There hasn't been a lot of news about the acquisition of Husqvarna by Pierer industries. But now there is. And it's not good.
Asphaltandrubber reports that Pierer Industries announced that the Husqvarna factory in Varese will be closed down until further notice. All 211 factory workers are being let go, only the marketing and sales departments are staying.
It appears that Husqvarna already has a big supply of bikes build for 2013. Maybe a bit too many if you think about the declining sales in the offroad sector.
Seems like BMW has left the company in worse shape than Pierer expected.
Pierer himself stated in an interview with Cycleworld that he wants Husqvarna to concentrate on new models for the coming years. A completely new range of bikes is being expected. A new 450/250 MX/Enduro bike and a new range of 125/250/300 two strokes.
He specificly mentions a return to Supermoto for Husqvarna including a big bore 650cc-690cc bike for the streets.
Sounds like a great plan to me, I hope Pierer knows what he is doing.