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TVS Aims to Boost 310cc Sales Through Development and International Expansion of Apache RTR 310

TVS Aims to Boost 310cc Sales Through Development and International Expansion of Apache RTR 310

In the 2022-2023 fiscal year, the company's total domestic motorcycle sales numbered 910,376 units, a significant increase of 29 percent from the previous year. The launch of the new model extends TVS's 310cc product range. This line already includes the leading Apache RR 310 and Apache RTR 310 models, both of which were co-designed with BMW Motorrad. Currently, TVS sells between 6,000 and 7,000 units of the Apache RR 310 annually within India. The introduction of the newest model aims to double these sales figures. "Our global target for the first year of launch is a collective 25,000 units," says KN Radhakrishnan, Director and CEO of TVS Motor Company. He also noted the company's interest in exporting the bike to Latin America, Europe, and ASEAN countries. Deliveries of the Apache RTR 310 are slated to commence by the end of September, followed by the start of exports to Thailand and Latin America. The European market will be targeted beginning in FY25. Radhakrishnan touts the popularity of the Apache brand, with over five million global customers, and asserts that the new model's unique features will redefine its segment. He says there are several characteristics that set it apart from its competitors, in addition to its performance and agility. The TVS Apache RTR 310 will be sold through the company's network of over 400 premium motorcycle dealerships across India. TVS is actively exploring new distribution channels for its premium products. Despite the company's already strong position in the premium motorcycle segment, Radhakrishnan stresses the importance of customer satisfaction. He says, "We are more focused on the overall satisfaction of our customers", and expresses optimism for the forthcoming festive season. The article ends with a list of TVS bikes and their prices, ranging from Rs 49,584 to Rs 3.34 lakh. It also includes links to an image gallery of the TVS X electric scooter, a walkaround video of the Apache RTR 310, and a walkthrough video of the TVS X electric scooter.

Bajaj Unveils Chetak 2901 at a Competitive Price of Rs 95 998

Bajaj Unveils Chetak 2901 at a Competitive Price of Rs 95 998

Bajaj Auto launches the affordable Chetak 2901 e-scooter at Rs 95,998, targeting the youth with a vibrant steel body, priced at Rs 51,000.

Bajaj Auto, the popular automobile manufacturer, has launched a new exceptionally affordable variant of its Chetak e-scooter to the market, known as the Chetak 2901. The model has been designed to appeal to the younger generation and is priced at Rs 95,998. The Chetak 2901 comes with a steel body available in five different vibrant colors. Interestingly, this new model is Rs 51,000 cheaper compared to the premium Chetak variant. The_Chetak_2901 The Chetak 2901 launch had been anticipated over the past month, following our exclusive report concerning the imminent release of a more cost-friendly Chetak model. The design of the Chetak 2901 mirrors that of the other models in the Chetak range. However, it lacks certain functionalities. For example, the baseline Chetak 2901 comes with steel wheels and only one riding mode. Bajaj Auto has made additional features optional with the TecPac, which includes two riding modes (Eco and Sport), a reverse mode, hill-hold assistance, alloy wheels, and more – all for an extra cost of just Rs 3,000. The Chetak 2901 also comes equipped with an off-board charger, similar to the Chetak Urbane, while the on-board charger is reserved for the Chetak Premium. The_Chetak_2901 The Chetak 2901 shares its 2.9 kWh battery with the mid-spec Chetak Urbane, offering a promising range of 123 km. Bajaj has, however, reduced the top speed to 63 kph in comparison to the other models. The charging time is also slightly longer, taking a claimed six hours to reach a full charge. The introduction of Bajaj Chetak 2901 onto the e-scooter market pits it directly against rivals such as TVS iQube 2.2, Ather Rizta S, and Ola S1 Air. Its reputation and competitive pricing should contribute to making it an enticing option for potential buyers. It's also noteworthy that the price of the Ather 450 Apex has recently surged. The affordable Chetak variant could beat the competition in terms of price, range, and color variations. The_Chetak_2901 The Bajaj Chetak Premium, priced at ₹ 1,19,000 * on road in New Delhi, has witnessed a range of reviews and views over the past four months, peaking the interest of the automobile enthusiast. As always, we remind users to log in and share their thoughts and comments about the launch of the new Bajaj Chetak 2901. Finally, while discussing Bajaj's new launch, this article would be incomplete without mentioning Bajaj's other popular bike, the Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z priced at Rs 1.85 lakh -- known for being the most affordable 40hp bike in India.

