Royal Enfield: Revival of a Cult Brand
Siddhartha took a number of initiatives to revive the fortunes of the brand. A new light weight engine made of Aluminum was developed to replace the Royal Enfield motorcycles' old cast iron engines. New engines had higher fuel efficiency and longer life than the older engines. Royal Enfield took the help of an Austrian design firm called AVL to design the new engines. Changes were also made to make the motorcycles look contemporary. In order to improve the quality of motorcycles, the management made the quality standards for its component suppliers stringent. A new cruiser model called Thunderbird was introduced in the year 2002 to attract new younger customers. Enhanced quality and new models improved the sales by the year 2005. Within a short period of initiating quality enhancement measures, the warranty claims went down.
The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:
- To understand the importance of product quality in the success of a brand
- Analyse the strategies followed by the management of Royal Enfield to revive the fortunes of the brand
- To understand the role of different marketing mix elements in building brand equity
- Appreciate the importance of creating better brand experiences to connect with customers
- To understand the threats faced by a business due to the entry of new players into the market
- Suggest the future strategies that should be followed by the management of Royal Enfield.
|ROYAL ENFIELD INDIA|
|A CULT BRAND IN TROUBLE|
|REVIVING THE BRAND|
|FOCUS ON OTHER BRAND ELEMENTS|
|AIMING HIGHER GROWTH|
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