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Norton will launch ‘Commando Cub’ motorcycle under 500cc in India

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

UK-based iconic motorcycle manufacturer Norton along with Kinetic Group are planning to introduce a middle-weight motorcycle in India. Norton is planning to introduce bikes under 500cc for our market, which will generate higher volumes. The bike is rumoured to be called as the ‘Commando Cub’ and will be the most affordable Norton motorcycle ever. The bike will be made-in-India and will retain the premium appeal of Norton bikes. This is being done to appeal and attract buyers in the Indian and South Asian markets. However, the launch is expected only by 2021.

Obviously, the bike would retail via the Motoroyale showrooms by Kinetic Group. The Norton Commando Cub will have design similar to the Norton Commando 961 series. This means that the bike will have a modern classic design DNA trying to attract younger buyers with all the new features as well as appeal to the buyers who love the motorcycles from the golden era.

The engine specifications are not yet confirmed. The bike could sport anything between a 300-500cc engine with liquid-cooling. Mostly, this engine could be a downsized version of the 650cc Norton Atlas. The brand is trying to target the Benelli Leoncino 500 with this new motorcycle. Also, in the near future, Bajaj & Triumph will also have a product in this segment. The brand is confident that they can sell nearly 25,000 units of the Commando Cub in India and Asian markets.

Meanwhile, Motoroyale is gearing up to introduce the Norton 650 Atlas in India which could be priced under INR 10 lakh thanks to localisation of nearly 50%. The bike will be assembled in India with parts such as engine, fuel tank and electricals being imported from England.

Motoroyale showrooms recently added the most expensive 800cc-class adventure tourer motorcycle – the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. Yes, it is expensive, but it looks so much better compared to competition.