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Harley-Davidson bikes to come to India by end-2009

Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer which bought over the iconic Italian sportsbike company MV Agusta last year, is now looking at expanding its operations worldwide and also wants to bring its bikes to India.

Harley-Davidson is in talks with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in India, with regard to securing permission for setting up its retail outlets in the country. At a later stage, Harley may even set up an assembly unit here – its third overseas facility after Singapore and Thailand.

Harley-Davidson bikes imported to India as CBUs will cost anywhere between Rs 6-20 lakh because of the heavy import duties levied on imported bikes, though prices will come down significantly if the company sets up a manufacturing/assembly plant in India.


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Bajaj XCD 135 DTS-Si launched, is priced at Rs 45,000 ex-showroom

Bajaj Auto has launched a new motorcycle variant in the so called ‘value segment.’ The XCD 135 DTS-Si, Bajaj’s new offering, is priced at Rs 45,000 ex-showroom, and packs a 135cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled carburetted engine that makes 10.5 horsepower. This engine also features Bajaj’s ‘swirl induction’ technology, which the company first released on the XCD 125.

While the very first batch of the XCD 135 DTS-Si will roll out from Bajaj’s plant in Aurangabad, the bike will subsequently be built at the company’s Pantnagar facility, in Uttarakhand. Apart from domestic sales, Bajaj also plans to export the bike from April 2009 onwards.

According to a Bajaj press release, the XCD 135 DTS-Si is a ‘sports commuter bike’ that rides like ‘a Pulsar junior...

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Suzuki Motor Corp. buys out Satya Sheel’s stake in SMIPL

Confirming a move that had been anticipated a few months ago, Suzuki has bought out its partner’s stake in Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL) Satya Sheel and family, who had partnered with Suzuki for its two-wheeler joint venture in India, have sold their 26% stake to Suzuki for an estimated Rs 190 crore. With this, SMIPL becomes a fully owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Japan.

Strangely enough, when Suzuki returned to the Indian two-wheeler market in 2006, it chose to go with Satya Sheel, who was earlier on the board of directors at Maruti Suzuki – not, perhaps, something that immediately qualifies him to head Suzuki’s motorcycle business in the country...

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TVS Motor’s sales down 12.73% in November 2008

TVS Motor Co. has reported a decline of 12.73% in its two-wheeler sales for November 2008, at 98,402 units, down from 112,766 units in November 2007. The company’s motorcycle sales dropped 20.7% to 45,276 units in November this year.

On the flip side, TVS’ exports doubled to 20,911 units in November 2008, as against 10,408 units in the year-ago period.

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Bajaj to make cheap bikes in China!

According to reports in the media, Bajaj Auto is all set to turn the tables on Chinese motorcycle manufacturers by taking them on at their own game – making and selling ultra-low-cost two-wheelers for developing markets.

Bajaj Auto is said to have arrangements in place with certain companies in China, which would, on a contract basis, manufacture 125cc bikes for Bajaj. These bikes would be sold at the equivalent of around Rs 20,000-25,000 in some of Bajaj’s export markets, including China and Africa.

However, Bajaj will not sell these low-cost two-wheelers under its own brand. The company, which wants a high-quality, high-tech image for its brand, will develop an all-new brand for its low-cost lineup of Chinese-built bikes.

In the 100-125cc bikes segment in India, Bajaj h...

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