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Triumph developing 125 cc motorcycle for India





The British two-wheeler manufacturer, Triumph unveiled its range of performance motorcycles ranging from 675cc to 2,300cc at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. Expect these high performance motorcycles to hit the showroom later this year. We had recently reported that Triumph is mulling over launch of 350 cc motorcycle to take the performance two-wheeler segment in India. There have been recent reports that the British two-wheeler marque has plans to go up against Bajaj Auto and Hero MotoCorp in the volume-driven commuter motorcycle segment.

Sources suggest that the development is on high and a launch can be expected next year. The motorcycle will feature a small capacity, 125 cc engine, at a considerably low price tag and will be first step of Triumph in the volume-driven segment. As of now, the company is focusing on launch of its high performance motorcycles for the current calendar.

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While Triumph will initially import these motorcycles from the United Kingdom as Completely Built Units (CBU), it has plans to localize assembly at its Karnataka facility to keep the cost low. This facility will assemble four models from its line-up for the local market including the Bonneville, Street Triple, Speed Triple and Daytona.

The European rival, KTM has recently launched the Duke 200 in collaboration with Bajaj and there have been reports of a 125 cc and 350 cc version coming soon. KTM is a major threat to the British two-wheeler manufacturer, as it offers small capacity, high performance motorcycle, unlike other Indian brands. Harley Davidson and Ducati on the other hand, are also adopting the same strategy to offer a small capacity motorcycle for the Indian market. Expect a small capacity Harley to roll out soon, as a facility in Haryana is reported developing fast. The new model will feature 500 cc to 750 cc engine and will be priced close to Rs 4 lacs.

While the British company announced its interest in emerging markets, there is no word if India will be the production hub for overseas markets. A head office in Delhi is also reported to be operational by July this year.

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