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    2022 Yamaha R15 V4 Spied Testing In India – Gets New Front Styling

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    Currently, Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 is priced starting at Rs 1.54 lakh (ex-showroom)
    Yamaha R15 is a go-to machine for everyone seeking an entry-level sports bike. The motorcycle is currently in its third generation now and still remains an instant crowd puller. Hence, every time it is on the news, it creates a buzz in the market. In this instance, the news is as big as it can get for R15 fans.
    It appears that Yamaha has finally started testing the upcoming fourth generation R15 in India. A video uploaded on YouTube by Abhinav Bhatt indicates the same. The recent spy video was reportedly shot near New Delhi in which a couple of test mules can be seen wrapped under full camouflage.
    New R15 V4 Spy Video
    Since both prototypes are in the move, it is difficult to get a hold of a clear image of its design. The faired superbike retains its upright tail section as well as the vertically oriented LED headlights with split pillion grab rails acting as winglets flanked on both sides from the current-gen R15 V3.0.
    The most drastic update in the new generation model is expected to be the redesigned front fairing which could provide the new R15 a fresh appeal from its front and side angle. Below is the latest spy video, showing the new Yamaha R15 V4 on test in India for the first time.
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    The front face seems heavily revised and seems to draw inspiration from its elder sibling R7 which also received a major upgrade earlier this year. Unlike the dual-LED headlamp setup of the current R15, the upcoming new-gen R15 will feature a single-pod LED headlamp with integrated LED DRLs.
    We get to spot a riding posture that looks just as committed as the current R15 thanks to small clip-on handlebars and a higher seat with footpegs positioned slightly towards the rear. The bike will continue to offer a split seat setup while the pillion sits quite high due to a raised tail section. Most of the other features are expected to remain similar to the current model as well.
    Expected Specs & Features
    The new-gen R15 will continue to be powered by the same 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which is paired with a six-speed gearbox with a slipper and assist clutch as standard. This powertrain in its present state returns an output of 18.5bhp and 14.1 Nm of peak torque. Output figures are unlikely to change in the upcoming model. This engine gets Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), which optimises power delivery throughout the rev-range.
    As for cycle parts, we do hope Yamaha provides the new-gen R15 with USD forks at front just like the current international-spec model. However, the test models did not show signs of USD front forks which could be a huge bummer. More details are expected to come our way in the near future. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter Buyers Across India Will Get Home Delivery

    Ola Electric ScooterOla Electric scooter is open for bookings – In just 24 hours, it has recorded more than 1 lakh orders
    Ola electric scooter is based on the Etergo Appscooter – a Dutch start-up company that Ola acquired. It will compete with the Ather 450X, TVS iQube, and Bajaj Chetak in the segment. Segment best features is what is being promised by the company with best in class boot space and an app based key for a complete keyless experience.
    Teaser videos released by the company also claim efficient cornering ability and class leading acceleration. The scooters will all LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster and charging facilities will be via a normal home charger that will require no installation. This means that users can charge their e-scooter at home by plugging into regular wall socket.
    Home Delivery Experience
    Apart from offering new age, first in class features – the new Ola Electric scooter will also offer its buyers a new kind of delivery experience. As per a new report by First Post, Ola Electric scooters will be home delivered to buyers across India – without the traditional dealership network.
    This will make delivery faster. It is likely that Ola will be making storage hubs across India to make delivery faster and hassle free. Ola Electric has created a logistics department. This department will be tasked with the delivery process. Right from the booking stage to deliver, this department will help customers.
    Ola Electric Scooter
    All will be done online. From booking to loan application, etc. The Ola team will be there to help buyers at every step. It remains to be seen how the service / spares replacement, etc will be taken care of without the traditional dealers. As per the report, Ola could provide door-step service to customers, and thus completely avoid the task of setting up dealership network. Tesla has this method in place already.
    New Age Scooter For New India
    The Ola electric scooter is likely to be called the Series S, as per recent trademarks filed by the company. Earlier this week, Ola Electric has trademarked 3 names for the upcoming e-scooter that include S1, S1 Pro and Series S. It appears to be that the S1 and S1 Pro could be two variants of the Ola e-scooter with the S1 being the base variant and the S1 Pro a more premium offering. As for the Series S, this can be the name of the entry level Standard version.
    Booking has opened at a down payment of Rs 499 and buyers placing their orders on the olaelectric portal. The booking amount is fully refundable. The company Chief Bhavish Aggarwal had made the announcement via his official Twitter handle that due to heavy demand, the website was facing issues in accepting bookings but that has now been resolved and the booking process has commenced.
    The Ola Electric scooter will be produced from the brand’s new manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu which will have initial capacity of 20 lakh units per annum. It is into this plant that the company has invested Rs 2,400 crores. The facility is spread over 500 acres and is said to be the largest two wheeler plant in the world and the most advanced Green factory once operations commence. The plant will generate employment for over 2,000 persons initially to go up to 10,000 once it is fully in operation.
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    New Hero Glamour Xtec 125cc Launch Price Rs 79k – Gets Bluetooth, Navigation

