Here are new details about Triumph’s Indian assembly plant at Narsapur, Karnataka

We’ve just got buzz about Triumph motorcycle’s Indian foray. The motorcycle maker has now confirmed its assembly unit’s set up at Narsapur, Karnataka. This location of this plant is strategic in nature, in that it has been chosen after considering its proximity to port infrastructure, in this case the Chennai port. Since, the assembly operations predominantly involve the import of completely knocked down(CKD) kits of motorcycles from Thailand, the access to port infrastructure will be critical. We now have confirmation that Triumph will employ 1065 people directly at its plant, which will entail a total of INR 850 Crores.

2012 Triumph Street Triple 675

2012 Triumph Street Triple 675

Triumph India will assemble 4 motorcycles in India out of a sum total of 7, with the rest of the motorcycles being brought into the country through the completely built unit(CBU) route. However, all the motorcycles are expected to be initially imported into the country as CBUs, with CKD assembly to begin soon after. That said, the initial lot of CBU models(which will later be assembled in India) are expected to be priced at the same price as the CKD models. So, expect the starting price of the Triumph range to be pegged at a competitive INR 5.5 lakhs, for the entry level Bonneville, right from word go.

The four Triumph motorcycles that will be assembled in India through CKD kits are the Bonneville, the Street Triple 675, the Daytona 675 and the Speed Triple. Of these, the Bonneville is a retro classic and the entry level model in the British motorcycle marquee’s Indian range, at a price of INR 5.5 lakhs. The rest of the 3 CKD models are all out and out sportsbikes. The unfaired Street Triple features a 675cc, triple cylinder engine and will come in at INR 5.75 lakhs. The faired version of the Street Triple, called the Daytona 675 will be priced at INR 7 lakhs.

2012 Triumph Street Triple 675

2012 Triumph Street Triple 675

Topping off the CKD range will be the 1075cc Speed Triple model, which at INR 8 lakhs, will be one of India’s least priced liter class sportsbikes. The three models that will imported through the CBU route are the Tiger 800XC, the Storm and the range topping Rocket III. The Tiger 800XC is an on-off road touring motorcycle priced at INR 11.4 lakhs. Both the Storm and the Rocket III are sports cruisers priced at 17 lakhs and 22 lakhs respectively. Triumph will begin sales in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore initially, through 3 dealerships. Over the next couple of years, the dealership footprint will be expanded to 10-12 cities.

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