In March 2010, the last of “Hamara Bajaj” scooters will roll out of the Bajaj factory at Waluj, Aurangabad.
The Kristal, which is now safely the last of an illustrious line up of scooters from the Bajaj family, will meet the end of its life cycle by the close of this financial year.
“We are not developing scooters anymore. We will focus on motorcycles,” said Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto Ltd. “As we try to become a motorcycle specialist, this is a sacrifice we have to make.”
This brings to a close Bajaj’s story as a legendary scooter manufacturer when it was once one of the largest in its business worldwide.
Products like the Chetak, Bajaj’s first in-house product, Super and Priya were ubiquitous on Indian roads and a coveted possession in the average Indian household of the 1980s.
“I had to wait for seven months before I got my Chetak in 1985,” said Dinkar Tripathi, a Delhi-based lawyer. “I remember polishing the scooter everyday for the next four months and did not hit the third gear for a week for fear of an accident.”