It’s been more than a year since the Leicestershire based British Motorcycle manufacturer had showcased its eye-candy lineup at the Auto Expo 2012 hinting at the India launch of Triumph motorcycles soon. There has been lot of excitement amongst enthusiasts on the bikes not only because of the official sale in the Indian market, but also owing to the speculative prices announced that got everyone salivating in anticipation. Unfortunately since then there had been delays and the excitement Triumph had managed to fire up started dousing out, but until today.
The iconic manufacturer officially announced the Triumph Motorcycles India launch to happen this November. Also jointly it was declared that Mr. Vimal Sumbly would be taking charge as the Director of its Indian Operations. Mr. Sumbly said to be a biker himself would be heading the sales and growth of Triumph India. Speaking on his new role Vimal Sumbly said “I am delighted to have joined Triumph as the brand looks to embark on a well phased out strategy for the Indian market. Our commitment of developing truly iconic motorcycles that are distinctive in looks, design and performance remains ever-present. Soon Indian customers will be able to experience these category wining machines on Indian roads, as the brand looks to elevate the motorcycling paradigm.”
The product portfolio would begin with the launch of the retro styled Bonneville, the mighty Rocket III and probably the best 600 on the planet- the Triumph Daytona 675 (yipeeeeee!). All these three motorcycles would be brought into the country via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) format and would be assembled at Triumph’s facilities in Manesar which is in the finishing stages of completion. Currently Triumph is on a lookout for dealer partners at prominent locations for sale of its motorcycles. Triumph is planning to have operational dealers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore during 2013, followed by dealerships in Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and Goa afterwards.
Speaking on the occasion, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Mr. Paul Stroud said ‘2013 is a very crucial year for Triumph Motorcycles in India and as a company, we are confident about the timing of our market entry. In the past few months, we have carefully assessed the market landscape and will be making well-honed efforts to provide our discerning customers with a complete brand experience.’
Now this has really got us excited and we wish that the speculated prices make for an official sticker price. We’d ask our readers that though the Rocket III might cost much higher up the chart, what do you feel should be the prices of the Daytona and the Bonneville?