Hero MotoCorp showcases new models and concepts at
Delhi Auto Expo
with EBR produces exciting next-generation designs
Delhi, India – With a series of remarkable new
launches, from youth-oriented 100cc motorbikes to a 620cc middleweight
streetfighter and futuristic concepts, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest
two-wheeler manufacturer by volume, made a strong impact at this year’s Delhi
Auto Expo. Auto Expo 2014 – the Motor Show was held at the Expo Mart in Greater
Noida, about 40 km (24 mi.) north of the Indian capital of Delhi.
With all the
Indian and multinational manufacturers putting up massive displays at the
biggest automotive show of the Indian subcontinent, the Auto Expo was expected
to draw well over a million visitors by the time it ended on February 11.
collaboration between Hero and (Erik Buell Racing) EBR stood out loud and clear
at the Hero pavilion with the EBR 1190RS and the brand new 1190RX sport bikes
being displayed on marquee pedestals. A slew of products developed jointly by
the engineers of Hero and EBR generated massive interest from media and drew
huge crowds to the Hero pavilion. The presence of Team Hero racers Geoff May
and Aaron Yates added to the excitement.
unveiled a trio of scooters developed jointly by its partner Engines
Engineering of Bologna, Italy.
MotoCorp’s Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal addressed the media through a
series of press conferences, starting from January 29, profoundly setting the
tone to make it Hero’s show at the Expo.
summed up the Hero vision when he said, “Being the global leader in two-wheelers,
we have been challenging the routine and the conventional. Our new motto is to
drive change through path-breaking innovations. With our finger on the pulse of
the youth, we are therefore developing products that will cater to customers
around the world, both in the near- and long-term. We have now successfully
developed an ecosystem of technology research and development that is designed
to think beyond the obvious and deliver future-ready mobility solutions.”
some of the noteworthy new products jointly developed by EBR and Hero which
were displayed at the Hero pavilion at Auto Expo 2014:
HX250R - The new 250cc Sports Bike
slim and agile seating position, high-tech engine and world class sport
chassis, the Hero HX250R has all the attributes to deliver the perfect
lightweight sports bike experience. With its high performance liquid-cooled
balanced engine and advanced multi-sensor electronic fuelling, the HX250R can
deliver best-in-class performance, while also being refined and fuel-efficient
around town. This new motorcycle comes packaged to delight every passionate
styling, six-speed transmission and lightweight mass-centralized chassis make
the HX250R incredibly responsive in all riding conditions. The geodesic tubular
chassis integrates the engine as a stressed member, and allows full control of
its modern 17” sports bike wheels and tires. The entire package results in
spectacularly good handling and stability for riders of every skill level.
When it’s time
to stop the riding fun, the linked brake system features powerful Brembo design
hydraulic calipers gripping the 300 mm front and 220 mm rear brake rotors.
discerning riders, the HX250R also offers an option with the latest ABS
RNT – The breakthrough diesel concept
RNT is the
proof that handsome and hard-working really can go together. Many motorcyclists
need capacity and power to haul heavier loads, but they also want to be
comfortable, fuel-efficient and stylish. These requirements are addressed with
the striking new RNT concept. The RNT’s wide flat loading surfaces with strap
bars, as well as multi-use folding side racks, a large comfortable seat and
spacious footboards, create a new look never seen on a motorcycle before.
surface, too, everything is new, exciting and practical. Power comes from a
high torque 150cc diesel with an optional turbocharger, so even when fully
loaded, the RNT can master all roads.
The RNT also
has options galore, including an accessory oversize generator, which along with
the diesel engine delivers extra electrical power for work (or play) at a
remote site. The optional removable LED lamp in front of the dash can be
unclipped and re-aimed so the work or play can carry on into the night.
option on the RNT concept is a hub electric motor in the front wheel, which is
powered by an electric battery pack. This gives riders a unique two-wheel drive
option for the toughest world conditions, as well as the possibility to shut
off the rear drive and move through the city on electric power
this unique design, even more optional accessories will be available. The Hero
RNT shows there's a whole new future, delivering real utility and fun in a
handsome and efficient package.
Leap - India’s first
first electric-serial-hybrid scooter from India, returned to Auto Expo in its
pre-production form. It has been designed with Hero’s global markets in mind.
Hero Leap first appeared as a prototype at the 2012 Auto Expo, it seemed to be
a vehicle from the distant future. This year’s preproduction model shows Hero is
well along the path of putting the future into riders’ hands.
lithium-ion batteries and an 8kW electric traction motor, the Leap eliminates
the limited range of an electric vehicle by incorporating a “range extender,”
an on-board generator set powered by an extremely efficient new 124cc engine.
Normally, the Leap would be recharged by plugging into a wall outlet. If that
isn’t available, however, the 3-liter fuel tank and the range extender of the
Leap give it four times the range of batteries alone, and the fuel can be
sleek aerodynamic styling and all-LED lighting system, the Leap makes a strong
statement of Hero’s technical innovation, and how the company is looking toward
a greener future.
permanent magnet AC (PMAC) traction motor that powers the Leap produces maximum
torque of more than 60 N-m from a standstill, so this advanced scooter requires
neither a clutch nor a transmission. Final drive is a high-technology toothed
belt housed cleanly in the swing-arm, designed to last the life of the vehicle.
