TVS Motor Company will be launching four new products in the fiscal year 2012-13, including two scooters and two motorcycles in the executive segment. The TVS Qube, shown at the Auto Expo 2012 will initially be test marketed before it is launched in 2013.
The new motorcycle which will be launched in June 2012 will have a 4-speed gearbox mated to an 125cc engine. The second bike which will be launched in December 2012, will be on the lines of Victor brand. The new Victor will have an advanced programmed ignition system. TVS claims that the new Victor will be more fuel efficient than before.
The TVS Qube is the company’s first hybrid scooter with an electric hub motor and 100cc 4-stroke engine. Depending on his/her requirement, the rider can select a mode. As is the norm with hybrid powertrains, the brakes, when applied, charge the Lithium-ion battery. Additionally, when the scooter is at signals, or standstill, it conserves energy by halting the power source.
The Qube can also be used with just an electric option for short trips. It comes with hybrid economy and hybrid power modes. In the former, the electric motor and engine run as per the programmed strategy while in power mode, both work in tandem.
The second TVS scooter will compete with Suzuki’s Swish in the 125cc segment and will be launched in December 2012.