India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) has aggressive plans for the Indian premium motorcycle market. The Japanese brand was associated with Bajaj Auto for a very long time with regards to sales, service & production here in India until they moved to their own sales & service support sometime back. But the brand still continues with the production of bikes at Bajaj’s factory at Akurdi in Pune.
Now, Kawasaki is planning to break all ties with Bajaj Auto and set up an all-new plant as well, somewhere around the Chakan area. With this, Kawasaki for the first time would go solo in our Indian market.
The Japanese brand will handle everything including parts procurement, warehousing, quality control as well as after sales support and has set a target to move to their own setup very soon. Ideally, this transition could happen before the festive season of 2017.
Recently, in 2017, Kawasaki has introduced new & updated models including the Z250, Z650, Z900, Z1000, Z1000R, Ninja 300, Ninja 650 & the Versys 650.
By going solo, Kawasaki might not have to pay Bajaj for any reason. This could possibly result in better pricing of the entire product range which is locally assembled via CKD route here in India. Also, it was being said that Kawasaki is working on locally manufacturing the 300cc & 650cc parallel-twin engines here in India, which could also bring the retail prices of the bikes lower.
Good times ahead for Kawasaki? If all goes well and the plant functions as planned, then surely – YES. And also, good times for potential Kawasaki customers as well.