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Honda urges us to leave our house more often. Something is coming that will take you to "What lies beyond".

Honda urges us to leave our house more often. Something is coming that will take you to "What lies beyond".

And we think it is the 2018 Honda Goldwing.

Unveiled for the first time in the world at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, the Honda Goldwing has, over the years, become more than just another motorcycle. It became an icon which is undoubtedly re-writing the rules and creating the benchmarks for touring motorcycles all these years.

In a five part ad campaign, Honda has released a video that hints the launch of this behemoth on the 24th of October, 2018. Honda is finally resurrecting the Goldwing for 2018 and with the amount of technology it is packing, the competition should run far away and never return.

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Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India on a path to become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020.

Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India on a path to become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020.

With the way Honda is strategizing its game plan and its given performance in the current market, it taking the top slot is inevitable.

When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Each one of them gave the required push for the Japanese brand to establish itself into the roots of the automotive market and the rest, as they say, became history.

For the two wheel world though, it was the 2001 entrant scooters, Activa and Dio that went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company. On this fortunes, Honda became the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market and in 2016, Honda 2 Wheelers India became the number one contributor to Honda’s global two-wheeler business.

With such laurels up their alley, Honda decided to pump in major investments and R&D into the country’s production and service with one goal in sight: To become the number one player in the motorcycle segment by 2020 taking over reigns from Hero MotoCorp.

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Future commuters from Honda will look like this.

Future commuters from Honda will look like this.

Launched in Thailand, the CB150R is a look into the future.

One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by introducing newer models to their line-up and getting a fresh breed of motorcycles for us to grin about.

The latest one is the Honda CB 150R street motorcycle that the company launched in the Thailand market. It showcases an entirely new design language from Honda for the small capacity commuter motorcycles that will roll out of its plants in the near future.

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Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Here are industry’s magnificient machines saying something:

Let’s leave the custom builds out of this because, honestly speaking, they wouldn’t have existed if they failed to give a motorcycle a deserving face. But then again, why do any manufacturer for that matter exist if they too fail to give a motorcycle a well-looking face?

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Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle's dealer reach to boost rural sales.

Honda cars wants to make use of Honda Motorcycle’s dealer reach to boost rural sales.

With the competition enjoying a third of its sales in the rural market, Honda wants to increase its market shares too.

When Honda entered India, it did so with four ventures: Kinetic Honda Motor Ltd (1984-1998), Hero Honda (1984-2011) and Honda Siel Cars India (1995-2012). Now, the company operates out of two modes, HMSI for the two wheeler division and Honda Motor for the four wheeler division.

With the two-wheeler operation of the company getting some serious business, Honda Motor is trying to tap that source and double its share in the automobile market in the coming future. For this, Honda Motor will collaborate with the former’s dealer network, distribution and customer base and try to capture the rural reach.

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India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.

India becomes the top production base for Honda worldwide.

The company commissioned a new line in the existing plant in Karnataka which makes it the biggest Honda plant in the world.

Honda entered the Indian market in 2001 with two scooters - a segment which was believed to be taking its last breath at the time of their arrival. Against all the odds, both the scooters - Activa and Dio - went on churning a large number of volumes for their parent company, which went on to become the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market.

The company has come a long way since then and are on fire to go reach even higher heights. In the process, the Japanese Red has, together with its allied suppliers, invested ₹ 5400 crores into the Karnataka plant in Narasapura that just became the biggest two wheeler manufacturer for Honda in the entire world.

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Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Honda and Hitachi enter a joint venture on the electric path.

Both Japanese technology giants will co-develop electric powertrain systems for vehicles of the future.

Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. Now fresh new information has cropped up suggesting that the Japanese Red is getting serious about developing electric vehicles and so is being busy partnering with another technocrat, Hitachi Automotive Systems.

As a matter of fact, both these companies had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year in February and they have escalated those talks by signing in for a joint venture partnership in March. They have christened the JV as Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, and it will be heeding to develop, manufacture and sales of motors for electric vehicles, both for Honda and other players.

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2017 Honda Cliq

2017 Honda Cliq

The Japanese brand’s new scooter for the up-country customers

Honda might have struck gold with the now legendary 110cc Activa (now called Activa 4G) unisex family scooter, but apart from this, there has been no other scooter from Honda which has set the sales charts on fire. The Dio now feels too long in the tooth and feels dated even after having much sportier design as compared to its competition. On the other hand, the Activa 125 and Aviator appear to be priced in the premium range and are out of the radar of most of the prospected buyers in the scooter market, who put value for money over everything else on their need list.

