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  • 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

  • KTM Duke 390 Based Husqvarna 401s to Launch This Year in India

    Husqvarna 401 Twins will derive many of its components from its Austrian cousin- KTM Duke 390
    Husqvarna is set to launch the elder siblings of Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 in India. The Swedish bike manufacturer will now launch the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 at the end of this year. Given that only three months are left in the year, we expect the 401 Twins to break covers sooner than later.

    Husqvarna kickstarted their journey in India with the introduction of the 250 Twins– Svartpilen and Vitpilen. Like the 250 Twins which share their engine and platform with KTM Duke 250, the 401 Twins share their engine and platform with Duke 390. While the Svartpilen is an urban scrambler, the Vitpilen is more of a cafe racer.
    Several functional components like the brakes, USD forks at front, mono-shock suspension at rear and trellis frame among many others have been borrowed from KTM for the Huskies 250 Twins. It is expected to be similar for Huskies 401 which is expected to borrow major parts from its KTM counterpart. While the Huskies serve as a more stylish option, the KTM Duke is a more racy motorcycle.
    Husqvarna 250 in India
    The same powertrain is expected to feature in the 401 Twins- a 373cc liquid-cooled DOHC motor single-cylinder engine which is meant for serious performance. This unit makes 44 PS of power and 37.5 Nm of torque. As usual, it will be paired with a 6-speed gearbox. This engine is known for its high compression ratio which results in such impressive output figures.
    However, the Indian spec Huskies 401 are likely to feature some changes in comparison to their European counterparts. For instance, the India-spec models are likely to ditch spoke wheels for alloy rims. Also the pillion grab rails are likely to be made standard.
    When it comes to features, both the bikes will be equipped with standard features such as a fully-digital instrument cluster, an all-LED lighting setup and ABS from Bosch. Although it is hard to tell apart from their design, the Svartpilen will be an urban explorer equipped with dual-purpose tyres to support light off-roading. The Vitpilen 401, on the other hand, will be a cafe racer with road-biased tyres.
    Sales and Price
    Husqvarna India Sales / Exports July 2020 vs July 2019
    Sales of Husqvarna motorcycles in India for July 2020 stood at about 725 units. In June 2020 it was about 428 units. Along with domestic sales of the 250s, they also make the 200s and the 401s in India. Including exports, cumulative sales of Husqvarna stood at 1,778 units in July 2020.
    Currently, the Huskies 250 Twins have been priced at Rs 1.85 lakh, a full Rs 20,000 below KTM Duke 250, therefore, one can expect the 401s to be priced slightly below Duke 390. The Duke 390 is currently retailed at Rs 2.58 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. Upon their launch, the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will rival the likes of Dominar, BMW G 310 and of course its KTM cousin. More

  • Bajaj Chetak based Husqvarna Electric Scooter launch in 2021

    The Husqvarna E-01 electric scooter will have Europe as its primary market
    A leaked internal document has thrown light on short term plans of KTM and its sister brand Husqvarna. The latter is clearly gearing up to establish a strong presence in the affordable electric two wheeler segment. Husqvarna is planning two EVs in the next two years and both of them will have strong Indian connection.
    Husqvarna E-01 and Bajaj Chetak