    Hero Glamour XTECGlamour Xtec variant packs in visual enhancements as well as functional updates
    One of the bestselling Hero motorcycles, Glamour has consistently featured in the list of top ten motorcycles in the country. However, if we consider the premium 125cc segment, Glamour doesn’t quite fit the bill in its current form. Customers looking for a more premium experience in the 125cc space usually go for bikes such as Honda SP 125. This is exactly why Hero feels the need for a more upmarket product.
    With the updates, Xtec is priced around Rs 3k-4k higher. Existing Glamour is available in the price range of Rs 73,200 to Rs 78,500. XTEC is priced from Rs Rs 78.900 for the base drum variant and Rs 83,500 for the disc brake variant. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
    Hero Glamour Xtec styling
    Xtec is essentially a feature-rich variant of Glamour. Its sportier styling and new range of features will enable improved competencies vis-à-vis rivals like SP 125. Xtec continues using the same design as the current Glamour model. Visual updates are primarily in the form of new colour options and refreshed graphics.
    Glamour Xtec will be offered in three colour options, Techno Black, Grey Blue and Grey Red. Techno Black is an all-black colour theme, which ensures a dominating road presence. It comes with contrasting white graphics, as can be seen on the headlamp cowl, fuel tank, and side panels.
    Hero Glamour XTEC
    White rim strips are also part of the package. The other two colour options utilize the same basic layout. The only difference is in the colour of graphics used. Grey Blue and Grey Red get blue and red coloured graphics, respectively.
    Existing Glamour motorcycle is offered in colour options of Sports Red, Midnight Black, Radiant Red, and Techno Blue. The 100 Million Limited Edition model was also launched earlier this year in March.
    Glamour Xtec new features
    Talking about functional updates, Glamour Xtec gets a fully digital instrument console. It packs in digital speedometer, tachometer and real-time mileage indicator. The bike also gets gear position indicator. To justify its premium profile, Xtec is also equipped with LED headlight. It also gets first-in-segment Bluetooth connectivity, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Integrated USB Charger along with Side-Stand Engine cut off, Bank Angle Sensor.
    Powering Xtec will be the same 124.7 cc engine as is used with Glamour and other 125cc Hero motorcycles. The engine is capable of generating 10.73 hp of max power at 7500 rpm and 10.6 Nm of max torque at 6000 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.
    Malo Le Masson, Head of Strategy and Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp, said, “The new Glamour Xtec brings an ‘X’ factor to the segment, with first-in-class features like LED headlamp and Turn-by-Turn Navigation through Bluetooth connectivity. It has the ideal combination of features that appeal to the youth. The Glamour Xtec caters to customers’ aspirations for Technology, Style and Safety at a much more accessible price.” More

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    TVS Creon Electric Scooter Launch Plans On Track – Ather 450X Rival

