Friday, December 7, 2012

“Ninja 300R, Duke 390, CBR500R – New Middle Weights!” plus 9 more Motorbeam

“Ninja 300R, Duke 390, CBR500R – New Middle Weights!” plus 9 more Motorbeam

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Ninja 300R, Duke 390, CBR500R – New Middle Weights!

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:30 PM PST

Kawasaki Ninja 300R

First the Japanese giant Kawasaki launched the Ninja 300R with its much rider friendly power band and dynamics, and then the KTM showcased the Duke 390, which astonished everyone with its mind boggling specifications. Now Honda, which is byword for quality is preparing to launch a contender in the ring in the form of the CBR500R. You might be wondering why I did not consider the CBR250R in this discussion, the reason is that the baby CBR is an excellent beginner’s bike and much more elementary as compared to these bikes.

All the manufacturers have confirmed that their bikes will have a comfortable seating position and strong pulling power in low and mid range with peak power in the range of 40-50 BHP making them very rider friendly bikes. After all the launches in the past couple of months, I have been wondering about the shift in the motorcycle industry which has shifted towards providing easy accessible power to the consumers as most of the super-sports are rarely redlined and moreover they are very difficult machines to handle and maintain for the buyers.

So what manufacturers are doing is that they are shedding off all the pricey bits off the bike and even tuning the engines for economical runs. They have created a new category of motorcycles just between the learner and middle weight category; we can call it the middle middle-weight category. These bikes have simple mechanicals like a single cylinder or the parallel twin with liquid cooling and single disc at the front, this is the recipe that they are relying on and it might work seeing the gradual shift of the riders to commuter class from the super-sport class.

It will be very interesting to note the reaction of the market and the race to rule the intermediate (as I like to call it) category after these bikes are launched in the Indian market. Expect prices of these machines to range between Rs. 2 – 3.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). What would be your pick?

KTM 390 Duke Wallpaper

- Aman Malhotra

Audi Not To Launch Small Cars In India

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 05:05 AM PST

Audi Motorbeam Tweets

Amidst stiff competition among luxury carmakers in the Indian market, where every manufacturer intends to launch a wide array of its products among varied segments, Audi however begs to differ on that front. The German luxury car maker has no plans to dilute its portfolio and wishes to retain its supremacy among the luxury sedans and SUV's. This means Audi has no near-future plans to launch its smaller models like the A1 in India. Commenting on their top-down strategy, Audi India head Michael Perschke said that this strategy has worked well in the Indian market and they selling their luxury sedans in good numbers including the Audi A8.

Replying to Faisal's tweet on whether Audi plans to bring in their A-segment in India, he said that the Indian market has limited potential amongst luxury hatchbacks. Well, this statement seems too good to be true. While the Indian market is a hot favorite for small cars, the same is also being associated with the luxurious hatchbacks that are on offer, citing that these cars will also get enough sales comparatively but the number of Indian buyers willing to shell out Rs.20 lakh plus for a hatchback are meager.

However, Audi’s rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are not on the same page as they have aggressive plans to launch their small offerings in India. Mercedes-Benz started their journey in this league by launching their B-class earlier this year and plans are in place to also launch the compact A-class hatchback in 2013. BMW too would be launching their 1-Series hatchback in 2013, although their presence has been in this segment since the Mini, but again that’s not too easy on the wallet.

Audi currently has twelve models in the Indian market amongst the sedans and SUV's and are quite satisfied with their success here and could well top the luxury car sales this fiscal year. Alongside in competition with Audi is BMW while Mercedes is slightly behind on sale volumes.

Travelogue – Around Sri Lanka In The Alto K10

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

“Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places one can visit close to India”

How many of us would think of choosing Sri Lanka as a holiday destination? Not many I am sure, frankly neither was I too keen on the place when somebody had suggested it a couple of years ago. In my defense, I expected it to be much like India and when you plan to travel to another country, you rather not feel at home. It does not make much of a vacation, especially when you want to get away from the routine city life.

However, I was going to be proved completely wrong. Few of my patients hail form Sri Lanka and they have been raving about the place but that was not the reason why I preferred it over the other famous South East Asian destinations. I was looking for adventure, last year it was para gliding and this year it was time for Scuba Diving. There are few PADI certified Scuba training institutes in India but the turn off is the less than clean water on our coastline. Thus Sri Lanka it was.

