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Motown India magazine made its debut in October 2010 and is owned by Motown Publications Pvt Ltd. Motown India, which follows a unique model of encompassing both B2C as well as select B2B reports, has a formidable presence not only through the print medium but also through the vast digital space. While the print version of the magazine is circulated pan India, its contents are further made available across the globe through its website www.motownindia.com as well as through various social media sites like facebook, twitter, linked in, instagram and the exciting world of Youtube.

Pedrosa, Marquez in 1-2 win for Repsol Honda in MotoGP Spain. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team scored a grand and historic one-two result in the Spanish Grand Prix held on May 07, 2017.

Pedrosa, Marquez in 1-2 win for Repsol Honda in MotoGP Spain

Pedrosa took the victory in his home Gran Premio Red Bull de España, storming away from his first pole position. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came in third to share the podium with the Honda racers. New 2017 Chevrolet Beat launching in India in July. While many feel GM India is slowly slipping into the shadows, the fact is that they have been operating on the sidelines and plan to soon bring out new products in the Indian car market.

New 2017 Chevrolet Beat launching in India in July

The company recently announced permanently halting their operations at their facility in Halol, Gujarat consolidating their production at their Talegaon, Maharashtra facility. On the product front, GM India is planning to launch the new 2017 Chevrolet Beat in the 3rd week of July, 2017. 500 New Holland Agriculture tractors from India delivered to Myanmar. Base variant of Duster scores Zero Stars in Global NCAP. Honda 2Wheelers India rolls out 15 millionth Activa. Godrej & Boyce launches Bambusa bamboo frame bicycles. Japanese rider Masaru Abe wheelies more than 500km. Honda Cars India registers over 38% growth in April 2017. Hyundai domestic sales grows by 5.7pc in April 2017 to 44,758 units. Royal Enfield on a roll, records sales of 60142 units in April 2017. Coolpad Note 5 Lite Review. While a lot of people desire a smartphone that is as sturdy as possible and would last even an explosion, there are a selected few who would like their (smartphone) companion to look not just good but great.

Coolpad Note 5 Lite Review

Honda two wheelers grow 33pc in domestic markets at 551,884 units. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.

Honda two wheelers grow 33pc in domestic markets at 551,884 units

Ltd. (HMSI) which has set its eyes on 6 million units sales in FY’2017-18, has started the first month of the financial year with a bang, achieving highest ever sales of 578,929 units, a growth of 34% in a single month. Domestic sales grew by 33% to 551,884 units, crossing the 5.5 lakh mark for the first time. HMSI sales of automatic scooters, where it is a clear leader, grew by 40% to reach a new peak of 368,618 units, in the process crossing the 3.5 lakh mark for the first time. Honda’s motorcycle sales were up 22% to 183,266 units , thereby becoming the new No. 2 player in the Indian motorcycle segment If these highs were not enough, HMSI achieved its highest ever market share of more than 33% (domestic share 6% up) and 30.5% (domestic + export 5% up). Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ford India sales reach 25,149 units in April, propped up by exports. Suzuki Motorcycle India sees 43% increase in overall sales at 43842 un.

TVS Motor Company grows 8% in April 2017. Bajaj Auto sees 19pc fall in domestic motorcycle sales; Exports grow 4. Renault launches new Duster petrol range in both MT & CVT. Renault India launched the Duster petrol range starting at an introductory price of Rs. 8.49 Lakh with the (Continuously Variable Timing ) CVT variant offered at an introductory price of Rs 10.32 lakh.

Renault launches new Duster petrol range in both MT & CVT

Powered by a new 1.5 litre H4K (Multi Point Injection) petrol powertrain, the new Renault Duster CVT is equipped with the X-Tronic CVT automatic gearbox and new styling, safety and comfort features with hill start assist and creep function. The CVT model comes with different drive modes– P (Park), R (Reverse), N (Neutral), D (Drive) and a 6 speed manual mode option. The Renault Duster range consists of a diesel manual, diesel AMT, diesel AWD and the all new petrol manual and petrol CVT. Suzuki launches new GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R in India. Nissan reduces price of Sunny; price starts at Rs.6.99 lakh. Honda launches CBR 1000RR Fireblade in India for Rs. 17.61 lakh. Fiat launches Punto Evo Pure for Rs. 4.92 lakh. Mahindra XUV500 gets new tech features.

Mercedes premiers the new S-Class at 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Tata launches AMT buses for Rs. 21 lakh. BharatBenz launches all-new 16-tonne intercity coach. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched in India. Skoda unveils Vision E concept vehicle at Shanghai Auto Show. Jaguar Land Rover launches 2017 branded goods collection. Ford launches Sports Editions of Figo and Aspire. Who doesn’t like fun?

