Electronic fuel injection system and revised exhaust system will result in pricier two-wheelers; BS-VI norm to kick in on April 2020
India is about to adopt the stricter new BS-VI emission norm from April 2020. All the automakers in the country are working on their products to meet the new norm. With the new norm kicked in, pricing of the budget two-wheelers are expected to increase by up to Rs. 10,000 as the new motorcycles and scooters will come equipped with electronic fuel injection technology and revised exhaust system.
With the pricing increased, sales of the budget two-wheelers are likely to be impacted significantly making them unaffordable to a large number of customers. In some cases, the price hike is going to be more than 10% of the vehicle’s current pricing. Currently, only a few models in the country are equipped with electronic fuel injection technology and a large number of two-wheelers come with carburetors.
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The 100 cc and 110 cc two-wheelers are typically priced from around Rs. 33,000 and goes up to Rs. 55,000. This segment is ruled by the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp with its products like Splendor, Passion and HF Deluxe. The homegrown company could take a blow once the new BS-VI emission norm kicks in.
Honda too is worried with this issue as this Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer too grabs a large chunk in the domestic market with its affordable products. In the scooter segment, the company rules with its Activa range and this category is likely to face the heat with increased pricing. Keeping that in mind, Honda has decided to go slow with the development of its new products in 100 cc – 110 cc category. Currently, the two-wheeler manufacturer is emphasising on 125 cc engine powered bikes and scooters.
Another motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto too could face similar problem once the new norm kicks in. But the brand assures that BS-VI emission norm won’t be much trouble for it.