Week in Brief: Honda to take on Royal Enfield, Electric Vans, Tata Tigor EV and more


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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso gets over 10,000 bookings in 10 days

Maruti Suzuki’s model S-Presso which is a sub-compact SUV has got more than 10,000 booking within its launch of 10 days. It is being compared against Renault Kwid. This S-concept is priced between Rs. 3.69 lakhs to 4.91 lakhs. The car is a BS-VI compliant with 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine that churns 69 PS of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. It engine has a fuel efficiency of 21.4 – 21.7 kmpl. The sub-compact SUV is available in six different trim options. The SUV gets a centre console that looks similar to Mini models.

Now Electric Vans Can Be Adopted As Generators During Power Cuts

Northern Powergrid has partnered with Hyperdrive Innovation and Offgrid Energy to run a two-year trial where electric van double as generators in case of power cuts. This utility is active in Britain in the North East and Yorkshire. The Silent Power project will see electric vans with on-board energy storage systems restore power to customers during a power cut or essential maintenance work. According to Northern Powergrid, up to three homes or a small community centre could be powered with just one van for 24 hours and even longer if those homes have domestic solar generation.

Honda to spread its ‘Big Wing’ to take on Royal Enfield

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Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India, Japan’s largest two wheeler maker wants to expand its market in the Indian premium motorcycle market and challenge Royal Enfield in the middle size motocycle space with a dedicated business division and new product portfolio in less than 18 months. Set up in February this year, the premium bike division of Honda called ‘Big Wing’ with a silver wing mark, has formed a 15 member senior executives team who have a strong background for premium bikes or having passion for big bikes. The company will be setting up an independent network across 22 locations with 100 outlets in the country in the coming 18 months.

Tata Tigor EV Priced at Rs 9.44 Lakh With 213 Km Electric Range Launched in India

The Tigor EV will now come with a 21.5 kWh battery pack with two charging ports for fast charging as well as slow AC charging. Following the introduction of Tigor EV for Government and fleet consumers, Tata Motors today announced the launch of its extended range Tigor EV Electric Sedan, with a range of 213 km, certified by ARAI. It will be available in 3 variants – XE+, XM+ and XT+ – for both fleet and personal segment customers. The new Tigor EV will be available across 30 cities, at a starting price of Rs. 9.44 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi (after deducting Govt. subsidies). This vehicle qualifies for a FAME II incentive for eligible commercial customers.

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Power Ministry Revises Electric Vehicle Charging Norms to Boost e-Mobility

In an effort to address charging issues faced by Electric Vehicle owners, the government plans to install one charging station every 3 square km in all megacities. To promote electric vehicles (EV), Power Minister R K Singh approved amendments in guidelines and specifications for charging infrastructure. These revised guidelines and specifications shall supersede the earlier guidelines and standards issued by the Ministry of Power on December 14, 2018, according to a statement by the Power Ministry. Singh said in the statement that the revised guidelines are more consumer-friendly, as they incorporate a number of suggestions received from various stakeholders.

Bajaj Auto To Unveil New Electric Mobility Brand Urbanite This Month

Bajaj Auto will be entering the electric mobility space with the brand Urbanite that is likely to spawn a new line-up of electric scooters, with the official announcement slated on October 16, 2019. Bajaj Auto is all set to become the latest mainstream two-wheeler manufacturer to enter the electric mobility space. Pulsar maker is likely to introduce the much talked about Urbanite electric two-wheeler brand on October 16, 2019. The Urbanite brand is likely to be a new division under Bajaj Auto and will spawn electric scooters, marking the brand’s re-entry in this space after nearly two decades.

Toyota beats Tata and Honda to become 4th largest carmaker in H1FY20

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For the first time the Indian subsidiary of Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Kirloskar Motors has surpassed Tata Motors and Honda Cars in India to become the fourth-largest car manufacturer of India in terms of market share, according to the industry data. The maker of premium utility vehicles like Innova and Fortuner recorded a market share of 4.86 per cent in the first half of the fiscal year 2019 (April to September period). It witnessed an increase of 23 basis points when compared to 4.63 per cent market share in the same period last fiscal year. While the competitors like Tata Motors and Honda Cars India saw a decline of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in market share respectively. Primarily the reason behind the rise in the market share of Toyota Kirloskar Motors is the increased contribution of Glanza in the total sales of the company.

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