30 Best Selling Models of 2018

  • Maruti is firmly holding the top 6 slots
  • Lower priced hatchbacks are getting replaced by higher value cars. Consumers are now more value conscious rather than price conscious
  • Mahindra, Honda, Renault and Datsun are losing share among best sellers in India
  • Tata’s product onslaught and acceptance in market has put Mahindra on back foot

(The article is written by Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at emailrohanrishi@gmail.com)

Triumph Officially Unveils Rocket 3 TFC

– Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) range will bring premium parts, higher performance, and exclusivity

– Only 750 units of the TFC Rocket 3 will be made

– Expected to make more than 180hp of power and 230Nm of torque from, a bigger, ~2500cc 3-cylinder engine

– Will get a single-sided swingarm and a new chassis

– Will get the second-generation, full-color instrument console

Unlike a typical British custom bike, which is just an exercise in swapping and chopping parts left and right, the Rocket 3 TFC is a massive upgrade and definitely worth a second look.

For starters, the Rocket 3 TFC will get a brand new chassis. The single-sided swingarm helps flaunt the alloy wheel design. At roughly 2500cc, the engine is 200cc larger than the normal Rocket 3. The power figure is expected to stand at 180; up from 148hp while the torque is up from 221Nm to ~230Nm. Given the higher power output, better rubber and braking hardware is also sure to be part of the package, which will help keep the motorcycle from kissing the ground.

It’ll feature all that, in addition to the liberally sprinkled carbon fiber and hand-stitched leather here and there. The global launch will take place on May 1, 2019. With the production capped at just 750 units, it should make this big bike a collector’s item. Triumph is calling it a concept, but it looks very much production ready and it should carry forward most of what’s visible today over to the production avatar.

2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT Launched At Rs. 7.46 Lakh

– New feature includes the addition of hazard lights/blinkers

– Side reflectors removed from the tail section to the front suspension

– Nothing else changed – not even the price

Suzuki has added the hazard lights, relocated the side reflectors from the tail to the front and called it a day. It’s difficult these days to grab headlines with a middleweight bike – now that Royal Enfield has redefined the meaning of value for a multi-cylinder 650cc motorcycle.

At first glance, this 650 doesn’t stand a chance next to the Interceptor and GT 650. But, look deeper and you’ll start to see what this brings to the table. This adventure bike still continues to offer plenty of value. This bike competes with the likes of BMW 850 GS (Rs. 13.7 lakh) and the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx (Rs. 14.06 lakh.) FYI, the 750 GS and other Tiger 800 variants don’t count since they offer alloy wheels conveying their road-biased personality.

The inclusion of wire spoke wheels without ditching the tubeless convenience of dealing with punctures makes the Suzuki V-Strom 650 a great value. Not to mention, its tractable and refined V-twin engine, which is at home in the city traffic, on the highways as well as on the broken village roads. The engine heat is very much manageable even at city speeds. The reliability is also expected to be better than its European counterparts.

2019 Maruti Baleno Facelift Launched (Rs. 5.45 lakh – Rs. 8.77 lakh)

– Redesigned face with a new grill

– LED projector headlamps replace the HID projector units

– Redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels for Zeta and Alpha variants replace the boring set that looked like wheel covers

– Projector headlamps now also available on the most value-for-money and best-selling Delta variant

– SmartPlay Studio infotainment system for live traffic updates

– 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay still on offer for Zeta and Alpha variants

– As per the picture of the Baleno RS on the official website, it too appears to inherit the updates but retains the unique mesh grille

– No changes to the engine and transmission options

Variant-wise ex-showroom price list:

Petrol Manual:

Sigma: Rs. 5.46 lakh

Delta: Rs. 6.17 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 6.85 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 7.45 lakh

Petrol CVT Automatic:

Delta: Rs. 7.49 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 8.17 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 8.77 lakh

Diesel Manual:

Sigma: Rs. 6.61 lakh

Delta: Rs. 7.32 lakh

Zeta: Rs. 8.00 lakh

Alpha: Rs. 8.60 lakh

The biggest change with the update is the inclusion of projector headlamps in the Delta and Zeta variants. Earlier, this feature was limited to only the Alpha trim but the customer demand seems to be the reason behind the move. As per most dealerships, the Delta variant is the best-selling model. The Ignis and S-Cross continue to limit the LED lighting to the top trims while the Ciaz offers the cooler headlamps on the top two variants. Baleno’s unique selling point, the UV-cut glass, continues to be reserved for the fully-loaded variant only.

The projector setup is a looker and it makes the Delta variant even easier to recommend and a no-brainer upgrade over the Sigma.

No need to upgrade the alloys

Another positive change is the dismissal of the older alloy wheels, which looked like wheel covers. The S-Cross too hit the market initially with an equally boring set of wheels. The strategy behind such a move could be to push the buyers to upgrade to a shinier set at the dealership, thus helping the outlets improve their revenue. Both the cars now sport a shiny set of rims in their higher variants.

Where’s the RS?

The Baleno RS photograph suggests that it too has received the update including the new alloy wheels. It’s safe to assume that the new infotainment system and LED headlights will be part of the RS’s package as well. Surprisingly, the RS is missing from the list of cars on the Nexa’s official website. There’s only an option to show interest in the car. This move leads us to believe that the demand for the RS has been about the same as that for the S-Cross 1.6. Therefore, Maruti Suzuki may have made the RS a made-to-order option on the lineup. The price tag of the car was also not revealed along with the updated list.