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    • Prices of the BS VI variant of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 revealed

      The BS VI law is due to be implemented at the end of the ongoing month. Effective from 1 April 2020, dealerships will not be able to sell the BS IV models of the vehicles anymore. In the light of the new law, Royal Enfield has revealed the prices of their flagship, twin cylinder, 650 cc twin motorcycles – the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650. Reportedly, the latest iteration of the motorcycles has started reaching the dealerships across the country.

      No changes have been introduced to the motorcycles on the cosmetic end. They look identical to their previous iteration. The price increase for the motorcycle ranges from Rs.8,547 for the Orange Crush, Silver Spectre, and the Mark Three colours of the Interceptor 650 and goes up to Rs.9,615 for the Mister Clean Chrome version of the Continental GT 650.

      26 March 2020

    • BS VI variant of the TVS Apache RTR 180 launched in India

      Indian two wheeler giant TVS has listed the BS VI variant of their Apache RTR 180 on the official website. The motorcycle flaunts a price tag of Rs.1.01 lakh which is Rs.6,700 dearer to the previous iteration of the bike. The outgoing BS IV model is still on sale and will be stopped after 31 March 2020. It is also priced at Rs.7,500 more than the newly updated BS VI version of the Apache RTR 160.

      Along with this, TVS has also launched the BS VI variant of the Apache RTR 160 4V which comes with a marked price of Rs.1.01 lakh for the drum brake variant and Rs.1.04 lakh for the disc brake variant. As of now, there are no official announcements from the automaker which states the technical specs of the bike. It is yet to be seen if the motorcycle has taken a hit in terms of the power figures. At present, the outgoing motorcycle is powered by a 177.4 cc, twin valve, air cooled engine which churns out about 16.6 hp of max power at 8,500 rpm and 15.5 Nm of peak at 6,500 rpm.

      20 March 2020

    • Third-party vehicle insurances likely to increase for FY 2020-2021

      Insurance premiums which are being offered by third-party insurers for two-wheelers, four-wheelers including transport vehicles is said to increase. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority has proposed a hike in the premium rates for the financial year of 2020-2021.

      According to the release, which was sent out on 5 March, a discount of 15% on electric private cars, electric bikes along with electric transport vehicles has been proposed. Not only so, but a discount of 7.5% will also be given on third-party premiums for hybrid electric vehicles.

      The IRDAI has proposed that the Motor Third Party insurance premium rates for the cars which are below 1,000 cc must be Rs.2,182 which is a slight increase from the previous premium rate of Rs.2,072. For the cars which are between 1,000 cc and 1,500 cc, the premium is proposed to be increased from Rs.3,221 to Rs.3,383. There will be no change in the third-party premium for the premium cars with more than 1,500 cc of engine capacity.

      Along with this, the premium rates of two-wheelers have also come under this change. The two-wheelers with an engine capacity of 75 cc will have a premium rate of Rs.506 from the previous Rs.482. For the two-wheelers between 75 cc and 150 cc, the premium which has been proposed will be Rs.769 from the previous rate of Rs.752. All the two-wheelers with an engine capacity ranging from 150 cc and 350 cc, the premium must be Rs.1,193 and the engine capacity of more than 350 cc, the premium rate will be Rs.2,571 for the fiscal year of 2020-2021.

      17 March 2020

    • Honda is likely to bring in the CB500X and Rebel 500 to India

      Honda Motorcycle India is evaluating the possibility of introducing its 500cc motorcycle line-up for our country in the near future. The company elaborated its big bike plans for the Indian market at the launch of the 2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports; and hinted at the prospect of launching ‘middleweight’ motorcycles here.

      Now, they haven’t specified the exact engine capacity of said middleweight motorcycles, but there’s enough reason to believe that it could be the 500cc range, given the yawning gap between its 300cc and 650cc offerings in India. The other juicy bit about this news is that Honda also plans to build big-capacity, multi-cylinder bikes using locally sourced components. This will certainly lead to lower price tags, compared to what the existing CBU and CKD models currently sport. Again – Honda is extremely tight lipped about which of its motorcycles will be made in India; but the prospect of being 500cc motorcycles cannot be ruled out. Let’s see why Honda could be considering the 500cc segment. When you look at Honda’s international motorcycle line-up, the 500cc platform offers the kind of versatility that enables the company to spawn multiple types of motorcycles. The ones we believe that Honda is looking at in particular are the CB500X and the Rebel 500.

