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Old 10th December 2005, 21:00   #1
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Default Thus spake Walletwatch on the future of TVS

I was just browsing some articles on walletwatch today when I came across this old 'prediction' on the future of TVS back in 2001.

The 'analysts' had more or less written off the company here:

The mathematics of a TVS minus Suzuki
Sep 28 2001

Mr Venu Srinivasan, Managing Director, TVS-Suzuki Ltd, has a Tamil nickname - 'moped mannar' (moped king). As things look today, the name may stick more than ever before.

With Suzuki Motor Corporation getting out of the joint venture, the general opinion is that the company would be pushed into the confines of the entry-level two-wheeler market.

TVS-Suzuki (or whatever the company will be called in future) has a 30-month space to learn to be all on its own.

The period coincides with the completion of the process of separation of Hero Motors and Honda.

During that time, TVS will conceivably acquire mastery over the products at present manufactured under a licence from Suzuki-Max 100 R, Samurai and Fiero. The question is, beyond 30 months, what?
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Old 10th December 2005, 23:28   #2
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I remember TVS was going through a lean phase back then because multiple things went wrong
  • Moped market collapsed
  • 2-strokes bikes were losing popularity
  • they didnt have a 100cc 4 stroke to match HH
  • Scooty was over budget and hence was overpriced (still is)
  • TVS Spectra took up $$$ and flopped majorly
Gottta respect the engineering calibre of TVS for boucing back.
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but still tvs retains that charm. THe charm of being Indian.

I would buy a tvs if it has a bike in the 200cc category to match pulsar 180 and Karizma.

Will be a worthy successor to my now sold p-180v1
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2006 is gonna be a real good year for TVS...
believe me. they're comin up with some very nice bikes.
(150cc & above)
All that old conservative style of thinking is being done away with.
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Old 11th December 2005, 16:09   #5
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The TVS Spectra? What was it? Think I havent heard much about it.

When Sumo was launched they said who will buy the bread box vehicle, and then...

Same with TVS. They showed the others that they meant business even without Suzuki. By this month or early next year expect a 150cc to give competition for Pulsar 150, HH Achiever, Unicorn.

and later, expect 160 or 180cc bike. Heard the 150 looks great.
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