HARLEY-DAVIDSON ACCELERATES STRATEGY TO BUILD NEXT GENERATION OF RIDERS GLOBALLY

“More Roads to Harley-Davidson” Includes New Products in Additional Motorcycle Segments, Broader Access and Commitment to Strengthen Dealers
MILWAUKEE (July 30, 2018) – To inspire even more people around the world to experience the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson today shared details of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022.

In a fast-changing world with new consumer demands, these accelerated actions support Harley-Davidson’s 2027 objectives with increased focus and strategic investment to reinvigorate the U.S. business while accelerating the pace of international growth.

“The bold actions we are announcing today leverage Harley-Davidson’s vast capabilities and competitive firepower – our excellence in product development and manufacturing, the global appeal of the brand and of course, our great dealer network,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Alongside our existing loyal riders, we will lead the next revolution of two-wheeled freedom to inspire future riders who have yet to even think about the thrill of riding.”

The result of a comprehensive, top-to-bottom assessment incorporating a “customer first” perspective, the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan includes:

  • New Products – keep current riders engaged and inspire new riders by extending heavyweight leadership and unlocking new markets and segments
  • Broader Access – meet customers where they are and how they want to engage with a multi-channel retail experience
  • Stronger Dealers – drive a performance framework to improve dealer financial strength and the Harley-Davidson customer experience

 “We expect this plan will result in an engaged, expanded Harley-Davidson community with a more diverse rider base, along with industry-leading margins and cash flow,” said Levatich.

New Products

Leveraging its industry-leading design and strong manufacturing capabilities, Harley-Davidson plans to offer its most comprehensive lineup of motorcycles, competing in many of the largest and fastest growing segments with a full portfolio of motorcycles across a broad spectrum of price points, power sources, displacements, riding styles and global markets. Highlights include:

  • Extending the company’s leadership in heavyweight motorcycles by continuing to develop improved, more technologically-advanced Touring and Cruiser motorcycles that will keep existing Harley-Davidson riders engaged and riding longer.

 

  • Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements, starting with the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson™ Pan America™ 1250, a 1250cc Custom model and a 975cc Streetfighter model, all of which are planned to launch beginning in 2020. Additional models to broaden coverage in these product spaces will follow through 2022.

 

  • Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia. This new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley-Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asia markets.

 

  • Leading the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019 — the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.

Broader Access

Harley-Davidson will advance its market delivery approach and meet today’s customer needs by:

  • Creating high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels – including improving and expanding the company’s global digital capabilities by evolving the Harley-Davidson.com experience to integrate with and enhance the dealership retail experience for existing and new customers.

 

  • Establishing strategic alliances with global leading e-commerce providers to extend access to Harley-Davidson to a pool of millions of potential new customers.

 

  • New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.

 

 

 

Stronger Dealers

Harley-Davidson’s world-class dealer network is an integral part of the company’s accelerated strategy and critical to overall success. The company will implement a performance framework to significantly enhance the strength of the dealer network and the customer experience, enabling the best-performing and most entrepreneurial dealers to drive innovation and success for themselves and Harley-Davidson — while providing the premium customer experience the brand is known for across an increasingly diverse product and customer base.

 

“Harley-Davidson is iconic because we’ve never been static,” said Levatich. “In moving forward, we are tapping into the spirit that drove our founders back in 1903 and every one of the employees and dealers who rose to the challenges faced along the way.  Our plan will redefine existing boundaries of our brand – reaching more customers in a way that reinforces all we stand for as a brand and as a company and we can’t wait to kick it into gear.”

 

 

Honda CB1000R 2018 Price Announcement

The new Honda CB1000R will hit dealers this month and will be available for about $16,499.

The 2018 CB1000R is a motorcycle that looks, feels and performs very differently from what’s come before and melds exhilarating function to a form that offers a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic.

Pinned against the Yamaha MT-01, it seems to be based on a Modern take of a Cafe Racer with the performance of a Street Fighter Naked bike.

Only six exterior parts are constructed from plastic, the largest being the svelte front mudguard. By contrast, what really makes its presence felt is the use of premium metal finishes; parts such as the burnished-aluminium radiator shroud and airbox cover; machined engine cases, cylinder head, and sprocket hub and flangeless steel fuel tank.

The result is a machine with a unique identity, a fusion of Sport Naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspirations.

