Top news stories of last week

Hero 440 cc Bike: Hero MotoCorp is set to launch its new 440 cc motorcycle on January 22, 2024. This highly anticipated bike is reported to be based on the Harley-Davidson X440. It will feature the same air- and oil-cooled engine but with a power cruiser-like stance. This motorcycle is expected to be positioned below the X440, and given Hero’s aggressive pricing strategy, it is likely to be quite affordable. This launch marks a significant step for Hero in the higher displacement segment, catering to a growing market of power cruiser enthusiasts in India​​.

Ather 450 Apex: Ather Energy is scheduled to launch the 450 Apex on January 6, 2024. This model is a part of the existing lineup but with added performance features. Touted to be the fastest scooter in its segment, it will include Warp+ mode among other ride modes. As the most expensive offering from the Bengaluru-based EV producer, the 450 Apex represents a significant advancement in the electric scooter market, combining speed with sustainable mobility​​.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 401: The next generation Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 is expected to debut in India this month. It has been spotted testing multiple times, indicating significant upgrades. This new motorcycle will share much in common with the new-gen KTM 390 Duke, including the mechanical underpinnings and the new 399 cc liquid-cooled engine. The Svartpilen 401 is known for its sleek design and nimble handling, making it a highly anticipated launch for motorcycle enthusiasts who prefer a blend of style and performance​​.

Royal Enfield Shotgun 650: Royal Enfield is gearing up to launch the Shotgun 650, which was recently unveiled in the United States. This motorcycle will feature smaller wheels, different ergonomics, and a new subframe compared to the Super Meteor 650 flagship cruiser. Priced around Rs. 3.3-3.4 lakh (ex-showroom), it will be powered by the familiar 648 cc parallel-twin engine, paired with a six-speed transmission. The Shotgun 650 adds to Royal Enfield’s portfolio of mid-size motorcycles, known for their classic design and robust engine performance​​.

Honda Activa Electric: Honda is expected to unveil the electrified version of its popular Activa scooter, based on the sixth generation model, on January 9, 2024. As part of Honda’s plan to introduce two zero-emission scooters in India, the Activa Electric is anticipated to feature a fixed battery pack with decent range capabilities. This launch signifies Honda’s foray into the electric scooter segment in India, expanding its environmentally friendly offerings in the competitive two-wheeler market​​.