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Yamaha enters scooter market with the Ray

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Yamaha finally has its finger in the scooter segment pie and we must say they couldn’t have put together a better package. We first saw the Yamaha Ray at the Auto Expo earlier this year and the transition from Expo to the production ready model has taken quite some time. The launch ceremony was held at the Novotel in Hyderabad. The Yamaha Ray is priced competitively at Rs. 46,000(ex-showrooms Delhi) and will lock horns with the likes of the Maestro, Activa, Wego and the Dio.

The Yamaha Ray in its flashy Burgundy decals makes for a visual treat and neatly packs in a 113cc 4 stroke motor mated to its CVT gear box. The engine puts out 7.1 PS@ 7500 rpm(which we think is comparatively low but also very mileage conscious) and 8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpm. The company also offers a 2 years/ 24 months warranty. However we should be warned of the asterisked evils!

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD India Yamaha Motors said, “I am positive that we can get a strong presence soon in the Indian scooter market. Our dealers in India are dedicated to improving their facilities and services for scooter sales. We have expanded our dealer network and specially improved customer care and quality for female customers by appointing more female staff at customer contact points and introducing female customer care programs.”

Yamaha has put, if not all, many eggs into the Ray basket and it should definitely pay off. The Yamaha Ray has already clocked over 5000 bookings and the company’s massive expansion plans will definitely help in tending to these increasing demands. In the recent past we have seen new players like Suzuki Swish, Hero Meastro, Mahindra Rodeo and TVS Wego entering the market which dominated by Honda Activa and Honda Dio. But will Yamaha India continue to gather bookings consistently..? We need to wait and see..

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 launched in India @ Rs.5.0 lakh

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs.5.0 lakh (ex showroom New Delhi). The Ninja 650 is powered by a 649cc engine that develops  71.07 bhp maximum power. The new bike is huge improvement over the outgoing model. The 2012 Ninja 650 comes with a set of all new panels. The  sharper panels have been replaced with curvier panels. The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is built on a completely new chassis and suspension set up. The visor can be now adjusted according to the requirement of the rider. The bike now sports  dual headlamps. Overall the bike looks more contemporary compared to outgoing model.

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Yamaha Ray Scooter unveiled in India

Yamaha Motor India today unveiled their first scooter offering, Ray in Indian market. Yamaha Ray Scooter was previewed during this year’s New Delhi Auto Expo. Company has roped in Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone to promote Ray. Company is yet to announce the price of Ray. The commercial launch of Yamaha Ray will happen by third quarter of this year. Yamaha Ray is expected to attract young girls (to be more precise 16-24 years) who are in search for a set of trendy wheels.

Yamaha Ray Scooter

Hyosung GT 250R crosses over hundred bookings in ten days!

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Less than ten days ago we told you about Hyosung launching the GT250R(Finally!) along with its new partner DSK, after bidding adieu to its previous partner Garware. Given the fact that S&T Motors  and DSK Motowheels joined hands less than a week before launch of the bike, the partnership is sure to go a long way in to the future.

And the surest indication of this, is the fact that the GT 250R has crossed over 100 bookings in less than a week. In spite of the steep price tag of Rs. 2.75 lakhs, the bike has managed to rope in a lot of buyers. As of now the bike is imported via CKD means (which means heavy taxes and duty) and is assembled at the company’s plant in Wai near Pune.  The premium is however sure to go down as the company has set ambitious targets with regards to the localization. The MD, DSK Motowheels, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni has promised over 90% localization within a matter of 18 months and a reduced price of Rs. 1.5 lakhs eventually.

The most important factor for this is the location of the new plant. The management is looking for industrial land between the Mumbai Pune area. However Gujarat with its open arms is also a likely contender. With good looking numbers like 28PS, 22Nm and 5 speed gearbox and head turning looks the bike is definitely a worthy contender in its class. However a slashed price tag is more than welcome!

Source: – Rushlane

Honda’s Dream Yuga to cost Rs 48,028/-

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In a rather  image overhauling and policy changing move, Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India Pvt. Ltd,(HMSI) has launched the Dream Yuga at the Taj in Mumbai. The event played host to the several dealers, Honda associates and the media and also reaffirmed the Honda’s new policy of making India friendly products which will be accessible to the entire spectrum of customers. And not just that, the company also has plans to export the Yuga to the neighboring countries in the subcontinent.

The dream Yuga is Honda’s first step towards the mass commuter segment and this they will do it with the popular Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador. The bike will be priced at Rs. 48, 028/-(Ex-Showroom) and is powered by a 110 cc engine and produces 8.5 bhp @7500 rpm. The Company claims to have introduced cutting edge technology to the ignition system, which we quiet frankly don’t get because of the ‘only okayish power’.  The bike has a typical commuter segment decals and an upright ergonomic stance with a short stocky stance helps carve the traffic. Also the commuter is garnished with aesthetic bits like the matt black grab rail, realistic meter console etc.

The bike promises a mileage of 72kmpl (we know how to interpret that!) and will appeal to the rural commuters (which forms the backbone of the Indian Motorcycle Industry).  However a few things we should warn you about. First, the bike comes without a disc brake up front and two the premium cost of the Honda spares. Also we wonder if the Dream Yuga will cause a certain amount of cannibalization to the Twister, since it features the same 109 cc engine. Tell us what you think?

 

Hyosung GT250R Hits Indian Roads

Hyosung GT250R finally arrived Indian market. The arrival of  Hyosung GT250R was in news for the last one year but now the wait is over. The GT250R is priced at Rs.2.75 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Hyosung GT250R is expected to lock horns with other 250cc bikes like Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

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Pulsar 200 NS prices announced!

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Bajaj have once again done a swish and flick on their latest Pulsar 200NS. We were more than depressed when the company stopped the production of the Pulsar 200. Little did we know that it was only stopped to better it to perfection. After months of speculation, waiting, praying and most importantly market oriented homologation, the company has announced the price for the Pulsar 200NS. The bike will be available for Rs. 94,210.

Equipped with race pedigree ergonomics and a power to weight ratio idiosyncratic with a crotch rocket, the Pulsar 200 NS will be a motorcyclists’ delight. The bike is powered by a 199.5 cc SOHC which puts out 23.5 bhp @9500 rpm and a twist of 18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm. This it manages with its indigenous triple spark ignition engine which is a global first. Not only did Rajiv Bajaj hire the best for the powertrain, but the chassis is also a work of art, balanced to perfection. The bike displays a 50:50(front and rear) weight distribution and results in a tall but a perfectly balanced ride which is a result of the beam frame design which is again a Bajaj first. The 26° rake angle results in aggressive handling and a street oriented geometry.

The bike will be available across major metros across the country(hopefully without undue taxes in light of the northward inflation  trend) in a matter of ten days. Now that the bike is out in the market, the competition i.e. Yamaha and Honda will have to put on their thinking caps to compete with the killer pricing. In addition to this, Bajaj’s strong control over the massive dealer network will surely result in minimal waiting period and quick delivery times. We would like to thank our friends at Bike India for letting us in on this scoop.

Source: – Bike India

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