Ever since Bajaj and KTM parted ways, we were eager to see Bajaj’s next move to attract international attention. It was for sure that Bajaj, being one of India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, wouldn’t go mild with its future plans, and it definitely didn’t. Here are some more details on the Bajaj Triumph partnership.
According to the reports, the first process of this partnership will be to manufacture a mid-segment motorcycle. This would be the first project and would take around 2-3 years to finish. This product will be of Triumph, meaning it will be the British who will do all the designing and engineering of the mid-segment motorcycle and the Indians will take care of the sourcing and manufacturing of the same by utilising its advanced yet affordable techniques.
If you remember, back in 2013 Triumph showcased a sketch of a mid-segment motorcycle (250-500cc) in the EICMA in Milan. But for some unknown (or strategic) reasons, the project was kept on hold ever since. Maybe Triumph will restart that project with the help of Bajaj.
The mid-segment motorcycle will be manufactured at Bajaj’s plant in Chakan. It would be available for domestic (in India) as well as international markets. Triumph might also start using Bajaj’s enormous manufacturing setups in India to manufacture its other products for exports. It might also launch those ‘Made in India’ products here because being manufactured in-house will help Triumph to offer more competitive pricing.
The Bajaj Triumph partnership will definitely be a game changer in the motorcycle industry, especially in India. Bajaj played a very good hand again. In the past, it helped KTM to establish itself in India, which proved to be a tremendous success for both the companies. TVS then joined hands with BMW to offer competition to Bajaj-KTM partnership but we don’t see the BMW G310R coming to India anytime soon.
Bajaj will definitely gain from this partnership and will launch competitive products in India, just like it did along with KTM. Other brands will surely be worried about this new team. Whatever the case would be, it would be good news for us bikers as new more advanced and more affordable products will be available for us.