Ford launches Sports Editions of Figo and Aspire

Who doesn’t like sporty stuff? Ford India has put all those fun and sporty elements in their new cars—the Ford Figo and the Ford Aspire-- by launching the Sports Editions of these vehicles. Prices of Ford Figo and Ford Aspire Sports Editions The Sports editions of the Ford Figo and Ford Aspire now feature a dozen design and performance enhancements. The Ford Figo Sports Edition will be available across dealerships (ex-showroom Delhi) at Rs 721,600 (1.5 Diesel Titanium) and Rs 631,900 (1.2 Petrol Titanium). New features of the Ford Figo and Ford Aspire Sports Editions The sports editions of the Ford Figo and Ford Aspire feature a tuned suspension and bigger and wider 15-inch alloy wheels. A rear spoiler has been added to the Figo Sports Edition to improve aerodynamics for a more refined performance.

Amanpreet conquers the hills in JK Tyre Festival of Speed. Former Indian National Rally Champion Amanpreet Ahulawalia emerged the winner of the three-day JK Tyre Arunachal Festival of Speed at the Dirang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

Amanpreet conquers the hills in JK Tyre Festival of Speed

The Noida-based veteran rallyist and his navigator Ajay Kumar were virtually unbeatable on each of the three days, conquering eight of the ten stages to pocket a major chunk out of the total prize money of Rs 10 lakh. On the third and final day too, he won the first three Special Stages before easing up on the last one. He finished all the stages, including the Super Special Stage on Day 1, in just over an hour to win with an impressive 27 second lead. Amanpreet, who owns one of the largest rally car workshops in India, gave all the credit to his 1300cc turbo charged Gypsy. “I worked on it for three months, and was managing to produce close to 150-odd bhp power that is pretty good for a Gypsy. Suzuki Motorcycle India rolls out 3 millionth vehicle. Renault Lodgy Stepway Drive Experience. Volvo S60 Polestar Review. The new Volvo S60 Polestar is a 362bhp road sheering monster which tears up the asphalt, going from 0-100kmph in just 4.7 seconds and draws its genes from Volvo's performance division - Polestar.

Volvo S60 Polestar Review

Volvo has launched the S60 Polestar which happens to be the fastest 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder entry level performance sedan in India. And to test its capability we were taken to the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore! Incidentally this is also the first Polestar in India and undercuts the prices of all its competitors. Exterior Design The Volvo S60 sedan has always been a good looker. Volvo has also added Polestar engineered rims which have been tested and developed at the Volvo wind tunnel to optimise airflow and provide an efficient braking performance irrespective of weather and road conditions.

Interior Design. Triumph Bonneville T100 Review motorcycle review. The Triumph Bonneville T100 encompasses all that an iconic British motorcycle should.

Triumph Bonneville T100 Review motorcycle review

In its mannerisms it is gentleman like yet it can bring out its cheeky self. The heritage of the T100 is quite evident right from the time when you lay eyes on it and the distinct sound of a parallel twin can get your heart racing. We got our hands on this machine and took it for a spin to find out what it had to offer in today’s world. Design & Styling Handsome is a word I would use to describe the Bonneville T100. Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Bike Review. Design & Styling The Street Twin carries forward the conventional character of a Bonneville and is lot modern in its appearance.

Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Bike Review

A well sculpted muscular tank with knee dents and fat KYB forks upfront give the bike a retro touch. The Street Twin also gets twin shocks in the rear keeping it in line with the Bonnie heritage. The Street Twin I laid my hands on got the Triumph's Scrambler kit installed to it which apparently added a lot more flair to an already modern looking machine. The Scrambler kit features a Vance & Hines exhaust, chrome finished ORVMs, LED turn indicators and an icon scrambler seat. Performance. 2017 Triumph Street Twin motorcycle review. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands PC Review. Vast lands sprawling with lush green forests, mountains that kiss the sky, beaches with shimmering clear water for miles and miles. While this might sound like the perfect holiday getaway, it is also a narco-state ruled by a ruthless and influential drug cartel. Welcome to Ghost Recon Wildlands' Bolivia.

Ubisoft's latest open world offering boasts to be one of their biggest maps ever and you will realise it the moment you drop in the game and look around. But is this open world tactical shooter as grand as it looks? Graphics: FCA officials Say the Jeep Compass is a “No Compromise” vehicle. Is Isuzu Motors in dire straits? Do Indians dislike pick-ups? On the face of it, it seems Indians have yet to fall in love with pick-up vehicles like the way the Americans and others do. Though Indian tastes are veering towards vehicles with muscle like looks, crossovers and compact SUVs, surprisingly their penchant for pick-ups seems to be missing. Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd, makers of the smart looking D-Max vehicles for commercial vehicle segment and V-Cross for the passenger vehicle segment, does not seem to have made a dent in the either of the segments in the last one year, ever since they moved operations to their own plant in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh with an installed capacity of 50,000 units per annum.

Plant utilisation currently stands at a mere 6pc, considering total production of 2884 vehicles for the fiscal 2016-17. Isuzu pick-up tepid sales It was in April 2016 that Isuzu Motors plant was inaugurated by Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Sebastian Vettel claims his second victory of the season in Bahrain F1. It was now the turn of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari to come in first in the third Formula 1 race of the season, having done the same thing in the first race.

With this win, Vettel has a clear lead in the drivers’ championship after winning the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, the winner of the second race of the season had to be content with a second place here in Bahrain. Despite his late charge in the race, he could not prevent Vettel winning a a splendid victory for Ferrari. But Mercedes team had reason to smile as Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas took third position. For Force India’s drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, it was good news as both came in the first ten standings and earned points.

