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Honda’s retail sales have crossed the 21,000 units’ mark.

Honda’s retail sales have crossed the 21,000 units’ mark.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today shared that since the re-opening of its network outlets in step wise manner and resuming dispatches this week, the retail sales momentum has started building up and Honda’s retail sales have crossed the 21,000 units’ mark.

Honda 2Wheelers retails 21,000 & serviced 2.5 lac units in May’20 Over 45% dealerships & 30% of total touchpoints re-open post lockdown relaxation Honda resumes dispatches and Offer attractive finance for Customers Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today shared that since the re-opening of its network outlets in step wise manner and resuming dispatches this week, the retail sales momentum has started building up and Honda’s retail sales have crossed the 21,000 units’ mark. Parallely, nearly 2.5 lac Honda customers have got their two-wheelers serviced at its dealerships & authorized service outlets across India. With Safety comes First approach, 45% of Honda dealers and 30% of its total network touch points now have re-opened. All these outlets are firmly adhering to the guidelines issued by the Government and also ensuring their processes and infrastructure readiness as per comprehensive “Dealership Operations Resumption Manual” released by Honda. Sharing on how Honda is prioritizing customer and staff safety while managing business continuity across its network in these uncertain times, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In these challenging times, Honda 2Wheelers India is cautiously moving forward synergizing with the new ecosystem. Safeguarding the health & well-being, Honda network is well equipped & geared up to delight customers. With ready availability of six of India’s favorite BSVI products, we are seeing increasing take off in retails by the day. Growing numbers of vehicles reporting at our touch points for servicing is a testimony to customers’ trust & assurance in Honda and our network readiness to serve them while taking care of new hygiene & Social distancing norms.” As the next step to give more peace-of-mind and enable its customers further, several attractive retail finance schemes and more buying convenience have been introduced at Honda’s network. Honda customers can now avail upto 100% loan to value, low down-payment and savings going upto Rs. 12,000*. Parallely, customers can also choose to buy on EMI from a range of 20+ credit and debit cards. Online booking is also available at many of Honda’s dealership. * Saving varies as per loan amount, tenure and fitment of customer With Safety Comes First, Honda says lets together Break the Chain of COVID-19: Honda 2Wheelers India has issued a comprehensive Dealership Operations Resumption Manual to all its customer touchpoints. All Honda dealer showrooms and workshops are adhering to strict safety & health protocols while ensuring social distancing between staff and customers to effectively Break the Chain.
honda introduces livo bs6

honda introduces livo bs6

The all new Livo BSVI is designed and built for next era of transformation. At the heart of Livo BSVI ticks Bharat Stage VI compliant Honda’s trusted 110cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, boosted by Enhanced Smart Power (eSP).

