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Kawasaki, Bajaj Contemplate Overseas Alliance

Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Bajaj Auto are reportedly in talks to decide whether their partnership model in Philippines and India can be extended to different overseas markets as well.

The two companies won’t have to duplicate their efforts and investments in terms of opening factories in markets, where at least one of them is present, according to the MD of Bajaj Auto, Rajiv Bajaj. He also said that this was to be the case in any market they entered, pointing out that the products of Kawasaki were being built in India, while they were using Kawasaki’s facility in Philippines.

Kawasaki and Bajaj had earlier launched the new Kawasaki Ninja 650 R, a premium motorcycle from Kawasaki, in India. The bike, assembled at the Bajaj facility in Chakan with CKD units was imported from the Thailand market. The new 650 R does not feature any local content. It is priced at Rs.4.57 lakhs, according to ex-showroom priced in Delhi.

The bike will be serviced and sold via Bajaj Auto’s Probiking outlets in India. The Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors in India, Yoshiro Segawa, said that they had chosen to introduce one of their products in the premium bike series’ middle segment for establishing their brand in this market.

This bike is the second in the range of Ninja bikes to be introduced in India, following the 250 R that was launched in 2009 end. To date this model has sold around 1,500 models. Segawa also added that they would be launching more their products in this market soon. The new 650 R has a 649cc displacement, with a max power of 72PS at 8,500rpm and a peak torque of 66Nm at 7,000rpm.

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