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Enhanced Tata Altroz with More Features and Two New Trims Launched

Enhanced Tata Altroz with More Features and Two New Trims Launched

With the 2024 Altroz, Tata Motors introduces high-spec models XZ LUX and XZ+S LUX, featuring a 10.25-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera.

With the unveiling of the upgraded Altroz hatchback, Tata Motors has added two new high-spec models to the lineup –XZ LUX and XZ+S LUX. The company has also included additional features in the top-of-the-range Altroz XZ+ OS variant. The enhanced 2024 Tata Altroz range comes with several new elements. The new Altroz XZ LUX, priced at Rs 9 lakh and above, boasts of a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with an improved operating system, a 360-degree camera, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Adding Rs 65,000 will get you the Altroz XZ+S LUX, which includes another four airbags. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX The top-tier XZ+ OS variant, previously available from Rs 9.65 lakh, has been upgraded with additional features like Tata’s in-car connectivity technology and an air purifier. This bumps up the starting price by Rs 34,000 to Rs 9.99 lakh. It's important to note these prices are for the petrol-manual models. The two latest trims are also available in petrol-manual, petrol-DCT, CNG-MT, and diesel-MT configurations. The Altroz XZ+ OS, however, only comes in a petrol form. Some features were adjusted, with leatherette seats now being an exclusive feature to the Altroz Racer whilst others like the electric sunroof, cruise control, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, 90-degree opening doors, auto headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers remain a constant. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX Even with these changes, the Altroz in 2024 continues to be powered by its 88hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 90hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol variant also has an optional CNG kit. The introduction of the Altroz Racer came with the discontinuation of the i-Turbo version's 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. The standard Altroz features a standard 5-speed MT with the added option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic for the petrol variant. Tata's Altroz persists in its competition with models like the Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno, and Toyota Glanza. The innovative Altroz Racer, however, is pitted against the likes of the i20 N Line and Fronx Turbo. Thenew_AltrozXZ_LUX In terms of upcoming vehicles from Tata motors, there are speculations of the Tata Curvv based on the available spy shots. Currently, the Tata Safari and Harrier are being offered with up to Rs 1.25 lakh off on MY23 stock during this month. In the retail market, the on-road price for the new Tata Altroz in New Delhi starts from Rs 6,05,840. The images of the newly launched Tata Altroz Racer have been released to the public, projecting an image of class and sophistication associated with the revamped model.

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Inspection Recall for TVS iQube Electric Scooter Chassis Bridge Tube

Inspection Recall for TVS iQube Electric Scooter Chassis Bridge Tube

TVS iQube, a top-selling electric scooter in India with around 300,000 units sold, stands out in the market. Continual updates keep it ahead with features