Cutting-edge Technology #AQuietRevolution: Patented NEWACG starter motor ensures quick, silent, jolt-free start every time Performance & Efficiency: 110cc HET BSVI PGM-FI engine powered by eSP (Enhanced Smart Power) Comfort & Convenience NEW DC headlamp provides constant illumination for convenient slow speed & night riding NEW Engine start/stop switch: Convenience of engine start/stop from single switch NEW Integrated headlamp beam & passing switch: Single switch to control both functions NEW Longer comfortable seat (+17mm) provides ample space for comfortable long distance riding Amazing Style & Value NEW Urban style: Chiseled tank shrouds, refreshed digital analogue meter, modern front visor & tank design highlight sporty character Special 6-year warranty package on Livo BSVI Livo BSVI is available in 2 variants - Drum & Disc Attractively priced starting at Rs. 69,422(for Drum version, ex-showroom Jaipur, Rajasthan) New Delhi, ­­June 30, 2020: Taking another step towards a greener future and taking #AQuietRevolution forward, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today launched its stylish 110cc motorcycle, the all new Livo BSVI. Further elaborating about Livo BSVI, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, "In our BSVI line up, we continue to create new value that enhances the quality of daily life and reinforce customer trust and confidence in our brand. Since its launch in 2015, Livo has been a favourite among aspirational buyers in its category. Equipped with Honda's latest technology & its urban design, Honda Livo BSVI will raise the bar of style, performance and value in its segment”. Cutting-edge Technology The all new Livo BSVI is designed and built for next era of transformation. At the heart of Livo BSVI ticks Bharat Stage VI compliant Honda’s trusted 110cc PGM-FI HET (Honda Eco Technology) engine, boosted by Enhanced Smart Power (eSP). All new Livo BSVI brings future technology to the present, bringing India at par with the global standards - the Sophisticated, Precise & Sensitive - Enhanced Smart Power (eSP). Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) is an integration of the following: Unique Honda ACG starter sparks #AQuietRevolution on Indian roads as it starts engine jolt free via the same AC generator used to generate current and charge the battery while riding. This eliminates the need for a conventional starter motor, thus, there are no gear meshing noises. Two mechanical features lead to engine start with less effort - the first being efficient utilization of decompression with slightly opened exhaust valves (at the beginning of compression stroke) and Swing Back NEW feature which rotates the engine in a slightly opposite direction, which allows the piston to take a ‘running start’, making it easier to start the engine with a small amount of power. Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI): The system uses sensors to constantly inject optimum fuel and air mixture which aids consistent power output, high fuel efficiency & less emissions. Friction reduction: The offset cylinder and use of roller rocker arm with needle bearing further reduces the frictional loss which not only helps in smooth and better power output, but also improves fuel efficiency. The piston cooling jet improves cooling efficiency & maintains optimum engine temperature further adding to fuel efficiency and performance. HET Tubeless Tyre: Livo BSVI comes fitted with rear HET Tyre (Low Rolling Resistance tyre). Developed with a new tyre compound technology, it reduces energy loss while maintaining optimum grip leading to improved fuel efficiency. Comfort & Convenience DC headlamp NEW: Bright & constant DC headlamp makes riding over rough roads & low speeds during night more convenient. Integrated engine start/stop switch NEW: Adding more convenience to the riding is an integrated engine start/stop switch. The two-way functioning switch can be used to start the engine when pressed downwards and acts as an engine kill switch when pressed upward. Integrated headlamp beam & passing switch NEW: It provides the convenience of controlling high beam/low beam & passing signal with a flick of a finger. Service due indicator: Reminds you when to get the vehicle serviced without even depending on someone. The blinking indicates the vehicle has reached the specified distance for service while continuous glow signifies that vehicle has crossed the specified distance for service. The 5 step adjustable rear suspension can be adjusted as per road conditions for a smoother ride. A longer comfortable seat (+17mm) with a smooth integration with the fuel tank provides ample space for comfortable long distance travel. It also comes with seal chain which needs less frequent adjustments and low maintenance. Making every ride on new Livo BSVI comfortable and convenient, is the Combi-Brake System (CBS) with equalizer. Urban Style Honda Livo leaves a long lasting impression with its new and refreshed urban style. Chiseled tank shrouds, modern front visor and bold fuel tank design give it a stronger and sporty character. Striking graphics add an appeal of premiumness to new Livo BSVI while new refreshed digital analogue meter leaves a lasting style impression. Essential Reliability As another industry first, Honda is also offering a special 6-year warranty package NEW (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on Livo BSVI. Price, Variants & Colors The all new Livo BSVI dispatches will commence starting this week. There will be available in two variants - Drum & Disc in four stunning colors - Athletic Blue Metallic, Matte Axis Gray Metallic, Imperial Red Metallic and Black. The price for Livo BSVI starts from Rs. 69,422 (for Drum version, ex-showroom Jaipur, Rajasthan).
mv agusta brutale 1000 rr ml

mv agusta brutale 1000 rr ml

MV Agusta is known for its run of limited-edition motorcycles based on products that are quite exclusive to begin with. We’ve seen the company make 300 units of the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro and 144 units of the Brutale 800 RR LH44, but this blue and white Brutale 1000 RR ML has taken exclusivity to the next level – it comes with a unique limited-run plaque that reads 1 of 1! The company hasn’t revealed what ML in its name stands for.

