The Indian automobile industry witnessed the achievement of an important milestone yesterday. Mahindra 2 Wheelers officially inaugurated its new Research & Development center in Pune. Mahindra 2 Wheelers is a part of the 15.4 billion USD Mumbai-based Indian Jeep pioneer, Mahindra Group. The inaugurated R&D center is the third largest suchcenter in the country. It was the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, who did the inauguration.
DSIR (Department of Science and Industrial Research) has already recognized the center. This recognition means that Mahindra 2 Wheelers can now undertake in-house design and engine-technology development for its two wheelers, which in turn can be interpreted that the group’s two-wheeler division will now offer innovation in technologies and hence competitiveness in the market.
Good news followed the inaugural ceremony as the company revealed that the facility will develop two new engines. These engines included an aboriginal 110cc and an avant-garde 300cc liquid cooled engine along with the showcasing of India’s first scooter with Micro Hybrid Technology -Duro DZ.AnandMahindra said that the new dedicated facility will enable the company to harness futuristic technology to create newproducts in the future. He further added that the facility will allow the company to design in India keeping the requirements of Indian consumers in mind. The Micro Hybrid technology developed for the new Duro DZ is a clear validation of the value it offers the business. Mr. Mahindra was seen to be optimistic thatthe inaugurated R&D facility would emerge as a symbol of Indian ingenuity. He finally said that the company is looking forward to launch three new motorcycles in the running financial year.
The facilities offered in the R&D center promises collaborative approach, mutual technology transfer and innovation in the available technology. Moreover, the design studio of the facility will feature portrayal of models and digitization of products. The availability of equipment (hardware and software) has ensured a perfect setup for vehicle design and its integration. Apart from the aforesaid facilities, the center features engine development & testing facilitiesas well as CAE/CFD facilities. The former facility will deal with the problems arising during development of engines, while the latter will take care of the designs taking into account realistic road conditions using different simulation tools and techniques.
With the R&D Centre being inaugurated, the Indian two-wheeler segment can now think bigger and expect something better to come in the coming years. The inaugurated facility in Pune is now being considered as a step forward to take Mahindra 2 Wheelers Group to newer heights of success.