Bajaj Auto is planning to launch more KTM superbikes in India. The company wants to expand its presence in the superbike segment which it entered by launching the KTM Duke 200 in India. The KTM Duke 200 has been a successful model with an average sales of 1,000 units per month.
Bajaj has a 47% stake in Austrian firm KTM. It purchased this stake in 2007 and both companies have ever since working on joint development of products. The first result of this joint work is the KTM Duke 125 which is being built by Bajaj in India and is being exported to Europe and Japan.
KTM is the second largest motorcycle brand in Europe behind BMW Motorrad. The company is a vital partner for Bajaj as it can offer advanced technology necessary for the development of superbikes.
Bajaj And KTM are now working on models ranging between 125cc and 375cc. With two products already in the market, it is clear that Bajaj will now look at building larger and more powerful superbikes.
Bajaj Auto has moved away from low power commuter bikes and is now focusing on building on the Discover and Pulsar brands. Bajaj Auto's president of Motorcycle business Mr K.Srinivas while speaking to the media after the launch of the new Discover 125ST in Kolkota spoke about the company's plans to launch more KTM Bikes.
He said: " The Duke 200 has been doing well and we are confident our foray in to the super sports segments with multiple products from KTM will be equally successful."
His statement must bring a cheer among super bike lovers as they will now not only get a taste of more KTM products but they will also be more affordable than the current lot of superbikes sold in India.