INDIAN bike manufacturer Bajaj has brought Husqvarna into the partnership it has with KTM, in a move that will be crucial for increasing Husqvarna production and growing sales in Asia.
The partnership will see Husqvarna’s forthcoming Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 models being produced at Bajaj’s Chakan factory in India after an initial run of bikes are made at the firms’ HQ at Mattighofen, Austria.
KTM, which owns Husqvarna and is itself partly owned by Bajaj, already produces several small-capacity bikes in India including the RC125, 125 Duke, RC390 and 390 Duke. Its partnership with Bajaj has enabled KTM to cut its production costs and expand production and sales both globally and in Bajaj’s domestic market.
By bringing Husqvarna into the partnership, Bajaj hopes to produce 100,000 KTM/Husqvarna models this year, with that number doubling over the following years.