News from Ducati, Harley, Kawasaki and Suzuki
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Posted by: Wes Fleming
Ducati will launch six new models in India in 2017: Monster 797, Monster 1200, Multstrada 950, Scrambler Cafe, Scrambler Desert Sled, and SuperSport.
Ducati Monster 797, photo from CoolThings.com.
Harley-Davidson is testing Australian markets to see if there's any excitement over what could be its first-even debt issue outside the USA. HD has meetings set up with financial experts in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore before the end of March to discuss possible corporate bond issues.
JP Morgan Executive Director Craig Dreyer arranged the meetings and said, "Harley certainly have a view to expand their investor base in both the debt and equity sides of the business in the region. Asia is going to be a more important debt market next year and in five years time, so gaining a greater degree of exposure to investors here will help internationalize their investor base. Harley ticks a lot of boxes; so far the investor interest in the meetings we've set up has been very high."
Harley-Davidson is currently rated A3 by Moody's and A- Stable by Standard & Poor's.
Indonesia is in for a treat - Kawasaki's brand-new Z900. The Z9 replaced the Z800 and sports a new 948cc inline-four engine derived from the Z1000, plus a slipper clutch and a six-speed transmission.
Kawasaki Z900, photo from Motorcycle Consumer News.
Suzuki's Indian subsidiary launched Bharat Stage IV-compliant two-wheelers, the Lets scooter and the Hayate EP motorcycle. Suzuki's New Access 125 and all variants of the GSXR series available in India already meet BSIV emissions standards.
Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, SMIPL, said, "We are pleased to announce that all our products across segments are now updated and come only with BSIV-compliant engines. The new Lets is testimony to our endeavors in bringing to India the most eco-friendly riding solutions in line with the government regulations. We are confident that our products will retain a strong foothold in their respective segments."
2016 Suzuki Hayate EP, photo from IBNLive India.