Production stopped at all four Honda manufacturing units in India

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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.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


Honda trademarks NX200

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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.

Are you excited for the NX200? Let us know in the comment section below.


Honda to launch four electric two wheelers by 2024

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Honda recently announced a target to become 100% electric by 2040. Knowing how motorcycles constitute a sizeable component of Honda’s global sales, the timing could not have been appropriate to announce a slew of electric models.

The first three models to be launched by 2024 include two electric scooters and a small-sized electric motorcycle. These are squarely aimed for personal mobility in an urban setting.

We have already seen a patent application by Honda last year in which a CB125R type model can be deciphered. There is no concrete information on the larger electric motorcycle that Honda is yet to unveil, although Honda had filed a patent for an electric motorcycle with a drone built into the rear subframe.

Which model would you like to see in India first? Let us know in the comment section below.