MV Agusta is known for its run of limited-edition motorcycles based on products that are quite exclusive to begin with. We’ve seen the company make 300 units of the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro and 144 units of the Brutale 800 RR LH44, but this blue and white Brutale 1000 RR ML has taken exclusivity to the next level – it comes with a unique limited-run plaque that reads 1 of 1! The company hasn’t revealed what ML in its name stands for. While the company hasn’t added this ultra special-edition Brutale 1000 RR to its website, it did reveal a few details on its Facebook page. MV Agusta has said that “the ML is an exclusive bike which all started from the base of a Brutale 1000 RR and a vision. Our senior designer drew inspiration from various models built in the past using the blue and white color scheme such as the Brutale 910R Italia, which was a commemorative model produced to celebrate the Italian national football team winning the 2006 World Cup, additionally also from the Brutale 800 Italia of 2013 and the various versions of the Brutale America. The frame and swingarm plates came in a matte gold finishing as well as the forged aluminum rims with black inserts.” Other than the colour scheme, the oval-shaped headlamp, large tank and tiny tail with the integrated LED light, remain the same as the standard bike; as do the aero fins next to the radiator. A second generation, high-resolution, 5.0-inch colour TFT display serves as the interface to toggle through a vast menu and alter the Brutale’s 8-level traction control system and rider modes. The electronics are also IMU-assisted. Since this unique bike is based on the standard Brutale 1000 RR, one can expect similar numbers. At 208hp, the bike's output is identical to that of the new Ducati Streetfighter V4’s engine, making both of them the most powerful production naked motorcycles in the business. When MV Agusta revealed the Brutale 1000 RR in November 2019, it said that the internals of the 998cc four-cylinder engine were tweaked, adding new valve guides and camshafts. MV Agusta also claims that the Brutale 1000 RR will sprint to a top speed of 300kph. The special-edition bike also appears to be equipped with the same Ohlins suspension and Brembo Stylema brakes as its mass production counterpart.
BS6 Suzuki Access 125, Burgman Street prices hiked

BS6 Suzuki Access 125, Burgman Street prices hiked

Suzuki Motorcycle India has just announced price hikes for the BS6 Access 125 and the Burgman Street 125. Prices of the Suzuki Access have gone up by Rs 1,700 while the Burgman is dearer by Rs 1,800.

The major talking point here is that this is the second time that Suzuki Access 125 prices have increased since the BS6 model was launched in January 2020, at Rs 64,800. At that time, the difference between the BS4 and BS6 Access 125 was around Rs 6,500. A month ago, Suzuki hiked the price by Rs 2,300 and now, it has gone up by an additional Rs 1,700. That takes the total price difference between the BS4 and BS6 Access 125 to a little over Rs 10,000.

Honda takes Hero Electric to court over scooter design

Honda takes Hero Electric to court over scooter design

Honda Motor Co. has approached the Delhi High Court accusing Hero Electric of imitating one of its scooter’s designs. The application seeks the restriction of manufacturing, selling or advertising the Hero Electric Dash.

In its application, Honda has alleged that Hero Electric is “infringing” the “registered design” of its Moove scooter, particularly the rear cover and front and rear lights. The Moove isn’t on sale in India, but it was on sale in certain Asian markets – like Thailand – up until 2017. In its application, Honda has also submitted the design registration numbers for the aforementioned parts, with a registration date of December 24, 2014; that’s quite a while before the Hero Electric Dash came into existence.

