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Bajaj Auto launches Dominar 400, starting price at Rs.1.36 lakh

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Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.

Dominar 400 looks much similar but leaner than the KTM Duke 390. It is equipped with a 373cc DTS-i single cylinder, liquid cooled 4 valve engine coupled to a 6 speed gearbox. The engine that complies with the BS-IV emission norms develops 35bhp and 35Nm of torque which is enough for the Dominar 400 to touch 0-100kmph in approximately 8.23 seconds.

Bajaj has introduced a slipper clutch, an all-digital instrument cluster and a complete LED headlight for their first time in India through this machine. The bike comes available in disc brake and ABS variants which can bring the vehicle to a complete halt from 100- 0kmph in 46.19 metres. Dominar 400 weighs a hefty 182kgs and directly challenges the established products as Royal Enfield Classic 350, Honda CBR 250R and the Mahindra Mojo.

Bajaj Auto has manufactured the Dominar 400 at its Chakan facility by an all-woman assembly line. Dominar 400, the most powerful bike from Bajaj Auto has been priced at an introductory offer of Rs. 1.36 lakh for the disc brake variant and Rs.1.50 lakh for the ABS variant (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi). The bike will be exported to global markets like Dubai, Europe, and Malaysia etc. In India, the deliveries will begin in January 2017 for which online bookings have already begun with a token amount of Rs.9000.

Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director Bajaj Auto seems to be very positive about Dominar 400 and says that the pricing is not at all aggressive and that he is confident to sell around 2 lakh units of this model next year.

Image: Official website Bajaj Auto

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MV Agusta 2017 Brutale 800- Few things you want to know

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Know more about Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

Piaggio Group recently launched two superbikes named Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India, from their flagship brand Aprilia. The bikes originally priced at Rs.13.33 lakh (Shiver 900) and Rs.13.84 lakh (Dorsoduro 900) are sold at an introductory price of Rs.11.99 lakh and Rs.12.50 lakh (all prices, Ex-showroom Pune) respectively until June 30th, 2017. Aprilia that has marked its presence in the country earlier through bikes like Tuono and RSV4 adds two more to their Indian line-up through this launch.

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Will India get BS-IV compliant Royal Enfield models?

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.


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Royal Enfield BS-IV range of vehicles launched in India

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.


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Honda Activa 125cc- the first scooter in India launched with BS-IV

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.


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Bajaj Auto launches Dominar 400, starting price at Rs.1.36 lakh

Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.


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Hero launches Glamour 2017 in India at Rs.57,775

All new Hero Glamour was launched in the country recently with latest style and technology in addition to the upgraded BS-IV engine. It appears in two variants- a drum brake and a disc brake variant at Rs.57,775 and Rs.59,755 (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi) respectively. Another fuel injected version, Glamour FI has also been launched with only a disc brake variant priced at Rs.66,580 (ex-showroom price, Delhi). Hero has started selling the 2017 model bike through all its dealerships across the country through prebooking options. The older version still continues to be on sale until stocks last at its price, which is around Rs.10000 lesser than the new one.


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BMW Motorrad officially launches its global portfolio in India

BMW Motorrad commences Indian operations through BMW group officially. Initially the brand used to sell its products through importers here in Mumbai and New Delhi. But now, the global portfolio comprising of premium motorcycles from the brand reaches India through company’s official dealership network in India. The dealership network is expected to begin with stores at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune while the company plans to widen its presence in the country soon. Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune showrooms will be inaugurated in the upcoming three days.


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Harley Davidson launches Street Rod 750 in India at Rs.5.86 lakh

Harley Davidson, a brand that gained a lot of fan following in India since its first launch has come up with their latest offering, All-New Street Rod 750 in the country at a price of Rs.5.86 lakh. The 2017 iteration is based on the old 750 Street model and comes with few remarkable changes to captivate the youth here, special mention to the robust looks and a more powerful engine. In India, Harley Davidson progresses towards a wider audience through the launch of this iconic creation.


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Honda Africa twin to land in India by June 2017

Honda finally readies itself to launch Africa twin in the country by June 2017. It is expected to reach India as CKD units. The launch that was supposed to happen earlier was delayed due to an earthquake near the company facility in Hamamatsu, Japan which produced the assembly kits. The price for this adventure tourer is not yet officially known but it is expected to be anywhere between Rs.16-18 lakh. However, it is still unclear whether India might receive both manual and Automatic Dual Clutch transmission variant or any of these.


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Bajaj launches BS-IV compliant Pulsar RS200 and Pulsar NS200

Bajaj Auto launched the 2017 version of its two best performers, Pulsar RS200 and Pulsar NS200 with upgraded engines that comply with the BS-IV emission norms. As per the order from Government of India, all automobile companies are asked to upgrade their vehicles (both existing and upcoming) with BS-IV compliant engines before March 31st, 2017. This initiative was taken as a first step to curb the pollution levels in the country.

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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HONDA CBR 250R

Rs. 1.61 lakhs TO Rs. 2.16 lakhs

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KTM 200 DUKE

Rs. 1.62 Lakh TO Rs. 1.62 Lakh

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BAJAJ Dominar 400 (BS-IV)

Rs. 1.55 Lakh TO Rs. 1.70 Lakh

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ROYAL ENFIELD Thunderbird 350

Rs. 1.60 Lakh TO Rs. 1.60 Lakh