Husqvarna NewsSix months following the acquisition of Husqvarna from BMW by KTM AG, the first new motorcycle rolled off the line at the production plant in Mattighofen, upper Austria.
The first day of production was Oct. 7, and about 75 of Husqvarna’s four-stroke models (FC250-FC450) were assembled.During that first day, members of the board of KTM AG were at the production plant witnessing the recent acquisition come to fruition.Speaking of the corporate strategy, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer says: “By the acquisition of the brand Husqvarna, the KTM Group expects an additional growth of approximately 15,000 motorcycles in the next few years.”And this is exactly what is expected; Husqvarna Motorcycles will produce up to 15,000 motorcycles in the Austrian plant every year. Further upgrade to the production site is expected.For additional information, log onto husqvarna-motorcycles.com.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!