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    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 Launched In Europe – Made In India At Bajaj Plant

    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    Hungary has become one of the first country in the world to get the entry-level Husqvarna Svartpilen 125

    European markets have good demand for small displacement bikes, thanks to regulations that prohibit riders from opting for a high-end big bike before they spend enough time on smaller rides. For this reason, Husqvarna has launched its entry-level, made in India offering Svartpilen 125 in European markets.
    Price of Svartpilen 125 in Hungary starts from HUF 1.64 million (approx Rs 4.02 lakhs). The bike is imported from India as a CBU. It is manufactured at the Bajaj plant in Pune. In 2020, Husqvarna production crossed the 10,000 mark from India plant.
    As we already know Svartpilen, which translates to Black arrow, is a naked scrambler while its twin sibling Vitpilen, which translates to White arrow, is a cafe racer. As of now, there are no reports of the latter being considered for the European markets in its smallest iteration.
    Hardware & Powertrain
    Svartpilen 125 shares its mechanicals with its KTM counterpart Duke 125. Like the naked streetfighter from the Austrian bikemaker, Svartpilen 125 will derive its power from a 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine which produces 15 hp at 9,500rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 7500rpm. For an engine of this capacity, output figures are more than decent. It has a top speed of around 100 kmph.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Even its hardware setup is carried over from its Austrian cousin. It is based on a steel Trellis frame which is suspended at 43mm WP Apex USD forks at front and a 5-step preload adjustable WP Apex mono-shock at rear.
    Anchorage duties are handled by a 320mm disc with a 4-piston caliper from ByBre upfront and a 230mm disc at rear with a 2-piston caliper. This will be assisted by a dual-channel ABS from Bosch. Fuel tank capacity is 9.5 liters while dry weight is 146 kgs. Ground clearance if 143mm.
    Design & Features
    In terms of styling, its design will be identical to the bigger Svartpilens. This means it will feature a single, round LED headlamp with an LED DRL ring around its circumference.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    It will adopt a minimalist approach to design as it will contain very few body panels. Its equipment will consist of an LCD instrument cluster which will give out crucial information although some of the features offered in bigger iterations might be given a miss.
    Prospective India Launch
    What holds more significance is that like Duke 125 and other Husqvarna models, this Svartpilen 125 is also likely to be launched in India. Moreover, Duke 125 is a very popular model in India and if priced right, its Swedish cousin can also find many takers. Once launched in India, it will likely be priced lower than the Duke 125, which is priced at Rs 1.51 lakhs, ex-sh. More

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    Husqvarna India Sales, Exports Crosses 10k Milestone in 2020 – Svartpilen, Vitpilen

    Husqvarna 250
    The Swedish bikemaker plans to launch of Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 in India next

    Husqvarna India has done rather well in 2020; not only in domestic market but also where exports were concerned. This is especially so since the entire two wheeler segment had faced sales constraints in the earlier months in view of the pandemic situation.
    Husqvarna is a subsidiary of KTM and Bajaj. Just like KTM, Bajaj also manufactures Husqvarna motorcycles under 400 cc in India, at the Pune plant. As of now, only the Husqvarna 250 is on sale in India, while the 201 and 401 are only for export.
    Husqvarna 250 Domestic Sales
    The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 domestic sales during the period June to December 2020 stood at 4,430 units. This accounted for over 42% share in total sales of the company for 2020.
    Sales which started off at 428 units in June 20, increased to 725 units in July and then on to 972 units in August which was its best monthly sales figure. Sales in September and October also were over the 700 unit mark but then Nov 20 sales dipped once again to 485 units and then lower to 297 units in Dec 20.
    Husqvarna India sales and exports – June to Dec 2020
    It may be recalled that in December, the price of both these bikes where hiked by Rs.1,790 while earlier this month as well, the company increased prices of the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 by Rs.2,818 and Rs.2,816 respectively. Following this most recent price hike, the Svartpilen 250 urban tourer is now priced at Rs.1,89,568 while the Vitpilen 250 café racer carries a price tag of Rs. 1,89,952. All prices are ex-sh.
    Husqvarna 201, 250 and 401 Exports
    It was from Feb 2020 that KTM-Bajaj commenced exports of Husqvarna motorcycles manufactured at the company’s Chakan plant near Pune. Exports commenced with the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. Few months later, exports of the 201 and 401 range also started.
    Where exports were concerned, a total of 1,396 units of the Husqvarna 201 were shipped during the June-Dec 20 period. Even as this model noticed ups and downs in each of the preceding months, the year closed on a positive note with exports being the highest at 504 units in Dec 20.
    Husqvarna India domestic sales vs exports – June to Dec 2020
    Total exports of the Husqvarna 250 stood at 1,187 units in the June-Dec 20 period with a share of 11.30 percent. Again in this case, exports were the highest in Dec 20 at 295 units.
    Of the Husqvarna 401, exports started off on a high note in June 20 at 1,220 units but then on dipped over July, August and Sept to its lowest exports in Nov 20 at 72 units. Shipments in December once again revived marginally to 160 units.
    In the six month period from June-Dec 20, Husqvarna India registered total sales (including exports) of 10,503 units. The company has noted higher exports at 6,073 units, as against domestic sales of 4,430 units. More

