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The proposed ultra low-cost car will give 30 km a litre, claims Rajiv Bajaj

NEW DELHI: Bajaj Auto on Wednesday said its proposed $2,500 ultra low-cost car, being developed in partnership with Renault-Nissan, would give a mileage of 30 km a litre to give a greener vehicle and attract two-wheeler customers. The company also unveiled a new range of ‘RE' passenger vehicles that are loaded with features and BS III compliant. “We have been focussing on developing a car that delivers monthly cost of ownership low enough to motivate two-wheeler buyers to upgrade into a car. Our aim is to deliver a mileage of 30 km a litre,” Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj told journalists here.

Pointing out that the company was taking cue from its motorcycle manufacturing experience to develop the small car, Mr. Bajaj said: “Our experience with motorcycles is that unless there is 50 per cent increase in mileage, it is not considered good by customers. Our intention is to do a path breaking job with that kind of fuel economy. Our aim is also deliver an eco-friendly product with least carbon emissions.”

On the new ‘RE' vehicles, he said the new range would deliver even more value. RE205D comes with 200cc engine with oil cooler, delivering more life. It is available in two fuel variants -- CNG and LPG.

Similarly, with RE205M, Bajaj has created a new category in the passenger vehicle space, delivering high mileage and lowest operating and acquisition costs. RE 205D will be available at Rs.1.27-lakh (CNG) while RE 205M will be priced at Rs.1.36-lakh (CNG).