KTM 390 Adventure slated for an India launch in 2019

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KTM confirms that the much awaited KTM 390 Adventure is slated for an India launch in 2019. The model will usher in the Adventure range of motorcycles from KTM in addition to the existing Streetfighter Dukes and Supersport RC.

 KTM is the world’s No.1 off-road motorcycle brand and is undefeated at the world’s toughest race the Dakar Rally since 2001. In India, KTM is one of India’s fastest growing motorcycle brands with a CAGR of 45% since its launch 6 years ago.  KTM is available across an exclusive dealer network of 430 showrooms in 320 towns spanning the length and breadth of the country.

The upcoming 390 Adventure will draw its lineage from the brand’s proud Rally-Racing history and from the flagship 1290 Super Adventure providing the motorcycle-touring community a state-of-the-art package to ride long distances and conquer any terrain.

Commenting on the upcoming launch Amit Nandi – President (Probiking), Bajaj Auto Ltd. said “KTM is a niche brand for a select few. With the 390 Adventure we would be making our long awaited entry into the niche premium dual-sport segment which is a very apt segment for Indian roads”


BBC TopGear in association with The World Towers and Maserati hosted a Grand Show

BBC TopGear India, the most credible name in the automotive-lifestyle segment, associated with The World Towers by the Lodha Group, the premium real estate brand that aims to redefine the art of luxury living and Maserati, the Italian luxury car manufacturer to put up a grand show last night. Arvind Subramanian, Regional CEO, Lodha Group was the speaker for the event and Girish Karkera, Editor, BBC TopGear presided over the evening. Maserati was represented by Mr Sukhbir Bagga – Managing Director, Petal Group, dealer partner for Maserati in India in the western region.


The essence of the luxurious lifestyle offered by The World Towers was brought to life last night as these iconic brands put forth an exceptional night of visual art extravaganza, organized exclusively for art connoisseurs and automobile experts. Attended by the city’s elitist, the highlight of the eventful evening was the Ghibli’s first ever appearance in the form of a gorgeous paper installation which enthralled the audiences. The guests also witnessed an exciting auto display of the latest Ghibli by Maserati around the grand dancing fountains at The World Towers entrance.


The first Maserati Ghibli, the mark “I”, was launched in 1967 as a two door, two-seater grand tourer with a V8 engine, exemplified by the paper art installation. Today’s Maserati Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable drive in an eye-catching four-door sports executive sedan.


Commenting on the successful event Girish Karkera, Editor BBC TopGear said, “It’s not every day that we see two iconic brands coming together. For every auto enthusiast, we have our favourites and the Maserati Ghibli is one such name that exudes a unique aura. To unveil an art installation that celebrates the name we had to come to this exclusive venue that is the World Towers by Lodha. It’s a moment that’s going to be etched in my memory for sure.”


The capacious arena also displayed an exhibit of BBC TopGear’s records of the amazing Maserati cars from the past. Later in the evening there was a soulful live performance by the exceptional Luke Kenny, where his band paid a tribute to the iconic brands and their customers. As entertainment for the audience, this was followed by a stand-up comedy act by the comic star, Rahul Subramanian.

Fast Bikes UK’s highest-selling motorcycle magazine set to debut in India in January 2017

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Fast Bikes, UK’s highest-selling motorcycle magazine, is all set to debut in India in January 2017. The monthly magazine will be published by Project GTO Publishing under licence from Mortons Media and will cater exclusively to the Indian two-wheeler enthusiast with its award-winning content. Now in its 26th year, Fast Bikes has a reputation for incisive testing, witty writing and breath-taking photography and the Indian edition will introduce all these qualities to the Indian biking enthusiast while also helping consumers make that all-important purchase decision.


Fast Bikes India will be edited by Adil Jal Darukhanawala. A pioneer of automotive journalism in India, Adil brings 40 years of passionate journalism to the mix lending Fast Bikes India instant and all-round credibility. Having ridden and reviewed every two-wheeler launched in the country (and most internationally as well!), and with a keen eye on automotive history, Adil is uniquely placed to offer the Indian biking enthusiast a magazine they will absolutely love.

