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FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 3 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com P. THARYAN (ROY) I have always admired vehicles meant for real off-roading.

The 2019 Force Gurkha Xtreme is one such vehicle that is meant for some hard core off-roading. We were thoroughly impressed by its capabilities on some very difficult terrains. The vehicle comes with differential locks for both front and rear wheels. With hardly any electronics to boot, this vehicle is aimed at all those who love off-roading. Besides the Force Gurkha, we have also reviewed the new Toyota Camry Hybrid Electric and the new Maruti Suzuki WagonR.

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4 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com CONTENTS CAR NEWS: Mercedes-Benz in India brings in Luxury MultiPurpose VehicleV-Class BIKE NEWS: Honda CB300R motorcycle to be priced below `2.5 lakh FEATURES: Rear seat seatbelts, what are those? 16 20 24 32 WHEELZ & ROADZ: 2019 Force Gurkha Xtreme WHEELZ & ROADZ: 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Electric WHEELZ & ROADZ: Ducati Scrambler 1100 36 44 70 6 12 B2B NEWS: An Electric Dream or an Electric Nightmare? TECHNOLOGY: CES 2019 concludes on turbo-charged note for automotive industry CV NEWS: Mahindra launches Furio truck at `17.45 lakh onward 28 WHEELZ & ROADZ: All New Maruti Suzuki WagonR


CAR NEWS 6 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com Mercedes-Benz India brings in Luxury Multi - Purpose Vehicle V-Class at `68.40 lakh onward Mercedes-Benz India has launched the Luxury MultiPurpose VehicleV-Class. The V-Class will target the multipurpose vehicle segment which has a potential demand. The V-Class will be available in both the 6 and 7 seater long-wheelbase (Exclusive) and extra-long-wheelbase (Expression) variants. The exshowroom price of the V-Class Expression starts at Rs 68.40 lakh and the V-Class Exclusive starts at Rs 81.90 lakh (All prices ex-showroom India).

Continuing Mercedes-Benz’s BS VI transition efforts, the V 220d will be available in a 2 litre BS VI compliant diesel engine. The 2143 cc produces 380 Nm of peak torque and the does 0-100km in 10.9s. Made in Spain, this luxury multi-purpose vehicle is sold in more than 90 countries. Incidentally, the year 2019 marks 25 years of MercedesBenz in India. The Star Ease maintenance packages for the V 220 d starts at Rs.1,48,700 for 2 year/30,000 kms. The V-Class was launched in the Indian market by Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India in Mumbai.

INDIA SPEC V-CLASS: Two body styles:
  • Long Wheelbase: Wheelbase - 3200 mm | Length – 5140 mm
  • Extra Long Wheelbase: Wheelbase - 3430 mm | Length – 5370 mm Key features of the Exclusive line (6 seater):
  • 17-inch alloys
  • Table package
  • Rear window opening with parcel shelf and shopping crates
  • Comfort seats in nappa leather – Silk beige, Marron and Black
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system
  • Multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Ambient Lighting
  • 360 degree reversing camera with Active Park Assist
  • Electric Sliding Doors
  • High-Performance LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System Key features of the Expressive Line (7 seater):
  • 16-inch alloys
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 230 mm longer wheelbase and length (more boot space)
  • Attention Assist PRE SAFE®
  • Leather Lugano Black (optional)
  • Matt anthracite wave-look trim (Optional)
  • Sports Pedal (Optional)
  • Leather Steering wheel (Optional)
  • Reversing Camera
  • Dynamic LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System Convenience features:
  • THERMOTRONIC 2 Zone Automatic AC | Rear AC control units
  • Touchpad with handwriting recognition
  • Grab handles for ease of entry Safety features:
  • 6 airbags | Attention Assist | Active Parking Assist with 360 degree camera|PRE-SAFE® The V-Class is produced at the Mercedes-Benz Vitoria plant in the Spanish Basque Country, where it contributes to ensuring that production runs at full capacity.

CAR NEWS FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 7 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com First sketches of the Skoda Kamiq revealed JLR launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition Skoda has offered a first glimpse of the new Skoda Kamiq with two exclusive design sketches. With its powerful, rugged looks, the city SUV continues the Czech carmaker’s successful SUV design language and adds some new highlights, including split headlight with daytime running lights above – a first for Skoda. The world premiere of the new Skoda Kamiq takes place from March 5 to 17, 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show.

At the front, the powerful and confident appearance of the new Skoda Kamiq city SUV is defined by a wide, upright radiator grille, which comes with double slats, a typical feature for the Skoda SUV design, and picks up the distinctively sculpted lines of the bonnet above. The striking tornado line visually elongates the vehicle and harmonizes perfectly with the dynamic roofline. The robust silver-coloured front spoiler underscores the model’s off-road looks. A highlight at the front is the new two-part LED headlamp design – a first for Skoda – with the daytime running light strips positioned above the main headlights.

In addition, the Kamiq is the first Skoda to have dynamic indicators at the front and rear. The headlamp lenses with crystalline effects and LED units enhance the car’s premium appeal.

