Japanese motorcycle maker Kawasaki is reportedly planning to break ties with Bajaj Auto and KTM in India. Bajaj Auto's Probiking showrooms currently sells the below 650cc Kawasaki models as well as KTM motorcycle in India. Both brands also share service facility as well. With the new development, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Ninja 650's sales will be moved to Kawasaki's exclusive dealerships only.
Though there is no reason has been identified behind the split, Kawasaki will continue to use the Bajaj Auto's facility in Akurdi to assemble motorcycles till 650cc displacement, reports MotorBeam. The report also says competition Kawasaki bikes face at joint outlet from better priced KTM bikes could be a reason. An official statement from both manufacturers is not out yet.
In either way, the move is expected to benefit both manufactures. KTM is reportedly planning to increase its product offering other that Duke and RC models and hence it will require more space at the dealerships. In addition, Husqvarna Vitpilen based on the KTM 390 Duke is expected to enter Indian market via KTM dealership chain in 2017. In that case, transformation of KTM-Kawasaki dealership to KTM- Husqvarna can be expected soon.
The road ahead will be slightly difficult for Kawasaki as the outfit does not have a wide standalone network in India at present. It has been reported that Kawasaki is aggressively working on dealership expansion. By the time Husqvarna comes in, Kawasaki will try to set up strong network in India. Another benefit for customers with the development would be price cut for CKD Kawasaki model as Bajaj will no longer take any profit on sale. A clearer picture is expected in the coming days.