Top Two-wheeler Companies In India
India is among those countries where every second person rides a two-wheeler. In our country, the two-wheeler industry grew by almost 13%, and that figure has always been on the rise. Following is a list of top two-wheeler manufacturers of the country.
Hero MotoCorp: Hero MotoCorp has been India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer which sold a total of 4135200 units of two-wheelers during April-September 2018. The company has reported a growth of 9.18%. Hero Splendor and HF Deluxe have been the key contributors in this growth of the brand coupled with the overall increased sales of two-wheelers in Indian markets.
TVS Motor Company: This is an old and established brand of India which started its operation in 1877. Though the company did business in sectors like automobile, finance insurance etc. since 1955, it began shifting its focus on automobile alone. In 1980s TVS collaborated with Suzuki Motors and brought in models such as Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Shogun and Suzuki Fiero. TVS is largely known for its iconic brand Scooty which remains among the most preferred brand in its category over the past two decades. India’s working women and college girls have made Scooty what it is today.
India Yamaha Motor: A part of Yamaha Motor Company, Japan, India Yamaha Motor holds about 7.5% of the nation’s scooter market. On an average, 15,000 scooters are sold every month by India Yamaha Motor. A few of the popular models from Yamaha are R15, SZ-X, FZ16, Fazer, SS 125, Crux, YBR 110 and YBR 125.
Bajaj Auto: Talking about two-wheelers in India and not talking about this iconic brand is not possible. Bajaj is one of the few automobile giants in India that sells not only two-wheelers, but also three and four wheelers. The company was established during the 1930s and since then the growth story of Bajaj Auto has continued. Some of India’s most popular two-wheelers are manufactured by Bajaj Auto which includes Avenger, Pulsar, Platina and Discover. The company also manufactures a few of the high-end bikes such as Kawasaki Ninja and KTM Duke.
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Top Self-driving Rental Car Companies In India
Till a few years back, no one could even think that the market of self-driven cars in India can sustain. However, lately, the scenario has been changing and in urban areas especially metro cities, we now see is a rising trend of people opting for self-drive rentals for various reasons. The primary reason for more and more people choosing a self-driven car rental over a chauffeur-driven cab service is the flexibility and freedom that the former offers.
For the travelers, it used to be a constant hassle to choose between a mass transport mode and a driver-driven vehicle, but not anymore! If you love to drive and want to avoid the hassle, here are your top choices:
Zoomcar is India’s first company to enter into the self-drive car rental segment. ZoomCar was founded by David and Greg in Bangalore. The company offers a range of vehicle options to choose from. The cheapest car is Tata Nano and the most expensive one is Mercedes GLA. The company also has a mobile app which is user-friendly, they also have recently launched Cadabra.
Revv is one of the fastest growing self-drive car rental brands of India. The service is available in multiple Indian cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Jaipur. The company claims that they upgrade their fleet frequently and that the majority of their vehicles are only a few months at any point in time.
Myles is owned and managed by Carzonrent, which is India’s largest car rental and hire company. Myles is present in many Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Jaipur, Chennai, Pune, Mysore, Udaipur etc. Myles offers 20 models of cars to choose from. Availing of their service you can rent a car for a minimum period of 2 hours to even months.
ECO Rent A Car
ECO Rent A Car offers services in major cities like Agra, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Ranchi etc. The USP of this company is that it offers wide range of services like – Corporate car rental, Employee transportation services, Event transportation etc.
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An SUV Fan? Here Are The Top Picks For You In India
There is no denial of the fact that Indians love their SUVs. The love for an SUV comes from many things such as safety, off-roading, commanding driving position etc; but the most important reason for us Indians to love our SUVs is the space that it provides for our large families.
If you are planning to buy a new SUV or want to upgrade, right now, these are your best options:
Tata Harrier: This new entrant in the SUV segment comes with 1956 CC, Diesel, 138 bhp @ 3750 rpm power. This vehicle is one of the most value-for-money SUV in India's five-seater segment. Tata Harrier has made waves for its OMEGA architecture; derived from Land Rover's proven D8 platform. The Tata Harrier features the best-in-class safety features along with top-notch comfort features including Terrain Response drive modes, Brake Disc Wiping, Hill Descent control etc.
