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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'Make in India' Wave: BMW Motorrad to Assemble Bikes Locally

If reports are to be believed BMW Motorrad is planning to set up an assembling facility in Chennai. The upcoming BMW Motorrad assembly plant will be located at the production facility of BMW India. BMW Motorrad plans to assemble the BMW F700 and F800 GS motorcycles at the new facility.

This can be seen as a logical move for the German bikemaker who currently brings in its products via the CBU route thereby attracting higher taxes. By assembling the bikes in India, BMW Motorrad will have to pay lesser taxes thereby reducing the price of the F700 and F800 GS. BMW Motorrad had also joined hands with TVS to manufacture sub 500cc global motorcycle that will be unveiled at the 2015 INTERMOT or EICMA motorcycle show in Europe later this year.

Given the fact that demand for high-displacement performance bikes in India has been growing on a steady rate, this move by BMW Motorrad seems to be a beneficial one. International manufacturers like Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Kawasaki already have set up an assembling facility in India with Benelli and Ducati following suit.

Both the bikes that will be assembled in India are adventure tourers. The BMW F700 GS is the replacement of the F650 that was on sale in India earlier. Powering the BMW F700 GS is a water-cooled, twin-cylinder motor churning out 75PS at 7,300rpm and peak torque of 77Nm at 5,300rpm.

The BMW F800 GS is propelled by a 798cc, water-cooled, twin-pot mill pumping out 85PS at 7,500rpm and maximum torque rating of 83Nm at 5,750rpm. Both the bikes feature a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. The BMW F700 and F800 GS have been priced at Rs 6.2 and 7 lakh respectively in the UK market. BMW Motorrad isn't officially present in India but if it plans to start CKD operations, we can expect to enter India officially.
Source: Eco Auto
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