Clean and Green City

After landing in Colombo, the capital city, one is immediately surprised to notice how clean the Sri Lanka is. A special police force known as environmental Police ensures that perpetrators responsible for littering and dirtying the city area are put to task. Economy is weaker than India and 1 INR (Indian Rupee) is about 2.4 SLR (Sri Lankan Rupee) with denominations including notes of the value of Rs. 2000/- and Rs. 5000/-. Be aware that Indian currency is strictly banned in the country and you will not be able to exchange Indian Rupee at any official money exchanger, its best to carry American Dollar. However, I had no clue about this until I reached, luckily I got it done at a jewellery store, unofficially of course.

Toyota Yaris

The Sri Lankan automobile market is dominated by the Japanese with certain areas giving a feel that you may be in Japan itself. It’s all Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi with the Germans having an insignificant market share. Automobiles are really expensive in Sri Lanka, the Government imposes 300 percent duty on imported cars, with no local production happening, it’s easy money for the Government. The duty structure for Hybrid cars is much less and I did see lots of Toyota Prius and Honda Insight cars on the road. The Tata Nano costs almost INR 5.5 lakhs, which is way too expensive but people do have a taste for cars especially in big cities like Colombo.

Most of the cars are directly imported from Japan and vans are most popular of the lot. I had planned to rent a self driven car and drive around myself, it would give me much more freedom of movement and I would not have to depend on a cab. There are various car rental agencies in Colombo which give you an option of a self drive rented car. You are spoilt for choice as far as the vehicle is concerned, besides the Japanese menu, there are other options such as Germans luxury cars but they come at a price. I decided to go Indian and nothing better than taking India’s best selling car, the Maruti Suzuki Alto.

Alto vs Alto K10

I had the option of three Alto variants, the original Japanese Alto (old model), the Alto LXi and the Alto K10. I chose the K10 as i wanted a little more power under the hood. I was given a white color, well maintained Alto K10, which had done 23,000 kms on the odometer. You can either apply for an International driving license in India or you have an option of applying for a Foreigner’s Driving License in Sri Lanka itself. Though I wanted to get an International license made from India, my work schedule left me no time to get it done.

I had a word with the car rental company and they agreed to help me get one in Colombo at SLR 2500 (official fees SLR 1000 + unofficial SLR 1500) and so it was done. Most car rental companies have agents in the RTO who ensure you get your license in a jiffy, but at a nominal price. It took barely an hour, they took a copy of my passport, my Indian driving license and there I was, all ready to go.

Driving in the Alto K10

Since it was only two of us in the car, the luggage fit comfortably in the boot and on the rear seat. I fueled it up to the brim and set off. Petrol is much cheaper than it is in India. A litre of petrol costs SLR 149 while a liter of diesel costs SLR 120, which is equivalent to INR 62 and INR 50 for a liter of petrol and diesel respectively. My plan was to visit Galle, which happens to be about 125 kms from Colombo. There are two ways to get there, one is an expressway and the other is a coastal road which runs along the sea. I took the coastal road on the way to Galle and the view was certainly breathtaking. You will barely find any dividers on the road, instead painted on the road is a white line, double white line and dotted line.

Police Patrol Car

Traffic rules are strict and offenders are not let off easily. You can’t even put a wheel on the double white line. Take a turn on this line and you will be caught, the single line allows you to turn and take a u-turn while overtaking, which is allowed on the dotted line only. In case you are caught for breaching the law, your license will be confiscated. You have to go to the nearest post office and pay the penalty and come back to the police station with the receipt to claim your license. Lengthy procedure for sure but it ensures that not many are found on the wrong side of the law. Cop cars do rounds to ensure law and order is maintained.

Scenic View Along The Beach

The drive to Galle was scenic and you cross Bentota on the way which is a hub for water sports in the country. There are loads of activities to be done in Sri Lanka besides water sports. Inspite of having beaches all around the island country, there are national forest reverses, hill stations such as Kandy, you name it and this small country has everything. Activities range from whale watching, visiting turtle hatcheries, treks, night wildlife safari, not to miss a visit to Pinewella elephant sanctuary.

