Bajaj, a motorcycle manufacturer from India is reported to have entered the final stage with Triumph for serious partnership in creating new products. The British manufacturer is ready to collaborate with Indian’s manufacturer to produce a 300cc Triumph motorbike. Wow, super cool …
Even though Bajaj has mastered the KTM shares up to 49%, but this fact does not make Bajaj satisfied. This famous Indian manufacturer has even had serious discussions with Triumph to collaborate together in product development. The information is that the two manufacturers will sign an official partnership agreement soon which will most likely be completed by the end of 2019. In other words, the partnership contract will most likely be signed in the second quarter of the 2020 Indian fiscal year.
For information, this collaboration is not share ownership or equity. So the status of partnership is different from the partnership status between Bajaj and KTM Austria. This collaboration is more like that done by other manufacturers such as TVS with BMW or Harley Davidson who are planned to collaborate with Chinese company Qianjiang. Well, later Bajaj status with Triumph will be like that. They collaborated to create a product that is likely to be produced in an Indian Bajaj factory. It is said that the process of negotiation and preparation for this collaboration went well.
After Triumph became the main sponsor of engine suppliers for the Moto2 racing world, this British manufacturer experienced a sizable sale. For example in 2018, they were able to record sales of up to 64,752 units from their official network throughout the world that reach 700 dealers. This positive trend continues to be maintained and even increased where in the first half of 2019 their sales increased by 2.6% or equivalent to 38,740 units (data from Nieuwsmotor). But this British manufacturer feels that the percentage could be increased by a far greater amount if they were able to make a small capacity motorbike.
To realize their ambition, they finally explore partnership with Bajaj which are considered to have large resources with factories that have extraordinary capacity. For information, the Bajaj factory in Chakan, India currently produces three brands at once, namely Bajaj itself, KTM, and the latest is Husqvarna. This means that if this collaboration with Triumph really happens, then later Bajaj will produce four manufacturers at once in their factory. This Indian manufacturer is amazing, isn’t it?
However, there is not clear yet what kind of type of product they will (Bajaj and Triumph) produce. Is it a retro model, naked sport or fairing? Everything is still unclear, because it has just explored partnership. But certainly, most likely the bike capacity is 300 cc or below 300cc with the Triumph brand label. Yeah, Triumph’s branding, but actually all major components will be produced by Bajaj. So, will this collaboration run well in the future? Let’s see until next year, the more interesting to follow.