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KTM, which is owned by Bajaj, acquired a long-term licence for Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2013. In 2016, Husqvarna sold 30,000 units worldwide and Bajaj and KTM are looking at increasing these numbers in 2018.
Initially, three Husqvarna models – the Vitpilen 401, Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 701 – will be manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria in early 2018, and production will then move to Bajaj’s Chakan plant later in the year.
The initial lot of Husqvarna 401s that are to be assembled in Europe will have its components manufactured in Chakan, the Austria unit will largely assemble the bike.
Bajaj wants to sell the models in India and Indonesia at par with the Dukes and RCs. The Chakan plant is expected to cross the 1,00,000-unit mark for KTM products in 2017. The company looks set to touch a capacity of 2,00,000 units once production of Husqvarna motorcycles begins.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are based on the KTM Duke 390. The Vilpilen 401 is a café racer, whereas the Svartpilen 401 is a scrambler.