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    KTM Duke 125, 200, 250, 390 ADV, RC And Husqvarna – Jan 2021 Price List

    Image – Rawat k
    This is the second price hike in two months, the earlier being on 4th December 2020

    Buyers of KTM or Husqvarna bikes will have to pay more as prices have been increased yet again. The earlier price hike was on 4th December 2020 when the company increased prices in the range of Rs. 1,279 to Rs. 8,517. This time round from 1st January 2021, the prices go higher by Rs.1,466 to Rs.4,485. No reasons have been given by the company for this second price hike.
    Also, the price hike in December was only limited to some models in the company lineup while this time round it is across all models in the KTM and Husqvarna range. Compared to Nov 2020, in just about 2 months, Bajaj has increased prices of KTM and Husqvarna motorcycle range by up to Rs 12,451.
    KTM Motorcycles New Prices
    KTM RC 125 bears the least price hike. Price has been increased prices by Rs.1,466 , from a December pricing of Rs.1,61,000 to Rs.1,62,566 from 1st January 2021. The price hike is also marginal on the 125 Duke. This bike was earlier at Rs.1,50,010 which has now been increased by Rs.1,497 to Rs.1,51,507. The company has also included the recently launched 250 Adventure as a part of this price hike.
    The 2021 KTM 125 Duke and 250 Adventure were not a part of the price hike in December as both models were launched at introductory prices. 200 Duke price is higher by Rs.2,576 to Rs.1,81,536 while that of the 250 Duke and 390 Duke go up by Rs.3,192 and Rs.3,934 to Rs.2,17,402 and Rs.2,70,554 respectively.
    KTM and Husqvarna Price List Jan 2021 vs Dec 2020
    Likewise, RC 125 gets a price hike of Rs.1,466 to Rs.1,62,566 while RC 200 and 390 get hiked by Rs.3,021 and Rs.3,803 respectively to new prices of Rs.2,04,096 and Rs.2,60,723 respectively. Maximum price hike is seen in the case of 250 Adventure and 390 Adventure. The price of the former is increased by Rs.3,667 to Rs.2,51,923 while 390 Adventure is higher by Rs.4,485 to a new price of Rs.3,10,365.
    Husqvarna New Prices
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 are also a part of this price increase from 1st January 2021 by Rs.2,818 and Rs.2,816 respectively. It may be recalled that in December the price of these bikes were increased by Rs.1,790. The Svartpilen 250 urban tourer and Vitpilen 250 café racer now carry price tags of Rs. 1,89,568 and Rs. 1,89,952 following this price hike.
    KTM and Husqvarna Price List Jan 2021 vs Nov 2020
    Upcoming Husqvarna Launches
    Husqvarna uses the Bajaj Auto production plant in Chakan, Maharashtra for  production of 200 and 401 variants of Svartpilen and Vitpilen. However, these bikes are exclusively for export. Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 are also planned for launch in India and they have been spied on test in the country with KTM badging on the engine.
    The two bikes will share their powertrain with Duke 390. This will include a 373.2cc, single cylinder, DOHC engine that makes 43.5 PS power and 37 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed gearbox. This engine also powers the Bajaj Dominar 400. Once launched, Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will compete with Bajaj Dominar 400 and BMW G310R.
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    Husqvarna Blapilen (Blue Arrow) Cruiser Rendered – On The Anvil?

    Husqvarna Blapilen Render
    The Husqvarna Blapilen cruiser family with multiple engine variants could bring in a whole new class of audience under the brand’s umbrella

