Ducati to rev up India presence, plans over 10 models by year-end
Italian <g data-gr-id="39">super bike</g> maker Ducati plans to sell over ten motorcycle models in India, priced between Rs 6.5 lakh and Rs 40 lakh, by the end of this year as it looks to ramp up operations after re-entering the country in March. The company is on a network expansion drive and is looking to have 13 showrooms by the end of 2016. It plans to have five outlets by the end of this year.
"We have been gearing up since last year about our India plans. The market is growing steady and this is the right time to take a step forward," <g data-gr-id="23">observede</g> Ducati Asia General Manager (Sales & Marketing) Pierfrancesco <g data-gr-id="22">Scalzo .</g>
The response to Ducati <g data-gr-id="28">bikes after it started selling in Mumbai and NCR</g> has been above expectations, he added. Elaborating on the company's India plans, Ducati India Managing Director Ravi <g data-gr-id="26">Avalur</g> said: "By the end of this we are likely to have 11 models from Ducati stable available in India and we will also add three more showrooms in Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad." In terms of showrooms, he said, Ducati was looking to have 13 by the end of 2016 by opening outlets in cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata and Kochi, among others.
Ducati on <g data-gr-id="31">Friintroduced</g> two new variants of its Scrambler model — Scrambler Classic and Full Throttle — with price starting at Rs 7.5 lakh (ex-<g data-gr-id="32">shoowroom</g> Delhi) to add to the <g data-gr-id="34">line up</g> of Monster family — 821, Monster S2R and 795, along with others, including Diavel range Hypermotard and Hyperstrada, and the 899, 1299, 1299 S and Panigale R. <g data-gr-id="33">Avalur</g> said Ducati's bikes in India will be available at a price range of Rs 6.5 lakh for the Scrambler Icon model to Rs 40 lakh for the flagship bike Panigale R. When asked if the company planned to assemble its bikes in India, he replied in the negative.
"We import <g data-gr-id="19">majority</g> of the bikes from Thailand, which has a free trade agreement with <g data-gr-id="20">India,</g> while the flagship products like Panigale are imported from Italy.”