Leading two-wheeler maker Honda
Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd is looking at two new product offerings by the close of this financial year. The company has lined up a Capital expenditure (Capex) of Rs 700-800 crore, to be invested mostly in creating additional production line at its Karnataka
"We are planning to launch two new models- a gearless scooter and a motorcycle. Our Capex
for this financial year would be used primarily on the new production line at Karnataka
that would enhance annual production capacity by 50,000 units. Some of the Capex
would also go into new model line-ups and product upgrades. Our cumulative Capex
stands at around Rs 8,000 crore”, said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Honda
Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI).
In April-September period, HMSI
has logged 18 per cent growth in two-wheeler sales, outpacing the industry average of 10 per cent. Scooters
contributed 67 per cent to the company's overall sales in this period.
Honda's total two-wheeler sales in last fiscal crossed five million units in FY17, marking a growth of 12 per cent. Of this, total automatic scooter sales edged past three million units, rising by 16 per cent. The two-wheeler manufacturer also posted 42 per cent growth in exports (283,163 units) in FY17 when the industry was let down by a de-growth of six per cent.
"This fiscal, we are aiming at an export volume of around 300,000 units. We have already exported over 4000 units of Navi. Latin America is our major export market, we are also the number one exporter to Nepal and Sri Lanka”, Guleria said.
is the biggest player in scooter market
with a share of 60 per cent. In the overall two-wheeler sales, its share at the end of 2016-17 was 25 per cent.
About 30 per cent of HMSI's total sales come from rural India. To drive penetration of scooters
into the price conscious rural market, Honda
is betting on its latest model- Cliq. The competitive pricing of this model along with the Activa engine is expected to deepen rural sales.
The company, however, is not ready yet on plans to roll out battery-powered two-wheelers
"At the global level, some kind of an arrangement is being discussed with Hitachi.
Any work on this front has to be led by out global R&D team. In India, the switch to electric vehicles
will first take off for four-wheelers. But, there are hurdles like charging and disposal of battery”, he said.