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ASIA MONTHLY
MOTORCYCLE
REPORT
January 2009
INDIA
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. New bike from Bajaj Auto: XCD 135 DTS-Si
2. Mahindra Kinetic getting ready to launch scooters
3. Bajaj Auto preparing to introduce KTM, Kawasaki range
4. BSA Motors notches up 1,000 e-scooter bookings
5. TVS introduces new Scooty variant
6. Electrotherm introduces new e-bike
7. Hero Honda boosts production at Haridwar plant
8. Two-wheeler sales down over 15% in December
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1.
Bajaj Auto launches XCD 135 DTS-Si
On January 21st, Bajaj Auto introduced a new variant of the XCD motorcycle, the
XCD 135 DT-Si. The new bike comes with a detuned version of the 134cc fourstroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine found in the Discover 135 and features
Bajaj’s proprietary Digital Twin SparkSwirl induction (DTS-Si) technology. The
XCD 135, which has been priced at INR
45,000 (€712), also features a five-speed
gearbox, an auto choke, gas-filled rear
shock absorbers, a digital speedometer,
an LED taillight, electric start and a front
disc brake. While the bike will initially be
produced at Bajaj’s Aurangabad plant in
Maharashtra, production will later be
shifted to the company’s Pantnagar facility
in Uttarakhand. Bajaj Auto is planning to
Bajaj XCD 135 DTSi
supplement the XCD 135 with two new bikes in the 125-135cc category, in addition
to three new models in the 150+cc class. Bajaj is also looking at a gearless scooter
of 100-150cc, which has been tentatively named ‘Blend’, sometime in 2010.
2.
Mahindra to relaunch Kinetic Flyte, Nova
Six months after the announcement of utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra’s
acquisition of two-wheeler manufacturer Kinetic comes the news that the new joint
venture, Mahindra Kinetic Scooters & Motorcycles
is set to launch two upgraded products from the
erstwhile Kinetic Motor range, the Flyte and the
Nova. The Flyte, which was developed in
collaboration with Taiwan-based two-wheeler giant
SYM, comes with a 125cc engine, while the Nova
gets a 135cc mill. Both units are four-stroke, aircooled, single cylinder units. While exact details
about the upgrades the scooters will come with is
not yet known, it seems apparent that prices will
stay the same as earlier – i.e., around the INR
41,000 (€650) mark. The new scooters will be
manufactured at the joint venture’s Pithampur
plant, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. They are
expected in showrooms by the end of this month
Kinetic SYM Flyte
or early February with Mahindra Kinetic branding.
3.
Bajaj to launch Kawasaki, KTM bikes
Two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj is preparing to launch models from KTM and
Kawasaki’s international ranges in India within the next 12-18 months. The
onslaught is expected to begin with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, followed by the KTM
Duke and RR. While the Ninja will be imported as a completely-built unit (CBU), the
KTM models may be assembled at Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan, in the state of
Maharashtra. Bajaj is currently also developing its own 250-300cc motorcycle in
collaboration with an unnamed European bike design firm and KTM, in which the
Indian company has a 30% stake.
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4.
BSA Motors announces prices, receives 1,000 bookings
Since its launch in November 2008, BSA Motors, a subsidiary of leading bicycle
manufacturer Tube Investments of India (TII), has notched up bookings of 1,000
units of its e-scooters. The company has also announced the prices for its five
offerings: the Smile, Diva, Street Rider, Roamer and Roamer Plus have been priced
at INR 28,600 (€453), INR 30,800 (€487), INR 31,600 (€500), INR 33,900 (€536)
and INR 36,600 (€579), respectively.
5.
TVS launches Scooty Streak
On January 8th, Indian two-wheeler major TVS launched a new variant of its Scooty
scooter model in the country, call the Streak. Based on the Scooty Pep+ platform,
the Streak adds TVS’ proprietary LiTech
technology to the single cylinder, four-stroke,
88cc engine, which is said to benefit driveability
and fuel economy. Other differences include
redesigned body panels, LED taillights, a recontoured seat, anti-skid tyres and allaluminium shock absorbers. The new scooter
also comes with an external fuel filler at the
rear, in addition to regular Scooty features such
as a mobile phone charging point, a low-effort
centre
stand
and
a
lockable
storage
compartment at the front. It is equipped with
3.00x10 tyres front and rear and has drum
brakes at both ends. The Scooty Streak has
been priced at INR 35,800 (€566) and will be
TVS Scooty Streak
offered in five colours, unlike the 99-colour palette that is offered with the regular
Scooty Pep+. With the Streak, the Scooty range goes up to four models, the others
being the Pep+, Teenz and Teenz Electric.
6.
