Bajaj could export RE60 to Sri Lanka before local launch

22/02/2012 - 09:19 | ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

Bajaj RE60 side profileA report on Fox Business has resurrected the possibility of Bajaj selling the RE60 in an overseas market before a local launch. Bajaj could export the four-wheeled auto rickshaw upgrade to Sri Lanka before launching it in India.

The report has Mr Rajiv Bajaj, CEO of Bajaj Auto, on record stating that Sri Lanka is a market where the company has established a strong retail network and it gives them confidence to launch it there.

Why Sri Lanka?

Bajaj sells 10,000 units of the three-wheeler every month in Sri Lanka where they are bought for personal use. The stigma of it as a cheap people carrier is not attached to it.

Isn't the RE60 a competitor to the Tata Nano?

The RE60 will be produced in Aurungabad with a 200cc petrol engine capable producing around 20hp and delivering 35-40kmpl in real world conditions. The RE60 is built for the "city taxi" segment where operators are traveling short distances with a tight budget.

There's no hiding that the RE60 is made for the commercial segment as even the top-end model has a fare meter mounted on the dashboard. For the same reason Bajaj retails it under the "RE" brand, which is its commercial vehicle business.

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