The Fastest Indian (Pulsar 220) Goes to Indonesia

Indonesia is an important market for many Indian two wheeler makers. TVS has got a few models out there which are not here in India. Bajaj Auto has seen very good profits in Indonesia as well. The Light Sports Pulsar 135, which is also referred by the name Pulsar 135 LS is already assembled in Indonesia and has been helping the company in reviving fast from the lass it had made earlier.

According to a report in The Business Line, The Company’s sales jumped 81 per cent to 21,586 motorcycles in 2010-11 from a mere 11,954 in the previous year. The loss was also marginally down to Rs 11.2 crore from Rs 15.9 crore in 2010-11.

The annual report of Bajaj suggested that the product portfolio in Indonesia will see an expansion with the launch of Pulsar 220 in the first quarter of 2011 – 2012.

“With the addition of Pulsar 135 and Pulsar 220 to the model line up and with increased local sub-assembly operations, the subsidiary would be in a position to reduce its losses in 2011-12,” the annual report said.

The Indonesian subsidiary of Bajaj Auto which is PT Bajaj Indonesia has already localised a few operations to pursue localisation of sub-assemblies this year. Besides this, the government had also reduced the Custom duty rates for semi-knocked down (SKD) and completely-knocked down (CKD) operations by 5 per cent.

According to the same report as mentioned above, ‘However, the company has assessed the carrying value of investments made in the Indonesian subsidiary and made a provision for Rs 102.27 crore as the diminution in the value of investment. Bajaj Auto has so far invested Rs 137.82 crore in the Indonesian subsidiary PT Bajaj Indonesia.’

KTM – The Austrian brand on which Bajaj Auto holds 39.71 per cent stake is Europe’s second largest sport motorcycle manufacturer. Bajaj has already started manufacturing KTM Duke 125 for the European market which is well received there. A similar bike with a 200 cc engine which is the KTM Duke 200 will be soon made available for the Indian market as well.

Bajaj will supply the bike for KTM worldwide in the financial year of 2012. The same platform will be leveraged to make higher powered motorbikes for the upper end of the Indian market. This is expected towards the end of FY 2012.

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