Harley-Davidson invests in EV startup Alta Motors

Collaboration Will Advance Application of EV Motorcycle Technology and Expand Electric Motorcycle Marketplace Combining Instant Torque and Quick Acceleration with Intuitive and Dynamic Motorcycle Design

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MILWAUKEEMarch 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced today that it has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a leader and innovator in lightweight electric vehicles, and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.

“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich. “Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric motorcycles.”

Harley-Davidson has already announced the planned launch of its first electric motorcycle, informed by Project LiveWire. That motorcycle is on track for release in 2019.

Since its inception, Alta Motors has designed and commercialized the world’s most advanced electric motorcycles, enabling everyone from pro riders to new riders to experience “the future of fast.”

“Riders are just beginning to understand the combined benefits of EV today, and our technology continues to progress,” said Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Marc Fenigstein. “We believe electric motorcycles are the future, and that American companies have an opportunity to lead that future. It’s incredibly exciting that Harley-Davidson, synonymous with motorcycle leadership, shares that vision and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them.”

As electric-drive innovation brings new levels of ease, accessibility and control, Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors aim to attract new audiences who are inspired by motorcycles and drawn to the “twist-and-go” ease and exhilaration of an electric motorcycle with no gears or clutch.

“We believe that EV is where global mobility is headed and holds great appeal for existing riders as well as opportunity to bring new riders into the sport,” said Levatich. “We intend to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and, at the same time, remain true to our gas and oil roots by continuing to produce a broad portfolio of motorcycles that appeal to all types of riders around the world.”

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

About Alta Motors

Alta Motors is a global leader in electric motorcycles and lightweight EV drivetrains with a proprietary technology platform that offers new levels of energy density and performance. It leads the industry with a complete portfolio of battery and drivetrain components, a fleet of motorcycles manufactured at its world-class Brisbane, CA facility and a trophy-case of podium finishes. Alta’s award-winning Redshift platform is now available to riders at 44 U.S. dealerships across 19 states. Please visit us at: https://www.altamotors.co/.

Via: PRNewswire

Bharat Forge invests in Tork Motorcycles


Bharat Forge Ltd., India’s largest exporter of auto components announces strategic investment of upto Rs 30 Crores for eventual stake of 45% in an EV startup, Tork Motorcycles.

Bharat Forge is making a strategic investment in Tork Motorcycles as a part of its overall EMobility powertrain development. Tork’s strength lies in its in-house team that has designed, developed and built the complete electric motorcycle. Their knowledge in the overall EV powertrain development will help Bharat Forge gain access to technologies in personal E-mobility space.

Commenting on the investment, Amit Kalyani, Executive Director, Bharat Forge said “Together with the recent investment in the R & D setup at Mira, UK, Bharat Forge is strategically aligning to develop solutions across the entire spectrum from low voltage powertrains in personal mobility to high voltage applications for commercial vehicles”.

“BFL is well prepared for the increased penetration of Electric vehicles globally through offering solutions on Light Weighting, components for drivetrain and creating supply chain capabilities for electric powertrain”.

“This strategic investment will enable BFL to develop components/ sub systems to address the huge potential in the Indian personal mobility space driven by regulatory push through various initiatives and the increasing economic viability of Electric Vehicles.”

About Bharat Forge

Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) is the flagship company of the USD 2.5 billion Kalyani Group and a global provider of high performance, innovative, safety & critical components and solutions to various industrial sectors including Automotive, Railways, Power, Defence, Construction & Mining, Aerospace, Marine and Oil & Gas. BFL today has largest repository of metallurgical knowledge in the region and offers full service supply capability to its geographically dispersed marquee customers from concept to product design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and validation.

About Tork Motorcycles

Tork motorcycles (www.torkmotorcycles.com) is India’s first, premium electric motorcycle company. Founded by Kapil Shelke, Tork’s early prototypes were developed between 2009 to 2012 and participated in several international races including the prestigious Isle of Man TT with podium finishes. This demonstrated the capability of team to develop a high performance product with world class technology.