Galle Lighthouse

The Dutch had established themselves in Galle and the Dutch influence is still present. The old Dutch Fort and the Lighthouse are few places to visit and they have a rich historical background. The Galle fort has a museum which has loads of interesting bits to see. Ceylon, as it was then called was ruled by the British. Later and when India got Independence, the British decided to pack up from Sri Lanka as well. There was no freedom struggle at all and the natives thank India as the reason for them getting Independence.

View from the Hotel

I was staying a little further down Galle in a place called Unawatuna. The hotel was right at the beach with a breathtaking view of the sea. The Sri Lankan Government encourages foreigners to buy property and start business to boost the economy, hence you will find tons of Europeans who have settled down and started restaurants.

Clay Baked Pizza

Most areas around Galle have a typical European feel to it as most of the restaurants are owned by them. The food is pretty authentic with a wide variety to choose from. To keep the flavor alive, they even use clay baked ovens to make Pizzas and the taste is simply lip smacking.

Scuba Diving

Besides relaxing by the sea, we took to Scuba diving. The PADI certified institutes ensure they give you a proper and safe experience. It sounds scary at first but once you are there the excitement only grows. After a brief video session, they train you on the equipment, about an hour later once you know the basics, they take you to the water. The key is to breathe continuously, if you hold your breath, your lungs can actually explode due to the pressure. It takes a bit of practice before you can confidently go to the next step. After practicing at the shore, you go into the sea only for half a kilometer from the shore and believe me, its like watching Discovery HD live in front of you. The aquatic life is so colorful and vibrant. If you pass this step, they take you to the sea for a dive upto 12 – 18 meters. You should avoid flying for atleast 18 hours after the dive to prevent decompression sickness.

Alto K10 Rear

The entire week passed like lightening and it was time to head back to the grind. The Alto K10 did 500 kms and returned a mileage of 15.56 km/l over the entire 5 days, which is pretty impressive. The built quality was average and I did hear a few rattles and creeks occasionally. The fan sounds like an ATR taking off on full song but despite these few flaws, the Alto K10 was a reliable companion. I hit the expressway on the way back, smooth well surfaced tarmac and a speed limit of 100 km/hr ensured that I reached Colombo in just less than one and a half hour. What I take back from this experience is that a small country, which has been at war for all but the last three years has managed to do so well in most departments. Yes, there is corruption there too, but some how it has achieved so much more than what we have as a larger country.

November 2012 Sales Figures & Analysis

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 04:30 AM PST

The Big Picture – The month of festivals usually turns out to be the Bestselling month of the year for every manufacturer in India. But unlike the predictions made by many, market did not see any boost in sales in November. For almost every company, the month of October ended with dispatches on higher note to address forthcoming festive season demand. This made November figures to appear relatively small and sales trend is seen heading downwards. Usually many buyers avoid buying car at year end to avoid adverse impact on resale value. This also might have caused fall in sales figures of November. Almost every manufacturer has suffered loss in sales except Chevrolet, Volkswagen and Nissan. Every other manufacturer has recorded drop in sales ranging from 1% to shocking 54%. Numerous fresh launches and upgrades have failed to deliver what they have promised. Maruti Suzuki holds the number one spot, followed by Hyundai at second place and Mahindra and Mahindra at third place. Thus, the month of March will still carry the crown of Bestselling month of year. Overall, industry recorded 8.06% fall in sales compared to previous month. Hence ‘Disappointing‘, is the word which can describe car sales report for the month of November.

Car Sales November 2012 Main

Top 20 – This table has always been territory of Maruti Suzukis and Hyundais. As always, Alto 800 with its fresh appeal holds the top spot as 23,550 units of it were sold in November. Standing at second place Swift’s sales figures are steadily increasing and heading towards its full potential. Then there are Dzire and WagonR holding third and fourth place respectively, followed by Mahindra Bolero-the Alto of utility segment, at fifth place. Thing to note in this table is downfall of Toyota Innova, as it is continuously losing its market share to Ertiga, Duster etc. and has ended up losing four spots. Also Tata Indigo and Manza range has lost badly and is out of this table now which allowed Nano to slip in at number 20.

