Local manufacturing of Honda’s mid-size engines should also impact the pricing of some bikes that are sold here…
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has started the manufacturing of some of their global engines from their 4th factory at Vithalapur (Ahmedabad District) in Gujarat.
The dedicated engine line has been established for their 250cc and above category of two-wheelers. Though Honda hasn’t specified the upper limit but it has said that it will make mid-size engines for the world. This engine line plans to serve the Global demand from countries like Thailand, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and Gulf Nations among others.
The company aims to produce 50,000 engine units in the first year of operations with an intention to further increase the production if the demand rises. With an investment of over Rs. 135 Crore, the company will manufacture ‘Midsize Fun Model’ engines from its Gujarat plant for both domestic and international markets.
Basically, with India moving to the most stringent BS6 emission norms (that are at par with Euro 5 standards), Honda believes that it can now ship locally made engines to the best of countries.
With the introduction of automotive safety, emission and performance standards, HMSI aims to ensure seamless integration of their export capabilities with that of the Global auto industry.
Combining all the key aspects of engine production and assembly, HMSI hopes that the new manufacturing facility will address the challenges of the current period with the help of their best practices and standardized technologies for the future which will include machining process, engine assembly process and best in class technology.
Next, shall we expect a drop in prices of the 300s and the 500s?