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  1. AbRaj

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    Bajaj Dominar 400 Launched In India Priced At Rs. 1.36 Lakh; Targets 20% Share
    By Sameer Contractor | Dec 15, 2016


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    Highlights
    • The Dominar 400 is the biggest ever motorcycle to come from Bajaj Auto
    • The 373cc DTS-i engine makes 34.5bhp and 35Nm of torque
    • Deliveries for the new Dominar 400 will commence in January 2017

    Lifting curtains off the highly awaited model of the year, the Bajaj Dominar 400 has been officially launched in the country with an introductory price starting at Rs. 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the non-ABS version. Bajaj Auto's biggest motorcycle ever begins a new journey for the bike maker in the premium space and the company states that it will be the first in the series of big muscular bikes for the fast growing premium bike segment.


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    Speaking on the launch of the Bajaj Dominar 400, Eric Vas, President, Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto said, "We believe that a high quality product with the latest technology and offering high performance should be accessible, unlike what many think that high quality and premiumness is also expensive. So we've priced it at Rs 1.36 lakh to make it accessible to a wide range of customers."
    Power on the Bajaj Dominar 400 comes from the 373.2cc DTS-i single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is tuned to produce 34.5bhp at 8000rpm and 35Nm of torque at 8500rpm. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox and also gets a slipper clutch, a first for any Bajaj offering. The bike comes with 43 mm telescopic front forks and an adjustable monoshock rear suspension, while braking performance comes from 320 mm front and 230 mm rear disc brakes. The bike also gets dual-channel ABS.




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    Bajaj Dominar 400: Instrument Cluster

    In terms of styling, the Bajaj Dominar 400 retains the muscular and aggressive lines. The design is attention seeking and mixes a sports bike style with the stance of a cruiser. Furthermore, you get full LED headlamps on the Dominar 400, a first in the segment, while it also comes with Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) function as standard.




    The Bajaj Dominar 400 will be available in three colours - Midnight Blue, Twilight Plum and Moon White. The bike will be initially sold via 80 showrooms across 22 towns in the country. The company will accept bookings for the Dominar only online for a token amount of Rs. 9000, while test rides and deliveries will happen at the dealerships.




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    Bajaj Dominar 400: Side Profile


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    The Bajaj Dominar 400 primarily competes against the Royal Enfield Classic 350. With respect to competition, Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto said, "People can ride the Bullet and if they want to go faster than the Bullet, they can ride the Dominar." And here's everything you need to know about the Bajaj Dominar 400 Bike

    The Dominar 400 will also be exported to international markets including Europe, Malaysia, Philippines, Dubai among others, while deliveries in India will commence from January next year. Bajaj is aiming to sell 15,000 units of the Dominar 400 every month, while an annual targeted is marked at 2,00,000 units. The company aims to capture 20 per cent of the market share in the premium motorcycle segment with its newest offering and with that pricing, the number certainly does not seem optimistic.




    Bajaj Dominar 400 Prices:
    Variants Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Bajaj Dominar 400 non-ABS Rs. 1,36,000
    Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS Rs. 1,50,000
    Bajaj Dominar 400 Specifications:
    Engine 373cc single-cylinder DTS-i
    Power 34.5bhp @ 8000rpm
    Torque 35Nm @ 8500rpm
    Transmission 6-speed with Slipper Clutch
    Kerb Weight 182 kg
    0-100 kmph 8.32 seconds
    Top Speed 148 kmph
    ABS Dual Channel
    Bajaj Dominar 400 Dimensions:
    Length 2156 mm
    Width 813 mm
    Height 1113 mm
    Wheelbase 1453 mm
    Fuel Tank Capacity 13 Litres
    Suspension 43mm Front Forks, Adjustable Rear Monoshock
    Brakes 320mm (Front), 230mm (Rear) with ABS
    Tyre Size 110/70/R17, 150/60/R17 MRF
     
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    2017 KTM 390 Duke

    With the existing 390 Duke a runaway success in India, it’s only logical that we get the updated version for 2017. Nicknamed "The Corner Rocket" by KTM, the bike looks a whole lot better than what was anticipated. The design has been revised to be sharper than before, with a taller tank (now made of steel with increased capacity of 13.4 litres), and the new, pointy LED headlight along with LED running lights.

