While Indian market will take some time before KTM owned Husqvarna enters to explore, the latter’s volume bikes Vitpilen & Svartpilen are said to commence production in the sub-continent sooner.KTM CEO Stefan Pierer earlier hinted that Husqvarna brand will eventually enter India. But for now, he has confirmed that Husqvarna Svartpilen & Vitpilen will be manufactured in Bajaj KTM Chakan plant, but only for exports to Europe.
Husqvarna Vitpilen & Svartpilen concepts were unveiled at 2014 EICMA. Both the bikes will share platform and powertrain from KTM Duke 390, although latter is yet to be officially disclosed. In the recent interview, Pierer has confirmed that the Husqvarna models will be built on Duke rolling chassis.
He added that the concepts showcased were already pretty close to their production versions, and that the models will start manufacturing at Chakan by the end of 2016-17 fiscal. Both motorcycles will be exported to Europe by Husqvarna India, but the CKD kits will take a quick detour to Mattighofen, Austria, where the bikes will take shape (be assembled).
Via – Cycle News