A couple of decades back nobody would have thought that India-made motorcycles would be sold in countries as advanced (specially in automobile technology) as Japan. But it is happening now and we should be proud of it!
Suzuki India has just shipped their first consignment of 720 Gixxer motorcycles to Japan. These bikes are to be sold in the home country of Suzuki but owing to the cost effectiveness they are being made and exported from India. This is a clear example of how and what technological prowess we have grown into.
While the Gixxer, manufactured in India, is being exported to some countries like Latin America etc but Japan is special. Suzuki Japan is a very shrewd company and they will not allow any subsidiary to just ship and sell motorcycles (using their ‘S’ logo) without comprehensive control on quality.
Gixxer is already launched in Japan and costs 316,440 yen (~ 1.88 Lakh in INR) for single tone colour and 321,840 yen (~ 1.91 Lakh INR) for dual-tone colours. It is the fuel injected model equipped with rear disc that is being shipped there. Interestingly, Japanese Gixxer produces a slightly reduced 14 PS of peak power (as compared to 14.8 PS of the India-spec model) and gets a 51.0 km/l fuel efficiency under WMTC cycle.