    Under the ownership of KTM AG, Husqvarna evolved from making niche motocross and enduro models for competition to also making road bikes. The Vitpilen and Svartpilen family of motorcycles mark the beginning of a new era for the Swedish motorcycle brand.
    Husqvarna to explore more product segments
    While KTM continues to focus on sharp sportsbikes and adventure tourers, it will be using its subsidiary to expand its reach into hitherto unexplored territories. For starters, Husqvarna will debut a new electric scooter sometime next year with a 4 kW platform which will be derived from Bajaj Chetak. The stylish urban runabout will be made it India for global consumption. There will also be an electric motorcycle by the name of E-Pilen.
    Husqvarna Blapilen cruiser
    With demand for cruisers on the rise, what if Husqvarna decided to launch a cruiser motorcycle, christened Blapilen – Swedish for Blue Arrow. Our in-house design expert Pratyush Rout gave it a shot and this is the end result.
    If at all the Husqvarna Blapilen cruiser is to become a reality, we reckon it will derive its design inspiration from its street fighter siblings with a circular LED infused headlight, an unconventional fuel tank design with extruded badge-carrying elements, and a minimal tailpiece with a compact LED taillight.
    Husqvarna Blapilen Render
    It is reasonable to assume that the Blapilen cruiser would continue to employ a trellis frame but with altered geometry and a lower rear sub-frame. To keep the costs in check, such a product is most likely to share its suspension, wheels and braking system with the Vitpilen and Svartpilen families. As the rendering suggests, a Husqvarna cruiser could be a very interesting proposition.
    Just like the existing Husqvarna road motorcycles, the cruiser could be available in 200, 250, 401 and 701 avatars depending on the market. If this project attains fruition, the first three are likely to have India as their production base.
    Husqvarna Blapilen Render
    We think the Husqvarna Blapilen cruiser has the potential to bring a whole new class of audience under the brand’s umbrella. The cruiser family will cover a wide range of rivals such as the Honda Rebel, Kawasaki Vulcan, Harley Street, and so on. Even the Royal Enfield’s to an extent.
    It is to be noted that Husqvarna has not officially confirmed the existence of a cruiser named Blapilen in its pipeline. If at all there is such a project underway, we don’t expect such a motorcycle to be ready for a couple of years. More

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    Husqvarna 401 Spied With KTM Badge On Engine – Based On Duke 390

    Husqvarna 401 Spied With KTM badge
    While the Svartpilen is an urban tourer, the Vitpilen is termed as a cafe racer

    Swedish motorcycle brand Husqvarna set foot in India with the launch of its naked twins- Svratpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250. A couple of months earlier, we reported that Husqvarna will now launch their naked twins with upgraded engines in the form of Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401.
    Recently, one of the twins was spotted testing outside Pune by automotive enthusiast Padmasinh Patil. It is to be noted that Husqvarna is a subsidiary of Austrian motorcycle brand KTM and both are manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s facility in Chakan near Pune in Maharashtra.
    Powertrain & Transmission
    Like their 250 siblings, the 401 Twins will also share its powertrains with its KTM Duke counterpart. Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will borrow the same 373.2 cc single-cylinder cooled DOHC engine from Duke 390.
    This motor produces 44 PS of power and 37.5 Nm of peak torque and is paired to a six-speed gearbox. This engine is known for its high compression ratio which results in such impressive output figures. The same unit is also employed in Bajaj Dominar 400. The test mule spotted, had Husqvarna badging on its right side and KTM badging on its left side.

    Coming to the test mule spied, it is difficult to predict exactly which model it is- Svartpilen or Vitpilen since it is wrapped in heavy camouflage. It is anyways difficult to differentiate between the two in terms of design. While Svartpilen is termed as an urban scrambler, the Vitpilen is looked on more as a cafe racer. The 401 twins will also share their underpinnings with 390 Duke.
    Huskies 401 are expected to borrow major functional components from its KTM counterpart. While the Huskies serve as a more stylish option, the KTM Duke is a more racy motorcycle. Several mechanical parts like- suspension units- USD forks at front and adjustable mono-shock at rear; trellis frame structure and brakes are expected to be carried forward from Duke 390.

    Design & Features
    Although the Indian-spec Huskies 401 are likely to sport some additional attributes to distinguish itself from its European-spec model. For instance, the India-spec model is expected to ditch spoked wheels available in Europe for alloy rims. Additionally, pillion grab rails will be installed to comply with the safety norms set by the Indian Government.

    In terms of features, standard features such as an all-LED lighting setup, ABS from Bosch and a fully digital instrument cluster is set to be carried forward from the 250 Twins. Svartpilen has been built as an urban explorer, it is set to be equipped with dual-purpose tyres. On the other hand, Vitpilen has been developed as a cafe racer with road-biased tyres.
    The 401 Huskies were expected to hit showrooms towards the end of this year. However, it now seems unlikely and is expected to be launched early next year. One expects the 401 Husky Twins to be priced around Rs 20,000 lower than KTM 390 Duke which is offered at a price of Rs 2.58 lakh. Apart from their Austrian cousin, 401 Huskies will also lock horns with Bajaj Dominar 400, BMW G310R. Husqvarna sales in India are at about 700 units per month, while exports are at about 1,000 units. More

  • Husqvarna India Sep 2020 Sales Lowest In 4 Months – Exports Decline

    Husqvarna in India
    Husqvarna India is expected to introduce the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 in the domestic market soon