Top speed of the Leap is 100 kph (62 mph) when running with the range extender.
Its near-silent acceleration in full electric operation is better than that of
many gasoline scooters.
the Leap smoothly and quickly slows and stops with its powerful Brembo
two-piston front 240 mm disc brake.
Hero Hastur – The new 620cc
Hastur promises to shake-up the middleweight motorcycle segment with its lean,
nimble and powerful appeal.
comes with a water-cooled parallel twin engine that delivers 80 hp at 9600 rpm.
This explosive power delivery comes from a new and very compact powerplant that
serves as a stressed member of the chassis for optimum mass centralization to
give best-in-class handling and maneuverability. The unique design features a
counter-rotating crankshaft for incredible nimbleness, cartridge transmission
with auto-style power transfer to give best fuel economy, and an advanced
cylinder head and combustion chamber design for reduced emissions.
makes an aggressive style statement with its streetfighter looks and the
minimalistic bodywork reveals performance essentials such as big sticky tires,
performance suspension and brakes, geodesic tubular chassis and a powerful
engine. With all this and much more, the Hero Hastur is ready to respond to the
athletic rider’s every desire like nothing ever ridden before.
Hero ‘ion’ - The Electric Motorcycle
powered by Li–Air Batteries and Hydrogen-Fuel Cell range extender
The Hero ion
offers an exciting glimpse into the future and demonstrates Hero's beliefs and
commitment to the endless road of motorcycling and personal transport.
electronic, ion has Lithium-air batteries and hydrogen fuel cell range extender
packaged in the center structure with super capacitors to meet energy needs for
acceleration and braking. The Lithium-air battery, which is the lightest and
highest energy density battery, uses oxygen from the air instead of storing an
oxidizer internally. Airy, open wheels contain the rotor component of hubless
electric traction motors that uses magnetic levitation technology that works
with zero friction. When needed, the traction motors also function as
brakes. The vehicle is controlled by
light finger touches controls built in the handle grips. Commands from the
fingertips are sent to VCM (Vehicle Control Module) where they are converted to
drive signals for PBS (power, braking and steering) systems.
Ride--by-Wire feature integrates multiple on-board electronic traffic sensors
for collision detection and avoidance.
Variable two-wheel steering works in synergy with the rider’s driving
style and vehicle dynamics to optimize handling. A Vehicle Situational
Awareness (VSA) system keeps track of the surrounding traffic flow and make
corrections to the PBS system as needed. The VSA system overrides any lower
priority communications when traffic density becomes significant.
M-Link is an
advanced suspension linkage technology that provides incredible control of the
road and an exhilarating driving experience.
It features electronic force mapping through sensors that manage all
suspension components. These sensors
continuously vary the power of the electromagnet that controls the damping
characteristics of the suspension in real time. It seamlessly integrates with
other vehicle systems including the Ride-by-Wire steering to provide user-profiled
ride characteristics with road vision-controlled damping.
information is available in the compact instrument cluster, but full
information and communication is transmitted to the rider’s helmet. The VSA
system overrides any lower priority communications when traffic density becomes
significant. The Hero ion welcomes riders to a whole new green motorcycling
Hero ‘SimplEcity’ – India’s incredibly
lightweight electric motorcycle
the lightweight urban electric motorcycle from India, reiterates Hero
MotoCorp’s steadfast commitment to efficient, reliable personal transportation
for a free and green planet.
revolutionary SimplEcity promises to offer an efficient and reliable intra-city
travel experience to the urban commuters. By keeping weight to a minimum of 35
kg (77 lb.) and designing every system for optimum performance in city
conditions, Hero has created a whole new segment of motorcycle for a cleaner
and greener planet.
SimplEcity comes with innovative features such a removable battery pack for the
convenience of recharging. Another innovation is the dashboard that is
delivered through the rider’s smart phone using a free SimplEcity application.
This can be achieved by conveniently mounting the phone on the handlebars. The
“walk’ mode let rider roll it effortlessly when walking or gives it a needed
push if taken upstairs.
The new 100 cc ‘Splendor Pro Classic’
irresistible blend of vintage and young styling, Hero MotoCorp’s flagship brand
comes in a new version as the 100-cc Splendor Pro Classic. It offers a distinct
riding experience with its cafe racer styling, including the new handle bar,
classic round headlight and tail light, cafe racer cowl and added chrome parts
such as the front and rear fenders, turn signals, suspension cover and round
rear-view mirrors. The impeccably-styled Splendor Classic is powered by a 100cc
air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder overhead cam engine, producing maximum
torque of 8.04 Nm at 4500 rpm.
The new 100 cc “Passion Pro TR”
100-cc Passion Pro TR offers an adventurous ride to young bikers with its
ability to take them off conventional roads. The Passion Pro TR offers exciting
off-pavement ride capabilities with a host of new external features that includes
on-off tires, sturdier handlebars with cross brace, high front fender, hugger
front fender, headlight grill, hand guards for added protection, bash plate and
fuel tank pads. New colors and graphics add extra punch to the styling.