Orbital Corporation Limited and Bajaj Auto Ltd, India today announced that Bajaj have started production of the Orbital equipped direct injection Autorickshaw. Earlier this year Bajaj released a number of test vehicles into the local Pune market to complete the assessment and validation of this new product using real world operating conditions. The 2-stroke Direct Injection (DI) 3 wheeler received good response from the market due to the greatly improved fuel efficiency, superior performance and features like “self start”. As a result of the positive feedback received Bajaj have started production of this new Autorickshaw. The new model will initially be released into the local Pune market, with a staged release of the DI vehicles to other identified cities of India. “The positive feedback from our customers was a key part of the DI product confirmation testing,” commented Bajaj’s Managing Director, Mr. Rajiv Bajaj. “These first customers have enjoyed a 30% fuel economy improvement and experienced significantly improved driving characteristics.” “This product launch is a key step for Orbital DI technology with its entry into a new and growing market segment,” said Orbital’s CEO, Dr. Rod Houston. “The initial volume ramp up will be slow as Bajaj continue to develop the market pull for this product and manage the roll out to new dealers and cities in the coming months. Although the volumes will start out low this DI product will add to our royalty income and add to the systems sales revenue of Synerject.” Orbital is an international developer of engine and related technologies, providing research, design and development services for the worlds producers of powertrains and engine management systems for application in motorcycles, marine and recreational vehicles, automobiles and trucks. Orbital’s principal operations in Perth, Western Australia, provide a facility with capabilities in design, manufacturing, development and testing of engines and powertrains.