed Triple 1050 RS. This motorcycle will find its way to India later this week. The British brand is also focussed on the launch of Tiger 850 Sport and Trident 660 in the country, bookings of which have started already. More

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    Yamaha Sales, Exports Break Up Dec 2020 – FZ, Ray, Fascino, R15, MT15

    Yamaha India Scooters
    Yamaha Motor India clocked domestic sales of 39,224 units in December 2020, 33 percent growth as compared to 29,486 units soldin Dec 2019

    Yamaha Motor India currently retails Fascino, Ray ZR and Ray ZR Street Rally scooters and motorcycles which include R15 Version 3.0, MT15, FZ FI and FZS FI Version 3.0 along with the FZ 25 and FZS 25. Significant sales growth for this two wheeler maker has been seen over the past 6 months since July 2020.
    Even as the rest of the segment was facing certain restrictions in view of constraints in part supplies and other limitations. The company expects overall demand to grow through 2021 owing to increase in demand for personal mobility.
    Yamaha Domestic Sales
    Along with reporting a 33.03 percent YoY sales growth, Yamaha Motor India did see a drop in volumes of 13,984 units or 26.28 percent, when compared to 53,208 units sold in November 2020.Sales in the past month saw the FZ, Ray, R5, MT15 and FZ25 post sales growth.
    FZ sales surged 45.78 percent to 14,161 units, up from 9,714 units sold in Dec 2019. FZ25 saw the most growth of 1,404.35 percent from 23 units sold in Dec 19 to 346 units in Dec 20. MoM sales dipped from 53,208 units sold in Nov 20 with only the FZ25 posting sales growth of 22.26 percent.
    Yamaha India Sales Dec 2020
    Yamaha FZ Most In Demand In Global Markets
    YoY exports ended on a negative note with a 29.73 percent de-growth to 19,907 units as against 28,331 units exported in Dec 19. MoM exports were however more encouraging, up 32.41 percent as compared to 15,034 units exported in Nov 20.
    The Yamaha FZ was the most exported model in the company lineup followed by the Crux and FZ25 while MoM exports of the Yamaha Saluto RX surged as much as 2,100 percent from 36 units exported in Nov 20 to 792 units in Dec 20.
    Yamaha Alpha scooter also noted positive sales both in terms of YoY and MoM exports with dispatches to global markets up 20 percent to 336 units in Dec 20 up from 280 units in Dec 19 and from 112 units exported in Nov 20.
    Yamaha India Exports Dec 2020
    It was at the end of last year that Yamaha introduced the ‘Test Ride My Yamaha’ campaign to spread awareness on the several safety and technology updates on its 125cc scooters like the Fascino 125 Fi, RayZR 125 Fi and RayZR Street Rally 125 Fi. This 125cc range of scooters come in with features such as engine start/stop system, smart motor generator, side stand engine cut off switch and front disc brake with unified braking system.
    Yamaha Motor India is also planning an entry into the electric bike segment so as to compete against the Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450x. The company currently sells the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan and could bring this model to India with some modifications so as to suite ride conditions in the country. More

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    SVM Prana Electric Motorcycle Launch Price Rs 1.99 L – 126 Kms Range

    Image – Karthik
    Interested buyers can book the SVM Prana through the company’s official website at a token amount of Rs 1,999

    Coimbatore-based electric vehicle startup Srivaru Motors (SVM) has launched its high-speed electric motorcycle Prana in India. The electric bike will be offered in three variants- Class, Grand and Elite out of which the latter two have hit the markets as of now. Deliveries of the electric bike are expected to commence from March 2021 onwards.
    SVM is the brainchild of Mohanraj Ramasamy who has previously worked with multiple projects across the world including a one involving Tesla Inc. New Prana e-bike has been largely aimed at the commuter customer segment. It will directly square off with Kridn electric bike and the upcoming Ultraviolette F77.
    Price and Finance Options
    The electric bike had been priced at Rs 2.0 lakh and Rs 3.0 lakh for Grand and Elite trims respectively. However, the brand is currently offering a discount of up to Rs 25,000 SVMCSR Green credit.
    To avail this discount, consumers have to plant ten tree saplings in different places and send the required proof of it to the company. The EV startup has also announced attractive financing plans for the all-electric bike which turns out to be an EMI of Rs 5,200 per month which after three years gets limited to just electricity bills.
    SVM Prana Electric Motorcycle
    Powertrain Specs
    Coming to the bike’s specifications, it is powered by a bub mounted intelligent air-cooled BLDC motor which draws its power either from a 4.32 kW or 7.2 kW 72 Volt Lithium-ion battery pack.
    It can clock a top speed of 123 kmph which puts it against the 150cc bikes powered by conventional fossil fuels. The Grand trim powered by the lower-spec battery offers a claimed single-charge range of 126 km while the higher-spec Elite derivative is offered with the more powerful battery which claims a range of 225 km in a single charge.
    Features on offer
    Prana could do a 0-60 kmph sprint in just 4 seconds and is offered in four driving modes– Practice, Drive, Sports and Reverse. Practice mode is specific to new riders where top speed has been capped at 45 kmph while top speed in Reverse mode has been limited to 5 kmph.
    SVM Prana Electric Motorcycle
    The motorcycle is based on a Steel Double Cradle Tube frame and is suspended on telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock absorber at rear. It tips the weighing scale at 165kg.
    SVM is privately funded by the investor community of Tamil Nadu and the brand claims it has obtained selective investments from people who are focused on developing a quality product for long-lasting customer relationships.
    The company currently has an experience centre established in Coimbatore with new such centres coming up in Kozhikode, Madurai, Tirupur, Trichy, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Dindigul. It has confirmed that the startup will be expanding its footprint in India to other places such as Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. More

