IAB Report – DSK-Benelli tie up to be announced on October 17


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The partnership will run parallel to the DSK-Hyosung operations.

The DSK-Benelli partnership which will see the Italian motorcycle maker assemble and sell its range of sportsbikes in India, will be formally announced on October 17.

Benelli BN302
The Benelli BN302 naked motorcycle would lock horns with the KTM Duke 390 and Mahindra Mojo.

The Pune-based DSK MotoWheels already has an ongoing partnership with South Korea’s Hyosung wherein the bikes are locally assembled at DSK’s facility in Wai, near Pune. The company is expected to install an additional assembly line to cater to Benelli bikes.

Benelli, one of the oldest Italian two-wheeler brands, is currently under the ownership of China-based Qianjiang Corporation. The brand has a comprehensive lineup of sportsbikes starting from the BN302, a street fighter powered by a 300 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine, all way up to a 1,130 cc inline three cylinder tourer named TRE 1130K.

Benelli TRE 1130 K
The TRE 1130 K tourer is Benelli’s flagship motorcycle.

Media reports suggest that Benelli will bring its entire product range to India through the CKD route, including the BN600 R and TNT 899 sportsbikes. The local assembly operations would enable the brand to enter the market with a more aggressive pricing strategy.

Also read: DSK-Hyosung to set up a new manufacturing facility in Maharashtra

Market positioning would be above Hyosung but below other well known European brands. More details will be available when the official announcement is made.

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