Bajaj is ploughing the field for the electric boom.
The Pune based manufacturer has been in the news for a lot of reasons, and most often than not, it is a good one. With the latest being the eyebrow-raiser Triumph-Bajaj global partnership, Bajaj is making the right moves to get ahead of the competition soon enough.
Now, fresh information from the industry sources is pointing out at the firm’s newfound love for alternative fuel powered vehicles, most probably being electric. Coined as "Urbanite", the new project will aim at developing upmarket products in the electric vehicle segment.
Triumph and Bajaj enter into a global partnership
A few days ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto said, "We are very close to finalising a very promising alliance, it’s not certain, that it will happen, but if it happens, it will open up enormous possibilities for the company."
Today, however, a press release cleared the air and has managed to lift up all eyebrows. The alliance Bajaj was talking about was a global partnership with the British legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph.
Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.
A week ago, rumours filled the news about Harley-Davidson being the top contenders to buy the luxury two-wheeler Italian marquee from Volkswagen. For no fault of theirs, except for them being owned by VW, Ducati could possibly see a change of hands since the German company is in considerations of selling brands under its portfolio.
Now, there could be a new chapter in Ducati’s history books, courtesy, the Volkswagen Diesel Gate scandal. If reports are to be believed, KTM-Bajaj was approached by the German company to buy out the Italian brand, an initiative taken towards the new financial strategy set out by the company post the Diesel Gate scandal.
Its official. Bajaj will get Husqvarna into the country sometime in 2018.
Since the time Husqvarna showcased its ‘Real Street’ Vitpilen 401 and the Swartipilen 401 concepts at the 2016 EICMA, the industry is abuzz to see some bonkers design unlike anything seen before on the streets. Ready to bring in the Swedish company’s name on the world stage, there were still speculations of where they will be made since Husqvarna is owned by KTM - a company that has Bajaj Auto as a shareholder.
Clearing the air, both Bajaj and KTM have released a joint press release and have confirmed that they intend to make the 401 models right here in India sometime in 2018 and sell them worldwide. Until then, however, the bikes will be made back home in Austria. But the Duke’s 390 engines that will run on these Huskies will be built right here in India by Bajaj.
Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.
As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.
Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While some of them have been replaced, few others just could not manage to burn the midnight oil and live up to expectation. They were just phased out of the assembly lines. Here is a list of those who couldn’t make it to the party this year:-
Bajaj’s Chakan plant has an all-women assembly line.
Breaking stereotypes across the industry, automakers in the country are increasingly seeing the advantages of having women manning their production machines. Getting into what has traditionally been a male stronghold, needs some acts of courage and self-confidence and also the company’s work limitation.
Luckily at Bajaj’s Chakan plant where the Dominar 400 is currently made, it would be surprising for you to know that the entire motorcycle has been assembled by an all-women workforce manning the assembly work stations.
Bajaj and Kawasaki have now officially split
Back in 2009, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market motorbikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.
Now, eight years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away. With Bajaj making an official statement, it is safe to think that the Indian must have initiated this brink. With KTM doing very well for Bajaj, they want to indulge more in operating the Austrian orange into sharing spaces in their Pro-Biking showrooms.
Honda wants to compete with Royal Enfield’s middleweight category.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away from the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them. The sales figures were the scary truth for Bajaj where they understood that they played the wrong card.
Now, the Japanese Red are planning to lock horns with RE to have their go at the middleweight segment and give a stiff fight to the Enfield’s 500-535cc motors.
Royal Enfield’s sales is not disturbed by any competition.
When Bajaj launched the Dominar in 2016, it was highly pitted against the mighty Royal Enfield Classic 350. It was supposed to gorge away the sales of the RE and leave it hanging dry. I, for one, was actually very confused at this conjecture made by both Bajaj and the moto fraternity on how they interpreted this rivalry. There wasn’t any in the first place if you ask me.
Both the bikes, though not poles apart, are not to be put against each other. Yes, they have similar engine capacity but that does not put them on the same page. It is like comparing cricket and baseball just because of a bat and a ball being in play.
Nonetheless, people did compare them, wrote and spoke sagas about it but it looks like the universe had different plans for them.
Ever wondered why Bajaj is not bothering with making scooters?
Do you remember the iconic Bajaj Chetak scooters your uncle used to ride back then? The one that was famous for coining the ‘Hamara Bajaj’ for the entire brand was a household workhorse back in the 80s’ and the 90s’. Along with that, there were also the likes of Wave, Legend, Saffire and Spirit that gave birth to the Bajaj we know today.