    TVS Creon Electric ScooterTVS new electric scooter could be named Retron that was registered last year
    Rising fuel prices have resulted in significant pain for commuters. However, from the EV industry’s perspective, rising fuel prices is working as a catalyst to boost sales of electric vehicles. In electric two-wheeler space, we are witnessing hectic activity in the form of new product launches, capacity and business expansion and development of charging and battery swapping infrastructure.
    TVS new electric scooter
    Realizing that EV wave could get much stronger in the coming years, TVS has chalked out a plan to invest Rs 1,000 crore for strengthening its EV portfolio. One of the products will be a premium electric scooter based on Creon Concept. As may be recalled, Creon Concept electric scooter was showcased at 2018 Auto Expo.
    Now that conditions are favourable, TVS new electric scooter could finally see the light of the day. It is expected to be launched sometime next year. According to the company, its Creon based electric scooter will come with advanced connected features. It will rival the likes of Ather 450X and upcoming Ola electric scooter.
    At 2018 Auto Expo, Creon Concept was showcased as a performance oriented electric scooter. The core idea was to ensure sustainable mobility without compromising on performance.
    TVS Creon Concept
    Creon Concept features and specs
    In its concept form, the electric scooter was equipped with three advanced lithium-ion batteries. Collectively, the batteries generated 12 kW of power. One of the key features of the batteries was that they were capable of holding a high charge per volume. The electric motor was also an advanced unit that was capable of propelling the scooter from 0 to 60 kmph in 5.1 seconds.
    Range of Creon Concept electric scooter was rated at 80 km on a full charge. The batteries supported fast charging, allowing 80% charge in just 60 minutes. It is possible that when TVS launches its new electric scooter next year, it could improve upon these numbers.
    TVS new electric scooter will be positioned above the existing iQube. It will be offered at a premium price. iQube will continue to be the entry-level electric scooter from TVS. By end of this fiscal, iQube is expected to be available at 1,000 dealerships spread across the country. As of now, iQube is offered in select cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Coimbatore.
    TVS Creon Concept
    In addition to Creon based electric scooter, TVS is also working on a new range of electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers. It includes a performance-oriented electric motorcycle as well. These new electric vehicles will have battery packs in 5-25kW capacity. They will be manufactured at a new facility that is currently being developed inside the existing Hosur plant. Around 500-600 engineers are involved in the design and development of these electric vehicles. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter Registers 1 Lakh Bookings In 1 Day – New Record

    Ola Electric ScooterOla is also building a wide Hypercharging network across 400 cities in India
    The upcoming Ola electric scooter has managed to create enough buzz ahead of its launch, thanks to the company’s CEO, Bhavish Aggarwal, who has been very active on social media of late. Bookings of the highly anticipated e-scooter have commenced at a token amount of just Rs 499.
    Record Bookings
    In just 24 hours, Ola Electric scooter bookings has crossed the 1 lakh mark. This is a new record in Indian auto industry. Never before a company has registered such high number of bookings in first 24 hours.
    Bavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO, Ola said “I am thrilled by the tremendous response from customers across India for our first electric vehicle. The unprecedented demand is a clear indicator of shifting consumer preferences to EVs. This is a huge step forward in our mission to transition the world to sustainable mobility. I thank all the consumers who have booked the Ola Scooter and have joined the EV revolution. This is only the beginning!”
    Ola Electric Scooter Variants Details Leak
    However, the upcoming scooter hasn’t found a brand name, at least in public. Upon checking the Government’s official trademark registry, we have got a hint of what the e-scooter might be called. Apparently, Ola Electric has filed three trademarks for three names which are Series S, S1, and S1 Pro.
    More Details
    From the looks of it, Series S is expected to be the official brand name of the scooter, while S1 and S1 Pro could be its other two variants, the former being the base trim. As of now, it has been referred to as ‘Ola electric scooter’ which is a very generic term. All variants will differ in terms of features, specifications and maybe colour options as well.
    Ola Electric Scooter Variants Name Leak Via Trademark Filings
    The overall design of the e-scooter is expected to remain similar regardless of the variant. Series S could be the base variant while S1 and S1 PRO could be higher variants. The difference between the variants is expected to be in terms of colour options and ride range.
    Colour Options & Highlights
    Recently, images of the production-spec model of the upcoming Ola e-scooter were leaked online which gave insights about its colour options. As of now, we know that the Ola electric scooter will be offered in at least three paint schemes- Blue, Black and Pink.
    Previous teasers have already highlighted that it would be offering some class-leading attributes in the form of under-seat storage, single-charge range and app-based keyless access to the scooter.
    Features & Specs
    Speaking of features, the base S1 trim is expected to miss out on some of the premium tech on board the premium S1 Pro trim. Some of its notable features expected to be offered in the upcoming e-scooter include alloy wheels, removable Lithium-ion battery, digital instrument console, cloud connectivity and more which could be derived from its Dutch twin Etergo Appscooter.
    Specifications of the e-scooter haven’t been revealed as of now but we can expect a range of 150km on a single charge. The company claims disruptive prices for the segment, hence it is expected to be made available at a price of around Rs 1.0 lakh (ex-showroom). Official launch of the electric scooter is expected to take place by the end of this month. More