Electrotherm unveils Yo Electron
Indian electric bike manufacturer Electrotherm has unveiled a new model called the
Yo Electron for the domestic market. Featuring a new quick-charge battery which
requires 3-4 hours to get completely topped up, the Yo Electron will be produced at
the company’s new manufacturing facility in Kutch, in the state of Gujarat. The
plant, which involved an investment of INR 600 million (€9.5 million), has an
installed capacity of 288,000 units. Electrotherm has so far sold around 60,000 ebikes in the Indian market, primarily in Gujarat.
7.
Hero Honda ups capacity at Haridwar facility
At a time when most manufacturers are downsizing their staff and production
capacity, Indian two-wheeler market leader Hero Honda is in expansion mode, with
the company increasing production at its facility in Haridwar, in the state of
Uttarakhand, from 2,000 units per day to 3,000 units. The company is optimistic
about the market in 2009, in spite of the fact that December saw a 10% decline in
sales over the same period in 2007, at 215,931 units. Hero Honda plans to launch
five new models, across various market segments, in the first nine months of the
year.
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Bike sales plummet in December
The last month of 2008 saw overall two-wheeler sales in India nose-diving 15.4%
to 461,302 units, compared with 545,485 units in the same period last year. The
slide was stemmed to an extent by scooter sales – the motorcycle segment slipped
22.9% with only 335,820 units sold, as against 435,925 units in the year-ago
period. Market leader Hero Honda’s slipped 10% to 215,931 units, while the biggest
drop was recorded by Bajaj Auto, whose sales were down 33% to 119,000 units.
THAILAND
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. AP Honda launches Wave 110i
2. Bike sales up 7% in 2008
1.
Honda Wave 110i introduced in Thailand
In the second week of January, AP Honda, the Japanese automaker’s Thai division,
introduced the Wave 110i underbone in the country. Featuring a 110cc, four-stroke
engine, the Wave 110i is said to provide 25% better
performance and 18% better fuel economy
compared to a carburetted Wave 100, thanks to the
company’s proprietary Programmed fuel injection
(PGM-FI) technology. The new underbone is
compliant with Thailand’s Level 6 emission norms
and is compatible with E20 fuel as well. The Wave
110i will be available in three variants – the
NF110TM, with front disc brakes and electric start,
the NF110R, with front disc brakes and kick start
and NF110K, with drum brakes all round and kick
start. Prices start at THB 34,000 (€749) for the
NF110K. AP Honda is targeting sales of 400,000
units of the Wave 110i per year in the Thai market,
where the company enjoys a 65% overall share.
Honda Wave 110i
2.
Thailand sees motorcycle sales jump 7% in 2008
Sales of two-wheelers in Thailand were up by 7% last year, as compared to 2007.
This is attributed primarily to steeper fuel prices and gradual standardisation of fuel
injection technology among motorcycles, scooters and underbones. Higher
disposable incomes for rural populations and ready availability of vehicle finance
helped stimulate growth as well. Total two-wheeler registrations went up to 1.7
million, with Honda – the market leader for the last twenty years – accounting for
1.15 million units alone. Yamaha came a distant second with 440,000 units and
Suzuki took third place with 84,000 units. The rest of the sales were accounted for
by Kawasaki, JRD, Platinum and Tiger, among other makes.
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MALAYSIA
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. Aprilia expands range in Malaysia with Shiver
2. Vespa Malaysia launches GTV 250 & GTS 300super
3. Boon Siew Honda introduces icon 110 scooter
1.
Aprilia Shiver launched in Malaysia
Towards the end of December, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia introduced
its Shiver naked bike in Malaysia. The new motorcycle - which will compete with
the likes of the Yamaha Fazer, Honda Hornet
and Ducati Monster in the Malaysian market –
comes with a 750cc fuel-injected 90° V-twin
engine featuring a double overhead camshaft
and liquid cooling. The Shiver happens to be
the first motorcycle in its class to come with
ride-by-wire technology, which helps achieve a
smoother, more consistent throttle response. .
It also comes with a three-way catalytic
converter, radial front disc brakes, a modular
trellis/aluminium frame for torsional rigidity
and an aluminium swingarm. 120/70-17 tyres
Aprilia Shiver
are standard fitment up front, while 180/55-17
rubber does service at the back. Aprilia Malaysia has not yet announced the pricing
strategy for the Shiver, which will be available in showrooms within a few weeks.
2.