    After registering its best ever sales performance in August 2020 so far, the newly introduced premium motorcycle brand Husqvarna India saw its sales dip in both domestic and export sectors. The fluctuation in monthly numbers could be attributed to supply chain and production constraints rather than demand.
    Husqvarna in India
    The KTM-owned Swedish brand is still in the initial phase of its medium displacement motorcycle plan. Based on the KTM Duke platform, Husqvarna’s Vitpilen and Svartpilen is made in India with three engine options – 200, 250 and 401.
    Husqvarna Sales and Exports Sep 2020
    Only the 250 is currently on sale in the domestic market while all the three variants are being exported. Just like its KTM counterparts, the Huqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 200, 250 and 401 variants are made at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facility for the entire world.
    The Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 are priced at INR 1.84 lakh (ex-showroom). The dynamic duo take on their sibling, the KTM Duke 250. All the three quarter liter street fighters are powered by the same single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor which produces 30 hp and 24 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 6-speed unit.
    September 2020 sales
    Last month, Husqvarna Vitpilen 200 and Svartpilen 200 managed to clock combined sales volume of 724 units as against 972 units in August 2020. When it comes to exports, each engine variant of the radical street fighter family reported month-on-month decline.
    Husqvarna India
    Sep 2020 Domestic
    Sep 2020 Exports
    Not Launched
    Not Launched

    Totally, 532 units of Husqvarna left the country compared to 803 in August. The net sales figures for the month of September 2020 stood at 1,296 units compared to August’s tally of 1,775 units. This is the lowest monthly cumulative sales registered by Husqvarna since the economy opened up post lockdown.
    What’s next for Husqvarna
    Husqvarna was gearing up for an eventful year in India but the pandemic has thrown a spanner it its works. As things are recovering in terms of production and market demand, we can see the brand stepping up its operations in the coming months. While the prospect of 200 cc variants in India remain uncertain, the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are slated for domestic launch.
    The company is also looking at foraying into the burgeoning electric two wheeler segment as early as next year. A leaked presentation at an investors meet in Europe indicated that Husqvarna is readying an electric motorcycle based on the existing platform and design language in addition to an electric scooter named E01.
    The latter will have a power output of around 4 kW and is most likely to share its platform with the Bajaj Chetak. It is expected to be manufactured alongside its sibling and exported to several international markets. More

  • Husqvarna 250 Posts Highest Domestic Sales Yet – In Aug 2020

    The India-made Husqvarna products are poised for a steady sales growth in both domestic as well as export markets
    With the level of success the made-in-India KTM range of motorcycles have been enjoying globally, it is a no brainer for the company to extend this business model to its new Husqvarna medium displacement family as well. After all, they share their components with their respective KTM counterparts. For Bajaj Auto, addition of another premium brand to its production portfolio comes as a huge boost.
    India-made Husqvarna motorcycles sales report

    As of now, Bajaj Auto’s Chakan facility manufacturers three Husqvarna models – 200, 250 and 401 – all of which is available in both Vitpilen and Svartpilen avatars. Only the 250 variants are on sale in India currently; but the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 are slated to be launched later this year.
    Launched in February 2020, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 are witnessing steady month-on-month sales growth in the domestic market post lockdown. In August, the Swedish quarter-liter duo managed to clock 972 units in India as against 725 units in July and 428 units in June. This is the highest monthly sales posted by the Husqvarna motorcycles in India.
    Husqvarna India Sales and Exports Aug vs July vs June 2020
    With bottle necks in production, supply chain and logistics clearing up, we expect the upward trend to be maintained in the coming months as well. Though the Husqvarna’s are mechanically very closely related to the KTM Duke family, they bring to table a fresh appeal and unique styling.
    Export performance
    Just like the compact Dukes and RCs, the corresponding Vitpilens and Svartpilens are being made in India for global consumption. So, exports are bound to eventually overtake domestic sales but thanks to the global pandemic, things are still lukewarm in this regard.
    The Husqvarna 401 which is based on the Duke 390 platform leads the export operations but in August, it witnessed a sharp decline. This could be attributed either to production constraint or logistical issue or both. Husqvarna exported a total of 1,775 units last month compared to 1,778 and 1,996 units in July and June 2020 respectively.
    More made-in-India Husqvarnas coming
    Husqvarna is currently working on two big ticket electric two wheelers for the global market. The electric motorcycle will share its frame, suspension, wheels and braking system with its medium displacement siblings while the E-01 electric scooter is likely to be based on Bajaj Chetak‘s architecture.
    So, it is logical for Husqvarna to let Bajaj Auto handle the production of these two products in India. The Bajaj-KTM-Husqvarna combo sure looks like a win-win-win formula. More