1- Harley-Davidson Plant In India. As you all know, in 2011 Harley Davidson will assemble his motorcycles in India. All Harley Davidson bikes are presently imported. The company plans to setup an assembly line in Haryana, but until now didn’t disclose the models that will be assembled locally. Information leaked states that the Sportster models 883L and 883R will be the first to be fully assembled in India. It seems logical to appeal to the largest number of clients with the lowest prices and the smallest sized motorcycles. Now that the information is out, I wonder why anyone in India would buy a Sportster model right now, knowing that prices will be half what they are now when the Haryana plant will be operational in 2011.
2- Polaris plant in Mexico. It will cost $25 million plus $2 million in security features to build the new Monterrey ATV plant in Mexico. CEO Scott Wine disclosed to the local Minnesota press that a Polaris Mexican worker will be paid about one third what an American worker with same qualification is paid at its 2 plants of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Osceola, Minnesota. The 2 US plants will be reorganized. ATVs represents 65% of Polaris’ sales. Polaris justifies his new Mexican plant not only for operational cost savings but also for logistical reasons, being closer to its South America markets.
3- Victory Motorcycles Operation Gratitude. The objective is to honor military personnel and to collect personal items at Victory dealerships that will distribute to troops worldwide. One soldier will receive a new Victory motorcycle. Consumers are invited to nominate “hometown heroes” on the Victory Hometown Heroes website. Those serving in the U.S. or Canadian military and all veterans are eligible to be nominated until December 5th. The veteran or active-duty soldier receiving the most votes will be selected to receive the motorcycle.
4- Harley-Davidson is also offering a bike and Freedom Pass vacation in Military Appreciation Month drawing. The winner and five of their fellow service members will receive an exclusive Harley-Davidson motorcycling experience in Milwaukee, Wis, including VIP treatment at the H-D Museum. The winner will also receive a motorcycle of their choice and other select gifts. Active military personnel are eligible and may register online. Go to Appreciation Month Drawing.