Oliver Stefani, Skoda Chief Designer said: “In our new Kamiq city SUV we’ve implemented a completely new headlamp configuration. The two-part headlamps with daytime running lights above are a first for Skoda. They give the Kamiq a unique appearance and represent another interpretation of our successful SUV design language.” The tall, muscular bonnet is an important part of the side view. The extra ground clearance, large wheels and diffuser underscore the powerful appeal of the Skoda Kamiq. Balanced proportions, clear surfaces and a modern yet timeless design maximise the model’s dynamic, sporty looks.

The eye-catching and clearly defined rear demonstrates a re-interpretation of Skoda’s classic C-shaped taillight design, and features crystalline shapes similar to the front. The Skoda Kamiq is the first SUV in Europe bearing the Skoda lettering in the middle of the tailgate instead of the familiar Skoda logo.

Jaguar Land Rover India announced the launch of Model Year 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition. The Landmark Edition is powered by the 2.0 l Ingenium Diesel, which delivers 177hp output. The Discovery Sport Landmark Edition is available in three colours: Narvik Black, Corris Grey and Yulong White, all crowned with a Carpathian Grey contrast roof. It features a sporty and dynamic front bumper, with Graphite Atlas exterior accents and 45.72 cm (18) 5 Split Spoke 511 wheels in gloss dark grey. The vehicle’s interiors receive further aesthetic emphasis by Ebony grained leather seats and an Ebony headliner, complemented by dark grey aluminium finishers around the centre stack.


CAR NEWS 8 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com Mahindra Marazzo introduces 8-seater in top-end M8 variant Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has introduced an 8-seater option in the top-end M8 variant of its recentlylaunched Marazzo. The M8 variant offers many top-ofthe-line features including a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with Capsense & Haptics technology, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a reverse parking camera with dynamic guidelines, 17-inch alloy wheels, Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), faux leather seats and window-mounted sunshades for second-row passengers.

The M8 8-seater will be priced at Rs. 8,000 more than the M8 7-seater. According to Veejay Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing – Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., “The globally engineered Marazzo has generated a lot of interest among buyers. This is due to its unique architecture that offers the best of both worlds in the form of car-like ride and handling coupled with the toughness and stability of a body-onframe construction. The inclusion of the 8-seater option on the top-end M8 variant will further widen the Marazzo’s appeal.” Mahindra opens bookings for XUV300; Launch in Feb 2019 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

(M&M) has announced that bookings for the XUV300, its stylish new compact SUV model would begin at Mahindra dealerships across India. The XUV300 will be launched in February 2019. The XUV300 will offer an exciting cheetah-inspired design, ‘fun-to-drive’ performance, first-in-class hi-tech features, best-in-class safety and class-defining interiors. The XUV300‘s headlamps integrate with the fog lamps forming a Cheetah-like tear-duct, while the pronounced wheel arches are inspired from the muscular haunches of the Cheetah. It comes with modern grille, sculpted bonnet, pronounced shoulder and body lines, along with its elevated stance.

It has dual LED DRLs and bold LED tail lamps.

The XUV300 will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5L diesel engine will produce 300Nm of peak torque while the 1.2 litre petrol engine will produce 200Nm. The XUV300 will be the first compact SUV to offer seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, ensuring complete safety for all the occupants. The XUV300 will also offer disc brakes on all 4 wheels as standard on all variants. Segment-first features will include dual-zone fully automatic climate control & front parking sensors. The XUV300 will offer best-inclass width and the longest wheelbase creating ample space inside its cabin to comfortably seat 5 adults.

The XUV300 will have premium leatherette seats, stylish dual-tone dashboard and an electric sunroof. The XUV300 will be available in 3 variants – W4, W6 & W8.

Andhra Pradesh Police inducts Mahindra TUV300 vehicles in fleet The Andhra Pradesh Government has inducted a fleet of TUV300 SUVs in their fleet. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh recently flagged off Mahindra TUV300 vehicles from IGM Stadium, Vijayawada. These TUV300s are part of the 242 TUV300 vehicles that have been recently inducted into the Andhra Pradesh Police fleet. The Mahindra TUV300 vehicles are the newest addition to the patrolling vehicle fleet of Andhra Pradesh Police. The TUV300 is an ideal SUV for AP Police, which offers them the ability to drive through all kinds of roads, while offering spacious seating for seven people.

The TUV300 strong build and powerful mHAWK100 engine fit perfectly with the requirements of AP Police. With multiple police forces, including those from Mumbai, Rajasthan, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and others, now inducting the TUV300 in their respective fleets, it is fast becoming a preferred choice for the Indian police.


CAR NEWS 10 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com 2019 Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift launched at `5.45 lakh Maruti Suzuki India Limited has unveiled the Baleno with a new and bolder look with 6 new colour options. The petrol manual variant starts at Rs 5.45 lakh, petrol CVT at Rs 7.48 and the diesel manual at 6.6 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The new Baleno features minor exterior changes including a new grille with 3D and precision cut smoked 16-inches alloy wheels. The interiors have also received an update, the biggest of which is the next generation ‘Smartplay Studio’ infotainment system.