“There’s a kind of hush when I get up close and intimate with motorcycles – big or small – but that’s always been the case with me because one really comes to life when you are astride a motorcycle and the man-machine combo is the nearest you can get to automotive nirvana. Fast Bikes India comes across in that very vein for the rider enthusiast, that elixir which keeps them ticking indefinitely. We are geared to delivering meaningful yet mature motorcycling content that will inform, educate, entertain and guide millions of fellow bikers in our vast land while being their voice in these socially potholed times,” says Adil.


Adil has launched and spearheaded some of the best known automotive publications and web sites in India and needs no introduction. Bikes have always been his first love with cars coming a very close second. He was the founder-editor of India’s first and so far only bike magazine and is now back, spearheading something that is fast yet relevant; safe yet compelling; all spoken in a biker’s tone and language with ample personalities involved.


Fast Bikes India will be published by Project GTO Publishing, a young and independent media start-up with a team that is guided by the principle ‘For Enthusiasts, By Enthusiasts’. Helmed by Sirish Chandran, this bunch of enthusiastic petrol-heads believes in walking the talk and actively participates in races, rallies, off-road events and more, giving them a unique window into the motoring universe. Our first magazine, evo India, celebrated its third anniversary this October and is widely acknowledged as India’s leading automotive enthusiast publication. OFF ROAD India is the country’s only magazine on the exploding off-road scene and is backed up by the on-ground events OFF ROAD Expo and OFF ROAD Awards. The third magazine, Motor Sport India, is the country’s only motorsport publication, done in association with the FMSCI.

RISE INDIA with NSDC launches the largest National Driving Training Initiative

RISE INDIA, a Strategic Investment firm contributing to Skill Development & Education across India, is launching a first-ever campaign to promote driving training in the country. RISE INDIA is bringing the public and private industry together to help create a robust eco system for skill development and training.
RISE INDIA is collaborating with companies such as TATA Motors, Ola, and Shri Ram Transporting – one of the biggest public-private partnerships, with intent to boost driving training and generate more employment in the driving sector.

In the next seven years, RISE INDIA will be providing effective training to over 2.5 lakh candidates and simultaneously up skill another 2.5 lakh existing drivers, raising awareness on crucial issues such as road safety, and technically advanced driving skills. The preeminent organization will be setting up over 50 centres in various locations including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan.

Under the National Driving Training Initiative, the first centre will be launched at Chhapra, Bihar on 17th October and inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

When it comes to road safety, there is a lack of awareness among drivers. Tapping this potential need for innovative driving training, RISE INDIA, one of the largest organizations providing Driving Training in India, offers effective and comprehensive driving training, promoting holistic development of individuals. Driving training is an important sector, which not only leads to employment and self-employment, but also enhances road safety, ensuring social mobility and economic progress of the nation.

Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said“We need commitments from corporate to help Skill India reach to the rural and economically underprivileged people of our country. We need more partners like RISEINDIA to come forward and help us empower the youth through education, training, skill and entrepreneurship development. This is certainly going to be a good example of a public private partnership for many.”


Mr.Ajay Chhangani, CEO, RISE INDIA said, “We are immensely proud to participate in this campaign. This first-of-its-kind campaign will not only contribute to the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission, but also create a robust skill ecosystem for the youth. Together with NSDC, ASDC and our corporate partners such as TATA Motors, Ola and Shri Ram Transport, we will enhance the capacities of driving training centres/programmes across the country to provide effective training and development in the country. This is one-of-its-one kind private-public partnership, where RISE INDIA has managed to bring leading corporate players and the government together to create such a large initiative.”

So far, the company has accomplished skilling nearly 1 lakh candidates across India, with a presence in over 10 states, 85 Skill development centers and smart classes in over 100 school campuses. RISE INDIA has also established the largest “only women” residential training center at Jaipur, with a capacity of 400 students.

Through its ventures, RISE INDIA has succeeded in the training and placement of students in sectors such as retail, IT, BSFI, construction, driving, and renewable energy. Since its incorporation in 2012, RISE INDIA has witnessed an escalated growth with employee strength of over 300 and a PAN India presence, distinguishing itself from its contemporaries.


