Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) wants to become the biggest two wheeler manufacturer in India by 2020. To achieve this ambitious goal, Honda will launch four new products in the country every year. In 2013, the company has already launched Honda Dream Neo 110cc motorcycle and Honda CB Trigger 150cc, thus, 2 more products are in the pipeline for this-year.
In March-2013, we already reported our readers that Honda Lead 125cc scooter might be heading to India. Now our good friend at OnCars.in, Rohit Paradkar has tweeted ‘Honda 2 Wheelers is planning to launch a new scooter soon. Expected to b a flagship fr its scooter range & cud run a new 125cc mill.’ Although it’s unclear, we speculate the upcoming scooter could be the Honda Lead, which is already on-sale in Vietnam.
Under the skin, the Honda Lead comes powered with a 125cc, liquid cooled and single cylinder engine that provides low friction technology along with high fuel efficiency. It has been provided with Programmed Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI) for high mileage, but we doubt the company will offer the same in India for cost reasons. We expect the upcoming scooter to cost around Rs 50,000-55,000.
Coming to the styling and specification, Honda Lead has been provided with a 5-spoke wheel , V-shaped thick chrome strip also with integrated indicators by the side of the chrome strip, LED Tail lamps, both digital and manual tachometer along with a clock, fuel lid and seat can be opened using the rocker switch through the main key and also a huge 37-liters of storage space under the seat.
The automatic scooter segment in India is heating-up, this is a right move taken by the Honda to further strengthen its share in country’s two-wheeler market. The upcoming Honda scooter will directly compete with the most expensive scooter in the country, Piaggio Vespa. Once launched, it will also become a nightmare to the recently launched Yamaha Ray-Z.
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Source – Rohit Paradkar On Twitter