Indian Government is on the move to curb pollution levels in the country taking measures at various levels. The latest one to hear is the mandatory requirement of a valid PUC (Pollution under Control) certificate for insurance renewal. The Honourable Supreme Court under a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta released an order stating that all vehicles in the Delhi-NCR should have a valid PUC certificate to get the insurance renewed annually.
The most anticipated SUV of the year, Jeep Compass was officially launched in India on July 31st 2017. Being a locally assembled SUV from Jeep was one of the reasons that paved way for excitement towards this launch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had launched two vehicles from the same brand last year, but with a heavy price owing to the fact that they reached India through the CBU route. As a result, these vehicles did not fare well in the Indian market. This was when the company announced its decision to locally manufacture an SUV for retailing not just in India, but also exporting to all right hand drive markets. Now, the wait has come to an end and Jeep Compass rolls out with an affordable price tag with all components of a premium SUV.
Launched two years ago, Bajaj Qute was exported to various countries outside India while it was restricted for sale here considering its lack of safety. But now, according to reports from sources, Bajaj Auto seems to have confirmed its launch in the country. It has been a long fight for the company against various Public Interest Litigations in concern of safety measures adopted on this tiny car. However, it is understood that the company is positive on the launch of Qute in India by the year end.
Over the last few days, India has witnessed some of the best launches in the sub compact SUV segment. The latest to join the bandwagon is Tata Nexon which is about to be launched soon in the country. Though a bit late for the party, the Indian carmaker seems to have pumped up this upcoming SUV with a plethora of first in segment features. Let us do the detailing one by one here:
We Indians have been familiar with the term Jeep through many models from Mahindra. Recently did many of us come to realise that Jeep was in fact not a vehicle model, but the American Car maker brand who introduced few of the prestigious SUVs to the world since 1941. Back then, they were named American Motors and were quite popular through the ubiquitous Jeep Willys of that time.
Kolkatta: A city of dirty streets and bungalow type colonies. At the same time, a city of grand residential “palaces” and skyscrapers . City of yellow-painted Ambassador taxis. It was at the last stage of a drive from Kochi to Bhutan that we landed in Kolkatta. The route to Bhutan was from Kochi to Kolkatta-Siliguri-Jaigaon.
This time, the visit to Kolkatta was with a different purpose. The purpose was to test drive the small hatchback DATSUN Redi-GO. This is the vehicle segment that sells most in India. The land of Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and Reno Quid. Into this market enters DATSUN Redi-Go. The earlier models of DATSUN were GO and GO+. Lack of standard was the reason for their failure. The Indian prefers a vehicle of high standard even if somewhat more costly. The cost-reduction focus was the undoing of GO and GO+. While driving Redi-GO, one felt that DATSUN had learned the lessons from these failures. Here follows a detailed Test Drive Report.
All these years, Maruti Suzuki lacked just one thing inspite of earning the fan following of millions of Indians- a compact SUV. Even though an SUV Vitara was launched into the market long back, its heavy pricing and lack of a diesel variant kept it away from us Indians who had a general notion of opting any other brand instead of Maruti while planning for an expensive vehicle. But as they introduced the launch of a premium sedan Ciaz and a lifestyle hatchback Baleno retailed through its lifestyle showroom Nexa, the whole approach of people towards Maruti Suzuki changed. People came forward to buy expensive vehicles from the same brand they had ignored a couple of years ago.
In the last couple of years, there had been one vehicle which used to be called the baby SUV . None other than the X1! The smallest member of the macho X Series with a cool engine , miniature body line and an affordable price tag. As it successfully completes its seventh year , BMW decided to give it a total revamp thereby launching the second generation X1. This all new X1 2016 spells the term 'Next Generation' in every part with its sophisticated technology and uber cool design.
The customers who drive Volkswagen model will naturally become fans of this model irrespective of model Polo or else luxuary model Pasat. With German engineering as its base Volkswagen has good exterior stiling …It has also very stable handling. Volkswagen started making compact sedan named AMEO for Indian market two years back. The Co was extremely cautious that the said model should not fail in Indian market. The model has all the elements required to look extremely attractive, competitive and look special on road in Indian markets.
MV Agusta launched the 2017 iteration of their popular model Brutale 800 in India last month. The previous generation of the same never reached India and as a result, this model seems to have enticed quite a few luxury bike enthusiasts in the country. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs.15.59 lakh.
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.
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.
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.
Vehicle models coming into the market, whether two-, three-, or four-wheelers, are becoming day by day, more youthful and more attractive. How many visually attractive, youthful designs are appearing on the roads every day! In fact, it will not be wrong to say that the ageing process is going in reverse gear only for Mammootty and vehicle designs!
In India, today there is a flood of youth-oriented scooters. Honda DO, Yamaha Ray and Hero Maestro are just some examples of new generation scooters aiming at the youthful market. Into the midst of these, there now comes with a more contemporary shape and with a much better engine, a new star from Yamaha: Cygnus Ray ZR.
In 1987 George M Hendy has started a Bicycle manufacturing company in America, named Hendy Manufacturing Company. The company introduced bicycles under the names, silver kenley, American India(which is converted as the brand name Indian).
From 1901, joined hands with Oscar Heads Trom , has started producing motorcycles with gasoline engine.And in the same year the Indian Motor Cycle came to reality and it got sold in the very next year.In years Indian Motor Cycle has become a brand, with the un comparable performance of its motorcycles.The company faced a shut down issue in 2003 due to financial issues. In 2008 a London company Stellikyen and in 2011 Polaris Industries has taken over the company. Last year, Indian bikes hited the Indian roads.
Let’s look at the new gen Indian Scout..
Royal Enfield Himalayan has been one bike that has left the media sleepless over last couple of months. This adventure tourer is destined to cruise the Indian roads especially the off roads in Gods own country, Kerala.
Finally after days of wait, I get my hands on Himalayan, sought to be one of the much awaited vehicles in recent days. I remind myself that I am about to embark on an exhilarating journey through highways, forests, mountain roads and even hilly rivers and enjoy nature at its best on this off roader making my dream come true.
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