Car Sales November 2012 Top 20

Company Wise Break Up – Maruti Suzuki bet big on Alto 800 and it is proved be right as they sold 23,550 units of it. Swift is back on track and is now inches away from its past average sales figure of 19,000 to 20,000 units. Ertiga is doing wonders for the company and it looks like the limitation at the manufacturing facility is the only reason which is restricting its sales. At the bottom of chart, we will see Kizashi doing whopping 71 numbers. This sudden rise in sale might be a result of stock clearance exercise carried out recently. On the other hand, Hyundai is pushing i10 very hard and is few units short of 10,000 mark. Also the launch of Alto 800 has not affected Eon much. As for the first time Eon is standing ahead of new i20. Overall Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai ended November with fall in sale of 5.33% and 2.87% respectively.

Maruti Suzuki Hyundai Sales November 2012

The distance between Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra is increasing day by day as Tata Motors is losing its sales very badly and as every product from Mahindra and Mahindra is received well by customers. Almost every product of Mahindra and Mahindra seems to have reached saturation as sales figure of each of them is lying constantly in their own range. On the other hand Tata Motor's sales record is full of irregularities in recent history. As we can see Indigo, Manza and Nano have fared badly. But remarkably 341 units of Aria have been sold in November thanks to stripped down version launched recently. Overall, Mahindra and Mahindra have recorded fall in sales of 8.64% and Tata Motors have recorded 14.62% drop in sale.

Mahindra Tata Sales November 2012

Now days, Toyota Innova is facing trouble as many manufacturers are pitting their offerings against it. Maruti Suzuki with Ertiga, Renault with Duster, Mahindra and Mahindra with its Quanto and Xylo are proving to be more practical option for personal users and thus stealing away the sales from Innova. This has caused Toyota to lose it sales by 15.71%. Honda has pushed really hard in October and hence is showing relative drop of 54.10% in sales in November. Honda has launched CNG variant of City but it has failed to lure customers and hence Honda City recorded lowest ever sales in 2012 calendar year. Rest all models are performing at average levels.

Toyota Honda Sales November 2012

Sail U-VA is the sole reason behind Chevrolet’s gain in sales volume in November. But refreshed Spark is still waiting for a spark to ignite its sales graph. There is 7.17% rise in November sales due to new offerings, but it will be interesting to see if Chevrolet can maintain this pace in December too. While launching its new Figo, Ford said that ‘Change is wonderful thing’. But it seems that customers are not finding any wonder in New Figo and hence it failed to record any increase in its sale. Thus leaving Ford to suffer a loss in sales of 21.55%.

Chevrolet Ford Sales November 2012

Volkswagen is coming out from its re-learning phase and hence it is showing steady growth of sales but on the other hand Skoda is still missing out on the same front. Volkswagen's small growth in November sales is driven by Vento. For Skoda, except Rapid (which just managed to sell above 1000 mark) every other offering is performing below average and that is the matter of concern for company. Overall Volkswagen managed to record marginal gain in sales of 1.32% and Skoda met a fall in sales of 9.49%.

Volkswagen Skoda Sales November 2012

Nissan is the highest sales gainer in the month of November as it has recorded 50.40% gain in sales with major contributor being Sunny. Renault is let down by fall in sales of every model except Scala. Renault's sales has recorded 2.70% drop over last month.

Renault Nissan Sales November 2012

With hefty price cut of Rs. 2 lakhs, Mitsubishi sold 152 units of Pajero Sport in November and total 7 units of all other models combined. Fiat Punto has hit rock bottom and has seen worst figures of year 2012. Overall, Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi recorded fall in sales of 1.18% and Fiat recorded fall in sales of 52.46%.

Hindustan Motors Fiat Sales November 2012

Category Wise Break Up -

Car Sales November 2012 Category 01

Car Sales November 2012 Category 02

Gainers Vs Losers -

Car Sales November 2012 Gainers Losers

Podium Finishers -

Car Sales November 2012 Top 3

Things To Look Out For:-

- As it is an year end many buyers will postpone their buying decision till January 2013.

- Some year end discounts may pump in boost in sales.

Scoop – Nissan Future Plans For India

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 04:14 AM PST

Nissan Extreme Concept Front

Nissan has had a decent start in India after the launch of the Micra and Sunny. Being one of the largest Japanese car manufacturer, with presence in more than 160 countries, Nissan has been in India for quite some time but the Nissan X-Trail and Teana never really scorched the charts. Nissan have now announced their expansion plans for India.

