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    Ducati is coming too with Hero:bounce-grn:
     
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    Isn't the Hexa's gearbox designed by a German specialist firm?

    (which is good by the way, this is the way of globalisation= buy the best from anywhere and TATA is a global brand)
     
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    Needs a facelift ASAP, is getting a bit long in the tooth now.
     
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    I think OEM is known as PUNCH
     
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    Toyota launches the new Fortuner starting at Rs 25.92 lakh
    By Sharmistha Mukherjee, ET Bureau | 7 Nov, 2016, 14:55 hrs IST
    • new Fortuner priced between Rs 25.92 lakh and Rs 31.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

      The new Fortuner comes in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol version comes with a 2.7 litre engine and the diesel with a 2.8 litre engine.
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    Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched the all new Fortuner priced between Rs 25.92 lakh and Rs 31.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

    The new Fortuner comes in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol version comes with a 2.7 litre engine and the diesel with a 2.8 litre engine
     
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    Renault Kwid Easy-R AMT officially teased; to be launched soon

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    At the 2016 Auto Expo, that took place earlier this year, Renault showcased not just one but many versions of their successful hatchback – Kwid. The Kwid compact hatchback helped the car manufacturer set a strong foot in the Indian market with competition thrashing sales figures. Taking the game a notch higher, Renault rolled out a 1.0-litre variant of the Kwid last month. And now in further advancement, the French car maker is all set to launch the AMT equipped Kwid in the coming weeks.
     
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    Made in India Baleno launch in South Africa
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    hatchback will be made in Maruti Suzuki’s Haryana plant
     
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    ^^ The Baleno has done well in India and would do well outside it aswell.

    I am eager to hear if Honda launches the hatchback premium civic in India anytime soon.
     
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    Made In India Suzuki Super Carry Launched In Philippines

    Monday, November 7, 2016, 10:50 [IST]


    The India made Suzuki Super Carry has been launched in the Philippines. The Super Carry was first showcased at the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show in September.





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      The Super Carry is targeted towards small and medium businesses. The Suzuki Super Carry is manufactured in the Maruti Suzuki's production facility in Haryana.
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      The Super Carry is powered by 793cc twin-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which produces 32bhp and 75Nm of torque.

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      The engine is compliant with the Euro-IV emission norms. The engine is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle is expected to deliver a mileage of 27 km/l
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    Made in India. :D


    The 2017 BMW G310 GS Is The Ultimate Escape Vehicle

    Andrew P Collins

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    No better way to escape the relentless strobe of shouting that the modern world has become than a motorcycle. Of course all bikes are fuel efficient, but this one looks comfortable. And multi-terrain capable. And it looks dope as hell. The BMW G310 GS is the quintessential motorcycle.

    Some of you may have already read my rant about how adventure biking is best biking, and I’ll let the rest of you click-back if you need a bigger explainer of why this category is so hot right now.

    At this point, I think the BMW G310 GS pretty much perfectly underscores the idea that small, stylish bikes built around versatility rather than dedicated performance on one surface are the next big thing in motorcycling.

    The G310 GS basically just takes the concept of BMW’s legendary long-haul luxury bike (the 1200 GS) and builds it around the G310's single-cylinder engine.

    Riders will get a relaxed, upright seating position you can stand for hours and a butt pad that looks a lot more comfortable than the foam strip on your trail bike. As some of you will be able to discern from from the images, the bike’s architecture is off-road leaning with long-travel suspension, significant ground clearance and a skid plate but the tires and presumably calibration of shocks is optimized for road rides with rough sections and mild dirt excursions.

    I don’t think you’re going to want this bike on a motocross track, but you should do just fine on any trail you can find on a map and some you can’t if you’re willing to take it slow.

    BMW claims the G310 GS is rated to 34 horsepower and 21 ft-lb of torque, with the whole rig weighing a manageable 374 pounds unloaded. ABS is standard and can be user-overridden with a control on the handlebar. The company is promising this will be a true around-the-world bike with a tolerance for “diverse fuel qualities” and emissions compliance in the “world market.”

    Pricing and specifics on performance will come soon, but if I had to guess I’d say this will probably be in the neighborhood of $6,000 when it comes out for the 2017 model year.

    If you’re completely insane and don’t care for the “classic Bimmer” blue-and-blue-and-red-on-white, you can also have the bike in red or black.
     
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    The facelifted version has been out for a while now (right) -

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    If all goes as planned, my family will soon be receiving our XUV500 before New Year.

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    I still wish Mahindra makes the Komodo concept a reality. This model is a design study by a private agency/individuals - not officially by Mahindra, but it distills the Mahindra DNA so well...

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    This is how I want future Mahindra models to be...
     
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    Any EV manufacturers in India besides Mahindra?
     
