TVS Scooty

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TVS Scooty
Subsidiary
Industry Scooter
Founded 1994
Headquarters Chennai, India
Parent TVS Motors
Website www.tvsscooty.com

Scooty is an Indian brand of Scooters manufactured by TVS Motors. Designed for women, Scooty is the largest selling Scooter brand in its segment.[1] It has come to represent a generic name for any women's two-wheeler in India.[1] Anushka Sharma endorses the brand.[2]

This TVS Scooty is one of the lightweight Scooters which is available in India for the use of ladies and girls of India.

History[edit]

Scooty was initially conceived of as a Scooter for both sexes. However sales figures over the first two years indicated that more women were buying the Scooty than men. In 1996, Scooty went through a repositioning exercise to target women. Though it was seen as a risk with the large majority of Indian two-wheeler riders being male, TVS chose the strategy to tap the nascent segment of women riders.[1] Over the last decade, Scooty has launched several models that cater to different segments of the market. These include the Scooty ES (1996 - Kick start), the Scooty Pep (2003 - Self & Kick start) and Pep+ (2005 - Self & Kick start), Scooty Teenz (2007 - Self & Kick start) and Scooty Streak (2009 - Self & Kick start).

Women on Wheels: Building the Riding Habit[edit]

TVS Scooty embarked on a project to provide two-wheeler riding training to women across small and large towns in India with a view to building the habit of riding in what is considered a low-penetration segment: less than 2% of Indian women in the potential two-wheeler buying category of 15- to 60-year-olds actually buy a scooter. Rechristened the TVS Scooty Institute, 80 centers have been set up and 42,000 women have been trained to ride a two-wheeler.[3] About 20% of women trained at the institute buy the TVS Scooty. This campaign has won several awards, notably amongst them the EMVIE by the Ad Club Bombay for being the best campaign innovation.[4]

Environmental Impact[edit]

Scooty Teenz Electric logo

Concerns for the environment and rising fuel prices have resulted in a slew of Indian automobile manufacturers exploring the electric two-wheeler segment, notably amongst them Hero Honda and Kinetic. TVS Motors entered the segment in April 2008 with the brand Scooty Teenz Electric, an ungeared scooter powered by an 800 Watt motor running on a lead–acid battery.[5] The Teenz Electric can carry a load of 130 kg with a pillion rider, up to a distance of 40 km (25 mi) on a single charge.[6] Recognizing special needs of the young Indian woman on the road Scooty Teenz Electric incorporates design elements such as large utility and storage spaces, a mobile phone charger and a low battery charge indicator.[7]

TVS Scooty in Indian Entertainment[edit]

The TVS Scooty range has been featured in a number of Bollywood movies and Indian TV Serials, as either a prop, or in certain cases part of the plot. In the 2008 film Ghajini starring Aamir Khan, lead actress Asin Thottumkal rides the TVS Scooty Pep+ to get around in the role of Kalpana.[8] It has also been featured in the films Chance Pe Dance[9] starring Genelia D'Souza and in Sunday[10] starring Ayesha Takia. Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role of the 2009 release Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year rather unwillingly has to ride the a bright pink Scooty Pep+, bought lovingly for him by his father, played by the avuncular Prem Chopra. The Scooty becomes central to the plot as much of the time Ranbir's character Harpreet Singh spends on the road is on this scooter.[11]

MTV Scooty Teen Diva initiative[edit]

Today Scooty is shorthand for any women's two-wheeler, it has almost become a generic name

S Srinivas, General Manager, Marketing, TVS Motor on Scooty promoting the category of women's scooters in India[1]

TVS Scooty [12] supported the MTV Scooty Teen Diva reality television contest that judged contestants on a variety of skills and attributes. The 2009 edition had over 3000 applicants, 11 of whom participated in a 15-day shoot on location which was televised into an eight-episode reality series on MTV India in July–August 2009.[13] Featuring judges who were members of the Indian fashion industry, contestants were graded on skills such as ramp-walking, cheerleading, acting and creativity. The winner of the 2008 edition was Koyal Rana[14] and of the 2009 edition was Apeksha Porwal.[15] They have both competed as India's representative at the Miss Teen International beauty pageant in July 2009 and 2010 in Chicago, United States. The association with a youth-oriented TV series is believed to reinforce Scooty's position in the minds of the target consumer.[16]

Himalayan Highs[edit]

Himalayan Highs, an initiative launched by TVS Motor Company, which was an enabler for women riders to take up a long road trips on a Scooty Zest 110. The initiative gained fame in 2015 after India`s Youngest Women stunt rider Anam Hashim became the first woman on a 110 cc scooter to complete the trip to Khardung La, a mountain pass in the Himalayas on a TVS ScootyZest 110. This pass is considered the world’s highest motorable stretch and Anam’s feat has been included in the India Book of Records.