2018 Honda CB1000R
2018 Honda CB1000R

The 2018 CB1000R elegantly combines more with less. It gives riders a huge amount of usable engine power with the control of a cutting edge Supersports machine with innovative, minimalist styling.

Its 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine has been tuned to deliver its torque with strong character, offering more peak power at just over 10,000rpm and more torque right through the mid-range, where it’s most useful – and most fun.
The CB1000R has Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 3 pre-set riding modes plus a ‘User’ setting. Power (P), Engine Brake (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) work together across the pre-sets to offer optimum benefit to the rider dependent on the conditions. The exhaust transmits a raw-edged howl as revs rise.

The 2018 CB1000R is 12kg lighter than the outgoing design, making for a 20% improvement in power to weight ratio. It’s also smaller, yet has a more relaxed riding position.

Supporting the radical new look is a box section mono backbone steel frame, with Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD suspension up front and a Showa monoshock at the rear. Radial-mount front brakes, ABS and a 190-section rear tyre complete the chassis’ upgrade.

All lighting is LED and the thin, round headlight employs a horseshoe-shaped light ring, as well as a distinctive two-bar light signature. The rear light is also a semicircular light bar that fully lights up when the brakes are applied. The T-shaped instrument panel integrates into the top triple clamp, minimizing bulk, and the ignition switch is positioned at the front of the fuel tank.

Project Leader for developing the 18YM CB1000R Mr S. Uchida, said; “At Honda, our intention is always to look to the future and to be ready to lead. Hence, as the Naked sector’s requirements mature, we knew that we had to go much further than giving the new CB1000R a boost in real world performance. Customer expectation and interests are about much more than just ‘how fast?’

“We wanted to build in not only exhilaration and emotion to each experience of the CB1000R, but also real pleasure in owning, and showing off, such an individual machine. So we travelled in a new direction and are very proud of the result – both when out on the road and when admiring it in the garage!” Mr Uchida finished.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

2018 Toyota Corolla in OZ by August (NEWS)

TOYOTA BOOSTS COROLLA HATCH PERFORMANCE

**Power increase, better economy for new petrol engine**
**New manual and CVT transmissions**
**Hybrid variants across the range**
Toyota’s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyota’s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.

While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

2018 Corolla Interior

The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.

Its innovations include the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.

New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.

The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current model’s single hybrid variant.

The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy.

Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.

This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*

Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.

A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.

Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.

“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” Mr Hanley said.

“With its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,” he said.

Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.

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* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist is a driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

2018 Honda Monkey Bikes

Get ready for Monkey magic when the new Monkey hits Australian streets in July and will be available from $5,999 Ride Away!

With its chunky tyres, glossy fuel tank and big, comfortable padded seat, the Monkey is unmistakable, a timeless figure loved all over the world.

The new Monkey model offers riders a premium take on the cult classic, boasting the first-class craftsmanship and quality demanded when a crowd favourite is re-imagined for present day.

The historical 3D Old Wing design Honda logo, chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards – plus the chrome exhaust shield, circular mirrors and high-rise handlebars – all pay homage to the original and a host of modern touches bring this genuinely iconic machine into the next phase of its life.

The digital full-LCD circular meter features a speedometer, odometer with two trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator.

All lighting is LED; the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wingmotif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks.

The single channel ABS breaking system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear ‘lift’ under strong braking and the Monkey features premium USD forks and twin rear shocks.

The air-cooled horizontal 125cc single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI and a 4-speed gearbox is simple, robust and tuned to deliver useful about-town performance.

The Monkey’s steel backbone frame is perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in.

Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.

For Australia, there are four exciting colours to choose from – Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue and Pearl Shinning Black.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

Honda CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F (Honda offering Cash incentive)

From the 1st May until 30th June, there are 500 Honda Dollars* available on the the CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F, offering a choice across the Supersport, Sports Touring and Naked categories.

If you are in the market for a punchy Supersport machine, then the CBR500R has you covered, LAMS approved and promising riders the best of both worlds: power and practicality.

The CBR500R is ideal for the morning commute or a weekend road trip, thanks to a large 16.7 litre fuel tank.

The CBR500R features LED lighting and the big 41mm adjustable pre-load front forks have external preload adjusters which are all about setting up the ideal feel, just like a 1000cc sportsbike. This feature means as you grow in experience, the CBR500R grows with you.

