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Harley-Davidson to build bikes in India

By Sara Sidner, CNN


The iconic American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson, has announced plans to build an assembly plant in India.Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle brand with a cult-like following, has announced it has chosen to build its second assembly plant ever outside the United States in India.

The "complete knock down" plant or CKD is expected to be up and running in the northern Indian state of Haryana in first half of 2011. Parts made in America will be put together for the Indian market in Haryana.

"What we are doing is made in USA, assembled in India, which will have a positive job effect back home which is why we are driving this investment as quickly as we are," Anoop Prakash managing director for Harley Davidson India told CNN.


The company is trying to expand its brand internationally from 30 to 40 percent by 2014 according to Prakash and India plays an important role in that.

"We see a distinctive credible growth story here, growth opportunity," he said.

India is the second fastest growing two-wheeler market in the world behind China. More than 10 million two-wheelers were sold in India in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Beyond the obvious market potential there is another major reason Harley-Davidson is building an assembly plant in India -- to bring down India's import duties which right now are so high Indian consumers pay double for fully assembled imported vehicles. Exporting just the parts to India could lower the import duty tariffs by around 80 percent according to Prakash.

Harley-Davidson's story in India began in 2007 with a trade agreement that allowed India to export mangoes to America in exchange for allowing the United States to export Harley-Davidsons to India.

The company said it is on target to sell 200-250 bikes in the first six months in India. The high-end bikes went on sale in the county in July 2010.

Gurgaon resident Vikram Bhalla was the first to ride off with one in India.

"I've always wanted a Harley when I was growing up. I had little posters on my wall. I remember seeing Harley-Davidson and the Marlborough man, remember the old movies. It made people look so cool, so I thought why not?" Bhalla said.

The company hopes there are many more people like Bhalla in the India market. Harley-Davidson is opening its fifth dealership in Bangalore, India this month.

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Ahhh So it´s the rebirth of the "Indian"
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Do-rag ... turbin ... what's the difference?
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And what about all the Japanese parts on new Harleys? Will Japan ship parts directly to India, or will the parts ship to the US first? How long will it be before parts are shipped to India, bikes are assembled and shipped back to the US for sale?

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And what about all the Japanese parts on new Harleys? Will Japan ship parts directly to India, or will the parts ship to the US first? How long will it be before parts are shipped to India, bikes are assembled and shipped back to the US for sale?
That is what I thought too . With all the Japanese parts on new Harleys,it makes more sense to ship parts directly to India. ...But ...They may bring the will the parts to the US first , so they can ship all the parts to build one bike in one box to India ... Like a kit thingy...

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Ah, so that's what Obama was doing in India!

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Beyond the obvious market potential there is another major reason Harley-Davidson is building an assembly plant in India -- to bring down India's import duties which right now are so high Indian consumers pay double for fully assembled imported vehicles.

Simple fix for this....tarrif the hell out of anything they import here, including workers and outsourced jobs.


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Will the turbin require a new helmet design?

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Better idea: why not build the bikes in India or China, and strike a deal with China-Mart to sell them? Plenty of room for the "Hardley" section, in a 200,000 sq ft store. You can then cut out all the dealerships, also!

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This will go a long way towards reinforcing the (no longer true) preception of poorly made American vehicles established by Detroit many years ago.

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That is what I thought too . With all the Japanese parts on new Harleys,it makes more sense to ship parts directly to India. ...But ...They may bring the will the parts to the US first , so they can ship all the parts to build one bike in one box to India ... Like a kit thingy...

30 years ago, (a-hem), we called that a "Basket case"............right?.................



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