A week after Royal Enfield announced commencement of local assembly of its motorcycles in Argentina, the Indian Express reported that the South American country’s police have chosen Himalayan to be a part of their fleet.
Photographs on social media showed Himalayan motorcycles painted in blue being readied for police use.
The Himalayan is the first entry-level adventure motorcycle in India, which is powered by a BS-VI 411-cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that delivers 24.3bhp and 32Nm of torque.
Earlier, Royal Enfield, in association with the Bengaluru Police, had drafted the ‘We for Women’ programme – an all women police officer’s brigade.
Local assembly of Royal Enfield’s motorcycles in Argentina will be done in partnership with Grupo Simpa, its local distributor there since 2018. This is the first overseas manufacturing facility of the brand.
From this month, the plant will locally assemble three motorcycle models of the Royal Enfield – the Himalayan, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, the company said.
The company currently has retail presence across 60 countries. Argentina, which is among the biggest mid-size motorcycle markets in Latin America, and other South American countries have been an important market for Royal Enfield.
“Ever since we commenced sales since 2018 in Argentina, we’ve received a resounding response to our motorcycles from consumers. The local terrain and topography create the perfect canvas for riding our motorcycles, especially the Himalayan,” said Vinod K Dasari, CEO, Royal Enfield.
Royal Enfield had set up retail operations in Argentina in March 2018, with its first store in Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires. Since then, it has expanded its retail network and currently has five exclusive stores in Argentina.