The 12th Indian Auto Expo was a very exciting event for the Indian bike industry, as it saw over 30 new products being unveiled. Here is a brief breakdown of what panned out over the first two days of the 2014 Auto Expo – The Motor Show, here in Noida, UP.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400 & Bajaj Pulsar SS400
Bajaj took the Auto Expo by storm by unveiling not one, but two stunning new bikes! First up is the Pulsar CS400 concept bike. ‘CS’ in the name stands for Cruising Sports. Bajaj set out to create a bike that combines the comfort of a cruiser along with the dynamics of a sport bike, which resulted in this beauty being conceived. The CS400’s styling is similar to the 200NS, although it incorporates more subdued lines compared to the smaller version’s sharper creases.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400
Bajaj also unveiled the production version of the much-awaited Pulsar SS400, the first fully-faired bike from the company. Both the CS400 and SS400 are powered by a 373cc fuel-injected engine that incorporates Bajaj's trademark Triple Spark technology. The company hasn't revealed much in terms of power outputs or launch dates for both bikes, but we think that the both bikes will produce around 40bhp.
Bajaj Pulsar SS400
Availability: The Bajaj Pulsar SS400 should be up for sale by mid-2014, with the Pulsar CS400 expected to be launched by late 2014 / early 2015.
Price: Both the SS400 and the CS 400 are expected to retail at a point between Rs 1.75 lakhs and Rs 2 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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Hero Dash, Hero Dare & Hero ZIR
Hero MotoCorp surprised everyone at the 2014 Auto Expo by unveiling not one, but three all-new scooters, ranging from 110cc all the way to a motorcycle-rivalling 150cc! The three new scooters, the 110cc Dash, the 125cc Dare and the 150cc ZIR maxi-scooter, are all currently in their final stages of development. The Dash and the Dare are slated to be launched in the financial year 2014 - 2015, while the ZIR will be up for sale in the financial year 2015 - 2016.
While the 110cc Dash is most likely to replace the Maestro and the Pleasure at the entry-level, the Dare will serve as a mid-segment offering, catering to those who wish to buy a sporty scooter. The powerful ZIR will come loaded with a host of technological innovations and practical features, and will be targeted at a more mature audience.
Availability: The Hero Dash should be up for sale by June 2014, with the Hero Dare touted for launch by Diwali 2014. The ZIR will be available only by mid-2015
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Honda Activa 125
Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India (HMSI) unveiled the highly-anticipated Activa 125 on the first day of the 2014 Auto Expo. As the name suggests, the new Activa 125 sports a new 125cc engine that produces 8.6bhp and 10.12 Nm of torque. Honda addressed one of the biggest shortcomings of the 110cc version, the antiquated trailing link suspension, by replacing it with a more modern telescopic fork system. The Activa 125 also comes loaded with a host of features such as alloy wheels, Combi-Braking System (CBS), an optional front disc brake and more. Although Honda hadn’t revealed any pricing details for the new Activa 125, we expect it to retail in the region of Rs 50,000 – Rs 55,000 (ex-showroom)
Availability: You should be able to get your hands on a spanking new Activa 125 by April 2014
Price: Rs 50,000 – Rs 55,000 (expected, ex-showroom)
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Mahindra Mojo 300
The highly-competitive sub-300cc performance bike segment in India now has a new player. Mahindra revealed the production version of its first ever performance bike, the Mojo 300, at the 2014 Auto Expo. The Mojo is powered by a 27bhp 250cc single cylinder engine that is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike was first showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo as the Mojo Concept, which was panned by critics for its uninspiring looks. Now though, Mahindra has addressed this by making a few crucial design changes, which have transformed the new Mojo into a stylish motorcycle. Mahindra has said that the Mojo 300 will be launched in India by mid-2014
Price: Rs 1.25 – Rs 1.5 lakhs (expected, ex-showroom)
Yamaha launched its third scooter, the Alpha, on the first day of the 2014 Auto Expo. Targeted at family consumers, the Alpha comes equipped with the same 113cc single cylinder engine that does duty in the Ray and the Ray Z. The scooter is styled conservatively, in order to appeal to a wide audience. The Yamaha Alpha will be competing against the Honda Activa, Hero Maestro and the Suzuki Access
Availability: February 2014
Price: Rs 49,518 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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TVS Scooty Zest
The little Scooty grows up! TVS’ highly popular scooter for teenagers and women is now available in an all-new avatar, as the Scooty Zest 110. Powered by the same 110cc engine found in the Wego, the Scooty Zest is targeted at female consumers. Styling has been updated, although it can be instantly recognized as a Scooty. Expect the scooter to be loaded with practical features such as a mobile phone charger and capacious underseat storage.
Availability: April 2014
Price: Rs 45,000 (expected, ex-showroom)
Hyosung Aquila 250
The second day of the 2014 Auto Expo saw DSK-Hyosung unveil the much-awaited Aquila 250 cruiser. Powering the new bike is a 249cc V-Twin engine that churns out 26.2 bhp @ 9500rpm, and 21.3 Nm torque @ 7000 rpm. Design-wise, the Aquila 250 looks like a quintessential cruiser, with a large fuel tank, a low seat, forward-set footpegs and lots of chrome-finished surfaces. At Rs 2.69 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Hyosung Aquila 250 is the most affordable multi-cylinder cruiser available in India.
Availability: February 2014. Hyosung has already started to accept bookings for the Aquila 250, with the first deliveries expected to happen by the end of this month.
Price: Rs 2,69,000 (expected, ex-showroom)
Harley-Davidson Street 750
Harley Davidson finally unveiled the much awaited Street 750 cruiser in India. The Street 750 is Harley's first all-new product in over a decade, and was designed specifically for emerging markets like India. Powering the Street 750 is an all-new 749cc Revolution X V-Twin engine that is liquid-cooled, and produces a torque figure of 65Nm @ 4000rpm.
The best part of the bike though, is its price. At an astonishing Rs 4.1 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Street 750 is over Rs 1.6 lakhs cheaper than the erstwhile entry-level Harley, the 883 SuperLow, making the hallowed ‘HD’ brand accessible to a wider audience.
Availability: Now. Harley-Davidson has started accepting bookings for the Street 750 in India, with the first bikes expected to be delivered in the next two months.
Price: Rs 4.1 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Triumph Daytona 675
Most thought the Triumph would just showcase at the Auto Expo 2014 the ten new products that they launched when they arrived to India in November 2013. But no, the Hinckley, UK-based manufacturer had yet another ace up its sleeve. The company launched the Daytona 675 supersport bike in India, at Rs 10.15 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Daytona 675 is the plain vanilla version of the 675R, and comes minus a few bells and whistles, such as the high-end Ohlins suspension bits and ABS. The Daytona 675 is currently the most affordable supersport bike available for sale in India, and is best meant for those who want a high-performance superbike that can be used on a daily basis.
Availability: Now. Triumph has opened up the order books for the Daytona 675 with the launch yesterday.
Pricing: Rs 10.51 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)