Chakan plant. This operation will now shift to the new Akurdi plant of Kawasaki.
Similarly, Bajaj was selling the Ninja bikes through the Probiking Showroom network. While these two bikes, 300 cc and 650 cc will continue to be vended through the Bajaj Probiking network, Kawasaki will be the exclusive distributor and seller of the newly launched Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R and will also sell the 300 cc and 650 cc bikes.
“The Bajaj-Kawasaki links will continue as this is just a change in the paradigm,” said
S Ravikumar, president, business development and assurance). The Kawasaki plant is housed at the Akurdi plant of Bajaj Auto and this shift took place last month, says Ravikumar. India Kawasaki will also set up their first independent showroom at a Planet Bajaj in Pune, where the Bajaj Auto company showroom is located.
While many Indo-Japanese ventures have fallen by the wayside in the two-wheeler business, the Bajaj-Kawasaki partnership had endured. TVS and Suzuki split, Yamaha and Escorts parted ways. Honda first dumped Kinetic Motors and then split with Honda indicating an end of the Ind-Japanese two-wheeler JV era.
Ravikumar dispelled any talk of this being a sign of the tie-up ending. He said the Kawasaki-Bajaj is being strengthened overseas with Kawasaki taking over the Indonesian motorcycle operations of Bajaj Auto.
Bajaj ended its solo run in Indonesia after it ended its independent foray into that market. They are now selling the Kawasaki Bajaj badged Pulsar through the Kawasaki network, Ravikumar said. They duo had a good run in Philippines. Now the duo is getting ready to do the same in Brazil, Ravikumar said to indicate that their partnership was still going strong.
*Bajaj Auto was assembling the Ninja 300 cc and 650 cc bikes at the Chakan plant. This operation will now shift to the new Akurdi plant of Kawasaki
* Kawasaki will be the exclusive distributor and seller of the newly launched Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-10R and will also sell the 300 cc and 650 cc bikes