KTM’s success story in India thanks to high levels of localisation is a tale worth repeating a thousand times over. In fact, the competitive pricing at which their products are offered makes them the most value for money propositions in the segment. India gets CKD kits for Japanese offering (for example the Ninja 300 and R3) from South Asian nations, while they, get KTMs as CBUs. This though might change very soon.
As per a report in Iwanbanaran, KTM’s Indonesian arm may soon have a factory in the nation to assemble CKD kits. Now back in April, Bajaj put on hold their tie-up with Kawasaki under which they used to sell Pulsar branded motorcycles under the Bajaj-Kawasaki banner. Favouring an alliance with KTM, Bajaj now seems ready to play the localisation card. The sub-400 cc segment in Indonesia has reached nearly 20 percent share of the total motorcycle sales.
If the RC 200 is sold in Indonesia via the CKD route, the report adds, then it can be priced at around 31 to 33 million Indonesian Rupiah. That’s the price range at which the faired 150s like R15 and CBR 150R are retailed there. Indonesia also gets the Duke 250 which would be another great offering if it is also brought the CKD way. In fact, it can be an ideal face off against the locally made mono cylinder quarter litre Kawasaki.
The report also adds that Bajaj-KTM has rolled out invitations for a press conference to Indonesian media on August 15. Hopefully, we will have more details then.