TVS iQube, one of India's best-selling electric scooters, has sold approximately 300,000 units to date. This highly coveted scooter, embraced by households across the country, has carved a significant space for itself in the Indian electric vehicle market. To stay ahead in the game, TVS diligently updates the iQube lineup, continually adding more features, options and broadening the range to keep pace with the dynamic needs of their clients. TVS iQube Nevertheless, a recent development put the spotlight on iQube through a video circulating on social media which highlighted an alleged defect in the scooter's chassis. Uploaded by Mohit Badaya, the video revealed the scooter's damaged chassis, despite it not being involved in any accident or collision. The footage, watched by nearly 32 million (3.2 crore) viewers, triggered a flurry of similar complaints from other iQube owners, leading to TVS's swift action: a voluntary recall. In reaction to the potential defect that poses a significant threat to customer safety and satisfaction, TVS Motor Company has called for a voluntary recall of its iQube electric scooters. The recall applies to those manufactured between July 10 and September 9, 2023. A comprehensive inspection of the scooters' chassis bridge tube will be conducted by TVS to ascertain its structure and fortitude, ensuring that the scooter’s performance and ride do not degrade over time. TVS iQube There is no clear indication of how many scooters will be affected by this recall since TVS has not made an official statement. However, based on production volumes within the given timeframe, industry insiders estimate that about 45,000 units could be impacted. TVS dealers will reach out to affected iQube owners individually to set off the recall proceedings. The scooters will undergo an exhaustive check-up for potential chassis damage and weaknesses. If necessary, any repairs or replacements will be performed at no cost to the customers, reflecting TVS's commitment to uphold the high safety and performance standards synonymous with the iQube brand. TVS iQube TVS’s rapid response to this matter highlights their dedication to customer safety and their proactive stance in resolving potential challenges. By addressing the concerns raised promptly, the company aims to affirm the customer's faith in the brand. With the surge in the popularity of electric vehicles, it is vital for manufacturers to ensure top-notch safety and reliability.

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New Clutchless KTM ADV Motorcycle with AMT Gearbox Teased

New Clutchless KTM ADV Motorcycle with AMT Gearbox Teased

KTM teases a new ADV bike featuring an Automated Manual Transmission with a foot gear selector and handlebar shifters, omitting the traditional clutch lever.

KTM recently announced a teaser trailer for its newest ADV motorcycle, featuring an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) gearbox. This new addition to the ADV line stands out from previous models with its inclusion of a foot-operated gear selector and handlebar shifters. However, notably absent from this model’s design is the common clutch lever found in most traditional ADV motorcycles. KTM ADV Motorcycle The ADV prototype showcased in the teaser video recently took part in the prestigious Iron Road Prologue category during Redbull’s Erzberg Rodeo held in Eisenerz, Austria. Limited to only twin-cylinder motorcycles, this racing category was the perfect opportunity to show off the prototype's off-road capabilities. The professional French enduro rider, Johnny Aubert, skillfully demonstrated the superior off-road and terrain handling of the prototype during the event. Even the motorcycle's camouflage branding: KTM, AMT and Prototype, emphasize exactly what it brings to the two-wheeler market. With an increasing industry trend towards semi-automatic motorcycles, the prototype joins the ranks of recent models, including Honda Africa Twin DCT and Goldwing DCT, which have ushered in an era of automatic gearboxes in motorbikes. KTM ADV Motorcycle The prototype works via a clutchless operation allowing the rider the choice of either shifting by foot or from the handlebar. Another unique feature is an auto mode for those not keen on shifting gears manually, thus eliminating the need for gear shifts and clutches. It will potentially have a slight learning curve for current riders, but seems to offer a more smooth and simplified riding experience. This new riding technology is particularly favored among ADV and large bagger bikes. Their heavy-duty nature often sees them utilized on long continental rides, where the simplicity of an automatic transmission can offer increased comfort and convenience. This also enables riders to focus solely on challenging off-road terrains, rather than constantly adjusting gears. KTM ADV Motorcycle In India, KTM is meanwhile focusing on testing its soon to be released 390 platform motorcycles, which include the 390 Adventure and 390 Enduro. The company is also working on the development of a new RC 390 slated for potential release in the Indian market. From the BMW Motorrad's ASA technology for the R 1300 GS ADV to the recently teased KTM 1390 Super Adventure, the motorbike industry is experiencing noteworthy shifts towards automated technology that enhances rider's experiences. As motorcycle manufacturers embrace this innovation, the future of automatic transmission in motorcycles is already upon us.

