Ducati’s smallest motorcycle right now is the Scrambler Sixty2.
The Ducati brand is known around the world as per performance oriented, big capacity motorcycle maker. Like BMW Motorrad, an Italian manufacturer is planning to enter the lucrative small capacity motorcycle market in association with the Indian brand, reports Economic Times.
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European manufacturers have shown a tremendous potential after tying up with Asian partners. KTM’s rise after the Bajaj tie-up is a living example. Their entry level products ranging from KTM Duke 125 to the KTM RC390 have been a hit not just in emerging markets but also in the developed markets like Europe and the United States.
Speaking about a possible tie-up with Indian brands in the future, Mr. Andrea Buzzoni, Global Sales and Marketing Director, Ducati, said:
These thoughts could become a reality in medium to the long term. In India, you have robust two-wheeler players, who have competence in terms of the engineering, production capacity. Once we take this decision, why not… But for sure, if we decide for small cc motorcycle segment, I think we will have to evaluate on a very competent Indian manufacturer.
With sales ranging in automobiles around 55,000 units in last year, Ducati’s entry into the 250-500 cc segments can mean a significant jump in sales volumes. Ducati’s entry-level motorcycle is the Scrambler Sixty2 or sixty2 which gets a 399 cc L-twin, Desmodromic, an air-cooled mill, coupled to the 6-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of producing 40 hp of maximum power at 8,750 rpm and the 34.6 Nm of peak torque at 8,000 rpm.
Ducati’s sole assembly facility are in Asia is located only in Thailand. There have been reports that Ducati is planning to open a manufacturing facility also in India and if the plan materializes, models assembled in India get cheaper.