Triumph's India operations begin November 2013
A new Managing Director is in place, a new assembly plant is nearing completion...and Triumph's India journey is go!
Finally. Finally. And to round it off nicely, finally. Triumph Motorcycles has been dawdling about in India for longer than anyone can remember now, reacting exactly the way a cedar tree would to human conversation when asked, "So, when are the bikes coming to our shores?". Triumph has, a trifle late, but has, nevertheless, woken up from its deep sleep and gotten itself a new Managing Director. And a new assembly plant. And has confirmed sales will commence by November this year.
If you may remember, after displaying its bikes at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, Triumph had gone into a state of hibernation. Ashish Joshi, who was appointed MD initially, left even before Triumph could firmly plant its feet on Indian soil. Now, Triumph has announced Vimal Sumbly, a man who has worked in the industry for nearly 16 years now - has worked as General Sales Manager with Bajaj Auto - and is apparently a biker-at-heart himself, as MD for its India operations.
Triumph has also confirmed that it will be bringing in "some" bikes through the CKD route, and these bikes will be assembled at Triumph's new facility at Manesar, Haryana which is close to being fully operational soon. The hunt for dealers is on, and once everything comes together (a couple more months, that is), you will be able to place an order for your very own Triumph, along with a whole host of accessories and merchandise at a dealership near you.
Triumph had also announced indicative prices at the 2012 Expo. It's been a while since, and the value of the Rupee has fluctuated wildly in the meantime, so prices may not be strictly the same come November.
So, which of Triumph's offerings do you want to see at Indian dealerships first up? The gargantuan Rocket III, the droolworthy Daytona, or the good ol' Bonneville? And which one would you be placing your money on?