The new seat fabric and black and navy blue dual-tone interiors enhance the premium-ness. The new 7-inches touch infotainment system combines smartphone, vehicle and cloud-based services to offer a delightful driving experience. Its interface is vibrant and customizable. In addition to listening to your favourite music, you can surf news, get the latest weather updates and also locate eateries around you. The rear parking camera integration, navigation with live traffic and vehicle information and alerts on the screen further add to the driving convenience. All-New Maruti Suzuki WagonR launched at `4,19,000 onward Maruti Suzuki India launched the 3rd generation WagonR at a starting price of Rs 4,19,000 ex-showroom, Delhi.

In addition to the existing 1.0 L engine, the Big New WagonR comes with a bigger 1.2 L engine. The Big New WagonR will come with a next generation infotainment system and an advanced K-series engine. (First Drive Report on Page 28) VARIANT 1.2 LITRE VARIANT 1.0 LITRE VXi `4,89,000 LXi `4,19,000 ZXi `5,22,000 VXi `4,69,000 VXi AGS `5,36,000 VXi AGS `5,16,000 ZXi AGS `5,69,000 Prices ex-showroom Delhi 2019 MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO PRICES Petrol (MT) Petrol (CVT) Diesel (MT) Sigma ` 5.45 lakh ` 6.60 lakh Delta ` 6.16 lakh ` 7.48 lakh ` 7.31 lakh Zeta ` 6.84 lakh ` 8.16 lakh ` 7.99 lakh Alpha ` 7.45 lakh ` 8.77 lakh ` 8.60 lakh Prices ex-showroom Delhi MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has named their soon to be launched SUVHector.

The SUV will be launched in the middle of this year. By the looks of it, the SUV looks strong with neat design lines. The LED DRLS with indicator lights look impressive. It seems that the vehicle has been tested extensively in India. The short video of the vehicle released by the company apparently being tested at 6725 feet in cold climes of Keylong in Himachal Pradesh shows a glimpse of the vehicle at high speeds on some now covered winding roads of the region. Keylong is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name Hector draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the Trojan warrior hero – Prince Hector of Troy.

Remember the movie “Troy” with Eric Bana playing the role of Hector? Hector stands for everything Strong, Bold yet Trustworthy and Dependable. There is also a deeper connection to its engineering and heroic references, as the name seeks to demonstrate the design influence of these values, as exhibited by the geometrical cuts and design of the MG SUV.

Hector also pays homage to great British engineering tradition, as a nod to the Royal Hector biplane, used by the Royal Air Force in the 1930s. MG Hector will go into production in Q2 2019 at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat. With over 75% localisation levels to begin with the company aims to enter the growing premium SUV segment with a best-in-class offering that sets a new benchmark in its segment. MG Motor India SUV is named Hector; Launch in mid 2019

CAR NEWS FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 11 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com Tata Harrier launched at `12.69 lakh onward 2019 Nissan Kicks launched at `9.55 lakh onward New Honda City ZX MT (Petrol) variant launched at `12,75,000 Tata Motors had launched the SUV Tata Harrier for a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom).

Tata Harrier is powered by a Kryotec 2.0 L (1956cc) Turbocharged diesel engine which gives a maximum power of 138hp@3750rpm and a maximum torque of 350Nm@1750-2500rpm. The car comes with 6 Speed Manual transmission. The SUV comes in four variants - XE, XM, XT, XZ. The car comes with an Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with Coil Spring & Anti Roll Bar suspension at the front and Semi independent Twist blade with Panhard Rod & Coil Spring at the rear. The SUV has a ground clearance of 205mm and a wheelbase of 2741mm. It has boot space of 425 litres that goes up to 810 litres when the rear seats are folded.

The fuel tank capacity of this vehicle is 50 litres. The prices of the same are given below: Nissan India has launched the new Nissan Kicks at a starting price of Rs 9.55 lakh. The new Nissan Kicks is built on the Renault Duster platform. It comes with a petrol engine as well as a new 1461cc K9K dCi diesel engine. The SUV offers a host of globally established design features such as a Floating Roof Design, Stylish Roof Rail, Signature LED Daytime Running Lights, Shark Fin Antenna, Front Fog Lamps and Door Mounted ORVM with Indicators. The bold V-motion grille is a signature motif in Nissan’s design language, and the uniquely designed headlamps and iconic boomerang-shaped LED signature lamp tail lights add to the New Kicks’ distinctive presence.

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has introduced a new ZX MT (Petrol) grade of its premium mid-size sedan Honda City. The price of the Honda City ZX MT (Petrol) is Rs 12,75000 (ex-Showroom Delhi). The City line-up has also been enriched with two new exterior colours and standard application of Rear Parking Sensors. Honda City will now come in two new colours of Radiant Red Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic across the line-up. The introduction of new ZX MT (Petrol) grade is in response to high demand for top spec Petrol variant in manual transmission from City buyers.

