Japanese two-wheeler maker Kawasaki is reportedly mulling over starting the local assembly of its two motorcycles — Z1000 and Ninja 1000 — in India. According to a report of Bikewale, the bikes, which are currently being imported as CBU (completely built-up units) could be soon brought to India as CKD (completely knocked down) units.
If this rings true, the prices of both the Kawasaki Z1000, and the Ninja 1000 could see a drop of nearly Rs. 1.5 lakh. The Z1000 and Ninja 1000 are now retailed with a price tag of Rs. 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The local assembly of these models is reportedly set to begin in the next couple of months.
Both the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 are powered by a 1,043 cc engine with 6-speed transmission. The engine has the capacity to pump in a power of 140bhp at 10,000rpm and a torque of 111Nm at 7300rpm.
Meanwhile, Kawaski has confirmed that the company has no plans for the local assembly of the Z800 in India. Rumours were doing the rounds on the internet that Kawasaki's Z800 model was expected to get a price cut of nearly Rs. 1 lakh soon, as the manufacturer was planning to start local assembly of the model.
"There was never a plan to have the Z800 go CKD. Kawasaki always decides the assembly of models that is reasonable under CKD regulations. We do not see any positive outcome to go CKD in India with the Z800," said Yutaka Yamashita, the Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, in a statement.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]