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    The first BMW motorcycle made outside of Germany, in India, is out to buy:

    http://rideapart.com/articles/2017-bmw-g-310-r-first-ride

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    By Ken Hutchison - December 15, 2016
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    2017 BMW G 310 R – First Ride

    With the arrival of the all-new 2017 BMW G 310 R, a new era in the 100-year history of BMW Motorrad is officially under way. The little G 310 R not only owns the distinction of being the first small-displacement bike BMW has made since some unsuccessful attempts in the 1920s, it’s also the first BMW motorcycle produced outside of Germany. The G 310 R is the first of two confirmed models based on this engine-chassis combo, with more variation likely on the way. But for now, let’s take a look at this sweet little riding machine.

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    It has taken BMW a half decade to perfect this bike and, after riding it on the mean streets of Los Angeles and the curvy canyons that surround it, I believe it was well worth the wait. The fact that BMW has chosen to build an entry-level motorcycle is a surprise to some folks. After all, it’s in stark contrast to the performance-first philosophy the company has taken in the last 10 years with the release of the uber-awesome S 1000 RR, K 1600 GT or Boxer-powered R nineT models for that matter. Instead, this is a purpose-built motorcycle for beginners, commuters, and riders who simply enjoy riding but are looking for something a bit more refined than the same old, small-bore bikes they’ve been offered in the past.

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    The G 310 R is powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 313cc four-stroke single with a reverse cylinder layout that points the intake to the front and the exhaust out the back. It weighs in at a claimed 349 pounds ready to ride and has an easy to manage 30.9-inch seat height, so it’s light enough and low enough that it should not be intimidating for new or smaller riders. That single cylinder of raw power won’t blow experienced riders away but it won't intimidate a newbie, and it is more peppy than most of us expected.

    Our test ride started off in Hollywood during the morning rush, so we were subjected to stop-and-go traffic moving at a slow pace for the first hour. During that time I found the clutch pull to be very light, although the lever is not adjustable and it was a long reach for my size medium hands. Shifting through the six-speed transmission revealed that it makes precise gear changes with a bit of a schnikt-sound when the cogs and dogs align, but otherwise it’s quite smooth. Sometimes there was a little lag between the actual shift and when the gear position indicator would acknowledge the change.

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    The engine is eerily quiet at idle, so much that the first time I fired it up, I couldn’t tell if it was running for a moment. Once you get going and wring the throttle a bit, the stainless muffler emits a respectable little growl as it builds rpm. There’s just enough torque and the gearing is short enough that it doesn’t require dragging the clutch too much when getting it moving from a stop.
     
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    After slogging our way through the quagmire of cages we finally popped out on the 101 Freeway and had our first chance to stretch the BMW's legs a bit and see what she could do. Hitting the on-ramp I held the throttle pinned and rowed through the gears as the tach swept towards its 10,500 rpm redline and traffic disappeared in my mirrors in a blur as the warp drive kicked in. I’m just joking. Actually, that’s not the way it happened. It takes a few moments for it to build up speed, but it was much quicker than I expected.

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    This baby is making due with a claimed 34 horsepower at 9500 rpm so it will not be breaking into the triple digits unless you want it to. It runs great at 70 mph with the tach right around seven grand, which is also about where it feels it’s at its strongest in the rev range. I may be off a few hundred rpm either way but this gives you some idea what to expect. The vibes of the counterbalanced single are noticeable at these speeds but not annoying. Overall, this engine works good on the interstate as well as it does darting around surface streets.

    We made our way across the Mulholland Highway to the world-famous Rock Store for a quick brunch and a cup of coffee to warm our lightly chilled bones. Wind protection was minimal but then again, I didn’t expect any different. I also didn’t really care because I was having a lot of fun riding this bike.

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    From that point, we were officially testing the handling prowess in the 75-mile ride back on Mulholland through the canyons between there and Malibu. By the time we were 20 minutes away from the Rock Store it was obvious the little Beemer could carve with the best of them. Its combination of lightweight, 17-inch tires (our test units came with Michelin Pilot Street – 110/70-17 Front and 150/60-17 Rear) and well-balanced chassis delivers a fun riding experience. Snapping the bike side to side is almost effortless and it feels planted in the higher-speed sweepers, too. The 41mm KYB front fork is not adjustable but it worked well for me despite diving a bit under hard braking.

    BMW reps explained that the shock and fork are set up for a range of riders from 100-200 lbs and they chose to keep the cost down by going with a non-adjustable fork and a simple, preload adjustable shock. They also pointed out that most new riders don’t fiddle with the suspension very much anyway. I weigh in at 185 lbs, so I was on the upper end of that spectrum and I was having a great time blasting up and down So Cal’s best curvy roads. I also heard other journalists saying how impressed they were with the handling, how smooth it is and how fun it is to ride. The way I see it, when it comes to tackling the twisty stuff, the G 310 R is an overachiever. Which means it gets a thumbs-up in all three of the situations you might be riding in: city, highway and byways.

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    Which begs the question: How did the German designers get this so right? Because it’s what they do (and it took them five years, so, yeah, it better be good). It starts with the steel trellis frame and how the engine is placed within it. The engine is as far forward in the chassis as possible, thanks to the reversed cylinder layout, which keeps the weight over the front. Also the head is canted slightly to the rear, which further allows it to be near the front wheel. The forward facing intake helps the single also takes advantage of the small performance gain from the ram-air effect of having the intake in the front and helps keep the weight distribution at a theoretically perfect 50/50 balance.

