Feb 18, 2008

23 Yamaha India wants to Refocus on 100 cc segment, Court asks TVS Motors to stop Making and Selling the 125 cc Flame.

Yamaha India doesn't want to quit the 100 cc segment.. TVS Motors told by Madras High Court to stop making and selling the 125 cc Flame

Yamaha India Logo2006-2007:


January 10, 2008:

    Yamaha India shows the YZF-R15 at the Auto Expo and the prototype FZ150. I was now sure that Yamaha India was going back to its RD350 & RX100 roots. Finally..!!



February 15, 2008:

It’s only a matter of time before the 12.5 bhp, 4 Valve, 125 cc Bajaj XCD Sprint with DTSi engine will enter the fray..



Feb 16, 2008:

    Yamaha India Officially says (Source: Hindu Businessline) that it wants to refocus in the 100 cc segment with a variant of the "Crux".


Yamaha Crux

What..?? 100 c.c..?? Not Again..!!


Why doesn't Yamaha India utilize its resources and focus on upgrading the 125 cc engine on the Gladiator..?? It’s only a matter of time before the 12.5 bhp, 4 Valve, 125 cc Bajaj XCD Sprint with DTSi engine (with Sci-Fi styling and with goodies like Digital Speedo and front Disc) will enter the fray.





"Bajaj Auto wins technology patent case against TVS Motors"
Bajaj Auto Vs TVS Motors

The bone on contention between Bajaj auto and TVS Motors for the last few months has been the two spark plugs that TVS has used in its 125 cc Flame, which Bajaj Auto says is an infringement of its Patented DTSi (Digital Twin Spark Plug) Technology.

The Madras High Court has finally given the verdict in favor of Bajaj Auto.




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But Hindu Business Line also says that, "TVS may have a stand-by engine for Flame".

TVS Motors now plans to appeal before the division bench of the Madras High Court.



Its no secret that sales of TVS Motors has waned down over the last one year. TVS had high hopes on the new Flame to arrest the decline.. even during the Auto Expo 2008, it was the Flame which was the showered with attention by TVS.

This court order will definitely hurt TVS Motors a lot. Had it not been for this legal tussle, the Flame would have been out on the roads by now.







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23 Comments:

Sajal Chakraborty said...

With the caliber of technology Yamaha has, with the right kind of leadership, I don't think, Yamaha would have much difficulty in making it big on the 100cc segment also.

But I guess the real bomb fell for the TVS dudes, as they might have pinned a lot of hopes on the Flame!!

Payeng said...

There was never any doubt over the technological superiority of Yamaha..

But probably a 100 cc commuter is not what "desi" bikers "need" or "want" from Yamaha India.. (Hero Honda has been doing an excellent job at it)

Sajal Chakraborty said...

Heeheheh :-D Nice lines....That's what I called striking two with a single shot

road-yo said...

TVS had it coming. They've been copying away merrily over the years. The Victor's styling was derived from the CBZ, Centra from the Passion & Apache had loads of inspiration from the Pulsar.

One thing that stood out was TVS' engineering competence. Sad to see then, that they resorted to copying in the engineering department as well.

Sid said...

The TVS Flame is infact out in the market, at least here in Bangalore I have seen a couple of them on the roads.
And every morning while I pass by the TVS showroom, there is some new customer taking a test ride.
So does this injunction apply only in TN?

Payeng said...

I think TVS managed to sell a few units of the Flame before the stay order was given by the court..

Just think of the plight of those new owners right now.. TVS should not have sold at all if they saw this coming.

ashes_dad said...

hi payeng

eagerly waitin for pics of YZF-R15
its a week now

Payeng said...

Hi Ashes,

Sorry for the delay bro..
Check your mail box now.

Anonymous said...

TVS Flame rocked! Spoilsport Bajaj. I guess the owners of Flames will have a limited edition bike, which may fetch $$$$$$ in future.

Junaid Muhammed
Karachi, PAKISTAN

ashes_dad said...

nope payeng didn't got that email yet.

Payeng said...

I had mailed it to "ashes_dad_1991@yahoo.co.in" yesterday.

Kindly Recheck your mailbox

Sankoobaba said...

Ideal situation>>(in case of bikes)
HH->>econo-bikes
Bajaj/TVS->>affordable sporty bikes
Honda/Yamaha/Suzuki->>bit expensive but super cool bikes

wont that be cool

ashes_dad_1991 said...

so sorry payeng

your email was in the bulk and i didn't noticed it.

thanks
ashes_dad_1991

Anonymous said...

Some one said in the comment that TVS copied designs from various motorcycles. I request you to remove that comment from the list. TVS never copied any of the designs mentioned there and any fool can see that they are not related. In engine department, I can say Bajaj downsized BMW 450 Funduro power plant. What twin spark? It was already there decades before. If patent is to be given to some one, Alfa Romeo (FIAT) should own it. I can say Bajaj killed TVS through unfair practices. Try competing with TVS Flame, the Bajaj stuff pales. TVS is a real indigenous manufacturer. It rose from the TVS max days when the sales went almost nil and I am sure it will rise again. Let the TVS guys plod a four cylinder head and single spark plug and release the Flame. I am sure,pulsar cannot hold a candle to TVS Apache RTR.

Sankoobaba said...

TVS had JV(joint venture) with suzuki till 2001...we need JV or help from big companies to at least take the first step....then we can build on it...
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drowning me said...

there are already some flames on the road here in hyderabad...

how is it possible?I dint see any in maharashtra.

Payeng said...

@drowning me,

According to News Reports some 500 odd units of TVS Flame Motorcycles were delivered before the court stay order was passed..

Anonymous said...

TVS is the best supporting company to motorsports ....from supra ss, shogan, samuraiGP-shavolinj, now RTR all are living examples

carzone said...

TVS bikes are more fuel efficient than others and best for Indian roads.

Sankoobaba said...

TVS had JV(joint venture) with suzuki till 2001...we need JV or help from big companies to at least take the first step....then we can build on it...
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ashes_dad_1991 said...

so sorry payeng

your email was in the bulk and i didn't noticed it.

thanks
ashes_dad_1991

ashes_dad said...

nope payeng didn't got that email yet.

Payeng said...

I think TVS managed to sell a few units of the Flame before the stay order was given by the court..

Just think of the plight of those new owners right now.. TVS should not have sold at all if they saw this coming.

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