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By Invitation : 2011, A Year In My Perspective by Navroze Contractor.

New Delhi, Jan. 7 -- The year 2011 has been a grand year for the Indian Auto Industry. New models launched by many companies and that too in the right segment of small cars, which are the need of our country more than anything else. In the motorcycle section the launch of the Honda CBR250, Kawasaki 650 and the Hysong 250 and 650 were the most anticipated and eagerly lapped up. It is high time that the bike industry offer higher performance machines and not make the public feel that everything is available in the car segment but not for bikers.

I rode the Honda CBR250 for several long rides and city jaunts to say that it is really a good bike for India. It has enough performance and stance for the entry level sports biker. I must admit that spares have been a major problem for those who have needed them. It is most unlike Honda to produce a vehicle, put it in the market for sale and have no spares back up. A lot of young people who lapped up this bike have complained for the lack of spares. I am sure it is only a matter of time before this will be rectified. The most important aspect of the launch of the CBR250 by Honda is that now, all other bike companies will have to up their models. The Indian public has the money and the enthusiasm to spend on a more powerful bike. I would put my bets on the company that manufactures the first affordable 400cc machine. This is ideal capacity for city, sports as well as touring for our country.

Finally, after years of struggle and wait F1 came to India. No amount of praise is enough for those who worked day and night to get the sport here. Not only has it put India on the map of being able host international sports at the levels demanded by first world countries but also to have, at last one circuit in the North of India that will help more drivers/riders to be able to use a circuit to hone their skills. The debate whether a country like India, where 40% of our people live on a pittance, US$ 1 a day, needs an F1 at all will continue. In a way this brought more eyes and stares to the problems we have and everyone hopes that over all progress of the country does improves in a balanced way.

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Date:Jan 7, 2012
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