Bajaj Auto had a successful start in the Indian two wheeler market by kickstarting its operations in India with a range of scooters. But soon, the arrival of motorcycles from its rivals like Hero Honda and TVS, as more value for money offerings in comparison to scooters, forced Bajaj Auto to shift its focus gradually towards motorcycles. Starting with the 4S Champion, Boxer, Caliber and Pulsar range of bikes, Bajaj then discontinued all other 100cc offerings in favour of the CT 100.
The CT 100 was one motorcycle which ignited the fuel efficiency war among the motorcycles, as it claimed a rather exaggerated fuel economy of 108 kmpl at that time. The bike instantly became a hit owing to its simplicity and no-nonsense feel, apart from its primary target of delivering excellent fuel efficiency. These traits helped the CT 100 in garnering some good reputation in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities as well as rural areas.
Bajaj did discontinue the CT 100 back in 2006, to make way for the more premium offering, the Platina. However, Bajaj has realized that there is a need for one more entry level commuter offering below Platina to cater to the rural areas and small towns, which is why it relaunched the CT 100 below the current Platina ES. And now, Bajaj has pared down the already basic CT 100 even more, naming it CT 100. Bajaj claims that the CT 100B is now the cheapest motorcycle available in India, which it rightly is. So, let’s have a look at what all changes do CT 100B carries over the CT 100.