AutoQ: New Ducati Bikes, Maruti S-Presso, UM Shuts Shop & More

Here’s a look at the top car and bike news of the week. 

Published27 Oct 2019, 02:03 AM IST
Car and Bike
3 min read

AutoQ is our weekly round-up of the latest stories about the automotive industry.

Bike Stunts, Racing & More: Performance Bikers Meet in Goa

The TVS Sherco team for this year’s Dakar Rally race.
The TVS Sherco team for this year’s Dakar Rally race.
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Indian two-wheeler manufacturer TVS has for a while been longing to organise a bike festival of its own where it can gather passionate performance riders and introduce them to the company’s track and off-road racing heritage.

To achieve the same, TVS organised Moto Soul which is its annual bike festival with 2019 being its debut year.

Check out the highlights from the event here.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso First-Drive Review: Is it a Mini SUV?

The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is priced between Rs 3.69 lakh and Rs 4.91 lakh ex-showroom.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is priced between Rs 3.69 lakh and Rs 4.91 lakh ex-showroom.
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The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is what the company calls a “mini SUV”. Its name is pronounced like the coffee and it’s targeted at millennial buyers looking for an entry-level SUV. But is it anything more than just a small car that has been raised?

It competes with the Renault Kwid and is based on an adaptation of Suzuki’s Heartect K platform that’s used for its small cars in Japan. It comes in automatic and manual transmission variants with prices ranging between Rs 3.69 lakh and Rs 4.91 lakh ex-showroom.

The Quint was invited to Jodhpur in early October to drive this small car from Maruti. Here is our first impression on the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.

New Ducati Streetfighter V4 Unveiled Along With New 2020 Lineup

The new Ducati 2020 lineup unveiled, includes electric bicycles as well.
The new Ducati 2020 lineup unveiled, includes electric bicycles as well.
(Photo: Ducati India)

Christmas seems to have come early for Ducati fans as the Italian two-wheeler manufacturer has unveiled its new line-up of motorcycles for 2020.

The bikes were showcased at the Milano-Rho Trade Fair Centre in Rimini, Italy, where the event also played host to all-new electric cycles that the company has launched.

Apart from the newly launched Ducati Streetfighter V4, the company also took the wraps off the new Panigale V2 and V4 alongside the new Ducati Diavel, the Scrambler and the new 1260cc Multistrada S.

Read the full story here.

Things to Consider When Taking a Car On a Road Trip to the Hills

The Nissan Kicks diesel comes with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox.
The Nissan Kicks diesel comes with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox.
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While the festive season is all about celebrations and gift exchanges there are some people who use this time to head out on a road trip (preferably to the hills), away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Truth be told, a good car makes for a memorable road trip, although that’s something that’s not always in your hand. What you can do on your part is to make sure your car has the essentials to handle any long journey.

I got a Nissan Kicks for a weekend drive to the hills and during my drive, I spotted some things that a car must have if you’re considering taking it to higher altitudes.

So, here are things to consider when taking a car for a road trip to the hills.

UM Motorcycles Shuts Shop in India, Dealers Send Legal Notice

UM Motorcycles Renegade Thor at the Auto Expo 2018. 
UM Motorcycles Renegade Thor at the Auto Expo 2018. 
(Photo: The Quint)

UM Motorcycles, a niche motorcycle brand that entered India in 2016 in a joint venture with Lohia Auto, has stopped operations in India.

What’s worse is that it has left its dealers in the lurch, so much so, that the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) has sent a legal notice to the company to redress all its dealers' issues and compensate them for unsold inventory.

At the same time, customers of UM Motorcycles, who bought bikes like the Renegade Commando, will now face a tough time getting parts and service for their bikes.

Read the full story here.

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