Duke 125 EU launch in India doesn’t look a possibility in the immediate future mainly because of the price hike that it may bring with it…
India is KTM’s manufacturing hub for small capacity motorcycles upto 400cc and these ‘made in Pune’ motorcycles are exported to various countries of the world. This includes our neighbours like Sri Lanka and others.
KTM is operational in that sub-continental country through a local distributor called as David Pieris which labels itself as Sri Lanka’s largest automotive company. Along with KTM branded motorcycles, it also sells Bajaj’s two-wheelers as well as three-wheelers.
Duke 125 EU Launch & Price
In a latest update, Sri Lanka has received the Euro spec Duke 125, which is manufactured and exported from India. It has been priced at LKR 649,950 which is approximately 2.56 Lakh in INR. The older-design model costs/costed LKR 549,950 (~2.16 Lakh INR) which means the price hike is approx 1 Lakh in LKR and about Rs 40,000 in INR.
This takes it precariously close to the Duke 200 (sold in older-design there like India) which costs LKR 676,950 or 2.66 Lakh – a difference of roughly 10,000 in INR.
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As you can notice that the price hike for the Duke 125 EU is almost 18 percent over the older-gen model. If we extrapolate a similar price difference to India, we are looking at a price bracket of around Rs 1.56-1.57 Lakh in INR. Then there will be a price hike associated with the Bharat Stage VI emissions which, kind of, reveals why a smaller market like Sri Lanka has received the motorcycle and we are still devoid of it..
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