Ryan Villopoto has captured the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship with a dominating performance at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racer took the lead early in the race after passing holeshot-taker Davi Millsaps on the opening lap. Villopoto would lead the rest of the way for his eighth win of the season. […]
Kawasaki Entering Chinese Market
Kawasaki announced the start of operations in the world’s largest motorcycle market, China. The company actually established its new subsidiary, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Management (Shanghai), in April but the subsidiary will begin importing and selling motorcycles Aug. 18.
The company will focus sales around the major centers of Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, hoping to attract the country’s emerging middle-class who are looking for motorcycles for leisure rather than for utility.
Kawasaki will be offering models such as the Ninja ZX-14R, Ninja 650 and its naked variant the ER-6n, the Ninja 250, and its naked equivalent the Z250. Kawasaki is targeting annual sales of 5,000 units by 2018.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Management (Shanghai) is wholly-owned by Kawasaki with US$2.35 million in capital. The new subsidiary will be run by General Manager Yasushi Nagata.