history 02

Bajaj Auto Limited has been creating milestones, every step of the way. Read through.

1945 - 1980

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1945:

On November 29 Bajaj Auto came into existence as Bachraj Trading Corporation Private Limited

1948:

Commenced sales of imported two & three wheelers from Vespa

1958:

Bachraj Trading Corporation Pvt Ltd. applied to Government of India for manufacture of Motor scooters and auto rickshaws

1959:

Obtained licence to manufacture two & three wheelers. Changed company name to Bajaj Auto Private Ltd

1960:

Became a public company

1969:

Produced its 1,00,000th scooter

1971:

Introduced three–wheeled goods carrier

Started independent production – under Bajaj brand

1972:

Introduced Bajaj Chetak scooter

1973:

Began exports in of scooters & 3 wheelers to Nigeria, Bangladesh, Australia, Sudan, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Yemen

1974:

Collaborated with PT. Tunas Bekasi Motor Co. Jakarta for technical knowhow for manufacture of scooters and 3-wheelers in Indonesia

Collaborated with Paijifa Industrial Co. in Taiwan for scooters

1977:

Introduced rear engine auto rickshaw. Sold 100,000 vehicles in one financial year

1981 - 1990

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1981:

Launched Bajaj M–50. More than 1.1 million motorcycles booked

1985:

Inauguration of the Waluj by the erstwhile President of India, Giani Zail Singh. Commercial production of scooters commenced at this plant.

1986:

Introduced the Bajaj M–80. Sold 500,000 vehicles in a single financial year

Began commercial production of a 100 cc motorcycle "Kawasaki Bajaj KB-100" in collaboration with Kawasaki Heavy Industries

1989:

Developed a 50 cc (Bajaj Sunny) and 150 cc scooter (Bajaj Legend)

1991 - 2000

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1991:

Introduced Kawasaki Bajaj 4S Champion motorcycle

1995:

Received ISO-9001 certification from BVQI on March 20, 1995

Signed agreements with Kubota of Japan for the development of diesel engines for three-wheelers and with Tokyo R&D for ungeared scooter and moped development

1997:

Introduced the Kawasaki Bajaj Boxer and the RE diesel Auto rickshaw

1998:

Commenced production at company's 3rd manufacturing plant at Chakan

Introduced Boxer' - a new 4-stroke motorcycle

Introduced India's first 4-stroke scooter 'Bajaj Legend' & new 2-stroke scooter 'Bravo' with an advanced 5-port engine

1999:

Commenced production of CNG RE auto rickshaw

Commenced the Windmill project - 56 wind mills at a total cost of Rs. 900 million for power requirement

2000:

Introduced upgrades for Boxer

2001 - 2010

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2001:

Launched its latest offering in the premium bike segment 'Pulsar' & Eliminator

Began Motorcycle exports

2002:

Introduced Boxer AR, Boxer CT with K-Tech engine

2003:

Introduced Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 variants with a new Digital Twin Spark Ignition (DTS-i) technology

Introduced a diesel, rear engine goods carrier - GC 1000

Introduced Rear Engine AR 4s LPG

2004:

Launched Bajaj Discover DTS–i, and Bajaj CT100.

Unveiled new brand identity, new symbol, logo and brand tag line

Introduced Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 motorcycles with ExhausTEC, alloy wheels and Nitrox Gas Shock Absorber

2005:

Introduced Bajaj Avenger DTS–i

Boxer CT-100 motorcycle was upgraded with ExhausTEC and SNS suspension

Introduced Discover 110

2006:

Launched Bajaj Platina motorcycle

2007:

Launched Bajaj Pulsar 220, and Pulsar 200 cc DTS–i

Inaugurated Pantnagar plant, Bajaj’s 4th manufacturing plant in Pant Nagar, Uttarakhand State; with a total area of 65 acres

Bajaj Holdings & Investment Ltd was incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bajaj Auto Ltd

2008:

Exported more than half million motorcycle in a single year

Introduced Platina 125 DTSi

Bajaj Auto International Holdings BV, Netherlands was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary company in Netherlands

Invested to procure equity shares of KTM Power Sports AG, Austria

2009:

Launched Pulsar 135 & upgrades for Pulsar 150 & 180

2010:

Launched Discover 150, Pulsar 220 F, Pulsar 180 UG, Pulsar 150 UG and Pulsar 135 LS and Discover DTSi

2011 - 2014

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2010:

Launched Discover 125, Discover 150, Avenger 220 DTSi and KTM Duke 125

2011:

Exported more than a million motorcycle in a single year

Launched Pulsar 200 NS, KTM 200, BM 150 (Africa) and BM 100

2012:

Tied up with Japan’s Kawasaki in Indonesia for Distribution

2013:

Launched Discover 125 ST Discover 100 T, KTM Duke 125, Duke 200

2014:

Launched Discover 150 S and 150 F