Monday, July 16, 2012

“Scoop – Piaggio To Launch Fly 125 By October” plus 3 more Motorbeam

“Scoop – Piaggio To Launch Fly 125 By October” plus 3 more Motorbeam

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Scoop – Piaggio To Launch Fly 125 By October

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 02:34 AM PDT

piaggio fly India

When Piaggio launched the Vespa in India recently, many thought the company had over-priced the iconic scooter by a big amount. However, Piaggio does have a plan set in place to boost volumes in the 2-wheeler segment. We have learned from our sources about Piaggio’s plans to launch a scooter which will be positioned to compete against the Suzuki Access/Swish and the Honda Activa. This new scooter will be launched in the next couple of months and is already on sale in international markets but with a 150cc engine.

Piaggio will be launching the Fly 125cc scooter, which will help the company bring in the volumes in the scooter segment. The Vespa was priced at a premium to create aspirational value for the Piaggio brand. The Italian automaker is following a top-down approach with its scooters. The Piaggio Fly 125 uses telescopic forks at the front and hydraulic shock absorbers with pre-load adjuster at the rear. It has drum brakes all around but a front disc brake will be offered as an option. Power will come in through the same 125cc motor which does duty in the Vespa. The Piaggio Fly 125 will produce around 10 BHP of peak power and 10 Nm of peak torque. While the engine is same as the Vespa, it will not have 3-valves. Mileage will be the strong point of the Piaggio Fly scooter.

We were the first to report about Piaggio’s plans to bring in a 200cc version of the Aprilia RS125 motorcycle. This premium motorcycle will be launched in 2013, rivaling the KTM Duke 200. Piaggio has plans to bring in its own line-up of motorcycles, which will be positioned in the commuter segment. These motorcycles will be brought in only by late-2013 / early-2014. Now we know why Piaggio has setup a capacity of 1.5 lakh units per annum at its Baramati manufacturing facility, which will be doubled next year.

piaggio fly 125

2012 piaggio fly scooter

Fiat 500 7-Seater MPV Is Ertiga Rival

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 02:23 AM PDT

Fiat 500 7-Seater MPV

Fiat has big plans for India. The Italian automaker has finally realized that in order to be successful in the Indian market, they have to keep launching new products and refresh existing ones. Now Fiat already has two fantastic cars on sale – the Grande Punto and the Linea, both of which were given a minor update earlier this year. Fiat does not plan to launch anything in India till March 2013, as the company will be concentrating on expanding its retail presence. Fiat has already opened 3 independent showrooms and plans to add another 75 by the end of this fiscal year. Post the set up of their independent network, Fiat will start launching more products in India, including an MPV and a compact SUV.

Just recently Fiat started to expand the 500 line-up with the launch of the 500L. The company is trying to leverage on the popularity of the 500 hatchback by bringing in more models on the same platform and style. The next vehicle on the 500 platform was recently teased in a promotional video and is the 500X. The Fiat 500X is a compact SUV, which measures 4.2-meters in length (just a shade shorter than the Renault Duster). At the recent technology meet, Mr Enrico Atanasio, Head of Fiat India (Commercial) said that vehicles from the Chrysler stable along with the 500X are under consideration for the Indian market. The company plans to expand into growing segments such as the MPV and SUV segments.

Fiat also plans to launch a full-sized MPV on the 500 platform, which would be a 7-seater version of the 500L. This vehicle is still under development and is most likely to be launched in India by 2014. The Fiat 500 7-Seater MPV will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. It will be priced between Rs. 7-9 lakhs and will be powered by the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. Fiat India does not plan to get the MultiAir engines in the near future and the 500 MPV will be offered with the 1.4-litre FIRE engine which does duty on the Linea. It remains to be seen how Fiat boosts volumes in the compact MPV segment, against the likes of the Ertiga and Mahindra Xylo.

TVS Radeon 125cc Spied On Test

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 01:43 AM PDT

2012 TVS 125cc Motorcycle

TVS Motor is planning to launch a 125cc motorcycle in September, which will be called the Radeon. TVS showcased the Radeon at the 2012 Auto Expo and we have got spy pictures shot by long time reader Anand K from Bangalore. The person testing the bike doesn’t seem happy when Anand was snapping pictures, which is not surprising as TVS wants to keep the Radeon as a secret till they launch it.  The bike has the TVS name and logo missing and is running on red TN plates. The company seems to be extensively testing the bike as there was a convoy of Radeon bikes running around.

The TVS Radeon looks highly influenced from the StaR City and features black treatment all around the engine, 6-spoke alloys, exhaust and grab rails. The suspension system is the traditional telescopic forks at the front and twin shock ups at the rear. Power would come in from a 125cc, single-cylinder engine which is air-cooled. This engine will produce 10.5 BHP of peak power at 7500 RPM and 10 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, against the 4-speed gearbox which does duty on the Flame.

The TVS Radeon will be positioned above the Flame, which is the other 125cc bike that TVS currently sells in the Indian market. TVS will not discontinue the Flame as the bike does decent numbers for the South based automaker. The Radeon is TVS’ reply to the Bajaj Discover 125 ST and is expected to be priced around Rs. 55,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). It features a front disc brake which will be offered as an option. The standard version will have drum brakes but electric start will be offered on both the variants. The Radeon will have a top speed of around 95 km/h and will be high on fuel efficiency.

2012 TVS Radeon 125cc

New Honda Civic Not Coming To India

Posted: 15 Jul 2012 11:43 PM PDT

New vs Old Civic

Honda's declining profits and unyielding operations in India have led to yet another decision being taken by the company. India will not get to see the ninth generation Honda Civic on the roads. The decision has been taken because of the high price of the car and most importantly because the same does not come with a diesel engine. The all new Honda Civic had been popular in countries like US, Australia, Thailand and other international markets. But, its launch in India has been put off as demand for petrol powered vehicles has seen a massive drop.

Read The 2012 Honda Civic Review

The cost incurred for developing and supplying certain parts has been reimbursed after the project was scrapped. The Civic had been a hit ever since it was launched but the rising petrol prices killed its demand. Of course the major drawback is its non- availability in diesel version when most of its competitors like the Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura and Renault's Fluence come with diesel power. Apart from this the price of the car is a major setback. The new Civic would cost around Rs 14 lakhs (ex-showroom) which is higher than the current model.

Being India's premium car brand for over a decade, the company is facing tough times. Looks like, the company has failed to understand the dynamics of the Indian market. The company had been cutting prices of its offerings but little success did it see. Not just that, it delayed the launch of its small cars, passing the opportunity to their rivals to grab the share of the pie. Honda is now testing a diesel-powered Brio, which could re-ignite sales of the Japanese automaker in the competitive Indian market. Honda is expected to bring in more diesel-powered cars and could bring in the next generation Civic with a diesel powerplant. Honda USA is already working on an update for the Civic as the latest Civic has not really met expectations of buyers.

2012 Honda Civic Interiors

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