Bajaj to commence manufacturing of RE60 in current fiscal

Pune, April 5 (IANS) Two-and-three wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Friday said it would commence production of its first four-wheeler – the RE60 – in the current financial year.

A company official said the decision was taken after the government gave an in-principle approval for the creation of a new class of vehicles known as the quadricycles.

“A (government) committee has been formed that is working on the regulations and norms for such vehicles. We understand the process for final inclusion of the new class in the CMVR (central motor vehicles rules) would take a few months more,” R.C. Maheshwari, president, commercial vehicles, Bajaj Auto said in a statement.

Bajaj Auto had unveiled the RE60 at the Delhi Auto Expo last year.

According to the company, RE60 will eliminate the negatives of three-wheeler and passenger vehicles, while encapsulating their positives like fuel efficiency of more than 35 km per litre and lower green house gas emissions.

“It is recognised the world over that vehicles like quadricycles will help in mitigating the urban crisis of congestion and green house emissions due to vehicle mobility and as such more than 13 models are being planned to be launched in Europe in next three years,” Maheshwari said.

“Such vehicles are already classified in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and parts of Asia. We should, perhaps, follow the classification and standards already enacted in Europe and the US.”

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