2018 Honda CBR500R
2018 CBR500R Graphite Black, Silver Stripe.

Sophisticated Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability, which allows adaptation for different riding situations (i.e., riding with a passenger, cargo etc.)

Those after something slightly bigger and in the Sports Touring genre can look no further than the CBR650F. From headlight to tail light, it screams performance and agility, ready to take you on a journey away from the repetition of everyday life.

2018 Honda CBR650F
Hitting Honda dealers this month, the super sharp 2018 CBR650F is LAMS approved and will be available for $9,999 MLP.

Designed to conquer corners with ease, it offers a sporting edge but makes no compromise to rider lifestyle. The high-set handle bars offer a more relaxed riding position and twin 320mm front discs and single 240mm rear disc with standard 2-channel ABS, offers confident and controlled stopping power.

From the Naked category, the CB500F is the perfect entry level bike for beginners being LAMS approved but also a whole lot of fun for riders of all experience levels.

2017 Honda  CB500F
2017 Honda CB500F

Due to its compact dimensions, the CB500F is adaptable to a wide variety of needs thanks to its great urban ability as well as enjoyable, out-of-town performance, matched with excellent fuel efficiency.

Adding a shot of street fighter style is its sharp stripped back bodywork, which bares Hondas famed 471cc DOHC engine and steel diamond-tube frame.

The CB500F has a large 16.7-litre fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable front forks and standard 2-channel ABS for enhanced safety.

With a variety of colour options available across these three models, there is certainly something for everyone during Honda’s ‘Power Up’ 500 Honda Dollar sale.

For more information visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

*HondaDollars may be used in store to purchase accessories, servicing or reduce purchase price. $500 HondaDollars when purchasing a new CBR500R, CB500F
or CBR650F. HondaDollars are redeemable in store and are not redeemable for cash. HondaDollars include GST. Available between 1 May and 30 June 2018. Only at
participating Honda Dealers. Accessories shown not included. Overseas models shown.

SUZUKI SV650 AVAILABLE IN BOTH LAMS AND FULL-POWERED VERSIONS FOR MY18

Suzuki’s SV650 will be available from Australian dealerships in both learner approved and full-powered platforms for MY18 release, both are due to arrive next month carrying a manufacturer’s recommended price of $10,190 ride away.

 

The “SV” designation in the SV650 stands for many things: Sporty V-twin, Superior Value, Simple and Versatile. Quite simply is a concept that an owner experiences rather than defining. Loaded with capabilities and exuding personality, daily commutes or weekend excursions on twisty roads are an easy and unforgettable ride.

 

Today’s mid capacity street motorcycle market is mostly powered by parallel twins or inline four-cylinder engines. Suzuki believes its unique 645cc V-twin offers the best engine character for this type of segment thanks to the linear power it delivers throughout the rev range.

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The Suzuki V-twin engine is a marvel of engineering and superb versatility. While at lower RPMs, this engine delivers powerful torque that’s easy to handle and a deep throaty sound. Open the throttle to the mid-range, and the power of the engine responds linearly and smoothly, yet always under your control. Finally at higher RPMs, the V-twin cruises along with performance ready to go, even in higher gears.

 

The full-powered version punches out an impressive 56.0kW @8,500rpm with 64Nm of torque @8,100rpm.

 

In Learner Approved trim the output is lowered to 35kW @8,500 rpm with 56.5Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and is tuned to deliver strong torque in the low-to-mid rpm range whilst also conforming to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements.

 

The beautifully crafted trellis frame is constructed of lightweight steel material allowing an overall slimmed down appearance while proudly showcasing the robust V-twin engine.

 

Measuring in with a low 785mm seat height, the narrow, streamlined seat is designed to be nearly flat from front to back, giving riders a superior degree of visibility and grip in the upright position. In addition, a luggage loop is available for securing cargo.

 

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Large 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brake disc provide incredible stopping performance and control. Compact and lightweight, the SV650 features state-of-the-art ABS technology manufactured by Nissin, thus making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance.

 

Packed full of the latest Suzuki technology, such as the handy Low RPM Assist function which raises engine rpm during take-offs or when navigating slowly through city traffic. The Suzuki Easy Start System makes engine starting a breeze with just one touch of the starter button.

 

Both models with be available in the stunning Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White colour schemes.

