2019 Kawasaki Z900 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 7.68 Lakh


The 2019 Kawasaki is now offered in three new colour options but gets no mechanical changes with power coming from the same in-line four-cylinder engine.

Following up the launch of the 2019 Versys 650, India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) has introduced the 2019 Z900 street-fighter motorcycle. As it was with the 2019 Versys 650, the 2019 Kawasaki Z900 gets cosmetic changes largely restricted to the graphics for the new model year while retaining the same mechanicals. The price tag remains the same as well on the 2019 Z900 at ₹ 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom). The in-line four-cylinder motorcycle is now available in three colour options including metallic moondust grey/ebony, pearl flat stardust white/metallic spark black and metallic flat spark black/metallic spark black.

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First launched in 2017 as a replacement to the Z800, the Kawasaki Z900 is one of the more pocket friendly in-line fours you can get your hands on. The muscular styling remains on point with the chiselled fuel tank, upswept tail and sharp bikini fairing. The contrast finished exposed adds to the styling on the motorcycle even further.

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(The 2019 Kawasaki Z900’s in-line four motor makes 123.3 bhp and 98 Nm of peak torque)

In terms of powertrain, the 948 cc engine on the Kawasaki Z900 has been tuned to produce 123.3 bhp and 98.6 Nm of peak torque, paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 41 mm USD forks up front while the rear uses a monoshock unit. Both are adjustable. Braking duties are handled by 300 mm dual petal discs at the front and a single 250 mm petal disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. The bike tips the scales at 210 kg and gets a 17-litre fuel tank.

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The Kawasaki Z900 is locally assembled in the country at the company’s facility in Chakan, near Pune. The street-fighter competes with the Yamaha MT-09, Triumph Street Triple, Ducati Monster 797 and the Suzuki GSX-S750.

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Locally-Made Norton Commando And Dominator To Be Launched By Mid-2019


The India-made Norton Commando and Dominator motorcycles will come with 50 per cent localised content, in order to keep the prices down. Launch will take place by mid-2019.




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Locally-made Norton Commando and Dominator will come with about 50 per cent localisation

Kinetic Group’s Motoroyale will be launching locally-made Norton Commando and Dominator in India by mid of next year. Speaking to us on the sideline of a special event organised to launch 7 new motorcycles and announce the company’s new brand tie-ups, Ajinkya Firodia, Managing Director Motoroyale, told carandbike that the locally-made Norton bikes will come with about 50 per cent localisation. At the very event, the company had launched the special edition Norton Commando and Dominator, which will be limited to only 39 units (19 Commandos and 18 Dominators) priced at ₹ 20.99 lakh and ₹ 23.70 lakh, respectively (both ex-showroom, India).

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India will get only 19 units of the Norton Commando Limited Edition bike

Confirming the arrival of the locally-made Norton Commando and Dominator bikes, Firodia said, “The next ones will be the locally manufactured one, which will come in the middle of next year, at lower price points, and those will be for a wider range (of buyers).” He further added, “These will be the normal versions of the Commando and Dominator, but they’ll have 50 per cent localised content, so the price will be much lesser,” comparing them to the limited edition bikes.

Also Read: Norton Commando 961 Bookings Open In India For ₹ 2 Lakh

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Norton Dominator Limited Edition bike gets an all-alluminium tank and carbon fibre panels

 

Both the Norton Commando and the Dominator are powered by the same 961 cc air-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine, with a 270-degree crank, which is tuned to churn out 79 bhp and develops 90 Nm of peak torque. The engine gets new die-cast cases, head and cylinder, with Nikasil, bore plating inside the cylinder. The motor comes mated to a five-speed gearbox, which is a separate unit, bolted directly to the primary chaincase.

Also Read: Norton Commando: All You Need To Know

The new Norton Commando is a true modern classic. Some parts of the new Norton Commando’s styling takes cues from the original Norton Commando, especially the engine and the fuel tank. But suspension, cycle parts and other components are completely modern, as is the new engine. It gets adjustable, hi-spec Ohlins suspension, with upside down forks and twin Ohlins shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is handled by top-spec Brembo calipers.

