Kawasaki is ostensibly working on a new motorcycle for the Indian market which will carry a low-displacing engine. Likely to be called, Kawasaki Ninja 200, the motorcycle will apparently be assembled locally and will be exported from India to other markets such as Africa and Latin America. Officials at Kawasaki have already hinted at studying the domestic market for a low capacity bike (as low as 200 cc). Reports are rife that Kawasaki could contemplate developing new models tailored for the Indian and other emerging markets. The new 200cc bike is likely to use an all- new engine. Upon its launch, the bike is expected to rival the likes of KTM RC 200 and Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, etc.
Realising the spur in demand for motorcycles in India, Kawasaki is also planning to increase production in India. It envisages making India an export hub for markets like Africa and Latin America. Kawasaki had set-up a production unit in Maharashtra last year and is planning to ramp-up production to 10,000 units annually with focus on its flagship Ninja model. Aside from revving up production, Kawasaki also plans to expand its dealership network by adding 30 showrooms in the country by the end of 2020.
According to reports, Kawasaki has relocated its engineers from Japan to India to conduct a research on sourcing locally manufactured, low-cost components for models like Ninja 250. As for the Indian market, Kawasaki is targeting a monthly sales of 5000 units, akin to the China market where it witnessed increase in sales from 1400 units to 5000 units. The company had partnered with Bajaj Auto during its foray, though soon it parted ways with the Indian based two-wheeler giant and came up with standalone Probiking showrooms. With its expansion plan in line, we can expect more entry-level bikes in future.