KTM Duke 390 now available in White!

Yes, KTM which is already famous for its orange avatars, has launched the white Duke 390 for 2018. The 390 Duke comes packed with 43.5 Ps of power and 37 Nm torque and a host of features
such as a trellis frame, all-LED headlamp, multifunction TFT display, open-cartridge suspension by WP.
Safety is ensured by the presence of large dual disc brakes (320mm/230mm front/rear) and ABS by
BOSCH.

KTM Duke 390 was recently chosen as the 2018 ‘Indian Motorcycle of The Year’ by a jury of 16 eminent automotive journalists.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Amit Nandi President (Probiking) said “KTM has been amongst the fastest
growing motorcycle brands in the country. The new generation of KTM Dukes launched last year have
been extremely well received and with this new color variant we have broadened the choices available
for our customers.” Bookings for the white color variant of the KTM 390 Duke have begun across the 400+ exclusive KTM showrooms in the country.

30 Slow Moving Models of 2017

Let us have a look at the 30 slow moving models of 2017. Models which got discontinued in 2017 and those launched in H2 of 2017 are excluded.

  • Tata Motors is slowly and silently phasing out old workhorse with capable new product range
  • Despite being 32 year old Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is still doing decent numbers
  • Nissan-Datsun-Fiat are in existential crisis mode

(The article is written by the Newest Pundit on the team – Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at emailrohanrishi@gmail.com)

Bajaj Auto launches new Discover 110 & 125

(L-R) – Mr. Eric Vas, President – Motorcycle Business & Mr Sumeet Narang, VP, Marketing, Bajaj Auto, at the launch of new Discovers 110 & 125

Bajaj Auto today announced the launch of new executive Discover 110 and Discover 125.  With new looks, enhanced performance and a double LED DRLs (Day Running Lights) headlamps. Commenting on the launch Mr Eric Vas, President (Motorcycles), Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “Bajaj has made a significant impact in the 100 cc segment with the Platina Comfortech & CT 100. The new Discover 110 and 125 bring first time ever features to customers in the 100-125cc segment for a premium experience. The Discovers shall attract a whole new set of customers who desire the benefits of modern technology.”

The new Discovers comes with an unique LED DRL headlamps which is a category first in the executive segment.  The Discovers also carry an all new digital speedometer seen so far only in premium segment bikes. Both Discovers come with new long stroke engines that pack in better torque and power. The newly launched Discover 110 is equipped with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 115.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers 8.6 Ps power and 9.81 NM torque. On the other hand, Discover 125 is geared with advance 4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder 124.5cc DTS-I engine which delivers 11 Ps power and 11 NM torque. The Discover duo are also fitted with 16% longer suspensions and extra cushioned seats for better rides.

Discover 110 will be available at a price of Rs 50,496 (Ex-showroom Maharashtra) while the Discover 125 will be available at a price of Rs 53,491 and Rs 56,314 for drum and disc version respectively (Ex-showroom Maharashtra).

Both the options will be available in three colours – Black, Red and Blue.

With the launch of the new Discovers, Bajaj Auto also showcased the new 2018 version of its performance motorcycles:

  • The 2018 Dominars now come in 3 new vibrant colors inspired by the terrains conquered and the golden alloy wheels.
  • The new Avenger Cruise 220 and Street 220 now come with a more contemporary look while retaining it definitive classical family silhouette.
  • The special Pulsar Black Pack edition in 150, 180 and 220 cc with an all new mean black look and sporty white alloys.
  • Bajaj V with a stylish backrest that adds to the pillion comfort of this solid motorcycle

Top 30 Best Selling Cars of 2017!

As promised in our previous post, we are happy to present the 30 Best Sellers of 2017! It is an interesting point – you may ask why we have covered 30 Top selling cars (why not 5? or why not 50?) . There is not point covering Top 5 (as all 5 are from Maruti Suzuki’s stable!). Also we didn’t want to cover more than 30 models as it would lose significance. We have also categorized Nexa separately to highlight the speed with which Nexa has made its presence in the Top sellers list. We’ve tried to calculate the modelwise YoY growth as well to understand the said model’s performance over last year. So the Best Sellers are –

Interesting Observations:

  • There is no other OEM models in the Top 10 apart from Maruti’s/Hyundai’s!
  • Baleno makes its presence strongly felt and registers itself as the Third Best Selling car of 2017! It sells almost double of Hyundai’s i20!

  • Maruti+Nexa had 12 models in the Top 30 selling cars! Whereas, Hyundai had 5. If other OEMs need to break the dominance of these 2 OEMs, they ought to have a model in the Top 10! It is really needed that Honda, Mahindra, Tata, Toyota, Renault to have atleast 1 model each in the Top 10.
  • Tata has only Tiago in the list. Can Nexon make it to the list next year?
  • Honda & Mahindra have 4 models each in the list.
  • One Product dependent OEMs have a pretty bad time as the entire OEMs performance is dependent on this 1 model!  Ex: Ford (Ecosport), Renault (Kwid), Toyota (Innova), Datsun (Redi-GO).

Indian Car Sales Figures – December 2017

The Indian Auto Industry registered a sales of over 2.35 Lakh units in Dec’17, which was almost 5% higher than the same period last year (Dec’16). Dec’17 was the last month of the calendar year and hence offtake data is not the right measure to assess the sales, because the actual sales would have been much higher. This is the dealer offtake figures and generally the offtake is usually low as year-change is expected on these models. Hence when compared to Nov’17, the Dec’17 sales degrew by 13%! In terms of retails, it was a blockbuster month. We Indians love discounts and Dec’17 is the month where deal seekers finalize their purchases seeing higher bang for their buck. All OEMs had the best offers running on their models (Ex: One could have almost availed a lakh rupee discount on Grand i10 in Dec’17!). Such huge offers were common across brands – And expect the same to continue this month as the dealers would still be carrying some 2017 stocks with them.

Let’s look at the modelwise analysis here:

Top 25 selling models of December 2017 –

This month we tried to innovate we present the sales figures and hence the segment wise analysis have already been shared in the earlier posts. Do share your opinion if you found it useful.

Also would want to leave a clue regarding our next article here –

Source: ET