Piaggio to Launch 250-300cc Motorcycles in Collaboration With Aprilia Motors!

Piaggio to launch 250-300cc bikes in collaboration with Aprilia. Here’s what you need to know!

Piaggio had planned to make 150cc motorcycles in collaboration with Aprilia. However, now these two companies are planning to launch bikes under 250-300cc segment together.

Contents of this post-

  • New Aprilia Bikes Are On Their Way to India!
  • Piaggio to Bring 250-300cc Bikes In India in Collaboration With Aprilia!
  • What’s Interesting?

New Aprilia Bikes Are On Their Way to India!

The Italian sportsbike manufacturer- Aprilia is eyeing on the 150cc motorcycle segment. Moreover, Aprilia has also planned to launch its models- The RS 150 and the Aprilia Tuono 150 in India and they had even showcased these two bike in the Auto Expo 2018.

Aprilia RS150 India
Image: BikeDekho

Piaggio to Bring 250-300cc Bikes In India in Collaboration With Aprilia!

Piaggio won’t launch the 150cc motorcycles under the Aprilia brand in India after all just like the RS150. However, Piaggio seems to have other plans which are no less exciting either. Moreover, Piaggio is now focusing on the growing mid-size motorcycle segment in India which is also largely dominated by Royal Enfield as there’s more scope for that. Furthermore, Piaggio now plans to launch motorcycles in the 250-300cc range with Aprilia.

“We are definitely looking with a lot of interest at the motorcycle segment in India. It is natural, having a motorcycle brand like Aprilia, which is popularly known across the world for winning in racing competitions. We are now looking more at the 250-300cc range motorcycles. However, we need some time to introduce the products.

Diego Graffi- Piaggio Managing Director

The mid-size motorcycle segment has been rapidly growing for the last couple of years. The consumers who had previously bought 150cc commuter motorcycles are now being considered as bigger mid-size motorcycles with a little for performance. In the financial year 2018-2019, around 7,73,855 motorcycles which had engine capacity between 250-350 cc were sold in the Indian domestic market. Excluding those, Royal Enfield accounted for 99% of the market share with sales volumes of 7,64,012 units and that too during 2018-2019.

What’s interesting?

Piaggio has finally shown some interest in the 250-300cc segment, it is not yet known as to what kind of products are being planned to launch. Aprilia has mostly naked line-up, and full-faired sport bikes. Despite the growing interest in the 250-350 cc motorcycle segment, the fact remains that the dominant player is still under the sector of modern classic bikes. Whatever it may be, we hope it arrives sooner than later. It would be really interesting to see the Aprilia’s take on this segment.


Kia Teases The India Spec-Carnival in its Video!

The Kia Carnival will be positioned as a more premium MPV than the toyota innova crysta. Here’s what you need to know-

After the Kia Seltos, the next Kia product for India would be the Carnival premium MPV. Kia Motors have finally released the first teaser of the Carniva. Moreover, the company will showcase its model to its Indian dealers in January 2020. Furthermore, the Carnival will also get an India-specific styling too and will compete against the likes of the Toyota Vellfire, Mercedes V-class, etc.

Contents of this post-

  • Kia Carnival Teaser Video
  • 2020 Kia Carnival Dimensions
  • Kia Carnival Engine
  • Kia Carnival Price in India

Kia Carnival Teaser Video

Interior of 2019 Kia Carnival

The recently released teaser video has featured Jim Sarbh. Moreover, the company provides a detailed look inside the cabin of the 2020 India-spec Kia Carnival. The Carnival also gets three rows of seats which can be modified according to 6-, 7- or 8-seat configurations. However, for the second row, the captain seats gets extendable leg rests and armrests in certain seat configurations. Moreover, the TVC has also revealed the display that’s mounted to the headrest of the two front seats which could also be a part of an accessory package along with other features.

What’s more in the India-Spec Kia Carnival?

Kia Carnival India
Image: ZigWheels

Well, as for the dashboard, the Carnival features a wide touchscreen infotainment display with chrome detailing, and a premium-looking design. The carnival being as a premium MPV, is also loaded with many cool features as well.