Baleno crossed a cumulative domestic sale of one lakh units

Maruti Suzuki premium hatchback, Baleno, has crossed a cumulative domestic sale of one lakh units today.

Launched in Oct 2015, Baleno is one of the top selling models for Maruti Suzuki and has emerged as the leading premium hatchback in India.

While Baleno has gained popularity for its innovative styling, spacious interiors and class-leading features, the superior ride and handling, safety and fuel efficiency have added to its appeal among customers. All Baleno customers have received their cars through NEXA, the new retail experience offered by Maruti Suzuki.

In addition to domestic sales, 33,800 Baleno cars have been exported across the world, including to Japan and Europe.

To mark the occasion of Baleno achieving one lakh domestic sales, Maruti Suzuki’s Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Mr. R S Kalsi, said, “Baleno is one of the big success stories of the Indian auto industry. Baleno carries our new design philosophy and is equipped with several high-end features and technologies like Apple CarPlay that have attracted young customers. Our engineers have ensured that built on an innovative new platform, Baleno offers superior ride and handling, besides best-in-class fuel efficiency. Safety features like dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard in Baleno – another first for this segment. It is truly a symbol of Make-in-India.”

Besides the one lakh Baleno cars sold, many customers have placed orders for the car and will receive delivery in the next few months. Mr Kalsi said: “I express gratitude to all these customers. This reflects their trust in Baleno. We have optimized our production so that we can deliver their cars in the committed timeframe while ensuring the highest levels of quality”.

Tata Motors delivers 51 Ace Tippers to Jaipur Nagar Nigam


Tata Motors, the country’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer on Monday announced having received orders for 51 Ace tippers from Jaipur Nagar Nigam, for garbage collection vehicles in Jaipur. Honorable Minister for Urban Development and Housing and Shri Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and the Mayor of Jaipur, Shri Nirmal Nahata, were present at a ceremonial flag-off of these garbage collection vehicles, along with officials from Tata Motors, on Sunday, Oct 02, 2016.

Mr. RT Wasan, Vice President (Commercial), Tata Motors said,“With one of the widest commercial vehicle offerings, including a municipal application range, we at Tata Motors are proud to support Jaipur Nagar Nigam with an innovate waste management solution, built on our popular and proven Tata Ace mini-truck. Ideal for door-to-door waste collection, The Tata Ace Tipper offers great maneuverability in narrow lanes, including class-leading fuel efficiency, along with the lowest cost of maintenance. With special purpose vehicles like these, we are delighted be part of Jaipur’s sustainable cleanliness drive.”

The Tata ACE Hopper Tipper BS III and BS IV, is a fully-built offering from Tata Motors and is ideal for door-to-door ‘garbage collection’ facilitating easy remote tipping operations, with a tipping angle of 85‐90 degrees. The vehicle can manoeuver easily through narrow city lanes, due to its size & best-in-class turning radius. Cathodic electro deposition (CED) treatment of the vehicle body prevents corrosion.

Tata Motors range of municipal vehicles offers fully-built solutions in the areas of solid & wet waste management (door-to-door garbage collection & transportation to garbage-dumping sites), health services, water supply, street-lighting, disaster management, and staff transportation on heavy, medium, intermediate, light and small commercial vehicle platforms. The range is designed to provide solutions for day-to-day needs, managing the supply of clean/potable water, also helping in fulfilling the basic needs of sanitation to ensure a cleaner environment and society. These vehicles come with the promise of proven performance, ease of maintenance, and better operating economics, while being environment-friendly at the same time.

All-new Jeep Compass made its Global Debut in Brazil

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The All-new Jeep Compass made its global debut in Brazil. A truly global all-new compact SUV, the Jeep Compass will be produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

The all-new Jeep Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of safety and advanced technology offerings.

The most capable compact SUV ever, the all-new Jeep Compass will be locally manufactured at FCA’s Ranjangaon facility and will be rolled out in India in 2017.