Bajaj Quadricycle RE60 has been delayed once again as leading car manufacturers Tata and Maruti Suzuki oppose it tooth and nail in road transport ministry meeting
New Delhi: This is something that may look very appealing to millions and millions two-wheeler drivers across the country. Indian two wheeler maker Bajaj that has facing stiff competition from Japanese two-wheeler manufacturers including Honda and Yamaha, is being attacked by Indian car manufacturers including Tata and Maruti for its quadricycle project that is ready to be introduced in the market.
Though this four wheeler looks like a car, but it is manufactured on motorcycle platform and comes with very light engine. That may be just sufficient to carry four people inside it and may give wider choice for people eager to go for their first car. Tata is one company that is opposing it tooth and nail as it believes that it will further destroy the market for its Nano car that has failed to get good market response. Tata, before the launch of Nano more than two years ago was hoping that its small 600 cc car will be well received in the market and will become best seller in India. But it has failed to get even reasonable response in the Indian market. Even rural India, people donâ€™t feel enticed enough to go for it.
Now this Bajaj quadricycle may further destroy the market for its Nano car. Maruti is also apprehensive of the project as it expects this Bajaj quadricycle to destroy the market of its entry level car Maruti 800 in rural India.
They are putting pressure on the government that is trying to build a consensus on putting in place a policy framework for enabling ‘quadricycles’ not to approve it. These companies are asking the government not to allow these micro cars based on the motorcycle platform, on Indian roads.
But Bajaj has its support base too. Mahindra and Mahindra is standing on its side while Tata and Maruti are hell bent on opposing the quadricycle concept. In a meeting convened by the road transport ministry yesterday Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki were very vocal against allowing Bajaj quadricycle on the Indian roads. Bajaj that is ready to launch its Quadricycle RE60 in the market and has showcased it to the world in 2012 Delhi Auto Expo is eager to get governmentâ€™s go ahead to launch it commercially. Indiaâ€™s road transport ministry is looking the RE 60 as a viable replacement for three wheelers that looks safer than an auto rickshaw plying across Indian cities and hinterland.