Mahindra readying Peugeot scooters for India; Mojo launch by September
If you're a company that builds two-wheelers, and you intend to do some sort of meaningful business in India, you need to have scooters parked in your dealerships. Just look at Honda 2 Wheelers' biz model - present in nearly every segment, yet heavily reliant on the Activa - to know what we're on about.Mahindra 2 Wheelers understands that. And, it has been trying. The Duro and the Rodeo are capable, but dated, and not really Mahindra products. The Gusto is a decent first effort by the folks at M\&M, but is still some way off the marker laid down by the seemingly indomitable Honda. While the engineers at M2W work on a 125cc variant of the Gusto (it is coming, yes), the company is also in the process of introducing Peugeot scooters to its Indian clientele.A little over seven months after it picked up a majority stake in the French manufacturer, Mahindra's finally spoken about its plans to bring its scooters to our market. Speaking to TG.com at a press conference in Mumbai, Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director at M\&M, said, 'Progress is being made with Peugeot Scooters. We are looking at the possibility of introducing some models in India. The three-wheeler is an interesting proposition, and we're looking at how we can make it a feasible offering for the Indian audience.'The three-wheeler that Dr Goenka mentioned is the Metropolis (pictured above). A liquid-cooled, 400cc, 37bhp motor powers this funky scoot, and it's got dual-tilting front wheels, which is supposed to bless it with immense grip. It looks like a sweet package, but it is working out to be too expensive - understandably, with such a large motor and trick suspension - and we may just see a Metropolis 300, or even a 250, in place of the 400.Dr Goenka didn't name the other products in consideration, but according to our super-helpful sources, we may see the Django (neo-retro, 125cc scoot to fight the Vespa), the Satelis 125 (a step-through to do battle with the to-be-launched Hero Zir), and the Speedfight 3 (an edgy-looking, lightweight 125cc scooter). These are premium products, yes, but Mahindra has to ensure it prices them realistically. The scooter market is evolving, but it likely won't take too well to offerings priced out of contention.But these are still some time away. A year, at least. Maybe more.Oh, and by the way, Dr Goenka also answered a question that has probably been asked 1,27,723 times too often\: when is the Mojo - Mahindra's 300cc motorcycle, if you've just emerged from under a rock - coming?'We will launch the Mojo within the first half of the current financial year, by September', was Dr Goenka's reply. So, if you've waited for the enigma that is the Mojo for years, today is a day to celebrate. It is coming, after all.