2012 Auto Expo - Hero MotoCorp unveils three new models
Hero MotoCorp launches three new products, a scooter â" 110cc Maestro, the 110cc Passion X Pro and the 125cc Ignitor, at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. All three models have been launched under the new Hero brand name. All 'new' Hero bikes are based on Honda products. The Maestro has an Activa engine, the Passion has the Twister engine while the Ignitor is an exact copy of the Stunner.
The Hero Ignitor, apart from the new graphics and new tank shroud, is essentially a Honda Stunner. The Ignitor's 125cc engine makes 11PS at 8000rpm and gets a CV carburetor. It gets a digital-analog combo meter console. It also has tubeless tyres and an optional front disc brake.
The Hero Maestro is styled to appeal to men unlike the Pleasure which is a girl's scooter. "Why should girls have all the fun?" was what Anil Dua, senior vice president marketing and sales, Hero MotoCorp said in lighter vein during the launch. It gets a 109cc engine producing 8.2PS of power. It has a CVT transmission and digital CDI with swirl-flow induction for enhanced mileage. The Maestro also gets puncture resistant tyres, a service due indicator and combined brakes.
The Passion X Pro, which is Hero's first 110cc bike borrows its engine from the Honda CB Twister. Its 110cc engine makes 8.7PS of power. The Passion X Pro also gets a service due indicator, new fuel tank shrouds, new graphics, maintenance free battery, tubeless tyres, optional front disc brake and wider seats.
During the launch, Pawan Munjal, managing director and chief executive officer, Hero MotoCorp said," The calendar year of 2011 was a watershed year for us at Hero MotoCorp. We not only made a successful transition into a new entity during the year, but equally importantly, we also raised the bar several notches higher to significantly improve upon our earlier performance. The launches that you see today are not just new products, these models reflect the company's intent and vision for the future, and a clear strategy to further consolidate our leadership position."
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