Suzuki Motorcycle India today forayed into the scooter segment with the launch of a 125 cc with automatic transmission the 'Access 125' that gives a mileage of 65 km per liter under test conditions.
The scooter, available in five colors as red, blue, black, grey and silver, will hit the stores by the first week of next month. However, the company did not reveal the price.
''The changing market require more meaningful product across all categories which identifies with the need of a powerful product suitable for the new India,'' company Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters here.
The Suzuki Access 125 is being produced from the company's Gurgaon plant and will hit the Indian stores by the first week of October. It is, at this time unknown it Suzuki is going to introduce the Suzuki Access to other Asian markets.The scooter is has a four-stroke engine with automatic transmission and a rust free body.
Having a sporty design with central locking system, the scooter has a unique shutter mechanism for a single control point for the entire machine to avoid theft.
Suzuki said it now plans to exist across all segments of the two wheeler industry and the production of the scooter is a step in that direction. Elaborating further, company Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Atul Gupta said, ''The motorcycle sales are going down, but this segment of scooter has been stagnant.'' The mid-size scooter industry sells around 40,000 units a month. ''We are looking at a target sales of 5,000 units per month,'' he added.
The company is also looking to aggressively expand its dealer network and ruled out sales tie-up through the existing dealer network with Maruti.
Sheel also ruled out a CNG variant of any of its products since he ''did not see the ability to house the CNG kit safely'' in the two wheelers.
Suzuki has desisted from categorizing the scooter for any segment and has pegged it as a vehicle designed for every member of the Indian family.