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Royal Enfield Meteor 350 takes home Indian Motorcycle of the Year award



a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: Royal Enfield Meteor 350


Royal Enfield Meteor 350

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has won the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2021 (IMOTY 2021) award. Other contenders vying for the coveted prize were the Hero Passion Pro, Hero Glamour, Hero Xtreme 160R, Honda Hornet 2.0, Bajaj Dominar 250, Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the KTM 390 Adventure.

Launched in India on November 6, 2020, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is available in three variants — Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of the cruiser.

~ Meteor 350 Fireball – Rs 1,78,744

~ Meteor 350 Stellar – Rs 1,84,337

~ Meteor 350 Supernova – Rs 1,93,656

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is equipped with features like a halogen headlamp with LED DRL, chrome turn indicators, windshield, LED taillamp and twin-seat with backrest. There is a twin-pod instrument cluster. While the larger pod houses an analogue speedometer and an LCD giving

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Auto sales skid 41% last year

Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – January 15, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Local vehicle assemblers ended the year with a 40 percent drop in sales as the pandemic affected demand for both passenger cars (PC) and commercial vehicles (CV).

Vehicle importers also registered a 41 percent decline in total sales last year.

Data released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) showed its combined sales with the Truck Manufacturers Association Inc. (TMA) reached 223,793 units last year, lower than the 369,941 units sold in 2019.

The group’s PC sales slid 36 percent to 69,638 units last year from 109,197 units in 2019.

CV sales declined 40 percent to 154,155 units in 2020 from the 260,744 units sold a year earlier.

In December, total sales of CAMPI and TMA went down 18 percent to 27,596 units last year from 33,715 units in the same month

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GM’s sales rose 4.8% in the fourth quarter in an otherwise dismal year

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U.S. auto sales for General Motors declined 11.8% in 2020 but showed strong signs of a recovery in the fourth quarter, the company said Tuesday.

GM’s domestic sales rose 4.8% during the last three months of last year compared with the same period in 2019. Retail sales for the entire auto industry returned to pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter, the company said. Commercial fleet customers also started to return toward the end of the year, it said.

GM’s strong fourth quarter is likely a good sign for the auto industry overall. The majority of automakers are scheduled to report their U.S. sales on Tuesday. Domestic vehicle sales in 2020 were expected to be off by at least 15% compared with 2019.

Toyota reported its U.S. sales declined 11.2% last year compared with 2019, while Hyundai said its sales were off about 10%.

GM said it

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What We Learned from Tracking Cycling Deaths for a Year

(Map data collected through December 31, 2020, by Outside; map created by BikeMaps.org.)

States with the Most Total Deaths

Louisiana, New York, California, Florida, and Texas were the five deadliest states for cyclists in terms of total fatalities. The latter three have been the most deadly states for cyclists for years, and New York’s fatalities have been on the rise as well—in 2019, it reported 46 cyclist deaths, with 29 in New York City alone. While these three states are also the most populous in the country, Florida and California have among the most cycling deaths per million people, as well. And Louisiana recorded 7.3 cycling deaths per million people, the most of any state. Louisiana’s total fatal crash numbers have remained in the twenties and thirties for the past five years, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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(Illustration: Jonathan Ver Steegh)

Deaths

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