According to news reports coming from sources in India, Harley-Davidson will be manufacturing motorcycles in that country – from scratch. â€¨â€¨
You may not think that’s a big deal because the company has been assembling bikes in Brazil for years, but think again.
The Brazilian factory simply fits together complete knock-down kits – entire parts kits from the U.S. that simply need to be bolted together once they arrive in-country.
That was the original plan for the future plant, to be built in Haryana, India, but indianexpress.com and indiancarsbikes.in are reporting that Harley-Davidson will be upgrading the plant to manufacture bikes from the ground up.
Not only will this get around a heap of nasty import taxes, bringing prices down for Indian consumers by about 40 per cent, but lower manufacturing costs will also enable H-D to sell their cruisers at a lower price in other developing Asian markets.â€¨