. This is a discussion on Indian Auto Industry - History & Timeline within The Nostalgic Era. Part of The Auto Talk category; These commercial vehicles are still plying around in Chennai doing majority of the work!!...
1983 Joint Collaboration Agreement with Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Japan signed Shareholders Agreement signed
1984 Hero Honda Motors Ltd. incorporated
1985 First motorcycle "CD 100" rolled out
1987 100,000th motorcycle produced
1989 New motorcycle model - "Sleek" introduced
Hero Honda CD 100 was launched in the year 1985. As soon as it was launched, it was a total hit. The design and everything was superb and the fuel consumption was too less which made this bike the best bike in India.
The Fiat 124 was introduced in India by Premier Automobiles in 1986 as the Premier 118NE. The car was very similar to the 1966 version except for a few cosmetic changes to the front and rear. However, Premier incorporated the Nissan A12 (1171 cc/52 bhp) powertrain instead of the original Fiat engine along with Nissan gearbox. The car got a tremendous response in the beginning. Auto magazines praised its gearshift as the slickest of all. Rusting was the problem with these cars. At the end of production an improved model called Viceroy was released in collaboration with Peugeot, France. Later on it was outmoded by other modern cars and production was stopped in 2001. A few well maintained versions are still found today.
1981 - Bajaj M-50 & 1986 - Bajaj M-80
Since the mid-1980s, the Bajaj M80 has been the bestselling step-thru' even though more technologically advanced and refined rivals were launched in the intervening years. The M80 saw light of day as the M50 back in 1980. Over the twin decades since she has seen a hike in capacity to 80cc and after weathering initial bugbears, claimed market recognition as a strong, rugged product capable of withstanding sustained abuse. This ruggedness was coupled to very good fuel economy that made her the darling of rural folk while at the same time appealing to the urban masses.
1986 - Kawasaki Bajaj KB 100
The KB100 was Bajaj Auto's response to the opening up of the Indian markets to Japanese collaboration. It was this machine that propelled Bajaj into the motorcycle production league. A two stroke 100 cc single. It spawned quite a few variants in the 10 odd years that it stayed in production.
Bajaj Auto, which had a lead in the manufacture of scooters partnered with Kawasaki to bring in the KB100.
Production began in 1986-87 and went on till 1996 when the KB125 was launched.
1990 - Bajaj Sunny
The Bajaj Sunny was a scooterette produced and sold in India. Bajaj Auto no longer produces this vehicle. It has a 60 cc engine and a maximum speed of 50 km/h. It can carry a payload of up to 120 kg. It has a fuel tank capacity of 3.5 liters. Like most scooterettes, the Sunny is targeted at teenagers who are eligible to get a driving license for ungeared two-wheelers at 16 years of age.