Honda Motorcycle Scooter India which parted away from Hero a year back is planning an onslaught of new models in India. Honda will launch new mass market motorcycles and a new scooter besides upgrading its current portfolio.
Honda is working to launch more fuel efficient two-wheelers in India to strengthen. The company, which is enhancing its research and development centre in India, is also developing a 125 cc scooter to be introduced for the first time in the country.
The demand for models with good mileage is high in India and the company is looking to target consumers which want more kilometres per litre.
Honda will commence exporting bikes by next year from India, a country which it sees as a future global hub, particularly for mass market models. Honda will start exports first to the neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.
The company is also building a global procurement centre for large-sized motorcycles as well as commuter bikes in India as it looks to enhance exports from the country along with components.
HMSI has two plants in India with a total capacity of around 22 lakh units per year. It is in the process of setting its third plant in Bengaluru. Once the third plant commences operation, the company expects to touch its total capacity to 40 lakh per year by first half of 2013.