Automobile Products of India (API) was founded in 1949 at Bombay (now Mumbai). The company manufactured Lambretta scooters, API Three Wheelers under license from Innocenti of Italy and Automobile ancillaries, notably Clutch and Braking systems. The company has not been operational since 2002.
Bajaj Auto Limited is an Indian global two-wheeler company and three-wheeler manufacturing company based in Pune, Maharashtra. It manufactures motorcycles, scooters and auto rickshaws. Bajaj Auto is a part of the Bajaj Group. It was founded by Jamnalal Bajaj in Rajasthan in the 1940s. Bajaj Auto is the world’s third-largest manufacturer of motorcycles and the second-largest in India. It is the world’s largest three-wheeler manufacturer.
Escorts Group, is an Indian multinational conglomerate and automotive engineering company that operates in the sectors of agri-machinery, construction and material handling equipment, and railway equipment. From the 1960s to early 2000s, Escorts Group had a motorcycle division which used to manufacture Polish SHL M11 175 cc (10.7 cu in) motorcycles under the brand name Rajdoot from the early 1960s until 2005. In the early 1980s, Escorts started making Yamaha motorcycles in India. Rajdoot 350 was launched in 1981, later followed by the Yamaha RX 100 in 1984, which were known for their performance.
Hero Motocorp Ltd., formerly Hero Honda, is an Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer based in New Delhi, India. The company is the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world, and also in India, where it has a market share of about 46% in the two-wheeler category. The 2006 Forbes list of the 200 World’s Most Respected Companies has Hero Honda Motors ranked at #108.
Harley-Davidson India is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Harley-Davidson India commenced operations in August 2009 and appointed its first dealership in July 2010. Harley-Davidson offers a range of 11 models in India from each of its six platforms – Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod, Touring and Street – in addition to a full range of parts, accessories, and general merchandise, available through authorized dealerships. The company has 29 dealership facilities across India: New Delhi, Gurgaon, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Indore, Pune, Goa, Guwahati and Jaipur etc.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Private Limited (HMSI) is the wholly owned Indian subsidiary of Honda Motor Company, Limited, Japan. Founded in 1999, it was the fourth Honda automotive venture in India, after Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). HMSI was established in 1999 at Manesar, District Gurgaon, Haryana.
Ideal Jawa Ltd was an Indian motorcycle company based in Mysore which sold licensed Jawa motorcycles beginning in 1960 under the brand name Jawa and from 1973 as Yezdi. The catchphrase for the bikes sold by the firm was “Forever Bike, Forever Value”. Jawa motorcycles were introduced in India in 1960 and they have a cult following to this present day.
Kinetic Engineering Limited
Kinetic Engineering Limited is an Indian automotive manufacturer. The company was founded in 1972 by HK Firodia. Today it is an automotive component manufacturer which formerly sold two-wheelers under the brand names Kinetic Honda and later Kinetic Motors. Later Kinetic Engineering formed a joint venture with Honda Motor Company to introduce Kinetic Honda scooters, which had electric start and gearless transmissions.
Mopeds India Limited
Mopeds India Limited was a two wheeler manufacturer based in India, which manufactured and sold the Suvega range of Mopeds under technical collaboration with Motobécane of France. Its first model was the Motobécane Mobylette sold under the name Suvega Super 50. It was the first company in India to launch Mopeds in India which was the largest selling two-wheeler segment till 80’s and was India’s largest selling moped till early 80’s.
Royal Enfield is the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production with its first motorcycle being produced in 1901. Sure, there are older brands that were building bikes earlier than that, but they have all either fizzled out or halted production for long durations. Royal Enfield is a train that won’t stop. They are most known for producing single and twin-cylinder motorcycles and sold 846,000 units in 2018 making them quite the force to be reckoned with.
Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited
Suzuki Motorcycle India, Private Limited (SMI) is the wholly-owned Indian subsidiary of Suzuki, Japan. It was the third Suzuki automotive venture in India, after TVS Suzuki (1982–2001) and Maruti Suzuki (1982). In 1982, the joint-venture between Suzuki Motor Corporation and TVS Motor Company incorporated and started production of two wheelers in India. In 2001, after separating ways with TVS motor company, the company was re-entered as Suzuki Motorcycle India, Private Limited (SMI), in 2006. The company has set up a manufacturing facility at Gurgaon, Haryana with an annual capacity of 5,40,000 units.
TVS Motor Company
TVS Motor Company (T.V.S) is an Indian multinational motorcycle company headquartered at Chennai, India. It is the third largest motorcycle company in India with a revenue of over ₹20,000 crore (US$2.8 billion) in 2018–19. The company has an annual sales of 3 million units and an annual capacity of over 4 million vehicles. TVS Motor Company is also the 2nd largest exporter in India with exports to over 60 Countries. TVS Motor Company Ltd (TVS Motor), a member of the TVS Group, is the largest company of the group in terms of size and turnover.