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UK-Built Toyota Hilux FCEV Begins Testing with Ten Hydrogen-Powered Prototypes

UK-Built Toyota Hilux FCEV Begins Testing with Ten Hydrogen-Powered Prototypes

Toyota pioneers hydrogen-powered Hilux FCEVs, producing 10 units in Derby, UK, as an alternative to battery-electric commercial vehicles

Toyota, the well-known automaker with a knack for taking unconventional paths, is now exploring the world of hydrogen-powered Hilux vehicles. With the industry focusing on battery-powered electrification for commercial vehicles, Toyota takes a different approach. They've constructed 10 fully operational, hydrogen-powered Hilux Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) at their Motor Manufacturing factory in Derby, UK. Hilux_FCEVs Instead of merely trialing a single prototype, the company has manufactured ten FCEVs, which showcases a bold step by the automotive giant. Other than the Toyota livery, these hydrogen-powered Hiluxes are virtually indistinguishable from their diesel-fueled counterparts. Their standard dimensions remain the same, and they even sport increased payload and towing weight owing to the lightweight nature of hydrogen. The hydrogen that powers these vehicles lies in three 2.6 kg fuel tanks embedded in the ladder frame chassis, with the battery positioned above them in the rear deck. The 330-cell fuel cell that generates electricity is situated above the front axle. Toyota assures that the cabin space remains unimpacted. However, the load bay may have slightly reduced capacity— yet there aren't any available pictures to confirm this. Hilux_FCEVs At 182hp power and 221lb ft torque, the hydrogen-fueled Hilux may not compete with the 2.8-litre diesel version's 204hp and 369lb ft. Nevertheless, it should serve the vehicle's intended functions and only emits water vapour. Toyota predicts that 600km (373 miles) driving range is attainable using a full tank, outperforming comparable battery-powered trucks. The challenge remains to find hydrogen replenishment stations, although refueling is faster than recharging batteries. Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell units are assembled in Belgium at the Hydrogen Factory Europe. The factory is designing a third-generation model, earmarked for launch by 2027. This upgrade aims to elevate the range and power of vehicles like the Mirai, another hydrogen-powered vehicle from Toyota. The focus lies on lowering costs through technological advancements and economies of scale, making such emission-reducing drivetrains more affordable and attractive to the market.  Hilux_FCEVs Although the hydrogen-powered Hilux still has progress to be made, its fleet's initiation is an encouraging sign. Half of these vehicles will undergo intense field testing for safety, performance, functionality, and durability. The remainder will be used for media demonstrations, including featuring in the Olympics. Toyota aims to combine its thirty-plus years of experience in hydrogen vehicles with Hilux's latest field test data to improve the next generation of FCEVs.   Hilux_FCEVs The European market stands to be among the largest markets for hydrogen come 2030. However, concrete data regarding the extent of hydrogen adoption remains elusive. The car industry is steadily moving towards carbon neutrality, but the pace of change is unprecedented and unpredictable. With the development of vehicles like the hydrogen Hilux, Toyota keeps its options open and remains hopeful. Their iconic truck has achieved ambitious feats since the 1960s, and readying it for the hydrogen ecosystems and infrastructure across Europe should be an achievable task.

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2025 Kawasaki ZX-6R Receives New Color Update Overseas

2025 Kawasaki ZX-6R Receives New Color Update Overseas

Kawasaki introduces the 2025 Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition globally and unveils two new color options for the ZX-6R: Pearl Robotic Metallic Matte Dark Gray

On June 8, 2024, Kawasaki announced the release of the new 2025 Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition in global markets. They also revealed two new innovative colour configurations for the standard ZX-6R. Highlighting their commitment to design innovation, the new standard ZX-6R sportbike variants will now be available in Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Matte Dark Gray/Ebony colour schemes. 2025Ninja_ZX_6RKRT_01 The KRT edition, dedicated to Kawasaki's factory racing team, will sport an eye-catching, vibrant Lime Green/Ebony/Pearl Blizzard White colour scheme. These colour updates mark the only changes to the Kawasaki ZX-6R; no modification has been made to the bike's mechanical details. Presently, the Kawasaki ZX-6R houses a 636cc, inline-four-cylinder engine, delivering an impressive 129hp at 13,000rpm and 69Nm at 11,000rpm while also powered by ram air. Its Aluminium perimeter frame and 17-inch wheels, coupled with Showa suspension, further boost the performance of this middle-weight sports bike. 2025Ninja_ZX_6RKRT As it stands, only two colour options are available for the ZX-6R in India, namely Grey/Black and Lime Green/Black. Despite the new colour innovations introduced internationally, it remains uncertain if these colour options or the KRT Edition will be offered in India. The ZX-6R was initially launched in India for Rs 11.09 lakh, but it now sees a slight increase and is currently priced at Rs 11.20 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Force Gurkha 4x2 The Upcoming Thar RWD Competitor"

