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Monday , January 13 , 2014
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Bikes above 250cc roar

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New Delhi, Jan. 12: As many as 35 new bikes and scores of variants will be displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo (6-9 February), being held under the shadow of a slowdown in the industry.

Both Indian and international manufacturers will display their latest offerings, ranging from 50cc engine mopeds to 1300cc motorcycles.

Analysts said they had observed growing sales last year of semi-premium bikes in the 250cc plus segment as well as high-ends such as Harley Davidson.

Performance sports bikes in the 400-800cc segments from the big four Japanese companies — Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki — also saw a surge in sales, with young urban professionals preferring them to regular two-wheelers.

“The (semi-premium and premium) segment is extremely attractive and all manufacturers in India are revving up to bring the best bikes in the segment in this auto expo as it is the best platform to show products,” analyst P. Tharyan said.

India’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp plans to showcase an exciting line-up buoyed by two global tie-ups in the last eight months.

Hero might bring in a revamped Impulse with a bigger engine. The company is also likely to showcase its first bike in collaboration with Erik Buell in the 250cc and 1100cc segments.

Bajaj Auto is slated to display a prototype of the new Avenger.

“We are working on a new kind of cruiser, which will be different from the Avenger platform. The concept will be displayed at the expo,” managing director Rajiv Bajaj said.

TVS Motor is expected to present an array of models, bolstered by its association with German auto major BMW.

“We intend to leverage each other’s strengths to deliver a new series of products offering cutting-edge technology to our customers,” TVS chairman Venu Srinivasan had said.

SUV major Mahindra and Mahindra will be back with the Mojo, having a bigger and better engine.

On the international front, Indian Motorcycles will make its debut. The company will launch its most popular bike, the Chief. The other two models to be introduced are Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chieftain.