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Honda Expands MD250H Race Bike Program !

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and Moriwaki Engineering Japan are pleased to announce the MD250H Powered by Honda race bike program has expanded for the 2009 season.

For 2009, the Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda is available to all buyers. This race-prepped machine can now be enjoyed by everyone at track days and club-racing venues across the country. Contingency awards are posted in both WERA and USGPRU for amateur and youth racing programs respectively: 125 GP in the WERA series for amateur riders of all ages, and the exclusive MD250H youth program in USGPRU.

Introduced in 2008, the MD250H evidenced Honda�s commitment to amateur road racers. The MD250H is a top-level racing machine, one that combines the jewel-like build quality Moriwaki is famous for with the durability and dependability of a Honda. The MD250H utilizes a 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke Unicam� engine from Honda�s popular CRF250X that has been race tuned by Moriwaki Engineering.

From the wheels up, these purpose-built machines were an instrument for some of the most exciting racing in the 2008 season.

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The MD250H is a top-level racing machine, one that combines the jewel-like build quality Moriwaki with the durability and dependability of a Honda.

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From next year, it will be Honda vs Honda !

Honda Motorcycle and Scooters Ltd (HMSI), the fully-owned Honda subsidiary, is now a relatively small player in the motorcycle market, with a 14 per cent share, selling mostly large engine capacity (125cc and 150cc) bikes. It is also content to sell more scooters than mobikes.

This is now set to change. For, HMSI is taking on its own long-time partner in India, Hero Honda (in which Honda has a 26 per cent stake), and in the latter�s key area of dominance, the 100cc mobike market. The Honda company is working on entering the same segment, with a sporty bike, in 2010.

It hopes to sell a few lakh of these a year, to begin with. �The 100cc motorcycle that we plan to launch in India will be a totally new offering. It�ll not be a basic version and will be the sporty type,� says Shinji Aoyoma, president CEO of HMSI.

That�s not all. Aoyoma is also planning to ensure that in the next few years, mobikes make up for half of total sales. This would be a big change from its current mix, where scooters comprise 65 per cent of all sales.

And he is clear that he hopes to do so by entering the 100cc bike segment, which is two-thirds of the 5.7 million per year mobike market.

Industry experts and competitors say Honda�s aggressive entry in the segment could give Hero Honda sleepless nights. The latter commands 80 per cent market share in the 100cc segment, far ahead of its nearest competitor, Bajaj Auto. The segment accounts for 60 per cent of its sales.

Says a senior executive of a competing two-wheeler company: �Till now, Hero Honda was not really affected by HMSI as it concentrated on scooters and avoided the 100cc space. But it�s now clear that those days are over and they will clash in the same market intensely.�

The 100cc motorcycle market is currently divided into two basic segments, entry and deluxe. The sales, too, are equally divided. The entry-level motorcycle segment is pegged between Rs 30,000�35,000, while deluxe models are priced at Rs 37,000�45,000.

Industry experts say it is in the upper end of this price band that Honda is planning to position its 100cc bike.

At the moment, the two players say they will not be at each other�s throat at all and there is enough scope for everyone. Also, the two companies have a joint committee which knows in advance what the other is planning to launch in the Indian market.

�When a customer buys a motorcycle from the Hero Honda stable, he buys a package, which includes the brand, design, the value-for-money promise, and the largest servicing network in the country. We field six brands in the 100cc segment, where each brand is uniquely positioned without cannibalising the other. The same will happen when Honda enters the segment,� says Anil Dua, senior vice-president, sales marketing, Hero Honda.

Dua says there is a large untapped market in the 100cc segment as 70 per cent of the urban population and 90 per cent of the rural one have not bought their first motorcycle. �There�s room for everyone,� says Dua.

HMSI notes that the 100cc market has many segments and it will operate in areas where its partners do not. �If you divide the 100cc motorcycle segment into 10, starting from the entry to the deluxe level, there�s potential in every segment. So, our entry into the top end of the motorcycle segment does not mean we are taking on our partner, Hero Honda. We don�t sell our brands based on engine cc classification or pricing.

We cater to a particular segment of customers who value the brand Honda,� says NK Rattan, divisional head, sales marketing, HMSI.


Honda launches ‘improved’ Activa scooter !

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Leading two-wheeler manufacturer Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India on Friday launched a new model of its scooter Activa that boasts of an improved mileage among other features.

With an 110-cc engine instead of the earlier 102-cc, the new Honda Activa comes with a 15 per cent increased mileage and a technology that enables braking over shorter distances, the company said in a statement.

The New Honda Activa would be available at the price of Rs 39,800 in New Delhi, Rs 41,300 in Pune, Rs 41,340 in Bangalore and Rs 41,320 in Kolkata. All prices are ex-showroom.

Providing true value for money, Activa has set its own benchmarks and has changed the definition of scooter in India, said Honda Motorcycle president and chief executive Shinji Aoyama.

We will launch new Activa by April 15 all over India, said head of sales and marketing NK Rattan.’improved’+Activa+scooter (’improved’+Activa+scooter)

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Hero Honda, TVS Motor and Honda Motorcycle post higher sales ! (

Chennai, April 1: Even as the Indian two-wheeler industry faces a dip in its sales, companies like Hero Honda, TVS motors and Honda Motorcycles have managed to post growth for the fiscal year 2009 (FY-09).

The two-wheeler sales in the FY-09 have dipped by 333,321 units from 7.755 million units in the previous fiscal.

Reports said that world’s largest two wheeler producer, Hero Honda, sold 3.722 million units for the period under review as against 3.33 million units in FY-08. The company commands more than half of the country’s market share.

The city-based TVS Motor sold just over 1.32 million units logging three percent growth over previous year.

H.S. Goindi, head of sales and marketing at TVS Motors, told IANS: “The year that went past was okay. Nobody gained any major market share. But we are not able to say anything as to how the market would pan out this fiscal though sales during March was good.”

On its part Honda Motorcycle, in a press statement, said that it sold just over 1.07 million units last fiscal as against 907,207 units sold the previous year.

The company has stated that it had improved its market share to 14 percent in FY-09, an improvement of nearly three percent from the last year.

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