Honda Motor Co. has approached the Delhi High Court accusing Hero Electric of imitating one of its scooter’s designs. The application seeks the restriction of manufacturing, selling or advertising the Hero Electric Dash. In its application, Honda has alleged that Hero Electric is “infringing” the “registered design” of its Moove scooter, particularly the rear cover and front and rear lights. The Moove isn’t on sale in India, but it was on sale in certain Asian markets – like Thailand – up until 2017. In its application, Honda has also submitted the design registration numbers for the aforementioned parts, with a registration date of December 24, 2014; that’s quite a while before the Hero Electric Dash came into existence. Following the initial application, the Delhi High Court conducted a hearing through video conferencing on May 29. It was declared that the defendant, Hero Electric, will be allowed to submit a response on June 2. However, the hearing has since been postponed and is scheduled to take place on June 11. Hero Electric claims that it is at the forefront of electric mobility in India, and with over 500 touchpoints across the country, it certainly is the most established. It is no secret that Hero Electric (which has no connection to Hero MotoCorp) does not fully design and develop its own products, and the company sources them from external international vendors instead. However, this is the first time a major manufacturer has sued it with respect to one of its designs. This is the second piece of news in a week's time of a big manufacturer taking on an alleged copycat. Last week, Piaggio announced victory over a Chinese copy of the Vespa Primavera; the Chinese company subsequently lost its design trademark in Europe. More recently, we also reported on how the upcoming Okinawa Oki100 appears to be nearly identical to a Chinese EV called the ZX-Monster. This product's resemblance to the Ducati Monster is clear, right up to the name. How Ducati chooses to respond will be interesting to see.
Lighting Motorcycles patents enclosed motorcycle concept

Lighting Motorcycles patents enclosed motorcycle concept

Lightning Motorcycles, a US-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, is potentially developing an enclosed motorcycle, according to a patent image that's circulating online. The image has not been officially published by the company. However, it has been registered as a design patent in China. Lighting Motorcycles already has a huge components manufacturing factory in China which could be used to build the new motorcycle, if it makes it to production. At present, the Chinese facility manufacturers components for the Lighting Strike, which is its most affordable electric motorcycle priced at $13,000 (about Rs 9.8 lakh).

Lightning Motorcycles, a US-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, is potentially developing an enclosed motorcycle, according to a patent image that's circulating online. The image has not been officially published by the company. However, it has been registered as a design patent in China. Lighting Motorcycles already has a huge components manufacturing factory in China which could be used to build the new motorcycle, if it makes it to production. At present, the Chinese facility manufacturers components for the Lighting Strike, which is its most affordable electric motorcycle priced at $13,000 (about Rs 9.8 lakh). A close look at the images of the new enclosed motorcycle shows the teardrop-shaped capsule that covers the entire vehicle, save for the wheels. The design certainly looks aerodynamic and it indicates that Lighting Motorcycles is possibly developing a high-performance electric motorcycle with an emphasis on top speed. For the uninitiated, Lightning set a world record for the 'Fastest production electric motorcycle' in 2011, when the LS-218 maxed out at 218mph (315kph) during the Bonneville Salt Flats Speedweek. The other benefits of an enclosed capsule is that it'll certainly keep the rider isolated from the elements. The material used to manufacture the capsule has not been revealed, but given the need to keep the weight in check, carbon fibre or some other composite lightweight material would be the ideal choice. The patent image also does not show any form of crash protection, or a side stand. In fact, what lies behind the walls of the capsule is anybody's guess. The only things that can be identified are that the bike appears to have a long wheelbase and that the large enclosed area could translate to more room for batteries. This, in turn, could boost battery range, which will already be aided by the reduced aerodynamic drag caused by the shape of the capsule. If this vehicle does come to production, it could set new benchmarks for EV range. Questions about the performance and whether or not this concept will make it to production, are yet to be answered. For now, all we can say is that the concept of an enclosed motorcycle is another intriguing concept emerging from the highly experimentive world of two-wheeled EVs.
Suzuki Motorcycle launches doorstep delivery service

Suzuki Motorcycle launches doorstep delivery service

Suzuki Motorcycle has introduced its ‘Suzuki at your doorstep’ service in India. As the name suggests, test rides, the buying process and aftersales services can now be availed at home. The Japanese brand has said that this will help them meet customer demand, during and post lockdown. Suzuki has said that the new service will be available through the company’s website.