    According to the leaked document, a Husqvarna branded electric scooter named E-01 and a motorcycled called E-Pilen are currently under development. The 4 kW electric urban runabout will be launched in 2021. While there are no further details about the Husqvarna E-01, we think it will be based on the Bajaj Chetak electric scooter’s platform. For the uninitiated, Bajaj Auto holds 48% stake in KTM which in turn owns Husqvarna.
    The Indian e-scooter also employs a 4 kW motor making it a viable platform for the Husqvarna scooter to adopt. It also comes with modern connectivity features that a premium offering like E-01 is expected to incorporate.
    Husqvarna electric scooter, motorcycle launch plans featured in company’s annual report to share holders
    Bajaj Auto’s Chakan production facility has already established itself as a global production base for sub-500 cc KTM and Husqvarna road-bikes. Taking advantage of the Chetak’s Indian vendor base and Bajaj’s cost-effective production operations is a no-brainer for Husqvarna.
    If the thumbnail image of the Husqvarna Electric scooter shown on the leaked image is to be taken as a reference, the premium urban electric scooter will have an edgy concept-like styling. The image does not detail the suspension system of the scooter but we expect the production version to employ telescopic front forks and single-sided rear shock absorber.
    The wheels are also expected to be conventional alloy units with front and rear disc brakes. Being a premium product primarily targeted at Europe, the Husqvarna E-01 will be packed with features such as dual-channel ABS, a color instrument console (probably even a touchscreen), smartphone connectivity and so on.
    India Launch
    Bajaj Chetak Electric
    As we said before, the Husqvarna E-01 is most likely to borrow the Bajaj Chetak’s 4 kW / 16 Nm electric motor and 4.08 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Husqvarna may opt to offer a higher capacity battery pack for an increased range. The Chetak has a claimed range of 95 kms. Top speed is a little over 60 kmph.
    Being made in India does not automatically guarantee that that the Husqvarna E-01 will be sold in domestic market. However, the future of premium electric scooter segment in India appears promising and Husqvarna would do well to be one of the early entrants. More

  • Bajaj to make Husqvarna electric motorcycle in India – Leaked

    The Husqvarna E-Pilen is most likely to have India as its primary production location
    KTM and its sister brand Husqvarna are betting big on electric mobility in the long term. Following an electric scooter, the Swedish two wheeler brand Husqvarna is also working on a zero emission motorcycle called E-Pilen which is most likely to employ the modular electric platform which is being developed by KTM in association with Bajaj.
    Husqvarna E-Pilen

    The existence of Husqvarna E-Pilen came to light, thanks to an internal document which was shared at an investor meeting organized by Pierer Mobility AG (KTM and Husqvarna’s parent company). The document not only shared an early concept sketch of the Husqvarna electric motorcycle but also revealed some key details. For starters, the compact street fighter will be available with modular battery pack and two power levels – 4 kW and 10 kW.
    The document also indicates that the Husqvarna E-Pilen will be ready for a launch in 2022. Further details are scarce but considering that the Bajaj-KTM modular electric platform is being developed to cater to power outputs ranging between 3 to 10 kW, this product is most likely to be one of the first beneficiaries.

    What does the image say?
    The low resolution image of the Husqvarna E-Pilen appears to be that of a tentative concept. As the development process nears completion, the final design and equipment are expected to change. From what we can see from the photograph, the E-Pilen derives its design inspiration from the IC-engined Vitpilen and Svartpilen street fighters. The trellis frame, USD front forks, rear monoshock, alloy wheels and tyres are likely to be shared with its siblings.
    The fuel tank is there only for aesthetic purposes and the space occupied by IC engine will accommodate an electric motor and modular battery system. It remains to be seen if the rear wheel is driven by chain or belt.
    To be made in India
    The aforementioned modular electric platform for compact premium motorcycles will have India as its primary production base. Like the compact displacement KTM and Husqvarna products, the upcoming electric models up to 10 kW will be made by Bajaj at its Chakan facility. We can expect the e-mobility platform to also spawn KTM and Bajaj branded products in due course.
    The Husqvarna E-Pilen will be positioned as a lifestyle urban mobility solution for young audience in Europe. In India, it will be a premium alternative to the likes of the Revolt RV400 and upcoming Tork T6X. More

  • Bajaj Chetak Electric Scooter based Husqvarna EV imagined

    Bajaj Auto had confirmed that a performance-focused electric scooter (based on the Chetak EV) will come under KTM and Husqvarna
    Bajaj Auto has a strong portfolio of single-cylinder sports motorcycles under its wings, in the form of KTM India and Husqvarna Motorcycles India. Husqvarna is relatively new to the Indian market and has only two products on offer: Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250. They are essentially a KTM 250 Duke inside, with extra attention to detail on the outside. Husqvarna Motorcycles India will eventually bring down its ‘200’ and ‘401’ models.

