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!

Activa is NOW India’s & World’s No.1 selling two-wheeleractiva4g2

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

Piaggio Group’s Aprilia Racing signs partnership agreement with BACKtoWORK24

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Milan, BacktoWork24 – a subsidiary of Gruppo 24 Ore and leading player in the Italian market for investment in small and medium-sized enterprises and startups by private investors — and Aprilia Racing — the technological development platform of the Piaggio Group and Italian centre of excellence for innovation in the technical/motorcycle sector — have recently signed a partnership that was presented at the Milan headquarters of the Gruppo 24 Ore on February 6.

The agreement aims to further the development and visibility of innovative startups and SMEs within the BacktoWork24 network, thanks to Aprilia Racing, recognized as a leading company at the national and international level, which will provide its international platform and one-of-a-kind technology.

As a result of this partnership, companies in the BacktoWork24 network will be able to field test their products and services using the tools of the Aprilia Racing MotoGP Platform, and to present their innovations through important visibility channels at the national and international level.

MotoGP spaces will serve as the location for technological testing and the development of innovative processes and services that, depending on their nature, can be developed independently or in concert with Aprilia Racing.

“The main objective of this operation,” explains BacktoWork24 CEO Alberto Bassi, “is to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for our companies through integration and collaboration with corporate companies. Over the course of 2017 we will select a panel of companies operating in different sectors to which Aprilia Racing will offer their assets, including an open-innovation approach.”

“We are pleased to have signed this partnership with BacktoWork24, which can in fact be a test case for visibility and the development of innovative new businesses,” said Romano Albesiano, Technical Director of Aprilia Racing. “Over the course of the MotoGP Racing Championship, Aprilia has had the honour of being the representative of Italianness in the world, and with this agreement we can provide our spaces synergistically in a circuit that reaches 15 different nations around the world. ”

Aprilia Racing, through the MotoGP platform, comes in contact every year with over 291 million viewers, of which about 2.5 of them are in the stands. In this context, startups will be introduced that, with dedicated activities during the races, private and showroom tests, b2b and b2c events,  and racetrack marketing activities in 15 countries and four continents, will have a unique showcase to introduce innovative products and services.

Presentation of the initiative was held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 17:30 at the headquarters of the 24 ORE Group at Via Monte Rosa 91 in Milan. During the event, a space was provided where interested entrepreneurs could present their projects to the BacktoWork24 / Aprilia Racing team.

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Royal Enfield January 2017 Sales Snapshot

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Royal Enfield in India since a couple years is on a consistent rise. All the models with engine capacity upto 350cc (i.e., Bullet 350, Thunderbird 350 & Classic 350) recorded a sales growth of 25% from 44,234 units in January 2016 to 55,216 units in January 2017. And the segment’s year-to-date sales grew by 35% from 3,68,686 units to 4,96,239 units.

Sales of models with engine capacity above 350cc (i.e., Bullet 500, Classic 500 & Himalayan) grew by 28% from 3,476 units in January 2016 to 4,460 units in January 2017. Year-to-date sales of the segment grew by 33% from 38,992 units to 51,699 units.

Total domestic sales for the month of January 2017 stood at 59,676 units which is 25% higher than the 2016 January. Year-to-date total domestic sales grew by 34% from 4,07,678 units to 5,47,938 units.

This January’s exports stood at 1,543 units which is a whopping 171% over 2016 January sales(570 units). Year-to-date export sales grew by 86% from 6,513 units to 12,117 units.

Bosch announces a new line of chargers SmartCharge battery chargers/maintainers

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Broadview — Robert Bosch LLC, a worldwide supplier of automotive parts and systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the independent aftermarket, has announced a new line of SmartCharge Battery Chargers/Maintainers. The new high-quality, ergonomically-shaped chargers are designed with advanced safety and smart features and come equipped with a full accessory package. The accessory package includes fully-insulated and removable clamps, quick-connect harness with mounting rings, cable fuse for safety and protection, mounting hooks, and an SAE adapter for enhanced compatibility.

State-of-the-art technology and self-monitoring functions ensure that new Bosch SmartCharge Battery Chargers promote long battery life while delivering spark protection, overheating protection, reverse polarity protection and overcharging protection. The chargers will automatically switch between trickle and pulse modes, adjusting the charging algorithm according to the state of the battery. The new digital display, available on the SmartCharge Plus and SmartCharge Pro, allows users to see the status of the charge in real time and receive safety alerts.

The new Bosch SmartCharge line covers applications including passenger vehicles, classic cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and delivery vehicles. The SmartCharge Pro is also compatible with heavy-duty trucks. With three different models to choose from, Bosch SmartCharge Battery Chargers suit the needs of the professional technician as well as the DIYer.

