Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bajaj-KTM’s Rs 1 lakh bike

The anticipated performance bike will hit the Indian markets in a year’s time
 We have been talking about KTM bikes coming to India since Baja displayed the Austrian bike in the 2008 Auto Expo. Finally we have some official news that India's second largest two-wheeler maker, who is jointly developing performance bikes with KTM, will launch the much awaited bikes in 2011. We had earlier reported that the Bajaj-KTM is looking at introducing a 125cc bike with a max power of 15bhp, which complies with the European norms. But fresh information suggests that the bike will be priced around Rs 1 lakh. A 125cc bike at that price will not fetch large numbers in terms of sales, which mean that the firms might be looking at launching a bigger bike, probably 200cc plus. Praise the lord!

According to Bajaj Auto Two-wheeler, CEO, S. Sridhar - the new product will be first launched in Europe and then in India and this will be sometime during the next financial year. The bike will be assembled at Bajaj's Pune plant and will be sold with the KTM marquee through their Pro-biking showrooms . These showrooms currently sell the Kawasaki Ninja 250R along with Bajaj products. Kawasaki which recently opened their Indian arm and will introduce more performance bikes from its international range, which will also be marketed through these showrooms.

Finally, bigger bikes with newer technology are making their way in to the Indian market. Now it’s just a matter of time for the enthusiast to quench their need for speed.

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