Hero Honda will be soon seen with diesel engines. Hero Honda is in talks to partner with a diesel engine manufacturer to supply diesel engines for its new 400cc segment motorcycles.
The long lasted partnership between the Honda, Japanese manufacturer and Indian group Hero Cycles will be ending in 2014. With rising petrol prices, Hero Honda plans to produce bikes that would run using diesel energy. Hero Honda is with talks to a diesel manufacturer in Chennai to manufacture 400 cc+ diesel engines. the diesel engine manufacturer is still under cover, but sources say that it is an Indo-U.S. manufacturer.
To get a strong hold in the Indian market, Hero Honda will launch these diesel bikes in 2012. The diesel engine is already with Automotive Research Association for certification. Supply agreement will be formed next year.
Hero Honda currently dominates the two wheeler segment with entry level bikes such as 125cc Splender and the topnotch 225cc karizma. After the agreement with the Japanese becomes void, producing diesel engine motorcycles will be Hero’s first attempt to build larger displacement motorcycles.
Currently Hero Honda plans to manufacture these new motorcycles at their Dhauhera Hero Honda facility.
Hero estimates a sale of 150,000 units in its first year and they are successful in doing so, it would be a great achievement for the manufacturer.
To survive the post separation period from the Honda, hero wants to get a strong hold in the Indian market by entering into new segment of bikes with larger displacement with diesel bikes. At present there is no diesel engine motorcycle in India and Hero sees this as an opportunity to expand.
The certification process for the diesel engine is still under process, India can expect these motorcycles by 2012.
Sources also say that Royal Enfield is in talks with Hero Honda to produce large displacement diesel engines. till date nothing is much known about Hero Honda Diesel motorcycles but we can expect the quality similar to Hero Honda’s other product offering.