Mahindra 2 Wheelers formally inaugurated its new Research and Development centre in Pune. The future ready centre which is the third largest of its kind in India was inaugurated by Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group.
The centre has been recognised by the Department of Science and Industrial Research (DSIR) and will enable Mahindra Two Wheelers to undertake in-house design and development of engine technology for its motorcycles as well. It thus, bears further testimony to the company's commitment to utilize technology driven innovation to emerge as a serious player in the highly competitive two-wheeler market in India.
The company also unveiled two brand new engines developed at the facility. The first is an indigenously developed and tested 110cc engine, while the second is a 300cc cutting-edge liquid cooled engine.
Anand Mahindra said: "The new dedicated facility will enable us to harness the technology of the future to create tomorrow's products. It will allow us to design in India, for the discerning Indian consumer. The Micro Hybrid technology developed for the new Duro DZ is a clear validation of the value it offers the business. In future, I am sure we will see this R&D facility emerge as a symbol of Indian ingenuity."
Home to over 175 engineers and designers, the new Mahindra Two Wheelers R&D facility was created at an investment of about Rs. 100 crore and has two wheeler experts who are leading various technology and product development projects. In fact, the new Duro DZ and the recently launched Rodeo RZ with the all new ‘Z' series engine were developed at this facility. This engine series incorporates the pioneering Dual Curve Digital Ignition (DCDI) technology and patented fuel level indication system.
But taking pride of place at the inauguration was the all new start-stop Duro DZ, India's first scooter with Micro Hybrid technology which is ideal for urban areas. This technology helps conserve fuel when the scooter is idle, such as at a traffic signal, resulting in increased savings.