It’s really shocking official news, according to a recent news report in Economic Times, Hero MotoCorp has said it will phase out its three latest two-wheeler models, the Impulse 150, the Ignitor 125 and the Maestro 110. The company now enjoys a reputation among Indian customers for continuing most of its models for a long period of time.(except: CBZ, Street, Ambition, CD100, Sleek & Joy.)
The reason behind this shocking move turns out to be the fact that these products employ technology from their ex-partner, Honda Motor Company. It has barely been a year since these three products were first launched in India, with the latest one’s, Ignitor 125 launched in July. But what surprises the most is the fact that the company is still heavily promoting the 110cc scooter Maestro and the biggest disappointment will be the discontinuation of its dual purpose on-off road motorcycle, Impulse 150.
Pawan Munjal, MD of Hero MotoCorp, said the company wants an independent robust R&D set-up, for which it has stitched up a new technology agreement with a European design and technology provider — its third such partner since its split from Honda last year. He said going forward, Hero MotoCorp wants to develop products with its new partners so that it can replace those developed with Honda.
The only remaining product from Hero MotoCorp based on current Honda (HMSI) products, which was showcased earlier this-year at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo is Hero Passion XPro with the same 110cc engine of Honda CB Twister/Dream Yuga. But we predict Hero won’t launch this 110 cc Passion XPro as they’re now aware about discontinuing models which isn’t exactly Hero’s style.
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