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Old 5th July 2013, 11:45   #151
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Default Bajaj RE60's Indian debut could be pushed to March 2014

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First showcased just before the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, the Bajaj RE60 Quadricycle is yet to arrive onto Indian roads. Regulatory hurdles have thrown a spanner in Bajaj Auto's plans of launching the RE60 in the Indian market. However, things seem to be moving at a faster pace now what with the Indian government giving the quadricycle segment the initial nod. In the next few months, the Indian government will draft a quadricycle policy with inputs from the public.

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Once such a policy is in place, the Bajaj RE60 is expected to be launched in India. FinancialExpress reports that the launch of the RE60 is slated to happen before March 2014. At the time of the RE60's initial showcase, Bajaj Auto had announced plans of launching the four wheeler before the festive season of Diwali 2012. Going by the new launch time frame, it seems that the RE60 would take a full 2 years to hit Indian roads.

Before launching the RE60 in India, Bajaj Auto could begin exporting the quadricycle to developing countries across the globe. The Indian auto industry is divided over quadricycles. While some manufacturers such as Bajaj and Eicher favour quadricycles, others such as Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki claim that such vehicles, with lax safety norms, would prove to be safety hazards on Indian roads.

Some automakers have also criticized the government's decision to approve quadricycles, noting that such a move would give Bajaj an unfair, first mover advantage. Rajiv Bajaj, the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, has gone on record to state that the car lobby is scared that the RE60 would hurt small car sales. Mr Bajaj also noted that the automakers opposing the quadricycle policy were doing so in order to buy time for building their own versions of the quadricycle.

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Bajaj Auto asserts that the quadricycle is a safer urban commuting option than the three wheeled autorickshaw due to the additional stability that the fourth wheel brings on board. Also, the quadricycle is said to offer better weather protection than the autorickshaw, whose occupants are partially exposed to the elements. Other claimed benefits include a better fuel efficiency figure (to the tune of 35 Kmpl) than autorickshaws and the lowest emissions for a four wheeler in India (60 grams of CO2/KM).

The RE60 is expected to come with a 200cc liquid cooled engine using a 4 valve-twin spark head. This engine could deliver about 20 Bhp of peak power, giving the RE60 a top speed of 60 Kph. With a 400 kilogram kerb weight, the Bajaj RE60 will transport four adults including the driver in a 1+3 or 2+2 configuration. The Quadricycle is expected to serve as an alternative to three wheeled autorickshaws for transport in both urban and rural areas of India.

Currently, the last-mile people mover segment in semi-urban and rural areas of India are serviced by the likes of the Tata Magic Iris, the Mahindra Maxximo, etc. The RE60 will be manufactured at Bajaj Auto's Aurangabad factory, at the same facility from where the Indian automaker rolls out its three wheeler range. The RE60 could eventually be offered with a CNG option. Also, a mini pick up truck variant of the RE60 is said to be in the works.

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Old 18th July 2013, 16:30   #152
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Bajaj RE60 Caught in Motion-attention to detail and minor cosmetic enhancements Bajaj has done on this commercial-only offering also with flashy alloy wheels.
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Default How Rajiv Bajaj Created a quadricycle and why Nobody likes him for it

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There is an awkward pause as the next question looms. He has just said that Ratan Tata made a mistake with the Nano. He has reeled off a list of "stupid and meaningless" ideas that management consultants try to sell. And he has accused "the Harvard business schools of the world" of teaching "this rubbish called MBA".
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Old 13th September 2013, 15:02   #154
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Default Bajaj RE60 poised for year-end launch

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Bajaj Auto plans to launch the RE60 in India by the end of 2014 even as the government here has issued a draft notification that seeks to classify the Quadricycle as a commercial vehicle under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR). Once this draft notification is approved and changes to the CMVR are made, quadricycles can officially ply on Indian roads. The classification of the quadricycle as a commercial vehicle paves way for Bajaj Auto to launch the RE60 in India.

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The final notification will set standards for Quadricycles sold in India and these standards are said to be similar to those laid down by the European Union. A fully enclosed body with steering wheel, and a unladen weight of 450 kilograms for the passenger carrying version and 550 kilograms for the load carrying version of the Quadricycle are a few of the standards likely to be announced through the final notification.

