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Harley Davidson and Hero Motocorp Join Hands for Indian Operation - All You Need To Know!


Harley Davidson and Hero Motocorp Join Hands for Indian Operation - All You Need To Know!

by admin | October 30, 2020


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Renowned and legendary American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson have announced a new partnership with Hero Motocorp for the India market. Under the new partnership agreement, Hero MotoCorp will sell and service Harley-Davidson motorcycles and also will be manufacturing and selling parts and accessories. Hero Motocorp will also be retailing the official general merchandise, riding gear and apparel through a network of exclusive Harley-Davidson dealers besides Hero’s existing dealership network in India. 

India's leading two wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp will also develop and sell a range of premium motorcycles under the Harley-Davidson brand name. These new range of bikes could be the entry-level Harley-Davidson bikes, targeted primarily at markets like India and other South East Asian countries. Currently, the made-in-India Harley-Davidson Street 750 is their most affordable and smallest product. However, the Harley-Davidson 338  is likely to be their most affordable product as a result of a new partnership with China’s Qianjiang Group. Harley-Davidson will probably be looking to enter the small displacement sports & cruiser motorcycle segment with the expertise and manufacturing abilities of Hero . The motorcycles are likely to be small displacement Harley-Davidson bikes, possibly between 250-500 cc.

All this is a part of Harley-Davidson’s business overhaul plan, dubbed ‘The Rewire’. The Harley Davidson brand will also be rejuvenated with the strong distribution network and customer service of Hero MotoCorp.

The new developments and plans are expected to commence in full swing by the end of this year. Stay tuned for further updates.


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    Jeep has updated its Compass model in India by giving it BS-6 compliant engines, including an automatic gearbox option but in terms of looks, much remains the same. Prices of the updated Compass start at 16.49 Lakh Rupees. The 1.4 Litre Turbo Petrol Engine with 163 HP and a 2.0 Litre Turbo diesel with 173 HP powers this popular SUV.

    News is that the Jeep Compass will soon receive updates in the guise of a facelift variant that will have updated headlights, updated front grille and bumpers. Changes to the interiors are also on the cards including an all new Infotainment

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    System called the UConnect 5. Apart from having Android Auto and Apple Car Play, this connected Infotainment System also features Amazon Alexa and can receive updates over the air. In terms of size, the screen size goes up to a massive 12.3 inches which would be one of the highest in class if introduced in India. It has become a rather popular trend in SUVs that sport large Infotainment screens.

    The refreshed look could appeal to buyers in the premium SUV segment. The facelifted Jeep Compass would compete with MG Hector, Hyundai Creta 2020 Kia Seltos, Skoda Karoq and the Volkswagen T-Roc.

    We also hear that there is also a seven- seater Compass based SUV in the pipeline which is expected to compete with Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Isuzu MU-X but will most likely be introduced early next year.

    Stay tuned for further update and please follow us on WhatsApp , Instagram and YouTube.


    The Nissan Magnite officially unveiled.This new compact SUV is going to be the Make-it or Break-it product for Nissan India. 

    Exterior

    The production-spec Nissan Magnite seems to retain most of the concept’s design elements including the large grille, the Sharp creases and the funky alloy wheels. It has even the same sculpted bonnet and angular headlights. Since the Magnite was originally meant to be launched as a Datsun, the grille bears resemblance to the other Datsun models.

    The side profile looks muscular with prominent body cladding and large wheel arches which seem to dwarf the 16”

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    wheels. The higher spec variants also seem to receive a dual-tone roof, blacked-out pillars and silver roof rails. At the back, the Magnite sports sharp looking LED tail lamps which resemble those on the Triber's, a clean tail gate and a dual tone bumper. The Magnite is also set to be the first model in India to sport the new Nissan logo.

    Interior

    The interior too is expected to be close to the concept with a large, centrally mounted 8” touchscreen and layered dashboard with an octagonal theme. Other expected features include:

    • 4 airbags

    • ABS with EBD

    • Rear AC vents

    • Rear 60:40 Split Seat

    • Push button start

    • 7 inch Digital instrument cluster

    • Auto climate control

    • Auto headlamps

    • Auto wipers

    • 360 degree camera

    • Connected car tech

    • Front and Rear seat armrests

    • Auto folding ORVMs

    • LED Projector Headlights 

    • L-shaped LED DRLs

    • 16-inch alloys

    • Functional roof rails

    • 336-litre boot space

    • 205 mm ground clearance

    • 8-inch Touchscreen infotainment Apple Carplay Android Auto

    • 6 Speakers 

    Powertrain

    The Nissan Magnite is expected to be available with two engine options. The first will be the 1.0L Energy series, 3 cyl Naturally aspirated engine from the Renault Triber, producing 72PS Power through a 5 speed manual gearbox. The second powertrain will be a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol unit producing 95PS Power through either a 5 speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox.

    Pricing and launch:

    The new Nissan Magnite will be launched by early 2021.The Magnite is also likely to be priced very aggressively with expected starting price of Rs.5.5L ex showroom for the entry level non turbo variant. The fully loaded top spec variant is expected to be priced equivalent to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, one of its chief rivals. When launched, the Magnite will go against the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra XUV300 and the Honda WRV as well. Stay tuned for further updates on the Nissan Magnite.


    Kawasaki has been teasing them riders with short clips of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R. Jumping straight to the heart of the matter, what has been the most fascinating point of this motorcycle is the engine. A 250cc, inline four motor is just what every biker would yearn for. Not just for the performance but also mostly for the kind of tunes it would produce. Just like the old days when 250cc four cylinder motors revved up to around 20000 rpm. Not that this one would but 17000 rpm is still sounds very, very exciting.

    There are rumours that there could be

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    two variants of this motorcycle but the news of its official launch date in Indonesia is still not out. We suspect it could happen once the world is out of the Covid- 19 menace. Showcased in the Tokyo Motor Show, the Ninja Zx-25R takes a lot of styling from the Ninja ZX-10R. Obviously, this has been the trend for quite sometime.

    Princing is expected to hover around the equivalent of 5 Lakh Rupees in the Indonesia. Now, you would think that sort of money is pretty high for a 250cc motorcycle. But, this new Ninja’s four cylinder motor is expected to have a power output between 50 and 60 PS which in our books is a great! Combine that kind of power with the its lightweight body. What you’d get is a power to weight ratio that matches some big motorcycles.

    In fact, that sort of power would surpass the kind of competition that 300cc- 400cc single cylinder motorcycles offer. The Ninja ZX-25R’s performance package and the its sleek, sharp stance could mostly make is a highly desirable track tool, ready to keep up with some of the big boys for almost a fraction of the price as it would attract lesser taxes, lesser insurance premiums. What’s even better is that one would get the inline four soundtrack that you often get from big capacity motorcycles and, one would also save on maintenance money as the Ninja ZX-25R would be cheaper to maintain than the bigger monsters.

    From what we’ve seen in the videos released by Kawasaki, the ZX-25R could come with adjustable suspension at the front and back, electronics in the form of rider aids like traction control, quick shifter and ABS. Once launched, the Ninja would be available in Indonesia initially. But the arrival of this dream motorcycle to India isn’t confirmed, mostly owing to the high value price tag it would attract via the CKD route. In fact, it could get more expensive than a Kawasaki Ninja 400. As a result, enthusiasts would definitely think a lot before buying such an expensive 250cc motorcycle. But, this could be the least expensive inline- four motorcycle one could get their hands on. Would you buy it?

    Stay tuned for further update and please follow us on WhatsApp , Instagram and YouTube.