Also Read: Norton Dominator: All You Need To Know

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The Dominator, on the other hand, uses high specification components while maintaining a classic appearance and style. The bike comes with the classic “featherbed” style frame mated to a trellis-style swingarm, like the Domiracer, in addition to so extensive use of carbon fibre for the flyscreen, side panels, and rear fairing. This one too gets hi-spec components, like the 43 mm, Ohlins upside-down fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping, while the rear suspension is a monoshock unit, also from Ohlins. Braking is handled by top-spec Brembo calipers gripping twin 320 mm discs up front and a single 220 mm disc with a two-piston Brembo caliper at the rear.

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Vivo Z3i With 6.3-Inch Display, 24-Megapixel Front Camera Launched: Price, Specifications


Vivo has quietly launched a new smartphone – Vivo Z3i – in China. The mid-range handset is essentially a rebranded variant of the Vivo V11 that had arrived in India in September, or the Vivo V11i that was launched in Thailand the same month. While the design and specifications of the smartphones are quite similar, there are a few changes under the hood. When it comes to the Vivo V11, the Vivo Z3i features identical specifications in terms of display, processor, RAM, and battery, but they differ when we consider the camera and inbuilt storage. The Vivo Z3i appears to be a successor to the Vivo Z1i that was a China-exclusive smartphone. In terms of design, the key features of the smartphone include a waterdrop display notch, bezel-less display, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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As mentioned, Vivo has launched Vivo Z3i smartphone only in China and is priced at CNY 2,398 (roughly Rs. 25,600). Notably, the handset comes in Aurora Blue and Millennium Powder colour variants. For comparison, the Vivo V11 was launched in India at Rs. 22,990, but after a recent price cut, it costs Rs. 20,990.

Vivo Z3i specifications

The dual-SIM Vivo Z3i runs Funtouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with Jovi voice assistant. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280) Super AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone is powered by the octa-core Mediatek Helio P60 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. All of these features are similar to the Vivo V11 that was launched in India.

In terms of optics, the Vivo Z3i bears a dual camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor. To recall, the Vivo V11 in India came with a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, at the front, the Vivo Z3i features a 24-megapixel camera, which is slightly different than the Vivo V11 that has a 25-megapixel sensor. The Vivo Z3i is equipped with 128GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card slot (up to 256GB). It is more than the Vivo V11 that had arrived with 64GB of inbuilt storage.

Connectivity options in the Vivo Z3i include 4G VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. Sensors on board the handset are an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. It comes with facial recognition technology and a fingerprint sensor as well. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,315mAh battery. It measures 155.97×75.63×8.1mm and weighs 163.7 grams.



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2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 6.69 Lakh


The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 gets no mechanical changes, or a change in its pricing, but there’s a new colour scheme on offer.




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The Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by 650 cc twin-cylinder motor with 67.4 bhp on offer

India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) has launched the 2019 edition of the Versys 650 in the country right in time for the festive season. The  2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at ₹ 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom), same as the current model on sale while there are no mechanical changes either on the new model year. What’s new though is the paint scheme on the middleweight tourer with new black and green highlights for the front and rear section, while the fuel tank is finished in grey. The announcement comes just days after the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT and the SWM Superdual T adventure motorcycle were launched in India.

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Also Read: Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS Launched In India

Power on the  2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 comes from the same 649 cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine tuned to produce 67.4 bhp and 64 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike uses a 41 mm USD forks up front and a pre-load and rebound adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking duties on the motorcycle are handled by 300 mm twin disc brakes at the frotn and a 250 mm single disc at the rear with Nissin calipers. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard on the Versys 650.

Also Read: SWM Superdual T Launched In India

Touring has always been the mainstay for the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with road-spec tyres. The bike still remains away from a lot of electronic intervention and does not have any of the fancy electronics onboard, also making for a competitive price tag.

