At the official launch of Roadmaster and Dark Horse, during an interaction with our correspondent, Pankaj Dubey, MD of Indian Motorcycle India, apart from revealing the total bikes sold till now, also shared that they have no immediate plans of assembling their motorcycles in India in the near future. In a clarification, however, he added that they may consider local assembly in three to five years from now.
Simply put, this would mean all their motorcycles existing and upcoming will remain CBUs (completely built units) and they do not have any plans of getting them as CKDs (Completely Knocked Down Units). Just for your quick info, CBUs attract atrocious excise duties to the tune of over 100 percent on the bike’s cost whereas for CKDs they are around 30-40 percent.
Pankaj Dubey also said that Scout will remain their most affordable motorcycle in India for the time being. They are watching its response in the market closely and based on that they will consider anything smaller.
They are on an expansion spree and intend to become a leading player in the Indian market. After their Gurgaon and Bengaluru showrooms, they plan to launch four new dealerships this year which will be operational before August 2015.