New Delhi: Chennai-based TVS Motor Co on Monday launched its controversial 125 cc motorcycle ‘Flame´, which has been accused by rival Bajaj Auto of infringing upon its patented technology, with a modified engine.
The company introduced the bike, priced at Rs46,000 (ex-showroom across the country), with a single spark ignition engine based on Controlled Combustion Variable Timing Intelligent (CC-VTi) technology.
“TVS, in keeping with its tradition of breaking new ground in two-wheelers, is proud to have brought this world- class engine technology into India with the CCVTi engine. This engine has been developed and patented by AVL and licensed to TVS in India,” said Venu Srinivasan, the company’s CMD, in a statement.
Earlier, TVS had planned to launch the vehicle with a twin spark engine, which BAL had objected to. Subsequently, after legal wrangles, Madras High Court had stayed the Chennai-based company from producing and marketing of the motorcycle which uses the controversial technology.
TVS said its new ‘Flame´ uses a “universally accepted and traditionally proven” single spark plug ignition system.
Austria-based AVL is the world leader in Internal Combustion Engine technology and develops power train systems. It is a leading provider of technology to the global engine and automotive industry.