    Many of the fundamental pieces of the G 310 R come into play because of the placement of the engine. This made it possible to use a long aluminum swingarm, which makes things easier on the direct-action rear shock and, in turn, helps the front end stay planted when you are pushing it. The short header makes a quick exit for the spent gasses, which, in turn, decreases emissions a wee bit and helps the bike meet the stringent Euro 4 standards that modern bikes are regulated by in Europe. However you look at it, this thing works and I’m not the only person gushing over it.

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    What Everyone Else Says:
    “The tighter the curves the better — the BMW eats ‘em up never missing a beat. And if the pace gets too hot, ABS keeps wheels inline and streets clean from rubber skids. Both disc brakes provide progressive slowing power, without a sharp brake bite that can make them tricky to use.“ - Adam Waheed, Riders Domain.com

    “Only the plastic switchgear looks cut-price, the rest of the G 310 R components look very BMW, with high quality alloy castings and forged triple clamps, an LED tail light, an exceptionally lustrous paint job, and on this early production model at least, build quality looks good. This is an inexpensive BMW, not a cheap one.” – Alan Cathcart, Cycle News

    “Thirty-four horsepower isn’t much to work with, and its initial power delivery is slightly dull, but once past 4,000 rpm the 310R has an impressive amount of scoot for its size, continuing up to its 10,000-rpm redline.” – Troy Siahaan, Motorcycle.com

    What Stands Out?
    Without a doubt, the G 310 R employs quite a bit more high-end parts than you might expect. First off, the bodywork is tight fitting and sharp, Allen-head fasteners are used on all the visible parts, the paint is awesome and the build quality looks to be high quality at almost every turn. Welds are nice, the wire routing is tidy and the dash looks like it would work on a much more expensive bike. The LCD instrument features a large display with speedo, tach, fuel gauge, clock, trip meters, average mpg and a distance to empty countdown meter that kicks in once the fuel light comes on.

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    ABS is standard equipment and although it’s not the ultimate state of the art unit, it works fine. The roads were cold and wet in some places and I was constantly dragging the rear brake to see how it feels when it kicks in. I got the front to bite, but only when I was trying to make it happen. It’s obvious to me the system works and that’s the most important part. The actual brake system components are nice, too. Steel braided lines start at the fluid reservoirs and lead to a single radial-mount four-piston caliper biting down on a 300mm disc up front and a single-piston caliper clamping on a 240mm disc out back. There was never a point when I questioned the braking power on the G 310 R and we were riding pretty hard, all things considered.

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    We saw 60 mpg on the dash and BMW claims it’s capable of 70 mpg. With a 2.9-gallon fuel tank it means you have a range of 190-200 miles depending on how you ride. Does that mean it’s a capable touring machine? I wouldn’t say it’s your best option, but I’ve ridden single-cylinder bikes all over the United States, so there’s no doubt it will be plenty capable if you choose to go that direction.

    What’s Not to Like?
    BMW fashions the G 310 R as a Roadster: Part sport, part naked, all Beemer. It looks good, rides even better and has a US $4,750 MSRP ($4,995 after dealer set-up and prep), so what’s not to like? The finish on the bike is everything you expect from a BMW even though there will be people that will B***h about it being built in India. But the BMW staff with us in LA were very keen to point out that this is a purpose-built BMW plant in India, run by the TVS Motor Company that is capable of producing one million motorcycles per year. They also have one in Brazil now, too, so we’re all going to have to get over it because BMW is not the only OEM expanding production outside its home country.

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    I had a long time to look over the bike both standing still and while it was in motion. What I saw out of place was the huge foot peg brackets and a quirky rear taillight. On one hand, the rear light is a bright, reflector type but it looks quirky and I didn’t like the way it was hung on the back after staring at them all day. But the big, ugly painted aluminum foot peg bracket is what I would want to change the most. It is not used on the GS and after seeing how it dulls down the whole area I disliked it even more. On the G 310 GS (Pictured below), a small black plastic cover hides the rear brake reservoir and a tubular steel bracket holds the passenger peg instead. I’m sure it provides a cost-effective way to hold both the pegs with one unit, so maybe they could paint it black? But on the GS you can see that set up looks cleaner to me..

    Also, it will not be available to the public until the summer of 2017, so you will still have to wait until June-July to get one for yourself.

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    Would I Buy It?
    These small street bikes are not really my style but I know lots of people will dig it. Now, if I was suggesting an entry-level street bike for my kids, this motorcycle would be in the running because it looks great and performs even better. Plus, it’s a BMW and my daughters would be all over it based on appearances alone, and at $4,750 I could even afford to buy one.

    Overall, it looks like BMW is on to something here. The company has had decades to watch what the competition is doing in the small-displacement category, and another five years fine tuning their own entry-level offering, so you would expect its first effort to be this refined. It ticks all the boxes: cheap, economical, good-looking, sporty, and fun to ride. What more do you want from your first bike? Maybe a BMW badge on the tank?

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