      13 March 2020

    • Bajaj Dominar 250 expected to be priced at Rs.1.89 lakh (on-road)

      The Bajaj Dominar 250 is going to be the latest addition in the official line-up of the Indian automaker. The motorcycle is set to go on sale very soon with a price tag of Rs.1.89 lakh (on-road, Pune). The ex-showroom price is expected to be marked at Rs.1.60 lakh.

      However, one of the biggest catches in this case is the fact that the Dominar 250 is priced at just Rs.30,000 lower than the Dominar 400 which is priced at Rs.1.90 lakh (ex-showroom). Bajaj dealerships across Pune have started accepting bookings for the Dominar 250. In terms of the cosmetic and mechanical changes, the Dominar 250 looks very much similar to the Dominar 400. However, the younger sibling will come with a box-section swingarm and thinner tyres. It also misses out on the diamond-cut finish. The Dominar 250 is expected to make the Dominar a more approachable and accessible motorcycle. The Dominar 250 will lock its horns against the likes of the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the KTM 250 Duke.

      10 March 2020

    • Vintage store launched by Royal Enfield in Hyderabad

      A pre-owned motorcycle store, ‘Vintage’, was launched by Royal Enfield in Mettuguda, Hyderabad. This is the first store to be launched in the city. With the launch of the latest store, there are up to 10 such stores in the country.

      The Royal Enfield Vintage store deals exclusively with restored, refurbished, and pre-owned motorcycles and is a first of its kind in the two-wheeler industry. It has been mainly designed for potential and existing Royal Enfield customers who are looking for a hassle-free experience. The concept also allows for access and easy discovery to pre-owned Royal Enfield motorcycles. The National Business Head of Royal Enfield, India, Jayapradeep, said that Hyderabad has always been their bastion markets and the city’s overwhelming love for motorcycles is one of the reasons why the store was opened. In the Vintage store, the processes will be standardised, and they will have a set pricing for the sale and purchase of pre-owned motorcycles. Various financing options will also be provided at the store. The company will also offer post-sales service, warranty, and motor insurance for motorcycles. All the refurbished vehicles will be fitted with genuine spares and parts and will undergo a 92-point quality check. According to the company, this will ensure reliability and guarantee quality assurance.

      5 March 2020

    • BS VI variant of the Hero Passion Pro launched in India

      Hero MotoCorp has recently unveiled the BS VI compliant version of the Passion Pro with a price tag of Rs.64,990. The motorcycle will be available in 2 variants – a self-drum alloy version and a self-disc alloy version.

      The price of the motorcycle goes up to Rs.67,190. When compared to the outgoing BS IV variant of the bike, the price has gone up by Rs.6,740 for the base variant and Rs.6,290 for the top variant of the motorcycle. The new BS VI compliant engine is now a 113.2 cc, single cylinder unit with fuel injection which churns out 9.15 hp of max power at 7,500 rpm and 9.79 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. Just like the other commuter motorcycles from the brand, the new Passion Pro is also equipped with the idle start-stop system which helps maximize the fuel efficiency of the motorcycle. The Indian automaker has claimed that the percentage increase in the mileage of the motorcycle is around 5%.

      2 March 2020

    • Honda Forza 300 to be launched in India – confirmed

      Honda had allocated 4 units of the Honda Forza 300 scooter for India. These 4 units were on display at the BigWing Showrooms and have been sold out. The scooter which have been sold are BS IV units. Although there are no more units of the performance scooter left to be sold in India, the Japanese automaker has confirmed that the scooter’s BS VI variant will makes its way into the Indian two wheeler market by next year.

      The senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., Yadvinder Singh Guleria said that the company is thrilled to witness the response for the scooter in India and are willing to launch the BS VI or Euro V compliant variant of the same in the upcoming year. The BS IV variant of the Forza 300 draws its power from a 279 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 4-valve engine which produces 25.1 hp of max power and 27.2 Nm of peak torque.