  • 6 Airbags - Dual SRS Airbags for Driver & Front Passenger, Front Side & Side Curtain Airbags
  • LED package - Integrated LED Daytime Running Lamp, AdvancedInline LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED RearCombi Lamps, LED license plate lamps, Trunk Lid Spoiler with LED
  • Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto-reverse
  • R16 Diamond-Cut & Finished Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Advanced 17.7 cm touchscreen infotainment system - Digipad
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Headlamp AutoOff Timer
  • Automatic RainSensing Wipers 2019 NISSAN KICKS PRICES Introductory prices (all India) Petrol (Rs) Diesel (Rs) XL `9,55,000 `10,85,000 XV `10,95,000 `12,49,000 XV Premium - `13,65,000 XV Premium ` 14,65,000 Prices ex-showroom Delhi VARIANTS PRICE VARIANTS PRICE XE `. 12.69 Lakh XT `. 14.95 Lakh XM `. 13.75 Lakh XZ `. 16.25 Lakh Prices ex-showroom Delhi

12 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com BIKE NEWS New Neo Sports Café inspired CB300R motorcycle to be priced below `2.5 lakh Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. confirmed the Japan crafted Neo Sports Café inspired– Honda CB300R for India. The CB300R will be available for sale through the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route for the Indian market and will be priced below Rs 2.5 lakh. The Neo Sports Café is an embodiment of a harmonious blend of the retro elements with ultra-modern styling. The CB300R is the lightest motorcycle in its category and is powered by a 286cc DOHC 4valve liquid cooled single cylinder engine.

The CB300R’s frame is constructed with tubular and pressed steel the swing arm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross section, giving it a bespoke minimalistic look. The single rear shock with 7 step adjustable, tapered handlebars with a 40 degree turning angle ensure the rider gets great feedback and a small turning radius making it an absolute performer in tricky traffic. The bike has a new designed exhaust pipes based on Neo Sports Café DNA style. The interior has a 2-room structure, providing powerful and aggressive engine sound, as well as increasing the efficiency of the acceleration response.

Controlling the performance with 41mm Light-weight inverted front forks helps to increase excellent balance in all road conditions. In addition, there are 296 mm disc brakes on the front of the radial mount, 4-pot calipers with ABS G-Sensor at the same level as on the racetrack. The high specification system gets an innovative IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front to rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle posture controlling the Roll, Pitch, Yaw of the Motorcycle - simply put a braking system which keeps the rider in complete control, even during sudden brake application.

The console with a minimalistic design is positioned perfectly to take a quick glance down at all the information – working eloquently during night or day. Full LED lighting – including indicators – ensure no path is dark for the rider to navigate through. The bike has a round shape thin LED headlight with a built-in signature horseshoe-shaped light guide.

The CB300R will be available in two colors i.e Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red. The bookings can be done at select Honda 2Wheeler dealerships across India for Rs. 5000 only. 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT launched at `7.46 lakh Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. has launched Suzuki V-Strom 650XT at Rs 7.46 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The refreshed Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS now comes in new stirring graphic, as well as with additional features of hazard lights and side reflectors, adding to the motorcycle’s touring capabilities. This Suzuki V-Storm 650XT is available in 2 colour schemes - Champion Yellow No.2 and Pearl Glacier White.

The 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS is equipped with four stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC with 645cc displacement, 90° V-twin engine, making it an ideal and an attractive option for anyone seeking a perfect middleweight adventure bike. It is equipped with fuel-injection technology that churns out an improved performance. The lightweight Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) offers a controlled grip on the road and trustworthy braking performance in extreme conditions. The three-mode traction control system (2 Mode + OFF Mode), that ensures superior control over the engine which is effective in difficult road conditions helping prevent rear wheel spin further adds to the riding confidence.

FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 13 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com BIKE NEWS Yamaha introduces Dual Channel ABS for YZF-R15 V3.0 Kawasaki all-new Ninja ZX-6R introductory price at `10,49,000 India Yamaha Motor (IYM) Pvt Ltd. has introduced dual channel ABS enabled YZF-R15 Version 3.0 in India. Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 3.0 was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. The motorcycle will hit the Indian roads with an all new Darknight colour along with Thunder Grey and Racing Blue while retaining all of its original features like VVA technology and A&S Clutch along with a dual channel ABS.

The Darknight coloured YZF-R15 Version 3.0 ABS will cost Rs. 141,000/- while the Racing Blue and Thunder Grey coloured motorcycles will cost Rs 139,000/- (ex-showroom Delhi). The dual channel ‘Antilock Braking System’ (ABS) technology comes with adjustable fluid pressure which will further be reliable to ensure immediate braking on slippery roads. It is armed with a 155 cc engine with high compression ratio resulting in maximum 19hp@10000rpm delivering a torque of 14.7Nm@8500rpm. India Kawasaki Motors Pvt. Ltd has announced the introductory price of the all-new Ninja ZX-6R. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs.

