Mahindra Two Wheelers readying Peugeot scooters for India; Mojo to be launched by September
There is only one mantra to be a successful two-wheeler manufacturer in India, you must have scooters in your portfolio. Take Honda for example, India is one of their biggest market all over the world, thanks to the Activa. The Activa scooter is the most selling model from the Honda stable in our country and is the main reason for the company’s success in India.
Mahindra Two Wheelers is another manufacturer that understands the Indian market well and already has a few scooters in its stable. Though capable, the Duro and Rodeo are now dated products and need to be refreshed. The Gusto is the latest offering from Mahindra, but it fails to give Honda a tough fight in the segment. Mahindra has confirmed that its engineers are working on a 125 cc variant of the Gusto and the Indian manufacturer will also be bringing Peugeot scooters to our country’s shores soon.
Mahindra purchased a majority stake in Peugeot a little more than half a year back and is planning to bring the French company’s scooter line-up to India as mentioned by Executive Director of Mahindra, Dr. Pawan Goenka. Along with proper scooters, Mahindra is also planning to bring the three-wheeled scooter, Metropolis from the Peugeot Scooters portfolio to our country and is seeking means to make this one-of-a-kind model feasible for our market.
The Metropolis features a 400 cc, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 37 BHP. The unique scooter has dual-tilting front wheels which provides loads of grip to the niche offering. Due to the large engine size and high pricing, a toned down version of the funky scooter having either a 300 cc or a 250 cc engine might be made available for India.
Mahindra Two Wheelers did not name the other models that might be brought here, but sources in the company say that the Django (retro looking, 125 cc rival to the Vespa), Satelis 125 and the Speedfight 3 (lightweight 125 cc scooter) are the probable ones. Though all the aforementioned models are premium in their respective markets, Mahindra has to pull off a good job to price them well. These scooters are however at least a year away from going on sale in India.
The major update received from Mahindra is regarding the Mojo. Dr. Goenka said that the Mojo will be launching in the first half of the current financial year, by September. After waiting eagerly for the past few years, it seems that the Mojo is finally getting to see light at the end of the never ending tunnel.