Tork team has been working on developing production version “T6X” since 2015. T6X is powered by lithium ion batteries, engineered to travel at a top speed of 100 kmph with superior acceleration. T6X travels 100 km on a single charge in all-weather condition. With its quick charge feature, the battery can be charged up-to 80% in an hour. T6X will have on board navigation, storage, cloud Connectivity and TFT dash board. Presently, T6X is being thoroughly tested on all parameters before it hits the market.

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Hero MotoCorp to introduce an all new 300cc performance oriented motorcycle, might go into production soon

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According to Autocar India, Hero MotoCorp is readying a 300cc motorcycle to go against the likes of KTM Duke390, KTM Duke250, and the bikes from TVS-BMW partnership like BMW G310 R , G310 GS and TVS Apache RR 310. The bike will be based on XFR3 concept showcased at Auto Expo 2016.

According to Autocar Professional’s(Autocar India sister magazine) sources privy to the project, the new motorcycle is in the final stages of validation. The new 300cc model, along with the incoming 200cc Xtreme and the XPulse adventure motorcycle (revealed at EICMA 2017), will sit atop all other products in Hero’s portfolio and will mark Hero’s foray into the growing mid-size motorcycle segment.

The new 300cc motorcycle will be positioned as the natural upgrade option for many of its existing customers who have been riding executive commuter motorcycles. Replying to Autocar India / Autocar Professional’s query on the sidelines of the EICMA Show in Milan in November 2017 on Hero MotoCorp’s plan of retaining its large customer base with new premium and aspirational products, Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp, had said, “I am sure when you will see me after the Auto Expo, having seen this (the XPulse) and some of the products at the Auto Expo and the directional posture that Hero MotoCorp has taken, you will change your view. We are putting a lot of focus on some of the areas such as the high growth segments.”

Source: Autocar India

TVS Motor Company launches Apache RR 310

Indian two wheeler giant TVS Motor Comapny known for its racing pedigree launched its premium motorcycle offering Apache RR 310 today in India at INR 2.05 lakh. 

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Indian two wheeler giant TVS Motor Company known for its racing pedigree launched its premium motorcycle offering Apache RR 310 today in India at INR 2.05 lakh. The motorcycle marks TVS Motor Company’s entry into the super-premium segment, both in domestic and international markets.

TVS Apache RR 310 is the latest offering from the TVS Apache stable – a super-premium motorcycle brand from TVS Motor Company. TVS Apache RR 310 boasts of superior performance and riding dynamics, combined with a powerful, expressive design.

Unveiling the new TVS Apache RR 310 at the launch, Mr. Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director, TVS Motor Company said, “The launch of TVS Apache RR 310 marks a major milestone, as it ushers in a new era at TVS Motor Company. Our endeavour is to fulfill the aspirations of discerning customers by offering high-quality, technologically-innovative products. The TVS Apache RR 310 is the most advanced and exclusive offering in our product portfolio, as it is a manifestation of 35 years of learnings from the race track, coupled with cutting-edge technology. We are confident that customers will find it to be a perfect combination of racecraft technology and riding dynamics.”

Speaking at the launch, Mr. KN Radhakrishnan, President & Chief Executive Officer, TVS Motor Company, said, “Today is a proud moment for us at TVS Motor Company. Driven by our promise of delivering more to customers than their expectations, TVS Apache RR 310 is the beginning of our breakthrough into the super-premium category. We started building our premium brand – Apache RTR with 150cc and succeeded in raising the customer aspirations with 180cc and 200cc bikes. TVS Apache RR 310 is another step in our effort to deliver beyond customers’ expectations and offering them a chance to upgrade from premium to super-premium category. TVS Apache RR 310 is a testimony to our Racing DNA and R&D capabilities, positioned to fulfill the ever-growing aspirations of the new age customers globally.”