The strict weight limit for quadricycles seems to have been arrived at following the stiff and vocal opposition that the quadricycle has had to face from the car lobby in India. By ensuring that quadricycles remain distinct from cars through the weight limits, the Indian government wants to reinforce that passenger cars will conform to a higher level of crash safety. Also, quadricycles will be limited to a lower top speed in view of their safety limitations.

Also, quadricycles will not be given permission to ply as personal vehicles and will be limited to the taxi and cargo segments. Therefore, the car lobby's argument that quadricycles will replace cars and cannibalize the car market seems unfounded, at least for now. While Mr Rajiv Bajaj, the managing director of Bajaj Auto, has emphatically stated that the RE60 is not capable of highway speeds, he has also argued that the government allow the quadricycle to serve as a personal means of transport for those who cannot afford cars.

The RE60, which was showcased by Bajaj Auto at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, remains ready for serial production but for the Indian government's delay in classifying quadricycles under the CMVR. The RE60 will roll out from Bajaj Auto's Aurangabad factory at Maharashtra, a facility that also builds the automaker's RE three wheeler range. Apart from selling the RE60 in the Indian market, Bajaj Auto has ambitious plans to market the quadricycle in emerging markets across the globe.

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Bajaj Auto already exports its RE range of three wheelers to countries across the globe and the RE60 is expected to take a similar route. The RE60 could be positioned as the logical upgrade for three wheeler owners for the added safety, comfort and fuel economy it brings to the table, at a cost that isn't much higher than that of a RE three wheeler. The Bajaj RE60 will be powered by a 200 cc liquid cooled, single cylinder four stroke engine featuring DTSi twin spark ignition.

This engine is said to output about 16 Bhp to 20 Bhp, and could deliver a fuel efficiency of about 30-35 Kmpl in real world conditions. With a CO2 emission level of 60 grams/Km, the RE60 promises to be one of the least polluting petrol powered four wheelers in India. Bajaj Auto is also said to be readying up a CNG variant of the RE60. Notably, the RE60 showcased at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo was a four seater, available in 1+3 and 2+2 seating layouts. Bajaj Auto is also said to be developing a cargo variant of this quadricycle.

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Old 16th September 2013, 19:37   #155
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I hope Bajaj is working on the LPG version as well as it is mandatory for all the auto's to run on this fuel,i hope to see this model replacing the age old and dangerous 3 wheeler's from our street
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Found it testing in pune.

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Here is the spyshot of the interiors of the RE60.

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Default Bajaj RE60 CNG caught testing

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An Indian Autos Blog reader caught this green Bajaj RE60 on test in Pune. Apart from having a green body color, this RE60 sports green credentials as well as this is the CNG version.


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I saw it in person - a gray colored uncamouflaged version at the pykara village near ooty on the 23rd. Seemed rather tiny. It makes the nano look like a large spacious family car in comparison.
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I can't understand this 200cc, 16bhp and 35 kmpl logic. A bike that has 16bhp needs a hi-tec engine to produce 16bhp, and how is 35 kmpl possible carrying 4 people and their luggage. A formula 1 engine is awesome, but it lasts just a couple of races, this one would have to last a lifetime!
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Some times i feel how these guys made it out to the top.What else to say for this stupid design?Looks like we have been transported back to two centuries back.Why cant they learn a lesson from nano's failure?
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More pics of the RE60 CNG caught testing in Pune (courtesy Motorbash):

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I can't understand this 200cc, 16bhp and 35 kmpl logic. A bike that has 16bhp needs a hi-tec engine to produce 16bhp, and how is 35 kmpl possible carrying 4 people and their luggage. A formula 1 engine is awesome, but it lasts just a couple of races, this one would have to last a lifetime!
The usual Bajaj RE autoricksha is powered by the 150cc scooter engine, carries four people and if well driven, returns > 25 KMPL. It is a two stroke, so a four stroke should return more mileage.

Any bike engine can propel an autoricksha, it all depends on the gearing. But it will not go as fast, or return as good a mileage as compared to a bike.
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I saw it actually on road while returning from the Mumbai-Pune mega meet and it looks very ugly. Check the difference in the colour panels and the panel gaps here -->
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-b...ml#post3308487 (The *new* MH Mega Meet Thread- 1st December 2013- UPDATE: Poll closed- Lonavla it is!)

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Looks like an RE60 test mule is doing rounds in Surat as well. Someone clicked this and posted it on Facebook:

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The head post office building (station road, Bhagal) can be seen to the right.
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