New Vespa models launched in Malaysia
On December 28th, Italian scooter giant Piaggio introduced two new Vespa models
in Malaysia – the GTV 250 & the GTS 300super. The two models feature four-valve,
four-stroke, water-cooled engines of 244cc and
278cc capacities, respectively. Electronic fuel
injection is common to both, as well as electric
start and a continuously variable transmission
(CVT). The two scooters comes with 120/70-12
tubeless tyres at the front and 130/70-12
rubber at the rear as well as ventilated disc
brakes at both ends. Among the unique
features of the GTV 250 is the low-slung
headlight and mini-fairing, while the GTS
300super carries on with a traditional
headlamp and is furnished with a variable
ignition system and three engine mapping
options. The GTV 250 and GTS 300super have
been priced at MYR 29,299 (€6,220) and MYR
Vespa GTV 250
29,479 (€6,259), respectively and are now available through Vespa’s dealership
network of eighteen outlets in Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Penang and Selangor.
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3.
Boon Siew Honda unveils icon 110
On January 21st, Boon Siew Honda, the Malaysian arm of the Japanese automobile
giant, unveiled the icon 110 scooter in the country. The Malaysian version features
a carburetted four-stroke engine, unlike the
Thai model, which comes with fuel injection. It
joins the Click in the company’s automatic
transmission range in Malaysia. With the icon,
Boon Siew Honda is aiming to push its market
share in the automatic segment from the
current 1-2% to an estimated 4-6%. The icon
comes with 80/90-14 tyres up front and
90/90-14 tyres at the rear, while a front
disc/rear drum brake combination comes as
standard. It also features a side stand switch,
which automatically deactivates the ignition
when the side stand is deployed to prevent the
scooter from being ridden with the stand
extended. The company has set a sales target
Honda icon 110
of 28,000 units for the icon, which has been
priced at MYR 4,688 (€995). The icon 110 will be available in Boon Siew showrooms
across Malaysia from February 5th.
INDONESIA
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. Kanzen to launch Roadtwin 200
2. TVS Indonesia may get loan from IFC
3. 6.2 million two-wheelers sold in Indonesia in 2008
1.
Kanzen Roadtwin 200 headed for Indonesia launch
Indonesian two-wheeler manufacturer Kanzen has announced that it will soon
launch a new motorcycle, the Roadtwin 200, though the exact timing of the launch
and the detailed specifications of the bike are yet unknown. It is expected that
when launched, the Roadtwin 200 will face stiff competition from established
players in the segment such as the Honda Tiger Revolution and the Bajaj Pulsar
200 DTSi. The Tiger and the Pulsar 200 retail at around IDR 15 million (€1,025) in
the Indonesian market.
2.
TVS Indonesia may get USD 12 million loan
The US-based International Finance Corporation (IFC) is expected to sanction a
loan of USD 12 million (€9.2 million) to Indian two-wheeler major TVS Motors’
Indonesian operations. The funds will be channelled into product development,
dealership expansion and working capital requirements. This will be the second loan
from IFC to TVS Indonesia – in 2007, the firm had loaned USD 20 million (€15.4
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million) to the bike maker. TVS Indonesia has a plant in the Suryacipta Industrial
Estate in Karawang, with an installed capacity of 300,000 units.
3.
Record number of bikes sold in Indonesia
2008 saw 6.2 million two-wheelers being sold in Indonesia, implying a 32% rise
over 2007’s figure, when 4.68 million units were sold. Honda maintained its market
lead with 2.87 million units, implying a market share of 46%. Yamaha came a close
second, with 2.46 million units, or a 39% share. As always, four-stroke bikes with
engine capacities of 125cc or less dominated sales, driven by their inherent fuel
efficiency and low maintenance costs. Around 80% of all bike sales were financed.
However, in spite of the positive results shown up on 2008’s sales chart, it is
expected that sales will dive in 2009 – by as much as 30-40% - driven by the
slowing economy and the cascading effects of the global recession.
VIETNAM
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. American firm to supply electric motors to Sufat
2. Vietnam in preferential tariff agreement with Laos
1.
Sufat to source electric scooter motors from KMA
Vietnam-based two-wheeler maker Sufat is in the process of developing an electric
scooter that will integrate an electric motor developed by US-based KLD Motors
America (KMA). KMA’s high-frequency, low RPM, transmission-less motor system
is designed to be more responsive and flexible than
conventional electric vehicle motors. With KMA’s motor,
Sufat expects the electric scooter to hit a top speed of 80-90
kmph, which is unprecedented in the budget e-scooter
segment. The core technology behind KMA’s new motor is
innovative nano-crystalline composite material to conduct
energy more efficiently than traditional, iron-core motors.
2.
Vietnam-Laos preferential tariff to cover bikes
Vietnam and Laos have inked an agreement under which both countries will strive
to reduce and ultimately abolish tariffs on certain items imported from each other.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was formally signed in Hanoi on January
17th, Vietnam will abolish import tariffs on 16 items from Laos, including motorcycle
engines and related components. In return, Laos will abolish import tariffs on 87
Vietnamese items, including fully-built motorcycles and related parts.
