After a quarter-century, which saw the marque go from white to its iconic orange and aspirated to injected, KTM New Zealand will once again be wholly owned by its parent company in Austria. That means the New Zealand market will receive full factory support from KTM. Sure, it doesn’t mean works parts for everyone. But dealers, racers and riders – like you – will receive the benefits of that factory support.
Aotearoa gets the works
“What a journey it has been since our first AHG Dealer Conference in 1994, with so many significant milestones along the way,” said Jeff Leisk, General Manager of KTM Group Australia and New Zealand.
“I am extremely proud to have seen KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycles go from strength to strength in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. We have built strong relationships with our dealers and our customers, which has always been the key to our success. Becoming a factory-owned subsidiary will increase the level of support that we can offer our dealer network, our staff and our customers – I am excited about the next chapter.”
It’s not just Australia that’s excited about the new acquisition. The excitement is also felt in Austria, where KTM – its parent company – is based. Hubert Trunkenpolz, KTM’s Chief Marketing Officer, reiterates what Leisk said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome and our full ownership of KTM Group New Zealand and KTM Group Australia. This transaction reinforces our commitment to the New Zealand and Australian markets. It is a very positive development for the dealer network and the customer in both countries.”
Pioneering since ages ago
From its ancestral home in Sweden, to a unique era in Italy and a total change of direction in Germany, Husqvarna Motorcycles has been pioneering since 1903. But the marque is racing to even greater heights in its current home of Austria, under the umbrella of KTM. That means Husqvarna Motorcycles New Zealand will also be wholly owned by its Austrian Kusine.
How will this sale impact you? While the change of ownership is a significant development for the company and the market, it’s business as usual for the established dealer networks of KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension – not to mention, you, the customer.
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