The TVS Apache RR 310 gets a 312cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 34 PS@9700 rpm and 27.3 NM@7700 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed super-slick gear box that offers a precise and sharp race-shift experience. The motorcycle boasts of a top speed of 160 kmph, and acceleration from 0-to-60 kmph in just 2.9 seconds, thanks to an advanced aerodynamics package that promises the lowest coefficient of drag in this segment.

Staying true to 35 years of TVS Racing pedigree, TVS Apache RR 310 comes with an all-new, race origin, light-weight trellis-frame chassisfor enhanced stiffness in straights, and flex for dynamic cornering capability, that result in best-in-class riding dynamics. The motorcycle uses a unique reverse inclined DOHC (double overhead cam) engine with LCOC (liquid-cooled oil coolant) technology. This facilitates a compact layout for an ideal power-to-weight ratio and better mass centralization.

The TVS Apache RR 310 is equipped with a race-inspired vertical speedo-cum-tachometer with 18 racing tell-tale diagnostics, and a comprehensive post-ride analysis. The motorcycle is fitted with first-in-class bi-LED twin projector head lamps for maximum reach and visibility. It is also outfitted with Michelin Street Sport tyres, and is the first sub-500cc motorcycle to use these.

TVS Apache RR 310 sports a fully-faired, sporty design with superior ergonomics to ensure maximum ride comfort. The Thermal Management System on the motorcycle is fitted with a special gill profile to shield the rider’s leg from engine heat, and aids better heat dissipation. To accentuate the handling and ride experience, the TVS Apache RR 310 gets the Race Spec KYB Suspension that is tested and tuned by MotoGP experts. Both, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system, will be available as standard on the TVS Apache RR 310. The motorcycle comes in 2 impressive colours – Racing Red and Sinister Black.

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About TVS Motor Company

TVS Motor Company is a leading two and three-wheeler manufacturer, and is the flagship company of the USD 7 billion TVS Group. We believe in Championing Progress through Mobility. Rooted in our 100-year legacy of Trust, Value, Passion for Customers and Exactness, we take pride in making internationally aspirational products of the highest quality through innovative and sustainable processes. We endeavor to deliver the most superior customer experience at all our touch points across 60 countries. We are the only two-wheeler company to have received the prestigious Deming Prize. Our products lead in their respective categories in the JD Power IQS and APEAL surveys for the past three years. We have been ranked No. 1 Company in the JD Power Customer Service Satisfaction Survey for consecutive two years. For more information, please visit www.tvsmotor.com.

Siam files review petition with SC on BS-III sales ban

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The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Thursday said that it has approached the Supreme Court to plead for a review of its judgement issued over the BS III vehicles.

In a statement, SIAM said that it has filed a review petition with the apex court to point out “certain facts” that were not covered in the judgment.

The move comes after the apex court banned the sale and registration of non-BS IV compliant vehicles from April 1, 2017.

According to the industry association, the Supreme Court has “erroneously construed” an office memorandum from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (dated March 3, 2017) to be an office memorandum dated March 3, 2015.

This “erroneously construed” office memorandum led to the misunderstanding that the government had “sent a clear message” to the manufacturers to stop production of BS III vehicles before April 1, 2017, the industry association said.

“Whereas this was a government assurance given three weeks before the judgement, that unsold stocks of BS III vehicles which were in the pipeline, would be permitted to be sold and registered even after 1st April 2017 as has been done even when BS II and BS III were implemented,” the statement said.

“Acting on the representations made on such clarification issued by the government of India as late as in March 2017, as well as the plain reading of the rules, the manufacturers had a reasonable and legitimate expectation that unsold inventories of BS III stocks could be sold even after 1st April, 2017, and until such stocks were exhausted.”

SIAM highlighted in the review petition that the staggered phase-in of BS IV emission norms for vehicles was not done to help the auto industry as mentioned in the judgment.

“This staggering was done to ensure that adequate capacities for the BS IV fuel supply get established to expand the coverage of fuel availability to other parts of the country as per the roadmap agreed with the oil industry,” the statement said.

