It has been four years since Kingshuk stepped into the interesting world of automotive journalism. From being a part of a team that drove two Mercedes-Benz SUVs from Germany to India to covering the WRC in Australia, he has done it all. He is equally happy behind the wheel of a car or on a motorcycle. All he wishes is to own and adventure touring motorcycle and explore India. In case you would want to help him realise his dream, please drop him a mail. Donations are accepted in cash and kind. Also, automotive photography, Liverpool, Football and Metallica are things close to his heart.
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Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has silently increased the prices of the Honda Activa 6G by Rs. 955. The prices for the Activa 6G now start at Rs. 65,419 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Indian government says that sales and registration of electric two-wheelers and electric three-wheelers without batteries will be allowed in the country. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways noted that this will be beneficial in adoption of EVs, with costs coming down.
TVS Motor Company has launched its new doorstep servicing programme called 'Expert On Wheels'. TVS customers can now get their scooters and motorcycles serviced at their homes.
The 2020 Triumph Street Triple R has been launched in India. It is positioned below the top-spec Triumph Street Triple RS and offers more accessibility to the naked middleweight motorcycle segment.
KTM is testing the updated RC 390 and reports suggest that the new model is likely to be revealed by the end of the year.
Yokohama India has begun tyre production at its Bahadurgarh plant after the completion of the second phase of expansion. The company has managed to double the tyre production capacity at its plant.
TVS Motor Company introduces a new colour scheme for its NTorq 124 Race edition, which is yellow and black. The NTorq 125 with the new colour scheme is priced at Rs. 74,365 (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
BMW Motorrad took the wraps off the R18 Dragster, which is essentially a stripped down, tricked out R 18 that is meant to go fast in a straight line on a drag strip. The brain behind the motorcycle is that of Roland Sands, a renowned custom motorcycle designer.
The launch of Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 was marred to an extent by the coronavirus crisis even though Bajaj has seen decent demand for the motorcycles. A new Husqvarna Svartpilen was spied testing in Pune recently and we suspect it is the 200.
Harley-Davidson India has reduced the prices of the BS6 Street 750 by Rs. 65,000 and that of the Street Rod by up to Rs. 77,000. The prices for the Street range now start at Rs. 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
TVS Motor Company has increased the prices of the Radeon commuter motorcycle by Rs. 200. The BS6 TVS Radeon prices now start at Rs. 59,942. This is the second price hike that the BS6 Radeon receives since its launch.
Although BS6 Indian Motorcycle models will be coming to India only towards the end of the year, buyers who are interested can buy a pre-registered BS4 Indian motorcycle from the company at decent discounts.
Hero Electric had a 36 per cent market share in high-speed electric two-wheeler segment with 1,113 units sold in the first four months of FY2021. The total electric scooter sales in the high-speed segment were 3,088 units.
Legendary car designer and engineer, Gordon Murray recently took the wraps off the T.50 supercar. He says that the T.50 is the successor to the iconic McLaren F1. According to Gordon Murray, the T5.0 is engineered to be the most driver-centric supercar ever built.
rices of the BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V have been increased by Rs. 1,050. Prices for the motorcycle now start at Rs. 1.04 lakh instead of Rs. 1.03 lakh. Features and specifications on the motorcycle stay the same as before.
KTM is testing the 250 Adventure in India and this definitely increases the chances of the motorcycle being launched here as well. The KTM 250 Adventure will be more bare-bones in terms of equipment but promises to be a more affordable option in case the 390 Adventure does not fit in your budget.
Nissan India has revealed the design elements which gave shape to the Magnite concept. It will be Nissan's first ever subcompact SUV in India and could very well bring about a turnaround in the company's fortunes.
Ampere Electric has launched an industry first battery subscription plan in partnership with Autovert Technologies and the prices start at Rs. 1,999 for a monthly battery subscription.
KTM has launched the BS6 250 Duke in India at a price of Rs. 2.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Along with a BS6 compliant engine, the motorcycle gets a new LED headlight and a supermoto ABS mode as standard.
Pol Tarres is known for his gravity defying antics on slim, light enduro and trials bikes. In fact, he was a former Trials champion. But, for his newest project/video, 'The Seeker', Tarres trades in his Husqvarna TE300I for a stock Yamaha Tenere 700 and weaves magic.
Prices of the BS6 TVS Apache RTR have been increased by Rs. 1,050. The motorcycle is now priced at Rs. 128,550 instead of Rs. 127,500. Features and specifications on the motorcycle stay the same as before.
Triumph Motorcycle India is all set to launch the new Street Triple R in India on August 11, 2020. The company has already started accepting bookings for the more affordable Street Triple variant.
The Coronavirus pandemic hit Harley-Davidson bad and the company is looking to make its operations profitable and efficient. Under the 'Rewire' plan, Harley-Davidson could streamline its new model strategy and cut up to 30 per cent of its new, planned models.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India despatched a total of 321,583 units in July 2020 in comparison to 455,000 in July last year, which is a drop of 29.32 per cent.
TVS Motor Company sold 252,744 units in July 2020, compared to 279,465 units sold in July 2019, which is a drop of 9.56 per cent. The sales in July 2020 are a growth of 27 per cent compared to 198,387 units sold in May 2020.
Suzuki Motorcycle India sold a total of 31,421 units domestically in July 2020 along with exporting 2,991 units. Year-on-year, the domestic sales dropped 49.62 per cent with the company selling 62,366 units in India in July 2019.
MG Motor India registers 40 per cent increase in its July 2020 sales over last year. MG sold 2,105 units last month in comparison to 1,508 units sold in July 2019.
Kia Motors India becomes the fastest car manufacturer to sell one lakh units in India. Till date, the company has sold 97,745 units of the Kia Seltos and 3,164 units of the Carnival. The company had launched the Seltos SUV in August last year.
The KTM 250 Duke will be updated with a new LED headlight, similar to that on the KTM 390 Duke. KTM has already begun despatching the updated model to dealerships across India. Expect a small hike in prices of the updated 250 Duke.