    KTM India has already set a high standard in India’s single-cylinder motorcycle segment. In fact, the all-new KTM 390 Adventure is arguably the best single-cylinder product on our market today. It is not news that the Austrian automaker is working on a new ~500cc twin-cylinder engine that would eventually come to the next range of KTM, Bajaj and Husqvarna models.
    Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto has started experimenting on the other side of the spectrum. The Chakan-based two-wheeler manufacturer’s Chetak EV makes more sense than a conventional petrol-CVT alternative such as a Honda Activa in urban environments. At the moment, electric powertrains showcase the highest potential in the scooter segment. Hence, Bajaj Auto plans to introduce sportier counterparts of the Chetak EV platforms under KTM and Husqvarna nameplate.

    Digital render
    Electric Vehicle Web has shared an interesting render of a possible Husqvarna e-scooter. The styling follows principles set by KISKA, the design firm behind Husqvarna’s modern-day aesthetics. The emission-free scooter carries the right amount of quirkiness and funkiness but may not impress the average Indian buyer who has poor taste in automotive aesthetics.
    Notable details include dual-tone black/white paint scheme with Lime Green (fluorescent green) highlights, dark grey 5-spoke alloy wheels, disc brakes, round full-LED headlamp, tall flyscreen, two-step seating, extended floorboard, hub-mounted motor, etc. The production model, which should become a reality in the near future, is expected to generate around 4kW (5.36bhp) and 16Nm while coupled to a 3kWh battery pack.
    Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM Industries AG, confirms that a 48V e-scooter platform is being considered for mass production in India. Coming under ‘Urban E-Mobility strategy’, the EV will be of offered in two formats (with varied output and features). Most likely, only the shell will change between KTM India and Husqvarna Motorcycles India’s versions of the same.
    To surpass the bars set by current e-scooters, one can expect it to feature a touchscreen instrument console, multiple riding modes, fast-charging and even swappable battery units. In India, Ather Energy products will be the benchmark to meet. More

  • Husqvarna India Sales, Exports July 2020 – Svartpilen, Vitpilen

    In July 2020, Husqvarna Motorcycles India (under Bajaj Auto) sold 725 units in the domestic market while exporting 1,053 units
    Husqvarna Motorcycles India launched its very first products, Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 towards the end of February 2020 at a starting price of Rs 1.80 lakh ex-showroom (now cost almost Rs 1.85 lakh). The ~250cc motorcycles share internals with KTM India’s popular 250 Duke naked sports motorcycle. Both KTM and Husqvarna single-cylinders are manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan manufacturing facility.

    The Indian automotive industry is making a gradual recovery from COVID-19 and sales charts have been witnessing a gradual increase in the last couple of months. However, figures continue to remain considerably lower than pre-COVID trends.
    The pandemic had brought several businesses to a standstill in its initial stages. But most companies have now become accustomed to the ‘new normals’. For instance, almost all major automakers have started online sales platforms as a safe and smooth alternative for purchasing a new vehicle.
    Husqvarna Motorcycles India sales – July 2020

    Husqvarna India Sales / Exports July 2020 vs July 2019
    Coming back to Husqvarna Motorcycles India, the Swedish-origin two-wheeler brand sold 725 ‘250’ units on the domestic market in July 2020. On the other hand, exports hit 1,053 units since it also manufacturers ‘200’ and ‘401’ models for foreign markets. Husqvarna ‘200’ models (spied a few times) borrow their power plant from the KTM 200 Duke while the bigger ‘401’ range is basically KTM 390 Duke units in a shell designed by KISKA, a renowned branding and designing company based in Salzburg, Austria.
    In total, Husqvarna Motorcycles India sold 1,778 units in July 2020. However, this is over 200 units less than the sales performance in June 2020 (which saw 1,996 units). Both the Svartpilen (almost a scrambler) and Vitpilen (almost a cafe racer) are expected to arrive in ‘200’ and ‘401’ formats by the end of this year.
    Key features & specs
    Besides an interesting styling approach, the Husqvarna ‘250’ neo-retro siblings sport an exposed trellis frame, full-LED headlamp, forged aluminium triple clamps, WP USD forks, 5-spoke alloy wheels, single-pod digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS, slipper clutch, etc. As mentioned before, it employs the same engine as KTM India’s ‘250’ models: 250 Duke, RC250 (export-only) and 250 Adventure (in the works).
    The 248.8cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder motor generates 30.57bhp @ 8,000rpm and 27.4Nm @ 6,500rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
    It was only recently that KTM India upgraded the 250 Duke with a full-LED headlamp (same unit as on the 390 Duke). Prices currently start at Rs 2.09 lakh ex-showroom. In other words, the ‘250 Huskies’ undercut it by roughly Rs 24,000, thus offering appreciable value for a mass-production single-cylinder sports bike. More

