Mahindra two-wheelers owned by Mahindra and Mahindra is on a roll!
The company, which recently acquired a whopping 51% stake in Peugeot Scooters, is bringing France to India! Yes, you read it right! The company has flown in six specimens of the French company’s two-wheeler models in India for probable testing and R&D.It seems unclear whether these magnificent scooters might be put up for sale since most Indians are still oblivious to Peugeot as a major automobile brand and they might prefer existing brands in the brand over a comparatively new brand being introduced in India. We all know how Vespa underperformed in sales right?
We feel they have been brought down to India for possible large scale manufacture because production costs in India are lower compared to European countries. They might export them internationally for the time being since no advertisement campaign or intent of sale of such scooters have been made currently. Mahindra’s top brass of operations have denied comment at the moment about any development however, their PR sources do say that further information might surface around next month.
The six imported scooters are one of a kind, completely different in terms of other brand designs currently on sale in the Indian subcontinent. Amongst the newbies are the Satelis-2 300i that sports a 278cc, four-stroke engine producing 21bhp of power and is liquid-cooled. It has a tall visor and a large saddle for rider comfort. In terms of safety, it supports dual shocks, disc brakes and telescopic front suspension.
The Django Sport is the most stylish looking of them all, similar to a Vespa. It has a very vintage look to it and underneath its hood is a 125cc four stroke engine that is air cooled.
The Citystar 125 is a lite version of the Satelis and is powered by a 125cc 4-stroke engine that produces 14.8bhp of power and is liquid-cooled. It has a 9litre fuel tank and for safety it sports dual telescopic forks in the front.
The Metropolis 400i RS is a unique design that is set to enthral Indian scooting fans if put on sale. It is an eye-catching three-wheeled scooter that comes keyless ignition. Underneath it is fed by a 400cc four stroke engine that produces 37bhp of power and is liquid-cooled. It has disc brakes on all its three wheels to ensure driver safety.
The Speedfight 3 is the most sci-fi looking scooter of the entire lot. It looks similar to a bat-mobile if it were to be made into a scooter. It has a125cc 4-stroke engine that produces about 10bhp of power. It has USD forks at the front and disc brakes on both tires.
The Streetzone is a stripped-down, no-frills scooter that is zippy and very light at just 87 kg idle weight. It is powered by a two-stroke air cooled engine that produces 4bhp of power and is air cooled. It is suitable for daily commutes over short distances and non-highway roads.
It would be really interesting to see what Mahindra is up to. If they plan to mass-produce and sell these models in India, they are sure going to be a big hit amongst Indian youth if kept reasonably priced. Indians are bored of the Scooty, Kinetic, Wego, Flyte, Zest, Activa and the likes. It would be interesting to see how Mahindra pits the Peugeot range against their own line of scooters in India like the Mahindra Flyte. We feel the 3-wheeler Metropolis should be launched in India to help disabled and elderly people commute safely.
For now, we can only wait and watch.
Fingers crossed for some good news from the Mahindra camp.
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