Japanese placed Honda as an untamed bike brand in India. With Activa in scooter and Unicorn in 150 segment bike, other competitors don’t dare to think beyond them. In spite of many changes in the fraternity both of them remained unshakable. Dio and Dream Yuga as a latest entrant in the family also proved beneficiary.
Honda, as a bike magnet opened its first integrated R&D center in India too. It is said that, approximately four bikes will be rolled out in our market every year. This center will also serve the demands of global products along with the local ones.
The R&D center is currently powered with a workforce of 200 engineers in a rented space. It will soon shift to the new upcoming Karnataka facility.
Honda is presently carrying out the manufacturing process in two places i.e. Tapukara and Manesar (in Rajasthan) with a total annual production output of 28 lakh. An addition of a third one will bulge the numbers to 40 lakh capacity. Opening of the new production unit will also see an additional hiring of 2,000 employees raising its human capital to 13,000 employees.
President and CEO of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Mr. Keita Muramatsu said, “The third plant will start production during first quarter next fiscal with full capacity.”
Today, Honda launched upgraded versions of its three existing scooters. Activa, Aviator and Dio will now be fitted with HET powertrain. Prices of Activa and Dio are Rs 47,148 and Rs 44,701 respectively while Aviator will come between the (price) bands of Rs 48,212 to Rs 53,531.
We also learnt that new power plants will increase the mileage to 60 kmpl from existing 54 kmpl.
It seems like Japanese two wheelers are still lacking in productions as compared to the surging demands. As per some of the expectations, in the new FY it will manage to sell 27.5 lakh units out of which 1.5 lakh will be exported to abroad markets.