Indian Motos Blog had an opportunity to interact with Mr. P.S. Ashok, Senior Vice President & Head of R&D and Pune Operations of Mahindra 2 Wheelers at the Pantero test ride program for the media. The technical boss who is currently leading the product development spoke to us about the Mojo and technologies that are hitherto unseen in the affordable motorcycles but could be offered in future Mahindras. Mahindra Mojo will match the Duke’s outputs; Diwali 2013 launch The Mojo is the firm’s first bike for the enthusiasts. The 300cc motorcycle is expected to match the KTM Duke in terms of power output. The initial design and development of the Mojo which was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo was carried out by Engines Engineering, an Italian firm which was owned by Mahindra but sold off a few months ago. Mr. Ashok told us that the selling of Engines Engineering has no impact on Mojo’s development as the design had been already finalized and the engine which was developed completely in-house is in its final stage of testing both in India and abroad. He hinted that the Mojo will be in the market in the last quarter of 2013, perhaps even as early as Diwali. Mahindra’s action plan is clear. The conglomerate clearly wants to establish its name in all forms of mobilities and stepping into the two wheeler arena in a big way would take them few steps closer to their aspiration. Mahindra 2 Wheelers, a company which was given birth after the acquisition of Kinetic Motors has only scooters in its portfolio so far. The Stallio, which was the company’s first commuter motorcycle was a reality check for the new two wheeler maker which is taking baby steps into the world’s second largest bike market. The 110cc Stallio rode straight into the ambush of the critics and the handful of units already sold were eventually recalled. Mahindra 2 Wheelers took this as an opportunity to revisit the drawing board and the newly inaugurated R&D facility in Pune was put to a good use in developing the Pantero. Read our review of the Mahindra Pantero Plenty of new technologies and products in the future The R&D head sees an immense scope for Micro Hybrid (Start/Stop) system in two wheelers and has plans to experiment the technology in select markets before making it a standard feature in all future products. Mahindra 2 Wheelers is en route to a comprehensive presence in all segments of the vast Indian two wheeler market. Mr. Ashok states that there are various projects in the works and we are certain that it includes the 150cc segment which can never be missed.
[via Indian Motos Blog]
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