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Thread: OFFICIAL: KTM 200 to be launched during Auto Expo 2012, and 350 cc to follow soon

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    Thumbs up OFFICIAL: KTM 200 to be launched during Auto Expo 2012, and 350 cc to follow soon

    Updated on July 15, 2011


    NEW DELHI: Austrian sports bike maker KTM today said it will launch its first motorcycle, jointly developed with Bajaj Auto Ltd , in India at the Auto Expo to be held in the capital early next year.

    The company, in which Bajaj Auto holds nearly a 40 per cent stake, had already launched its first co-developed bike in Europe in March this year.

    "During the Delhi Auto Expo next year, we will be launching the first 200-cc Duke bike in India," Cross Industries AG CEO and also the CEO of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG , Stefan Pierer, told reporters here.

    The bike will be produced at the Pune facility of Bajaj Auto, he added.

    When asked about the company's sales target in India, Pierer said: "We expect to sell 25,000 to 30,000 units in India in the first year of launch. After one year, we will launch the 350-cc Duke in India."

    KTM had launched the 125-cc 'Duke', developed jointly with Bajaj Auto, in Europe in March this year.

    "We have already sold nearly 7,000 units in Europe. We are targeting to sell about 10,000 units in Europe this year," he said.

    The two partners are looking to expand the markets for their bikes.

    "All the bikes that we produce in India will be global models. Now we are looking to export KTM bikes from Bajaj facility to other emerging markets like Thailand, Malaysia, and Brazil," Pierer said.

    Overall, KTM aims to sell 82,000 units this year, up from 62,000 units in 2010, he said, adding that by 2015, it was targeting the sale of 2 lakh units.

    In 2007, Bajaj picked up a 14.9 per cent stake in KTM for around Rs 300 crore. A year later, it increased its stake in the European bike-maker to 25 per cent and has been increasing it gradually.

    Both companies also signed an agreement for jointly developing 125-cc bikes, which will be built at Bajaj's Chakan plant near Pune for exports to the European market under the KTM brand. They had earlier planned to launch their bikes in India in the latter half of this year.

    Asked if Cross Industries, the holding company of KTM, would allow its partner, Bajaj, to hike its stake, Pierer said: "Bajaj currently holds about a 40 per cent stake and we have an arrangement with them under which they can go up to acquiring 49 per cent stake in KTM. They can acquire the stake only through open market and we are helping them to gain more stake in KTM."

    Source: The Economic Times

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    The disappearance of P200 now makes sense and this is exactly like I was thinking it would be!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    The disappearance of P200 now makes sense and this is exactly like I was thinking it would be!!!
    I don't think the P200's disappearing act had anything to do with the launch with the baby duke. It was more a business decision to make way for the P220S. Much more cost effective to have one engine only.
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    This bike will just take little too long to get released it seems But an awesome move by Bajaj / KTM.

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    Is around 20 PS exciting ?
    Around 30 PS does makes sense for an upgrade though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    The disappearance of P200 now makes sense and this is exactly like I was thinking it would be!!!


    Keen To Meet - Our first venture into a proper motard style of machine! I am loving it!!!!
    You mean we wont get a KTM125 but a KTM200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praful View Post
    I don't think the P200's disappearing act had anything to do with the launch with the baby duke. It was more a business decision to make way for the P220S. Much more cost effective to have one engine only.
    Yes agreed, I meant it purely from a product line perspective..
    a D100, P135, D150, P150, P180, KTM200, P220, N250, {P300, KTM350}

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    Quote Originally Posted by BladeBoy View Post
    This bike will just take little too long to get released it seems But an awesome move by Bajaj / KTM.
    Wasnt the 125 caught being road tested?

    I dont really see a reason why Bajaj would take longer, they must have thought about the bigger bore a long time ago!

    Quote Originally Posted by betaal View Post
    Is around 20 PS exciting ?
    Around 30 PS does makes sense for an upgrade though!
    Even a simple cross multiplication would say it could be around 24PS. Its not the most elegant way of calculating it, but yeah considering that the 125CC was 'capped' for 15PS.. assuming it could kick a few more PS, it should surely be around 25PS. The power is super exciting considering its weight my friend!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    You mean we wont get a KTM125 but a KTM200?

    BTW, Looks like your KaTooM has gone Kaboom and now its Keen To Meet - Good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by satyenpoojary View Post
    Yes agreed, I meant it purely from a product line perspective..
    a D100, P135, D150, P150, P180, KTM200, P220, N250, {P300, KTM350}

    A nice clean happy family!

    Bring in engine capacities makes thing confusing most of the times. Instead lets see things this way:

    1. Discover Family (whatever the engine capacity)
    2. Pulsar Family (whatever the engine capacity)
    3. KTM Family
    4. Kawasaki Family


    I am also very much Keen To Meet now


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