Honda Motorcycle and Scooters Private Limited (HMSI) has decided to launch a high-powered bike in the Indian market before March 2009. Company officials hinted at the move at the launch of HMSI’s new motorbike CBF Stunner in Pune on Wednesday.
“As per the plans, we will launch a bike whose engine capacity will be more than 800 cc in the Indian market before end of the current financial year,” Yogesh Mathur, regional sales manager (west) HMSI told.
Slated to be priced in the high end bracket, the company officials refused to divulge the market price of the bike. Though it will be sold under the HMSI brand, the high-powered bike, in all probability, will be imported either from the European or Japanese market. “We have an importing route through which the motorbike will be brought. Talks are on with companies in both the areas,” Mathur said.
The decision comes in wake of HMSI deciding to focus prominently on the motorbike segment. “In India, we will continue to bring exciting products and be a full line company by 2010 starting with a 100 cc motorbike and fun bikes,” said HMSI head sales and marketing N K Rattan.
A 100% subsidy of Honda Motor Company Limited Japan, current HMSI products include Aviator, Activa, Dio and Eterno in scooters and Unicorn and Shine in the motorbike segment. Before the launch of the high powered bike, HMSI is also preparing its ground plan. “Such a bike would require high end testing and training facilities. Hence, preparations are now on to train our delivery network,” said officials.