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  • Harshad Joshi 2:28 pm on March 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Can Yamaha and Bajaj come togather in India? 

    After Kawasaki, could a Yamaha-Bajaj alliance be in the offering? While loss-ridden Yamaha doesn’t deny the possibility, it is giving the Indian market a last shot.Yamaha plans to put in another Rs 800 crore and may churn out a 250 cc bike at the next Auto Expo.In the pipeline, is to create a niche market in the 200 to 250 cc category. Yamaha is also exploring the possibility of hitting the market with high-end performance bikes.

    Inpsite of six tough, loss-ridden years, Japan’s Yamaha refuses to exit India. Denying the reports, Yamaha’s new Managing Director, T Ishikawa, better known as the man who turned around Yamaha’s Thai operations says the company is in the process of realigning its India strategy.  He was quoted as  “When I joined in Thailand, things were just like what they are in India. Cost and features is what they looked at then i introduced unique models , created niche market. All we did was tried to sell lifestyle not just product.”

    So, its official now, Yamaha is not exiting the Indian market. In fact, they have adopted a new startegy for Indian market – they are pumping in Rs 800 crore over the next four years and will ramp up the capacity from the existing 3 lakh units to 10 lakh units by 2010.

    While Yamaha is giving India another shot, the market is abuzz with rumours of a possibility of a Bajaj – Yamaha alliance. While the company has not denied a possible tie-up, the timing may be bit premature.

    The other company producing hi-end bikes in India is Hero Honda with its Karizma.

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    • Firestarter 6:22 am on March 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yamaha – Bajaj alliance is interesting…
      I always thought Yamahas and Hondas should bring their 200CC+ bikes instead of competing with TVSs and Bajajs in 125cc and 150cc categories…

    • Harshad Joshi 6:34 am on March 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, the strategy of introducing 100-125 cc bikes is to consolidate the position among the common masses, which has got a majority of market share;almost 88%. Its clear that common consumers do not want a fuel hungry-yet-sporty attractive bike, because petrol costs are higher in India and the price keeps on fluctuating. Besides, the Indian roads are a challenge for any tyre company. We dont want to see accidents due to tyres. The Indian traffic is one more biiig challenge. It would be an utter waste if you have a 400 cc bike, but you cannot ride it to the fullest, simply because, we do not have appropriate roads for it..

      So even if Yamaha has the capacity to bring out a 200 or even 400 cc bike, it dosent do so, fearing the loss of market to other players. Note -Yamaha is numero uno in MotoGP.
      😛

      On the other hand, we see Bajaj business flourishing in 150-180 cc catagory, but Bajaj bikes have got poor pollution control. But because its the only player in that feild, we feel its #1.

    • Nadir 6:27 pm on March 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      It upsets me to see that the Government makes the import of 500 cc and above motorcycles, such an expensive proposition. One needs only to look at all the offerings in India to know that no Indian manufacturer is going to invest in a 300 cc and above bike anytime soon – they had not ventured out of the 100 cc – 150cc area for so many years until Bajaj brought out the Pulsar – then things changed for indian bikers.
      But why not permit (at a low duty) the import of bikes above 500 cc ?!?! Lower down i can understand shielding Indian manufacturers from Chinese competition or Japanese technology – but with certain criterion in place (quality etc cause one does not want crappy Chinese motorcycles flooding our markets in ANY cc ) why not let 500 cc bikes and above from Harley, Ducatti . Triumph, Bmw, Japanese 3 and other quality performance machines come in at a regular consumer goods duty of 25 % . This would make most high powered bikes available between the capacity of 500 cc – 900cc available to us in the 1.5 – 5 lakh bracket and would spring out a whole new market and industry

    • t3h0n3 4:35 pm on April 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to be so pesky but its “tog”E”ther. 🙂

    • Madhu.M.S 8:56 am on May 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I am not all intetrested in the allaince between yamaha and bajaj.Yamaha has already more than 5o years of experiance in bike making. then for what purpose they are going for such dirty business.if they do that definitely they will vanish from indian biker’s mind.

    • Madhu.M.S 9:00 am on May 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      If yamaha try to change their marketing strategy and after sale support from the delears definetly they can survive here.

    • Faisal Ansari 7:10 am on July 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely. If a small player like Kinetic could import Knocked down units of Aquila and Comet why not Yamaha. Its just a question of willingness. When there is a will there is a way. Yamaha is still riding on the glory of the RX100 least realising they are losing some good custmers by not getting the latest offerings from the mother Company. YAMAHA please remember there is nothing like a good customer to get you the best publicity!

      Please get your act together and lets see some good bikes on the Indian roads. Hey, and don’t worry about the road conditions leave that to us.

    • Saurav tiwari 4:09 pm on July 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The makers of yamaha are very back in comparasion to bajaj because they are not serious n over confidence too.

    • Sunil 10:57 am on August 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yamaha in worldwide market has good cool bikes. But in india they r waiting for another 100 years to launch some bike above 150cc + It is really very long that we have waited after a bike like RX100. the BEST BIKE I EVER HAD.

    • etaath 9:01 pm on August 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      bajaj is the best when they alliance with yamaha and become yamabajaj

    • angad 9:23 am on January 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      when ?????????????????????????????????????????????????
      would yamaha understand the indian bikers feelings for its bikes >

    • tiger 6:31 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yamaha ko bajaj jaisi tatti co. ke sath aane ki koi zarorat nahi hai. bajaj jaisi chootiyapanti ki co. kavel pulsar hee nikal sakti hai jiski gaand 100 ki speed tak jaane me hee phat jaati hai.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:51 pm on March 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dish TV 

    5 reasons for avoiding satellite TV services in India esp Dish TV

    1. Dish TV is a utter crap service handled by a couple of jerks. Their STB’s (set top boxes) are manufactured in China and are of very inferior quality. One of our boxes has gone on a ride

    2. Their service is very bad. I dont know any other company which dosent provide TV services even after paying the alloted rent.

    3. The dealer and the company have got different opinion about the schemes and number of channel subscription.

    4. The movies on demand are of utter crap quality. They are mostly unwatched B or C grade Hindi movies which were thrown out of theaters in the 1 week itself.

    5. The customer care is handled by half paid blokes. One of them asked me to do a MASTER RESET and discovered that there is a ‘problem’ in their STB. Whoa….Its like formatting the disk and trying to find the stored data in there…and then saying ‘Oh, there might be a lil’ bug’.

    One positive thing about Dish TV is that free-to-air channels can be viewed on the STB, even if monthly rent isent paid on time(this can change soon). However, I dont need to clarify about the media quality of free-to-air channels. Its unspeakable.

    I think the TRAI has lost a chance to earn more bribe by leaving out the TV section. Pathetic dogs.

     
    • Hardy 10:00 am on July 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Friend,
      Just In reply of your view specially on Dish Tv. As i am using Dish TV for past 2 years and till there is no problem with services or with any instrument.
      1. As you said about STB i don’t think its of inferior quality else it will not work smoothly for last two years.

      2. About dealers and company everybody will have same information. As currentlythey have one great offer “FREE BHI ZYADA BHI” in this you will get 6 month free on 1st Connection and 12 Months on second.

      3. Movie on deman….they shown a lots of good movie as well like munna bhai, phir hera feri….and list goes on.

      4. About customer care till now i have faced any problem they resolved my queries very nicely.

      Further list of goodies are very large as compared to other key players in the market.

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