The domestic automobile market may not be doing well, but it hasn’t stopped motorcycle dealers from launching new models. In the next two months, over half dozen new or updated two-wheeler models will hit Nepali market. Most of the dealers said sales were down 8-10 percent in recent months.
Nepal General Marketing (NGM), authorised distributor of Hero MotoCorp, will launch updated versions of Hero CBZ Xtreme motorbike and Hero Pleasure scooter, and all-new Hero Splendor i-Smart 100-cc motorcycle on Saturday.
The updated CBZ Xtreme features electronic immobiliser, side-stand switch with automatic ignition cut off and several visual updates. The new Hero Pleasure comes with updated features such as integrated braking system (IBS) and automatic centrifugal clutch.
The new model from Hero, Splendor i-Smart, has features such as self-start, three-tone graphic design, tubeless tires, safety stand indicator, GTR braking system and main-stand lock system, among others. Dinesh Ratna Bajracharya, manager of brand promotion at NGM, said these new launches will help the company increase its market share.
Ganesh Enterprises, authorised distributor of Suzuki two-wheelers, will launch Suzuki Gixxer motorcycle and Suzuki Lets scooter by July.
The company said the Gixxer is a premium sporty bike targeted at youth. It is equipped with a 150-cc engine. Upendra Sigdel, marketing manager of the company, said the Gixxer will be priced between Rs 210,000 and Rs 225,000, while the 110-cc Lets scooter will be priced at Rs 150,000.
HH Bajaj, authorised distributor of Bajaj motorcycles, also plans to launch updated versions of Discover F-150 and Pulsar motorcycles. Chiranjivi Shah, deputy general manager of the company, said the new models of Pulsar and Discover will have more sporty looks than its predecessors and will be launched by the end of this year.