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.
The motorcycles will be retailed after division into five categories namely Sports, Tour, Roadster, Heritage and Adventure. The models from the entire line-up that reach India through the CBU route include:
1. BMW R 1200 RS - Rs.15.90- Rs.16.90 lakh
2. BMW R 1200 RT - Rs.18.50- Rs.21.50 lakh
3. BMW K 1600 GTL - Rs.25.90- Rs.28.50 lakh
4. BMW R 1200 R - Rs.14.90- Rs.15.50 lakh
5. BMW S 1000 RR - Rs.18.90- Rs.21.40 lakh
6. BMW S 1000 R - Rs.16.90- Rs.18.90 lakh
7. BMW R Nine T - Rs.17.90 lakh
8. BMW R NineT Scrambler - Rs.15.90 lakh
9. BMW R 1200 GS Adventure- Rs.17.50- Rs.21.40 lakh
10. BMW R 1200 GS - Rs.15.90- Rs.19.50 lakh
11. BMW S 1000 XR - Rs.18.50- Rs.21.50 lakh (all ex-showroom prices)
Apart from this, BMW has also shook hands with TVS Motors to launch their Indian made BMW G310 R and G310 GS very soon.
Image: Official website BMW Motorrad
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.