Bajaj Auto Ltd is one of the leading two & three wheeler manufacturers in India. The company is well known for their R&D, product development, process engineering and low-cost manufacturing skills. The company is the largest exported of two and three-wheelers in the country with exports forming 18% of its total sales. The company has two subsidiaries, namely Bajaj Auto International Holdings BV and PT Bajaj Indonesia.
The company was incorporated on April 30, 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of erstwhile Bajaj Auto Ltd (the holding company) with the name Bajaj Investment & Holding Ltd. The company received the certificate of commencement of business on May 7, 2007. The holding company operated in the segments, such as automotive, insurance and investment, and others. Considering the growth opportunities in the auto, wind-energy, insurance and finance sectors, the holding company de-merged their activities into three separate entities, each of which can focus on their core businesses and strengthen competencies.
The auto business of the holding company along with all assets and liabilities pertaining thereto including investments in PT Bajaj Auto Indonesia and in a few vendor companies transferred to Bajaj Investment & Holding Ltd. In addition a total of Rs 15,000 million in cash and cash equivalents also transferred to Bajaj Investment & Holding Ltd. As the part of the scheme, Bajaj Holdings and Investment Ltd were renamed as Bajaj Auto Ltd. The appointed date of this de-merger was closing hours of business on March 31, 2007.
In April 9, 2007, the company inaugurated their green field plant at Pantnagar in Uttarakhand. In the first year of operations, the plant produced over 275,000 vehicles. The company's vehicle assembly plant at Akurdi was shut down from September 3, 2007 due to higher cost of production.
In November 2007, Bajaj Auto International Holdings BV, a wholly owned subsidiary company acquired 14.51% equity stake in KTM Power Sports AG of Austria, Europe's second largest sport motorcycle manufacturer for Rs 345 crore.
During the year 2007-08, the company launched XCD 125 DTS-Si and the Three-wheeler Direct Injected auto rickshaw. The Chakan plant completed the cumulative production of over 2 million Pulsar.
During the year 2009-10, the company expanded the production capacity of Motorised Two & Three Wheelers by 300,000 Nos to 4,260,000 Nos. The company launched Pulsar 220 F, Pulsar 180 UG, Pulsar 150 UG, Pulsar 135 LS and Discover DTS-si in the market.
During the year 2010-11, the company expanded the production capacity of Motorised Two & Three Wheelers by 780,000 Nos to 5,040,000 Nos. The company launched Avenger 220 DTS-i, KTM Duke 125, Discover 150 and Discover 125 in the market.
The company plans to maintain the capacity of two and three-wheelers at the current level of 5,040,000 numbers per annum during the year ending 31 March 2012. The 4 wheel vehicle development work is under progress and commercial launch of the first product from this platform is scheduled for 2012.