Harley-Davidson to set up assembly facility in Haryana



Heavyweight motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson said on Tuesday it plans to set up an assembly facility in the northern Indian Haryana state to serve the local market, using US-made component kits.

The Milwaukee-based company expects the assembly facility to be operational in the first half of 2011, it said in a statement.

The iconic US motorcycle maker, which commenced India operations in August 2009, currently imports 12 completely assembled motorcycle models for the Indian market.

Last month, German luxury car maker BMW said it would start selling motorcycles in India by December through three dealerships, as more global players want to have a share in Asia's third-largest economy's lucrative motorcycle market.

Two-wheeler sales have grown 25.86 per cent in India between April-September, data with industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed.

Local players like Hero Honda, Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Co have seen rising sales this year as the rapidly expanding economy continued to pull buyers.