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    Ather Electric Scooter Delivery Promised In 3 Weeks – Via Full Payment Option

    Ather 450X
    Buyers will be assured of a buyback value of Rs. 85k for the 450X and Rs 75k for the 450 Plus; after a three year period

    Ather 450X and 450 Plus electric scooters are now set to be delivered to customers who have made pre-bookings. A new window is being opened for these patrons to complete their payment formalities while deliveries are promised from mid November.
    Today, Ather announced the opening of full payment option for both their scooters – 450X and the 450 Plus. Once you have made the full payment, Ather has guaranteed delivery within 3 weeks period. This payment option is only launched in Bangalore and Chennai. Other cities are expected to get this option at a later date. 450X is priced at Rs 1.59 lakhs while the 450 Plus is priced at Rs 1.4 lakhs.
    4 Subscription Packs
    There are 4 subscription plans on offer. These include Ather Connect Lite for basic connected features and include a periodic maintenance. Ather Connect Pro, Ather Service Lite and Ather Service Pro are the other three options.
    Customers opting for Ather Service Lite benefit from periodic maintenance packs along with road side assistance and labor chargers. Ather Service Pro assures premium service experience and free charging via the Ather Grid till March 2021.
    Ather in Delhi
    Ather Leasing Options and Assured Buy Back
    Ather Energy has also introduced new leasing options for the 450X scooter for which it has partnered with Autovert, a Bengaluru based automotive financing firm. These start at down payment options of Rs.25,000 going up to Rs.60,000 while monthly rentals along with service and insurance starts off at Rs.3,900. Customers can exit this scheme after one year or retain the same while they also have a choice to surrender the vehicle after a three year lease period.
    Where the buy-back scheme is concerned, Ather Energy promises a maximum of Rs.85,000 on the Ather 450X after a period of three years while on the Ather 450 Plus this figure stands at Rs.75,000. The company has put a limit on mileage at 30,000 kms.
    Variants, Features, Battery Specs
    Ather 450X is offered in Plus and Pro variants. It receives a 7 inch touchscreen offering readouts, etc. There is also an Android based open source operating system with features such as map navigation and on board diagnostics, Bluetooth for music and access to incoming calls, and 4G connectivity via an in-built e-sim card.
    Ather 450X is capable of three riding modes of Eco, Ride and Sport while there is also a Wrap mode allowing the scooter to accelerate from 0 to 40 km/h in 3.29 seconds. The 450X also sports parking assist system with reverse and forward mode, under-seat illumination with 22 liter storage and regenerative braking.
    The Ather 450X EV also gets dedicated app for directing riders to the closest charging station, view vehicle statistics, save locations and store documents. Battery specs include an IP67 rated 2.9 kWh lithium ion battery pack offering 8 hp power and 26 Nm torque. This allows the scooter to reach a top speed of 80 km/h and riding range of 85 km on single charge.
    Network Expansion
    Plans are afoot to introduce the scooter in Delhi by Diwali while the company continues to expand its charging infrastructure with 135-140 public charging points to be added which will continue to offer customers free charging till 31st March 2021. Other plans for FY 2021 include expansion to 15-16 cities taking launch plans to 25 cities across India by the end of that year.
    There is also a new plant coming up in Hosur, Tamil Nadu by the end of this year. Exports prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic were planned to countries of South East Asia, Europe and Latin America. These plans are back on track though what was expected to take 12 months could now take upto 2 years. More

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    Top 10 150cc to 200cc Motorcycles Sep 2020 – Pulsar, Apache, Hornet, Xtreme

    New Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS
    Bajaj Pulsar continues to be the leader in the segment with over 25% market share for Sep 2020

