Tata Motors, which had two years earlier objected to the creation of quadricycles as a new vehicle category, citing low safety standards, now seems to be toeing a very different line. The automaker, India’s largest by revenues, is quietly developing under ‘project Bravo’ its own quadricycle with a new petrol engine, Business Standard has learnt.
A launch date has not yet been fixed but industry sources say this quadricycle could be based on Tata’s Iris light commercial vehicle platform and hit the roads around 2018. Such a timeline could make Tata one of the last entrants in a category where Bajaj already has a lead with the RE60. Also, both Piaggio and Mahindra (Code: C101) are said to have sped up development of their products. Earlier, Tata Motors had gone public to criticise Bajaj Auto over the RE60.
“The quadricycle project is in a very early stage right now and the product is being finalised in many aspects. One can expect requests for qualification to be sent to suppliers in a few months,” says a source close to the development.