TVS Flame launched with modified engine
Chennai, March 10 TVS Motor Company on Monday launched the 125-cc motorcycle Flame, with an engine featuring a single spark plug. At a press conference here today, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Venu Srinivasan, said that the company expects Flame to fetch sales of Rs 700 crore in 2008-09.
Flame has recently been in news because rival motorcycle producer, Bajaj, won a patent suit against TVS, claiming the Flame’s two-spark plug engine infringed on its (Bajaj’s) patent. TVS, which claims it has not infringed any patent, has gone on appeal.
Because of the injunction issued by the Madras High Court against the use of the twin-spark plug engine, TVS Motor is now selling the motorcycle with a single spark plug engine. Mr Srinivasan said that the current engine has been so designed that there is no loss of advantage over the twin-spark plug engine.