Honda CB300R BS6 launch could be delayed but this may be pretty good news for enthusiasts. We have the company VP’s statement on it…
Honda is putting its best foot forward in the premium motorcycle space to lure motorcycling enthusiasts who have been waiting to get affordable and adequately powerful motorcycles from the Japanese giant.
Its CBR 250R is terribly old and hasn’t changed a wee bit since its debut in 2011-12 and it also appears that it won’t be carried over to the BS6 era, finally! Honda’s premium motorcycle range includes CB 300R, CBR 650R, CB 1000R, Fireblade, Africa Twin and the Gold Wing. All these products are imported either as CKDs or CBUs and attract hefty taxes.
Even the CB 300R is assembled in India through CKD kits sourced from outside and hence, costs Rs 2.42 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which is precariously close to the much more powerful and better kitted KTM 390 Duke. And it is still to be upgraded to Euro 5/BS6 compliance which will entail further hike in prices.
However, Honda has shot a bomb! According to Economic Times, company’s Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, has said that Honda will start ‘mass production’ of ‘some’ of the existing premium bikes, including one product below 500cc! Honda currently only has the CB 300R in the ‘below 500cc‘ segment and this should be a direct confirmation of the roadster’s local production.
He added that this switch will happen from the next fiscal ie between April 2020 to March 2021 to make the products more affordable. This may suggest that Honda may discontinue the CB 300R for a brief period of time till it gets ready with its current factories which will produce the local 300R.
Honda will also launch the Forza 300 in India this fiscal which will become India’s most powerful scooter.
Source – Economic Times