Price: Price starts at Rs. 12.71 Lakhs and goes upto Rs. 16.37 Lakhs.
Jeep Compass: Jeep Compass is the affordable variant from the house of the legendary American automotive company. After its launch in 2017, it has acquired a loyal fan base in India. Another five-seater, Jeep Compass offers extremely good build quality and fairly satisfactory performance. Jeep offers the automatic on the 1.4 Multiair turbo petrol which comes in three variants.
Price: Price starts at Rs. 17.95 Lakhs and goes upto Rs. 26.71 Lakhs.
Hyundai Creta New upgraded Hyundai Creta comes with a sharper and stylish look. This car features a developed form of the brand’s ‘Fluidic’ design language. The Hyundai Creta is a spacious car and a family of five can ride in it, very comfortably. This vehicle comes with all standards safety features and for all these reasons, this has surely been a hit SUV among Indians; especially young families.
Price: Price starts at Rs. 10 Lakhs and goes upto Rs. 15.65 Lakhs.
Mahindra XUV300: If we are talking about SUVs, we have to talk about Mahindra XUV300; which is one of the latest entrants in the Indian compact SUV market. The new Mahindra XUV300 comes with a stylish design and a host of ingenious features and powerful engine options. As it is a sub-four-metre SUV, it offers large cabin space which makes it a perfect choice for Indian families.
Price: Price starts at Rs. 7.90 Lakhs and goes upto Rs. 11.99 Lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: Ertiga is one of the many success stories written by Maruti Suzuki for Indians. Since its launch about six years back, the company has sold over four lakh units of this vehicle which makes it one of the most popular MPVs among Indians. This car comes with engines from 1248 to 1498 CC and gives about 18.69 to 25.47 kmpl of mileage.
Price: Price starts at Rs. 7.45 Lakhs onward
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Honda Cars India Opens Pre-launch Bookings For Much Awaited All New 10th Generation Honda Civic
New Delhi, February 14, 2019: : Honda Cars India Ltd., a leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, will commence the pre-launch bookings for the eagerly awaited All New 10th Generation Honda Civic from 15th February 2019. The pre-launch booking can be made at all authorized Honda dealerships across the country, with a booking amount of Rs 31,000. The All New Civic is scheduled to be launched on 7th March 2019.
Talking about the Honda Civic, Mr. Rajesh Goel, Sr Vice President & Director, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “Civic is an iconic brand with a rich legacy of 10 generations and is currently our largest selling model globally. We are extremely excited to bring the latest 10th Generation All New Civic to the Indian market.”
Civic is Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate with cumulative sales of 25 million units worldwide. Over the course of ten generations, the Civic has continuously evolved to meet changing customer needs around the world and is sold in 170 countries worldwide, consistently raising the bar for design innovation, driving performance & fuel-efficiency.
The 10th Generation Civic is the most dynamic, most technologically advanced & the most stylish Civic ever made and has won international acclaim and unprecedented success globally. With its athletic stance and advanced aerodynamic styling, the 10th Generation Civic sedan boasts a youthful, premium and sporty new style that advances Civic design into the next league. The completely new interior of the all-new Civic is designed to match the exciting, modern and sophisticated exterior styling while providing enhanced comfort, leading-edge technology and class-leading quality.
The Civic will be launched in both petrol and diesel powertrains. The 1.8L i-VTEC Petrol engine mated to advanced CVT offers an impressive power packed performance with great fuel economy. The Civic Diesel is being introduced for the first time in India with the exciting 1.6L i-DTEC turbo unit from Honda Earth Dreams Technology series mated to a 6 speed Manual Transmission offering best in segment fuel efficiency and excellent driving performance.
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New Cars That Are Going To Grace Indian Streets In 2019
MG Motor’s first offering for the Indians will enter the market in the second quarter of 2019. An SUV, this car would possibly throw competition to Hyundai Creta rival as per an article on ndtv.com. Initially, MG Motor will manufacture up to 1 lakh units per year and will be using the manufacturing plant in Halol, Gujarat.
