As India battles the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, two-wheeler manufacturers have had to once again face supply chain issues and production bottlenecks. Close on the heels of Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter, India (HMSI) has also announced a temporary closure of production across all four plants in India – Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan), Narsapura (Karnataka) and Vithalpur (Gujarat).
Production will be suspended for 15 days (01 May through 15 May 2021). The company will be closely monitoring the situation and take a call on resuming production basis the severity of the lockdown. Honda will carry out its annual plant maintenance during this period. Honda associates will continue to work from home to maintain business continuity and provide the required support to their customers and business partners. On the production front, only essential workforce will be allowed to enter and carry out their duties while following all the covid-19 guidelines and appropriate safety measures.
Yesterday, we had reported that Honda has registered a trademark for NX200. Atsushi Ogata, President & CEO of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India in an interview, stated that the company is under discussion to expand its product portfolio, and might leverage the Hornet 2.0 platform. There may also be an adventure tourer in the offing.
Honda might use the existing 184 cc motor producing 17.03 bhp and 16.1 Nm. While the motorcycle will be based on the Hornet 2.0 platform, expect some major changes to the chassis, possible 17-inch alloy wheels and disc brakes on both ends. It might sport USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
The NX200 will compete for sales with the Hero Xpulse 200T and KTM 250 Adventure.
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