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Yamaha launches BS-IV compliant scooters and motorcycles

Just a couple of days before the Supreme Court’s ruling came into play banning the sale of BS-III vehicles across the country, Yamaha India announced the launch of its 2017 model year fleet which meets BS-IV emissions norms. After this announcement, the company’s all motorcycles and scooters sold in the country will adhere to the more stringent Bharat Stage IV norms and will come with a mild update as well.

Speaking about updated features, all of Yamaha India’s two-wheelers come with AHO (Auto Headlamp On), which is just a fancy term for always-on headlights. This comes in light of a mandate set by a Supreme Court-appointed safety committee which put forth this feature to increase visibility of two-wheelers on Indian roads. With no on-off switch anymore, the headlights will be switched on automatically as soon as the engine starts and will continue to stay on until the engine is killed.

Coming back to Yamaha’s 2017 fleet, the updated models include all of the company’s Blue Core-powered motorcycles such as the FZ series (which features the FZ-S FI, FZ FI and Fazer FI), as well as the SZ-RR. These bikes retain all their features and do not come with any mechanical changes in this update. The FZ series continues to be powered by the 149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled and fuel-injected SOHC motor that makes 13.2hp of peak power and 12.8Nm of torque. The SZ-RR too continues to be powered by a 149cc carburetted engine good for 12.1hp of power and 12.8Nm of torque. Yamaha’s 110cc Saluto RX, launched last year, was already BS-IV compatible to start with.

The company’s scooters now follow BS-IV norms as well. Again, there are no mechanical changes to the scooters and the Fascino’s and Cygnus Alpha’s 113cc engine and the V-belt variomatic transmission are untouched in any other way. Power and torque figures remain at 7.1hp and 8.1Nm, respectively. However, the Fascino gets a small visual update in the form of a two-tone paint scheme.

Courtesy : Autocar

Apr 10, 2017
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Koenigsegg and Qoros to reveal Super EV concept at Shanghai

Chinese carmaker Qoros has joined forced with Koenigsegg to develop a new four-door Super EV concept which will make a debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month. The concept’s also been dubbed 9 Qlectriq. However, its official name will only be announced at the event.buyreplicawatches.co.uk

According to a report by CarNewsChina, the EV concept has a 0-100kph sprint time of 3sec, and a range of 500km. Neither Koenigsegg nor Qoros has clarified the capacity of the battery pack or the power output.

A carbon-fibre monocoque makes up the car’s architecture, with four doors and four seats. The murky teaser images which have been released show a rakish but chunky coupé silhouette, with short overhangs and a similar layer surfacing appearance to the BMW i8.

Qoros showed an electric concept, as well as a cam-less-engined concept at the Guangzhou motor show late last year. But the 500km range of the Super EV dwarf’s that of the Qlectriq concept from the show.

Koenigsegg has previously stated on social media that it plans to look further into electric vehicles, although it’s not yet known if this latest concept is penned for production, or is an exploratory car. 

Courtesy : Autocar


Apr 10, 2017
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New sedan to join VW’s electric ID line-up

Volkswagen is expected to unveil a new ID electric sedan concept at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The sedan will join an ID SUV, set to be unveiled at the Shanghai show next month, alongside the already revealed ID Buzz MPV and ID hatchback.  Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s design chief, has promised a “surprise” for the sedan. The ID models preview Volkswagen’s EV ambitions, with the brand aiming to sell one million electric cars annually by 2025. The electric concepts represent ‘families’ of models, each of which will have different identities and body styles but a common theme, according to Bischoff, including what he calls “a no-grille” philosophy.  “Volkswagen was born with no grille,” he said. “With ID, we’re looking into the future but have our original identity with a closed front end.”  Bischoff added that each ID model will feature a lower air intake for battery cooling when charging, and each will  watches be identified by its headlights and an illuminated VW badge. MPV models will have a “friendly, positive” demeanour,  http://www.replicasrusdirect.com/ as previewed by the ID Buzz concept, while the upcoming SUV will be “non-aggressive but self-confident”.

Courtesy : Autocar

Apr 08, 2017
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UM Renegade Commando and Sport S BS-IV launched

United Motorcycles (UM) has launched BS-IV variants of its two motorcycles in India – the Renegade Commando and the Renegade Sport S. The two entry-level cruisers have been converted to BS-IV by adding fuel-injection. UM claims that the motorcycles now “produce higher and [more] consistent power as compared to earlier variants”, while also providing “better and [more] accurate throttle response”.

The UM Renegade Commando and Sport S are both powered by a 279.5cc, single-cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled engine that produces 24.8hp at 8,500rpm and 21.8Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission. The bikes ride on 41mm upside-down telescopic forks up front and twin shocks round the back. The differences between the two bikes are purely aesthetic in nature: the Commando is more of a traditional cruiser while the Sport S, as the name suggests, gets sportier styling.

The fuel-injection and BS-IV compliance have pushed the bikes’ prices up, though. The Renegade Commando and the Sport S are now priced at Rs 1.74 lakh and Rs 1.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). 

Courtesy : Autocar

Apr 08, 2017
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Indian Motorcycle unveils two Chieftain models

The Indian Chieftain is certainly one of the most visually stunning baggers in the world, even more so in its blacked-out Dark Horse trim. But not one to rest on their laurels, Indian Motorcycle has just launched two more versions of this gorgeous bike called the Chieftain Limited and the Chieftain Elite. According to Indian, these two machines are “a bold evolution of the Chieftain line” and they certainly look the part.
 
For the Chieftain Limited, Indian has gone for a larger 19” front wheel which now rests under a chopped up front fender. Gone is the tall traditional Indian Chief fender as well as the light-up ‘war bonnet’ fender ornament. This has really exposed the gorgeous 10-spoke front wheel in all its glory along with the bike’s twin 300mm front disc brakes. The bike still retains all the other signature Chieftain touches such as an electrically adjustable windscreen, remote lockable panniers, touchscreen infotainment system and even its 100-watt audio system built into the fairing. But to help differentiate it a little more, the bike gets colour-matched headlight bezels and a metal stud-free leather seat.
 
The Elite, on the other hand, represents the top-of-the-line model in the Chieftain range. It has the same 19” front wheel, cut front fender and missing ‘war bonnet’ like the Limited, but it comes in an incredibly stunning Fireglow Candy Red with Marble Accents paint scheme. This is painstakingly hand painted, with each bike taking over 25 hours of work, at the company’s custom paint shop in South Dakota. Indian claims, because of this, no two Chieftain Elites look identical. On top of that, the bike also gets an enhanced 200-watt audio system, along with LED headlight and driving lights, as well as billet aluminium rider and passenger floor boards.
 
Speaking about the Chieftain Elite, Reid Wilson, director of marketing at Indian Motorcycle said, “We wanted to design the most premium, feature-packed Chieftain we could possibly imagine. In the end, I think the bike exceeded even our own expectations. It's an absolute show-stopper." No wonder only 350 units of the Elite will be built ever.
 
As of now, there is no word on whether either the Chieftain Elite or the Chieftain Limited will be coming to India.

Courtesy : Autocar

Apr 08, 2017
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