10,49,000 (ex-Showroom). A significant change in the price is imminent. Customers who pre-booked the bike will start getting deliveries from February 2019 onwards. The Ninja ZX-6R features high-grade technological features like KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System), KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), Twin LED headlamps, LED taillight, KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) and the silencer with a sporty look. The high-grade instrumentation has newly added features in fuel gauge and remaining range function. Apart from this, it has also a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.

Bridgestone’s latest sport tyres Battlax Hypersport S22 contribute to lighter handling, while offering superior grip in Yamaha updates motorcycle range with ABS, launches FZ FI and FZS FI Version 3.0 India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd has begun 2019 by launching ABS equipped models for a number of their motorcycles. Leading the pack was the new FZ FI and FZ-S FI Version 3.0, which get single channel ABS. Along with these, Yamaha also launched their FZ 25, Fazer 25 and R15 Version 3.0 with dual channel ABS. The new Yamaha FZ FI and FZS FI Version 3.0 come equipped with Bosh single channel ABS and sport new and muscular looks.

There is a new LED headlamp, inspire by the FZ 25 that has separate high and low beam units. The FZ FI ABS costs Rs 95,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) while the FZS FI ABS cost Rs 97,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The FI variant gets a chrome air intake and engine shield. The engine is the same 149cc air cooled, single cylinder that produces 13hp@8000rpm and 12.8Nm of peak torque at 6000rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission and there is a fat 140/7017 inch tyre at the rear. For the ease of riders, there is an LCD instrument panel. The FZ 25 ABS version costs Rs 1.33 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and the Fazer 25 costs Rs 1.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Both bikes produce 20.6hp and 20 Nm of peak torque. The 249cc fuel injected, single cylinder motor comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. You get a rear disc brake and dual channel ABS. The Fazer 25 comes in Dark Matte Blue and Metallic Black colours while the FZ 25 comes in Dark Matte Blue, Matte Black and Cyan Blue. Yamaha also showcased their YZF-R15 Version 3.0 which now comes with dual channel ABS and costs Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) along with a Darknight colour option which takes the cost up to Rs 1.41 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

both dry and wet conditions, which translates to greater rider confidence and enjoyment. Like the Ninja ZX-10R, the Ninja ZX-6R will be assembled in India as a single-seater motorcycle.

14 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com BIKE NEWS Motoroyale Kinetic slashes price of SWM Superdual 650 motorcycle Okinawa’s intelligent scooter, i-Praise unveiled for `1.15 lakh eBikeGo to manufacture and rent out Garvit e-scooters in Capital Motoroyale, the country’s only multi-brand superbikes venture by the Kinetic Group, has slashed the price of the SWM Superdual 650.

The Italian brand SWM was launched by Motoroyale in October 2018. The price of the bike has been revised to Rs 6.50 lakh, ex showroom from Rs 7.30 lakh. This special offer is for the first 250 customers or until March 31, 2019.

Motoroyale launched MV Agusta in 2016 followed by Norton Joint Venture announcement in November 2017. Motoroyale brands include MV Agusta, Norton, Hyosung and FB Mondial. The Superdual 650 has been touted as the country’s most effective motorcycle in the adventure segment, with unmatched capabilities in both, on road & off road categories. Okinawa Scooters is set to launch its newest e-scooter, the i-Praise in the Indian market for Rs 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom). The i-Praise has already received 450 bookings in its pre-launch phase and will be available in glossy red black, glossy golden black and glossy silver black.

Deemed as ‘The Intelligent Scooter’, it comes with features like geo fencing, virtual speed limiter, GPS, maintenance reminder and more.

Okinawa’s i-Praise boasts of several features including a detachable lithium-ion battery. The battery used in i-Praise requires only a 5A power socket, making it possible to recharge even in areas with inadequate public infrastructure for EVs. The e-scooter will have a range of 160-180 km/charge and a reasonable charging time of 2-3 hours and is going to weigh 30-40% less than many of the other EVs in its category. Electric vehicles are slowly making inroads into Indian cities, the latest being the launch of Garvit electric two wheelers in New Delhi. “Garvit eBikes is the manufacturer of electric scooters and eBikeGo along with Garvit is manufacturing its own scooters after raising first round of seed investment and very soon will be using the scooters which will be manufactured as we are also waiting for the approval.

The brand name of the manufacturer is Garvit and they are manufactured in Lucknow,” disclosed Dr. Irfan Khan, Founder of eBikeGo to a questionnaire from Motown India.

The e-scooters were launched in the Capital in the presence of Sanjay Singh, Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi who was the Chief Guest. Khan aims to expand his company’s operations pan India. Garvit electric two wheelers use lithium ion (Lion) batteries which are completely biodegradable and helps in decreasing the accumulation of hazardous electronic waste. Since the cost of running is as minimal as 20 paisa/km for an average speed of 80kmph, eBikeGo will be offering rentals starting with a minimum amount of Rs.20/- for 30 minutes, disclosed Khan.

FEATURES 16 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com Rear seat seatbelts, what are those? Report: Motown India Bureau W e, at Motown India, love safety as much as we love the vehicles that we drive.