 

For further information on the MY18 Suzuki SV650 range, interested customers should visit their nearest Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the dealer locator on suzukimotorcycles.com.au

 

 

 

 

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES “BIGGER AND BETTER” IN 2018

**Greater rewards for young-gun drivers**
**$150,000 in series prizemoney **
**Series alumni making their marks nationally**
The third year of the Toyota 86 Racing Series for aspiring drivers promises to be bigger in every way with new entrants, greater rewards and more races.

Overall prize money has been increased to $150,000 for the 18-race grassroots series that features identical 2.0-litre Toyota 86 sports cars.

Series placegetter cash has been extended to eighth place while retaining the previous top-three place rewards of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000.

The monetary value of the coveted Kaizen Award, for continuous improvement, is now $35,000. It includes a fully funded trip to compete in a round of New Zealand’s 86 racing series and a session at the Mark Larkham Training Academy.

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The class of 2018 introduces 15-year-old Broc Feeney, son of top-level 1980s motorcycle racer Paul Feeney.

Returning drivers include Tim Brook, the series lap record holder at two circuits, who is building a new car for this year.

The 2018 competition has been extended to six rounds and four States adding South Australia with its new Bend Motorsport Park for the first time.

The action kicks off next month at Phillip Island and includes the Sandown enduro weekend in September and the famed Mount Panorama circuit in October, before concluding in Newcastle.

Toyota’s vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the Toyota 86 Racing Series has found and nurtured some impressive young driving talent, with six drivers in the 2017 top ten aged under 22.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series was created as an affordable, grassroots racing series to foster new talent. Looking at the series alumni after just two years, it has already proved its worth,” he said.

“Inaugural series winner Will Brown is a perfect example, claiming back-to-back class victories in the Bathurst 12 Hour and recently winning the Peter Brock Medal for combining outstanding driving ability with a sportsman-like attitude.

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“The 2017 series winner Jimmy Vernon and rival Cameron Hill, who has the most series victories to date, are both stepping up to GT-series drives in 2018.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series offers impressive rewards and provides the opportunity for all entrants to showcase their talents on the national stage.”

Competitors in the series can benchmark themselves against experienced guest drivers at each round and seek advice from specially assigned driver mentors.

The racing versions of the Toyota 86 sports car are fitted with a roll cage and performance kit developed by Neal Bates Motorsport and ‘control’ Dunlop road tyres.

Series sponsors include Hino Motor Sales Australia as the official truck provider and Toyota Genuine Motor Oil, which all competitors must use as engine lubricant. The series is managed and organised by AirTime Autosport.

There are three races at each venue, with competitors given a set of four new tyres after qualifying.

The 2018 calendar is: Phillip Island, April 20-22; Townsville, July 6-8; Bend Motorsport Park, August 24-26; Sandown, September 14-16; Mount Panorama, October 4-7 and Newcastle, November 23-25.

A test day for confirmed entrants will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 3.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $150,000. Open to variants of Toyota’s cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

Toyota motorsport
Toyota has a proud international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia’s premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.

TOYOTA C-HR SUV (Coupe High Rider)

The SUV market worldwide is possibly the most contested car market out there. The SUV is such a versatile vehicle that It can appeal to almost anyone, of any age with a car license.

Toyota has brought excitement to the SUV market with the launch of its radically styled C-HR, or Coupe High Rider.

The C-HR car stands out in the Toyota range and its segment with a coupe-like upper body, powerful underpinnings and a punchy 1.2 litre Turbo Charged petrol engine and advanced cabin quality.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

A high level of standard features and competitive pricing add to the appeal with every C-HR equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies and in-demand features such as satellite navigation, alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

Toyota has created a simple pricing structure that starts at $26,990* for the six-speed manual front-drive C-HR , and also offer a CVT version and an all-wheel drive option.

Top-of-the-range Koba adds luxury features including leather-accented seats, keyless entry and ignition, bigger (18-inch) alloy wheels, LED lamps and innovative technology that moisturises cabin air – all for an additional competitive $4,300.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR

Customisation or Personalisation is a by-word for the newest Toyota with more than 60 available Genuine Toyota accessories – second only to HiLux in the Toyota range in number – encouraging owners to truly make this their own.

C-HR is the first Toyota to offer five years of Toyota Service Advantage# with annual services capped at just $195 each.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said C-HR’s stunning design brings together the best aspects of a hatchback, a coupe and an SUV.

