Govt Approves New Category of Vehicles: 'Quadricycle'


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Govt approves new category of vehicle 'quadricycle'
24 Aug 2012, 05:50 PM
In a move that could impact the entire auto universe, the government has given approval for recognizing a new segment in the automobile space which could see a new wave of innovation among OEMs. The proposed new segment could be called the 'quadricycle' --- positioned between a three-wheeler and a passenger car, reports CNBC-TV18's Ronojoy Banerjee quoting sources.

According to sources the idea is of having the basic DNA of a three-wheeler with the stability and safety of a car.

From an industry perspective it is still to firm up a common view on this proposed vehicle. The whole idea behind this is that the government feels that there is a seemingly large gap between what we know today as a traditional three wheeler and a passenger car.

It feels that there is a need for a smaller vehicle, which will run on four wheels and high on mileage. However, at the same time there will be low carbon emissions compared to a passenger vehicle. Thats why there is a segment like this that already exists in Europe, which is called the quadricycle.

For this, the Ministry of Road and Transport has formed a technical committee, which is really looking at all the various aspects of this.

What should be the basic criteria and the safety requirement that this car or this proposed quadricycle would have to meet? It is very clear the biggest beneficiary from this would be Bajaj Auto because they unveiled the RE60 in the Auto Expo earlier this year.

Rajiv Bajaj has even said that the RE60 is ready, but it needs the requirements of a quadricycle of Europe. He said that the company will start production of the RE60 once the government comes out with the basic safety requirements.

But as far as SIAM is concerned, it feels that once it gets the recognition this has the potential of becoming a mass segment. But again it maintains that as an industry perspective it is yet to take a final view.
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Source -http://m.moneycontrol.com/news/cnbc-tv18-comments/govt-approves-new-categoryvehicle-quadricycle_749035.html
 
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I guess its only with RE60, Iris is already on roads and have been launched. Therefore I tend to think that Iris do not fall into this category. However, if there are any kind of govt subsidies, Tata may want to push this vehicle in that category.
 
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Be ready to share the road with Bajaj soon to launch quadricycle RE60 .

The Ministry of Roads and Transport has mentioned that quadricycles will start plying on Indian roads after October. Production for the same will take place at the Bajaj’s Aurangabad plant to cater to both the domestic and the export demand.

Bajaj is ready with the RE60 with no plans to waste time in its launch. The quadricycle will come powered with a 216 cc liquid- cooled, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine with triple spark mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a dashboard-mounted gear level. The engine will get three options- LPG, CNG and the gasoline variant (petrol).

The RE60 claims to achieve a top-speed of 70km/h with fuel efficiency rating of 37km/l and CO2 emission of 60 g/km.

Bajaj to launch quadricycle RE60 soon | CarSizzler.com
 
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Quadricycles fare poorly in Euro NCAP tests .

India approved the use of quadricycles for commercial use exactly a year ago in May 2013.
Bajaj is ready with thier model and Piaggio Vehicles India and Mahindra & Mahindra are believed to be eyeing the space.

With accidents on the rise and safety norms for automobiles are yet to be defined isn't introduction of such vehicles pose another serious threat to the existing woes?

Quadricycles fare poorly in Euro NCAP tests
 
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Mahindra & Mahindra quadricycle likely to hit the road by 2017.

Mahindra has started work on a quadricycle, a new category of commercial vehicle, that will entail an investment of Rs100-150 crore and take at least 24 months to develop, posing possibly the first competition to Bajaj's RE 60, which is almost ready to hit the market.

The project is code-named C101 and the quadricycle will be built on an all-new platform.
The company is hoping to add 15,000-60,000 units to its incremental sales volumes over three to five years.
The vehicle is likely to be powered by a 200-300 cc petrol engine, which is expected to be available in both single cylinder and twin cylinder options.

Mahindra & Mahindra quadricycle likely to hit the road by 2017 - The Economic Times
 
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Overloading a 220 CC engine and creating air and noise pollution is going to happen with RE 60 and all quadricycle. Nano is much better bet and safer
 
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