Harley-Davidson to Start Making Bikes in India

Will export to Europe and Southeast Asia from Indian base

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A Harley-Davidson Inc. Fat Bob motorcycle is displayed at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 6, 2012

Harley-Davidson, the iconic U.S. bike maker, will soon start making its motorcyles in India, Indian news agency PTI reports.

The company recently unveiled two new models in Milan, the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500, and will build these new models in India from next year, exporting them to European and Southeast Asian markets.

“We are excited about the potential of the Indian market,” Harley-Davidson Motor Co. president and COO Matthew Levatich told PTI.

With local fabrication of fuel tanks and fenders, the company, which already has a assembly unit in Haryana in northern India, will move up to almost full scale Indian manufacturing.



Now I just have to laugh out loud here.  Imagine how candidate Romney would handle this news?  He made such a stink about Jeep was going to be manufactured in China during the last presidential campaign.  And, he stuck to his story despite the fact that the GM CEO corrected him and said GM had no plans to manufacture in China.

Here we have one of the most iconic and recognizable American brands openly and excitedly announcing production plans in India for export.  You mean to tell me they can't manufacture and export from here?