Kia Carnival’s features includes-

  • Kia’s UVO connectivity suite
  • Two sunroofs
  • Three-zone climate control system
  • Power sliding rear door
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat along with memory functions

Also Read: 2019 Kia Seltos vs MG Hector; Complete Details, Pricing and Features

2020 Kia Carnival Dimensions

The Carnival positions itself as a premium MPV. Talking about the dimensions, the Carnival measures-

  • 5,115mm in length
  • 1,985mm in width
  • 1,740mm in height
  • Wheelbase of 3,060mm.

Kia Carnival Engine

The Kia Carnival is powered by a BS6-compliant, 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine that develops over 202hp and 441Nm of peak torque.

Kia Carnival Price in India

The Kia Carnival will cost you around Rs. 60 Lakhs in India(Ex-Showroom price).


Sharp Fall in Auto Sales in December: Reason Due To CAA and NRC?

There has been a sharp decline in auto sales. The reason might be protests against the CAA and NRC. Can this make a rollback agan?

The automotive industry has indicated that the total passenger vehicle production in November stood at 2,90,727 vehicles (reported from India Today), which indicates that players in the auto industry are trying to ramp up production activities. But as of December, there has been a lot more decline in car sales in India.

Maruti Suzuki and Renault
Image: CarWale

Contents of this post-

  • CAA’s Impact on the Automotive Sector
  • What is CAA?
  • CAA affects car sales?
  • How much time will it take for the automotive sector to recover again?

There had been a 4 per cent rise in the car sales during the month of November. Moreover, the domestic auto sales had been declined by 11.8 per cent in November 2019

According to a report by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

CAA’s Impact on the Automotive Sector

First of all for all those who aren’t aware about CAB. Here’s a little definition that will make you understand what CAB is.

What is CAA?

The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. Moreover, it has amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to the Indian citizenship for-

  • Hindu
  • Sikh
  • Buddhist
  • Jain
  • Parsi
  • and Christian minorities fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan
  • Excluding only Muslims in India

CAA effects car sales?

CAA has declined the vehicle sales marginally by 0.84 per cent to 2,63,773 in comparison with 2,66,000 vehicles sold last year during the same period.

However, the fact that domestic car sales went down 10.83 per cent to 1,60,306 units compared to 1,79,783 units in November 2018 could also be a matter of the protests against the CAB.

And what about Motorcycles

Motorcycle sales, too, declined by 14.85 per cent to 8,93,538 units last month in comparison to 10,49,651 units sold in December 2018.

How much will it take for the Automotive Sector to Recover again?

Just because of CAA, it may take longer than expected for a genuine recovery in the auto segment as overall vehicle sales across categories faced a decline of around 12.02 per cent to 17,92,415 units in November 2019 from 20,38,007 units in 2018.

For more news, please stay tuned.

MG Motors To Commence The Bookings of The ZS EV Before Jan 2020!

MG Motors will commence the bookings of the ZS EV before January 2020. Moreover, this car will come in two variants-

The ZS EV was unveiled in India on 5th December 2019. Furthermore, this car will come in 2 variants.

Contents of this post-

  • MG ZS EV Overview
  • MG ZS EV Design
  • Variants and Features
  • MG ZS EV Battery
  • MG ZS EV Price in India
  • ZS EV Launch Date in India

MG ZS EV Overview

The ZS EV was unveiled in India on 5th December 2019. However, it is the second car from MG Motors in India after the MG Hectors. Moreover, this car will be brought in India as a CKD (completely knocked down) unit and would definitely outperform its competitors.

MG ZS EV Design

Image: MG

The MG ZS EV is a gorgeous looking car which does not speak its electric credentials at all. The ZS EV is a traditional MG model with elegant proportions. The car sports a crossover-ish design and gets bold diamond finished grille upfront, a curved roofline and a swooping bonnet.

Also Read: MG Hector Price in India, Images, Features, Mileage and Comparison

Variants and Features

The booking amount for the MG ZS EV has been set to Rs. 50,000. This car is going to be available in two variants-

  • Excite
  • Exclusive.