Nissan will launch two to three new cars in 2013 and by 2015, their lineup will have expanded to 12 models. They will be investing $45 billion for a new manufacturing plant in South India. Currently having 68 dealers, Nissan will add 29 more to the tally soon and by 2018 they plan to have a massive dealer network of near 400 dealerships.

The Japanese Car maker has announced that they will start assembling the Next Generation X-Trail in India and make India an export hub like many other manufacturers like Hyundai and Suzuki have done. The next generation X-Trail will be a CKD and attract lesser taxes making it cheaper than the current model, making it a very worthy contender to current SUV's in the market.

Nissan plans to bring their luxury brand, Infinity, to India. This brand consists of many luxury products to take on the German trio of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. After their Budget brand, Datsun, is introduced in India, Nissan will launch the the 'Sylplhy' or a similar car in the same category.

Nissan Motorsport division, Nismo, is also under contemplation to be brought to India. With the sale of high end sports cars on a steady rise in India, Nissan too wants a piece of the action. Nissan already has top line products such as the GT-R and 370Z, which boast of superior technology.

Lastly, Nissan will also update their current line of cars, with new versions of the Micra and the Sunny expected to be launched next year. Nissan is investing for a very bright future in India with an amazing line of new products as well as a massive growth in the number of dealers and service centers. Nissan faced a few problems due to lack of dealers and lack of customer satisfaction in after sales, which Nissan are determined to solve.

2013 Nissan GT-R exterior

Nissan X-trail

Man Drives Rolls-Royce For 82 Years

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST

Rolls Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster

How much do you think is the average duration for which any youngster these days would use one car? Let us take an optimistic 5-8 years on an average. After driving a car for so long, one is bound to look for a change. Thanks to the technological innovations and the best of research and development facilities, the automakers are coming up with newer products in lesser time. Buyers have a range of options to choose from. Existing owners are lured by the newer featured cars and the credit schemes available. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if a person starts switching cars just like how we change our mobile phones every year.

But, in today's era what can come as a surprise is this piece of news. A man used his car for a good long 82 years. One car for 82 years is hard to believe. Even if the person had some personal attachment to the car, over the years, a machine is bound to age. But, this is a true story. Mr. Allen Swift from Springfield is the man who has driven his car till his death. In the year 1928, Mr. Swift received the Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father as a graduation gift. Ever since then, he had driven this machine for over 1,070,000 miles (1,721,998 kms). In the year 2005, at the age of 102, he breathed his last and the roadster was donated to a museum in Springfield.

What should come as another surprise is the condition of this age old beauty. It is still in the perfect cosmetic condition and runs smoothly. It definitely means that Mr. Swift had taken care of it in the best possible manner as a cherished gift from his beloved father. Few things in life cannot be replaced. However, it is the technological advancement of Rolls-Royce way back in 1920's that keeps us spell-bound. For a machine to have survived for so long, the best of the minds might have been behind the scenes from Roll-Royce. Is there any other auto-major which can claim that their creation can last for so long too?

Fiat Panda Monster Truck Is Insanely Cool

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 12:30 AM PST

Fiat Panda 4x4 monster

A truly surprising and special 2013 Panda 4X4 was spotted in Italy recently. It was a Monster Panda on the lines of monster trucks found in the USA. This mini SUV had been given big wheels and modified accordingly and was being driven in the snow. Unlike typical monster trucks this is a small car given such treatment made it quite a spectacular sight. Details about the engine powering this Monster Panda are still unknown although we suspect it to be the 1.3-litre diesel for the good torque it generates which is helpful to move such a beast in the snow.

The new 2013 Panda is one of the most capable cars from Fiat's international stable. The car has been around for 30 years and the latest Panda is in its third generation. This small car combines the practicality, comfort and style quotient of a typical Italian hatch with an off-road capability to shame most 4X4 soft-roaders. The Fiat Panda 4×4 has a permanent four-wheel drive system with ‘Torque on demand’ transmission and Electronic Locking Differentials (ELD) which makes it quite capable on hill paths, slopes, grass, mud as well as snow.

The Fiat Panda is available with the cutting edge and torquey 0.9-litre Twin-Air engine which produces 85 HP of power and the 1.3 Multijet II with 75 HP power output. Both engines give amazing torque required for mild off-roading as well as a very comfortable and quick drive. The suspension on this Panda too has been updated from the last version making it lighter and much more comfortable along with bettering off-road performance.