      28 February 2020

    • BS VI Hero XPulse 200 to come with an oil-cooler

      The Hero XPulse 200 is set for a revamp owing to the BS VI emission norms and as per the updates, the motorcycle is set to get some important changes in the mechanical front. For the 2020 update, the bike will get an air and oil cooler. The off-road oriented motorcycle is expecting a host of some other changes as well.

      In addition to the new cooler system, the motorcycle will also come with a rerouted exhaust system. As per this update, the header pipe is no longer running next to the engine. The automaker stated that the new setup has been introduced to make room for a bigger catalytic converter. The belly pan has also been redesigned to make sure that there’s ample room for the exhaust system. The power figures of the motorcycle are expected to go down by a little margin due to the new emission rules compliance.

      26 February 2020

    • Hero confirms an investment of Rs.10,000 crore for R&D

      Hero MotoCorp has recently flagged off the ‘Hero World 2020’ event at the research and development hub in Jaipur – the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT). During the event, the Indian automaker has also showcased 3 new products – the updated Passion Pro, the Glamour 125, and the new Xtreme 160R. The chairman of the company, Dr. Pawan Munjal stated at the event that the automaker has come up with an aggressive investment plan which engages an investment plan of Rs.10,000 crore.

      Under the new investment plan, the Indian auto giant will be aiming to come up with the next generation of mobility solutions which will not only cater to the requirement of the Indian commuting scenes but also be relevant to the customers across the world.

      25 February 2020

    • Vehicles of migrant workers being inspected in Kochi

      A number of complaints have urged the Motor Vehicles Department to intensify its inspection of the vehicles of migrant workers in Kochi. They want to make sure that the vehicles have No Objection Certificates for their use in Kerala. Officials of the Motor Vehicles Department started inspecting vehicles in Perumbavoor – a town known for housing a large number of migrant workers. The inspection intensified when the Aluva-Munnar road saw a two wheeler registered in Aluva get flagged down, and the rider of the vehicle, along with the pillion, reportedly stopped it before getting caught by the authorities and fled from the scene. Although officers and bystanders chased the duo, they managed to escape without a trace. Later it was found that the vehicle had a No Objection Certificate from a sub-RTO in Aluva on the 22nd of January, 2016. The vehicle was supposed to be used in Murshidabad in the state of West Bengal. However, the owners were using it in Perumbavoor without taking it to Murshidabad. The vehicle was then seized by the authorities and given to the Perumbavoor police to be kept in custody. The inspection is expected to continue in the days to come.

      17 February 2020

    • Auto sales fall by 14% for the month of January

      The auto industry in India did not see any improvements in the first month of 2020. The industry showed no signs of revival even after months of slowdown.

      According to the data given by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the auto sales for January 2020 has fallen by 13.83% when compared to the same time last year. The number of units sold in January 2020 is at 17,39,975 when compared to the 20,19,253 units sold at the same time last year. The two-wheeler segment saw a drop of 16.06% when compared to the same time last year. In January 2020, 13,41,005 units were sold, when compared to the 15,97,528 units sold the same time last year. In the two-wheeler segment, Hero MotoCorp saw a drop in sales by 14.37%, while Mahindra saw an 82.71% drop in sales. The production of vehicles reduced by 10.57%, while exports increased by 15.02%. The stricter BS-VI norms, fuel volatility, and the increasing cost of ownership were some of the reasons why there has been a slowdown in the industry. Hyundai Motors India and Honda Cars India saw a fall in sales by 8.30% and 70.98%, respectively. However, Maruti Suzuki India saw a 0.29% growth in sales for the month of January.

      12 February 2020

    • Government encourages increased compliance with third-party vehicle insurance

      The Government of India is encouraging vehicle owners to buy third-party vehicle insurance in order to be financially covered in case of liabilities during an accident. A pilot scheme is being worked out by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Telangana to collect data regarding vehicles that were uninsured and insured. To increase compliance, messages would be sent to vehicle owners who have not availed third-party vehicle insurance. This program has already been launched in Telangana. Four-wheeler insurance is now mandatory for 3 years while two-wheeler insurance is mandatory for 5 years. This was made mandatory in 2018 by the Supreme Court with the Motor Vehicles Act also imposing a fine of Rs.2,000 in cases of default. A Motor Vehicle Accident Fund will also be established by the Transport Ministry which will provide compensation for hit-and-run cases. It will also fund medical treatment for road accident victims.

