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Bajaj Qute quadricycle will be finally sold in India, starting next month. Initially, the Qute will be sold through select dealerships in Kerala and Northeast India. Quadricycles have been classified as a new vehicle category by the Supreme Court.
According to Money Control, the Bajaj Qute cannot be used as a personal vehicle but only for commercial purposes. Bookings for the Qute have already started.
Until now, the company has faced a lot of opposition from various public interest litigations (PILs). Manufacturers such as TVS Motor Company and Tata Motors have also opposed saying that quadricycles do not meet safety norms.
Kevin D'sa, President (Finance), Bajaj Auto stated, "Permission of the Qute have come through and we will start (it) in the next few days. Technically, Kerala is allowed to retail it. So, the initial plan is to send out 35-40 vehicles to all the dealerships, so that (the) registration process can be completed. But I would say that the sales will commence next month."
He further stated, "Right now we are looking at it as an addition to the existing three-wheeler category. For instance, the South Mumbai area can become a huge opportunity if theQute comes on sale. We are looking at it as a complimentary vehicle rather than a substitute vehicle."
Bajaj was unable to sell the Qute in India till now. However, the company started exporting the vehicle to Latin America, Europe and Africa in 2015.
Powering the Qute is a 216cc engine that produces a peak power of 13bhp. The vehicle has a top speed of 70km/h and can seat four passengers, including the driver.
The yearly production capacity of the quadricycle stands at 60,000 units from Bajaj's Aurangabad manufacturing facility. If demand rises, the company will use their three-wheeler production capacity to make the extra units.
Thoughts On The Bajaj Qute
The Qute can be deployed as cabs and transport vehicles. The vehicle comes with all the basic features and some extra optional accessories such as an MP3 player. Once the quadricycle is launched across the nation, it will be a boon to the commercial vehicle sector.
What do you think about the Bajaj Qute?