Austrian brand launches KTM 125 Duke ABS at Rs 1.18 lakh

Austrian sports bike brand KTM, Europe’s biggest motorcycle makers by sales and the fastest growing sports motorcycle brand in India, has launched its KTM 125 Duke ABS in the country priced at Rs 1.18 lakh in Delhi showroom. The Pune-headquartered Bajaj Auto, India’s second largest motorcycle maker, has 48 per cent stake in KTM.

The new KTM 125 Duke ABS is the off-road bike maker’s most affordable street-naked offering for the Indian bike market. At present, there is no direct rival to the new KTM motorcycle and it is the most powerful and premium 125cc motorcycle on sale.


Jawa, the iconic Czech motorcycle brand with 90-year-old legacy, has been brought back to India by auto major Mahindra group. It launched the first range of new heritage premium motorcycles in the country on Thursday, giving bike enthusiasts a new choice, and turned the heat on archrival Royal Enfield which has ruled the roost till now.

The brand is expected to give tough competition to Royal Enfield in the country, which alone sells over 70,000 bikes every month.

Kawasaki rides in new motocross & enduro bikes

Japanese motorcycle g­i­­ant Kawasaki Motors Corporation has int­rod­uced the 2019 versions of KX250, KX450 motocross co­mpetition bikes and 2019 KLX450R enduro bike in In­dia. While KX250 bike is pri­ced at Rs 7.43 lakh, KX450 costs Rs 7.79 lakh at pan In­dia showroom. KLX450R enduro bike is priced Rs 8.49 lakh. Chan­g­es have been made to KX450’s engine and cycle parts while KX250 gets minor graphical alterations.

The engine of the 2019 KX450 bike has been revised with the inclusion of a finger-follower valve actuation accompanied by hydraulic clutch and electric starter.

Car makers shower discounts on models due for facelift

It is raining discounts in the Indian automobile market. A lot of car models, which are about to get a facelift, are being rolled out of showrooms on huge discounts. In some cases, the price cut is as high as Rs 1.5 lakh. The offers will last till Diwali in November, may be beyond. “Car companies are struggling with unsold inventory piled up at dealerships across the country. That is why many are indulging in discounts and other gimmicks to desperately woo buyers,” Shekar Viswanathan, vice chairman & whole-time director at Toyota Kirloskar Motor told Financial Chronicle.

Datsun to drive in GO hatchback, GO+MPV

Nissan Motor, Japanese car giant’s sister brand Datsun has opened pre-booki­n­gs for the new Datsun GO hatchback and Datsun GO+ multipurpose vehicle (MPV) for Rs 11,000 ahead of the festive season.

Car makes in India, the world’s fifth and Asia’s thi­rd largest car market, lau­nch vehicles during the festive season, especially during Diwali when sales account for about 15 per cent of the annual sales.

Royal Enfield roars into global market with Interceptor, Continental

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, on Wednesday launched the much awaited 650cc twin bikes called the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 for the international market in California.

The company said both motorcycles would be launched in India later this year. Both bikes are available in three variants such as Standard, Custom and Chrome.

The Standard variant of the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 are priced at $5,799 (about Rs 4.21 lakh) and $5,999 (about Rs 4.36 lakh), respectively.

Ducati brings 959 Panigale Corse superbike for Rs 15 lakh

Ducati, the luxury Italian motorcycle brand owned by German Volkswagen Group, on Tuesday introduced the special edition of Ducati 959 Panigale Corse superbike in India, priced at Rs 15.20 lakh at pan-India showroom.

The brand is taking advantage of the festive season to aggressively market its superbikes, as Diwali season accounts for about 15-20 per cent of the total two-wheeler annual sales in the country.

Hero may choose HP for Cycle Valley project

Hero Cycles may move its prestigious ‘Cycle Valley’ project—under which it plans to set up the world’s largest bicycle plant — from Punjab to neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Passenger vehicles sales skid 2.46% in August

With 2.46 per cent drop in August, passenger vehicle sa­les in Asia’s third biggest car mart declined for the se­cond month in a row due to high base effect and partial impact of floods in Kerala.

The latest report from the Society of Indian Automobi­le Manufacturers (Siam), automobile industry bo­dy, said on Tuesday that the passenger vehicles, which incl­ude cars, utility vehicles and vans, stood at 2,87,186 units last month against 2,94,416 units in August 2017.

Audi distances itself from arrested dealer Todd brothers

With the arrest of its car dealers in the capital for defa­ulting on a Rs 270 crore loan from a consortium of banks, the reputation of Volkswagen group has plunged again in India after the dieselgate scandal. The dealers of Audi and Porsche luxury car brands were arrested by police at Delhi internati­onal airport last week while fleeing to UK. Rash Pal Singh Todd and Mandhir Singh Todd were picked up after HDFC Bank filed a complaint of forgery and cheating aga­inst them on August 29. The Todds are British nationals of Indian origin.