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The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 undercuts its competition in terms of pricing. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS is priced at ₹ 7.46 lakh, while the SWM Superdual T is priced at ₹ 6.80 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).

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Pokemon Go AR+ Mode Launched for Android Smartphones With ARCore Support


Pokemon Go AR+ Mode Launched for Android Smartphones With ARCore Support

Pokemon Go AR+ only works on phones that support ARCore

Niantic’s popular Pokemon Go game now has a new AR+ mode in Android. This allows users to experience the game with new AR features, and interact a little more with Pokemon in a real-world environment. The Pokemon Go AR+ mode works only if the ARCore app is downloaded from Google Play. It works only on smartphones that support ARCore, and if your device doesn’t support it, then you will not be able to view the new experience. To recall, Pokemon Go AR+ mode was launched for iOS 11 devices, featuring Apple’s ARKit framework, back in December last year. This launch for Android marks the first release for the Google-helmed platform.

Pokémon Go AR+ makes the Pokemon more interactive to the environment. It scales in different sizes based on how nearby the user is, and it will also be able to notice your movement and react to it. The Pokemon Go AR+ mode keeps the Pokemon fixed to a point in the real-world environment, and users can walk toward or around the Pokemon. It allows the user to get close to the Pokemon before throwing the Poke Ball to make the catch easier, and even increasing chances of earning Expert Handler bonus.

“Pokémon Go AR+ requires ARCore to be downloaded from the Google Play Store, so you should check first to see if your device is supported. Once downloaded, Pokémon Go AR+ offers the opportunity to have a unique AR experience when encountering Pokémon. As you walk up to a Pokémon, it scales in size and will notice your movement! Get up close before you throw your Poké Ball to make the Pokémon easier to catch, and even earn an Expert Handler bonus!! Or you can tap the camera icon to take a photo of your subject in the environment around you,” Niantic notes on its blog.

The Pokemon Go AR+ mode will automatically show up as an option to toggle on every time a compatible Pokemon shows up, and alternatively, the AR+ mode can be enabled in the Settings menu as well. Recently, it was also reported that Pokemon Go might soon see a new generation of Pokemon in “Gen 4” from the region called Sinnoh.



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2018 Maserati Gran Turismo Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 2.25 Crore


The new Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati designed by Pininfarina.




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The 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati which has been designed by Pininfarina.

Maserati has launched the 2018 Gran Turismo in India at Rs 2.25 Crore (ex-showroom, India). The 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo is the latest Maserati which has been designed by the iconic design house- Pininfarina and was globally unveiled at the Goodwood Festival last year. The major design change on the new Maserati Gran Turismo is the new shark-nose hexagonal grille which is inspired by the Alfieri concept. At the bottom there are new air ducts which in amalgamation with the grille improve the airflow distribution and reduce aerodynamic drag to 0.32. While there hasn’t been made any substantial changes to the side of the car, the rear gets a new profiling for the bumper keeping it aligned with the GT coupe and cabriolet. Moreover, the carbon fibre finished lip spoiler and dual exhaust pipes are retained.

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The major design change on the new Maserati Gran Turismo is the new shark-nose hexagonal grille.

On the inside, the 2018 Gran Turismo is loaded with features like an 8.4-inch touch screen that supports connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and mirror link and is coupled with a Harmon Kardon sound system. The seats of the Gran Turismo are wrapped in Poltrona Frau and Alcantara leather and are finished with carbon fibre at the back. The central console also gets carbon fibre detailing and has been redesigned to house the double rotary dials which are finished in forged aluminium.

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The new Maserati Gran Turismo comes in two variants- Sport and the MC. Both are powered by a Ferrari sourced 4.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that develops 460 bhp at 7000 rpm and 520 Nm of peak torque at 4750 rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed Automatic gearbox as standard.

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Out in the market, the 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo will lock horns with Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GT-R.