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OCEANIA
MOTOR CYCLE TRENDS
1. Link International awarded Pirelli distributorship in Australia
2. 2009 Triumph Bonneville range arrives in Australia
3. Lifan launches Metro LF50QT-2A in New Zealand
4. Harley Davidson expands Sportster range in Australia
5. Australia sees rise in bike sales
1.
Pirelli appoints new distributor in Australia
Tyre giant Pirelli has awarded the distributorship for two-wheeler tyres in Australia
to Link International, a leading motorcycle part importer and distributor. Starting
February 2009, Link International will start dispensing Pirelli products on an official
basis across the country. Link International already has several high-profile
automotive brands in its portfolio, including Vee Rubber Tyres and Tubes, Motul Oil,
RK Chains, Excel Rims, JT Sprockets, JT Braking Disc Rotors, Ferodo Brake Pads,
Polisport Plastics, Hiflo Oil and Air Filters, Roadstar Batteries, Cobra Cruiser
Exhausts and Accessories, Ariete Grips, Keiti Tank Pads, Marchesini, BMC Filters,
YSS Suspension, Alpina Wheels, C.C. Products and Rockwell Fasteners.
2.
Triumph Australia announces 2009 Bonneville range
Triumph Australia has announced the imminent launch of the 2009 Bonneville
range. To be made available in end-February or early March, the Bonneville will be
offered in two new variants – the SE and the 650 Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary
Edition. While the former comes with
additional features such as a tachometer,
chromed tank badges and brushed alloy
engine casings over a standard Bonneville,
the T100 50th Anniversary Edition will be
offered with a unique two-tone Meriden
Blue/Exotic Orange paint job and handpainted gold pinstripes. The latter will be
limited to a global run of only 650 units. The
regular Bonneville gets new handlebars,
25mm lower seat height, lighter 17-inch cast
alloy wheels, shorter mudguards and the
Thruxton’s silencer. The standard Bonneville
T100 new handlebar clamps, restyled
Triumph Bonneville SE
footrests, black clock surrounds and a white
Triumph logo on the seat. The Bonneville, SE and T100 have been priced at AUD
12,490 (€6,308), AUD 13,490 (€6,813) and AUD 13,990 (€7,065), respectively.
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3.
Lifan Metro LF50QT-2A arrives in New Zealand
Chinese motorcycle major Lifan has launched the Metro LF50QT-2A scooter in New
Zealand. It features a four-stroke, 49.4cc, single cylinder powerplant that pushes
out just under 3PS of power. Weighing in at
just 93.5 kg dry, the Metro has been
designed with short urban commutes in
mind. The claimed fuel efficiency, at
2.2l/100km, is also a selling point. The
Lifan Metro comes with identical 3.00x10
tyres front and rear, while braking is taken
care of by a ventilated disc up front and a
conventional drum set-up at the rear. The
luggage compartment under the seat can
accommodate a full-face helmet, while an
open storage area is provided at the front.
An added advantage of the Metro is that a
Lifan Metro LF50QT-2A
dedicated motorcycle license is not required
for this scooter – a car license will do. Priced at NZD 1,899 (€772), the Lifan Metro
LF50QT-2A is one of the cheapest motorised vehicles available in the country today.
4.
Harley Davidson announces Iron 883
American cruiser manufacturer Harley Davidson has launched the latest model in its
Dark Custom line, the Iron 883, in Australia. Part of the company’s Sportster range
of bikes, the Iron 883 comes with an
air-cooled 883cc V-Twin engine mated
to a five-speed transmission and belt
final drive. The engine, which sports a
black powder-coated look, features
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
(ESPFI).
Alloy
wheels,
staggered
exhaust pipes, short fenders and mattefinish black or silver paint define the
look of the bike. Shod with 100/90-19
tyres up front and 150/80-16 rubber at
Harley Davidson Iron 883
the rear, the Iron 883 weighs in at 251 kg dry. Harley Davidson Australia is yet to
announce prices for the Iron 883, but it is expected to be close to the US price of
USD 7,899 (€6,076) or thereabouts.
5.
Two-wheeler sales up 3.2% in Australia
Motorcycle and scooter sales were up 3.2% in Australia in 2008 to 134,112 units,
compared to the previous year. In 2007, sales totalled 129,966 units. Last year’s
sales were driven primarily by rising fuel prices towards the beginning of the year
and by the general economic slowdown towards the end, as buyers moved away
from fuel-guzzling cars and SUVs. Freedom from inner-city traffic congestion and
free parking also stimulated bike sales. It is interesting to note that car sales in
Australia in 2008 were down by 3.6% - a figure similar to the hike experienced by
motorcycle sales.
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