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Power scooters for Indian men

Two-wheeler manufacturers to come up with power scooters

Apnaloan.com Research Bureau

28 Apr 2008

Two-wheeler manufacturers are contemplating models with engine power in excess of 150cc for launch in India.

Analysts suggest that automatic scooters will be the future of commuting in cities for men, a segment dominated by 100cc motorcycles.

TVS Motors, Kinetic, Honda Motorcycle, Yamaha, Bajaj Auto and Suzuki Motorcycles are eyeing a piece of the power scooter segment.

One of the first of such bikes to be launched will be the Bajaj Blade (150cc) which is expected to be in showrooms by later half of this year.

TVS Motors is working on a gearless scooter with much more power than its current offering in the scooter segment Scooty.

Suzuki Motorcycles has seen a phenomenal demand for Access125. As reported by Business Standard, Satya Sheel, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycles, said, "The urban scale of commuting will change since the Indian consumer is the least predictable of all. We will get into the 150cc-plus segment as we continue to upgrade our products and try to fulfill the aspirations of all types of buyers."

The reason for the rise in interest among two-wheeler makers in this segment is the expected change in buyer preference within the segment.

Most people prefer to have a second vehicle and the choice is an automatic scooter, which rides easily without the botheration of changing gears. People want to make quick trips and more powerful scooters will serve the purpose.