PawonVerma, Executive Director, CFMOTO
CFMOTO develops, manufactures, markets, and delivers the world’s most reliable and cost-effective motorcycles and scooters, all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, boats, and power sports engines. Founded in 1989, and now teaming up with more than 1500 companies, CFMOTO has developed 98 models of vehicles and 51 models of engines, which are distributed in over 70 countries and regions.
CFMOTO Motorcycles is a collaboration between the iconic Austrian design company KISKA Gmbh and OEM giant CFMOTO, which manufactures KTM Duke models for the global market. CFMOTO offers you the best designs from the workshops of Gerald Kiska, along with twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with SOHC (150NK) /DOHC (400NK/650NK) equipped with Bosch EFI, braded brakes (twin in 400NK.650NK) from Spanish brake designers JJUAN, Continental ABS (400NK/650NK), and mode selector.
In an interview, Executive Director, PawonVerma of CFMOTO said “We have seen the acceptance of third-world country brands, apart from the traditional Indian-manufactured motorcycles, for their design and performance, such as Benelli, Aprillia, Cross Fire, CrossX, and so on.” Elaborating further, he explains, “Our motorcycles offer premium designs from Kiska, and they are equipped with international power parts such as Bosch EFI, JJUAN Brakes, and Continental ABS, besides demonstrating performance paralleling that of the KTM Duke. Hence, we are very confident about our motorcycles, and hope for a good acceptance in the market, as we are here to stay and experience more together.”
CFMOTO is already an internationally recognized brand, so there is a massive responsibility on its shoulders to introduce and sustain the brand in Nepal. Apart from sales, the topmost priority is focused on developing as many authorized service centers as possible throughout Nepal, as they realize the impact of after sales service to ensure high customer satisfaction. A well-equipped service center is their first requirement for dealer appointment, which has already been initiated in Butwal, Narayanghat, Nepalgunj, and Pokhara.
NADA Expo 2017 is the biggest automobile expo in Nepal, and the best platform to showcase products like CFMOTO to dedicated auto enthusiasts. When asked about the Expo, Verma said, “We have tried our best to highlight our motorcycles with branding and promotions, and appointed well informed and updated sales representative to address all questions from visitors. Our top priority is to sell the brand in NADA and gain acceptance in the market. Sales is an automatic outcome.”
In a nutshell, CFMOTO is an affordable dream for motorcycle enthusiasts looking for style and performance, and a brand that ensures value for money.
BINOD MAHARJAN, ASST. MARKETING MANAGER, YAMAHA MOTORS
Yamaha Motorcycles is a brand renowned globally for its technology, stylish designs, and durable/ performance-driven products. In recent days, it has become even more mileage-focused to cater to the needs of Asian countries, thanks to an advanced blue core engine technology—the next generation engine development ideal. This technology has made the brand move one notch above the rest, as it delivers optimum performance and great mileage, and is eco-friendly, as well.
Yamaha recently launched the all-new FZ25 to add to its successful and popular FZ Series. The new FZ25 has been developed with a newly designed air-cooled with oil cooler engine, 249 cc, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder, and high-torque fuel-injected engine on a lightweight frame (148 kg), enabling the joy of control as the rider intends. These features will establish the FZ25 as an ultimate street fighter motorcycle.
With its maximum power output of 20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 20 Nm at 6,000 rpm, the new 249 cc model also offers an impressive array of new features, including LED headlight and LCD instrument cluster with a high-quality look evoking a sense of innovation, a mudguard that moves with the swing arm, wheels with a spoke design like that of MT Series bikes, and racing style footpads (rear seats), making it an irresistible option as the top-end model of the FZ Series. At the same time, it offers nimbleness and easy-to-use features for daily use, as well as riding excitement in a variety of usage scenarios. According to Assistant Marketing Manager Mr. Binod Maharjan of Yamaha, “This newly launched street model, targeted for biking enthusiasts in the age group of 20s to mid 30s, delivers riding enjoyment along with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance.”
Based on a reliable 249 cc single-cylinder engine proven on sport bikes for the Japanese market, the model's engine has been fine-tuned and optimized for Nepali traffic conditions, primarily in the intake/exhaust and ignition systems. Building on the reputation, the new model has been developed with Yamaha's new generation engine development ideal— 'Blue Core'—featuring overall improved performance, including fuel efficiency, acceleration, and environmental friendliness. The model is compliant to BS IV emission standards.
When asked about the upcoming Expo, Mr. Maharjan said, “During NADA Expo 2017, we plan to highlight the all-new Yamaha FZ25. We will come out with a theme resonating to the latest addition to our array of motorcycles that proudly boasts style, technology, performance, comfort, and mileage. We do not plan to make the stall loud and noisy with unnecessary music and sound. Instead, this time, it’s going to be more of product-oriented activation for visitor engagement connecting with our brand and model.” The brand also has a series of plans to engage the customers. As a part of the event, they will have a special activation from Miss Nepal World 2017 Nikita Chandak and Miss Nepal International 2017 and Yamaha Face of Fascino 2017 Niti Shah. They will also have Brand Ambassador Sharad Vesawkar, the popular Nepali national cricket player, engaging and interacting with visitors.