    With consumer sentiments improving across the country during the on-going festivities, two-wheeler segment has registered strong sales in recent months. While commuter bikes lead in volumes, the 150cc to 200cc segment has also been witnessing strong demand. The latter offers a number of options to folks who want to experience performance-oriented biking.
    In the 150cc to 200cc segment, a total of 1,82,075 units were sold in September. This translates into an impressive 78.98% YoY growth, as compared to 1,01,731 units sold in September last year. MoM growth is also positive at 14.81%. In August 2020, total sales stood at 1,58,593 units.
    Bajaj Pulsar tops the list
    One of the popular bikes in the country, Pulsar continues to maintain its dominance in the 150cc – 200cc segment. Bajaj currently offers five Pulsar bikes in this range – Pulsar 150, NS160, 180F, NS200 and RS200.
    A total of 46,041 units were sold in September, which is YoY gain of 33.78%. Sales during the corresponding period last year were 34,415 units. Pulsar MoM growth is 20.68%, as compared to 38,151 units sold in August 2020.
    Top selling 150cc to 200cc segment motorcycles Sep 2020 vs Sep 2019 YoY
    TVS Apache takes the second spot with a total of 37,788 units sold in September. YoY gain is 26.41%, as compared to 29,894 units sold in September last year. MoM growth is 12.67%, as compared to 33,540 units sold in August 2020. Apache range currently has Apache RTR 160, RTR 160 4V, RTR 180, RTR 200 4V and RTR 200 FI E100. These are among the popular performance bikes in the country.
    At number three is Honda Unicorn 160 with 31,242 units sold in September. As may be recalled, the BS6 version of this bike was launched earlier this year in February. MoM growth is a decent 6.12%, as compared to 29,441 units sold in August 2020. One of Honda’s bestselling motorcycles, Unicorn 160 recently achieved the milestone of having more than 2.5 million users.
    Top selling 150cc to 200cc segment motorcycles Sep 2020 vs Aug 2020 MoM.
    Yamaha FZ is at fourth place with a total of 20,184 units sold in September. YoY gain is 25.37%, as compared to 16,100 units sold in September last year. MoM gain is 12.96%, as compared to 17,868 units sold in August 2020. Yamaha FZ-FI and FZS-FI are popular for their aggressive looks, hi-tech features and relatively affordable pricing.
    Hero Xtreme 160R takes the fifth place with 12,930 units sold in September. MoM gain is 7.42%, as compared to 12,037 units sold in August 2020.
    Only two bikes with negative YoY growth
    Other 150cc-200cc bikes in top ten list include Honda Hornet 2.0 (launched in August), Honda X Blade, Bajaj Avenger, Yamaha R15 and Yamaha MT15. Among all bikes, the ones with negative YoY growth are R15 (4,696 units; -31.74%) and Suzuki Gixxer (1,955 units; -56.81%). KTM 200 is placed at eleventh place with 2,842 units sold in September. The numbers for Hero Xpulse 200 and Suzuki Intruder are 1,398 and 259 units, respectively. Also read – Top selling 200cc to 500 cc Motorcycles Sep 2020 More

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    Royal Enfield’s Siddhartha Lal Rides Meteor 350 – Front Revealed

    Siddhartha Lal with Royal Enfield Meteor 350
    Meteor 350 is built on a completely new platform and will come equipped with new features as offerings

    Royal Enfield Meteor 350 had already generated quite a bit of buzz even before its official launch and it was bound to happen. For a bike so highly anticipated since its inception, numerous delays in launch have only heightened the anxiety levels of audiences especially Royal Enfield lovers.
    Just this week, the bikemaker announced its official launch date through a launch invite teaser featuring Royal Enfield CEO Vinod K Dasari. With its launch set for November 6, RE has shared multiple new teasers today of the upcoming retro-cruiser on its various social media handles.
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    This has certainly peaked the excitement to another level. These new 15-second teasers, gives a brief glimpse of the upcoming bike, and of course the exhaust note. In addition to this teaser, Royal Enfield’s Boss, Siddhartha Lal has shared his own blog – where he explains the idea behind Meteor 350. In this, he is also seen riding the upcoming Meteor 350 on the open roads. The image also gives a clear look at the bike’s front end.
    Cruising Legacy of Royal Enfield
    The image shows typical round headlamps, round turn indicators and large windscreen suggesting the bike in this pic is top-spec trim. Lal has also gone on to explain the evolution of Meteor 350 and the brand’s cruiser motorcycles over the years. It all started in the 1980s when Royal Enfield developed Citybike which was the birth of quintessential American style cruiser bikes in India.