Models and Features[edit]

Scooty Streak[edit]

Scooty Streak

Launched in March 2009, the TVS Scooty Streak features LED tail lamps, external fuel filling and an easy-to-use center stand: making it specifically designed for the young woman. It has 90mm wide anti-skid tyres fashioned from wet compound giving it stronger grip in wet weather driving.[17][18] Indian tennis player endorsed the brand and has appeared in several commercials around the model.[19]

Scooty Pep+[edit]

Launched in 2005 Scooty Pep Plus features a light-weight body, with a choice of 99 colours. No other scooter in the segment offers such a choice. Pink is the largest selling colour.[20] At various times, Bollywood actresses Preity Zinta and Minissha Lamba have endorsed the brand.[20]

Scooty Teenz and Teenz Electric[edit]

The Scooty Teenz has also been released in the electric edition that is designed specifically for young women who travel short distances.

Special Limited Editions[edit]

In July 2006 Scooty launched the limited edition Fashion Series with the Perky Pink model that featured a shade-tested hot pink colour believed to be the rage amongst the target segment of 16- to 24-year-old girls.[21] With Preity Zinta as its face, the campaign spoke of thoughtful accessories such as the glow-ring around the key-hole, lit luggage compartment and the mobile charger socket.[22]

Scooty launched a limited edition series to coincide with the start of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.[23] TVS entered into an agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to be an official licensee and launched two variants, the Wimbledon Class and the Wimbledon Xtreme bikes. Designed to be a tribute to women with a sporty attitude, the Class featured white, purple and green flow strokes while the Xtreme came in red with graffiti art.[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Anushka Sharma to endorse TVS Scooty". 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Challapalli, Sravanthi (17 September 2009). "A Campaign for Mobility". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Akhouri, Priyanka (5 October 2009). "TVS Scooty Rides High on Women on Wheels Notion". The Financial Express. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "TVS Launched Electric Scooter". Business Standard. 3 April 2008. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "After Electric, TVS plans to make LPG & CNG Bikes". Business Standard. 16 February 2008. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "TVS's New Electric Scooty Targeted at Young Ladies". The Free Press Journal. 17 February 2008. p. 12. 
  8. ^ A. R. Murugadoss (Director) (2008). Ghajini (Feature Film). Mumbai: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Adlabs. 
  9. ^ Ken Ghosh(Director) (2010). Chance Pe Dance (Feature Film). Mumbai: UTV Motion Pictures. 
  10. ^ Rohit Shetty (Director) (2008). Sunday (Feature Film). Mumbai: Eros Entertainment. 
  11. ^ Raghava Lawrence (Director) (2009). Rocket Singh (Feature Film). Mumbai: Yash Raj Films. 
  12. ^ "5 Best TVS Scooty in India". StoryMania.in. 12 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Smooth Ride". Afternoon. 16 May 2009. p. 12. 
  14. ^ "Koyal Rana Wins Teen Diva India Award". JimAndaz.com (blacklisted site). 2008. 
  15. ^ "And the Teen Diva is...". The Times of India. 22 August 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "And the Teen Diva is...". Bombay Times (Times of India supplement). 22 August 2009. p. 5. 
  17. ^ "TVS Launches Scooty Streak". The Hindu Business Line. 8 March 2009. p. 14. 
  18. ^ Raikar, Sanjay (May 2009). "Pretty, Petite and Plucky". Bike India. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "Super Commercials". Bike India. August 2009. p. 97. 
  20. ^ a b "Woman Power Fuels Scooty". Business Standard. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "To Pep Her Up". The Hindu. 24 July 2006. p. 5. 
  22. ^ "TVS Goes Preity and Pink". Delhi Midday. 24 July 2006. p. 5. 
  23. ^ "TVS Pep Goes Serve and Volley". Overdrive. July 2008. p. 9. 
  24. ^ "Drive in Style". Pioneer. 21 June 2008. p. 9. 

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