The Fiat Panda has been packed with amazing features and comfort features making it a brilliant everyday car plus a car that can be used as an adventure vehicle tackling mild off-road requirements with ease. So this Monster Panda can be a promotional car from Fiat itself or done by a private owner. But it surely gets the eyeballs the owner must have envisioned.

2013 Fiat Panda 4x4

Source - Carscoop

Fiat To Launch Alto-Beater!

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:49 PM PST

2011 Fiat Uno

With Fiat on a roll with very ambitious expansion plans, the Italian car manufacturer has announced that they will be launching a new small car (A segment) to take on the highest selling car in India – the Maruti Alto as well as the Hyundai Eon, and upcoming Datsun small car. Fiat has been contemplating an India-specific small car, to replace the Uno, from 2009 but it did not materialize. But now they have started work on the same lines again.

Fiat will try to make the dimensions as small as possible and give maximum space, practicality and hopefully true to Fiat traditions, beautiful unique styling as well. Fiat does have a couple of small cars abroad that they could use either as the basis or bring here a modified version as well. The latest generation Fiat Uno is being produced in Brazil which was showcased in 2010, has excellent quirky looks plus space and practicality and is quite small. Also one of its most successful cars in Europe, the Panda, also can be modified to make this small car, but pricing might become an issue.

Fiat may even develop a completely new car for the Indian market, but given the high costs required for this it seems unlikely. But this may be a very good chance for Fiat to bring their excellent award winning Twin Air engines to India. Based on Fiat's MultiAir technology, these 875cc, 2-cylinder engines are extremely fuel efficient as well and offer healthy amount of power and very good torque. Presently a wide range of naturally aspirated as well as turbocharged versions are used in many of their cars.

In India, diesel cars sell like hot cakes and Fiat gave us the most widely used and acclaimed Multijet diesel engines in their own as well as other manufacturer's cars making diesel engines as powerful and reliable as petrol cars along with amazing fuel efficiency. So again Fiat can be a pioneer in giving a diesel engine in the smallest car category. An A-segment car with a diesel engine will create a big hoopla in the Indian automotive scene.

So a lot of expectations rest on Fiat and similarly Fiat will have lot of expectations from their latest endeavor. The Italian automaker will have to put all their steps in the right direction to bring the best possible technology and a capable product to India to gain a good position in the market. Also a very widespread dealer and service network is a primary need for cars to be successful. Fiat will have to make an extraordinary effort to give the best possible service across India, something which they are already working on.

FIAT-PANDA-2

Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 Video Review

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:44 PM PST

Hyosung Planning To Launch 150cc Motorcycle

Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:36 PM PST

2012 Hyosung GT250R Review

The Indo-Korean alliance of DSK-Hyosung is planning to launch a mass market 150cc motorcycle in India. The motorcycle is expected to be priced aggressively, to make it an affordable choice for Indian customers. This move will help the manufacturer to expand volumes and improve its presence in India. The company is setting up a new plant in Satara, Maharashtra. The plant is expected to be functional by the end of 2013. The company plans to localize the Hyosung GT250R and this motorcycle is likely to shed its price by Rs. 50,000/- after cloe to 25% localization is achieved.

Read The Hyosung GT250R Review

The Hyosung GT250R features a V-twin engine churning out a peak power of 28 BHP with 23 Nm of torque mated to a five-speed transmission. The GV650 Aquila Cruiser motorcycle is also expected to enter India in mid-2013 with a price tag of Rs. 5 lakhs, featuring a 70 BHP V-twin engine mated to a five-speed transmission. The company is likely to introduce a the younger sibling of the GV650 by April 2013, the GV250 cruiser that produces 29 BHP, to be priced around Rs. 1.8 lakhs.

Hyosung is also expected to launch the next generation GT650R by 2014. The brand is finally looking forward to expanding its line up in India. The company currently offers only four motorcycles in India – GT650N, GT650R, GT250R and the ST7 cruiser. S&T Motors Co. Ltd. is a South Korean motorcycle manufacturer that currently manufactures motorcycles, scooters and ATVs under the brand name Hyosung. The company was founded in 1978 as a division of the Hyosung Group of Industries. By adding new products to their portfolio and pricing them aggressively, we expect some excitement in the premium two-wheeler segment.

2012 Hyosung GV650

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