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Headless Triumph’s India moves hit

autos Updated: Aug 29, 2012 21:54 IST
Sumant Banerji
Sumant Banerji
Hindustan Times

Iconic British manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles’ India foray is hit by delay of at least six months delay due to the abrupt departure of the head of its operations in April.

The company had showcased its range of bikes at the New Delhi Auto Expo in January, and announced that it would have dealers in three big cities by June and launch the first few products by October. Now, however, the Triumph website says the bikes would hit the roads only by early next year, and that the process of appointing dealers is still underway.

Its Indian operations continue to be headless as Joshi has not been replaced yet. A questionnaire sent to the company by HT went unanswered.

"There will be a delay of at least 6 months," said a person close to the company. "Ashish’s departure was unforeseen. Being based out of UK it is not easy for it to appoint a new executive. Its broad plans however remain firm."http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/30-08-12-biz-01.jpg

The company has plans to launch seven bikes from its four prominent model ranges. The modern classic Bonneville will be the entry-level bike, priced at R5.5 lakh, followed by naked sports bike Street Triple at R5.75 lakh and Daytona 675 at R7 lakh.

Alongwith these three, the company had said the Speed Triple priced at R8 lakh would be assembled in India. Three other models — Tiger 800XC, Storm and Rocket III Roadster — would be completely imported units, the company had said.

Initially Triumph planned to appoint one dealer each in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, which would be expanded to 12 dealerships over 3 years.

Triumph has reportedly identified a 30-acre plot of land in Narsapur in Karnataka for its factory. An announcement to this end is expected next month.