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    Jawa Badged Bristol Veloce 500 Retro-Classic Scrambler Spied

    New Jawa 500cc Scrambler SpiedMysterious new motorcycle has been spied with Jawa badging – The original is a 471cc motorcycle from Bristol
    Jawa is actively working on several products including a Yezdi RoadKing revival, and is also gearing up to explore the higher echelons of the lucrative medium displacement world. Now, photos of new motorcycle have surfaced online. These are wearing Jawa badging. The motorcycle derives inspiration from Honda’s design language.
    There is a badging of ‘RVR500’ just below the fuel tank. Two colour options are seen. The green one has brown seat while the red one has black seat. The interesting wheels with conventional orientation of the spokes definitely stand out.
    Bristol Veloce 500
    Bristol Motorcycle
    The same motorcycles which have been spied with Jawa badge, are exactly same as Bristol Motorcycles – a Philippines based motorcycle manufacturer. It is sold as Bristol Veloce 500. It is priced at about PHP 348k, which is approx Rs 5.2 lakhs as per today’s conversion rates.
    Specifications
    Bristol Veloce 500 is equipped with a liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder (as evident by the twin exhaust downtubes) 471cc engine. Power output is rated at 35 kW (47 hp) @ 8500 rpm and 43 Nm @ 6500 rpm. Transmission is taken care by a 6 speed gearbox.
    New Jawa 500cc Scrambler Spied
    Other highlights include upside-down telescopic front forks, twin-exhaust canisters, monoshock rear suspension, and a single rear disc brake. It is equipped with a fully digital instrument console and dual-channel ABS. The meaty tyres with pronounced buttons give the motorcycle a mild scrambler appeal.
    Bristol Veloce 500
    Dimensions
    Bristol Veloce 500 is 2156mm long, 850mm wide and 1177mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 1460mm and a seat height of 760mm. Kerb weight is at 173 Kgs, while ground clearance is at 190mm. Front Tyre size is 110/80-18 while at the rear is 160/60-17. Full specs can be seen in the table below.
    Is it coming to India?
    Nothing much is known about this motorcycle with Jawa branding and its India launch. It is likely that Jawa brand has partnered with some other company to rebadge the Bristol Veloce 500 and sell it in a select country.
    New Jawa 500cc Scrambler Spied
    For now, Jawa is busy establishing itself in India as well as Europe. Exports of their existing range of motorcycles started a few months ago. The company is also reportedly working on a pure electric motorcycle as well as revival of BSA brand for the UK market.
    With an established dealership network across the country, expanding its portfolio to cover a wider range of audience is the logic way forward for Classic Legends. Will the 500cc Jawa scrambler come to India, only time will tell. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter Spied In Pink, Blue Colours For 1st Time – Range Details Leak

    Ola Electric Scooter in Pink and BlueThe yet unnamed Ola electric scooter will receive best-in-segment under seat storage space, category-leading long range charge and keyless, app-based access
    We have long been talking about the new Ola electric scooter that is now getting ready for launch. Test mules under heavy camouflage have been doing the rounds since the start of this year. Ola has revealed their electric scooter for India in its production ready guise already.
    More recently, Bhavish Aggarwal, OLA Group CEO and Chairman, has tweeted on the upcoming Ola electric scooter. He has offered insights into its onboard features, some of which are said to be best in class with under-seat storage space as reports claims to offer 50 liters of storage space. Other exclusive features will also include keyless, app-based access along with category leading long range charge.
    Features that the new Ola e-scooter will also get could include a digital instrument cluster, cloud connectivity, alloy wheels, a removable lithium battery pack and telescopic suspension. The company’s advertising team had also released some ‘crazy ads’ and Aggarwal’s tweet also indicated that anyone with ideas on marketing could get in touch with the company or re-tweet.
    New Colours
    Ola Electric scooter has already been revealed in black and white colour options via studio images. Just recently, Ola CEO had asked on twitter what colour options should the Ola electric scooter be offered with. Now, thanks to anonymous automotive enthusiast, the upcoming Ola Electric scooter is seen in Blue and Pink colour options.
    Ola Electric Scooter – New Colours
    Starting today, consumers can book their Ola Scooter on olaelectric(dot)com by paying a refundable deposit of Rs 499. OLA CEO announced on twitter – “India’s EV revolution begins today! Bookings now open for the Ola Scooter! India has the potential to become the world leader in EVs and we’re proud to lead this charge!” Those who book now will get priority delivery.
    Ola Electric Scooter – New Colours
    Ola Plant with Industry 4.0 norms
    Ola Electric is currently working on setting up a state of the art production unit and has also entered into an agreement with Siemens for the plant in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, at an investment of Rs.2,400 crores. The facility will have full capacity of 10 million units per annum making it the world’s largest two-wheeler factory.
    The Ola Tamil Nadu plant will help to generate around 10,000 employment opportunities and will comply with Industry 4.0 norms. Besides catering to the demands in Indian markets will also focus on exports to countries of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
    Ola Electric Scooter Range – 122 kms with 87% charge
    Class-Leading Speed, Performance and Range
    The Ola electric scooter will be launched in India sometime in the coming weeks. As per the leaked spy shot, the console shows there is 87% charge remaining and 122 kms range. At the same rate, a 100% batter should deliver range of 140-150 kms. Ola is yet to reveal official range of their electric scooter.
    Acceleration from 0 to 45 km/h will be achieved in 3.9 seconds while top speed will be at above 80 km/h. The Ola e-scooter could be priced in around Rs 1 lakh and will rival the likes of the Ather 450X, Bajaj e-Chetak, TVS iQube and other e-scooters also set for launch in our markets in the near future. More

