With Husqvarna now owned by Italy's Cagiva, and Husaberg by Austria's KTM, Highland is Sweden's sole surviving motorcycle manufacturer. Founded in 1996, and with no presence in the U.S., Highland purchased the rights to the Swedish Folan engine in '98 and has been quietly making V-twin-powered adventure-tourers for discriminating buyers in Europe and Japan. Now, having entered into a partnership with Great Northern Enterprise, one of China's largest motorcycle manufacturers, Highland hopes to build approximately 10,000 bikes per year in a variety of guises. The joint venture calls for the Chinese factory to produce complete motorcycles and engines for the Asian market, as well as components for Highland's own assembly lines in Skllinge in southern Sweden. "This combination of low-cost production in China with innovative design and development at our Swedish R&D; center is the foundation for a strong and successful partnership to drive our growth in the coming years," reads a company press release.