Bajaj to bring in Kawasaki sports bike

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New Delhi, Jan 11 (UNI) Country's second largest two-wheeler maker, Bajaj Auto Ltd today said it has inked an agreement with Kawasaki to sell its bike in the country.

Among the bikes being considered for launch in the recently launches will be Ninja 250 which is powered by a eight-valve DOHC liquid cooled 250 cc fuel injection engine developing 30 PS at 10,500 rpm.

The Kawasaki bikes would be retailed through the chain of Bajaj Probiking showrooms and Kawasaki will provide the necessary service training and parts back-up.

Bajaj Auto has a technical tie-up with Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan to produce a range of the latest, state-of-art two-wheelers in India. Since the tie-up in 1986, Bajaj Auto has launched KB100, KB RTZ, KB125, 4S, 4S Champion, Boxer, Caliber, Caliber115, Wind125 and cruiser bike, the Kawasaki Bajaj Eliminator.

Kawasaki already sells Bajaj bikes in the Philippines and Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj said, ''since Kawasaki is present in all the ASEAN, Latin America markets, we Will look towards a similar model in these countries.'' Bajaj has, however, not put a figure to the sales they will look to achieve with the sportsbike, as Mr Bajaj felt volume was not a yardstick to measure the performance of the product.

''Qualitatively the market is improving in terms of design and technology. At the moment demand for such products look good,'' Mr Bajaj said.

Kawasaki Consumer Products and Machinery Company President Shinichi Tamba said the Indian market is in the cusp of progressing to big bikes and Kawasaki is soon going to bring in the 'flying K' and 'Kawasaki Green' to India.

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