Category Archives: Indian Automobile Service Industry

Bike Service at your Doorstep

Haven’t we all had those days where we just don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done? Why does it always feel like the one day when we are in a rush or late, something has to happen to delay us; especially when we are rushing to work and our bike won’t start!? We have to now add “get bike fixed” to our neverending to-do list.

No one needs this added stress and GoBumpr is here to solve your problem with their newly introduced Doorstep Bike Service!

What does this mean? Well, you can now get your bike serviced right where you are and right in front of you by GoBumpr’s very own expert mechanics. No longer do you have to get your bike to a mechanic, wait in queue, and waste a day to get it fixed.

Now, it’s as simple as booking a doorstep service on the company’s website. Once the booking is completed and confirmed, the mechanic will come to you, wherever you are and at your own convenience. Best of all, the service is completed in just 2 hours and costs only Rs.999! There is also 100% transparency because you can actually see what is being done.

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What are the services included?

    – Engine Oil Change
    – Foam Clean & Exterior Polish
    – Chain/Belt Inspection
    – Spark Plug Cleaning
    – Air Filter & Oil Filter Cleaning
    – Brakes Inspection/Adjustment

Currently available only in Chennai city, GoBumpr plans to expand this service to their other locations soon. In the meantime, Chennaites can enjoy this hassle-free opportunity and book a service here.

Going Electric: Vehicles that are worth making the move

India has set a target of electric vehicles making up 30% of new sales of cars and two-wheelers by 2030. But the recent economic slowdown appears to have taken a toll on the electric vehicle plans. But the potential market is still huge, with India being the world’s biggest market for scooters and motorcycles; the next biggest market being China.

With the ever-growing pollution and bad air quality – and not to mention the continuous rise in fuel prices, more and more citizens are thinking about making the move to electric vehicles as they realize that going electric brings with it significant benefits; lower running costs, lower maintenance costs and pollution-free driving.

With manufacturers like Japan’s Suzuki Motors planning to launch an electric scooter in India by 2020, and Indian motorcycle makers Bajaj Motor and TVS Motor are also eyeing electric models, here are some existing models that are popular with consumers.

Okinawa i Praise
The scooter comes with a detachable lithium-ion battery that, according to the company, takes 2-3 hours to charge and gives a range of 160-180km. It is also equipped with features like geo-tagging, GPS, find my scooter, battery health and vehicle status, all of which can be accessed via an app on your Android smartphone.

Colours: Glossy Silver Black, Glossy Golden Black, Red Black

Revolt RV400
The Revolt RV400 is India’s first AI enabled motorcycle. It’s battery charges from 0-100% in 4.5 hours. In an all-new innovation, Revolt also offers four sounds in the motorcycle, all controlled through the MyRevolt App.

Colours: Rebel Red, Cosmic Black
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Ather 450
A Bangalore based startup, Ather Energy launched the Ather 450 electric scooter which promises an acceleration of 0 to 40 kmph in just 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 80 kmph and a range of 55-75 km. According to the company, the 450 was designed from scratch to offer an exhilarating ride and a hassle-free ownership experience. The electric scooter promises some great unique features like a low centre of gravity, mono-shock suspension, front & rear disc brakes and perfect balance and a reverse mode.

Colours: White

ULTRAVIOLETTE F77
Sporting a bold design, the Ultraviolette launched the F77 in three colour variants. The bike is currently on sale only in Bengaluru while online registrations to purchase the motorcycle have opened. Deliveries are slated to commence in October 2020. The F77 is powered by a 25kW electric motor which produces 90Nm, making it the most powerful electric motorcycle currently on sale in India. Ultraviolette has DC fast-charging capability, giving it 50 minutes to charge up to 80% and 90 minutes for a full charge.

