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China to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars

China is reportedly planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars production to reduce pollution. According to media reports, Industry Minister is looking to implement automatic battery cars. Notably, France and UK have announced to ban fuel vehicles by 2040.

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Yamaha to launch Fazer 250 this month

According to a report by Zigwheels, Japanese automaker Yamaha is set to launch the 250cc version of Fazer by the end of August. The Fazer 250 is set to be the full-faired version of the Yamaha FZ25, making it only the second full-faired bike to be manufactured by Yamaha in India, after the Yamaha R15. The bike will feature telescopic forks suspension at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking prowess will be offered by 282mm disc with a 2-pot calliper at the front and a 220mm disc with a single-pot calliper at the rear.

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Renault-Nissan becomes world's largest automaker

French automaker Renault has recently reported record results in the first half of 2017, helping the Renault-Nissan alliance overtake rivals Volkswagen and Toyota to become the world's largest carmaker. Renault-Nissan reportedly sold 5,268,079 cars globally, mainly due to the addition of Mitsubishi Motors to the alliance. Volkswagen, which was the world’s biggest automaker in 2016 despite its diesel scandal, sold 5,155,600 during the period.

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Honda, Yamaha team up for Electric Motorcycle trial

Japanese two-wheeler rivals Honda and Yamaha have reportedly joined hands for an electric motorcycle rental program in Japan. The two motorcycle giants are working to begin testing the electric motorcycle rental program. The project aims to put 30 small electric two-wheelers for rent, with charging and battery swap stations.

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Isuzu reduces prices MU-X, V-Cross due to GST

Japanese commercial vehicles manufacturer Isuzu Motors has reportedly reduced the prices of its cars, including MU-X and D-Max V-Cross, by up to 12 percent. According to reports, MU-X is currently priced at Rs 22.38 lakh and D-Max V-Cross comes with a price tag of Rs 12.67 lakh. Notably, the SUVs larger than 4 metres have seen a reduction of 12 per cent in the GST regime.

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Kawasaki launches 2017 Ninja 1000 at Rs 9.98 lakh

Japanese automaker Kawasaki has reportedly launched its new 2017 Ninja 1000 in India at Rs 9.98 lakh. According to reports, the motorcycle delivers 142PS at 10,000rpm and sports a six-speed transmission, Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System, slipper clutch arrangement, etc. Notably, Kawasaki has allowed only 20 units of the Ninja 1000 for the Indian market.

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Maruti Suzuki introduces Android Auto for all cars

Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki is reportedly set to add Android Auto on all its cars without extra charges. According to reports, cars that missed out this feature can get the Google-developed platform through a 2.5GB update at authorised dealerships. Notably, the existing features like Bluetooth, AM-FM, Aux-in will remain the same.

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Ducati delivers first 1299 Superleggera in India

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has reportedly delivered its first 1299 Superleggera in India. According to reports, the motorcycle, which is priced at Rs. 1.12 crore, was delivered to The Oberoi Group CEO Vikram Oberoi. Notably, Ducati has manufactured only 500 units of 1299 Superleggera and all units have been sold.

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Vietnamese capital to ban motorbikes by 2030

Vietnamese capital Hanoi lawmakers have endorsed a proposal to ban motorbikes from its central streets by 2030. The resolution is expected to reduce traffic and pollution which is largely caused by more than five million motorbikes. The decision to ban the scooters from downtown areas and replace them with adequate public transport was overwhelmingly approved at a Hanoi People’s Council meeting.

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Maruti Suzuki registers over 40% growth in premium car sales

Automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has reportedly witnessed a growth of over 40 percent in its premium car sales. According to reports, the company had exported 13,131 units in June and has registered a 96 percent year-on-year hike in exports. Notably, the sales of Maruti Suzuki’s domestic passenger vehicles have also grown by 1 percent.

