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Royal Enfield says “No” to diesel engined motorcycles

by Jay Prashanth on October 12, 2012 2 Comments

At the launch of the Thunderbird 500 yesterday, Team ICB’s correspondent Ajinkya Paralikar got in touch with the higher management of Royal Enfield. In a question put to Dr Venki Padmanabhan, the CEO of Royal Enfield, Ajinkya asked whether Royal Enfield is developing a diesel engined motorcycle for the Indian market. This, as there have been periodic rumors circulating about Royal Enfield possibly working on a diesel engined motorcycle targeting the tourer segment in India.

To this, we received a categoric answer from the CEO himself.

A file photo of the now-discontinued Royal Enfield Bullet Taurus Diesel

Dr Venki Padmanabhan minced no words in stating that Royal Enfield is “not” developing any diesel engined motorcycle. So, this pretty much clears the air about Royal Enfield not jumping onto the diesel engined motorcycle bandwagon any time in the near future. That leaves us with two other players possibly working on diesel engined motorcycles for the Indian market.

One such player is market leader Hero MotoCorp, which has previously indicated that it is looking at diesel engined motorcycles for launch in future years. Ever since, Hero MotoCorp has kept mum about developments surrounding the diesel engined motorcycle, whose production now doesn’t seem very likely.

Apart from Hero MotoCorp, a little known firm based out of Chennai, and promoted by former Tata Motors-Hyundai man, B.V.R. Subbu, Altius Automotive, in this case did have plans of launching a diesel engined motorcycle in India. This motorcycle, called the Altius Scimitar 670, came with a single cylinder diesel engine that was expected to be very competitively priced at under 2 lakh rupees . A high fuel economy, bagfuls of torque and a build of an off roader meant that the Scimitar could have proven to be a good touring motorcycle in India, a one of its kind go-anywhere option on two wheels.

Altius Scimitar 670 Diesel Motorcycle

However, the company shows no signs of action, despite having a year elapsed after the first announcement of the Scimitar 670 being primed for an Indian launch. Worldwide, there are very few diesel engined motorcycles and Royal Enfield was one manufacturers who pursued the diesel engined model in the form of the Royal Enfield Taurus model. The Taurus used a 340cc, indirect injection diesel engined, that Royal Enfield sourced from Greaves.

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