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    Default Bajaj Auto gets lackluster response for Boxer 150cc

    Bajaj Auto, India’s second largest bike maker, rolled out its popular Boxer 100cc bike in a new 150cc avatar. Despite an alluring price tag of about Rs 42,051 (ex-showroom Delhi), Boxer, the cheapest 150cc bike in India, is far from a best-seller since its launch in September 2011.

    Boxer 150cc has been positioned as a "Bharat Bike" for customers in rural India who want more power for the price they pay. Bajaj Auto is selling close to 2500 to 3000 Boxer 150cc bikes per month in India on average, a source said. To boost sales, the company is currently marketing the bike in 16,000 villages. In this campaign, demo vans showcase the bike to introduce the concept of this bike and allow customers to experience it through test rides.

    When contacted, a Bajaj Auto official said that the company has created a new category “power commuter” through the Boxer 150cc bike and it could take time to establish the new model.

    Analysts on the other hand say, sales are much below expectations and that could force the company to reposition the bike. This is a disappointment for Bajaj Auto since tapping the rural demand will be key for the company to take on rival Hero MotoCorp, which sees 45 per cent of its sales from rural customers.

    ”Rural customers can be very price sensitive. They do not need any style but they need fuel efficiency and sturdy bike,” Daljeet Kohli, Head- Research ,IndiaNivesh Securities said.

    “There is a lot of potential to do that which probably Hero has been doing,” Kohli added.

    Bajaj Boxer is pitted against Hero's Splendor but so far has had little success. Bajaj sells Boxer alongside its other 150cc bike Pulsar, the bike in which its dealers earn higher margins. And unlike Boxer's previous 100 cc avatar, the150cc version comes with lesser mileage. Analysts say that this is discouraging both rural customers and dealers to go for Boxer 150cc bike. They believe that repositioning of Boxer 150cc could be necessary.

    However, Bajaj Auto also exports Boxer 100cc which Bajaj Auto said did well.

    Meanwhile, with robust sales of its bike Pulsar and Discover, Bajaj Auto’s net profit rose 19.19 per cent in the third quarter to Rs 795.1 crore and its net sales rose to Rs 4,839.9 crore from Rs 3,980.1 crore in the third quarter last year.

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    There's no marketing from Bajaj's end. No one knows such bike even exists.

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    Bajaj is not serious about this bike as You can't even find this bike in their official website
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satyamzma View Post
    Bajaj is not serious about this bike as You can't even find this bike in their official website
    But the rural people don't go to cyber cafe's and internet sites. They just visit the dealer as far as I know. They could have done some other marketing- TV, Radio, etc.


    I believe the bike has potential- the right kind of people should know that how it can serve their purpose better than other bikes can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    But the rural people don't go to cyber cafe's and internet sites. They just visit the dealer as far as I know. They could have done some other marketing- TV, Radio, etc.


    I believe the bike has potential- the right kind of people should know that how it can serve their purpose better than other bikes can.
    But bro, in the official web site they must have every product..!

    Till now I never sawed one Boxer 150 commercial ....
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    ^
    I can tell you not much people go online in rural areas to find a bike.
    They hardly research and the only thing that works for them is "word of mouth".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nithesh View Post
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    I can tell you not much people go online in rural areas to find a bike.
    They hardly research and the only thing that works for them is "word of mouth".
    But,, leave that rural peoples topic :-P ,,,,
    I think as a Motorcycle Company, their site must have display of every product they have....
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    Quote Originally Posted by J K View Post
    But,, leave that rural peoples topic :-P ,,,,
    I think as a Motorcycle Company, their site must have display of every product they have....
    I completely agree.
    Bajaj is ashamed of this bike they certainly don not want it to associate with Bajaj brand.

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    a rural market works quite different than an urban one.Other than being conservative its not extremely enthusiastic about new product launches,specially if mileage is being compromised with,regardless of how robust the product might be.Mileage,utility being the first priority.just my 2 paise

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhrt999 View Post
    I completely agree.
    Bajaj is ashamed of this bike they certainly don not want it to associate with Bajaj brand.
    Bajaj is ashamed of associating Pulsar/Discover with Bajaj brand as well, so they are trying to make them separate brands.

    Boxer 150 is a very good disruption in the market and it takes time to recognize that. Certainly there are people who need this kind of product, but it's difficult to reach them through media campaigns, it's got to be word of mouth mostly. That's why it's difficult to promote such products. That apart @20k per month, it's doing decent numbers at the moment, but it's just not upto Bajaj's expectation, sooner or later it will sell in good numbers.
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