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    Ola Electric Scooter Bookings Open At Rs 499 – Pink, Blue Colours Spied

    Ola Electric Scooter – New ColoursThe yet unnamed Ola electric scooter will receive best-in-segment under seat storage space, category-leading long range charge and keyless, app-based access
    We have long been talking about the new Ola electric scooter that is now getting ready for launch. Test mules under heavy camouflage have been doing the rounds since the start of this year. Ola has revealed their electric scooter for India in its production ready guise already.
    More recently, Bhavish Aggarwal, OLA Group CEO and Chairman, has tweeted on the upcoming Ola electric scooter. He has offered insights into its onboard features, some of which are said to be best in class with under-seat storage space as reports claims to offer 50 liters of storage space. Other exclusive features will also include keyless, app-based access along with category leading long range charge.
    Features that the new Ola e-scooter will also get could include a digital instrument cluster, cloud connectivity, alloy wheels, a removable lithium battery pack and telescopic suspension. The company’s advertising team had also released some ‘crazy ads’ and Aggarwal’s tweet also indicated that anyone with ideas on marketing could get in touch with the company or re-tweet.
    New Colours
    Ola Electric scooter has already been revealed in black and white colour options via studio images. Just recently, Ola CEO had asked on twitter what colour options should the Ola electric scooter be offered with. Now, thanks to anonymous automotive enthusiast, the upcoming Ola Electric scooter is seen in Blue and Pink colour options.
    Ola Electric Scooter – New Colours
    Starting today, consumers can book their Ola Scooter on olaelectric(dot)com by paying a refundable deposit of Rs 499. OLA CEO announced on twitter – “India’s EV revolution begins today! Bookings now open for the Ola Scooter! India has the potential to become the world leader in EVs and we’re proud to lead this charge!” Those who book now will get priority delivery.
    Ola Electric Scooter Range – 122 kms with 87% charge
    Ola Plant with Industry 4.0 norms
    Ola Electric is currently working on setting up a state of the art production unit and has also entered into an agreement with Siemens for the plant in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, at an investment of Rs.2,400 crores. The facility will have full capacity of 10 million units per annum making it the world’s largest two-wheeler factory.
    The Ola Tamil Nadu plant will help to generate around 10,000 employment opportunities and will comply with Industry 4.0 norms. Besides catering to the demands in Indian markets will also focus on exports to countries of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
    Ola Electric Scooter – New Colours
    Class-Leading Speed, Performance and Range
    The Ola electric scooter to be launched in India sometime in second half of 2021, will have a maximum range of 240 kms per single charge. Acceleration from 0 to 45 km/h will be achieved in 3.9 seconds while top speed will be at above 80 km/h. The Ola e-scooter could be priced in around Rs 1 lakh and will rival the likes of the Ather 450X, Bajaj e-Chetak, TVS iQube and other e-scooters also set for launch in our markets in the near future. More