  • Husqvarna Vitpilen, Svartpilen 250 sales in India vs exports – June 2020

    Husqvarna Motorcycles India will soon launch ‘200’ and ‘401’ versions of its popular offerings, Vitpilen and Svartpilen
    Husqvarna Motorcycles India, under Bajaj Auto Limited, has currently got only two products in its portfolio: Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250. Both motorcycles share their assembly line at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan manufacturing facility alongside the likes of KTM 250 Duke and Bajaj Dominar 250. Husqvarna models are sold via KTM India outlets.

    Launched in late February 2020, the ‘Huskies’ carried an introductory price tag of Rs 1.80 lakh. Towards mid-March, the company hiked prices to almost Rs 1.85 lakh. In comparison, the KTM 250 Duke is priced at roughly Rs 2.09 lakh now after receiving a full-LED headlamp (Bajaj Dominar 250 pricing: Rs 1.60 lakh). All figures mentioned here are ex-showroom.
    Globally, the Swedish-origin motorcycle manufacturer comes under KTM AG. In European markets, Husqvarna Motorcycles has a wide range of choices spread across Motocross (primarily two-strokes), Enduro, Supermoto and Naked Sports categories. The 2020MY Vitpilen and Svartpilen siblings come in ‘401’ (~390cc), ‘501’ (~510cc) and ‘701’ (~690cc) formats while ‘250’ is relatively new to foreign markets.
    Husqvarna India Sales – June 2020

    Husqvarna June 2020 Sales vs Exports
    Last month, Bajaj Auto sold a total of 1,996 Husqvarna units (Vitpilen and Svartpilen sales combined). Out of this, domestic sales accounted for 428 units (only by ‘250’ models) and the remaining 1,568 were contributed by exports. The ‘250’ siblings marked 160 units on the exports chart of June 2020.
    It is worth mentioning that the Chakan plant produces ‘200’ and ‘401’ models as well since they are based on the KTM 200 Duke and 390 Duke’s platforms, respectively. 188 Husqvarna 200 models were exported in June 2020 as against 1,220 ‘401’ units. Husqvarna Motorcycles India plans to launch its naked sports offerings in ‘200’ and ‘401’ formats in the near future. In fact, examples of the same were spied on Indian roads over the past months.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 – Specs
    As mentioned before, the Husqvarna ‘250’ line is based on KTM India’s second-highest single-cylinder range. Powering the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 is a 248.8cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine. It churns out 30.57bhp @ 8,000rpm and 27.4Nm @ 6,500rpm. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed unit assisted by a slipper clutch.
    On the other hand, Bajaj’s Dominar 250 employs a tweaked version of the power plant. Output figures stand at 26.6bhp @ 8,500rpm and 23.5Nm @ 6,500rpm. Its 6-speed transmission also boasts of a slipper clutch.
    Notable highlights of the Husqvarna 250 models include a neo-retro styling (arguably the best-looking options in their class), exposed trellis frame, full-LED headlamp, WP USD forks, forged aluminium triple clamps, etc. The designers have given ample attention to detail all throughout and the motorcycles look the best in stock condition.
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    KTM Duke 250 based Husqvarna 250 prices increased in India

    This is the first time prices have been increased for Husqvarna 250 twins. The huskies were launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). Husqvarna motorcycles were introduced in India by Bajaj Auto as per the company’s multi-brand strategy. The company has already tasted success with KTM bikes and is aiming to achieve […] More