Honda motors corp plans to launch four two-wheelers every year in India
The company's wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) will also hire 2,000 people at its upcoming third manufacturing facility in Karnataka during 2013-14.
"Our plan is to launch at least four products every year from this R&D centre. As India becomes a global innovation hub for Honda, customers can look forward to new products faster," HMSI President and CEO Keita Muramatsu told reporters here.
The new R&D centre along with HMSI technical centre currently has a strength of 200 engineers and developers, he added.
Elaborating on its product plans, HMSI Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Yadvinder S Guleria said, "Currently, we are developing four new products from this R&D Centre. The first of these products will hit the roads during the 2013-14
Going forward, the company will develop and launch both refreshed versions and new models of motorcycles and scooters from this research centre, he added.
The company today introduced upgraded versions of its three scooters, Activa, Dio, Aviator with HET engines. While Activa and Dio are priced at Rs 47,148 and Rs 44,701 respectively, Aviator is priced between Rs 48,212 and Rs 53,531.
The company claims that these new variants will give a mileage of 60 km per litre each, compared to 54 km per litre earlier.
Honda had started its partial research work in India in 2003
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