Ever known what was India’s first MPV? Made by the Rajah Group, an ayurvedic health care service provider , the Kazwa was produced from a small plant in Chavakkad, Trissur district, Kerala.
As came in the Indian Express in 1998 Financial Express: Kazwa all set to hit the road today
Rajah Motors, part of the Rs 50-crore beedi major Rajah Group, will roll out Kazwa, the first multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in the country on Saturday. The company will start full-fledged commercial production of the vehicle next month. The Chavakkad-based small scale unit is also planning to introduce a small car by the year 2000. Directors of the company said here on Friday that the eight-seater car had all the latest features like power windows, power steering, dual air conditioner, central locking and alloy wheels. The custom-made car has been priced in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
They said Kazwa would be the first luxury car to be produced in Kerala and the first customised car in India. The buyer can choose to add or alter the interior, seating or the like, keeping the basic design intact, they added.
The car would be available in different shades according to the choice of the consumer. The company is sourcing nearly 70 per cent of the mechanical parts
The company is sourcing nearly 70 per cent of the mechanical parts, including the 2,000cc diesel engine, from Hindustan Motors Ltd.
Rajah Motors has also tied up with Hindustan Motors for marketing and after-sales service of Kazwa, they said. However, the basic design for the vehicle was developed by the company itself.Initially, the company is planning to introduce the vehicle only in Kerala and Tamil Nadu markets.
The company's production unit in Chavakkad at present has a capacity to produce 150 cars per annum. This year's target is 50 cars for which the booking is already over, they added.
They said the company, despite being in the small-scale sector and highly labour-intensive in nature, has not so far got any excise duty exemptions. If the government extend duty concession, that would help the finances of the company in a big way. That would also help the company to slash the price of the vehicle considerably, they added.
They said the company would bring out a mini four-seater car by the turn of the century. They said the two-cylinder diesel car would be priced around Rs1.5 lakh.
Technical Specifications of Rajah Kazwa -
Engine: Diesel, turbocharged
Cylinders: 4 in-line
Installation: Longitudinal, Rear-wheel drive
Valvetrain: 2 valves/cyl, SOHC
Displacement: 1995 cc
Max Power: 70bhp@ 4500 rpm
Max Torque: 16.0kgm@ 2500 rpm
Brakes Front: Discs
Type: Power assisted, hydraulic, diagonally split
Kerb weight: 1470 kg
Wheelbase: 2,610 mm
Fuel economy Overall: 22 kmpl (Sources say as per ARAI, Pune)
Pic: BharatAutos via Overdrive