TVS Flame lost the patent fight with Bajaj

By Divya Sai on 2/18/2008

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Flame turned to Fumes

The long battle  between Bajaj and TVS finally ended (almost), with a decision going completely against TVS....No booking, No sales and No more manufacturing.
Bajaj will be really happy to win this case as this will definitely bring a lot of new customers towards its would be market leader in 125cc segment - Bajaj XCD. After this judgement Bajaj with already a complete back up against TVS Flame - its plan to introduce new improved - "Bajaj XCD 125cc Sprint", may be delayed (as there's no need to be hurried for its launch).
On the other hand TVS, which already faced many losses this year, had ony left hope was "The Flame", which unforunately has been banned on Saturday to either manufacture or sell, creating even image issues for such a big reputed (third largest indian two-wheeler company) company.
125cc has been a very important & crucial segment for any bike manufacturer in India, with a major group of commuters belonging to middle & upper middle class, people mainly look for initial cost and mileage, and with increasing number of young bikers, they even consider the looks !
Flame with a competitive price (Rs. 45,000 ex-showroom) to any other bike in its range, and with an even better mileage claim of company - 112 Km/L (on road estimated - 80 km/L), and ofcourse the looks - digital speedo, aerodynamic body & disc brakes. But one thing that extinguished the flame - their newly designed CC-VTI engine
In the words of Rahul Bajaj : "This is a landmark judgement. It does not matter who won the case," he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here. "This case highlights that auto engineering products do not have proper patent procedure, he said, adding this would put forward a procedure for technology patent". 
The friendly gesture : "I am happy with the verdict. I have nothing against TVS. Venu Srinivasan (TVS Chairman) is a good friend. It (the case) is a completely commercial subject," Bajaj said.

The Madras High Court on Saturday restrained TVS from manufacturing, marketing, selling and exporting two or three wheelers with an internal combustion engine, including the new Flame 125 or any such engine or product which infringes on Bajaj's patent.
But many people are still saying "The case is still open, for TVS Motors may approach the Supreme Court".
And other possibility : Sources among the auto components suppliers have a suspicion that TVS Motors may have a second engine ready for Flame.

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Nano of Indian Bikes - Xenitis Rock 100

By Divya Sai on 2/10/2008

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Xenitis Rock 100

The Tata Nano version in bikes went all un-noticed ?
So here's the bike fulfiling most of the Indian common man's needs.
A 100 CC bike giving a mileage of 125 Km/l (company estimated) & priced at just 19,990, with equated monthly installments (EMIs) fixed at Rs 490. Xenitis is the same company which first released its computers at below INR 10,000 (5 years ago) tagged price & laptop below INR 20,000. Xenitis set up its two-wheeler manufacturing plant in West Bengal in April last year at an investment of Rs 300 crore and an installed capacity of 90,000 units per month.
Already, 10,000 units of Xpression have been sold out and the plan is to export bikes to Middle East, Russia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and some African countries.
The new bike Rock100 already has an advance booking of 1,60,000 units and will be available with around 350 motor dealers. The bike is equipped with attractive features like 4-stroke engine, electronic self start and kick start facility, tachometer, gear indicator, aerodynamic headlight with halogen bulbs.
Technical Specifications :
Type                                                       4-Stroke, Single cylinder
Displacement                                           97.2
Compression                                            Ratio 8.6 : 1
Max. Engine                                             Output 5 kw @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque                                            6.5 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Type size and ply rating                            Front - 2.50 - 18 4 PR /
Rear 3.00 - 176 PR
Wheel Base                                              1200 mm
Over all Width                                          740 mm
Over all Length                                        1930 mm
Over all Height                                         800 mm
After reading all this we can call this as Nano of Bike's World !
Their another Bike  at the higher end :
Xenitis Xpression 125CC
Technical Specifications :

Engine                       4 stroke, Single cylinder air cooled
Bore x Stroke             56.5 X 49.5 ( mm )
Eng. Displacement     124 cc
Compression Ratio     9.0 : 1
Max. Net Power         10.5 Bhp at 8500 rpm
Max. Net Torque        8.4 Nm at 7500 rpm
Ignition System          CDI
Spark Plug                  MICOXR5DC
Lubrication                 Wet Sump , Splashed
Transmission              5 speed constant mesh rotary gear
Front Brake                Hydraulic ventilated discbrakes
Rear Brake                  Mech. Expanding shoe & drum type
Fuel Tank Capacity     Full 15.0 ltr., Reserve 2.5 ltrs.
Dimensions :

Length                                  2040 mm
Width                                   780 mm
Height                                  1130 mm
Wheel Base                          1280 mm
Min. Turning Radius               2165 mm
Ground Clearance                 140 mm
Tyre Size : Front : 2.75 - 18, 4PR  Rear : 3.00 - 18, 6PR
Electrical System                 12 Volts AC + DC
Head Lamp                          35 / 35W Halogen
Turn Signal Lamp                10W
Neutral Indicator Lamp        3W
High Beam Indi. Lamp         3W
Turn Signal Indi. Lamp         3W x 2
Meter console Light             3W
Horn                                    12 V DC Type 2A
Battery                                12 V - 5 Ah
Vehicle Kerb Weight            127 Kg.
Gradeability.                       7.2°

Price: Rs 39,000 ex-showroom


The bike comes with five speed rotary gear transmission , 125 cc 4 Stroke all aluminum engine, Die Casted rear grab rail , Ventilated disc brake, Self start, Masculine 15 liters capacity fuel tank, CAT Megaphonic silencer with heat shield, Aluminum die casted pillion foot rest & a Five step adjustable rear shock absorber.
The company has released the bike with a joint venture between Xenitis and China's automobile giant Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group (GAIG).
Now the only point to consider before going for these bikes is the popularity of the brand, and also one need to consider its partner Chinese company - second largest two-wheeler company in China.

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12 new bikes from Hero Honda

By Divya Sai on 2/09/2008

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Hero Honda planning to launch
12 new bikes in next 18 months

Pawan Munjal, CEO, Hero Honda said it will launch 12 new bikes across entry executive premium segment, reports CNBC-TV18. It is not looking at getting into the passenger car market yet and will focus on two-wheelers and CV business, added Munjal.

“Between the expos of 2006 –08, we had 18 launches. Going forward, in the next 18 months, we have 12 new launches and are looking at all three segments. We have focus on all the three segments and more and more on the premium, the youth and on the youngsters,” said Pawan Munjal, CEO, Hero Honda Motors.

Experts from the exclusive interview with Pawan Munjal:

Quen : What's your focus going to be? Is going to be high volume low margin bikes or is it going to be the other way around as the other manufacturers are moving?
Ans : Our focus has been and will continue to be in all three segments starting with the entry segment, going into the executive segment and finally into the premium segment. You know we’ve had a number of launches in the premium segment and all these launches have done very well for us. The latest one “Hunk” is doing exceptionally well for us.
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