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Hyosung GT 250 RC and 650 Aquila Pro Launched In India, Prices Start At Rs. 3.39 lakh


The Hyosung GT 250 RC will rival against the likes of KTM RC 200 and TVS Apache RR 310 while the Hyosung 650 Aquila Pro will go up against with Kawasaki Vulcan.

Joining forces with Kinetic Motoroyale for its future operations in India, Hyosung has launched the GT 250 RC and 650 Aquila Pro in India priced at Rs 3.39 Lakh and Rs 5.55 lakh, respectively (all prices are ex-showroom, India). Kinetic Motoroyale has joined hands with five global motorcycle makers that will be operating under its umbrella in India. In the first phase, Motoroyale has launched seven new motorcycles and will start operations in six metro cities where all the five brands will retail their motorcycles.

Also Read: Kinetic Motoroyale Launches 7 New Bikes In India

The Hyosung GT 250 RC is powered by a 249 cc, twin-cylinder fuel-injected and oil-cooled engine that produces 28 bhp and 22.07 Nm of peak torque which is mated to a five speed gearbox with a wet-multiplate clutch. The GT 250 RC has a dry weight of 188 kgs and delivers 30 kmpl of fuel economy with a tank capacity of 17 litres. Up-front, the Hyosung GT 250 RC is equipped with inverted telescopic suspension while has a hydraulic mono suspension at the rear. Both the front and the rear wheels are 17-inch in size. While the front wheel has 300 mm dual-disc brakes, the rear wheel has a 230 mm single disc brake.

The 650 Aquila Pro has a 647 cc, twin-cylinder liquid cooled engine that produces 74 bhp and 62 Nm of peak torque. This engine is belt-driven and is mated to a five-speed gearbox with wet-multiplate clutch. The cruiser is weighs 240 kg and delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl. It is equipped with upside-down telescopic front suspension at front and hydraulic double shock absorbers at the rear. Moreover, it has an 18-inch wheel at front and 17-inch at the rear which get which get 300 mm double disc brakes and 270 mm single disc brake, respectively.

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Out in the market, the Hyosung GT 250 RC will rival against the likes of KTM RC 200 and TVS Apache RR 310 while the Hyosung 650 Aquila Pro will go up against with Kawasaki Vulcan. 

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SWM SuperDual T Launched In India; Prices Start At Rs. 6.80 Lakh


The SWM SuperDual T goes up against the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS in India.




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The SuperDual is available in two variants; Base and ‘T’

Kinetic MotoRoyale has launched Italian motorcycle company SWM in India and the first bike to be launched under SWM is the SuperDual T range. The SWM SuperDual T base is priced at ₹ 6.80 lakh and the SWM SuperDual T is priced at ₹ 7.30 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India). It is a mid-capacity ADV motorcycle which gets a 600 cc single-cylinder engine that makes 56 bhp and 53.5 Nm of peak torque and is paired to a six-speed transmission.

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The SWM SuperDual T has a tall stance, in typical ADV fashion and gets 45 mm USD forks up front along with a monoshock at the rear. The front suspension is adjustable for rebound and gets a travel of 210 mm while the rear is fully adjustable and has a travel of 270 mm at the rear. There is a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch wheel at the rear. A 300 mm disc is fitted up ahead and a 220 mm disc is fitted on the wheel at the rear and ABS is offered as standard. The bike can hold up to 19 litres of fuel and weighs 169 kg. The seat height on the SWM SuperDual T is 898 mm, which could pose a problem for shorter riders.

Also Read: FB Mondial HPS 300 Launched In India At ₹ 3.37 Lakh

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The SuperDual T gets a few additional bits such as hand-guards, frame for the panniers, engine and sump guard and auxiliary lamps as well when compared to the SuperDual T base. The SWM SuperDual T will have its competition in the Kawasaki Versys 650 which is priced at ₹ 6.69 lakh and the newly launched Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS, priced at ₹ 7.46 lakh. Both motorcycles have parallel-twin engines while the SuperDual gets a single-cylinder unit.

