Today’s KTM News Gets Them Closer To UTV Production

Early renderings of the KTM AX from 2009

Through a joint effort, today, KTM AG, and CF Moto are announcing the construction of a 1,000,000 square foot production facility. KTM AG produces KTM dual purposes motorcycles under the KTM and Husqvarna brands and is owned in part by Bajaj Auto, a very large Indian manufacturing company.

Of course CF Moto has been growing on the ATV and UTV scene for nearly a decade now. This partnership and races such as the Dakar rally focusing heavily on the UTV class, has had to raise some eyebrows of the engineers and bean counters at KTM. Do we need another high-performance UTV manufacturer? No, but we would like to see some of KTM’s attention to detail and quality components reach production vehicles that are already being sold. However, being that this facility is in Hangzhou, China, right across the street from the CFMoto headquarters, KTM will notice how many CF Moto UTV’s are being built and sold and could possibly revisit the idea of building their own.  The full Press release about the partnership is below.

 

PLYMOUTH, MN – Capitalizing on a very successful 2017 calendar year, CFMOTO and KTM kicked off the official start of their joint venture project with a ground-breaking ceremony of their new production center on March 28th, 2018.

 

The joint venture agreement was signed on Oct 11th, 2017 and will result in an estimated annual output of 50,000 motorcycles. Ten different motorcycle models will be designed and put into production at the new 1 million square foot facility.

 

When completed, the new production facility will occupy an area of 10.57 acres and will consist of offices, production, R&D centers, test ride areas and a retail center.

 

 

Minjie Lai, General Manager of CFMOTO and KTM AG COO Mr. Harald Plöckinger were on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony. Both reflected on how far both companies have come in the past six years in their speeches.

 

“It was November 2011 that CFMOTO and KTM established the original strategic cooperation agreement. CFMOTO started as a KTM importer in China and later started the CKD business. CFMOTO is excited to play an increasingly important role in KTM’s strategic global development” said Lai in his speech.

KTM’s prototype chassis has old Can-Am Commander type rear suspension. This design works just like the The Textron Wildcat XX.

 

Lai also said that “the joint venture will bring CFMOTO’s R&D and manufacturing capability to a whole new level. CFMOTO will benefit from KTM’s advanced technology and profound experience from years of being a leader in the power sports industry. KTM recognized how our manufacturing capacity, supply chain management and channel development could help implement their global strategy.”

 

In closing his speech, Lai emphasized CFMOTO’s continued commitment to growing the power sports industry. “We believe what we have achieved in 2017 lays a solid foundation for a tremendous 2018. CFMOTO will continue to be 100% committed to the power sports industry and enhance a greater cooperation with our trustworthy partners, while working to build a magnificent future together.”

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