ABS, CBS and BS IV Engines In Honda Two Wheelers as company starts to aim for urban and semi-urban markets
Honda Two Wheelers is on aggressive start for the 2016 year as well. After launching 15 new and refreshed products in the market year of 2015 it is not going to stop in 2016 either. Company says rural demand has gone down due to problems of weather, agriculture issues and uncertainty in many things. However, Honda also says they don’t have the kind of reach it takes to completely make use of rural market in India.
Honda plans 14 new products in the year 2016 and most of them are going to refreshed variants most likely. All motorcycles are scooters are set to get BS IV HET engines which will comply with emission norms that are set for the year March 31, 2017. The launches will start happening in the first half of the next year and then almost one product will be launched every month.
Most products are most likely to urban and semi-urban focused products so we cane expect some excitement from the company this time apart from 110cc engines get BS IV treatment. CB Hornet 160R is one such attempt and Honda hints more like this in the future. Honda says all products above 125cc will get CBS and ABS and cost are bound to go up for all the vehicles above 125cc category.
Honda seems to be working on cost effective ways to make sure it’s competitive and affordable enough. The motorcycles and scooters which will get CBS And ABS in India are the 150cc motorcycles and scooters capacity and above as 125cc are basically have a exact cubic capacity of 124.6 for example. Let’s see how the Indian government takes this rule right.
Japanese manufacturer expects about 15% growth next year and meanwhile capacity at the factory is already running at 100%. To counter that, HMSI will start the Gujarat plant by end of January next year. The Gujarat factory will have an annual capacity 6 lakh units, while another line will be installed after four months with same capacity.
Gujarat plant is one of the biggest investments for the company as it has invested Rs 1100 crore in this project. After that too, Honda has plans to start the Karnataka plant as land levelling has begun for the same. Honda wants to make Indian market their second largest market in the world after other Asian countries. Fight between Hero and Honda seems just relentless as both companies are reaching far corners to keep their heads up high.