Ladies and Gentlemen, Stefan Pierer, the CEO of KTM, has put to rest all speculation regarding the engine capacity and the launch details of the KTM Duke motorcycle it plans to launch for the Indian motorcycle model. The KTM Duke for India will feature a 200cc engine and will be launched at the upcoming 2012 Indian Auto Expo to be held in the month of January at New Delhi. While this is certain to bring cheer to the hordes of motorcycle enthusiasts in India waiting eagerly for this muscular street bike from KTM, there’s another big surprise in store.
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer also pulled off a massive announcement in the form of a 350cc KTM Duke to follow the 200cc model, in 2013. Now, this is news that has enough potential to raise the bar of Indian motorcycling to an all new level if Mr Pierer hasn’t been misquoted. A 350cc KTM Duke coming in 2013 is news that will whet the appetite of Indian bikers into saving up for the big one from Bajaj-KTM, which truly has been a very unexpected revelation of sorts even though there have been wild stories about 300cc Pulsars for quite some time now.
Coming back to the KTM Duke 200, this motorcycle will be produced at Bajaj Auto’s plant in Chakan. Bajaj-KTM is very aggressively targeting 25,000 to 30,000 units each year which means that the pricing of the Duke 200, in true Bajaj style will be very competitive to say the least. Quite hearteningly, the KTM Duke 125, which is currently being exported to various markets across the world is built by Bajaj Auto at Chakan. This motorcycle has received worldwide acclaim for it’s great quality levels, which is a tribute to Bajaj Auto’s and India’s growing expertise in motorcycle manufacturing, rivaling the best motorcycle makers in the world.
Start saving up people, a 350cc Duke is coming in 2013. Meanwhile, KTM plans to sell a whopping 2 lakh motorcycles by 2015, which is more than double its current projection for 2011 at 82,000 motorcycles. So, the future KTM motorcycles like the Duke 200 and the Duke 350 will be the big volume pushers for KTM, with India becoming a major market. Also, the KTM Dukes manufactured in India by Bajaj Auto will also be exported to many countries like the Thailand, Malaysia and Brazil. Here’s what KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has had to say about the Duke 200, Duke 350 and KTM’s overall expansion plans.
During the Delhi Auto Expo next year, we will be launching the first 200cc Duke bike in India. 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. We have already sold nearly 7,000 units in Europe. We are targeting to sell about 10,000 units in Europe this year. 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.