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    2021 Yamaha FZ-S FI New TVC Highlights Updated Features

    2021 Yamaha FZS FI New TVC
    Yamaha has added a few additional features to the 2021 FZ and FZ-S range although there have been updates in its mechanical department

    Yamaha recently launched an updated version of its most popular motorcycle in India FZ FI and FZ-S FI at a starting price of Rs 1,03,700 (ex-showroom). The refurbished version of the sporty commuter bike has been given a few crucial updates which make it a more tempting buy.
    The Japanese bikemaker has now launched a new TV commercial highlighting some new features of FZ-S which is the premium version of the FZ series. Apart from a few feature upgrades, it also gets a new colour option – Matte Red in addition to pre-existing paint schemes such as Dark Knight, Dark Matte Blue, Matte Black and Vintage Edition.
    New Features on offer
    Among new feature additions, the most prominent is Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X technology which allows riders to connect their smartphone to the instrument console of the bike via Bluetooth.
    This feature was earlier limited to top-of-the-line Vintage Edition but with the latest update has been made a standard offering across the FZ-S range. The Connect X technology permits riders to access features such as ‘Answer back’, ‘E-lock’, ‘Locate my bike’, ‘Hazard’, etc.
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    Apart from these, FZ-S now comes with a new 3-D emblem on its fuel tank along with a Side Stand Engine Cutoff Switch. Other feature highlights from the updated FZ-S lineup include an LED headlight, fully-digital negative LCD instrument panel, two-level single-piece seat and Bosch single-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch spoke alloy wheels and now weighs two kilos lighter than its predecessor at 135 kg.
    Mechanical Specs
    Coming to its mechanicals, FZ-S is very bit identical to its predecessor. It is powered by a 149cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that cranks out 12.2 bhp and 13.6 Nm of peak torque. This unit is offered with a 5-speed gearbox. Hardware setup of the bike utilises a telescopic fork at front and a 7-Step adjustable monocross at rear. Anchorage duties are handled by a single disc of 282mm and 220mm at front and rear wheels respectively.
    The Japanese bikemaker on the occasion of its launch, said that it will continue to take feedbacks from its consumers and launch new products under the banner of ‘The Call of The Blue’.
    These updates have come at a minor price hike in the range of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,500. Despite the increment in prices, Yamaha FZ remains one of the most affordable in its segment. It rivals segment heavyweights such as Pulsar 150, Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Hero Xtreme 160. More

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    Bajaj Colombia Plant Starts Production – Pulsar, Dominar, Discover, Boxer, Platina

    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    Bajaj Auto and Uma Group start assembly ops at La Tebaida plant

    Bajaj Auto Ltd announced the start of motorcycle production at its new plant in La Tebaida, Quindío, Colombia. The new plant UMA and Bajaj Group in Colombia includes CKD operations for materials imported from the parent company. Operations start with motorcycle assembly lines with Pulsar, Dominar, Boxer, Platina, and Discover.
    In addition, new models will arrive in time. Process streamlining is designed through the assembly line being divided in two – one for high-performance models, and one for high-volume models. Grihapathy Krishna Srinevasa, President of International Business said, “This will bring a lot of synergy in our service to Colombian consumers.”
    Success of Bajaj Boxer exports
    For Bajaj India, exports are crucial to business. Though Bajaj’s domestic market sales aren’t a threat to the frontrunners, in the global market, the company has outdone all Indian motorcycle manufacturers.
    It’s mass market high volume motorcycle sales overseas are now just as high as its domestic market sales. If not, more. Colombo is already a strong export market for Bajaj Auto India. The new plant will help meet growing demand.
    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    For Bajaj, the Boxer is its topmost high volume export. And all else, pales in comparison. More than half a million units were sold in 10 years of exports. With Bajaj Boxer CT 100 being the most successful motorcycle in Colombia, business activity around it was taken over by UMA Group last year.
    It’s reliance, reputation as work horse, and low operational cost makes it a winning proposition. its main arguments are robustness, durability and low consumption. Variants available in Colombia include Boxer S, Boxer CT 100 KS, CT 100 ES Alloy and CT 125 versions.
    Bajaj and Uma Group in Colombia
    Bajaj’s association with UMA group is fairly new. The latter came onboard as the new official authorized distributor. This includes motorcycle sales, spare parts and service for Bajaj Auto in Colombia. For the last 10 years, until 2020, Bajaj Auto was represented 10 years, the company was represented by Auteco. The , which already sells its last units in inventory.
    Bajaj Motorcycle Production At Colombia Plant
    The new-ish association between Bajaj and UMA is part of growth strategy for the manufacturer to to continue growing and strengthening its presence in Colombia. This comes with a commitment to high quality products, innovation and technological superiority.
    Bajaj’s core strength and voracious appetite for expansion dwells on its frugal engineering development approaches. It’s global outreach benefits from advanced tech products at affordable prices and suitable for varied market types. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter First Official Images Released – Launch Soon