BS6 Honda CD 110 Dream launched at Rs 62,729

BS6 Honda CD 110 Dream launched at Rs 62,729

Honda has launched its most affordable model, the CD 110 Dream in BS6-spec. The Honda CD 110 Dream Standard variant is priced at Rs 62,729. At this price point, the BS6 model costs around Rs 12,000 more than its BS4 counterpart. Honda has also said that the updated entry-level commuter also comes in a Deluxe variant, the price for which hasn’t been revealed yet.

Honda has launched its most affordable model, the CD 110 Dream in BS6-spec. The Honda CD 110 Dream Standard variant is priced at Rs 62,729. At this price point, the BS6 model costs around Rs 12,000 more than its BS4 counterpart. Honda has also said that the updated entry-level commuter also comes in a Deluxe variant, the price for which hasn’t been revealed yet. The biggest change to the motorcycle is the new 110cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. While Honda hasn’t revealed the power figures, it is calling this a new engine that will be more fuel-efficient. Whether this is an updated version or an all-new engine (as Honda has done with multiple other BS6 products) is something we will only know when the full specifications are released. Like most other BS6 Honda bikes, the 2020 CD 110 Dream gets the silent-start feature that first made its debut on the BS6 Honda Activa 125. The CD 110 Dream also gets a new starter button that doubles up as a kill switch, similar to the one on the 2020 Honda SP 125. Other changes include a headlight that runs on DC power, which means it isn’t subject to fluctuation like a unit that runs on an alternating current (AC). This is especially useful on dimly lit roads in smaller towns and villages. Speaking of the headlight, the bike also finally gets a pass light switch. Honda has also updated the styling. The bike now features slightly redesigned bodywork, new graphics, a chrome exhaust shield, body-coloured mirrors and alloy wheels, which are now finished in silver unlike the black ones on the previous model. The company has also said that the seat is now 15mm longer. At present, we aren’t aware of the differences between the Deluxe variant and the Standard, when it comes to the pricing and the features list. We expect Honda to reveal these details, along with the specifications, on its website, soon. In terms of competition, the CD 110 Dream goes up against the Hero Splendor Plus, TVS Radeon and the Bajaj CT110. Prices, ex-showroom, Ahmedabad
BS6 Hero HF Deluxe kick-start launched at Rs 46,800

BS6 Hero HF Deluxe kick-start launched at Rs 46,800

Hero has launched more affordable variants of the BS6-compliant HF Deluxe, which get a kick-starter in place of the electric-start feature. The bike is available in two variants – spoke wheel and alloy wheel, priced at Rs 46,800 and Rs 47,800, respectively. For reference, prices of the BS6 HF Deluxe self-start that launched in January start at Rs 56,675; a full Rs 9,875 more than the now most affordable version.

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon price hiked to Rs 90,000

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon price hiked to Rs 90,000

One of Bajaj’s more affordable Pulsar models, the 150 Neon, has witnessed another price hike. The most recent hike, of around Rs 5,000, has taken the 150cc motorcycle’s price to Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The on-road cost, meanwhile, is expected to cross the Rs 1 lakh-mark.

Bajaj launched the Pulsar 150 Neon back in November 2018 at Rs 64,889. Not only was it the cheapest 150cc motorcycle on sale, but also the company’s most affordable Pulsar offering. As time went on, the 150 Neon witnessed multiple small price hikes. Bajaj also went on to launch a 125cc version of the bike, which took the 150 Neon's title of being the most affordable Pulsar.

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