The Italian premium motorcycle manufacturer, Husqvarna Motorcycles S.r.l. officially announced that the company planned to launch a special two wheeler for India. It will be an Indian made bike. The bike is expected to have an engine ranging from 125 cc to 200 cc. The machine is supposed to be on road within 2 years.
Few days back, the Italian firm Husqvarna Motorcycle was bought by the CEO of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG, Stefan Pierer's Pierer Industrie. The company was earlier owned by BMW Motorrad.
Now the CEO of KTM and the Owner of Husqvarna, Pierer is thinking about a corporative movement with KTM and Bajaj. In March, 2012, Bajaj Auto had bought 47% share of KTM. This resulted the foray of KTM into the Indian two wheeler market.
Being the second largest two wheeler industry in the world, India has become a dream destination for every bi-wheeler builder. Since the owner of Pierer Industrie is the CEO of KTM, Husqvarna can easily market its machines in India via Bajaj Auto as KTM does right now. Japanese auto giant Kawasaki is the other key player in the world market, which supplies premium sportbikes to India via Bajaj Auto.
"It is great to see Husqvarna to be a part of KTM, the best seller of Europe in its segment. We think that it is necessary to expand the network of Husqvarna. And we realize India as a dream destiny for every two wheeler seller. We plan to launch a specially made Husqvarna for India.
The first Husqvarna motorcycle will be launched in India in 2 years," said CEO of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG, Stefan Pierer.
"Proposed Husky model for India to be made at Bajaj's Chakan plan will use joint engine platforms of Bajaj-KTM for Husky models. Joint-engine platform to be used for 125cc-200cc segment for Husqvarna. If you look at Volkswagen group they have 9 or 10 different brands but inside they use same components etc," added Stefan Pierer.
So from the words of Pierer credited, we can assume that the upcoming bike of Husqvarna might be having either a 125cc or a 200cc engine of KTM Duke. The bike will be an Indian made and will be manufactured in Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant in Pune.
KTM introduced Duke 200 last year. Already 8500 Dukes have hit the road and the consortium is hoping to figure out10000 units soon. 2012 was a great year for KTM. The firm managed to sell 1,07,000 units overtaking BMW to become the number one player of Europe. With the acquisition of Husqvarna KTM hopes to achieve a target of 120,000 units this year.
The bike is expected to be build in the same platform of KTM Duke 200.
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