Bajaj can trace its origins back to 1945 and it began importing Piaggio 3-wheelers into India as early as 1948. It won a licence to build these from 1959, as well as scooters. Its main three-wheeled output was miniature trucks and rickshaws, and it also produced the German Temp 3-wheeled truck. It made a new break with the Tempo Trax range of rugged off-road utility vehicles. Power came from a 2.4 litre ACT turbodiesel engine developing 88bhp and a wide range of body styles was available, from double-cab to 4-door convertible. The resemblance to a Mercedes G-Wagen was not overly cheeky, as many of the mechanical components derived from Mercedes. Subsequent versions came with a variety of bodywork, including a 6-door limousine and glassfibre-bodied Matador. Both 2- and 4-wheel drive systems could be fitted.
Other than scooters, in 1998 the only passenger cars being made were the Autorickshaw 3-wheeler and the Trax range.