    Ola Electric Scooter
    The upcoming electric scooter from Ola will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Tamil Nadu

    Ola Electric’s first e-scooter offering has been officially released today. The company, a subsidiary of public mobility aggregator Ola Cabs, last year announced its intention of manufacturing its own line of electric scooters by creating a separate arm for electric vehicle development.
    Last year in May 2020, the ride-hailing giant had acquired Amsterdam-based electric scooter company Etergo BV for an undisclosed amount. The first product to come out of this joint venture is Ola’s version of Etergo AppScooter. The electric scooter is slated to launch in the coming few weeks.
    Ola Electric Scooter
    Details about the upcoming Ola e-scooter
    From the looks of it, testing prototypes of the e-scooter look similar to AppScooter. It even gets the same telescopic forks at front. Although, this iteration of the electric scooter will get a few more subtle updates in order to distinguish itself from its Dutch twin. Its riding dynamics look simple although the rider sits high up with loads of ground clearance on offer.
    As of now, there has been no official word from Ola regarding the development of this e-scooter. What we do know is that Etergo AppScooter uses swappable high energy density batteries to deliver a range of up to 240 km. As claimed by the company, the AppScooter can do a 0-45 kmph sprint in 45 seconds and comes with a digital instrument console and an under-seat storage capacity of 50 litres. More details about its specifications are expected to be revealed in the coming days.
    Ola Electric Scooter
    Found in 2015, Etergo in the past has had developmental experiences with major EV manufacturers such as General Motors, Tesla, Ferrari, BMW and Jaguar. AppScooter has been the recipient of multiple the Automotive Brand Contest in Germany and CES 2019 to name a few.
    Ola’s New EV Manufacturing Facility
    The first batch of Ola e-scooters will be manufactured in Etergo’s Netherlands-based facility. As reported earlier, Ola is building a manufacturing facility of its own in Tamil Nadu which is slated to be the largest two-wheeler manufacturing facility in the country. Ola Electric Factory is nestled in a 500 acre area in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, in India. Being presented as the world’s largest two-wheeler factory, it will be capable of an annual production capacity of 10 million vehicles by 2022. Phase 1 will get underway with an initial annual capacity of 2 million in the next quarter, around June 2021.
    This facility upon its completion would have an annual production capacity of nearly 2 million units and would ultimately lead to the creation of 10,000 new jobs. The company recently signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu government which entails an investment of Rs 2,400 crore.
    Production at this proposed facility is set to begin in 3-4 months and the site adopts Industry 4.0 Philosophy. The facility will use solar power and will have test tracks. The upcoming e-scooter from Ola is expected to be priced under Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom) and is expected to take on the likes of Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube.
    The mega-factory is capable of roll out of a scooter every 2 seconds when at full capacity, which will have a total of 10 production lines. An integrated manufacturing facility, it will house houses varied units dedicated for battery, paintshop, weld, motor, general assembly, finished goods, and two supplier parks – critical suppliers co-located at Ola FutureFactory. The company is building its own factory test track. On the production front, Ola will put 3000 robots will be in use. More

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    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Instrument Cluster Spied – Gets Tripper Navigation

    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350
    The new-gen Royal Enfield Classic 350 is expected to be launched in the next few weeks