Mr. Maharjan added, “Last, but not the least, Yamaha will rock the entire exhibition with a special performance from Nepal Idol finalists and make the environment musical and entertaining.”
RABINDRA RAUT, GEN. MANAGER, VIJAY MOTORS
The all-wheel drive Subaru line of products is manufactured in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., whose origin goes back to Nakajima Aircraft Co. Ltd., founded in 1917. Rooted in aircraft development, Subaru’s technologies are based on the aerospace engineering concept of dynamic stability, where flight characteristics and stability directly equate with both driving pleasure and safety.
In a conversation with RabindraRaut of Vijay Motors, she talked about the new, hot, and exciting four-wheelers on display these days. The latest automobile release is the all-new Subaru Crosstrek XV 2018, with many thrilling new features ensuring superb driving pleasure, and safety based on advanced technologies such as X-Mode, ABS, EBD, 360 degree view, panoramic Sun and Moon roof, along with seven airbags to ensure and enforce safety, along with many other definitive designs, and not to mention, a very classy interior.
On being asked what really sets them apart in comparison to other brands and companies, Mr. Raut replied, “We are the only ones with the horizontally-opposed engine (Boxer Engine) that leads to stability on the road and fuel efficiency. Our vehicles are also the only symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD) system, which means you can go anywhere, anytime.” If you’re not completely convinced that you need to change in your car for what this brand is offering, there’s more. The intelligent continuous variable transmission (I-CVT) provides for excellent fuel efficiency. Not only this, they also have the highest ground clearance in its class, with a very short turning radius and easy maneuverability.
When asked about their plans at the NADA Expo 2017, Mr. Raut said, “We are introducing our all-new XV Crosstrek 2018 model, along with the 2018 Forester, which will be displayed for the first time at the auto show this year. Our major objective is to increase the sales, and also to stay in touch with the market through this event. We have not showcased at auto shows for the last three years. Be that as it may, we plan to come out with a bang this year at the Expo. We want everyone to know that Subaru is still here, and to see and test drive the superb vehicles that Subaru manufactures. They are world renowned, with the highest residual/resale value all over the world, as well.” The stall to be hosted by Vijay Motors is building up a buzz and promises to deliver a spectacular display.
ARJUN KARKI, ASST. GEN. MANAGER, TATA MOTORS
Arguably the oldest, most experienced automobile brand of Nepal, Tata Motors needs no introduction, or at least makes the introduction a lot easier. Tata Motors is one of the most highly reputed establishments for the production of a wide variety of automobiles, ranging from hefty buses and trucks to elegant and dashing cars. The brand has made its mark with its famous trucks, and has been highly appreciated in the market for all its latest innovations in automobiles with unique features.
The latest release by Tata Motors, through its sole authorized distributor in Nepal, Sipradi Trading Pvt. Ltd., is the Tigor. When asked to elaborate on the specialty of the Tigor, Mr. Arjun Karki of Tata said, “It is the third vehicle to be based on the company’s IMPACT design philosophy. It is branded by the company as ‘StyleBack’, because although it has similar designs to the Tiago, it has a different quality of rooflines, and the rear doors are different, as well. It is in a different segment altogether.” The car is a subcompact sub-4 meter sedan, available in four variants—XE, XT, XZ, and XZ (O), and six different color options—copper dazzle, espresso brown, pearlescent white, platinum silver, striker blue, and berry red. The Tigor has been designed meticulously on the outside with smoked projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, and stylishly integrated high-mounted LED stop lamps. Other unique features of the car are its multi-drive mode (eco and city), its intelligently designed utility space, connect-next touchscreen, infotainment feature by Harman, and the latest anti-lock breaking system and electronic brake force distribution with CSC, to name a few. The car also comes with a standard warranty of four years, or 75,000 km, whichever is earlier, with an option to further extend. Prices for the Tigor petrol start at an introductory Rs.23, 45,000, with the top-spec variant priced at Rs.29, 95,000.
The stall at the NADA Expo hosted by TATA Motors is already subject to much anticipation and excitement. To add to the enthusiasm of car lovers, there will be not only one, but two new releases by Tata at the Expo. The AGM of Sales and Marketing (passenger vehicle business unit) at TATA said, “We are expecting HEXA (new release) at NADA. So, we will be having two brand new products for visitors and buyers, HEXA and TIGOR. Our plan is to provide a never-before customer service experience from our stall at NADA. We are going to attempt utmost brand visibility for our prospects, and ensure the brand association for our customer base.” With this statement of dazzling NADA Expo 2017 with the dynamic duo, TATA Motors is certainly aiming to steal the show.
For all auto enthusiasts of Kathmandu, NADA Expo 2017 is an event designed to cater to all your desires. An event you simply cannot miss!