KTM Takes Over Gas Gas
It was announced back in September 2019, the Austrian motorbike manufacture KTM was to buy into the Spanish owned motorbike company GASGAS. They reported that a 60% stake deal was on the table.
GASGAS had financial problems back in 2015 and were facing liquidation. Rumours that KTM had a strong interest in the business at this stage. When KTM visited GASGAS, they were met with resistance from the workers, an effigy dressed in KTM clothing hanging from the building with burning tyres and a sign stating, “KTM, this is not your home.”
GASGAS had already merged with Torrot back in 2016 who are well established in the electric bike market.
The future of the merged companies would invest heavily into the up and coming electric bike market. This deal would also promote GASGAS and off-road motorbikes and expand the firm deeper into Europe.
The production of the GASGAS motorbike continued in Spain for the time being, with talks of new GASGAS models for the Trail and Enduro range.
KTM & Husqvarna
Back in 2013, KTM bought Husqvarna from BMW. BMW decision was based on getting out of the dirt bike market.
Manufactures KTM, Husqvarna, and GASGAS now owning a majority of the dirt bike market that is expanding its range and expanding its portfolio. Husqvarna is going from strength to strength and becoming one of the most popular enduro bikes seen in the UK. Can KTM do the same with GasGas?
2021 GasGas Models
The 2020 range for GASGAS is built on the same platform as the KTM and Husqvarna. The only significant differences are the colour schemes. The bikes aren’t cheap, but you will be able to purchase them for about £600 less than the KTM and Husqvarna brand. The bikes are made up of components from all three brands, taking some of the best bits from all. The GASGAS models will have a different exhaust system and silver wheel rims instead of the black wheel rims from the KTM and Husqvarna.