    The instrument cluster is an all-colour TFT unit with an optional "KTM MY RIDE" system that allows riders to hook up their smartphones via Bluetooth for a hands-free kit and audio player. The split seats have been revised as well -- we really hope this redesign makes the rear seat more comfortable for pillions -- but at first glance, it doesn't appear so. Another improvement in rider interface is the inclusion of adjustable clutch and brake levers.

    On the chassis front, the bike gets a new lightweight trellis frame with a bolt-on sub-frame. The extremely lightweight die cast aluminium swing-arm looks like the older one, but this too is new for 2017. The front suspension is composed of 43mm open cartridge, separate function forks designed by WP Suspension. The 390 gets a Brembo-developed larger 320mm front brake disc (compared to 300mm from the previous bike), but the radially-mounted four-piston caliper looks like it's carried over.

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    On the engine front, the 373.2cc single-cylinder mill is more or less the same, barring a few updates that include a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire as well as a new balancer shaft to reduce vibrations. The underbelly exhaust has been scrapped in favour of a side-mounted unit that's Euro IV compliant, much like what the European RC390 got last year. There's no difference in power figures, with the engine making a maximum of 43.5hp. We, however, expect this new bike to be considerably smoother than before.

    Expected launch date: Q1 2017
    Expected launch price: Rs 2.1 lakh (ex-showroom)

    TVS Apache RTR 300

    This will be the first fully-faired motorcycle to be produced by TVS and is expected to hit showrooms towards the middle of 2017. It was first showed off as concept at the Auto Expo 2016 and was called the Akula 310. This bike displayed all the tell tale signs of being an extremely track-focused machine. Obviously, the production machine does not come equipped with the carbon-fibre body panels that were in the concept, but the design cues are expected to be carried over fairly unchanged, as have been observed in the spy pictures of the bike caught testing.

    The RTR 300 will sport a powerplant that was jointly developed with BMW Motorrad. It’s the same 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 33.6hp, which will power the BMW G310 R. The G310 R will be launched first in India, followed by the Akula 310. The bike will come equipped with USD forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear, which the spy pics can attest to. The concept model sported some high-tech kit such as a steering-damper, but this will not make it to the production bike.

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    Judging by the other motorcycles in the TVS stable, we can expect the Apache RTR 300 to arrive with the same levels of refinement as other models, the bonus being its track-focus. The KTM RC 390 should finally have some single-cylinder competition, but we are yet to see how the RTR 300 matches up in performance.

    Expected launch date: Q3 2017
    Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh

    Triumph Bonneville Bobber

    Triumph’s new Bonneville Bobber is a nod to the “bob jobs” of the past which were the favourite of custom motorcycle makers in America, built using British parallel twin motorcycles. This new Bobber from Triumph is based on the latest-generation Bonneville T120. While it retains most of the mechanical bits, the swingarm and rear suspension have been completely changed to go with the whole Bobber aesthetic. With Triumph bringing most of its latest Bonneville range to India, we expect this bike to hit our shores by the middle of next year.
    In order to stick true to the low-Bobber stance, this new bike maintains clean lines, a single seat, wide flat handlebars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire-spoke wheels as well as a chunky rear wheel. The rear wheel also gets a hub designed to mimic a classic drum brake and there’s an authentic battery box with a stainless-steel strap, rear mudguard loop and bar-end mirrors to complete the look.

    As this new bike is based on the Bonneville T120, it shares most of its frame and front suspension. However, to mimic the true Bobber hard-tail appearance, Triumph has engineered an entirely new cage-type swingarm with paddock stand bobbin mounts and a monoshock rear suspension that’s neatly hidden away. The floating single-seat setup is not just unique in the way it looks, but in the way it functions as well. The slotted seat design not only allows riders to slide it forward or backwards as required, but the entire rail on which it is mounted can be tilted up or down, making for a highly customisable riding position. At the lowest setting, the seat height is just 690mm, which should make the Bonneville Bobber a hit even amongst those who are a bit vertically challenged. Even the single instrument pod is tilt-adjustable and its angle can be changed by using a simple quick-release mechanism.