SIAM elaborated that the Supreme Court has further based its judgment on an assumption that there will be 80 per cent reduction in emissions of PM (particulate matter) between BS III and BS IV standards.

“Though it may be true for only heavy vehicles, but such reduction is much less in other categories of vehicles,” the statement said.

In the petition, SIAM stated that the auto industry has invested Rs 25,000 crore to upgrade vehicle technologies to BS IV level and was therefore an equal contributor in ensuring the improvement in the environment.

Via SME TIMES

Yamaha Motor and YAMABIKO to Develop and Sell Agricultural Drones by 2018

 

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, Yamaha Motor) and YAMABIKO CORPORATION (hereinafter, YAMABIKO) have agreed to form an alliance regarding the joint development and commercialization for agricultural chemical spraying systems using multi-rotor drones.

Yamaha Motor, which manufactures and sells unmanned helicopters for spraying agricultural chemicals, and YAMABIKO, which manufactures a comprehensive range of compact agricultural machinery, will work together to leverage each other’s know-how in the joint development of agricultural chemical spraying systems using multi-rotor drones. These new drones will be compatible with a wide variety of chemical delivery formats, including liquids and granules, and product launches are scheduled from 2018.

By bringing together Yamaha Motor’s product development and quality assurance strengths as well as its sales and service network together with YAMABIKO’s pest control technology and Japan-wide agricultural machinery sales network, the two companies aim to expand sales in the industrial drone market, in which demand has been growing in recent years.

Yamaha Motor released an unmanned helicopter for spraying agricultural chemicals in 1989, and its Japan domestic market share of pest control spraying areas is currently 42.5% of staple food rice paddy rice fields (2016 results, Yamaha Motor data). The Company is actively expanding use in agricultural applications globally, including Korea, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. Outside of agricultural applications, there are also industrial unmanned helicopters for multi-solutions capable of long-range automatic navigation providing advanced services to government agencies and general enterprises, etc. in a wide range of industrial fields such as vegetation surveillance and measurement work, disaster prevention, and disaster support.

Since YAMABIKO’s predecessor company Kyoritsu Noki launched a rice paddy pest control agricultural chemical sprayer in 1948, YAMABIKO has accumulated pest control technology over many years which delivers efficient spraying of agricultural chemicals. Based on its founding principle of “contributing to society through increasing food production,” YAMABIKO has developed agricultural pest control machinery which has played a major role in a wide range of agricultural regions, including rice paddies, farmland and orchards. From compact pest control machinery to large ride-on pest control machinery, YAMABIKO supplies products and services essential to continued stable food supply.

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TVS Motor Company’s revenue grows by 9.6% and Profit After Tax (PAT) by 14.1% in FY 2016-17

 

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TVS Motor Company, today reported its financial results for the year 2016-17. With total sales of 29.27 Lakh units for the period, the Company’s total revenue grew by 9.6% to Rs.13363.43 crores. During the year, the Company strengthened its presence in the motorcycle and scooter segments with new launches and refreshed product portfolio.

Q4 PERFORMANCE (Jan’17 – Mar’17):

Motorcycles sales during fourth quarter of 2016-17 is 2.15 lakh units as against 2.47 lakh units registered in fourth quarter of 2015-16. Scooter sales increased from 1.98 lakh units in the fourth quarter of 2015-16 to 2.23 lakh units registered in the fourth quarter of 2016-17. The Company exported 0.98 lakh units of two-wheelers in the quarter under review as against 0.83 lakh units in the fourth quarter of 2015-16. Three wheelers registered sales of 0.15 lakh units in the quarter under review as against 0.21 lakh units in the fourth quarter of 2015-16.

TVS Motor Company reported a marginal growth with total revenue going up from Rs.3090.77 crores in the fourth quarter of the financial year ended March 2016 to Rs.3139.22 crores in the fourth quarter of the year ended March 2017.