Tata Tigor first drive, road test review, Motown India. All of us who were there at the recent Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland would vouch for the fact that there is another word besides Namo that is getting popular by the day and that is TaMo from Tata Motors. The company pleasantly surprised visitors with a brilliantly designed car that goes by the name of Racemo, besides of course showcasing the Geneva edition of the Tigor and the Nexon.

Moving on to the new Tata Tigor, it is basically the sedan version of the popular Tiago from the Tata Motors stable. In fact it comes with the same engine options as the Tiago i.e. a Revotron 1199cc three cylinder petrol engine which produces 84hp @6000rpm and a peak torque of 114 Nm @ 3500 rpm and a 3 cylinder Revotorq 1047cc, 3 cylinder, diesel mill which produces 69bhp@4000rpm and a peak torque of 140Nm @1800-3000rpm. Both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission. All you need to know about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift. Suzuki recently previewed the upcoming Swift hatchback at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The hatch will go on sale in UK in June 2017 and is expected to be launched in the Indian market late in 2017 or early 2018. Maruti will launch the 2017 Swift Dzire compact sedan before the hatch back in mid 2017.

The new Swift is said to 10pc lighter and 8pc more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. It will carry forward the same 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel mill options. New Porsche Panamera models launched. A sports car and luxury saloon in one, the new Panamera launch phase has officially begun. Volkswagen begins production of Tiguan in India. Vettel comes fully charged to win opening F1 race in Australia. Nissan launches new Terrano at starting price of Rs 9.99 lakh. Dutchman reaches Mumbai on his electric vehicle mission.

Wiebe Wakker from Haarlem, the Netherlands who started on a mother of all road trips more than a year back, finally reached Mumbai. Without money Wakker is trying to reach Australia in an electric car. To reach his destination he relies on the kindness and help of people who offer him energy through social media. Wakker’s website plugmeinproject.com offers people the opportunity to support him with a meal, place to sleep or energy for the car. Based upon these offers also the route to ‘the land down under’ is decided. More than 750 offers from 41 different countries made him ‘zigzag' his way though Europe and Asia. He got stuck in the United Arab Emirates for a while due to lack of funds but now after 376 days, 23 countries and 41.000 kilometres he arrived in Mumbai.

Wiebe is trying to drive mainly by land but as he couldn’t get a visa for Pakistan his only way was to divert to the UAE and try to reach India from there. Yamaha’s Vinales wins opening round of MotoGP. Limited Edition Ducati Diavel Diesel now in India. Unveiled at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017, the Ducati Diavel Diesel, a coming together of Italian motorcycle maker and Italian clothing brand, is now available on special order at Ducati dealerships across the country. Motherson Sumi Systems acquires Finland’s PKC Group for Euro 571 milli. Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL) has acquired Finland based global auto component major PKC Group Plc for approximately Euro 571 million (Rs 4026 crore approx.)., a move that will help the Vivek Chaand Sehgal led group to expand its footprint significantly in American and European commercial vehicle market segment.

This is the 16th acquisition by MSSL since 2002. Bajaj, Kawasaki end alliance in India; Probiking outlets are now KTM d. India’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Ltd and Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki have decided to end their alliance in India from April 1, 2017. Lexus debuts in India with the RX 450h, ES 300h & LX 450d. Lexus made its debut in India with their unveiling of three models, the RX 450 SUV, ES 300h Saloon and their range topping LX 450d. Samsung Unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+

Panic stricken superbike dealers scramble to sell BS III bikes; Offer. The Supreme Court directive banning registration of BS III vehicles in the country from April 1, 2017 has forced superbike manufacturers to offer huge discounts of 5 to 7 per cent, apart from waiving off registration fees. This in essence means that superbike dealerships are offering discounts ranging in from Rs 75,000 to Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh to clear their stock of BS III vehicles. A few top end brands are also facing another piquant situation—even if they manage to dispose of their existing fleet of BS III superbikes, they have no BS IV motorcycle to adorn their showrooms. “The new bikes will take at least a few months to come from abroad during which time my showrooms will have no motorcycles,” a superbike dealer said..

According to sources in Hyderabad, a Yamaha dealer yesterday apparently sold four MT 09 and one R1 superbikes at a hefty discount. Two-wheeler dealers offer huge discounts as “clearance” sale gets goin. New Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI debuts; first Q model to get petrol engine. Audi India has launched the new Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI, the first Q model to get a petrol engine. This is the 4th model launch for Audi this year . Honda launches 2017 moto-scooter Dio. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets new sales outlet in Nexa. BMW Motorrad officially starts India operations with clutch of dealers. Pre-owned electric cars platform by Mahindra First Choice Wheels. Acer launches all new Gaming PCs. Mercedes-Benz India sells 3650 units in Jan-March 2017. Datsun launches Special Anniversary Editions of Go and GO+

Celebrating three years in India, Datsun announced the launch of Special Anniversary limited editions of Datsun GO, priced at Rs 4.19 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Datsun GO+ at Rs 4.9 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hyundai Motorsport scores double podium in WRC France.