Category Bajaj

Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si launched, is priced at Rs 45,000 ex-showroom

Bajaj Auto has launched a new motorcycle variant in the so called ‘value segment.’ The XCD 135 DTS-Si, Bajaj’s new offering, is priced at Rs 45,000 ex-showroom, and packs a 135cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled carburetted engine that makes 10.5 horsepower. This engine also features Bajaj’s ‘swirl induction’ technology, which the company first released on the XCD 125.

While the very first batch of the XCD 135 DTS-Si will roll out from Bajaj’s plant in Aurangabad, the bike will subsequently be built at the company’s Pantnagar facility, in Uttarakhand. Apart from domestic sales, Bajaj also plans to export the bike from April 2009 onwards.

According to a Bajaj press release, the XCD 135 DTS-Si is a ‘sports commuter bike’ that rides like ‘a Pulsar junior...

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Bajaj to make cheap bikes in China!

According to reports in the media, Bajaj Auto is all set to turn the tables on Chinese motorcycle manufacturers by taking them on at their own game – making and selling ultra-low-cost two-wheelers for developing markets.

Bajaj Auto is said to have arrangements in place with certain companies in China, which would, on a contract basis, manufacture 125cc bikes for Bajaj. These bikes would be sold at the equivalent of around Rs 20,000-25,000 in some of Bajaj’s export markets, including China and Africa.

However, Bajaj will not sell these low-cost two-wheelers under its own brand. The company, which wants a high-quality, high-tech image for its brand, will develop an all-new brand for its low-cost lineup of Chinese-built bikes.

In the 100-125cc bikes segment in India, Bajaj h...

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Bajaj Auto plans to cover both ends of the motorcycle market spectrum in India

Bajaj Auto is looking at launching new entry-level bikes as well as higher-end sports-oriented bikes in a bid to have both ends of the market covered. The Pune-based two-wheeler manufacturer plans to launch a new range of low-cost, entry-level bikes which would not be branded as ‘Bajaj’ machines. Instead, the company will develop a new brand name for these low cost bikes.

This new range of low-cost bikes will, in all likelihood, be developed with inexpensive components sourced from China. With engines of 100-150cc and Chinese-built components, these bikes will also benefit from the ‘Nano effect,’ which is in-house engineering developments geared towards keeping costs low.

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While the low-cost bikes are one end of the spect...

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Bajaj Auto reaches agreement with KTM to hike its stake to 30%

With 30%, Bajaj Auto will be the second-largest stake holder in KTM

Bajaj Auto, which had earlier announced its intent to increase its stake in Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer, KTM, to 30% and above, is now in the process of doing just that. According to Bajaj Auto, this is the right time to increase its stake in KTM because it would allow the company to take advantage of KTM’s currently low valuations, which are due to the global economic downturn

Rajiv Bajaj, MD – Bajaj Auto, has announced that his company has reached an agreement with KTM regarding the hike in Bajaj’s stake holding in the latter and that the deal would be completed over the next two months.

After the preferential allotment of new shares, KTM’s promoters will remain the largest shareholders in the compan...

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