The Company commenced manufacture of BS IV emission compliant products from January 2017. However, the Company based on the order of Honorable Supreme Court that only BS IV compliant product can be sold and registered from 1st April 2017, extended suitable support to the dealers to sell BS III compliant products. The profit for the quarter is net of one time provision of Rs.57 crores of discounts towards such BS III products sold by the dealers in March 2017.

The Company’s Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the quarter under review is Rs.134.02 crores against Rs.156.99 crores for the corresponding quarter in 2015-16. Profit After Tax (PAT) reported for the quarter ended March 2017 is Rs.126.77 crores against Rs.136.03 for the fourth quarter of previous financial year.

FULL YEAR PERFORMANCE (April 2016 to March 2017):

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE:

Total revenue for the year recorded a growth of 9.6% increased from Rs.12194.77 crores in the year ended March 2016 to Rs.13363.43 crores for the year ended March 2017. Profit Before Tax (PBT) grew by 11.1%, increased from Rs.628.94 crores in the year ended March 2016 to Rs.698.68 crores in the year ended March 2017. Profit After Tax grew by 14.1% increasing from Rs.489.28 crores in the year ended March 2016 to Rs.558.08 crores in the year ended March 2017.

SALES:

During the year ended March 2017, the overall two-wheeler sales of TVS Motor Company, including exports grew by 11.3% increasing from 25.68 lakh units registered in the year 2015-16 to 28.58 lakh units in the year 2016-17. Motorcycle sales during the fiscal year increased from 10.17 lakh units in the year ended March 2016 to 10.77 lakh units in the year ended March 2017. Scooter sales during the period under review increased from 8.13 lakh units in the year ended March 2016 to 8.70 lakh units in the year ended March 2017. Three wheelers registered sales of 0.69 lakh units in the year ended March 2017 as against 1.11 lakh units in the year ended March 16. The total export of the Company recorded during the year under review is 4.25 lakh units as against 4.54 lakh units recorded in March 2016. Exports of the two-wheelers and three-wheelers continue to be impacted by restricted availability of foreign exchange in the key African markets.

INTERIM DIVIDENDS:

The board of directors of the Company has declared two interim dividends of Rs. 1.25 (per share) each at their meeting held on 27th October 2016 and on 6th March 2017 respectively, for the year 2016-17. The total dividend paid for the year ended 31st March 2017 aggregated to Rs. 2.50 per share (250%) on 47,50,87,114 equity shares of Re.1/- each. The board does not recommend any further dividend for the year under consideration.

AWARDS

In recognition of TVS Motor Company’s unwavering commitment to quality, J.D. Power 2017 India Two-Wheeler Initial Quality (2WIQS) Study and Automotive Product Execution and Layout (2WAPEAL) study conferred top honours to TVS Star City Plus and TVS Apache RTR 160 as the best quality product in their respective segments. J.D. Power 2017 study also ranked TVS Sport as the No 1 in Automotive Product Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, in the entry segment.

During the year, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, won the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2017 (IMOTY) award along with 14 other awards including 8 Motorcycle of the Year Awards from leading publication houses.

OUTLOOK – FUTURE PLANS AND PRODUCT LAUNCHES

In FY 2017-18 the Company will introduce a new motorcycle and a new scooter. In addition to these new launches, the Company has also planned upgrades across segments to strengthen its product portfolio. With the widest range of product across segments, TVS Motor Company expects to better its performance in the ongoing fiscal year and grow ahead of the industry.

About TVS Motor Company

TVS Motor Company is a leading two and three-wheeler manufacturer, and is the flagship company of the USD 7 billion TVS Group. We believe in Championing Progress through Mobility. Rooted in our 100-year legacy of Trust, Value, Passion for Customers and Exactness, we take pride in making internationally aspirational products of the highest quality through innovative and sustainable processes. We endeavour to deliver the most superior customer experience at all our touch points across 60 countries. We are the only two-wheeler company to have received the prestigious Deming Prize. Our products lead in their respective categories in the JD Power IQS and APEAL surveys for the past three years. We have recently been ranked No.1 Company in the JD Power Customer Service Satisfaction Survey. For more information, please visit http://www.tvsmotor.com.