    This was followed by Lightning 535 in the 1990s which came with a very powerful 535cc engine and became an instant hit. However, the cruiser revolution was truly started with the advent of Thunderbird in 2002. It was a revolution in the truest sense since Royal Enfield for the first time offered a new 5-speed gearbox and moved the gear-shifting to the right side of the bike. This attracted a new set of audiences who wanted to upgrade to a cruiser bike.
    A more aggressive and sporty derivative of Thunderbird was launched in 2018 named Thunderbird X, aka TBX. The Thunderbird range of motorcycles was discontinued earlier this year and will be replaced by Meteor 350. Lal further goes on to say that the introduction of Meteor 350 adds a whole new chapter to the brand’s legacy as it comes with many firsts such as a brand new platform, a new powertrain and many new features. You can read his full blog here.
    Meteor 350 Estimated Price
    As discussed on many previous occasions, the Metro 350 will be offered in three variants- Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. It will be powered by a 349cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which generates 20 bhp and a peak torque of 27 Nm. When it comes to price, it is expected to be pegged competitively between Rs 1.60 lakh and Rs 1.80 lakh (both prices ex-showroom). It will directly compete with Honda H’Ness CB350. More

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    Triumph Trident 660cc Roadster Debuts – India Launch 2021 As CKD

    2021 Triumph Trident
    The Triumph Trident is powered by a 660 cc three-cylinder engine which benefits from ride-by-wire technology

    Triumph Motorcycles has entered the volume-rich affordable middle-weight naked motorcycle territory with its neo-classic Trident. The latest product from the British marque pays tribute to the original Trident of 1968 which kick started the three-cylinder saga. Positioned below the Street Triple, the roadster is not the most affordable member of Triumph’s three-cylinder family.
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    Triumph Trident
    The 2021 Triumph Trident adopts a minimal design characterized by a classic fuel tank with knee pads, a stubby cantilevered tailpiece, circular LED headlamp and compact overall dimensions. The British middle-weight sportbike brings to table a classic flavor compared to its flashy Japanese rivals such as the Kawasaki Z650, Yamaha MT-O7 and Honda CB650R.
    2021 Triumph Trident
    Engine
    Triumph Trident is powered by a 660 cc, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine which incorporates 67 new components. Triumph says that the three-cylinder configuration combines the strong low-end torque of two-cylinder units and a spirited top-end of four-cylinder units.

    The engine produces 81 hp at 10,250 rpm and 64 Nm of torque (90% of which is available across most of the rev range) at 6,250 rpm. The motor is also available in a 47 hp / 59 Nm version for the European A2 license category and in a 54 hp / 59 Nm avatar for the Australian LAMS category. A slip and assist clutch pairs the motor with a 6-speed transmission.
    Chassis
    The Triumph Trident is underpinned by a steel tubular frame which is equipped with an aluminium swing-arm, Showa inverted front forks, Showa rear monoshock with preload adjust and 17-inch alloy wheels. Enhancing the handling package are is the factory fitted set of Michelin Road 5 tyres that measure 120/70-R17 (front) and 180/55-R17 (rear).

    Braking is taken care of by a pair of 310 mm front discs with Nissin two-piston sliding calipers and a disc at the rear with Nissin single-piston caliper. Of course, a dual-channel ABS is a standard fitment.
    Equipment
    The Triumph Trident is positioned as a premium offering in its segment. In addition to top-shelf suspension and braking hardware, the motorcycle comes equipped with a colour TFT screen along with a white-on-black LCD display, full LED lighting (headlamp, tail lamp and blinkers), adjustable traction control, ride-by-wire, road and rain riding modes, and so on.

    Launch and colours
    The most affordable triple-cylinder Triumph motorcycle will hit the dealerships in the UK in early 2021 before reaching our market via CKD route from Thailand. It will be available in four colour themes namely Silver Ice and Diablo Red, Matt Jet Black and Matt Silver Ice, Crystal White and Sapphire Black.
    The Triumph Trident will be offered with 2 year / unlimited km warranty and a range of 45 accessories that were developed alongside the bike. Fully accessorized Trident can be seen in the photos below. More

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    Honda CB350 BigWing Topline Opens In Mumbai, Bangalore – Offers Up To Rs 43k