Low-end torque, quick response and high efficiency are characteristics of the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is offered for the first time in a Toyota model in Australia and the quiet and smooth engine delivers peak torque from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm and maximum power of 85kW.

The manual gearbox, standard on the 2WD C-HR, is engineered with an “intelligent” system that promotes smooth gear changes by automatically adjusting engine revs.

On all other variants, the CVT also offers M-mode for manual access to seven simulated gears, giving a sense of response and control similar to a traditional transmission. I’m not sure why this would be but I’m willing to stay open minded about this until I actually get behind the wheel to test drive.

All C-HR variants offer two drive modes, in Eco mode it is favouring fuel economy and in Sport mode driving performance.

A strong focus on fuel consumption has resulted in a promised combined-cycle economy from 6.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions from 141 grams/km^.

Interior space is similar to Corolla, comfortably accommodating four adults and offering 377 litres of luggage space along with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

C-HR offers a high level of standard safety features including a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and reversing camera.

All models are equipped with seven airbags, stability and traction control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and hill-start assist control.

Satellite navigation is paired with Toyota Link** connected mobility and a six-speaker sound system while other C-HR features include dual-zone auto air conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-information display, electronic park brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch wheels.

C-HR models for Australia are built in Japan.

C-HR PRICES*

C-HR C-HR KOBA
2WD manual $26,990
2WD CVT $28,990 $33,290
AWD CVT $30,990 $35,290

 

Harley-Davidson 2018 Softail range

Have Harley-Davidson lost their mind??

Will stopping production of the famous and popular Dyna models cause Harley-Davidson to self-destruct?

Let’s take a look…………..watch video here……

 

In August this year Harley-Davidson announced a Revolution in their Big Twin model range.

They announced eight brand new Softails ready for 2018. These Softails will be brand new Fat Boy,® Heritage Classic, Low Rider,® Softail Slim,® Deluxe, Breakout,® Fat Bob® and Street Bob® motorcycles.

They will be powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107, with a 114 option on the Fat Bob, Fat Boy, Breakout and Heritage Classic.

Milwaukee-Eight™ 107  (107 CID; 1745cc) this is Standard across the whole model rangeIt boasts Up to 16% quicker acceleration than the High Output Twin Cam 103

The optional Milwaukee-Eight™ 114  (114 CID; 1868cc)  has up to 13% faster acceleration than the Milwaukee-Eight 107 with Standard ABS

 

This is the largest product development that Harley-Davidson has undertaken in its companies 115-year history.

These new models are boasting to be lighter, more powerful and with a greater agility and better handling than any of their Big Twins that have come before.

This would have been a risky decision for the folks at Harley-Davidson as their followers and fans are possibly the most committed motoring fans on the planet. There aren’t many motoring companies that have had as many of their logos tattooed on the human body as Harley-Davidson has had.

So, to completely change what has so much tradition and success, into something new, is a super high risk.

But personally, I think they have nailed it.

In my opinion these new models are uniquely Harley-Davidson, but finally bought into the modern era.

I have been a Harley fan since I could walk and talk, and my Father used to ride a Harley. And I will always LOVE the classic styled bikes no matter what, but at my age, comfort, safety, reliability and performance are exactly what these new models encompass.

Well Done Harley-Davidson, I think you have re-written the future, and I can’t wait to throw my leg over any of these for a full review in the near future.

THE EIGHT NEW SOFTAILS & THEIR KEY FEATURES
Fat Boy®

The legendary Fat Boy motorcycle that defined contemporary custom style for decades has
outdone itself. Ripped and refined satin-chrome finishes deliver a bold, muscular styling
statement showing off its powerful engine and new and improved ride and handling.
• Aggressive, steamroller stance and front end design
– Modern-day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle
– A 160mm front tyre, the widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson production model,
wraps the solid Lakester front wheel
• 16kg weight reduction to previous model
• Standard ABS
• 240mm rear tyre with solid Lakester rear wheel
• Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine
• Priced from $30,995 AUD and $32,495 rideaway.

2018 Fat Boy Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Fat Boy Milwaukee-Eight

Heritage Classic
Design cues evoke the blacked-out styling of vintage 1950s Harley-Davidson models,
updated with a modern edge.
• New detachable windscreen
• New rigid, lockable, sealed, water-resistant saddlebags
• Taller suspension with increased passenger and cargo payload capacity
• 17kg weight reduction to previous model
• Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine
• Standard cruise control and ABS
• Priced from $31,750 AUD and $33,250 NZD rideaway.

