Four New Hon­das Com­ing Soon

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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.

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