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    Since the HT (high torque) spec 1,200cc parallel-twin motor has been borrowed from the T120, this Bonneville Bobber makes 80hp of peak power and 105Nm of peak torque. The slick shifting six-speed gearbox has been maintained as has the ride-by-wire throttle. The electronics package which features Road and Rain riding modes, switchable traction control as well as ABS has also been kept as it is.

    Expected launch date: Q2 2017
    Expected launch price: Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom)
     
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    After a long time 2 Wheeler indistry will be at below 1 million mark this month.... 35% degrowth....Thanks to Demonotisation
     
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    It will bounce back in summer season
     
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    For the many vehicles of the following types in India, please be aware that Toyota has recalled 2003-06 Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra and Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX470, and 2004-06 GX470 models for faulty airbag control modules, which can cause the side curtain shield airbags to inadvertently deploy. This is due to improper programming of the airbag control module, and dealers will replace the airbag control module with a new part, that has improved programming.

    This dangerous condition lasts for the first 6 seconds after starting the vehicle only, so vehicles that are not serviced by dealers due to any reason should wait for at least 6 seconds before driving. This allows the sensors enough time to calibrate correctly and prevents inadvertent deployment.

    A new airbag control module costs about $800 if not covered by Toyota warranty, plus about 2 hours labor for installation.
     
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    Bajaj Dominar 400 deliveries commence
    The January-production Dominar 400 was sold out within 14 days of the bike's launch; online booking open for February deliveries.

    Jan 10, 2017

    Bajaj Auto has started deliveries of the Dominar 400 from its dealerships in 22 cities. The Dominar 400 was launched on December 15, 2016.

    Bookings for the premium sports bike can be registered on the company’s official website for an amount of Rs 9,000. The company has claimed that the January production of the Dominar was sold out within 14 days of the launch. The online booking now continues for deliveries that will take place in February.

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    Commenting on the same, Eric Vas, president (Motorcycle Sales), Bajaj Auto said, “We are delighted with the overwhelming positive response we have received for the Dominar 400 from the 22 cities where we had commenced online bookings. We have received numerous enquiries from other towns as well. We are upgrading the sales and service capabilities of dealers in other towns and they will be progressively be appointed for Dominar. The booking at the new centres will also be through our website, and delivery would be on a first-come, first-served basis."

    The Dominar 400 is available in Midnight Blue, Twilight Plum and Moon White colours and is priced at Rs 1,50,000 for the ABS-equipped model and Rs 1,36,000 for disc brake version (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

    http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-news/bajaj-dominar-400-deliveries-commence-403920.aspx

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    The Japanese (Maruti Suzuki , Honda and Toyota) and the South Koreans (Hyundai) have completely taken over our Passenger Vehicles Market...



    I hope Desi Producers Step Up their Game and gain a respectable market share across all categories....

    I am looking forward to Tata's and Mahindra's new Cars....

    Mahindra seems to be doing better than Tata lately....Tata has been punching under it's weight for quite long...
    I hope they take over the market with cars like...The Zest, Tiago, Bolt, Nexon, Hexa, And the other upcoming premium SUV's...And I hope Mahindra too comes out with new Sedans , Premium Sedans and Premium SUV's....


    PS : Indian Makers are leading in the CV market though...
     
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    the new Tata cars are quite good,hope they do well
     
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    They'll. Tata is going good with the Tiago. Upcoming Nexon looks like a cool car. Would look even better if customized.

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    Tata Hexa is our comeback to UV space, there is more to come says Gunter Butschek

    Mumbai: Tata Motors, after having reclaimed some lost share in the car market with the Tiago hatchback, is attempting to make a comeback in the utility vehicle space with two to three new products.

