Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki is reportedly speculating to break its partnership with Bajaj Auto and KTM in India.
Currently, Bajaj Auto's Probiking showrooms sell the below 650cc Kawasaki motorcycles along with the KTM models. Also, both Kawasaki and KTM share the same service facility in India.
With this new move from Kawasaki, the Ninja 300 and Ninja 650 will be sold in the Kawasaki's exclusive dealerships across the country.
Although the reason behind this break in the alliance is yet to be revealed, but Kawasaki will make use of Bajaj's Akurdi manufacturing facility to assemble motorcycles till 650cc.
The reports suggest that Kawasaki was facing a strong competition from KTM from its joint dealerships, so this could be the reason for the split.
Whatever may be the reason, this move will be beneficial for both the manufacturers as KTM is planning to expand its product portfolio in India by introducing new models other than Duke and RC.
Apart from that, the Husqvarna Vitpilen model which is based on the KTM 390 Duke is speculated to hit Indian market in partnership with KTM dealership network in 2017. If that's the case then the new KTM-Husqvarna alliance may be formed.
But it's a different story for Kawasaki in India, as it does not have a wide dealership network in the country. It is believed that Kawasaki is on the move to expand its showroom network in India.
Another major benefit will be the reduction in price for completely knocked down (CKD) Kawasaki models as Bajaj will no longer take any profit from its sales volume. An official statement on this development is expected in the coming days.
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