Colours: Airstrike, Shadow, Laser

Throwback: Tata and the first fully Indian car – The Tata Indica

The Indian auto industry has become the 4th largest in the world. And while India has seen an invasion of foreign automakers enter the country in the late 90s and 00s, the country can proudly boast of its indigenous models, and it’s all thanks to the country’s very own Ratan Tata.

It all started back on 30 December 1998, when Tata rolled out a 1.4-litre in-house diesel car that was built from scratch indigenously. It was launched amidst huge fanfare at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show and made it to the Indian Auto Expo later in the same year. Tata Motors introduced the first and most modern car to be designed by an Indian company – the Tata Indica.

The Indica was a 5 seater passenger car and was also the first in-house developed diesel hatchback. It offered options such as air conditioning and electric windows which were previously limited to imported cars in the market. While competitors brought in foreign cars modified for the Indian user, The Tata Indica was a car that was tailor-made for Indian consumers. Its knockout, however, was the design. The sleek hatchback was unlike all local Indian cars and had an unmistakable international appeal.

Unfortunately, the downside was its performance. The motor vehicle was not without several defects. As word of mouth spread, sales declined. But with resilience, Ratan Tata stood firm and rallied to fix all the issues with the Indica. He went on to release the new and improved Indica V2, which was a huge success. It went on to become a permanent fixture as a top car choice for decades ahead.

Sadly, after a great run of 20 years, the Tata Indica was discontinued in 2018. But it is sure to forever remain a favourite among Indian drivers.

All India Automobile Workshops Association – AIAWA

In the auto repair industry, there is a large institutional vacuum with no single voice to represent the large group of multi-brand garages. This projects a disproportionate economic value to the country. The All India Automobile Workshops Association – AIAWA is the first of it’s kind in India. Aimed at unifying workshop owners across the nation, the AIAWA is creating a stir in previously uncharted territory. Taking inspirational cues from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the AIAWA hopes to bridge the gap between workshop owners from different fraternities and bring all multi-brand workshops under a single roof.

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With the automobile industry booming in India, the servicing sector will witness growth as a consequence. Currently a Rs.20,000 crore industry in India, it estimated that the industry will have an annual turnover of Rs.33,000 crore by 2020. According to a report by Business Standard, unorganized multi-brand garages account for only 1% of the total servicing in the country. In the multi-brand sector, the need to eliminate price disparity and establish a standard of quality is the need of the hour. Even with such teething issues, this sector has managed to service a sizeable proportion of the vehicles in the market.

The AIAWA believes that the key to survival & development for any garage is maintaining a long-standing relationship with its vendors, customers, employees and the community through adoption of stringent quality control principles.

AIAWA recently conducted two meets – one in Chennai & a national-level meet in Bangalore. GoBumpr was proud to sponsor & be a part of the first ever meeting of the AIAWA in Chennai. As  a strong technology enabler & digital partner for the AIAWA community, GoBumpr is empowering garages to be future-ready through the introduction of digital workshop management & mobile technology in garages. Through the introduction of the mobile CRM Axle, GoBumpr is revolutionizing the way garages interact with the customers. With a host of features such as service reminders, promotional messaging & real-time tracking, Axle is the perfect companion for garages gearing up for the future. The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India were also present  at the AIAWA meet in Benglauru, identified that the AIAWA would have to mature from a charter body into a single large institution to represent the multi-brand garages at supplier bodies, central ministries, banking institutions and OEMs. In an age where there is an omnipresence of smartphones & tech savvy customers, going digital is the only solution. The ACMA President in his speech acknowledged GoBumpr as a positive disruption in the auto repair industry that could facilitate the transition to a technology based solution for garages.

Significant Contributor Award - AIAWA

GoBumpr thanks the AIAWA & its members for the wonderful response meted out to our presentations on the future of workshop management at both the meets and also for presenting us with the “Significant Contributor” award at the meet held in Chennai. It was wonderful interacting with all the workshop owners. GoBumpr is keen to empower the workshop community with state-of-art technology and digitize the automobile after-market industry in India..