Sadly, the people of our country, many of who claim to be auto enthusiasts, are not so keen on the safety aspects. The state of safety on Indian roads and our careless attitude towards following traffic rules is shocking, but more shocking facts are some of the figures released in a recent report. The Rear Seat Belt Usage and Child Road Safety in India study, conducted by research firm MDRA for Nissan India and SaveLIFE Foundation, covered 11 Indian cities and recorded responses through 6,306 face-to –face interviews, 100 in-depth interviews, two focused group discussions and on-site observations to gauge compliance of CBSE School Bus guidelines as well as usage of rear seat belts.

The report brings out many grim facts about safety on roads in our country. Road crashes are the leading cause of death amongst people between the age group of 5-29 years. In 2017, 25 children below the age of 18 were killed on Indian roads every day.

While most people seated in the front row of a car do wear seatbelts, a very small fraction of people wears seatbelts in the second row. In 2017 alone, 26,896 people died due to not using rear seat belts. While we do have laws in India mandating the use of seat seatbelts for the driver and co passenger as well for those at the rear to wear them, not many in the country do so. According to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 Rule 138, it is mandatory for the driver and the person seated in the front seat as well as the “persons occupying front facing rear seats, as the case may be, wear the seat belts while the vehicle is in motion”.

Around 91pc people reported that they have never been stopped by police for breaking that law. Only 7pc people said that they use rear seat belts while a shocking 27.7pc people were not even aware that there is a law that mandates use of seat belts in the second row of cars. However, none of these metrics are as shocking as the almost 1/4th of the people not even being aware of the existence of rear seat seatbelts in cars!

It is sad to know these facts as all of cars being manufactured today come with seatbelts for all rear seat occupants. Some people even had the misconception that rear seatbelts do not improve safety. According to World Health Organization (WHO), usage of rear seat belts reduces risk of death by 25pc and injuries by 75pc in case of an accident. The problem also extends to school buses, which for many parents is the preferred mode of transport for their child. Observe any school bus passing by on the road and the chances are extremely high that you will find the kids sitting on seats without any seatbelt.

Same is reflected in MDRA’s report which states that only 10pc school buses have seatbelts for children. The government should take steps in spreading awareness regarding the law and the traffic police should enforce the same more diligently. It is a known fact that getting your driver’s licenses in India is very easy and there aren’t any proper methods of teaching the people how they should behave when they are riding or driving on the road. There are many driving schools in our country, the biggest one of them being the Maruti Suzuki’s Institute of Driving and Traffic Research. Institutes like IDTR have highly trained professionals who teach people the correct way of driving on roads using classroom learning and practical training in a closed course, with highly advanced real-time imaging and Only 7pc people said that they use rear seat belts while a shocking 27.7pc people were not even aware that there is a law that mandates use of seat belts in the second row of cars.

However, none of these metrics are as shocking as the almost 1/4th of the people not even being aware of the existence of rear seat seatbelts in cars!

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results being available to the driver, to analyse and correct their faults. This is not a very expensive process to go through and yet 41pc adolescents admit to have learnt driving from their parents or relatives. Learning this way not only puts people’s life in danger but also means that the learner will not be acquainted with most of the important laws of the land. Though they say charity begins at home, such is not the case with the law enforcers when it comes to following traffic rules.

Leaving the matter of vigilant law enforcement aside, these people of authority are often times spotted riding motorcycles without helmet or driving around without putting on seat belts. The same can also be said for other public figures. Even in most of the movies that we see, the hero seldom pays heed to rules of the land in favour of looking cool. But all is not lost. The government is trying to rectify as many problems as they can. According to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, an investment of Rs 20,000 Cr is being made to improve roads and infrastructure. It was mentioned in the report that 43.8pc parents cited bad infrastructure as the cause of concern for safety of children on road.

The roads we encounter daily are riddled with potholes, there aren’t enough foot over bridges or underground crossings for people to cross the road. Rainy season only makes things worse with traffic lights giving up and roads being filled with water which leads to dangerous situation for those driving. Water clogging on roads can hide potholes and lead to accidents for people who casually walk or drive over them. In many areas walking along the road means walking on the road as the footpaths are often illegally occupied by shops or stalls. It is rare to see any action being taken against these people who encroach on land that was meant for walking.

There are also plans to develop an app which can be used by the police to record details related to an accident. This data can then be analyzed without much delay in order to counter such issues in the future. On top of this, every car manufactured after July 1, 2019 will have to come with front seat belt reminders. Gadkari also felt that road safety is not a political subject and they need the cooperation of FEATURES 18 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com media and educational institutions to spread awareness and impart knowledge relating to the subject.

While it is true that the survey reflected the nonchalant behavior of the people of our country towards road safety and rules, is it right to expect OEMs to keep packing

FEATURES FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 19 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com seat belt reminders if we tend to just buckle the belt and sit on top of it? Is it right to expect the government to keep making new laws for our safety when we tend to break them anyway? Is it right to call ourselves mature adults and auto enthusiasts if we need someone else to impose laws on us that save our own lives? If you look at the survey then you will realise that while 80.8pc of parents want a law that mandates use of child helmet while most of them would not use a child helmet till there is a law in place.

