India Kawasaki Motors has denied that it will locally assemble its 300 cc and 650 cc engine in the country. Currently, Kawasaki sells the Ninja 300, Ninja 650 and the Versys 650 that are powered by the 300 cc and 650 cc engines. These motorcycles are being sold as CKD units (Completely Knocked Down) and assembled in the country.
The major sales of the two-wheeler maker come from these 300 cc and 650 cc models. Other two-wheeler manufacturers like Yamaha, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Triumph and DSK Motowheels have already started localisation. If Kawasaki, in the near future, plans to locally assemble engines and some components, it will bring down the manufacturing cost of the models they power, significantly.
The newly launched Kawasaki Z250 has most localised parts the in the company's model line-up, while the other models have a localisation of around 40 percent. The 300cc and 650 cc motorcycles, on the other hand, have a localisation of just 25 to 30 percent.
After Kawasaki ended its tie-up with Bajaj Auto, Kawasaki is getting serious about its position in the country. India Kawasaki Motors Pvt Ltd (a 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Japan) has opened its new dealership in Mumbai and will launch more outlets that will consist of sales, services and parts.