Bajaj, one of India's leading two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturers, seems to be surrounded by a bit of bad luck this year.
The Pune based auto maker firstly saw a drop in sales last month, and is now been banned by the Sri Lankan Motor Department from launching its latest quadricycle, the RE60.
The Sri Lankan authority have opposed the launch due to safety concerns, saying the RE60 is worse than a three-wheeler.
The actual intention was to offer comforts of a four-wheeler with just three wheels. The RE60 was a replacement for the three wheeled rickshaws.
Since Sri Lanka is the biggest market for Bajaj Auto outside India, the Pune based manufacturer thought it will be a good idea to offer a hard top three-wheeler with seat belts.
The authority has said that the RE60 is very light and cannot even be registered under four-wheelers according to Sri Lanka Motor Traffic regulations.
Bajaj on the other hand say they will go ahead with the launch since Sri Lanka is a huge market for the company.
The Bajaj RE60 was developed with an investment of INR 550 crore. The vehicle is powered by a 216 cc, DTS-i, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected petrol engine.