We knew that UM Motorcycles wasn’t dispatching any new units to its dealers after April 2019 as none of its products was equipped with ABS and as per new regulations, all two-wheelers of and above 125cc should come with ABS as standard. Little did we know that it was a kind of sign of the brand’s exit from the country.
Speaking with Autocar Professional, Ayush Lohia, CEO, Lohia Auto Industries, explained, “Our JV with UM Motorcycles was of a 50:50 nature. UM Motorcycles is currently not able to invest any money in India and thus the Kashipur plant in Uttarakhand is not manufacturing any of the UM motorcycles.”
And it isn’t just in India, as per the reports, UM Motorcycles is facing a financial crisis globally and that’s why it has also shut down its operations in China.
What about the dealerships?
UM Motorcycles opened its first dealership in July 2016 in New Delhi. Over the years, it expanded its network of dealerships and workshops in various cities across the country. However, today most of its dealers are non-operational with only a few of them still working to carry out the servicing process.
Ayush Lohia also commented regarding this, “We are awaiting clarity from our partner as regards addressing our dealers’ condition. For the time being though, since UM is showing no intention of going ahead with its India operations, I am not able to give a confirmed status of the current scenario of the brand in India.”