Gas Gas Acquires Husqvarna Engine Designs

03/01/2014 @ 7:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS


It was nearly a month ago that we heard that Spanish firms Gas Gas and Ossa had merged their operations in order to take on the difficult economic climate in Spain. The firms’ business position should be even stronger now, as Gas Gas has acquired the IP from Moto Italia, the holding company of Husqvarna’s remains.

When KTM’s Stefan Pierer acquired Husqvarna through his Pierer Industrie AG company, he did not buy all of the once Swedish motorcycle brand from BMW Motorrad. What wasn’t transferred into the Austrian company’s control was left behind as a new company, Moto Italia, which now will find a new home in Spain with Gas Gas.

The main target of the acquisition is that Gas Gas will get access to Husqvarna’s pre-2013 two-stroke and four-stroke engines, as the brand is now using exclusively KTM and Husaberg lumps for its bikes.

It’s not clear if this means Gas Gas will have use of BMW’s designed engines, namely the 450cc single-cylinder thumper found in the BMW G450X (which was later repurposed for the Husqvarna TE/TC/TXC 450 line), or the 900cc parallel-twin engine found in the BMW F800GS (later used for the Husqvarna Nuda 900), though we doubt that would be the case.

Still, even the older Husqvarna engines will provide a strong engineering base for Gas Gas to build off of for its models, and we assume the Spanish company got an excellent deal on Husky’s leftovers. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the Catalan factory, as it begins producing motorcycles with these engines.

Source: Moto-Station

  • L2C

    Hey Jensen, there’s something wrong with your site. I keep getting Thursday’s home page with Kesh Angels as the latest topic. It doesn’t even show the latest comments, instead I have to click through the Kesh Angels article to see the most recent posts and comments in the column.

    Maybe there is a problem with your servers syncing and updating or something. I don’t know anything about Web hosting, so… I don’t know. But clearing my browser’s cache or refreshing the page doesn’t work at all to get the latest articles on the home page.

    FYI. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the heads up. I think we had a caching issue on our end. Try now.

  • FYI, top post should be one from David…let me know if that’s not the case.

  • L2C

    Still the same. I’ll check again later tonight. Thanks.

  • jeram

    Prior to Husqvarna’s sale to KTM, they were tantalizingly close to releasing all new engines for both two strokes and four strokes which husqvarna R&D management had been cheekily stating would teach KTM a thing or two.

    Also Husqvarna dealers were getting very excited about the ground breaking two strokes they were going to have on there dealership floors (which never happened). Dealers were shy on the details but the told me to expect someing cleaner and meaner than ever before.

    It is an accepted fact (on internet forums haha) and has been mentioned a few times by husky employees that they were progressing well with their clean fuel injected two stroke concepts.
    So it will be exciting to see if this is why GAS GAS was so keen to buy the designs.

  • BBQdog

    Nice info jeram, would love to see the two strokes get a second chance.

  • Norm G.

    re: “So it will be exciting to see if this is why GAS GAS was so keen to buy the designs.”

    but then it begs the question, how crap were they if KTM didn’t want ’em…?

  • V2win

    I love the colostomy bag exhaust!!!