TVS King auto rickshaw to go diesel

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 - 10:12am IST

TVS Motor is gearing up to launch a diesel variant of the TVS King auto rickshaw in the coming months.

TVS King Auto rickshaw

The King is now available in both petrol and CNG versions and the huge price difference between petrol and diesel has prompted TVS to come up with a diesel rickshaw. The manufacturer estimates that the current market for diesel auto rickshaws is around 30,000 units a month.

The TVS King is powered by a 200cc single cylinder petrol engine which develops 7.4 bhp. TVS has managed to sell 13,602 units of the King in the last quarter of 2012 against 8,899 units during the same period in 2011, which is a 53% increase.

Mr. K. N. Radhakrishnan, CEO of TVS Motor said “Our investment in this (diesel King) would be low, as the design is going to be the same and the target market would be largely domestic market.”

Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the prime markets for this launch and TVS is looking to improve its penetration in states like Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, etc.

While there are no details available on the specification and displacement of the diesel engine that will go into the TVS King, the rickshaw is expected to lock horns with the diesel variants of the Piaggio Ape auto rickshaws.

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4 thoughts on “TVS King auto rickshaw to go diesel

  1. Jahir Abbas says:

    I was looking to buy a three wheel Auto either from BAJAJ or TVS, Please suggest any version that has very economical mileage.


    1. Radhe says:

      Piaggio – Ape city diesel compact

    2. abilash says:

      TVS king diesel Avg mileage = 37 +/- 2 KM-PL with Low maintenance cost & best Driving comfort. Spare availability may be low but long life.(Dominating Bajaj in current market)

      Bajaj compact Diesel = 38 +/- 2 KM-PL but with Best Offers (Due to low market as of now)+ 5 speed Gear box (which might not be needed) but Spare availability is high.

      my opinion is to buy TVS King DS model which will be economical considering maintenance cost.Have a good day.

  2. sandy says:

    I’m surprised to know TVS King was faring well with petrol engine; only. And that could be the reason why I have seen it rarely in my city.


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!