Once again, even though 64.3pc parents feel that Indian roads are unsafe for children, 33.3pc parents admit to have not taken any action when they caught their underage child driving. Around 89.7pc adolescents said that their parents knew that they drive vehicles despite being underage and not having a license.

Saying that this survey was conducted on a crowd that was hugely made of people who did not have access to education might be a thought that might cross your mind, but that is far from the truth. Only 1.4pc of the adults/parents, 2.4pc drivers were illiterate while there was no child in this survey that had not received education of any kind. While most of the modern cars come with ISOFIX mounts for child seats, it is sad to know that 75.7pc people are not aware of child restraint systems. Only 3.5pc people used CRS. We love our kids so much that we prefer holding them in our lap even when we are seated in the front passenger seat.

In our previous reports we have talked about how your love can actually be fatal for your child in case of a crash. It is high time that we realised the danger that we put ourselves and our loved ones in, every time we commute on roads. Let us not wait around for someone else to state the obvious for us. It is time that we ‘buckle up’ and made commuting safe.

WHEELZ & ROADZ A driving experience 20 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com 2019 FORCE GURKHA XTREME 4X4 REAL BEAST Report: P. Tharyan; Photography: Afsar Baig & & Neeraj Panwar SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE 2149cc , 4 Cylinder, Inline, TCIC Common Rail, Diesel Engine, 16 valve DOHC TRANSMISSION G 32/5 Synchromesh with Dual Mass Flywheel, Overdrive 5 Forward, 1 Reverse (Manual) POWER 140hp@3800rpm TORQUE 321Nm@1600-2400rpm TYRES 215/60 R17 PRICE `12.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

WHEELZ & ROADZ A driving experience FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 21 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com T he new Force Gurkha Xtreme 4x4 from Force Motors is a true definition of a real beast.

It may have a bland cabin but when it comes to its engine, transmission, transfer box, suspension and build, it’s every off-roader’s dream come true. Mind you, this vehicle is not for those who love to be pampered by a host of electronic buttons and up market upholstery. Off-roaders as well as the entire defence forces in the country will find this vehicle a real value for money. EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR The Gurkha is styled on the lines of legendary Mercedes-Benz G Wagon. The exterior of the vehicle has undergone a facelift with a bold new front facia, bonnet mounted LED indicators, new front, and rear steel bumpers.

And what comes standard in this Gurkha Xtreme are the signature chrome finish air intake snorkel for deep water wading, muscular side cladding, new attractive bold graphics, clear lens headlamps, front fog lamps, large ORVMs, sturdy and full-length slip resistant footboards, and increased width all-terrain tubeless tyres. The vehicle that we drove had Maxxis off road tyres which make the vehicle even better and masculine.

As for the interior, it’s very plain Jane with just the basics. The seats are very comfortable. The doors do not have any storage within its inner panels. But there are few storage spaces on the floor console. The switches and gauges look dated and the gear lever, the 4-wheel lever and the two diff lock levers are not the least attractive to look at. But it’s only when you get to drive the vehicle that you realise that this vehicle has the heart of a beast and moves like one too! PERFORMANCE The 2019 Force Gurkha Xtreme 4x4 is a fairy tale come true for the off roaders. The Gurkha Xtreme with a high strength C-in-C chassis is powered by the Mercedes-Benz sourced OM 611 derived common rail diesel engine.

It is the same engine that the company had raced for three years at the tough Rain Forest Challenge in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This engine develops 140 hp and 321 Nm of peak torque with dual mass flywheel that ensures excellent drivability and low NVH. Sumeer Tandon, a successful textile businessman has influenced the making of this vehicle. Sumeer’s tech savvy mind has ensured that the vehicle is not wanting when it comes to performance. He says the engine is very light, has got aluminium heads and very light parts imported from Mercedes. The torque curve is almost flat. The beautiful redline is at 4100rpm.

Usually the best of diesel engines redline at 3800rpm. The peak torque is limited to meet the emission norms.

To handle this high torque, the company has fitted a new gearbox that goes by the name G32. This is also a Mercedes derived gearbox that is compatible with the dual mass flywheel. This ensures that the vibrations are controlled and the ride is smooth. The lower end torque harmonics “ The new FORCE GURKHA XTREME 4X4 from Force Motors is a true definition of a real beast. It may have a bland cabin but when it comes to its engine, transmission, transfer box, suspension and build, it’s every off-roader’s dream come true. Mind you, this vehicle is not for those who love to be pampered by a host of electronic buttons and up market upholstery.

Off-roaders as well as the entire defence forces in the country will find this vehicle a real value for money.”