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Mercedes-Benz launches GLA 2017 in India

German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has reportedly launched a facelifted version of its compact luxury SUV GLA in India on Wednesday. According to reports, the new GLA 2017 starts at Rs 30.65 lakh. Notably, the luxury SUV sports an 8-inch infotainment system, 6 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution 7-speed automatic gearbox, etc.

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Axis Bank launches Super Bike Loans

Axis Bank on Wednesday reportedly introduced a special loan product for Super Bikes offering to fund up to 95 percent of the costs. The loans, which are for motorcycles with an engine displacement of over 500 cubic centimeters (cc), will come with a price tag of 10-11 percent per annum. Axis Bank executive director Rajiv Anand said many Indians are aspirational of owning iconic brands like Harley Davidson and Triumph which made the bank launch the offer.

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Honda cars get price cuts of up to Rs 1.31 lakh

Japanese automaker Honda has reportedly slashed the prices of cars in India up to Rs 1.31 lakh after the rollout of Goods & Services Tax. According to reports, the price of Brio is reduced by Rs 12,279, while the price of Amaze is cut by Rs 14,825. Notably, Jazz and WR-V  have also got a price cut of Rs 10,031 and Rs 10,064 respectively. 

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Royal Enfield starts bookings for BS-IV Himalayan Fi

Indian automaker Royal Enfield has reportedly started bookings for its upcoming Himalayan Fi motorcycle with the BS-IV engine. According to reports, the motorcycle will feature a 411cc motor, five-speed manual gearbox, 41 mm telescopic suspension,15 litres fuel tank, etc. Notably, Himalayan Fi is expected to be launched in mid-August.

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GST effect: Bajaj slashes prices of Pulsar

Indian automaker Bajaj has reportedly cut the prices of the entire range of its Pulsar motorcycles in India after the rollout of GST. According to reports, Pulsar 135 LS is currently sold at Rs 60,705 and Pulsar 150 is available for Rs 74,975. Notably, Pulsar 180, Pulsar 220F and Pulsar 200 NS models are sold at Rs 79,893, Rs 91,555 and Rs 96,747 respectively.

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Bajaj hikes Dominar 400 price by Rs 2000

Indian automaker Bajaj has reportedly increased the price of its Dominar 400 motorcycle by Rs 2000 due to the rollout of Goods and Services Tax in India. According to reports, the price hike comes due to higher taxation of motorcycles with engine capacity above 350cc under GST. Notably, the non-ABS model of Dominar 400 will cost around Rs 1,41,000 after the price hike.

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Baleno crosses 2 lakh sales mark within 20 months

Maruti Suzuki Baleno has reportedly crossed a sales mark 2 lakh within 20 months of its launch in India. According to reports, the company’s executive director R S Kalsi has said that the hatchback has received a great response in India and international markets. Notably, Baleno was launched in India in October 2015 and is exported to more than 100 countries.

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2.5 lakh units of Honda City Fourth-gen sold in India

Around 2.5 lakh units of Honda City Fourth-generation sedan have reportedly been sold in India from its launch in January 2014 until June 2017. According to reports, the company had sold 3.5 million units of City across the globe. Notably, out of 2.5 lakh units, 61% sedans featured petrol engine and 70% of were of manual transmission.

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Yamaha Nozza Grande spotted, to be launched in India soon

Japanese automaker Yamaha is expected to launch its new Nozza Grande scooter in India soon. According to reports, the scooter was spotted in Chennai and is said to feature an 113cc motor, LED tail lamp, analogue-digital instrument cluster, front disc and rear drum brakes, etc. Notably, Nozza Grande is likely to be priced between Rs 55,000-60,000.

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Bajaj Pulsar NS160 launched in India

Bajaj Auto has reportedly launched its new Pulsar NS160 in India. The bike has been priced at Rs 82,400 (ex-showroom, Pune) and a formal announcement is expected to be made post-July 1, 2017, after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) announcement. According to reports, the Pulsar NS160 gets a 160.3 cc motor that is oil-cooled and a 15.3 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 14.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm, although Bajaj hasn't released the official specifications.

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