    Royal Enfield has its hands full with its recent commitment to launch at least four new products every year. Late last year, the brand launched its all-new cruiser Meteor 350 which was followed by an updated version of Himalayan early this year. For the next quarter, it is expected that the Chennai-based bikemaker will introduce a new generation model of Classic 350.
    Test mules of the upcoming Classic 350 have been spotted on numerous occasions recently. Seeing all spy shots, there hardly seems to be any cosmetic difference between the new model and the current model, at first glance at least. It is evident that Royal Enfield wouldn’t want to tinker with the design of a bike that has been the company’s best-seller for many years.
    Revised Instrument Cluster
    However, there are some crucial additions to this motorcycle that would make the upcoming iteration of the retro-styled classic bike a little more than just bare bones. For the first time, the revamped instrument cluster of the upcoming Classic 350 has been spied.
    We get to notice two important additions- a small digital display along with a Tipper Navigation pod beside it. The digital display will probably read out basic information from the odometer and fuel gauge. It retains the manual speedometer.
    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350
    The Tripper Navigation made its first appearance in Meteor 350 and later on the update Himalayan and would soon be made available on all models across Royal Enfield’s range. It provides turn-by-turn navigation on the display pod when connected to the rider’s smartphone via the Royal Enfield App where one can enter destination information. The app world in association with Google Maps which feeds the data on the display screen of the pod.
    As mentioned earlier, Royal Enfield has not made many changes to its overall design with most of its elements being carried over from the current model. This includes circular headlamps with chrome bezels, chrome-plated exhaust, broad rear fenders, circular rearview mirrors and a teardrop-shaped fuel tank.
    The only notable updates spotted are narrower round LED lights and turn indicators. It gets new split seats with better cushioning for a more comfortable long-distance ride. It now gets a new single-piece grab rail which is positioned slightly higher for better reach to the pillion.
    2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350
    As far as hardware is concerned it will be based on a new J platform the same which underpins Meteor 350. It is built on a double-cradle chassis instead of a single downtube frame as in the current model though suspension setup hasn’t been tinkered much.
    The new-gen Classic 350 will be powered by an all-new 348cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which churns out 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. This is 1 bhp more and 1 Nm less than the current model’s output. It will be linked to a new 5-speed gearbox. Upon its launch, it will rival the likes of Benelli Imperiale, Jawa Forty-Two and Honda H’Ness CB350. More

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    KTM Plans To Launch GasGas Enduro Motorcycles In India

    GasGas EC250F
    With is new street-legal lineup, KTM’s subsidiary would be aiming to cater to India’s under served off-road motorcycle segment

    Riding on a strong global sales performance in the recent years, KTM went on an acquisition spree in a bid to consolidate its position as Europe’s largest motorcycle brand. After bringing the Swedish Husqvarna brand into its umbrella and successfully widening its scope, the Austrian brand went ahead and acquired Spanish off-road specialist GasGas in 2019. We have learnt that KTM is gearing up to introduce GasGas in India later this year.
    GasGas enduro motorcycle coming to India
    GasGas specializes primarily in medium displacement and pure electric off-road motorcycles but with access to KTM’s well established road-legal platforms, the brand is preparing to foray into new volume-rich segments. International media reports speculate that GasGas is currently working on as many as 3 street motorcycles which are mostly likely to adopt enduro and/or adventure tourer body styles.
    While two of them are expected to be based on KTM’s 790 Duke platform, the entry level model is most likely to be a 250 cc model based on India-made Duke’s platform. So, we believe this quarter liter enduro is going to be the first GasGas to be introduced in our market.
    While the critical components of this platform are already heavily localized in India, some parts including the bodywork are likely to be imported. We expect the GasGas to have a relatively low volume run compared to its KTM and Husqvarna siblings.
    GasGas EC250F
    GasGas 250 motorcycle
    GasGas already has a 250 cc hardcore, track-focused off-roader in its international portfolio in the form of EC250F which retails at 9,700 euros (over INR 8.5 lakh) but we don’t it is a viable product for India. The brand’s new range of street motorcycles are still under wraps and India is likely to be the launch market for one of them.
    The enduro segment in India is heavily under served as of now. The Hero Impulse 200 is the closest one could get to a compact displacement enduro motorcycle in India but it still not serious enough to appeal to hardcore off-road enthusiasts.
    The upcoming GasGas motorcycle based on KTM platform would be aiming to address this niche. With WP suspension setup, high ground clearance, off-road tyres, spoke wheels and lightweight body, the motorcycle is expected to have an entirely different character compared to its platform-mates.
    Launch timeline
    If things progress as per schedule, the new street-legal GasGas enduro motorcycle should be launched in India sometime later this year. In fact the imported kits for the motorcycle have already reached India. GasGas products will be retailed through well established KTM dealership network in the country. We expect the pricing to be on the premium end and dearer than the existing KTM 250 products. More

