Yamaha launches Cygnus Ray-ZR in its lineup of scooters
After the success of Fascino and Alpha, Yamaha has launched its new scooter Cygnus Ray-ZR with a lot more manly attitude that captivates the urban heart. When it was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016, the company had announced it as a young Indian man's scooter specifically as the earlier model of Ray that was launched for women did not fare well in the market and had to be discontinued. Now this model of Ray ZR has cosmetic tweaks to charm the male crowd with its sporty yet aggressive looks and cool body graphics. The sharp lines and accentuated side panels keeps it at the forefront giving the attention it deserves in a crowd. It is powered by a 113 cc Bluecore engine that has been designed to improve the combustion efficiency. It competes well in the Indian market with its power to weight ratio at a weight of 103kg which is lower than most of its rivals. Thanks to the fibre used on its body panels. The scooter also comes with a decent 21 litre storage capacity, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The Ray- ZR boasts of itself to be the first Indian scooter that offers an optional disc brake variant. Yamaha foresees a 10% market share in the upcoming year with the soaring 30% contribution to sales in the scooter segment, says Roy Kurian, Yamaha Motor India Sales VP-Sales & Marketing. The drum brake variant of Cygnus Ray ZR is approximately priced at Rs 52,000 while the disk brake variant is around Rs 54,500.
Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd, an electric two wheeler maker has launched an e-scooter in India named Praise. This is the company’s second electric scooter launched in the country. Ridge, their first ever electric scooter was launched earlier this year at Rs.43,702. Bookings for Praise have begun last month itself across all its dealerships in the country at an amount of Rs.2000. However, Okinawa remained silent on other details of this new scooter until launch.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.