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Who launched India's first motoscooter?

Last updated on: April 28, 2004 12:21 IST
Two-wheelers Who launched India's first motoscooter?
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1. Who launched India's first motoscooter?
a) Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
b) Bajaj Auto Ltd
c) Scooters India Limited

2. Which company launched mopeds in India?
a) Kinetic Engineering 
b) Mopeds India Limited
c) Automobile Products of India

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The correct answer is Automobile Products of India.
Automobile Products of India commenced the manufacturing of scooters and mopeds from 1955. Between 1955 and 1960 only API produced mopeds. During the first half of the '60s, three companies namely Mopeds India Ltd (1965), SZUL Gwalior (1964) and Pearl Scooters Ltd (1962) entered the mopeds arena. Mopes India Ltd launched 'Suvega'. Soon, Kinetic Engineering Limited, a part of the Kinetic group of companies, launched the moped -- Luna -- in 1972. The company also introduced the first gearless scooter. TVS too launched a moped – TVS 50 -- in the Indian market in 1980.
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Automobile Products of India commenced the manufacturing of scooters and mopeds from 1955. Between 1955 and 1960 only API produced mopeds. During the first half of the '60s, three companies namely Mopeds India Ltd (1965), SZUL Gwalior (1964) and Pearl Scooters Ltd (1962) entered the mopeds arena. Mopes India Ltd launched 'Suvega'. Soon, Kinetic Engineering Limited, a part of the Kinetic group of companies, launched the moped -- Luna -- in 1972. The company also introduced the first gearless scooter. TVS too launched a moped – TVS 50 -- in the Indian market in 1980.

3. Which company sports the tagline "Inspiring Confidence"?
a) Hero Honda
b) Bajaj Auto
c) Hero Motors

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The correct answer is Bajaj Auto.
Bajaj Auto has adopted the new brandline 'Inspiring Confidence' in 2004. Design firm Elephant Design has created the new brand identity. Founded in 1945 by Jamnalal Bajaj, the company manufactures motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and three-wheelers. In 1948, the company began sales by importing two- and three-wheelers to India. Bajaj, which went public in 1960, introduced the Bajaj Chetak in 1972.
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Bajaj Auto has adopted the new brandline 'Inspiring Confidence' in 2004. Design firm Elephant Design has created the new brand identity. Founded in 1945 by Jamnalal Bajaj, the company manufactures motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and three-wheelers. In 1948, the company began sales by importing two- and three-wheelers to India. Bajaj, which went public in 1960, introduced the Bajaj Chetak in 1972.

4. Name of the first scooter launched by Scooters India Limited?
a) Vijai Super
b) Lambretta
c) Lambro

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The correct answer is Vijai Super.
The public sector undertaking Scooters India Limited -- formed in 1972 -- is situated near Lucknow. SIL, which bought over plant, machinery, design, etc from Innocenti of Italy, has the world rights on the trade name Lambretta, Lambro and Lambrittini. In 1975, the company started its commercial production of scooters under the brand name of Vijai Super for the domestic market. In the same year, it launched Lambretta scooters for the overseas market.
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The public sector undertaking Scooters India Limited -- formed in 1972 -- is situated near Lucknow. SIL, which bought over plant, machinery, design, etc from Innocenti of Italy, has the world rights on the trade name Lambretta, Lambro and Lambrittini. In 1975, the company started its commercial production of scooters under the brand name of Vijai Super for the domestic market. In the same year, it launched Lambretta scooters for the overseas market.

5. With which foreign firm Hero Motors has signed a technology agreement for producing four-stroke scooters?
a) Steyr Daimler Puch
b) Bombardier-Rotax
c) Honda

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The correct answer is Bombardier-Rotax.
In April 2004, Hero Motors signed a technology agreement with Austrian company Bombardier-Rotax for manufacturing four-stroke scooters powered by 125-cc engines. The company had also signed an agreement with Italy's Aprilia to produce motoscooters in the 75-125-cc range. The company started manufacturing the Hero Motors Range of step-through motorcycles in 1988.
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In April 2004, Hero Motors signed a technology agreement with Austrian company Bombardier-Rotax for manufacturing four-stroke scooters powered by 125-cc engines. The company had also signed an agreement with Italy's Aprilia to produce motoscooters in the 75-125-cc range. The company started manufacturing the Hero Motors Range of step-through motorcycles in 1988.

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