Triumph to enter Indian market in a big way

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It sounds as if Triumph is planning to build smaller bikes for the local Indian market, instead of machines from their existing lineup.
It sounds as if Triumph is planning to build smaller bikes for the local Indian market, instead of machines from their existing lineup.

British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph is planning to enter the Indian motorcycle market in a big way, say officials from that country.

According to a story on Visordown yesterday, government officials from the country’s Karnataka region are saying Triumph is looking to buy 30 acres of land to build a manufacturing facility, to be operational by 2015. The Business Standard says they’re investing £100 million in the venture.

Triumph is hoping to build 250,000 bikes a year in the project’s initial phase, then boost that production to 500,000 machines annually; to put that in perspective, Triumph currently manufactures about 50,000 bikes a year between its factories in the U.K. and Thailand.

The factory won’t likely be building bikes from Triumph’s current lineup; most motorcycles on the road in India are relatively small, usually between 100cc and 200cc. Supposedly, Triumph is working on a small-displacement single-cylinder machine that will be affordable for Indian buyers, possibly with more than one variation. It’s supposed to have an engine between 250cc and 350cc, with liquid cooling and a four-valve head.

This would mesh with rumours that have been flying for months now, that Triumph is working on an entry-level beginner bike; perhaps Triumph is also planning to bring their Indian-manufactured machine back to the western world as a low-priced machine for new riders.

 

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  1. This is good news! A 350cc Thumper from Triumph would be a nice addition to their line-up and one that I hope would eventually be available in Canada!

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