    The company on Wednesday launched the premium Hexa SUV — priced between Rs 11.99 lakh and Rs 17.50 lakh — and managing director Gunter Butschek called it just the beginning. There is a range of SUVs that company has lined up for launch: from the Nexon to take on compact soft roaders like the Ford EcoSport and Maurti Vitara Brezza to plush and performance vehicle like a new Safari Storm.

    “There is much more in the UV segment for us, there is much more you can expect from Tata Motors in the latter half of this year. This is our return in the utility vehicle segment,” he said. “We understand that customer segments have changed and they are seeking more utility lifestyle products and that is what we intend to offer in the future.”

    The SUV that is set to make its market entry later this year is the compact Nexon.

    According to several people in the know, Tata Motors will be moving towards two modular vehicle architectures in the future. These will give it the flexibility make several models on the same platform.


    The X4 architecture will form the basis of future cars and small compact UVs. There is also a separate utility vehicle architecture that has been conceived. It is likely to replace the Safari Storm and spawn out a number of new utility vehicles in the premium segment.

    In the second half of 2017, the company will be launching the Nexon sub-four-metre SUV. There is a premium SUV planned on a Land Rover platform, codenamed Q5, which may hit the market in 2018.

    http://auto.economictimes.indiatime...is-more-to-come-says-gunter-butschek/56658827

    Also,

    Tata Motors regained the No. 4 position in the passenger vehicle space in 2016, overtaking Honda Cars India.
    And in the first nine months of this fiscal year, April-December, it registered a more than 17% expansion, which is more than double of market the growth of 8%.

    Tata Motors products represent only 59% of the overall passenger vehicle market, so there is a big 41% of the market opportunity for the company to tap into, Pareek said. “I call it a blue ocean. And in not too distant future, we will cover the entire 100% of the market.”

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    Decided to develop on this post further...upcoming bikes for 2017 - (only those that are manufactured in India are listed, of which you already covered the KTM and the TVS Akula. Visit the link for the full list, including imports).

    Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

    At the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in 2016, Husqvarna showed off the production versions of the KTM 390-based Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401. We reported that the production of these bikes had started at the Bajaj plant a little while back, and we expect the road-oriented Vitpilen to be launched in India later in 2017.

    The Vitpilen is the cafe racer version of the 401 and shares its mechanical components with the KTM 390 Duke. It is powered by the same 43.5hp 373cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor, which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It also gets the new trellis frame (with its bolt-on sub frame) from the 2017 KTM Duke 390. The front gets a 43mm WP upside down fork and the rear, a WP monoshock --the same fare as the KTM. And even the Bybre brakes are carried over with the front getting a 320mm disc with 4-piston radial caliper, while the rear makes due with a 230mm disc and a single piston caliper. Bosch's 9.11MB dual channel ABS is standard as well.

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    Visually, however, this bike deviates quite dramatically from the Duke, sporting a chunky fuel tank with a short seat. The short seat design is achieved by using a much shorter sub-frame compared to the KTMs. Other Husqvarna design touches include a distinctive round headlight and round instrument cluster. True to its cafe racer styling, the Vitpilen gets low-slung clip-on handlebars, and its 17" wire spoke wheels are shod with road-going tyres.
    Expected launch date: Q3 2017
    Expected launch price: Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom)

    BMW G310 R

    The successful mid-displacement street-naked segment is sure to heat up with the arrival of BMW Motorrad’s G310 R. BMW has played it safe with the styling of the G310 R and strayed away from the general quirkiness that can be seen on its bigger displacement models. The KTM Duke 390 will finally have some competition in this segment. BMW also plans to follow KTM’s 'Make in India' policy and manufacture the G310 R here in collaboration with TVS and then export it to other countries.

    The G310 R will come armed with a 313cc, single-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts that puts down 33.6hp of power, and weighs just 158kg. Of course, figure-wise, this doesn’t seem to stray into the 390 Duke territory except for the price point of Rs 2.2 lakh. But the fresh engine layout should make things quite interesting; the G310 R will come with a reversed-cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine layout. This would allow for a more compact motorcycle with more evenly distributed weight and a lower centre of gravity. The upside of this layout creates space for a longer rear swing-arm, while keeping the wheelbase relatively short to make it a more manoeuvrable motorcycle.

