Bajaj Auto Launches CNG Variant of Maxima C Mini Truck
Published On May 31, 2016
Bajaj Auto, a leading manufacturer of three-wheelers, launched the CNG version of Maxima C at Ahmedabad last Friday. The variant will be available across Gujarat from June 2016. With this latest addition to its successful lineage of cargo products, Bajaj Auto has strategically captured a bigger market share in the three-wheeler segment.
Speaking at the event, Mr Raman Kalra, Regional Manager-Gujarat, Bajaj Auto Ltd., said, “Customers in Gujarat have always supported Bajaj products, making us the leaders in CNG passenger 3-Wheelers in Gujarat with 93% market share. We have good market share in cargo segment also and now Maxima C CNG will help us gain leadership in cargo segment.”
Mr. Kalra further added, “With the growing needs of last mile connectivity and distribution of goods to retailers and end consumers in the city, this vehicle will only create more self-employment opportunities. It also offers the best in class mileage, lowest maintenance costs and in turn more savings to the customer.”
The CNG version boasts of impressive specs making the vehicle best-suited for intra-city operations. A 4-stroke 199 cc engine generates power output of 9.38 bhp at 5500 rpm and a high torque of 14.6 Nm at 3750 rpm, thus ensuring quick pick-up and ease of frequent start-stop cycles. The mini truck is also equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission and wet multi-plate clutch for a smooth gear change and better power transfer.
A relatively higher payload capacity is supported by a gross vehicle weight of 990 kg. The loading area has length, width and height dimensions of 1,650 mm, 1,425 mm and 275 mm, respectively. The vehicle is ideal for carrying consumer goods including beverages, food boxes, general grocery and other household supplies. Hydraulic twin suspension at the front and helical coil suspension at the rear enables the user to carry goods as fragile as egg crates without any worry of damage. The cabin is spacious and features such as service brakes and shorter turning radius provide optimum driving comfort.
Maxima C CNG is also equipped with power coupling at the rear wheel accompanied by a heavy duty CV shaft—a feature that is found in medium commercial vehicles. The company claims that due to power coupling, this three-wheeler truck can run maintenance free for a minimum of 1,00,000 km (other competitor vehicles need maintenance after every 20,000 km).