Bajaj, KTM to produce Duke 390 based Husqvarna in India
Bajaj and KTM are celebrating their 10th anniversary. On the occasion, they have made a major announcement.
Bajaj and KTM joined hands back in 2007. At that time, sales of KTM were on the decline, whereas Bajaj was no where to be seen on the world map. Fast forward 10 years, and the duo is now an example for manufacturers the world over.
Bajaj and KTM has helped each other and together, they are making waves in the motorcycle industry. On the occasion of their 10th anniversary, Bajaj KTM has made some major announcements.
The first part of this announcement is increase in production of KTM branded motorcycles from India. Earlier, Bajaj KTM had aimed at producing 1 lakh motorcycles of KTM brand in India. Now, the brand has revealed that a total of 2 lakh motorcycles will be produced in 2020.
Second part of the announcement – The 2 lakh volume will be possible because Bajaj will also produce Husqvarna branded motorcycles at their state of the art plant in Chakan – the same plant where they produce the Duke 125, 200, 250, 390, RC 125, 200, 250 and 390 models.
At first, Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701 will be produced at the KTM plant in Mattighofen, Austria. The first units will be launched in Europe in 2018. Then, later in 2018, production of the Duke 390 based Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be shifted to India. It is from here that the two motorcycles will be exported to the world.
As of now, Bajaj KTM have not confirmed that the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will be launched in India. All they have mentioned as of now is that these two will be produced in India. But considering that the growing demand for sub 500 cc motorcycles, it is very likely that Bajaj will launch the Husqvarna brand in India by 2019.
Read the full Bajaj KTM statement in the release below.