Auto Expo 2018: Green mobility sets the stage on Day 2
India represents the worlds largest two-wheeler market. This feat has been achieved with sales figures touching over 19 million units along with exports of 2.6 million two wheelers as of the last financial year, 2016-17.
The Auto Expo 2018 thus has a huge representation of motorcycles and scooter manufacturers showcasing their latest creations at the mega auto show. Green mobility has been the dominant theme at this expo, concurrent to the governments initiative of boosting EVs and other ecofriendly technologies.
Dr Abhay Firodia, president SIAM and chairman Force Motors Limited said, The automotive industry in the country is changing faster than most can foresee.
This edition of the Auto Expo 2018 is a representation of the changing dynamics that have been envisaged by the government and which the manufacturers have embraced, showcasing alternative mobility options. Anant G Geete from the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises further added,
The need of the hour is to move towards alternative and cleaner fuel options in the near future because of the global concern of pollution. However, the government will extend its full support to the industry to make this transition in a phased manner.
Most mainstream two-wheeler manufacturers hence, have had even greener products and concepts while some even launched new products. Whats encouraging to see is that start-ups and emerging companies have showcased indigenously developed products though none of them are making it to the top 10 two-wheelers at the Auto Expo. - By Abhik Das
BMW F 750/850 GS (Picture above): BMW has launched two new bikes catering to the premium adventure segment. the F750 GS and the F850 GS. While the 750 is priced at Rs 12.20 lakh, the 850 version costs Rs 13.70 lakh, ex-showroom. Both the bikes are powered by the same 853cc twin cylinder motor. In the 750 GS, it produces 77bhp which is slightly lower than the 850 GS which generates 85bhp. The BMW F750 GS and the BMW F850 GS come with two riding modes, Rain and Road, to adapt to varied road conditions. Riders can choose optional riding modes Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro along with DTC dynamic traction control and the banking capable ABS Pro. Both bikes can be purchased from BMW Motorrad dealerships pan India. - Rahul Ghosh
Aprillia SR 125: The SR series of scooters have been well acclaimed for the brilliant handling and excellent power. But the company believes that there is a section of buyer who prefers something a little more docile. Just for them the company has launched the SR 125 and priced it at `65,310 ex-showroom, making it slightly cheaper as well. The scooter features the same setup as its elder sibling but is powered by a 125cc motor which offers 10bhp and 10.6Nm of torque. A new variant called Storm will also be launched shortly and these versions come in snazzy matt colours and 12-inch wheels. The Storm will also get more optional extras which includes a windshield. - By Rahul Ghosh
Hero XPulse 200: The XPulse carries forward the legacy of the popular 150cc Impulse which, at its time, was the only option for an affordable off-road focused motorcycles. The XPulse built upon that concept and integrates brings an up-to-date version with modern trends like LED headlamps and a digital dash that integrates smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth. The XPulse borrows the 200cc air-cooled motor from the recently unveiled Xtreme 200R and produces 18bhp and 17Nm of torque. The front wheel is a 21-inch unit to tackle the biggest of potholes in the city and gnarly terrain on trails. Together with the 18-inch rear wheel shod with dual purpose tyres, long-travel suspension and 220mm ground clearance, the XPulse will easily handle off-road touring duties while the low seat height will also make it easy to commute on. - By Abhik Das
Aprilia RS150: More famous for motorcycles like the ferociously quick RSV4 superbike, the Italian manufacturer decided to scale down the superbike for India. The RS 150 carries strikingly similar styling as the superbike in a compact 150cc package. The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine develops 18bhp and 14Nm of power outputs. Cycle parts include a 40mm upside down forks and a rear monoshock. Braking comes from a 300mm front disc assisted with anti-locking brake system and a single rear disc. Aprilia will also offer a quickshifter as an optional extra. Slated for a launch next year, Aprilia will be working on localising components to price it competitively. - By Abhik Das
