Mahindra tries to make a splash in the motorcycle market with two 110 cc variants, Pantero and Centuro
This is what happens when guys used to making and selling 4 wheelers are made to make motorcycles..
Despite roping in Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, Mahindra's first attempt at making and selling motorcycles ended with a disaster called the Stallio. Now after a hiatus of nearly 2 years of stalling the stallio, Mahindra is once again trying to make a mark for itself in the motorcycle market, this time by launching two 110 cc models called the Pantero and Centuro.
Both models are basically improved versions of the Stallio, the Pantero looking nearly identical to the older Stallio.
Tough Times ahead for the guys at Mahindra 2 Wheelers
I had seen the Stallio from close quarters when it was launched in Mumbai in 2010. The build quality was nothing great to put it mildly.. and the styling was like.. err.. "Chinese". Although this time I have not seen either the Pantero or Centuro in flesh, from pictures the styling still is.. err.. "Chinese"..!!
Mahindra trying to win over customers with Gizmos:
Mahindra is trying to position (specially) the Centuro as a feature laden 100 cc motorcycle. Apart from features like Digital Speedometer, LED taillight/pilot lamps, there are never before heard features on any Indian motorcycle that find its place in the Centuro.
>> Central locking
>> Anti-theft system with an engine immobiliser
>> Remote 128-bit encrypted flip-key with LED lights
>> Find me lights to locate the bike in crowded parking lots and
>> Guide lamps that continues to illuminate as one walks away from the bike after parking it
Cute.. in fact amusing.
This is what happens when you put guys who are used to making 4 wheelers to make motorcycles. Come on Mahindra, hire some guys who know their motorcycles.
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