Then, the industry moved to geared motorcycles and scooters were gradually phased out. Bajaj too started developing this newfound interest in geared motorcycles and phased out their scooter section with the last one of them being the Bajaj Kristal DTS-i.
Bajaj is not happy about the competition wanting amnesty on BS-IV implementation.
April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India were all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines. Doing so, the Pune based manufacturer, Bajaj, has been the first and only manufacturer who has now switched all their two and three wheeler product line-up with engines that satisfy the new emission norms.
There are however a few manufacturers who are looking out to get an extension to produce BS-IV vehicles by a month or two, only so that they can exhaust their BS-III stocks. And this has infuriated the top heads at Bajaj and they strongly condemn this act.
Kawasaki and Bajaj break ties
Back in 2009, our very own ‘Hamara Bajaj’ and the Japanese green team Kawasaki joined hands to market mobikes globally across developing countries, including Asia and South America. This tie-up not only helped Bajaj spread its wings, Kawasaki too started selling and servicing their 650cc and below products in the Bajaj operated pro-biking showrooms in the country, which also happens to see the Austrian KTM motorcycles sharing spaces. Kawasaki also assembled their CKD motorcycles, at the Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan.
Four years after this successful partnership, both Bajaj and Kawasaki want to part away for reasons not made official to us. But MotorBeam speculates that this could be because of two reasons. One, Kawasaki has been busy setting up its own dealer network and it is on its way to set its foot firmly in the country. The other could be KTM’s more affordable offerings under the same roof affecting sales for the Japanese.
Kawasaki will move all its sales to its dedicated showrooms selling all their motorcycles in the Indian product line-up. Although, assembly of their CKD products will still be undertaken at Bajaj’s new facility at Akurdi. But, will be handled completely by India Kawasaki Motors, a 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan.
Coming to Baja’s point of view, it is an obvious rationale that KTM’s sales gave Bajaj a better financial stability that the Kawasaki’s expensive options. Moreover, Bajaj-KTM have a stronger bond with respect to partnership compliance and KTM is all setting up to bring its premium Husqvarna motorcycles to the Indian stride.
As the KTM Duke series is manufactured in India for global consumption, Husqvarna will also manufacture their models at Bajaj’s Chakan plant near Pune and call India their home. They will hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2017 across the globe and will be expected to be priced slightly above the KTM Duke 390.
And this break-up is going to benefit both Bajaj and KTM to have more office space to showcase the upcoming offerings and the Husqvarna brand of motorcycles.
This will benefit new Kawa customers as it will make Kawasaki drop a few thousands on their CKD products as Bajaj will no longer take any profit on their sales. You can expect all their bikes at dedicated Kawasaki showrooms including their CBU imports, like before. Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R will continue in those showrooms alsong with the 300 cc and 650 cc bikes. All said, Kawasaki has a huge mountain to cross before it can start competing furiously at the niche segment.
Overseas however, both these brands will still be going strong by selling the Kawasaki Bajaj badged Pulsar through the Kawasaki network in Asian countries and will be doing the same in Brazil as well.
Bajaj To Relaunch New Fully Automatic Chetak Scooter In 2017
Our very own two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj definitely has done extremely well for themselves in the recent years. Their product range Pulsar was able to create the magic that most of the two wheeler manufacturer’s dreams of. The Pulsar product range was able to provide exciting and powerful motorcycle according to Indian standards at affordable prices. They recently even introduced a completely new 150 cc motorcycle V15 which managed to look different from every other 150 cc premium commuter motorcycle available in the Indian market. The motorcycle had another interesting selling strategy and that its fuel tank is made from the metal of one of the most memorable warships of Indian war history.
One thing that we all questioned ourselves though was while the Indian scooter segment was flourishing fast why Bajaj was still missing from the scene. While Honda picked up a huge amount of success with their Activa scooter, TVS too made quite a name for themselves with their Jupiter scooter range. But now according to the recent reports Bajaj too will be reentering the scooter segment and will also resurrect one of the most renowned and trustable nameplate from their stable the ‘Chetak’ scooter.
That’s right Bajaj will be relaunching the Chetak scooter once again and this time the new scooter will be available in a modern avatar. Expect the new scooter to get a lightweight chassis, completely new engine, better brakes and comfortable suspension setup etc. Although no details of the engine are available yet but expect it to get powered by a single cylinder, air cooled engine which will be displaced in between 125-150 cc segment.
Gaadiwaadi also managed to get their hands on the leaked patented image of the scooter as well and there is no doubt that the new scooter definitely looks impressive and premium as well at the same time.
Bajaj Auto has announced on their Avenger United facebook page that they actually have made their Avenger Cruiser is now compliant with BSIV norms.