Honda X-Blade: Honda motorcycles unveiled the X-Blade which is expected to be launched next month. The bike features sporty styling cues that make it look futuristic. The front end comes with elements like an all LED headlamp unit, all digital instrument panel, stylish alloy wheels and a muscular fuel tank complete with sporty decals. The company also plans to offer additional accessories like a windshield, luggage rack, leg shield and fork covers. Overall one will have the opportunity to dress up the X-Blade according to personal taste. The bike is powered with a 163cc HET engine which has been tuned to offer good fuel efficiency and smooth performance. Power output is 14bhp and torque output is rated at 14Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels using a 5-speed gearbox. - By Rahul Ghosh
Kawasaki H2 SX: The Japanese manufacturer's main attraction at the expo was the launch of the H2 SX sport-tourer. Despite its intended use as a touring motorcycle, the motorcycle packs a 200bhp, supercharged, in-line four cylinder engine borrowed from the H2 hypersport. The sport tourer is intended to appeal to those who like to enjoy the scenery fly past in a blur while touring. Kawasaki has added a larger windscreen than the standard H2 along with heated grips and a stronger rear sub-frame keeping in mind luggage and pillion carrying abilities. The powerful and outlandish looking H2 SX will be available for Rs 21.8 lakh ex-showroom while an SE version is priced at Rs 26.8 lakh ex-showroom and gets touring hard panniers among other accessories. - By Abhik Das
Hero Duet 125: Hero's Duet and Maestro Edge scooter duo have gained steady popularity and the Auto Expo 2018 saw new 125cc version of these scooters. Christened as energy boost engine, the 125cc motor produces 9bhp and 10Nm of power outputs while also incorporating Heros i3S start-stop function that automatically switches the engine off when idling while restarting it automatically when the throttle is applied. Hero has also incorporated useful features such as a side-stand indicator, pass switch, external fuel cap, lamp for the underseat storage and a mobile charging 12V socket. The Duet 125 sees mild revision in its styling and is set to be launched around the festive season this year. - By Abhik Das
Suzuki Burgman Street: The Burgman name comes from Suzukis range of high-capacity maxi scooters that as a genre, hasnt found home in India. But that didnt stop Suzuki Motorcycle India to borrow styling cues and integrate it in a smaller capacity scooter. This scooty will possibly go on to become one of the most stylish premium ones once launched. Bigger body panels make for an elaborate front fairing that houses an LED headlamp, a fixed wind deflector and conventional indicators. A digital meter console, borrowed from the Gixxer is housed on the inside of the fairing leaving the handlebar lighter. The 125cc engine develops 8.6bhp of max power and 10Nm of outputs transferred to the rear wheel via a CVT automatic gearbox. Both engine and chassis are shared with the Access 125. - By Abhik Das
Yamaha R15 V3: Yamaha launched the third iteration of the R15 sportbike in an all-new guise. The R15 V3 is powered by a 155cc, liquidcooled, 4-valve, fuelinjected engine that develops 250cc motorcycle rivalling 19.4bhp and 15Nm of power. The engine also uses variable valve timing for consistent performance across the rev range while the 6-speed gearbox gets a slipper assisted clutch. The fairing incorporates a ramair intake between the headlights while also incorporating a full digital display on the inside. These are features that have been unheard of in this segment of motorcycles in India till now. An optional racing kit includes a stickier Metzeler rear than the standard MRFs along with a Daytona muffler and frame sliders. The R15 V3 is available for `1.25 lakh ex-showroom. - By Abhik Das
Honda Activa 5G: Honda has been leading the scooter segment in India with the Activa ever since 2001. Now, the latest version has been revealed at the expo. The new Activa now comes with an all-LED headlamp which is once again a segment first. Further, there are minor design tweaks here and there and then there is a new colour palette to choose from. There are also a few more features added to the Activa which include an additional baggage hook. Quality of plastic used has also been improved. The motor remains identical to the one before. This means it is still powered by the 110cc four stroke single. - By Rahul Ghosh