But things turned around in June after the good monsoon and positive sentiment in the rural market. Mopeds with ecothrust fuel injection (ET-Fi) were popular this year. ET-Fi technology provides enhanced overall performance with smooth driveability and fuel economy, claims the company.
The company’s management, in an investor call recently, had said that mopeds are seeing a good response, thanks to the ET-Fi technology, which gives a host of benefits and 15 per cent fuel efficiency.
“As you know, that has got ISG, that has got so many attractive features. So moped, definitely, this rural recovery will help our commuter motorcycles and moped. We have gone for only fuel injection, okay. Whether it is all models starting from moped till Apache, we have gone ahead with EFI solution,” said the management.
TVS Motor, India’s third largest two-wheeler maker, remained the sole manufacturer of mopeds after Hero and Kinetic exited the segment many years ago.
During April to August, total moped sales stood at 1,82,237 units compared to 2,75,001 units in the same period of the previous year, a drop of 33.73 per cent.
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