    Image for reference. Credit – Abhinav Bhatt
    Honda has expanded its BigWing network to two of the biggest cities in India – Mumbai and Bangalore

    With the successful launch of new CB350, Honda Motorcycles India next plan is to expand their BigWing dealership network across the country. And today, they have taken a small step in that direction, by opening two BigWing Topline outlets, one each in Bombay and Bangalore.
    The new BigWing Topline Mumbai outlet is located at – 02 Ground Floor OLA House, 470, Cardinal Gracious Road, Chakala, Vile Nr. Bisleri Factory, Andheri East. While the outlet in Bangalore is located at Lavelle Road, 40 Vittal Mallya Main Road.
    BigWing Dealers
    BigWing is not a new name. The Japanese two-wheeler brand retails its premium motorcycles through BigWing and BigWing Topline networks. Honda has now decided to retail all its premium mid-size motorcycles (up to 500cc) through the BigWing chain whereas the BigWing Topline network will retail its entire premium motorcycle range. The BigWing range of motorcycles consists of Africa Twin Adventure Sports, CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and H’NEss CB350.
    With the CB350 now launched, Honda has a volume seller premium machine on offer in India. And thus, their urgent need to expand BigWing dealership network. Along with opening new dealership, Honda has also announced offers of up to Rs 43,000 on the CB350.
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    Offer on H’Ness CB350
    Speaking of H’Ness CB350, the bike has received an overwhelming response in terms of bookings and hence the company is offering benefits of up to Rs 43,000 on the retro classic motorcycle. Honda 2Wheelers India has partnered with ICICI Bank for deals on retail finance. Honda says the current interest rate of 5.6 percent offered on this scheme is nearly half of the current market rates thus saving up to Rs 43,000.
    Alternatively, customers also get the option of choosing an affordable EMI option of Rs 4,999 per month. Apart from this, buyers can also avail finance of up to 100 percent of the vehicle’s on-road price for a limited period though.
    CB350 Powertrain
    Honda CB350 was launched earlier this month and is offered in two variants namely- DLX and DLX Pro. The base variant has been priced at Rs 1.85 lakh while the top-spec trim is offered at Rs 1.90 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom).
    It is powered by a 350cc, 4-stroke, OHC, air-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected motor which cranks out 21 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. This paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
    In terms of features it gets an all-LED lighting setup, digital-analogue instrument panel, dual-channel ABS, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, gear position indicator, HSVCS (smartphone connectivity) and battery voltage meter. It also receives a first-in-segment Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that helps maintain rear-wheel traction by detecting the difference in speeds between front and rear wheel.
    Anchoring duties are carried out by 310 mm disc up front and a 240 mm at rear. It will directly compete with Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the upcoming Meteor 350. More

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    Odysse EV Launches Festive Discounts On Electric Scooters, Motorcycles

    Odysse Electric Scooter
    Festive offers are valid from October 28th to November 15th, with free stay at Lonavala and gifts worth Rs.3,000 with every booking

    Odysse Electric Vehicles Private Limited, makers of electric scooters and bikes – Hawk, Racer and Evoqis, has announced special festive offers. These limited period offers, which go upto Rs.9,000, are valid for all buyers making purchases during October 28 to November 15, 2020.
    Each customer will be offered a 1 night free stay at Camellia Villas, Lonavala, worth Rs.6,000. The buyer can avail this facility till 31st March, 2021. The company is also giving every customer a gift voucher worth Rs 3,000 on each booking.
    Mumbai based Odysse Electric Vehicles, with its manufacturing unit in Gujarat, is a fairly new company, launched in March 2020. They had to halt business due to the nationwide lockdown announced later that month.
    Headed by Nemin Vora, CEO, the company has noted increased demand for personal mobility in view of the COVID-19 pandemic wherein there is an urgent need for private transport to maintain social distancing. More personal, affordable and safer means of travel has given rise to sale of electric scooters and bikes. It reduces carbon emissions and is in line with the Government of India EV policy.

