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Honda to make 650cc-plus bikes in India

  • Published in Automotive
NEW DELHI: Japan's Honda Motor Co has decided to manufacture higher-powered bikes in India 650cc to 1,000cc and beyond as the company looks to increase market share after becoming the second-biggest maker ahead of home-grown players such as Bajaj Auto and TVS.

After the split with Hero group in 2011, Honda has had a successful run in the mainline commuter business, led by its scooter models. The company sold 42.6 lakh two-wheelers in India in 2014-15, lower than HeroMoto's 64.31 lakh units, but higher than 21.07 lakh units of TVS and Bajaj's 17.7 lakh units. Honda Motor witnessed 20% growth, while Hero Moto grew 5%, TVS 20% and Bajaj went down by 16%.

Now, Honda wants to manufacture aspirational motorcycles in India as the market for such two-wheelers which are generally priced above Rs 5 lakh is gradually growing. Manufacturing locally will help the company avoid the high import duty, while also developing India as a manufacturing base for such powerful machines.

The most-powerful motorcycle currently manufactured by Honda in India is the 250cc CBR250R (priced around Rs 1.6 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi). The company now wants to add CBR650F (650cc) in the coming months, while having an ambition to follow it up with 1,000cc and above.

The company sells high-powered bikes in India, but these are highly-expensive as they are imported units. The vehicles include the CBR1000RR (16 lakh), Gold Wing (Rs 29 lakh), and the VT1300CX (Rs 14 lakh).

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