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Hero MotoCorp awarded Indian MNC of the year by All India Management Association

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Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd,was today felicitated by the All India Management Association (AIMA) for the rapid global expansion of Brand Hero.

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, was adjudged the ‘Indian MNC of the year’ by AIMA at a glittering function in the national capital today.

Receiving the award, Mr. Munjal said “Brand Hero has expanded to 35 countries spread across Asia, Africa and Central and South America in a very short span of time since charting its solo journey in 2011.  We added Argentina, the second largest two-wheeler market in Latin America, to our international footprint in January this year, where we also unveiled the new Glamour motorcycle in our first global product launch.”

Hero MotoCorp, which sold more than 6.6 million two-wheelers in FY’17, is the only Indian two-wheeler company to have a manufacturing facility in Latin America. Hero’s manufacturing plant is situated at Vila Ricca in Colombia

Hero is also set to open its second global manufacturing facility in Bangladesh later this year.

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Honda 2 Wheelers India rolls out 1,50,00,000th (1.5 crore) Activa

India’s FIRST scooter to achieve this sales landmark!

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Ahmedabad, April 27, 2017: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) – the growth driver of Indian two-wheeler industry has today set a new record.

Honda’s iconic Activa has achieved a milestone of 1.5 crore unit cumulative sales, and is India’s FIRST scooter to reach this landmark.

Celebrating this feat, Mr. Minoru Kato (President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.) rolled out the landmark 1,50,00,000th Activa from the assembly line of Honda’s scooter only plant in Gujarat.

Thanking customers and sharing how Honda’s iconic Activa has changed the way Indians ride to fulfil their dreams, Mr. Minoru Kato, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Globally developing markets similar to India, especially Thailand and Indonesia have already shifted to scooterization. Now, India is getting scooterized like never before. In just 7 years, scooter segment contribution to total industry has doubled from 16% (in 2009-10) to 32% (in 2016-17). And leading this trend is Activa which single-handedly re-activated the declining scooter segment way back in 2001 & become the Number One selling two-wheeler both in India and the World! Honda believes that there is huge future potential for scooterization, more so in tier-II and tier-III towns. The trust of Indian families has already made Activa the first scooter in history of Indian two-wheeler industry to cross 1.5 crore customers landmark.”

Activa’s gallop to NUMERO UNO position:

Launched in 2001, Activa sold 55,000 units in its debut year. In just 3 years, Activa became the leader in automatic scooter segment. By 2012-13, Activa sales had crossed the 10 lac mark annually but were still behind India’s largest selling two-wheeler (a motorcycle at that time) by a sizable gap of 8.73 lac units.

The situation reversed in the next 4 years. Activa sales more than doubled from 12.05 lac units in FY’2012-13 to 27.59 lac units in FY’2016-17. For the first time in 17 years, Activa (an automatic scooter) has overtaken all motorcycles to become India’s Number One selling 2Wheeler in 2016-17 and leads by a comfortable margin of 2.09 lac units over its nearest competition.activa4g1

The secret behind becoming First scooter to achieve 1.5 crore customer landmark

Elaborating on the reason of success of Activa, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Activa’s phenomenal success and market leadership is in its continuous evolution ahead of times. In 2001, Activa was launched with CLIC mechanism, tyres with patented tuff-up tube, full metal body powered by the automatic 102cc engine. In 2009, it became industry’s first scooter to come with Combi-Brake System with Equalizer (nearly a decade before CBS is set to be mandatory in two-wheelers by 2019), a bigger and more powerful 110cc engine, convenience of tubeless tyres and completely new design. By 2013, the Activa’s heart got powered by the Honda Eco Technology (HET) which took its mileage in the league of commuter motorcycles. In 2015, the third generation Activa 3G became more stylish. 2017 saw the birth of more stylish BS-IV and AHO Activa 4G with convenient mobile charging port. Backed by Increasing customer demand cutting across all ages, genders and geographies; we are confident that Activa will continue to grow as the No. 1 choice of India.”