This car is going to cost you INR 10 to 14 lakhs.
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KIA To Hit The Indian Road, Soon
South Korean Automobile giant Kia Motors is all set to launch their products in India, soon. Indian car enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the new arrival. Kia Motors has an ambitious target of being one of the top five brands in India within 3 years after launch. The tentative positioning that they are looking at is as one of the premium brands in mass market.
As per a latest report (https://auto.ndtv.com) Kia Motors is planning to pre-pone the India launch by 2-3 months and now looking at an April launch instead of July-August as planned earlier.
The Kia cars are set to roll out from the Kia manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh. Kia has invested USD 1.1 billion on Indian plant and is expected to give direct employment to 3,000 people.
As per another report(www.carwale.com) Kia ‘s Indian journey is starting with the production version of the Kia SP2 Concept and is planning to launch a new model every six months including a premium hatchback, a compact SUV in the first phase. The SP2 is a Hyundai Creta/Renault Duster competitor and the projected price range of this car would be between Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs.
Rush Lane says - Kia sedan is offered in three trims – LX, S and EX. In European markets, the Kia sedan will have a 1.6 liter GDI engine but in India, however, the Kia Rio sedan will borrow the same engine set up as seen on the Verna sedan.
Unlike other competitor brands like Suzuki and Hyundai, Kia Motors is starting its Indian innings with a bigger car instead of small cars.
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Time To Ride The Phenomenon Called “Jeep”
For many years, the mean machine named “Jeep” symbolizes adrenalin-pumped driving on rough terrain, adventures and passion. Jeep’s journey is a beguiling story of evolution through decades and transformation. With Jeep Compass getting launched in India, all the devotees of off-road driving are up for a fantastic ride up the memory lane.
This is the tough 4X4 Willys MB which started a revolution in the use of small military motor vehicles in the US Army. This little beast ruled between 1941 and 1945.
A decade after, in order to address the complaint of earlier CJ-version owners for more space, Willys came up with an improved CJ-6 with a longer wheelbase, improved comfort and better performance. CJ versions of Jeep ran from 1955 to 1981.
In 1962, Jeep introduced the Wagoneer, the very first 4X4 luxury segment SUV. The Wagoneer was a kingly vehicle which burnt the roads between 1963 and 1991 and was designed to mix the comfort of passenger-car with the sturdiness of four-wheel drive.
In the 1970s, came the CJ-5 RENEGADE featuring 304 cubic inch (5L), V8 engine. The vehicle wore alloy wheels and a Trac-Lok limited slip real differential.
In the 1980s what we had was CHEROKEE, a compact SUV. The all new XJ series of CHEROKEE made its debut in 1984 and was awarded the “4X4 of the year’ by the best of the off-road magazines.
Moving forward, in 1999, the new grand CHEROKEE was launched as “The most capable Sports Utility Ever” and won many 4x4 award competitions. The revised WJ wore a completely revised design and featured better specs for a full-bodied driving experience.
The Wrangler Rubicon was the most capable vehicle in Jeep’s documented history. It was named after the legendary off-road trail in California and was meant for those hard-core off-road fanatics. It ran through 2003 and 2006.
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Here, we are now standing with the absolutely gorgeous Jeep COMPASS. Jeep officially entered Indian market last year with the launch of the iconic Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Now the all-new Jeep Compass, a mid-size SUV gets launched in India. This is possibly the most anticipated car of 2017.
The compact SUV will be Jeep’s first made in India model and one of the most affordable offerings coming from Jeep. The production unit is located at Ranjangaon near Pune. Jeep’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has invested almost Rs 1800 crore in this project. Jeep Compass will also be exported to other right-handed drive countries from this facility.
Jeep Compass offers both petrol and diesel engine choice, a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor.
The Compass will be available in three trims - Sport, Longitude and the Limited. There will be five color variants named Grey, Exotica Red, Hydro Blue, Vocal White and Hip Hop Black. Jeep Compass is priced in the band of 14.95-20.65 lakhs (on-road price, New Delhi).
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Authored: 9amstories editorial