Hero MotoCorp launches Virtual Showroom for Digital Sales

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Hero MotoCorp launched a virtual showroom feature to enter the digital sales arena. The virtual showroom will provide a seamless digital purchase experience to the customers who are presently unable to visit a dealership owing to the ongoing pandemic.

Hero MotoCorp states that the new virtual showrooms promise to ‘discover, engage and purchase’ the company’s bikes and scooter by providing a fully digital experience. It will offer a complete 360-degree view of the space as well as the product. It will also allow a user to browse and explore the complete technical details of each and every Hero model from the comfort of their home.

Commenting on the initiative, Naveen Chauhan, Head – Sales and Aftersales, Hero MotoCorp, said, “At Hero MotoCorp we are constantly striving to enhance our customer buying experience. Considering the need for social distancing and catering to the digitally savvy customers, it is imperative for our services to be present at the customers’ fingertips while providing a holistic experience right from the beginning of their purchase journey. This feature is in line with our commitment to build value-led initiatives. Soon after launching our messaging app based chatbot services, we are now bringing a Hero showroom straight to the customer’s room.”

As per the company, the new feature allows the customer to request a callback and enquire about the vehicle of the choice. Simultaneously, the option of direct purchase is also available.

Using the Hero MotoCorp’s 3D Product Configurator,  accessible via the official website, customers can get a firsthand digital view of all the trim options and variants available for each model. It also displays a 360-degree CGI view of the motorcycle, the available trim options, colors, and even the backdrop can be customized. Additionally, the 3D configurator offers an augmented reality feature which is compatible on all iOS and Android devices. 

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Suzuki Gixxer 250, Gixxer SF 250 recalled in India

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Suzuki Motorcycles India has issued a product recall for select units of the Gixxer 250 and Gixxer 250 SF due to an engine vibration issue. This is a voluntary recall and only affects 199 units of the quarter-litre models which were manufactured between 12 August 2019 and 21 March 2021.

Per the notice posted on the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) website, the affected models may suffer from an increased engine vibration due to incorrect positioning of the balancer drive gear.

The template for marking the matching positions was not used by a supervisor, thus causing the issue. The vibrations may damage two of the six tail lamp mounting lugs, although it is highly unlikely to affect the function of the brake light. Suzuki Motorcycles India will fix the affected models free of cost, and the repairs could take a maximum duration of two to three hours.

2021 Suzuki Hayabusa is already sold out in India

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The MY2021 Suzuki Hayabusa was launched in India on 26 April, and the first lot has already been sold out in two days.

All 101 units from the first batch marked for India are now accounted for. The buyers of the first batch also received a complimentary rear seat cowl. The second batch is likely to arrive in the country soon, although the pandemic might play spoilsport.

The new model was launched at a price point of Rs 16.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India), thereby making it about Rs 2.65 lakh more expensive than the erstwhile model. For the price differential, you get a host of uprated cycleparts such as full-LED lighting, an LCD screen, and a revised design.

The 1340 cc inline-four engine has been retained, albeit with upgrades to meet the newer and stringent emission norms. Linked to a six-speed cassette-type transmission, the motor now belches out 187.7 bhp of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque.

It competes with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX in the Indian market.

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Production stopped at all four Honda manufacturing units in India

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As India battles the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, two-wheeler manufacturers have had to once again face supply chain issues and production bottlenecks. Close on the heels of Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter, India (HMSI) has also announced a temporary closure of production across all four plants in India – Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan), Narsapura (Karnataka) and Vithalpur (Gujarat).

Production will be suspended for 15 days (01 May through 15 May 2021). The company will be closely monitoring the situation and take a call on resuming production basis the severity of the lockdown. Honda will carry out its annual plant maintenance during this period. Honda associates will continue to work from home to maintain business continuity and provide the required support to their customers and business partners. On the production front, only essential workforce will be allowed to enter and carry out their duties while following all the covid-19 guidelines and appropriate safety measures.

Yesterday, we had reported that Honda has registered a trademark for NX200. Atsushi Ogata, President & CEO of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India in an interview, stated that the company is under discussion to expand its product portfolio, and might leverage the Hornet 2.0 platform. There may also be an adventure tourer in the offing.

Honda might use the existing 184 cc motor producing 17.03 bhp and 16.1 Nm. While the motorcycle will be based on the Hornet 2.0 platform, expect some major changes to the chassis, possible 17-inch alloy wheels and disc brakes on both ends. It might sport USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.

The NX200 will compete for sales with the Hero Xpulse 200T and KTM 250 Adventure.

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Royal Enfield Hunter 350 spied

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New spy shots have surfaced of the soon to be launched Royal Enfield Hunter 350 in Chennai.

The Hunter 350 gets a round headlamp, tail-lamp and indicators. The rearview mirrors are also round and seem to be mounted on sturdy handlebars. The test unit was sporting a single-piece seat and disc brakes at the fore and aft. The motorcycle is poised to get the tried and tested 349 cc motor from the Meteor 350.

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KTM Duke 890 Tech3 MotoGP edition launched in France

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KTM has released a limited edition DUKE 890 with special livery inspired by the Tech3 team in France.

Limited to only 100 models, the motorcycle looks absolutely smashing in the KTM’s official colors. It gets a generous dollop of after market parts to up the ante. The uprated cycle parts include a small belly-pan/spoiler located under the engine, an Akrapovič exhaust system, a pillion seat cover.

The motorcycle is listed in France for 11,699 Euros; Rs ~10.54 lakhs which is a price differential of 1.17 lakhs more than the standard model.

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