Activating India on a growth overdrive:

This evolution has not only retained Activa’s market leadership at home but also expanded it to the world!

Making its debut in 2001, Activa cumulative sales since launch crossed 5 lac mark in 3 years.

Activa’s speed of growth doubled in next one and half years. Activa’s cumulative sales rose to 10 lac units mark by Dec’2005 – with last 5 lac sales added in just half the time.

In June 2012, Activa breached the 50th lac cumulative sale milestone.

In July 2015, Activa shattered the glass ceiling to become the first scooter to sell over 1 crore units.

While it took 10 years to achieve the first 50th lac sales, the second 50th lac addition came in 3 years.

Leading India’s scooterization, Activa is now the first automatic scooter to cross 1.5 crore customer mark.

The third and the most recent 50th lac addition is the fastest ever, coming in only 1.5 years.

Via HMSI Press Release

Clutcheal: A Pune based startup working to address the trust issues in bike service sector

Clutcheal is an On Demand Service solution based company which offers online two wheeler servicing at customer’s doorstep. The idea is to eradicate all kinds of hassles when it comes to automobile servicing. Hassles being customer’s dissatisfaction includes: Installation of deceptive parts, questionable charges, theft of original parts, false promises, misleading suggestions, delay in delivery timings and many more.

Genuine, Transparent, Better and Timely two wheeler servicing has become the prominent need of the hour. In today’s fast pace and rapid moving environment, where people do not have sufficient time to get things done, Clutcheal is bringing transformative change in servicing marketplace as bike repairing has become integral necessity of the generations. Revolutionizing the automotive industry, Clutcheal simplifies all your vehicle worries by bringing new solutions at a single online platform. They provide vehicle checkup, bike servicing, proper maintenance and breakdown assistance.

Clutcheal says that their core pillars/principle are Trust, Transparency & Time. And their motto is to maximize customer’s trust and minimize customer’s pains.

 


Nowadays it became a common practice at almost all the bike & car service centers to cheat on the customer. Many service center insiders admitted to me about the cheating that happens at the service centers.

I have seen a person who used to have a Royal Enfield, he befriended with the service center executive and swapped the faulty parts of his bike with properly working parts from other’s bikes at the service center. By the time the owner of the other bike realizes that the parts of his bike were swapped with faulty parts from another bike it’s already late.

Once it happened to me, I got a first generation Honda Activa which I gave for service at Castrol Bike Zone, the service adviser told me that there are many parts that need be replaced and I asked him to replace the necessary parts. He gave an estimate of around five thousand rupees and said that this is the ballpark figure and actual cost of service may vary. I said okay but was shocked to see the final bill to be around ten thousand rupees, the service center manager said that after opening the engine they realized that there were many parts that need to be replaced and so they replaced them. I asked him if the parts were really replaced or not, he assured me by showing to me some old replaced parts.He also assured to me that if I get any issues I can come back at anytime and get them solved. I was skeptic about the service but upon the manager’s assurance paid the bill and left the service center.

Within few weeks the Activa started showing up its issues. So I went to Castrol Bike Zone and to my dismay,  found that the service center was wound up. Then I took the Activa to the neighborhood mechanic and asked him to check what is the problem. Then after proper examination came another shocker, the parts were not replaced with new ones! But it’s already too late, I don’t want trace down the service center manager and all the other persons involved in this and loose time & money  anymore.

There were numerous other cases of cheating that I have seen or came across. The list is endless.

Even the authorized service centers are no exception. Cheating became a norm. A trusty is service is a tough ask & rare find.

Let’s hope Clutcheal addresses all the Trust and Transparency issues successfully