Four New Hondas Coming Soon
DURING HIS FIRST MEDIA INTERACTION AFTER being appointed as the President and CEO of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), Minoru Kato made several announcements and shed some light on the company’s future business strategy.
One of the biggest announcements was the company’s all-time high sales target of 60 lakh units for FY 2017-18. In the current financial year (FY 2016-17) HMSI sold 50 lakh two-wheelers. To meet the new sales target, all four of Honda’s twowheeler plants will have a production capacity of 6.4 million (64 lakh) units.
Like most Japanese brands, Honda are usually tight-lipped about their upcoming products. However, Kato has confirmed that HMSI will be introducing four completely new models in FY 2017-18 in both scooter and motorcycle segments. The first of these will be the much-awaited Honda Africa Twin, since Honda have started trial assembly of the dual-purpose adventure tourer in India. Apart from this, the twowheeler manufacturer will be launching two more automatic scooters. At the moment, there’s no clarity on the fourth product, which is likely to be a motorcycle. HMSI will be launching all these products in the next one year.