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One Electric Motorcycles to begin deliveries of Kridn bike next month

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New Delhi: One Electric Motorcycles on Thursday said it will begin deliveries of its electric bike Kridn from next month, covering four cities. The capital-based company has completed the homologation process and on-road trials of its ‘Made in India’ electric bike Kridn, and the deliveries of first production batch will commence in October, One Electric Motorcycles said in a statement.

Dealership applications and pre-booking registrations are open now for Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, it added.

“With speed of 95 kmph…KRIDN will be one of the fastest and most powerful electric motorcycle currently available for sale in India,” One Electric Motorcycles CEO Gaurav Uppal said.

Besides performance, the company also wanted to make a motorcycle which lasts for many years. In order to do so, the company has sourced suspension components from Munjal Showa, tyres from Ceat and lighting parts from FIEM Industries, Uppal said.

One Electric is also working on strategic partnerships with established players for Kridn-R model, a separate bike for last-mile deliveries.

“Kridn is our flagship model for city commute and Kridn R will be focused on taxi services and last-mile deliveries. We plan another entry level model in 2021 with 75 kmph top speed from a 2 KW motor. Our target price of this model will be under Rs 1 lakh,” Uppal said.

The company plans to launch Kridn at a price of Rs 1.29 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Passenger cars brightest spot in auto industry on high festive demand: Report

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NEW DELHI: Personal mobility, lack of public transport facility, festive purchases, some pent-up demand and rural momentum led to a surge in passenger cars demand.
According to a report by LKP Securities, passenger vehicles (PV) has been the brightest spot in the industry during festive season.
There was a strong demand for Maruti and Tata Motors. Even Hyundai is performing well, and has been able to solve the vendor issues. The worst hit due to vendor issues is M&M (both on the autos side as well as Tractors side). Foreign players like Honda, Renault, Skoda, Ford, VW, MG etc also were among the worst hit.
Personal mobility, lack of public transport facility, festive purchases, some pent-up demand and rural momentum led to a surge in the PV demand, the report said.
Maruti and Tata Motors dealers sounded very happy with no supply side constraints and a very high festive demand as they observed more than 10% growth in the retail demand over the last year.
Tata Motors dealers remain the most confident with strong enquiries and footfall conversion rates happening.
Within Arena, Alto and Wagon R are doing well, while Celerio showed a bit subdued sales. Within Nexa, except S-Cross all other models performed decently.
Increased demand was there for Alto and Wagon R which indicates down-trading owing to lower affordability stemming from job losses and salary cuts of customers during lockdown. Maximum competition is in the UV segment mainly from Hyundai and Kia, the report said.
For all the PVs too, the first time buyer category remained the highest and contributed 40%. Geographically too the demand was more or less skewed towards north and west. Rural markets grew at a higher rate than urban ones. All the models and variants of M&M are still facing supply side issues. Before the festivals, dealers were confident that this issue shall get sorted out. However, there was a small improvement in it, resulting in a lackluster season for M&M despite demand, the report said.
On two wheelers, the report said that demand was overall good in the country in the 32 days of the festival. However, the growth that was observed in the initial six months post the lockdown was opened seems to have tapered off a bit. Most of the dealers across the country had a decent festive period.
Certain pockets in rural Uttar Pradesh have seen a subdued season as they mentioned that sugarcane and wheat produce did not get the expected pricing, leading to lower income in farmers’ hands, hence lesser demand.
Demand in small cities and rural India was much better than urban or Tier-1 cities. Some Tier -1 and Tier -2 cities dealers also observed slight negative to flattish growth. In rural India, the growth was between 5-10%.
There has been a conspicuous down-trading in the two wheeler industry as entry level bikes are finding higher demand. Passion, CD Dawn, HF Deluxe and Splendor from Hero’s stable are high on demand. However, for Bajaj, Pulsar segment – its bread and butter, found good demand. Hero’s Xtreme 160R and X-Pulse are also great successes. Among the total buyers, first time buyers are the biggest contributors since public transport is not considered to be safe and offices have restarted, the report said.


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Royal Enfield Classic 350: Royal Enfield Classic 350 now customizable online, gets 2 new colour schemes

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NEW DELHI: Royal Enfield on Wednesday announced that the Classic 350 has made its way to the ‘Make It Yours-MiY’ platform, which lets the customers personalize their preferred motorcycle and book it online too.
The current MiY customizable fleet includes- RE Meteor 350, Interceptor, Continental GT and the Classic 350. The Royal Enfield Himalayan and Bullet 350 are the only ones left to make a debut on the platform. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 ranges between Rs 1.61 lakh – Rs 1.86 lakh (ex-showroom).

The RE Classic 350 will now be offered in 2 completely new colour schemes- Metallo Silver and Orange Ember. The new variants of the Classic 350 have been conceptualized in these bright hues to evoke a youthful and refreshing motorcycling experience. The Classic 350 not only flaunts a boosted style quotient but also offers an enhanced riding experience with the newly added alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.

The RE Classic 350 is now available on the MiY customizable platform which can be accessed through the automaker’s website, app, or dealerships. The customers can customize and accessorize their motorcycles through the 3D configurator. The Classic 350 can be personalized with a range of genuine accessories which are currently offered with a 2-year warranty.

“In a continuous effort to evolve the Classic, we have introduced new variants of the motorcycle and added the option to view and configure, enabling our riders to express themselves in distinct and unique ways. We are also very happy that MiY has been very well received by our audiences. More than 80% of our newly launched Meteor owners have opted for MiY solutions which is a testament to its success. We are confident that Classic 350 customers will follow suit,” said Vinod K. Dasari, CEO, RE.


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Tata Gravitas: Tata Gravitas to hit the market by early 2021

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NEW DELHI: Tata Motors revealed that the Gravitas will finally hit the roads early next year after seeing a fair share of delays. The Tata Gravitas was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and was slated for a festive season launch but ultimately got delayed due to the pandemic.
The Tata Gravitas is the 7-seater version of the homebred Harrier, which has managed to get a decent market share ever since its launch in 2019. The Gravitas will also be based on the same platform as its sibling, the OMEGARC, which is derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform. The 7-seater SUV is expected to be 63mm longer and 80 mm taller than Harrier and will most likely retain the Impact 2.0 design and styling language too.
The Tata Gravitas will lock horns with the MG Hector Plus, the upcoming next-gen Mahindra XUV500, and the upcoming 7-seater version of the Hyundai Creta. The 7-seater SUV will be powered by the same BS6-compliant 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo diesel engine as the Harrier that offers 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. The engine might be paired to the same 6-speed MT and the 6-speed AMT transmission derived from Hyundai.
Tata Gravitas will also see a refreshed interior design with a completely new colour palette and is expected to flaunt enhanced tech and a few additional safety features as well. The Tata Gravitas is expected to start somewhere around Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom).
“Going forward two additional models are going to come- Gravitas and Hornbill. Gravitas will be a seven-seater SUV while Hornbill will be a sub-compact SUV so we will have four SUVs in our portfolio which would be the widest portfolio. It would help strengthen our market position and sales in the coming years. The company plans to launch the Gravitas during the last quarter of this fiscal. It is yet to fix a date for the Hornbill introduction,” said Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.


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