Force Gurkha 4x2 The Upcoming Thar RWD Competitor"

Force is gearing up to launch the Gurkha 4X2, a budget-friendly variant aimed to compete with the Thar RWD, targeting a broader audience.

Force Motors is vigorously preparing to introduce an affordable and more user-friendly version of the 3-door Gurkha, the Gurkha 4X2, as a future competitor to the Thar RWD. The Gurkha, a niche off-roader with a relatively small mass-market appeal, recently underwent a series of enhancements, including a more powerful engine, numerous new features, and an additional 5-door style. However, the addition of a 4X2 variant will likely attract a larger customer base that doesn't require the hardcore specifications of the 4x4 model. the_Gurkha_4X2 Sales of the Gurkha, despite its recent updates, haven’t really taken off. The new 4X2 version of the Gurkha aims to address this situation. By removing some of the 4x4 features, such as the drivetrain, manual transfer case and differential locks, Force Motors is making the Gurkha 4x2 a more affordable option. This strategy mirrors Mahindra's approach with their Thar model. The compact RWD variants of the Thar now make up nearly 50 percent of its total sales, boosted by tax concessions for this segment. As the majority of Thar owners use their vehicles in the city, they rarely use their 4x4 features. The Gurkha 4x2 is expected to maintain its four-seater configuration, with forward-facing rear seats. To keep up with the competition, it's predicted that the Gurkha 4x2 will be priced closer to Rs 15 lakh, aiming to directly compete with the Thar 4x2 that costs between Rs 11.35 lakh and Rs 14.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). the_Gurkha_4X2 It’s worth noting that the Gurkha has only recently been updated, so aside from the change in body style and deletion of certain features, no other changes to the model are anticipated at this stage. Viewers can expect the Gurkha 4x2 to serve as an entry point to the line-up whilst also serving as a firm challenge to Thar’s dominance in the market. It signals a strategic shift for Force Motors, lessening its reliance on the hardcore off-roader market and broadening its appeal through more affordable, versatile vehicles. The auto company is currently readying itself for the launch, which is undoubtedly eagerly anticipated by SUV enthusiasts keen to experience the new reasonably priced model. Force Motors is highly esteemed in India for its quality SUVs, including the beloved Gurkha 3-door, priced at Rs 16.75 lakh. It recently made headlines for the updated SUVs and the patenting of the MG Bingo hatchback in India. Various other models and gallery viTitle: "Force Gurkha 4x2 The Upcoming Thar RWD Competitor" the_Gurkha_4X2 Force Motors is vigorously preparing to introduce an affordable and more user-friendly version of the 3-door Gurkha, the Gurkha 4X2, as a future competitor to the Thar RWD. The Gurkha, a niche off-roader with a relatively small mass-market appeal, recently underwent a series of enhancements, including a more powerful engine, numerous new features, and an additional 5-door style. However, the addition of a 4X2 variant will likely attract a larger customer base that doesn't require the hardcore specifications of the 4x4 model. Sales of the Gurkha, despite its recent updates, haven’t really taken off. The new 4X2 version of the Gurkha aims to address this situation. By removing some of the 4x4 features, such as the drivetrain, manual transfer case and differential locks, Force Motors is making the Gurkha 4x2 a more affordable option. This strategy mirrors Mahindra's approach with their Thar model. The compact RWD variants of the Thar now make up nearly 50 percent of its total sales, boosted by tax concessions for this segment. As the majority of Thar owners use their vehicles in the city, they rarely use their 4x4 features. the_Gurkha_4X2 The Gurkha 4x2 is expected to maintain its four-seater configuration, with forward-facing rear seats. To keep up with the competition, it's predicted that the Gurkha 4x2 will be priced closer to Rs 15 lakh, aiming to directly compete with the Thar 4x2 that costs between Rs 11.35 lakh and Rs 14.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It’s worth noting that the Gurkha has only recently been updated, so aside from the change in body style and deletion of certain features, no other changes to the model are anticipated at this stage. Viewers can expect the Gurkha 4x2 to serve as an entry point to the line-up whilst also serving as a firm challenge to Thar’s dominance in the market. It signals a strategic shift for Force Motors, lessening its reliance on the hardcore off-roader market and broadening its appeal through more affordable, versatile vehicles.

