Thursday, July 14, 2011

KTM Duke 200 will launch in India at Auto Expo 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

The KTM Duke for India will feature a 200cc engine and will be launched at the upcoming 2012 Indian Auto Expo to be held in the month of January at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer also pulled off a massive announcement in the form of a 350cc KTM Duke to follow the 200cc model, in 2013.

Coming back to the KTM Duke 200, this motorcycle will be produced at Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan. Bajaj-KTM is very aggressively targeting 25,000 to 30,000 units each year which means that the pricing of the Duke 200, in true Bajaj style will be very competitive to say the least. Quite hearteningly, the KTM Duke 125, which is currently being exported to various markets across the world is built by Bajaj Auto at Chakan. This motorcycle has received worldwide acclaim for it’s great quality levels, which is a tribute to Bajaj Auto’s and India’s growing expertise in motorcycle manufacturing, rivaling the best motorcycle makers in the world.

Start saving up people, a 350cc Duke is coming in 2013. Meanwhile, KTM plans to sell a whopping 2 lakh motorcycles by 2015, which is more than double its current projection for 2011 at 82,000 motorcycles. So, the future KTM motorcycles like the Duke 200 and the Duke 350 will be the big volume pushers for KTM, with India becoming a major market. Also, the KTM Dukes manufactured in India by Bajaj Auto will also be exported to many countries like the Thailand, Malaysia and Brazil. Here’s what KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has had to say about the Duke 200, Duke 350 and KTM’s overall expansion plans.


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