Bajaj Auto owns a sizeable share in Austrian based motorcycle manufacturer KTM. The Indian automobile giant owns 47 percent shares of KTM. The Indian manufacturer has enabled the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer to enter India to build its sport bikes here.
Currently KTM manufactures the entire range of Duke motorcycles in India. That includes the Duke 125, Duke 200 and 390 Duke. It is no surprise that the Austrian sport bike manufacturer will roll out its RC range from India. They have already launched the RC125 in European countries.
KTM has engineered and manufactures its RC125, RC200 and RC390 in India with the help of Bajaj. The six bikes that are currently manufactured in India are also exported to certain KTM markets. However, KTM is now confident to provide its Indian built motorcycles in the United States of America.
KTM with the help of Bajaj is also looking at exporting motorcycles to countries like Brazil and China. KTM exported 24,000 motorcycles in fiscal year 2014, from India. The Austrian based two wheeler manufacturer is expected to launch the RC390 and RC200 in India on 9th September, 2014.
The KTM RC390 will sport a single cylinder 373.2cc water-cooled engine. It will generate 43 horsepower and will be paired to a six-speed claw shifted gearbox. It also gets a tubular space frame chassis made out of steel. The RC390 will come with an expected price tag of INR 2,00,000 ex-showroom.
Bajaj Auto has recently launched two new models in India of its Discover. At the launch company officials confirmed they will not venture into the scooter market any time soon. They would like to create own segments and their main focus will be its Pulsar and Discover motorcycles.
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