2018 Heritage_Classic Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Heritage Classic Milwaukee-Eight

Low Rider®
Inspired by the individualism of the ‘70s custom chopper era that birthed the original, the
new Low Rider is lighter and faster with corner-carving handling unimaginable back in the
day.
• Throwback-style dual tank-mount speedo and tachometer gauges, headlight visor
and fuel tank graphics
• 19-inch front and 16-inch rear Radiate cast wheels
• 2-into-2 Shotgun exhaust
• Priced from $24,250 AUD and $25,495 NZD rideaway.

2018 Low Rider Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Low Rider Milwaukee-Eight

Softail Slim®
Stripped to its essential elements, the Slim pays homage to post-war custom bobbers with a
narrow rear end, trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome.
• Dark finishes adorn the laced wheels, Hollywood handlebar, and all-new front-end
design
• Low-slung tuck and roll seat
• Bold and smooth new front nacelle and fork cover styling
• 17kg weight reduction to previous model
• Priced from $26,250 AUD and $27,250 NZD rideaway.

2018 Softail Slim Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Softail Slim Milwaukee-Eight

Deluxe
A classic hi-line showstopper that stands out on any street, the Deluxe glistens with bright
chrome while delivering the ride of a seriously modern machine.
• Signature all-LED lighting from front to back: headlight, Tombstone taillight and
blade-like turn signals
• Signature pull-back handlebar
• 17kg weight reduction to previous model
• Priced from $29,495 AUD and $30,995 NZD rideaway.

2018 Deluxe Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Deluxe Milwaukee-Eight

Breakout®
With more lean angle and agility than ever imagined in a bike carrying so much dragster
attitude and style, the Breakout model takes long, lean muscle to a modern edge.
• New smooth-top 13.2 litre fuel tank
• Long and wide with low-slung raked out 49mm front forks
• 18-inch rear (240mm tyre) and 21-inch front (130mm tyre) Gasser-style gloss-black
powder coated cast aluminium wheels
• Distinctive Daymaker Signature LED headlamp
• Low-profile riser-mounted digital instrument screen
• 17kg weight reduction to previous model
• Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine
• Priced from $31,250 AUD and $32,750 NZD rideaway.

2018 Breakout Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Breakout Milwaukee-Eight

Fat Bob®
Tarmac-eating traction, pothole-devouring suspension, agile cornering and a blacked-out
take-no-prisoners look make the Fat Bob a groundbreaking motorcycle that could only come
from Harley-Davidson.
• 2-1-2 upswept performance exhaust with a custom finish
• Largest aggressively treaded tyres from the Motor Company: 150 mm front and 180
mm rear
• Dual disc front brakes
• 13.2 litre fuel tank
• 15kg weight reduction to previous model
• Inverted 43mm cartridge style front forks
• Optional: Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine
• Priced from $27,495 AUD and $28,750 NZD rideaway.

2018 Fat Bob Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Fat Bob Milwaukee-Eight

Street Bob®
A bare-bones bike with go-anywhere DNA, the Street Bob motorcycle has a fists-in-the-wind
attitude with nothing extra to weigh it down.
• Smooth-top 13.2 litre fuel tank
• Black spoke wheels with chopped fenders
• Low-profile riser-mounted digital instrument screen
• 7kg weight reduction to previous model
• Lowest rideaway RRP in Softail range
Priced from $23,495 AUD and $24,495 NZD rideaway.

2018 Street Bob Milwaukee-Eight
2018 Street Bob Milwaukee-Eight

NEW TECHNOLOGY FEATURED ON EVERY SOFTAIL
• Unique Daymaker Signature LED Headlamps on all models
• Improved electrical system charging, more than doubled at idle speeds
• Easily adjustable rear shock pre-load settings (method varies by model)
– Under seat spanner wrench: Softail Slim, Street Bob, Low Rider
– External hand adjustment knob: Fat Bob, Fat Boy, Breakout
– Under seat socket adjustment: Deluxe, Heritage Classic
• New instrumentation
• Keyless ignition and security system standard remains standard from previous
models
• Steering head mounted USB charge port
• New fuel tanks

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