KTM is an Austrian brand and most of its motorcycles are made at its local facility in Mattighofen. However, from September 2020, KTM will shift the production of its 790 Duke and 790 Adventure from this facility to its soon-to-be-ready manufacturing plant in Hangzhou, China.
Located 200 km from the city of Shanghai, this new plant is spread over an area of 10.57 acres and has testing as well as research and development facility. It is capable to give an output of 50,000 units per annum which can be increased up to 1 lakh units if deemed necessary. Its construction began in March 2018 and it is expected to be completed by June 2020.
The idea is to shift the production of 790 Duke and 790 Adventure to China which will thus relieve some load from KTM’s Mattighofen plant which would then be used to produce flagship models. KTM will also bring products based on the new 890cc engine. These products will be manufactured in China as well.
So all these motorcycles will be built in China and then exported to markets in Europe, US, Australia, and ASEAN region as CBUs whereas India and Latin America will get them as CKDs.
Now, it would be interesting to see how does this shifting affect the price of the 790 Duke for India which is currently being sold at Rs 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom). KTM also showcased the 790 Adventure at the recently concluded IBW 2019 and could launch it in the country in by the end of 2020 after gauging people’s response.