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Volkswagen Vento, Polo And Ameo Connect Editions Launched For The Festive Season


The Volkswagen Connect assistance app allows access to a host of information, while the special edition model gets new features. The Volkswagen Vento also receives front side airbags for additional safety.




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The Volkswagen Vento, Ameo and Polo get the new Lapiz blue paint scheme

Volkswagen India is the latest car maker to join the festive bandwagon with new Connect edition for the Vento, Polo and Ameo cars. The Volkswagen Connect is an intelligent connected vehicle assistance system that allows customers to connect to the car’s system via an app, allowing access to more information about the car. The Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Ameo Connect editions also come with a host of new features including the new Lapiz blue paint scheme. Volkswagen has also announced that the Connect Edition is being offered at no extra cost.

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The Volkswagen Connect assistance system enables users to connect the car with their smartphone through a Plug and Play data dongle. The dongle is fitted on the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port of the car and connects with the smartphone device via Bluetooth.

Speaking on the launch of the Connect Edition, Volkswagen Passenger Cars – Director, Steffen Knapp said, “Volkswagen is transforming into a mobility provider with the aim to offer fully connected vehicle fleets. In India, with Volkswagen Connect and the recently launched ‘Digital Workplace’ experience, we aim to completely digitalize the customer experience right from pre to post-purchase experiences. With Volkswagen Connect, customers are empowered to manage a host of services such as driving behavior analysis, trip tracking, fuel cost monitoring, and other convenient features available on their fingertips.

In addition to the new colour option, Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Ameo Connect Edition comes with a connect dongle, 16-inch gray Portago alloy wheels, leatherette seat covers, aluminium pedals, and carbon finished ORVMs. The Connect Edition also comes with a glossy roof and side foil, chrome badge “Connect” on the fender. The standard Volkswagen Polo, Ameo and Vento also come with moon stone coloured Radio surround trim, glovebox light, rear USB charging port and more.

The Volkswagen Vento has also been updated with dual front side airbags, improving the safety levels further on the sedan, while the car gets new 15-inch diamond cut Allstar alloys on the Highline trim and a body coloured rear spoiler.

Commenting on the new features, Knapp said, “At Volkswagen, customers have been at the centre of our business. Adding to the sportiness of our popular carlines, the new enhanced features along with dual front-side airbag on the Vento makes for an attractive value proposition for our discerning customers. With such unique offerings, it is our endeavour to offer world-class services to all our customers.”

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The Volkswagen Polo range is priced between ₹ 5.55 – ₹ 9.39 lakh, while the Ameo line-up is priced between ₹ 5.65 and ₹ 9.99 lakh. Prices for the Volkswagen Vento start at ₹ 8.38 lakh, going up to ₹ 14.02 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). All three models are available across Volkswagen’s 121 dealerships pan India across 104 cities.

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2018 TVS Wego Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 53,027


The 2018 TVS Wego gets new graphics, new colour schemes and added features.




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The TVS Wego remains unchanged mechanically

TVS Motor Company has launched a refreshed version of the Wego for 2018 and the festive season. The 2018 TVS Wego gets new graphics design, new colour schemes and a few new added features as well. The seat is a new unit and the scooter also now gets a pass-by switch and a maintenance free battery. One can opt for sporty wheel-rim stickers along with a 20-litre utility box as well.

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Aniruddha Haldar, Vice President (Marketing) Commuter Motorcycles, Scooter and Corporate Brand, TVS Motor Company said, “At TVS Motor Company, we have brought in interventions across our product portfolio based on evolving customer requirements. TVS WEGO is inspired by the youthful lifestyle of our target audience. We are confident that this refresh of the award winning TVS WEGO, will resonate with our customers.”

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The 2018 Wego continues to get the same 110 cc single-cylinder engine which makes 8 bhp and 8.4 Nm of peak torque. The Wego has a claimed fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl and continues to get features such as digital speedometer, full-metal body along with body balancing technology as well. The 2018 TVS Wego will be available in four colours, which are Red, Blue, Grey and Black.

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