Demonetization impact on sales is over – Bajaj Auto’s Rajiv Bajaj

The impact of demonetization on the company’s motorcycles and three-wheelers sales in India has worn off, Bajaj Auto CEO Rajiv Bajaj said. “Sales was down 20% in the aftermath of demonetization, but now it’s 0%,” Bajaj said, adding that he was expecting to have grown his sales by 20% through the year. “We were expecting growth of 20% and for the year from April to October, we had been growing at those rates,” Bajaj said in a TV interview today. The loss of growth in the December and January was…

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Bajaj Auto to launch 2017 KTM Duke 390 and 200 next Thursday

Bajaj Auto said it will unvel the “all-new KTM Duke Range” of motorcycles in India on Feb 23 at an event in Mumbai. The event, which will start at 11:30 AM and will most likely be streamed live on Youtube, is likely to launch the 2017 Duke 390 and possibly the Duke 200 bikes. The Duke 390 is the most popular bike from the KTM brand, part-owned by Bajaj Auto. The 2017 KTM 390 Duke is also powered by the same 373 cc engine found in the 2016 model, but…

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WATCH LIVE: Bajaj to unveil Dominar brand of premium motorcycles

Bajaj has opened a facility for its fans to watch the unveiling of Dominar, it’s new sub-brand of motorcycles that will sit above the Pulsar range. The first Dominar 400, the first of the line-up, will  be launched tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 PM and you can watch the unveiling below. The first motorcycle carrying the brand was rolled out from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant on 18th November. Dominar is a derivation from a Spanish word which means “to excel or exceed in power”. The new line-up will be its “biggest…

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Bajaj Auto to unveil its high-end brand ‘Dominar’ on Dec 15

Bajaj Auto said it will shortly add yet another sub-brand to its line-up of motorcycles in India. The Dominar will sit above the Pulsar, currently Bajaj’s top in-house brand and will be introduced on Dec 15. The first motorcycle carrying the brand rolled out from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan Plant on 18th November, the company said. The Pulsar, however, has been showing its age in the face of increasing competition from high-end models from Yamaha, Suzuki, Royal Enfield and Bajaj’s associate firm KTM. Dominar is a derivation from a Spanish word…

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Bajaj Auto starts search for INS Vikrant war crew

Bajaj Auto’s has launched “Mission Vikrant 1971” to search for the 1300 officers and sailors that served on India’s first iconic aircraft carrier during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. “Mission Vikrant 1971, is a digital initiative to identify and share details of these war heroes that served on the INS Vikrant and preserve their stories for posterity,” the company, which has a dedicated ‘V for Vikrant’ line-up of bikes, said. Bajaj V, which is made of the metal of INS Vikrant. INS Vikrant was commissioned as the first aircraft carrier of the…

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Bajaj Auto increases Qute production, says it beats popular cars in safety ranking

Responding to widespread news that its low-priced quadricycle Qute has got a European safety ranking of just 1 out of 5 in crash tests, Bajaj Auto today said the rank is still better than that of many popular cars. “In a recent Euro NCAP report, the Bajaj Qute was accorded a 1 star rating, superior to the 0 star rating of popular cars including the VW Polo, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, Maruti Alto, and Tata Nano,” it said. It also said that Qute matched the 1 star rating of European…

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Bajaj Auto February domestic sales up 33%, total up 12%

Bajaj Auto said its sales for the month of February rose 12% year on year, one of its strongest numbers in recent months. Domestic sales increased 33% on year even as exports slumped 12%. The rise in overall numbers was led by a 9% jump in motorcycle sales. Total number of vehicles sold in the month was 2.72 lakh, out of which 2.35 was motorcycles, including exports. Exports fell to 98,959 from 1.13 lakh a year earlier for the same month. With this, Bajaj Auto has achieved breakeven as far…

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Bajaj Auto motorcycle Sept sales decline, but not as much as Honda’s

Bajaj Auto reported a 5% decline in its September motorcycle sales, in line with a broader weakening trend seen in bike sales for the month. Total motorcycle sales fell to 3.3 lakh from 3.47 lakh a year ago during the month. However, three-wheeler and commercial vehicle sales increased by 3% to 54,172. However, on a total basis, the numbers were down 4% year on year for September. This implies that Bajaj Auto has wiped out whatever gains it had made this year in motorcycle volumes with total for the year…

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Bajaj Auto motorcycle sales rise 10% in June

