Bajaj is Now Globally 3rd Largest Motorcycle Manufacturer


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Bajaj Auto to raise capacity to 5.7 million vehicles

Bajaj Auto, India's No.2 motorcycle maker, plans to expand its annual production capacity to 5.7 million vehicles by the end of the current financial year, from 4.5 million, K Srinivas, president of its motorcycle business, said on Wednesday.

The company, whose vehicle sales in September fell 14 percent, declined to provide details on how much it would be investing to increase the capacity.

Bajaj Auto to raise capacity to 5.7 million vehicles | WheelsUnplugged
 
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Bajaj Discover overtakes Hero's Splendor; crowns itself as world No 1[clap]

Bajaj Auto today claimed that its low-end bike Discover has displaced the Splendor from the Hero MotoCorp stable as the largest selling motorcycle in the world in September.

The company sold 1,22,968 units of the Discover, launched in 2004, including domestic sales and exports, as against 1,21,018 units of the Splendor, Bajaj Auto president for motorcycle business K Srinivas told reporters here.

The key factor that helped the Pune-based Bajaj, which has been trailing Hero for years in sales, achieve the feat is the sharp fall in Splendor's sales over the last few months.

Citing monthly data disclosed by the fierce competitors, Srinivas said the Splendor's monthly sales have come off from the May 2012 peak of 2,53,149 units to the current stage, and claimed that the Discover's positioning and strategies can be a reason for the same.

He said innovation, better features, competitive pricing and the ability to do more than merely commute, courtesy the focus on power without compromising on the mileage, as the key factors which give the Discover the edge.

When pointed out the slim margin over Splendor and asked if the Discover will be able to maintain the leadership position going ahead, he said, "when we launched the Discover in 2004, the brand we wanted to attack was the Splendor. In eight years, we have got very close. Obviously we will start the chase. Whether we will continue this or not is only what the future will tell us."

He said the company is bullish about its newly- launched variant Discover ST, and finding solutions to the capacity constraints and pushing up exports will help bolster sales.

Bajaj has set a target of 1,30,000 Discover sales in October and 1,40,000 in November in the domestic market, along with exporting up to 20,000 units in each month, Srinivas said.

Bajaj Discover overtakes Hero's Splendor; crowns itself as world No 1 - The Economic Times
 
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BAJAJ AUTO’S UPCOMING ALL NEW DISCOVER 100 COMMUTER MOTORCYCLE TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE & TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED 100CC BIKE IN INDIA

Come December 2012, Bajaj Auto will launch an all new commuter motorcycle under the Discover brand name. This 100cc commuter motorcycle will be the most technologically advanced 100cc commuter to be sold in the Indian market and will also be the most expensive commuter motorcycle in India. We anticipate the Bajaj 100cc motorcycle to be priced at around the INR 50,000 rupee mark, which will mean that Bajaj will need to offer plenty of kit to justify the premium pricing. So, expect radical new features to be unveiled on this motorcycle.

ICB Exclusive: Bajaj Auto’s upcoming all new Discover 100 commuter motorcycle to be the most expensive & technologically advanced 100cc bike in India | IndianCarsBikes.in
 
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Yamaha is the world’s 2nd largest 2-wheeler manufacturer

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Bajaj to be first Indian auto firm to make bikes for US roads

Come early 2014, Bajaj Auto would become the first Indian automobile company whose India-made motorcycle would burn rubber in the US.

The Indian motorcycle maker would manufacture street bikes for its Austrian partner, KTM AG, which has so far been selling only off-road bikes in the US. The stylish, high-performance and race-oriented bike model, KTM Duke 390, would be produced at Bajaj’s Chakan plant, near Pune.

In an interview with Business Standard, KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG CEO Stefan Pierer says: “It is a strategic decision with Bajaj to go for sporty, stylish motorcycles, even for the saturated markets, because cars have become too expensive. We are entering the US street-bike segment for the first time and, beginning next year, the Duke 390, built in India, would be sold in the US market.”

The US is the world’s biggest market for high-end super bikes (above 990cc). However, the ongoing financial crises have forced consumers to scale down to more affordable, efficient and easy-on-pocket products.

The Duke 390, to be launched in Europe by the middle of this year, followed by India, before the US, has been developed under a joint programme of Bajaj and KTM engineers. Its concept was developed in Austria, while everything else, including design and final product development, was done in India by Bajaj.

Before this, Bajaj Auto, which owns stake in KTM, successfully launched two models — Duke 200 and Duke 125 — which were built and sold in India and exported to Europe and other markets.

Pierer adds: “These small-displacement street bikes are ideal for urban commuting, especially in saturated markets like the US and Europe.”

“What we are talking about are powerful (40-44 bhp) but affordable bikes; at 138 kg, these are powerful and agile. With a target price of ^5,000, including VAT, we think it could be a big success,” he adds.

Riding high on India-made smaller bikes, KTM dethroned German giant BMW last year to become Europe’s largest bike maker, with sales of 107,000 units, as against BMW’s 106,000.

The plan forward is to rapidly ramp up production from India and simultaneously hunt for newer markets in the Asean region and Latin America.

In some Asian markets, Bajaj has a strong network of its own, while in others it taps into resources of its other partner Kawasaki. Similarly, the Pune-based bike manufacturer, India’s second-biggest, has a strong infrastructure in Latin America, too.

Pierer sees a multi-fold increase in production from Chakan in the next five years — to at least 100,000 units a year from 17,000 as of last year. This would be half the total expected output for KTM globally by that time.

“We would produce 200,000 units a year; of that, 100,000 would come from India. We expect sales of 10,000 Duke 390s in Europe and the US. India and other regions would be additional,” Pierer adds.

Bajaj to be first Indian auto firm to make bikes for US roads
 
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