A part of the Bajaj Group, Bajaj Auto Limited is a home-grown auto manufacturer known for producing two and three wheelers. Headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, the company was established in November 1944 by Jamnalal Bajaj and is one of the oldest names in the two-wheeler segment in India. Currently it has three production plants including Chakan (Pune), Waluj (Aurangabad) and Pantnagar (Uttarakhand). Bajaj’s Akrudi plant has now been transformed into the R&D centre ‘Ahead’.
A leading exporter of two-wheelers in India, Bajaj initially imported two and three wheelers until it procured license from Government of India in 1959 to manufacture vehicles. Chetak was the most successful scooter model from the company that ruled the segment for over three decades. In 1986, Bajaj forayed into motorcycle production and decided to scrap production of scooters in 2009 in a bid to focus on bike production. Accounting for a major chunk in the motorcycle segment, Bajaj’s Pulsar series still goes strong in terms of sales and popularity. Other Bajaj bike models currently in production are Platina, Discover, Avenger, V and CT100. Bajaj also exports low cost Qute Quadricycle (earlier known as RE60) to various overseas markets. The vehicle was first revealed before auto aficionados in 2012 and is sold only in international markets.