WHEELZ & ROADZ A driving experience 22 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com are not transferred to the body shell. And now to get a very smoother ride with one additional feature it has from the RFC Gurkha, it is the Divgy Warner transfer case. All the leading SUV makers in India go to Warner to buy their transfer cases. Warner has two types of transfer cases. One is selectable four-wheel drive; the other is all-wheel drive. The all wheel has a central differential. It does not have a two-wheel / four-wheel option. Differential takes care of the speeds between the wheels.

But between the two axles, there is again a small differential into the gear box. A Divgy base manual model that the Xtreme has, typically meets the army specs. Army needs a manual selectable one because they do not want their fourwheel drive to be kicked in always. There is a lot of wastage of fuel.

Since the rear axles of Force vehicles were always known for their proven qualities, the front axle has been developed with the same technology as of the rear, using the German Steyr technology. Something very interesting about the vehicle is that it also comes with a virtual lift in order to raise the height of the vehicle. It is primarily to accommodate larger tyres for those keen to do so. It is, to put it correctly, ready for an off roader to use immediately. Even if bigger tyres are put in, you do not disturb the mechanicals. Now it has also become mandatory in the country with the recent Supreme Court ruling, you cannot go against the CMVR or Central Motor Vehicles Rules and disturb the mechanicals or suspension of the vehicle.

In short, no modifications of any kind can be carried out in a vehicle that you buy. In such a scenario, the Force Gurkha Xtreme is like a dream come true for the off roaders.

By putting the lifts at the OEM level, the Force Xtreme has done a great

WHEELZ & ROADZ A driving experience FEBRUARY 2019 | MOTOWN INDIA | 23 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com service to the off roading community. They can simply go ahead and put in larger tyres without disturbing the suspension set up or flouting the CMVR norms. Competition vehicles in this price range are no match to the Gurkha Xtreme. One of the popular models from across the stable does not have a rigid front axle. Nor does it have coil spring suspension.

This vehicle has springs in front and rear making ride quality top notch. The Force Gurkha Xtreme has a live rigid front axle. It is proven for off road abilities and definitely for defence. The new Gurkha Xtreme also has provision to fit hub locks on the front axles that helps saving fuel as well as reducing stress on the drivetrain while in 2WD. The new Force Xtreme comes with differential lockers both for front and rear. This feature will come very handy if your vehicle is really beached. Essentially, what diff locks offer is something which goes much beyond the purview of the four wheel drive.

While a four-wheel drive brings out a vehicle from sticky situations, it become helpless in cases of extreme situations where you lose traction on both the axles. That’s where diff locks come to your help and pull out the vehicle free. Situations beyond the scope of diff locks can then only be tackled with the help of a winch.

Mind you, diff locks have to be unlocked the moment you are out of a sticky situation or it can lead to a lot of damage to your vehicle. Moreover, deploying the front diff lock needs to be done with great care and the front wheel needs to be kept pointed straight. Again, once the use of the diff locks is over, they immediately need to be unlocked. Another interesting feature of this driveline is that it has inbuilt crawl and hill descent control. In 4L mode the vehicle can crawl up a steep hill with the rpm holding steady at 1000+ level. Also, while coming down a steep hill, you need not use brakes; it can come down gently in the 4L brake.

Of course, on city roads and plain surfaces, one should drive on two wheel drive to get better fuel efficiency.

What is of concern is that the new Force Gurkha Xtreme does not come with airbags, nor does it have ABS. The mandatory norms for these will kick in soon in India and then Force Motors has to reengineer the Xtreme and ensure that it still remains an off roader’s dream.

WHEELZ & ROADZ A driving experience 24 | MOTOWN INDIA | FEBRUARY 2019 www.motownindia.com | www.micorporate.com | www.motownindiacv.com 2019 TOYOTA CAMRY HYBRID ELECTRIC THE FUTURE IS HERE SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE 2487cc, 4 Cylinders, GasolineHybrid TRANSMISSION 6-speed, CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) Sequential Shift with Paddles POWER 176hp@5700rpm TORQUE 221Nm@3600-5200rpm TYRES 235/45R18 PRICE 36.95 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi) A ll those out there who feel that India will be riding a great electric vehicle dream can actually suck their thumbs.

And I am serious about it. If at all we can get close to the great electric vehicle dream, it has to be through the hybrid route. Hybrids are of two kinds, mild and hard. Hard hybrids offer a lot of value and the all-new up market Toyota Camry Hybrid electric is the right example of a perfect hard hybrid. Typically for every 1000km you drive in this vehicle around 500 odd kms are run using electric power. The new Toyota Camry Hybrid is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and powered by the 4th generation hybrid electric engine. The new Toyota Camry Hybrid is a self charging electric vehicle.

EXTERIOR DESIGN AND FEATURES This new Toyota Camry is very sleek and good looking. Starting with the smartly designed front grille to the LED headlamps, this one is a stunner. The headlamps are dusk sensing LED projector headlamps with auto leveling. Then there are LED DRLs and follow me home function. The front fog lamps too are LED.

The rear of the vehicle too is well designed with a combination lamp that comes with LED brake lights. There is also a rear fog lamp. The car is fitted with 18 inches multi Report: P. Tharyan; Photography: Afsar Baig

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