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Old 20th June 2015, 13:08   #1
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Eicher Polaris Pvt. Ltd. is a 50:50 joint venture between Eicher Motors Ltd. and Polaris Industries Inc. The joint venture agreement was signed in July 2012. The company will manufacture and sell a full new range of personal vehicles in India and other emerging markets.

In 2013, Eicher Polaris set up its first manufacturing facility in Kukas, near Jaipur, India. This facility is spread over 25 acres and rolls out the Multix personal utility vehicle. The company invited Team-BHP for a short tour of the factory.

Here are some high points of the plant:
  • Eicher Polaris has invested Rs. 350 crore till date for the facility, which is equipped with robotic weld lines and in-house paint systems.
  • The facility will also house a R&D centre.
  • The facility was set up in 2013.
  • The facility spreads over an area of 25 acres, but only 6 acres have been built upon.
  • It has a capacity of 60,000 units, which can be scaled up to 1,20,000 units.

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-1.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-2.jpg

The plant is "kind to the environment":
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-2a.jpg

Test mules of the Multix:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-dsc05895.jpg

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The first section of the plant is the weld shop. This is where the tubular fame of the Multix is built:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-3.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-4.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-4a.jpg

The weld shop has 13 robots to do some high-speed welding. These robots also have anti collision sensors:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-5.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-5a.jpg

Humans take over at certain points as the frame gets its shape:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-6.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-7.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-8.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-9.jpg

The frame undergoing quality control checks before it is sent to the next section of the plant:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-10.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-11.jpg

The frame's journey on the weld lines is over. The transporter takes it out of the section:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-12.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-13.jpg

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The frame enters the paint shop:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-14.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-14a.jpg

The frame goes through dip treatment and power application processes in the paint shop:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-15.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-16.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-17.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-18.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-19.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-20.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-21.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-22.jpg

The frame is ready to be moved to the assembly line:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-23.jpg

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PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-23a.jpg

Various body panels, ready to be fitted on the frame:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-24.jpg

Flexituff is cheap to repair e.g. a fully painted door will cost just Rs. 500!
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-25.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-26.jpg

Suspension, brakes and steering components are fitted on the frame:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-29.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-30.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-31.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-32.jpg

PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-34.jpg

Rubber beadings:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-34a.jpg

Door frames:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-34b.jpg

Engine:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-33.jpg

Seats and pedals are fitted:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-35.jpg

Here's where the vehicle starts looking like a Multix:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-36.jpg

The wheels and bonnet lid are among the last components to be put on:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-37.jpg

The Multix now undergoes a wheel alignment session:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-38.jpg

The vehicle is put on this dynamometer before it is signed off:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-dsc06052.jpg

The finished product:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-39.jpg

Vehicles parked in the stockyard, ready for dispatch:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-39a.jpg

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Two vehicles were parked outside to demonstrate the use of the X-Port power-take-off point:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-41.jpg

You have to start the engine to run the X-Port. It generates up to 3 kW of power which can be used to power various appliances:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-42.jpg

This one is connected to a water pump:
PICS: Eicher Polaris factory in Kukas, Rajasthan - Report on the making of the Multix-43.jpg

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Really crisp coverage and a very interesting read! I'm confident the Multix will do well, especially considering facts like the affordability of major parts (Just 500 bucks for a door?? I'd buy one for some interesting home decor). It's amazing to see the complexities of the manufacturing process even for budget vehicles like this one. Can't wait to see it on the road.
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Dear all - the engine is originally of Mahindra Champion, this is the same 510cc water cooled single cylinder diesel unit, which was mounted "east-west" (transverse) at the rear left side of the vehicle at an angle of 30 degrees to the horizontal. Now also, it is mounted at 30 degrees to the horizontal only! It is nice to see this engine find various applications besides this one!

Good move, "invest a little, wait and watch"!

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Is it available for pvt registration? If yes, I would definitely like to buy this for the offroad use in a city like Mumbai!
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