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    Hero MotoCorp Planning To Launch An Electric Car In India

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    On the occasion to mark production of 100 million units, Hero MotoCorp launched six special celebration edition models

    World’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp recently clocked its 100th million production unit in the form of new Xtreme 160R. The company has a selling capacity of 5 lakh units on a monthly basis at any given period. Going forward, the homegrown manufacturer has revealed its plans for future.
    The first major announcement made was that Hero MotoCorp would be launching ten new two-wheelers every year for the next five years. In addition to expanding its global footprint, the company will be launching new motorcycles and scooters under its vision ‘Be the Future of Mobility’.
    Plan For Future – Electric car?
    Hero MotoCorp has shared its plans with Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO, Hero MotoCorp addressing a large audience including customers, dealers, investors, suppliers, distributors, employees and media. Munjal summarised the company’s plan and vision for the next five years. During this period Hero MotoCorp will further aim to consolidate its numero uno position in the Indian market and expand its footprint on global markets.
    The company will be launching new, exciting and relevant products during this period and at the same time continue working on innovative product concepts. In the next five years, Hero will be launching ten products every year including variants, upgrades and refreshes. This includes both motorcycles and scooters.
    Hero Quark 1 electric 3 wheeler concept
    In an interview with Times of India, Dr Munjal also stated that Hero MotoCorp does not intend to be limited only to the two wheelers space. We have already seen their 3 wheeler electric concept Quark1 – which is a brainchild of their internal startup called Hero Hatch.
    Hero MotoCorp has a part, which is consistently working to be the future of mobility. Hero is not the first two wheeler company to dabble in the four wheeler space. Earlier, Yamaha has also suggested that they might enter the electric car space.
    Hero Manufacturing Facilities
    Currently, the brand has eight manufacturing facilities in India out of which six of them are in India and one each in Bangladesh and Colombia. In India, these facilities are located in Neemrana in Rajasthan, Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Halol in Gujarat and Gurgaon and Dharuhera in Haryana. Operations in the sixth plant at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh began last year.
    Production capacities per annum at each facility are as follows- 1.7 mn at Haridwar, UK; 2.1 mn at Dharuhera, Haryana; 2.1 mn at Gurgaon, HR, 1.1 mn at Neemrana, Rajasthan; 1.8 mn at Vadodara, Gujarat; and 1.8 mn at Chittoor, AP. Its newest plant will hit full capacity in three phases.
    Hero’s Partnership With Harley Davidson
    The next five years will also hold significance to its partnership with American bike icon Harley Davidson as well after the latter quit independent operations in India last year. Higher pricing, wrong product portfolio and marketing strategy adopted by Harley were a few reasons cited by many for the company’s slow sales in the country which made it call quits.
    As part of this non-equity partnership with Harley Davidson, Hero MotoCorp will sell and develop models under the former’s brand name in India. Harley even released a new AD film last month titled “H-D India Forever” which assured its customers of its presence in the country in future as well.
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    Bajaj Pulsar 250 Launch In 2021 – To Be Cheaper Than Dominar 250

    Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Image – MRD Vlogs
    Bajaj Auto currently retails six iterations of Pulsar in different engine configurations including 125cc, 150cc, 160cc, 180cc, 200cc and 220cc

    Bajaj is working on the development of its next generation of Pulsar bikes which will be powered by a 250cc engine. This will expand the bikemaker’s most popular range of motorcycles in India. Although no exact launch timelines have been confirmed yet, the new bikes are expected to hit showrooms sometime later this year.
    Latest reports suggest that the new Pulsar 250 will be offered in both naked sport and racing sport iterations, i.e., NS250 and RS250 respectively. These motorcycles will share most of their mechanical with KTM 250 Duke as they will utilise the latter’s platform as well as engine.
    Bajaj manufactures the quarter-litre naked streetfighter for the Austrian bikemaker in India at its Chakan-based facility near Pune, Maharashtra. While the fully-faired RS250 will rival the likes of Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, the naked street NS250 will lock horns with Yamaha FZ250 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. Both motorcycles will sport revised styling and will be equipped better in terms of features in comparison to their Pulsar 200 counterparts.
    New features onboard are likely to include a new LED headlight and all-digital instrument console with colour display and Bluetooth connectivity. Bajaj is also likely to offer new smartphone connectivity tech with these new bikes.
    Bajaj Dominar 250
    Engine Specification
    Coming to their powertrain specs, NS250 and RS250 will draw their power from a 248.8cc, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which also powers KTM 250 Duke, 250 Adventure and Bajaj Dominar 250. This unit is capable enough to produce 29 bhp at 8500 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm.
    Although in Dominar this unit is slightly detuned to return an output of 27 bhp and 23.5 Nm of torque in order to suit its cruiser-friendly nature. This powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
    Hardware Configurations
    The new Pulsar range of bikes will offer slightly more torque at lower end in order to meet its city commuting requirements. A slipper clutch along with a dual-channel ABS is also expected to be offered as standard. Unlike Dominar 250, the new Pulsar NS250 and RS250 are not likely to be equipped with upside-down USD forks at front. It will get a preload adjustable mono-shock unit at rear. The suspension setup will be slightly tweaked for a sportier ride.
    Both Pulsar NS250 and RS250 are expected to be priced between Rs 1.60-1.80 lakh (ex-showroom) upon its launch in India. NS250 will be cheaper than Dominar 250 while RS 250 will be more expensive than Dominar 250, but cheaper than KTM Duke 250. Earlier, reports also suggested that Bajaj is also working on the development of an all new Pulsar AS 250 Adventure.
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