Every car has an entry level variant. In MG, it is going to be Excite! The Excite will get features like-

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Four speakers
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto Support

And safety features like-

  • Six airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • ESP

Features of the MG ZS EV Exclusive Variant

The Exclusive variant gets many exclusive features that you will miss in the Excite Variant. These features include-

  • Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Roof rails
  • Comfy leather seats
  • Dual-pane sunroof
  • A PM2.5 air filter
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat
  • Power folding and heated Outside Rear View Mirrors
  • Rain-sensing front wiper
  • Seat back pockets
  • iSmart EV 2.0 connected features
  • The charging port very smartly hidden behind the grille
  • And six speakers.

MG ZS EV Battery

MG ZS EV Price in India
Image: ZigWheels

The ZS EV being powered by a synchronous motor produces a whopping 141 bhp and 353 Nm of torque. Moreover, the car gets a battery pack that can travel up to a range of 300km on a single charge. The car comes with a 44.5 kWh battery pack and the lithium-ion unit that can be easily charged up to 79 per cent in 40 minutes and that too with a 50 kW DC charger. However, it will take up to seven hours if you charge it with a standard 7 kW charger.

The company will also set-up the country’s first 50 kW DC fast-charging stations across different cities to create a better infrastructure for the Electric Vehicles in India. For this, MG has collaborated with Fortum India to install the charging network and will first set-up the same at its showrooms located in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

Also Read: 2019 Kia Seltos vs MG Hector; Complete Details, Pricing and Features

MG ZS EV Price in India

The MG ZS EV is expected to be priced around Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.

MG ZS EV Launch Date in India

MG Motors unveiled the ZS EV in India on December 5 and the bookings will start from December 21 2020.


Skoda Reveals The Interior Sketch For The India-Bound Midsize SUV

Skoda has revealed the official interior sketch for the India-Bound Midsize SUV. Have a look at the official sketch here-

Skoda has finally revealed an interior sketch of the Vision IN concept that’s going to make its world premiere on February 5 2020 at the Auto Expo.

Contents of this post-

  • Skoda Vision IN SUV Overview
  • Skoda Vision IN Interior
  • Features of the 2020 Skoda Vision IN SUV
  • Skoda Vision IN SUV Engine

2020 Skoda Vision IN SUV Overview

Skoda Vision IN SUV will launch in India between April-July 2021 says, Zac Hollis- Director of Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India. By the time the car arrives, the Vision IN SUV will truly have its work cut out. Moreover, this car will be going to compete against the next-gen Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming midsize SUV.

Skoda Vision IN Interior

Skoda Vision IN Interior Sketch
Image: Skoda

The interior sketch for the Skoda Vision IN showcases a number of elements that are now coming in all new Skoda models. However, the company has also added a layered dashboard with a central AC vent which is accentuated with the help of a thin chrome bar that spans the length of the dashboard and connects the large, chrome-lined vents present at each end. Moreover, the company has deliberately used orange to liven up things on the interior, including the parts of the dashboard, centre console, door panels and front armrest that’s finished in orange.

Also there’s a knurled scroll wheel placed on the flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel, which too comes with stylish buttons for phone controls, voice command, lane assist and the main thing- cruise control. Also you’ll see a small gear lever that is positioned centrally on the compact center console, which shows the presence of an automatic transmission.

Also Read: Skoda Rapid Replacement Coming Soon; 2021 Most Expected

What’s More?

An interesting add-on is what the company calls a ‘crystalline element’ placed at the top the dashboard. However, it could be a bit of a distraction on a sunny day. But, looks fancy though.

Also Read: Skoda and Volkswagen Faces a Shutdown For Two Months

Features of the 2020 Skoda Vision IN SUV

The production version of the Skoda Vision IN includes features such as-

  • Automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear AC vents
  • Two USB charging ports at the rear
  • Different driving modes
  • Ambient lighting

Skoda Vision IN SUV Engine

The engine options will include a-

  • 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre
  • Four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine.

There will be no diesel engine option on offer with the Vision IN. However, a CNG version should be there on the cards.

A question for you: Do you like the interior design of this car? Do let us know in the comments!