      In the case of an accident, if the vehicle owner has taken a third-party insurance, any damages that have to be paid to the victim of the accident will be taken care of by the insurance company, thus saving the vehicle owner from a huge financial responsibility and also ensuring that the victim gets the compensation they deserve. Currently, approximately 40% of road-worthy vehicles are not insured in India, with the country also having the highest number of deaths related to road accidents. While there is 60% compliance with vehicle insurance in the case of private cars, 80% of two-wheelers are not insured even though 31% of road accident deaths in 2018 were attributed to two-wheelers.

      6 February 2020

    • Innovative feature called ‘Pay for the Distance’ introduced by Liberty General Insurance

      Under the Sandbox initiative of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, Liberty General Insurance Ltd. Has come up with ‘Pay for the Distance’, an innovative feature that benefits owners who infrequently use their cars. Customers will basically have to pay based on the distance they drive. Insurance costs will be controlled by this feature, and the feature will only apply to the Own Damage part of the plan, but Liberty General Insurance will offer Third Party Liability to customers over the course of the policy period. The plan will have a top-up feature that allows policyholders to reinstate the Own Damage coverage by raising the number of kilometers. To do so, however, an extra premium must be paid in case of the exhaustion of the maximum kilometer limit availed under the new feature. Moreover, the company will also offer extra Voluntary Deductible slabs as well as In-built Roadside Assistance cover. Customers can only avail these features if they buy the plan directly from Liberty General Insurance via its online portal. 

      3 February 2020

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      "Good"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      My two wheeler is insured with Bajaj Allianz and its a first party insurance. I have paid around 1400 to 1500 rupees for one year. I have no claims so far. I have not experienced with their customer service. I have received the insurance paper through email.
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      "Best in the market"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
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    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Customer service need to be improved"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Last time when my bike got accident, I have contacted the customer care service but those people were not responding properly. Showroom people when i purchased the bike, they have provided the two wheeler insurance from National. When i checked with the showroom people, they said it takes lot of time to get a insurance amount so i have paid the money from my hand.
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    • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have chosen the two wheeler insurance policy from New India since the premium is less. I have renewed the policy through online. This is a first part insurance. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 1,000. They have sent the document through mail by next day. I have not approached them for any kind of claim. I bought the policy on 3 months before.
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      , chennai
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    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Satisfactory policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Purchased the two wheeler insurance from ICICI Lombard by this month. I have chosen it because the showroom people have recommended me about this company. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 1800 including tax. They have given me a satisfied IDV value. This is a first party insurance. They have provided me no claim bonus also.
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    • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Easy and fast policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Affordable policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My two wheeler insurance was taken from Bajaj Allianz because they have given me a higher IDV value. I purchased the policy through online and the premium amount is comparatively less when i check with others. I have not applied for any claim till now. I have received a no claim bonus as well.
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    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good and payment is low"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I took my two wheeler insurance from National because its a good company. I have been renewing the policy with the same company for almost 7 years. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 900. Through online, i used to renew the policy. I do not have any claim experience with this policy.
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      "Nice policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      By the showroom people, I got the two wheeler insurance from National. I have paid the premium amount of Rs. 7000 for the duration of 5 years. They have provided me a IDV value of Rs. 1 lakhs. This is a third party insurance. They gave me a policy documents on time. I have not experienced of any claim till now.
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      , kochi
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    • Universal Sompo Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Worst Insurance Company in Indian Market"
      0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
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      , new delhi
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    • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Average Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      Previously they have provided me a two wheeler insurance from New India but for the old vehicle they are not giving good IDV value. They are giving a IDV value based on the vehicle model. In the year of 2018, when i renewed the policy they have provided me a IDV value of Rs. 41000 but suddenly they have reduced upto 31000 so i have not continuing with them. In the year of 2016, i had applied the claim and they have done it in 1 month.
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      , bangalore
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    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Insurance plan"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
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