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BIG PLANS FOR BAJAJ

Second-largest indigenous Indian motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto, the country’s biggest bike exporter, has invested £65m in the construction of an additional factory on its Chakan production site — about 90 miles from Mumbai in the Pune district of Maharashtra State. 

This plant will increase annual capacity at Chakan by a million units to 2.2 million, taking Bajaj’s overall capacity to 7.5 million. The whole facility will then be primarily dedicated to higher-priced models, for both global markets and domestic consumption.

At the forefront of these will be the growing number of KTM and Husqvarna-branded machines it builds for Austria’s Pierer Mobility. Bajaj is currently developing a new twin-cylinder KTM 490 platform for Pierer, extending from a current 125-390cc single-cylinder involvement. 

The company will also use the new plant to spearhead a move towards electrification, as well as cementing a recently-established contract design and production relationship with Britain’s Triumph Motorcycles. Chakan is to make larger-capacity premium Bajaj models too, derived from Pierer technology.

 

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