Upcoming 160cc bike will go on sale by end-2014 or early 2015
While the 110cc automatic scooter remains top priority for Mahindra 2 Wheelers right now, our sister magazine Autocar Professional has learned that the company is also working on a 160cc commuter motorcycle. According to a reliable source associated with the project, “MTWL is working on a 160cc premium commuter motorcycle, which, if all goes well, is expected to be rolled out either by end-2014 or in early 2015.
However, the utmost priority for the company remains to roll out the ready 110cc scooter, which is squarely aimed at garnering volumes.” The upcoming 160cc motorcycle will be positioned in the premium commuter motorcycle segment, which currently has models such as TVS Apache RTR 160, Yamaha FZ variants (153cc), Suzuki Gixxer (150cc), Honda Unicorn variants (150cc), Hero CBZ Xtreme (150cc) and Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i and others. Clearly, M2W has plans of being a part of every high selling segment. While M2W currently retails only the Centuro and the Pantero (106.7cc commuter motorcycles) in its bike portfolio, it sells four models under its scooter portfolio, namely the Duro DZ, Rodeo RZ, Flyte (all three using the same 124.6cc, single-cylinder engine) and the 71.5cc Kine.
According to SIAM data, the company has cumulatively sold 1,23,677 bikes in the domestic market between April 2013-January 2014, thanks to the positive response to the Centuro motorcycle. On the other hand, M2W has raked in cumulative scooter sales (between only 125cc models) of 41,567 units between April 2013 and January 2014 as against 90,410 units sold during the same period from the last fiscal, down by 54 percent.
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