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Mercedes to Launch EQA SUV in India on July 8

Mercedes to Launch EQA SUV in India on July 8

On July 8, 2024, Mercedes-Benz India will launch the electric EQA SUV, expanding its EV lineup to compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge and BMW iX1.

On July 8, 2024, the premium automotive company, Mercedes-Benz India, will enhance its electric vehicle (EV) lineup with the eagerly awaited launch of the all-new, electric EQA SUV. This launch marks the brand’s entry into the expansive Indian EV market, where it will go head to head with contemporary rivals like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the BMW iX1. Electric_EQA_SUV Presently, Mercedes-Benz India's EV portfolio comprising three models: the EQB seven-seat SUV, EQE SUV, and the flagship EQS sedan. The addition of the EQA model is in line with Mercedes' larger plans of expanding its EV range and targeting a comprehensive lineup of six electric cars by the close of 2024. The EQA, which was globally unveiled following its facelift in August last year, is the next EV poised to make its Indian debut. Wrapped in a sleek, crossover-like build, contrasting the more conventional architecture of its seven-seater sibling, the EQB, the EQA boasts an array of popular Mercedes design elements. Electric_EQA_SUV_0 The exterior design is marked by a front grille panel featuring the distinctive Mercedes star pattern and a unique, full-width light-bar. At the rear, the resemblance to the EQB is replicated, reinforcing brand identity while maintaining unique product characteristics. Stepping inside, the cabin strikes a balance between classical elegance and futuristic design aesthetics. Accentuating the interior space are intricately patterned dashboard and door trims bathed in gentle backlighting, reminiscent of the trims found in the high-end S-Class and EQS models. Expected standard features for the Indian model include a touch-capacitive three-spoke steering wheel, a digital driver display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen running the latest operating system, and a Burmester surround sound system with Dolby Atmos functionality. Electric_EQA_SUV In terms of the powertrain, Mercedes is yet to unveil the specifics of the India-bound EQA. However, globally, the EQA is offered in four variants, each outfitted with a potent set of batteries. These include the EQA 250, EQA 250+, EQA 300 4Matic, and EQA 350 4Matic; minus the 250+ variant, which receives a 70.5 kWh battery promising up to 560 km of range, all other EQA variants draw power from a 66.5 kWh battery pack that has a maximum range of 528 km (under WLTP parameters). Electric_EQA_SUV Assuming that Mercedes retains a comparable pricing strategy to its existing EV models, the EQA, considered as Mercedes’ entry-level e-SUV, is expected to slot in slightly below the EQB, currently priced at Rs 77.75 lakh. Furthermore, the Mercedes EQA's primary competition will come from models like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge (priced between Rs. 54.95 to 62.95 lakh) as well as BMW’s iX1 (priced at Rs. 66.90 lakh). The Kia’s EV6, priced between Rs. 60.97 to 65.97 lakh, could also pose a viable challenge. As the electric vehicle market continues to evolve in India, the arrival of the Mercedes EQA is sure to stir things up. Keep an eye out on July 8 for the official release, with more updates and developments to follow.

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