Will the Husqvarna Norden 901 soon have ‘Made in PH’ markings?

Global production of this radically designed motorbike starts this year
by Aris Ilagan | Jan 7, 2020
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Hello, ‘Husky’ fans! We’re pretty sure you’re excited about the news that the Husqvarna Norden 901—unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan late last year—is officially going to hit the assembly line in 2020.

This news comes soon after the Ayala Corporation announced that it is set to start producing Husqvarna motorcycles at its manufacturing facility in Laguna this year.

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Anchored on a partnership with KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing (KAMMI), the Ayala-owned Adventure Cycle Philippines has been producing KTM units for two years now. Of the 16,000 units manufactured over this period, roughly 70% was exported to China, Vietnam, and Thailand. At the start of 2019, KTM expanded its production from small-displacement Duke and RC models to the bigger 790 Duke.

So, how did Husqvarna come into the picture? Well, KTM AG owns the Swedish brand, and it was natural that the Ayalas saw it fit to produce the latter’s bikes at its Laguna plant, too. Dino Santos, president of KTM Philippines, particularly mentioned the Husqvarna’s neo-retro offerings—the Vitpilen 401 and the Svartpilen 401—to hit their assembly line first this year.

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But going back to the Norden 901, this model designed for both street and off-road use is powered by an 889.5cc parallel-twin engine that is specificaly tuned for adventure riding.

Nicely fitted with a single circular headlamp and a windscreen that covers the digital gauge cluster, the Norden 901 looks raring to hit the rugged terrain. With 21-inch front and 18-inch wheels as well as integrated crash bars, it’s definitely ready to rumble.

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Here’s the catch: If you know that brothers Jaime Augusto and Fernando Miranda Zobel de Ayala are hard-core adventure riders, then you’ll understand that this bike will surely be on their hit list.

Do you want to see the Husqvarna Norden 901 with markings ‘Made in the Philippines’?

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