Rumours are doing the rounds that Kawasaki is planning more aggressive strategies for the Indian market. It is being said that the Japanese manufacturer is seriously considering locally assembling the 300cc & 650cc engines in India.
A total of 6 models are sold with the 300cc & 650cc Kawasaki engines. Currently, all these models are brought to India via the CKD route and assembled in Pune.
Now, Kawasaki wants to locally assemble both parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 300cc & 650cc engines in India. Initially, the brand would start sourcing smaller components and gradually increased localised content once quality & reliability is met. It is reported that Kawasaki has already been developing a vendor base for this development.
Currently, it is the Z250 model which has the maximum localised content with around 40% components sourced in India. The Ninja 300 & Ninja 650 on the other had have only 25-30% localised components. So ideally, more localisation should result in a better (read cheaper) price tag.
More details should crop up in the near future. But if this does happen, and pricing does get revised, competition is sure to feel the heat as Kawasaki is already quite popular in the middle-weight category.