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Last month Bajaj Auto announced the launch of the KTM Duke 200 in India. This is the first KTM which hits our shores and is only the beginning as the Austrian automaker will launch even more motorcycles in the near future, including a 350cc and 1000cc machine. Now the price of the KTM Duke 200 was an instant hit with many as the Duke 125 is sold for Rs. 2.8 lakhs in Europe. With 95% level of localisation, Bajaj Auto has been able to achieve this price point. The initial booking amount announced by the company was Rs. 30,000/- but now the company has decreased this to Rs. 20,000/- to encourage bookings. The cancellation amount has been increased to Rs. 3000/- to prevent withdrawals.

To be on the safer side, KTM stores are quoting a 30 to 90 day waiting on the Duke 200. Bajaj Auto is expected to manufacture close to 2000 units of the Duke 200 every month, which will be enough to prevent waiting periods to exceed 3 months. The current rush can be attributed to two factors, one being the first KTM bike to be available in India and the second being the prices could shoot northwards as currently the Duke is being offered at an introductory price. With the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS set for an April arrival, the Chakan based automaker is all set to increase its sales at a time when the automobile market is facing a slow down.

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