New offerings from Royal Enfield: The Classic 500 Chrome & Battlegreen Models, previewed at Auto Expo India 2010
Barely months after Royal Enfield made a huge splash with it’s Classic UCE500 EFI model in India, here they are again, revealing two hot new color variations at the 10th edition of the Auto Expo New Delhi.
Royal Enfield Classic Battle Green: This model carries an olive-green garb, not unlike the color of the Royal Enfield Bullet’s the Indian Army Jawans ride. This “Battle Green” motorcycle was the cynosure of all the eyes at the Royal Enfield pavilion. This Classic UCE500 EFI Model will not make it to Indian markets for now & will be exported to the USA in the coming months.
This primarily due to the fact that the Indian RTOs have outlawed the painting of civilian motorcycle in army colors. What a shame really, for the fact that Indian won’t be able to buy the Classic UCE500 EFI with the terrific looking military green color scheme.
Royal Enfield Classic UCE500 EFI Chrome: Unlike the Military Green colored model, You and me residing in India can buy this maroon and chrome colored Royal Enfield Bullet Classic UCE500 EFI. This motorcycle model will be available in showrooms around the world from the month of April 2010 and yes, that includes India. In the US market, the Royal Enfield Bullet Classic UCE500 EFI will carry a price tag of $6000. In India though, you can ride one home for about INR 1.4 Lakhs.(Source: http://www.royalenfield.com/company/events/autoexpophotos.aspx)
Both these models are primarily targeted towards foreign markets with the Maroon and Chrome model set to hit the Indian market shortly.
Meanwhile, in the final death knell to the pre-unit construction Cast Iron engine, Royal Enfield has announced plans of moving its entire production line up to the new unit construction engine platform from April 2010 to meet the Bharat Stage IV emission norms that will come into effect in April, 2010.
The company also featured Cafe Racer Motorcycle Concept which will be first introduced in the European Markets in the year 2012 and then later on in India.
“The year 2010 is an absolute crucial year for us as we are going to have a full switch over to a new engine platform from a 50-year-old one,” Eicher Motors MD and CEO Siddhartha Lal said at the Auto Expo. Royal Enfield is a part of Eicher Motors Group.
“We are producing 20 per cent of our total output from the new platform but from April it will be 100 per cent. All work and the investment have been already done,” Lal added.
The company is investing Rs. 80 – 100 crores by 2012 to double its manufacturing capacity to 1 lakh units at its Chennai plant.
The Company sold about 52,000 units in 2009 as compared to 43,000 units during the year 2008 and is forecasting to meet 60,000 units figure by the end of year 2010.
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