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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Husqvarna bikes will be manufactured in India

KTM Sport Motorcycles, which now as the Husqvarna brand owner has a plan to make India as its global production center for the future on-road bike models. The production will be performed at the Bajaj plant in Chakan, Pune.

KTM is currently developing a motorcycle for the global market with its Indian partner, Bajaj Auto. According to Stefan Pierer, KTM's CEO as told to the Economic Times, "Focus on the first time to the off-road motorcycle. Now the on-road models with partially parts based on the machine platform which is done together with Bajaj.”
The Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen and the 401 Svartpilen (pictured) are based on the KTM Duke 390. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1UcJyGL)
The first model to be launched in 2017 in Europe, and then to the United States, of course including Indian as the emerging motorcycle market.

Engines and some components of the model will be produced in India, and then exported to the KTM factory in Austria, where the Vitpilen series assembly. Then, after some models launched in India and if it gets a good response from consumers, it could be the models will be produced entirely in India.
The Svartpilen and the Vitpilen (pictured) will be manufactured in Chakan from sometime in 2016-17 fiscal year, but only for exports. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1UcJyGL)
Husqvarna machines ranging from 125 cc to 390 cc, now being manufactured by Bajaj for KTM Duke's variants. Several other components are manufactured for export to Austria today to meet the needs of existing KTM models components.
New Husqvarna (pictured: Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Concept) on-road range of motorcycles will initially be assembled in Austria from India-sourced components. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1OnTDfN)
In the previous interview, Stefan Pierer and Reinhold Zens, Managing Director of Husqvarna stated the production of Husqvarna 701 Vitpilen and Svartpilen will be conducted in CKD in Chakan and sent to Mattighofen, Austria to be assembled, then launched to the UK in 2017. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ECONOMIC TIMES | RUSHLANE]
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