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Old 01-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

Interesting...

High-placed motorcycle industry sources have tipped MCN off that BMW is negotiating the sale of Husqvarna to Austrian firm KTM with an announcement expected as early as the end of this week to officially confirm it.
German giant BMW bought Husqvarna from MV Agusta in 2008; just as the world entered a crisis but has ploughed huge sums of money into the firm which is based in northern Italy with new road bikes like the Nuda 900 and a complete reworking of the off-road range too.
BMW has not just revamped the range of road and off-road bikes but it has completely renovated the production lines, built a brand new racing and research and development arm along with transferring lots of BMW staff from Munich to Italy to work on the brand.
Now it appears BMW is in the final process of selling Husqvarna to KTM; which itself is part-owned by the massive Indian firm Bajaj. One source who didn’t want to be named said: “I do not know if this is a signed deal yet but I understand the final parts of the negotiations are happening now.”
The rumours have reached MCN from multiple sources with some even claiming the deal is going to be announced later this week. Sources in Austria, Germany and Italy are all in broad agreement this is happening.
BMW traditionally refuses to comment on speculation of any kind and this is the same in this case with no response to questions. Husqvarna and KTM are also saying nothing at this stage.

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http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...arna-for-sale/
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Very interesting...

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Old 01-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
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I wonder what we will see for new Husky's Hopefully they dont do what they did to the Burgs
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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Husky grew their brand by 25% last year. HUGE increase in units sold.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #5
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Some scared people on Cafe Husky.

http://www.cafehusky.com/threads/ktm...lay-out.30323/
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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A little different slant on what's going on.

http://www.supermoto-central.com/

“It’s not KTM that is buying Husqvarna, but KTM’s CEO and part-owner Stefan Pierer. He bought it with his ‘other’ company Pierer Industries AG.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #7
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It wasn't too many years ago that Ferdinand Piech of VW said something like:

"the future of the automobile will include many brands and few manufacturers".

The same is probably true of motorcycles. My opinion is that Husky is already a strong second to KTM in non-motocross offroad, and the market is supporting them both. Husky is also poised to attract the less hardcore single track dual sport crowd that KTM doesn't cater to. A single manufacturer could profitably manage both brands in that relationship and potentially improve both, and reduce manufacturing costs.

Assuming good management... That's a big assumption.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #8
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Husqvarna -

I've got a few BAJA steeekers on the Husky; looks like I may need to add a parenthetical "J" . . . . .

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #9
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It looks as if some of the same folks who own KTM are buying Husky. Not KTM buying them. It's all speculation from there.
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I'm saving my money for a 2013 TE310.

I sure hope they don't paint them orange
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:26 AM   #11
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I'm saving my money for a 2013 TE310.
I sure hope they don't paint them orange
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #12
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I'm saving my money for a 2013 TE310.

I sure hope they don't paint them orange
Don't be a h8r. Orange is beautiful! :)
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