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    New BattRE Electric Scooter Plant To Help Double Production

    Battre Electric Scooter
    BattRE currently has dealerships in cities such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat and UP

    The advent of new technologies in the electric vehicle (EV) segment has given birth to new EV startups looking to change the mould of Indian automotive industry. Several small startups especially in the two-wheeler EV segment have come up in the country in recent years knowing that future mobility highly depends on electrical energy.
    Small-scale startups have further been encouraged by several benefits provided under the Central EV policy and various state EV policies which facilitate manufacturers to upscale their operations and help them reach a wider consumer base. Similar is the case with Jaipur-based EV startup BattRE.
    New Factory
    The company will soon start operations at its new manufacturing facility in Jaipur through which it expects to double the rate of its production. The current facility in Jaipur has a production capacity of 1,000 units per month.
    This new facility is expected to commence operations from June this year which would help the brand’s upcoming flurry of new electric motorcycle launches. The startup was built with the vision of providing sustainable mobility for short-distance commutes especially for daily travellers.
    Battre Electric Scooter
    It harps on its specialisation of building futuristic, minimal and confident commutes for urban environments and backed by internet and GPS connectivity. The company is the first to manufacture the country’s first LFP powered electric scooter with up to 42ah capacity and 110 km of single-charge and is capable of 2000 recharge cycles.
    First launched in June 2019, the brand now boasts of more than 120 dealerships and over 100 charging stations across the country. It currently retails fourBatt:RE ONE; Batt:Re LO:EV; Batt:RE IOT; Batt:RE gps:ie and Batt:RE E-Cycles. e-scooters and one electric bicycle model namely. On the occasion of this development, Nishchal Chaudhary, Founder of BattRE, said that the brand envisions building more efficient and powerful vehicles going forward.
    BattRE: IOT and GpSie
    BattRE’s flagship offering is its top of the line e-scooter offering IOT which is the manufacturer’s first internet-connected scooter. It was launched in January last year and is retailed at a price of Rs 79,990 (ex-showroom). The electric scooter is offered with features such as navigation assist, voice-enabled app, ride statistics, SOS alerts, anti-theft alarm and lock, call alerts, ride pattern-based AI suggestions and more.
    This was followed by BattRE GPSie which is a little lighter than IOT and priced at Rs 64,999 (ex-showroom). Like IOT, it also receives a bunch of connected features with App-based user interface. It gets an embedded sim card which is accessible through a smartphone app. The scooter draws its power from 250 watt BLDC hub motor which is paired to a 48V 24 Ah lithium-ion battery pack weighing just 12 kg. It offers a single-charge range of 65 km and can clock a top speed of only 25 kmph. More

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    Yamaha Fascino, RayZR Scooter Prices Increased By Up To Rs 3,000

    Image – DashboardGuru
    Yamaha currently has only two scooter offerings in India, both in the 125cc category

