According to Bloomberg, BMW and Indian motorycle manufacturer TVS have made a deal to develop small-displacement motorcycles.
Supposedly, the two companies are going to be co-operating on a new series of motorcycles with engines under 500 cc. Not only will the Indian company sell the new machines in their home market, but BMW will also sell the machines as well, according to Bloomberg’s quote from the head of BMW Motorrad, Stephan Schaller.
“In view of changing motorcycle markets, demographic developments and increasing environmental demands we are expanding our product range so as to tap into fresh growth potential,” Schaller told the Indian National Stock Exchange. “This means that in future we will be able to offer vehicles in smaller capacity classes in addition to the BMW Motorrad core segments.”
TVS is India’s fourth-largest motorcycle manufacturer; Honda recently bumped them from their third-place position in the market. Currently, their largest motorcycle is the 180 cc Apache.
Supposedly, the first bikes from this new deal will hit the market in 2015.