    Odysse Electric dealerships
    Odysse currently has a total of 6 dealerships in the country with each outlet having its own service centre. The company plans to increase its dealership count to 10 new outlets by March 2021 and a presence in 25 cities by the end of next year. A second dealership in Mumbai is planned sometime in November along with a showroom in Sholapur, Maharashtra.
    Odysse Electric vehicles
    Product lineup includes Racer priced at Rs.59,500, and Racer Lite at Rs.70,500. Odysse Racer gets a 1.2 kW electric motor with 27 Nm of peak torque. The scooter offers a top speed of 45 kmph while the range stands at 70 km on a single charge. These scooters are suited for both male and female riders, and offers last mile connectivity at minimum costs.

    Odysse Hawk electric scooter is priced at Rs.73,999 while the Hawk Lite and Hawk+ are priced at Rs.84,999 and Rs.98,500 respectively. Top of the line Evoqis electric motorcycle is priced at Rs.1.50,000. Odysse Hawk is powered by a 1.8 kW electric motor offering 44 Nm. It has a range of 70 km per charge while the Hawk+ offers 170 km per charge. On board features include Bluetooth connectivity, adjustable lever, music system and cruise control.
    Evoqis electric bike gets a 3 kW electric motor and a lithium ion battery with a top speed of 80 km/h. The company states that the battery packs are sourced from Indian vendors. They have been reworked to comply with Odysse range of electric two wheelers. The portable batteries take around 3.5-4 hours for a full recharge depending on model. More

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    Yamaha Sales, Exports Data Sep 2020 – MT15, FZ, R15, Ray, Fascino

    Image – Alagendran Autos
    Yamaha FZ, Ray and Fascino commanded lead in both domestic and export charts for the past month

    The month of September 2020 proved to be a promising month for most two wheeler makers in India. Bajaj Auto noted a sales increase of 10 percent while Suzuki Motorcycle sales surged 23.7 percent.
    Hero, Honda, TVS, and Royal Enfield too have posted growth. Yamaha Motor India also registered a 17.36 percent increase in sales in the past month marking three consecutive months of sales growth this year.
    Domestic sales
    Taking into account domestic sales, Yamaha scooters Fascino and RayZR along with motorcycles such as the FZ, R15 and the MT15 helped to boost sales. Yamaha sold a total of 63,052 units last month as against 53,727 units sold in September 2019.
    Sales have been on a steady rise since the lockdown announced earlier in March followed by zero sales in April 2020. July sales stood at 49,989 units going on to 60,505 units in August 2020 and a further increase to 63,052 units sold in the past month. The company now looks ahead to the festive season to bring in more sales in the months ahead, especially due to attractive finance schemes and payment options being introduced on its 125 cc scooter segment.
    Yamaha Sales Sep 2020 vs Sep 2019 vs Aug 2020
    Yamaha FZ, Ray and Fascino were top sellers both in domestic and global markets with sales commanding nearly 85 percent of total sales. FZ commuter bike sales stood at 20,184 units in Sept 20, up 25.37 percent as against 16,100 units sold in Sept 19. This bike commands a market share of 32.01 percent.
    Ray scooter sales surged 91.42 percent to 19,540 units in the past month as compared to 10,208 units sold in the same month of the previous year. Sales of the Fascino scooter, slotted third on the list of best selling models in the past month, increased by 3.93 percent to 13,640 units, and this scooter currently commands a market share of 21.63 percent. The other models that contributed to sales were the R15 (4,696 units), Yamaha MT15 (4,156 units) and the FZ25 (836 units).
    Yamaha Exports September 2020
    At No.1 on the export charts was the Yamaha FZ of which 9,022 units were exported in the past month. This commuter motorcycle claimed a top spot and market share of 39.51 percent, despite de-growth of 15.60 percent as against 10,690 units exported in Sept 19.
    Yamaha Exports Sep 2020
    Yamaha Ray was at No. 2 with 6,572 units exported last month, an increase of 48.76 percent as compared to 4,418 units exported in the same month of the previous year. The Yamaha Fascino scooter also found many buyers in export markets with 1,960 units exported, up 988.89 percent as against 180 units exported in Sept 19.
    Lower down the order was the Yamaha Crux with 1,476 units exported and the Saluto RX of which 1000 units made their way to global markets in the past month. Models such as the Saluto RX, FZ25, SZ, R15, MT 15, Saluto and Alpha also contributed to exports but with numbers below the 1000 unit mark. More