Bajaj Auto, the country’s biggest maker of premium motorcycles, said it saw a 10% jump in its June sales to 2.87 lakh compared to a year ago. The trend is in line with sales numbers released by competitors like Yamaha and TVS Motors. Bajaj Auto’s increase in sales in June is a break from the volatile and often declining trend shown by the motorcycle company over the past few months. With this increase, Bajaj Auto has managed to equalize the number of motorcycles it sold in the first half of…

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Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 clocks over 7,000 bookings, 2 month waiting period

Bajaj Auto said its latest premium motorcycle Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has seen over 7,000 bookings in the first three months since launch and that the waiting period for the model is now two months. Pulsar is Bajaj Auto’s key profit driver and arguably the most successful motorcycle sub-brand along with Hero’s Splendor. ““The all new Pulsar RS 200 has met with a phenomenal response and has been a runaway success with customers,” said Eric Vas, the company’s President for its motorcycle business. Bajaj is facing intense competition from fast-grow…

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Hero says its Splendor iSmart is most fuel-efficient bike in India, not Platina

A month after Bajaj Auto released its 2015 Platina bike calling it the World’s most fuel efficient, rival Hero MotoCorp has come out with new charts putting its Splendor iSmart model at the top. While Bajaj Auto claimed a mileage of 96.9 km to the liter, Hero is claiming 102.50 kilometer per litre for Splendor iSmart. “As per the latest (March, 2015) Fuel Efficiency (FE) values, Splendor iSmart delivered a mileage of 102.50 kilometer per litre, making it the world’s most fuel-efficient bike,” it said. According to the company, Splendor…

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Bajaj Auto launches 2015 Platina ES with 97 km/l mileage

Bajaj Auto has launched what it claims is the World’s most fuel efficient bike – the all new Platina. “The 2015 Bajaj Platina is not just an upgrade on its hugely succesful model, but also a technological leap. It is an entirely new platform developed with a new DTS-i powered engine which delivers a potent mix of superior power & world champion mileage. In fact, this new motorcycle has broken all the benchmarks on mileage to deliver 96.9 kmpl as per ARAI testing. This is the highest ever among all…

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Bajaj Auto reports sharp drop in sales in February

Bajaj Auto reported a disappointing month of auto sales in February. The two- and three-wheeler maker reported a 21% dip in February motorcycle sales to 216,077 compared to the same month a year ago. In three-wheelers, the company reported a 32% dip to 27,242 units. The numbers are inclusive of exports. Total exports dipped 20% to 112,909 units in February. February sales have been among the worst for Bajaj Auto this year as the company deals with competition from the likes of Honda Motorcycles, TVS and Hero Motocorp. Particulars Feb-15…

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Honda MotorCycle bucks trend with strong sales growth in January 2015

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter said domestic sales jumped 14% in January 2015 over the same month last year, in stark contrast to the slow growth reported by other motorcycle companies. Exports too grew by 14% in the month. Total sales, including exports, was 393,787 units, up from 3,44,750 units sold in January’14. In comparison, Honda MotoCorp reported flat numbers and Bajaj Auto reported a decline of 9.2% year on year. Domestic sales contributed 344,678 units to the overall sales, growing grew at 14% at the end of January’15. Honda’s overall…

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Bajaj Auto May sales up 4% on exports, auto sales

Bajaj Auto Ltd reported a 4% jump in May 2014 auto sales compared to May 2013 due to a rise in the commercial vehicle sales. The company which gets about 11% of its volumes from commercial vehicles such as auto-rickshaws, had been having a tough time in the division. In May, the commercial vehicle division turned around and reported an 11% year on year increase in sales to 38,416 units. However, for the year so far, the sales in the division is still down 10% at 70,309. Another key turnaround…

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March auto sales – Honda vrooms ahead as Hero, Yamaha and TVS try to catch up

March continued to be dominated by Honda, with Hero, Yamaha and TVS trying to play catch up. Sales growth in the scooter segment was 53%, while motorcycle growth was 57%. Market share increased to 28% while market share in domestic and exports combined was 26%. It saw the highest monthly and yearly sales in March and this year. Recording its most successful year in India, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) closed the year by recording its highest ever sales of 37.21 lac units in FY’14 with 55,000…

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KTM cuts prices of its Duke 200, Duke 390 bikes

In news that would bring a smile to motorcycle fans of the country, KTM India has lowered the prices of both its models in the country the 200 Duke and the 390 Duke. The 390 Duke is now priced at Rs. 1,80,942 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi) which means a price reduction of almost Rs. 5600 while the 200 Duke is now priced at Rs. 130787 (Ex-Showroom New Delhi) resulting in a price reduction of almost Rs. 4,500. KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, which was formed in 1992 but traces…

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