Bajaj Auto Limited will soon start production of Husqvarna motorcycles at the company plant in Chakan near Pune. The Husqvarna motorcycles which Bajaj will produce in India, will be exclusively made in India and exported to the world. Just like the KTM bikes which they manufacture at the same plant.
Bajaj has plans to go big on production of Husqvarna as they believe that it has the potential to become an even bigger brand than KTM. As per a report, Bajaj has plans to increase capacity of Husqvarna production to 2 lakh units annually.
These new Husqvarna motorcycles (Svartpilen and Vitpilen), will be the 8th and 9th model that Bajaj Auto will be producing making it the only plant in the world to produce them. The first seven are KTM Duke 125, KTM Duke 200, KTM Duke 250, KTM Duke 390, KTM RC 200, KTM RC 250, KTM RC 390.
Production of these Husqvarna bikes which is currently done at the company plant in Austria, will move to to Chakan, Pune from where they will be exported to US and European markets. Production operations will commence sometime later this year or in early 2019. Bajaj Auto has been selected for production operations as manufacturing in India is comparatively cheaper, and so are the parts.
Husqvarna Motorcycles first models Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401, Vitpilen 701, launched earlier this year, are being produced in Mattighofen. The two bikes – Hasqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 will enter production at Chakan, will receive the same 373cc, single cylinder engine offering 44 bhp power that is seen on KTM Duke 390 and KTM RC 390.
Hasqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 have been spied on test in India. Vitpilen stands for ‘White Arrow’, while Svartpilen stands for ‘Black Arrow’. Both these bikes share underpinnings with KTM 390 Duke and sport same trellis frame, LED headlamps, circular digital console and spoked wheels.
Vitpilen receives clip on handlebars and knobby tyres demonstrating its off roading stance. The bikes will be positioned over KTM 390 Duke and will also be priced at a premium with sales being conducted via KTM dealerships in India.