The updated Bajaj Avenger cruiser was launched last year here in the Indian market and the Avenger Cruiser comprises of three models which includes the Street 150, Street 220 and the Cruise 220. Although the image on their facebook page did not mentioned whether all the models has received the upgrades or not however the image shows that the Street model in particular has received the upgrade for sure.
Coming to the drivetrains the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 is powered by the 150 cc DTS-i air-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 14.54 PS at 9,000 rpm and 12.5 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is paired to 5 speed transmission. The more powerful 220 cc DTS-i oil-cooled single cylinder engine which powers both the Street 220 as well as the Cruise produces about 19.03 PS of peak power at 8,400 rpm and 17.5 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. This engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox as well.
Both the Cruise and the Street are perhaps the most affordable cruisers which are available in the Indian market at this moment. We are still not sure whether Bajaj has decided to hike the prices of these models or not, As far as their present prices are concerned the Avenger Street 150 is priced at INR 76,989 (ex-showroom Delhi), while the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 and Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 are priced at INR 87,331 (ex-showroom Delhi). .
Both Bajaj Pulsar AS150 & AS200 Getting BSIV Upgrades
We all are hearing rumors for a long time that Bajaj has discontinued the Pulsar AS150 as well as the AS200. Howver according to the recent reports on Motor Beam Bajaj has not discontinued the two most popular products after the Pulsar 220F and the RS200 but actually decided to give them the BSIV upgrade. However Bajaj has decided to stay tight lipped about this.
However the rumors are that these motorcycles won’t actually get the engine upgrades but at the same time will also get some cosmetic updates as well.
The AS150 you all know uses the new Perimeter frame chassis and is powered by the 149.5 cc DTS-i twin-spark engine which produces about 17 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The air-cooled engine is paired to a 5-speed transmission. The three colour options available with this model are Red, Blue and Black.
The more powerful Pulsar AS200 on the other hand gets the 199.5 cc DTS-i triple-spark engine which produces about 23.5 PS of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. This engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available with us.
Schemes and offers going on for 2016 festive season
No matter how much the Indian two wheeler market may be suffering from ups and downs in the entire tenure of one year, the one particular period which definitely sets the cash registers ringing for all of them is the festive season of Diwali. If we dig out the history of automobile industry, the performance of all the manufacturers during this particular period of time always goes on exemplary, with all of them playing in profits more than what they usually collect in other months of the year.
Like every other year, the festive season of 2016 too has witnessed all the major players of the tow wheeler industry of India coming forward with their lineup of schemes, offers, limited edition models and new variants of the already existing models. Following is a list of all the schemes which are being offered by all the two wheeler majors of the country. Here they are.
Upcoming Bajaj Motorcycles Set To Make Its Name In The Royal Enfield Territory
We all were quite excited about the fact that Bajaj has finally decided to introduce the new VS400 before the festive season but now according to the recent reports they have actually postponed the launch date of the much anticipated motorcycle towards the month of November. The reason behind this delay is Bajaj wanted to concentrate fully on their current products and meet the demands of the people during the festive season.
Bajaj officials have also informed that compared to the last year their sale of product has also picked up because of their recent launches which included the Pulsar AS200, AS150 and the RS200 along with the new range of Avenger cruisers.
But as far as their big motorcycle is concerned it will most probably not be launched under the Pulsar brand name. Mr. Rajiv Bajaj said that they want to get into a new territory with their upcoming motorcycle and thus also wants to look into introducing a new brand.
Now this is obviously a last minute change from Bajaj because the motorcycle was caught couple of times while it was being tested on road and it carried the Pulsar logo on the tank. Even the leaked brochure group of motorcycles with its touring capabilities.
Bajaj Will Delay The Launch Of The Pulsar VS400
We all were almost certain about Bajaj launching their newest offering the Pulsar VS400 in India before the festive season. However according to the recent reports unfortunately that isn’t happening. Bajaj has decided push back the launch of their upcoming motorcycle and now chances are that it will be introduced in the Indian market only after festive season is over.
Now the main reason behind this was to focus on the current sales and gather some sales volume during the upcoming festive season. According to Bajaj officials their product lineup looks ready and they are all set to meet the demands of their customers. So in order to focus on the festive demand they have decided to push back the launch of their new motorcycle.
Although the Bajaj officials has not revealed any specific date but the launch will definitely happen only after the festive season for certain.
The Bajaj Pulsar VS400 is the production variant of the CS400 concept showcased at the 2014 Auto expo. It is not an unknown fact to us anymore about how this motorcycle will look and which engine will power this new motorcycle.
