Chennai based two-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motor Company will be launching four new products in the fiscal year 2012-13, including two scooters and two motorcycles in the executive segment. The TVS Qube, shown at the Auto Expo 2012 will initially be test marketed from June this year that will be commercially launched in 2013. The Qube hybrid scooter is expected to be priced around Rs 60,000-Rs 70,000.
The TVS Qube is the company’s first hybrid scooter with an electric hub motor and 100cc 4-stroke engine. Depending on his/her requirement, the rider can select a mode. As is the norm with hybrid powertrains, the brakes, when applied, charge the Lithium-ion battery. Additionally, when the scooter is at signals, or standstill, it conserves energy by halting the power source. The Qube can also be used with just an electric option for short trips. It comes with hybrid economy and hybrid power modes. In the former, the electric motor and engine run as per the programmed strategy while in power mode, both work in tandem. The second TVS scooter will compete with Suzuki’s Swish in the 125cc segment and will be launched in December 2012, the details of which are yet to be revealed.
(Note – The above showcased Radeon model used the body of a Jive with some new graphics and colour, but the officials mentioned that the body will be completely re-structured and will not look like a Jive when ready for production.)
Though not confirmed, the new motorcycle which will be launched in June 2012 will have a 4-speed gearbox mated to a 125cc engine. The second bike which will be launched in December 2012, will be on the lines of Victor brand. The new Victor will have an advanced programmed ignition system. TVS claims that the new Victor will be more fuel efficient than before. Another new 125cc motorcycle Radeon can however only be expected to launch by the third quarter of 2013 which when launched shall expand the company’s 125cc portfolio, currently only represented by the Flame.
At the Expo, you could also see the 100cc Sport and 110cc Star City that have added on a fresh set of graphics. Similarly, the 110cc Wego scooter will soon adopt 4 new colours in metallic finishes, and with a disc brake scheduled for April 2012. The ever popular Scooty Streak also present with a mild refresh in the form of a black colour scheme, while the Pep will now sell with white and red graphics. Also on display was the rest of the TVS Motors product line-up.
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