Kawasaki Ninja 300, Ninja 650, Z650, Versys, Er-6n could get cheaper soon

Localization of engines will lead to efficiency in pricing allowing the company to tackle competition.

India Kawasaki Motors Pvt. Ltd, based in Pune, is expected to commence local production of its 300cc and 650cc engines. This will allow the company to not only price their bikes efficiently but would also make the otherwise expensive Kawasaki bikes being priced on par with other competitors in the midsized motorcycle segment.

India Kawasaki Motors mulls localization of 300cc and 650cc engines which powers five out of the company’s 15 models in their lineup. These include the Ninja 300, Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Versey 650 besides Z650 and ER-6n. Each of these models come into the country via the CKD route and is locally assembled in Pune. Over the years, the company has also formulated its own vendor base in India.

The midsized motorcycle segment in India has been noting increased entrants, each of which are efficiently priced. Increase in localization will allow Kawasaki to compete with other bike makers such as India Yamaha Motor, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Harley-Davidson Motor Company India, Triumph Motorcycle India and DSK Motowheels, all of whom follow local assembly of their midsized bikes. TVS Motor Company and BMW Motorrad are also expected to enter this segment in the not so distant future which will further add to competition.

Even as Kawasaki Motors has declined to comment on its enhanced localization plans where its 300cc and 650cc engines are concerned, close sources in the know have confirmed this development which will have a direct impact on competition that includes the Yamaha R3, Honda CBR650F and Triumph Street Triple.

From 1st April 2017, Kawasaki India ended their partnership with Bajaj. This resulted in them taking control of dealers as well as sales and service of Kawasaki bikes. As of now there are 12 dealers across India of Kawasaki. Below is their details.

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