This will be the most powerful Bajaj motorcycle ever launched in the Indian market and will bring with it plenty of new features as well. The Motorcycle was already caught testing on Indian roads couple of times and will be powered by the same 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled unit which also powers the KTM Duke390 as well. This is also the first motorcycle in its segment which will also feature duel speedometer and an all LED headlamps as well.
Production Variant Of The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 To Be Called VS400 Will Develop 34.5 Bhp
Maxabout has posted two recent scanned copies of leaked brochures of what it looks like the production variant of Bajaj’s much anticipated soon to be launched motorcycle CS400. But surprisingly the badge under the pillion seat as well as the details on the document is referring the CS 400 as the ‘VS400’. Although the full abbreviation of the ‘VS’ lettering is not out yet but Bajaj could possibly be pitching their power cruiser under their ‘V’ brand of motorcycle which currently has only one of their popular product the V15.
The report also discloses the details of the power output of the upcoming motorcycle as well. The new Bajaj VS400 (New name) will obviously be powered by the same KTM Duke 390’s 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which will get incorporated with Bajaj’s DTSi technology. However this new engine will produce only about 24.74 KW (34.5 Bhp) of peak power at 8000 rpm as compared to the 43.5 Bhp which is actually produced on the KTM RC390. The engine will be paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox though. Some more details of the motorcycle are also out including gross weight of 332 kilograms. The gross weight of the vehicle according to the official term includes vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passenger and cargo weight.
The motorcycle is expected to be launched this month and will be priced in between INR. 1.60-1.80 Lakhs ex showroom.
Bajaj Lowers The Price Of Their Pulsar 135 LS Model
Bajaj launched the Pulsar 135 LS back in 2009 and since then it has not received any major update. The Pulsar 135 LS competes in one of the most exciting as well as competitive market segment of India which now has been filled with many competitors from different manufacturers. The Pulsar 135 LS also happens to be the entry level motorcycles from their renowned Pulsar brand but the exciting news is that Bajaj has actually lowered the price of the Pulsar 135 LS by almost 4000 rupees.
That’s right! You can now get your hands on the baby Pulsar by paying INR. 58,002 (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the same motorcycles was actually priced INR. 62, 000 (ex showroom Delhi).
Now what could possibly be the reason for Bajaj to slash the price of this particular motorcycle? Is it its sluggish sales number or is it the fact that this has been in the Indian market for a long time and now its competitor’s offers almost the same amount of features that are usually found in the 135 LS. The Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS was the one motorcycle which offers plenty of goodies in this segment. To begin with this actually carries the Pulsar badge with its name, the Pulsar 135 LS also gets split-seat, aluminium clip-on handlebars , analogue digital instrument cluster which are definitely those kind of features that you generally find in a 150 cc motorcycle. But now that it has been in the market for a long time and which actually has affected its sales numbers as well that is the reason why Bajaj has decided to actually slash the prices.
Is Bajaj working On A New 400 cc Avenger?
Bajaj has been a very strong player in the Indian two wheeler market since very long. Last year in October, Bajaj, the second largest motorcycle maker launched the new Avenger portfolio in Indian market. The new Avenger has gone through a complete makeover, and garnered much appreciation from the motorcycle enthusiasts. The new Avenger was launched in three different variants which are Avenger 150 Street, Avenger 220 Cruise and Avenger 220 Street, this way increasing the portfolio from one to three. Now the rumor in town is that, Bajaj is developing an all new Avenger with a larger engine, and it will be christened as Avenger 400. Reason behind this is to take on the highly popular Royal Enfield brand models.
Once launched in Indian market, Bajaj Avenger 400 will be the flagship model from the brand in the cruiser segment. Expect it to get power from KTM Duke 390’s single cylinder engine, although in a retuned version. The engine might get paired with a 6 speed gearbox like the KTM Duke 390. This powertrain churns out 43.5 PS peak power at 9000 rpm and 35 Nm peak torque at 7000 rpm in KTM Duke 390.
Incidentally, Bajaj has been seen chalking out an aggressive strategy in recent times. They launched the new Avenger portfolio last year with an expectation to reach 9000 sales mark, which ended up at 31000 units in February, 2016. Not only the cruiser segment, Bajaj introduced the new 200 cc Pulsar in form of RS 200 last year. This sporty motorcycle came in two different variants, one being equipped with ABS as well. The ABS variant sold more units than the non ABS one. The band already has four high range models in the Indian market under the KTM badge, which are Duke 200, Duke 390, Duke RC200 and Duke RC390. Now if the second largest motorcycle brand in India launches another Avenger competing the Royal Enfield that will surely make some sensation in the market.