Launched two years ago, Bajaj Qute was exported to various countries outside India while it was restricted for sale here considering its lack of safety. But now, according to reports from sources, Bajaj Auto seems to have confirmed its launch in the country. It has been a long fight for the company against various Public Interest Litigations in concern of safety measures adopted on this tiny car. However, it is understood that the company is positive on the launch of Qute in India by the year end.
Qute otherwise known as Qute quadricycle upon launch will be India’s smallest car with dimensions of 2752mm length, 1312mm width, 1925mm wheelbase and 1652mm height. This hybrid car doesn’t compete with private passenger vehicles and will be sold in India only for commercial use. It is considered as a safer, faster and a comfortable alternative to the three wheeler auto rickshaws as per company claims. However, transport service of this four seater will be legally restricted to city limits.
Built on high tensile steel and durable plastic, this little peppy taxi boasts of a tough and lightweight body with a weight of 450kgs. Qute is powered by a 216.6cc water cooled Tri-spark ignition 4-valve engine that produces 13.2bhp worth power and a peak torque of 20Nm. The top speed of this car is 70kmph making it ideal for city use and comes available in CNG and LPG variants assuring fuel efficiency figures of 36kms. At a small turning circle radius of 3.5m, Qute is said to handle sharp turns in the city traffic with ease.
Features like large halogen lamps and a large windscreen for better visibility, 12 inch alloy wheels for better grip on roads, telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers for softer suspension, dash mounted gear for more space inside the cabin and a decent legroom and seating space needs special mention. However, to keep the price economical, other features like AC, power windows and audio system may not be available. The price for this globally approved car is expected to be around Rs.1.2 lakhs.
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Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
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