Triumph, Polaris to take on Harley
After a near three-year unchallenged run, Harley Davidson will get some competition. Within the next one year a range of super bikes will hit the Indian roads. Sumant Banerji reports.autos Updated: Jun 18, 2013 11:36 IST
After a near three-year unchallenged run, Harley Davidson will get some competition. Within the next one year a range of super bikes will hit the Indian roads.
Arch rival Triumph is expected to finally launch its products in India by the end of this year. That will be followed by US’ all-terrain vehicle maker Polaris, bringing its sole cruiser mobike Victory as well as the recently acquired Indian motorcycles sometime next year.
"We have plans to bring our Victory motorcycles as well as Indian bikes to India," said Pankaj Dubey, managing director, Polaris India. "We have not set a timeline for it yet but India is a big potential market for these bikes."
Polaris acquired Indian Motorcycles, America’s oldest motorcycle brand, in 2011 and has been working on revamping its product portfolio to revive the brand. Along with Triumph, the entry of new players will expand the market for luxury cruisers and offer more choices to the customers. Harley Davidson currently sells 12 models in India .
Triumph had showcased a range of 7 mobikes in India during the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo priced between Rs 5-22 lakh. It was expected to hit the roads last year but plans got delayed due to unforeseen circumsatances including the departure of its managing director in India.
Triumph hopes to set up a dealership each in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore this year.