India Could Become Global Production Base for Suzuki GSX-250R
Suzuki India is planning big as senior officials are considering the country to be the global hub for their GSX-250R. The same is much awaited product among Indian buyers and one could possibly fall in love with its touring friendly engine as well as ergonomics.
But all this comes with a bitter condition that is not actually impossible but requires much more input from Suzuki than the present situation. Senior officials demand sales report that could ensure them of more than 1 million yearly sales by 2020. Going by the last report (August 2017), Suzuki Motorcycles India sold 47,745 units in one month.
Rounding off the figure and even counting good as well as bad days for Suzuki makes them good for almost good for 0.6 million in yearly sales. Taking this number to 1 million will take a lot of effort but still, 30 months of time is good enough to achieve this feat.
They were once selling half the number of units than present situation and expecting a million is not bad at all. Suzuki is even preparing a 150cc cruiser model for India, expected to add around 10,000 units of monthly sale and most probably being no one else than Suzuki GZ150. It actually carries a mind blowing cruiser design.
Apart from that, they hinted at a power scooter, most probably from Burgman series for the country. It can most probably carry 250cc engine and thus, could help Suzuki share the same with GSX-250R. The quarter liter Gixxer is powered by 248cc, twin cylinder engine producing 24.7 BHP at 8000 rpm and 23.3 Nm at 6500 rpm.
It weighs just 178 kg and thus, will keep riders happy at all times with power in everyday range. Suzuki will update its complete dealership network by an investment of around INR 1000 Crore. They currently have around 200 dealerships in India.
In an interview with Economic Times, Satoshi Uchida, MD, Suzuki Motorcycle India revealed the brand’s plans for the country. He said:
“Since we are a late entrant, we need to have a different approach. Our immediate focus is on the fast-growing scooter space and premium motorcycles. Our aim is to grab 10% share in the segments that we operate. Once we reach scale, then we may look at mass market. Our chairman wants us to achieve 1 million sales (per year, by 2020), but he says do it in a sustainable manner, we have to use both brake and accelerator.”
Key Specifications of Suzuki GSX-250R
|Maximum Power||24.7 BHP @ 8000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||23.3 NM @ 6500 rpm|
|No. of Cylinders||2|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Seat Height||780 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||178 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15 litres|