World's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp is developing three new engines of different capacities. The 100cc, 110cc, and the 250cc are the new engines which are being developed by Hero engineers in its own R&D center.
Following the break up with its erstwhile partner, Honda in 2010, production of engines might have been the biggest hurdle that Hero had thought about. Well, the progress in this section will boost up the confidence of the company. The new engines will be installed in the current running entry models such as Splendor, and Passion variants. And these bikes are likely to make their debut in the 2014 festive season. Even though Hero has parted from Honda, the company owns the statement to use Honda engines until the end of 2014. So Hero are preparing themselves rather than waiting for the end of 2014 and to launch the machines with new engines as soon as possible.
Hero certifies that the new engines are more powerful, more fuel efficient, and more reliable than the existing engines. Still, it's hardly believed as these engines are not proven to customers and moto-journalists. Moreover, Honda's technology in developing engines is world class. So, it will be tougher for Hero MotoCorp to overcome the challenge that Honda has raised.
"We have fired three new engines, and we have done this ourselves. Each of these engines perform much better than our existing engines, and they are very fuel-efficient, the efficiency being higher than any bike currently running on Indian roads," said Mr. Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO of Hero MotoCorp.
"There surely had been an impact. They did bring in equity into the JV in terms of technological strength. We are now building up that equity ourselves. The 110cc engine will be used on our current range, and will be ready for commercial launch towards the festive season of next year. On the other hand, the 100cc engine is a vertical engine currently being developed specifically for the Nigerian market," added Mr. Munjal.
Meanwhile, the 100cc engine is being crafted specially for Nigerian and other African markets. It will be more fuel efficient and affordable than the 110cc capacity. Above all, the 250cc engine will be placed as the flagship motorcycle of the firm in the coming days. It will be very affordable and will be rivaling Honda CBR 250R, Hyosung GT250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, and the upcoming Yamaha YZF-R250.