    Yamaha Motor India has hiked prices for both its scooter offerings- Fascino and RayZR. Both scooters have witnessed a price hike in the range of Rs 2500 and Rs 3000. This is not the first time this year that Yamaha has increased the prices of its products.
    Earlier this year, the Japanese bikemaker incremented the price of YZF R15 V3.0 sports bike by Rs 1200 and is now offered at a starting price of Rs 1.49 lakh (ex-showroom). Other than the hike in prices, there have been no updates on any of the scooters whatsoever.
    Price Hike
    Starting With Fascino, the drum brake variants now start at Rs. 72,030 and go up to Rs 73,030, making it Rs 2,500 costlier than before. The disc brake variants are also Rs 2,500 dearer than before. Prices start at Rs 74,530 and go up to Rs 75,530.
    Coming to RayZR, the base drum brake will cost you Rs 73,330 while the disc brake variant costs Rs 76,330 making them more expensive by Rs 3,000 each. For the top-spec Ray ZR Street Rally, one has to shell out an extra Rs 3,000 as it has been pegged at a price of Rs. 77,330. All prices are ex-showroom.
    Yamaha Fascino and RayZR Prices – March 2021
    Yamaha has not released any official statement stating the reason behind the latest price hike. However, one can assume that the increase in prices is a result of an increase in input costs brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the global slowdown in the economy. This significant hike in prices might not impact the brand’s sales of scooters in India. Almost every auto maker has plans to increase prices in the coming weeks.
    Mechanically, both scooters are identical as they feature the same powertrain and hardware setup. Suspension duties on both scooters are handled by telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock unit at rear.
    Both scooters are offered with drum brakes at front and rear ends along with a combined braking system for better handling on the roads as standard. There is also the option of a disc brake at front on both offerings.
    Yamaha Fascino and RayZR share the same 125cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which pumps out 8.04 bhp at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 9.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm. This unit is linked to a CVT automatic gearbox. Even though both scooters share identical mechanicals, they wear unique top hats. While Fascino is a more looking scooter meant for a mature riding audience, RayZR is a sportier looking scooter primarily meant for the younger audience. More

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    Kawasaki Ninja 300 Arrives At Dealer Showroom – First Look Walkaround

    2021 Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6. Image – Vinod Nareshan
    The updated Kawasaki Ninja 300 will rival the likes of TVS Apache RR 310, Suzuki Gixxer SF250 and the upcoming KTM RC 390

    Ninja brand of motorcycles from Kawasaki holds a very special place in the hearts of all speed-loving biking enthusiasts from India. The updated Ninja 300 has started reaching dealerships across the country.
    In the latest pics, a dealership in India is shown formally revealing the latest iteration of baby Ninja. Its launch price has been set at Rs 3.18 lakh (ex-showroom) which is Rs 20,000 more than the previous BS4 model. On road Mumbai price is Rs 3.68 lakh.
    2021 Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6
    Overall Styling
    The updates on the new Ninja are very limited, subtle and only limited to minute cosmetic variations. In terms of design, there is not much difference between the BS6 and BS4 models. Most design elements of the previous version of Ninja 300 have been carried forward to the recently launched iteration of the bike.
    This includes a twin-pod headlight cluster, a muscular fuel tank, split-style seats, aggressive split headlamps, a chrome heat shield on the muffler, upswept exhaust and front blinkers on the fairing. The unveiling at dealership and a short video walkaround of the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 can be seen below. Video is credit to Vinod Nareshan.
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    Large ventilation holes on Ninja 300 are inspired by the brand’s flagship ZX-14R. It also gets three new colour options which give the motorcycle a fresh appeal. These are- Lime Green, Candy Lime Green and Ebony.
    The first one is our pick since it gets a white engine cowl on its underbelly with red accents which are definitely the highlight to watch out for in the new Ninja 300. The riding stature is as usual leaning forward and it sports a minimalist design at the tail section.
    Mechanical Specs
    Mechanically, the new Ninja 300 is every bit identical to its predecessor. It is built on a tube diamond steel frame which is suspended on 37 mm telescopic forks at front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at rear.
    2021 Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6
    Stopping duties are carried out by 290mm and 220mm petal disc brakes at front and rear with power delivered by dual-piston calipers on both ends. Safety net is provided by dual-channel ABS as standard. It retains the semi-digital instrument console.
    Coming to its powertrain, the faired race machine draws power from a BS6 compliant 296cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that could push out 38.4 bhp of power at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. It is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch for quicker and smoother gear shifts. The same engine-gearbox combination is also likely to be offered in Versys X300 which is expected to be the Japanese bikemaker’s next big launch. More