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    If BMW manages to replicate the same levels of refinement and finish found on the larger displacement motorcycles, we can expect the G310 R to be a great all-round. It is set to get 41mm USD forks up front, a mono-shock at the rear, and a 300mm disc with a four-piston caliper at the front. That’s plenty of motorcycle for the price.
    Expected launch date: Q1 2017
    Expected price: Rs 2.2 lakh (ex-showroom)

    BMW G310 GS

    BMW finally took the wraps off the adventure-touring version of the naked G310R at EICMA 2016. Like its naked sibling, the G310 GS has been developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany and will be built at TVS's plant in Hosur, India. The company plans to launch the G310 R first, sometime in March 2017, which will pave the way for the G310 GS model that will follow a few months down the line.

    The baby GS inherits its family styling, with the stubby front beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and tank design. It gets a tubular steel frame, and cast five-spoke wheels. It is powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with four valves and a reversed DOHC cylinder head. It gets a six-speed manual transmission that will be tweaked to suit its adventure-touring nature. The engine will churn out 34hp of power and 28Nm of torque. At 169.5kg, ready to ride, it's not the lightest dual-purpose out there, but it won't be particularly heavy either.

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    It gets gold, upside-down 41mm forks, which have 49mm more travel than the G310R’s. However, it is non-adjustable, while the rear monoshock does boast adjustable preload. ABS will come as standard, as well as a decently-equipped LCD dash. In addition, it will also have a host of official accessories to choose from, including 12-volt power sockets, heated grips, two seat-height options (820mm and 850mm), luggage kits, a centre stand, satellite navigation and smartphone solutions.
    Expected launch date: Q3 2017
    Expected launch price: Rs 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom)

    Tork Motorcycles T6X

    Electric is the future, and the future is finally here. Tork Motorcycle, a Pune-based firm, is set to launch an electric motorcycle T6X that seems to tick all the right boxes. It will also be the first electric motorcycle to be manufactured and sold in India. Founded by mechanical engineer Kapil Shelke, his passion for racing has seen Tork Motorcycle participate in professional racing, including events like the coveted Isle of Man's TTXGP (electric motorcycle class) to the TT Zero Race. The Tork racing motorcycle even secured a podium on its debut appearance at the Isle of Man.

    With the T6X, Tork plans to cater to the 125cc commuter bike buyers who are looking for something more premium. While the bike is expected to cost more than its immediate competition, the company claims that the lower running costs of the bike (a full recharge costs Rs 10-20) means that the additional expenses incurred will be easily recovered within a year of purchase.

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    Two charging stations have already been installed in Pune, and the company aims to set up a total of 100 stations by the time the bike is launched in the city. The company is working on a similar plan for other cities too, which is expected to be completed within a year of the bike's launch. The T6X is expected to deliver a maximum range of over 100km on a single charge, while top-speed has been limited to 85kph. Its Li-ion battery can reach 80 percent charge in one hour when plugged into a 15A source, and will attain full charge in two hours. It gets bespoke tyres developed by Ceat and features regenerative braking that charges the bike’s batteries upon decelerating. The bike is already ABS compatible, but initial models will make do without the safety feature.

    The highlight of the T6X is its connectivity features. It will get a display with navigation and a Mirror Link-like interface which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The bike was officially unveiled in October 2016 and Tork plans to launch the T6X early 2017.
    Expected Launch Date: Q1 2017
    Expected Price: Rs1.25 lakh

    http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-news/upcoming-new-bikes-for-2017-399363.aspx/0
     
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    Tata Motors' modular platform

     
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    Good to see that TATA is adapting monocoque chasi instead of bulky ladders frame. It will provide better stability and internal space.
     
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    Army/ITBP forces in Kashmir/North, North-East should look at procuring several modern off-roading bikes for non-combat transport roles where a single man w/ equipment (bags) etc. need to go from post to post. The Indian-made G310GS could be something to look at.
     

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