The 250cc low capacity, high performance segment is the most rapidly developing and the most attractive two wheeler segment in the world right now and every single two-wheeler manufacturer, from Triumph to Harley, from Honda to KTM, are all in a race to get at least one product of theirs into that segment. The latest to join the list of manufacturers who have promised to make a quarter litre bike is our own Hero Motocorp.
Hero has developed three new engines with the help of its technical partner EBR (Erik Buell Racing) and one of these engines is a 250cc single cylinder. Hero is constantly working on further development of the engines as they’re expected to go into production by 2015 for use in new models. While these new motorcycles will be launched by 2015, there is a strong possibility that Hero might showcase a teaser in the form of a concept at the upcoming auto expo in February 2014.
Hero has also formed a joint-venture with an automotive technology developer Magneti Marelli from Italy, and this newly formed company will be named HMC-MM Auto ltd. Hero has invested a whopping 8.5 million USD as 60% share in this new venture. Magneti Marelli will help in developing fuel injection systems for Hero’s entire range of motorcycles. This new venture will also help hero in fine tuning the new fuel injection systems to adapt to different climatic conditions and altitudes and will offer users improved performance and better efficiency figures too. It will also help Hero to adapt to the new environmental regulations, which is expected to be brought into practise by 2015.
Hero has many new products in store for the consumers, not only in India, but internationally too. Hero wants to be known as a global two-wheeler brand, and will use their partner’s capabilities in technology and combine that with their own low cost, high volume production expertise and will give the world newer and better motorcycles, loaded with tech, in the years to come.
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