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Yamaha’s all new FZ25 debuts in India

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India Yamaha Motor’s new offering FZ25 in Ballisitic Blue

New Delhi, 24th January 2017: India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. today launched the much awaited FZ25 to its successful and popular FZ Series. The new model FZ25 has been developed with a newly designed air-cooled, 249 cc, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder, high-torque fuel-injected engine on a lightweight frame (148 Kgs) enabling the joy of control as the rider intends. These features will establish the FZ25 as a “Powerful, mid-class, street fighter” for the Next FZ World. The design emphasizes both the senses of mass forward layout and downforce, evoking the powerful muscles of an athlete. This newly launched street model delivers riding enjoyment as well as excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance and is targeted for biking enthusiasts in the age group of 20 to early 30s.

The wide speculations finally made it to the much awaited grand launch today at the Pullman Hotel, New Delhi as Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham revealed the new model to public applause and delight. The FZ25 will be available at across all authorised Yamaha dealerships in three exciting colour schemes – “Ballistic Blue”, “Warrior White” and “Knight Black”. The new model will be available in the market beginning February 2017.

Based on a reliable 249 cc single-cylinder engine proven on sport bikes for the Japanese market, the model’s engine has been fine-tuned and optimized for the Indian traffic environment, primarily in the intake/exhaust systems and the ignition system. Building on the reputation, the new model has been developed with Yamaha’s New Generation Engine Development Ideal – ‘Blue Core’ featuring overall improved performance including fuel efficiency, acceleration and environmental friendliness. The model is compliant to BS IV emission standards.

With its maximum power output of 20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 20 N*m at 6,000 rpm, the new 249 cc model also offers an impressive array of new features including the LED headlight (First 250 cc model in India*) and an LCD instrument cluster with a high-quality look evoking a sense of innovation, a mudguard that moves with the swing arm, wheels with a spoke design like that of MT Series bikes and racing style footpads (rear seats) making it an irresistible option as the top-end model of the FZ Series. At the same time, it offers the nimbleness and easy-to-use character for daily use as well as riding excitement in a variety of usage scenes.

Speaking on the occasion,Mr Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltdsaid, “The FZ series has been a great performer ever since its launch in 2008. FZ Series performed very well in India and crossed 1.3 Million sales since its launch and has developed as a strong brand in the deluxe segment. Now the deluxe segment customers can step up to a premium model and Yamaha is very happy to offer an option which is armed with more power, impressive new features, sporty look and aggressive styling. Introduction of new FZ25 Model in FZ family will surely appeal to today’s confident generation. With this launch, Yamaha will line up a compact FZ series only to enhance its solid brand image in performance motorcycles.”

Mr. Roy Kurian, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.added, “FZ25 is a refined mix of raw power along with superb control and balance. The bike has been personalized for street smart, new age macho riders with aspiration to move towards a more powerful bike. For a powerful bike like this, it is important to have balance and control. Following the FZ legacy, the bike also inherits high level of riding performance and styling DNA worthy of its series. While the bike has been engineered for new age biking enthusiasts, its superior design and comfort makes it perfect for daily use as well.”

With the new launch, the company is confident that it will be able to make new inroads in the customer base especially those who wants to step up from the deluxe segment to premium. The company is very bullish on the new launch and is very confident that it will keep up with the strong growth numbers the company has witnessed in the last few years.


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Engine

Engine type: Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Displacement: 249cm3
Bore & stroke: 74.0×58.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum horse power: 15.4kW(20.9PS)/8000r/min
Maximum torque: 20.0Nm(2.0kgfm)/6000r/min

Dimension

Overall Length: 2015mm
Overall Width: 770mm
Overall Height: 1075mm
Seat Height: 795mm
Wheelbase: 1360mm
Minimum ground clearnce: 160mm
Weight(with oil & a full fuel tank): 148kg
Minimum turning radius: 2.5m

Chassis

Frame type: Diamond
Tubeless tire size(Front): 100/80-17M/C 52P Tubless
Tubeless tire size(Rear): 140/70-17M/C 66S Tubless
Brake Type(Front): Hydraulic single disc brake
Diameter of brake disk(Front): 282mm
Diameter of brake disk(Rear): 220mm
Suspension type(Front): Telescopic fork
Suspension type(Rear): Swingram (Monocross)

Other Information

Fuel Tank Capacity: 14L
Carburetor type/Fuel Supply: Fuel injection
Clutch type: Wet,multiple disc
Transmission type: Constant mesh,5-speed
Shift type: Return
Shock absorber assembly type(Front & Rear): Coil spring/Hydraulic Damper
Headlight: LED
Auxiliary light: 12V,5W x 1
Brake/Tail light: LED
Turn signal light(Front & Rear): 12V,10W x 2
Fuel gauge: Digital
Clock: Digital
Speedometer: Digital
Fuel consumption indicator: Equipped


*All specifications as mentioned in India Yamaha Motors Pvt Ltd website