Our Country has come a long way since the era of bicycles, Rajdoots, Yezdis, Ambassadors and Fiats. Here are some people who dreamt of giving Indians the power and option of buying motorcycles and cars and wrote a new chapter in the making.
Today let`s talk about two-wheelers. The Indian govt wanted motorcycles around 1955 for the national Army and police force in the western part of the country. The “Bullet” was commissioned from the Royal Enfield Company in Britain. It was a 350cc motorcycle put together in Chennai. This is where it all started.
Lets start with Hero Honda: Mr. Pawan Munjal.
Munjal joined Hero Honda motors in the 1980s as the managing director of a company set-up jointly by the Munjal brothers of “Hero cycles” and the Honda motor company in 1984. Since the time he was at the helm of the company, the turnover has grown from USD 1 billion to about USD 4 billion while making the company the worlds largest two wheeler company. Its Splendor model has sold more than 8.5 million to date. With the recent split from Honda, Hero motocorp keeps churning out new models and generate even larger sales numbers.
Our second Man of Motorcycles is Siddhartha Lal of Royal Enfield. During 2001-2004, as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Enfield (a division of Eicher Motors), Lal helped revive the company’s fortunes and turned around the Image of the company from a small time motorcycle maker to a niche manufacturer which every rider hopes to own one day. The newer models like Thunderbirds, Classics and the latest Continental GT has helped the company gain some traction on the way to the target of becoming number 1 globally in mid-size motorcycles.
Our third pick is Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto Limited. Under his leadership Bajaj Auto became the world’s third-largest manufacturer of motorcycles and the second-largest in India. It is also the world’s largest three-wheeler manufacturer. The Pulsar range of motorcycles revolutionised biking in India and it still holds a place in every passionate. Its Discover brand, launched in 2004 has also tasted success in the Indian two-wheeler market.
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