Luckily for the rest of us, Honda has come up with another scooter for the up-country customers who wish to zoom around the countryside with the same ease as the city dwellers, the Honda Cliq they call it. The market in India sees an upward trend ever since 2010, thanks to the improved rural infrastructure and rising income levels, affordability has become a norm to people from small towns and villages too. Giving more utility and sturdy built quality, the Cliq will have an edge compared to other scooters for the non-urban customers. Here is an overview of this new scooter from Honda:

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Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.

Priced at ₹ 42499, Cliq is a perfect blend of practicality, versatility and value for money.

Honda had, a while ago, promised us with four all-new models in the coming year and looks like they are on a roll to fulfil it. Targeting a 20% growth in volume, the Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers has invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18.

The brand launched the first model for the year and it’s a scooter christened as the Cliq. Positioned below the Honda Activa and the Dio, this scooter is also based on the same platform its siblings are. This scooter was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 which was dubbed as the Navi replacement. The edgy and sharp visual cues gave a lot of attractiveness and a bold outlook to the scooter. The production model, however, has a much more subtle outlook.

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Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

Honda Dio becomes the third scooter in the Top 10 selling Two Wheeler list for 2017.

For the first time, this jazzy scooter from Honda is fighting with the big guns.

In today’s automotive scenario, the word ‘Honda Activa’ needs no introduction. For a scooter which revolutionised the entire scooter market, or to be precise, gave a fresh lease of life to the almost dying scooter. The Activa has enjoyed a golden journey to date becoming the highest selling two-wheeler in some of the previous months and currently, the Activa had taken the lead and is the highest seller amongst all two-wheelers in the world trumping the spoils from the erstwhile Hero MotoCorp.

Coming from the same brand is the Dio which took to the young street crowd. Marketed as the Moto Scooter, Dio was the favourites amongst the young generation because of its stylish lines and trendy looks. The scooter instantly hit the sweet spots of the hearts of all those wishful riders, who wanted to have a two-wheeler but found the motorcycles a bit intimidating. And now, this scooter has found its spot at the Top 10 selling two wheeler list for this year.

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Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Feature – List of 15 bikes which got discontinued due to BS-III shutdown.

Manufacturers took them off the shelves to make way for new models.

As you all know, starting from April 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court has ordered all manufacturers to stop registering and selling vehicles still running on BS-III engines. To clear them before the deadline all dealers who had stock started levying massive discounts on their products, and some even lost money in this process. The industry took a ₹ 600 crore hit due to the three-day discount fest.

Then there were few motorcycles that just did not sell despite the discounts. This was the cue for the manufacturers to take them off the shelves completely and get a new replacement machine for the same ones. While some of them have been replaced, few others just could not manage to burn the midnight oil and live up to expectation. They were just phased out of the assembly lines. Here is a list of those who couldn’t make it to the party this year:-

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Honda launched the Africa Twin in India with an unbelievable price tag. But you've to hurry up.

Honda launched the Africa Twin in India with an unbelievable price tag. But you’ve to hurry up.

At ₹ 12.9 lakhs, it is much less than what we had speculated and only 50 of these are coming ashore.

With the Dakar rally, some manufacturers were happy about being participated, but Honda went on to win 1-2-3 positions in 1986. Just 5 years after their first appearance. And they did it on the then Africa Twin. Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit and is hitting the Indian shores after a delay of nearly a couple of years.

The CRF 1000L Africa Twin is that wild experience machine being fed with all that Honda has to offer in this turf. First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has launched this motorcycle here in India with an astonishing price tag of just ₹ 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and making it its first 1000cc ‘Make in India’ model.

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2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX

2017 Honda CD 110 Dream DX

Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks most of the right boxes

After achieving humongous success with its range of 110cc scooters, especially the flag carrier Activa, Honda tried to make it large and replicate the same amount of success in the entry-level 110cc category of commuters. With this intention, the Japanese manufacturer launched a series of motorcycles under the ‘Dream’ nameplate, with the Dream Yuga being the first model to initiate the things.

Though the Dream Yuga and Dream Neo started churning out decent volumes from day one, they were still not enough to pip out the segment leader Hero in terms of volumes, with the latter leading the segment with its range of Splendors, Passion and CD Deluxe. Honda realised that it needed one more basic entry level model to multiply its volumes, as a result of which the CD 110 Dream was added to the range.

To start with, the CD 110 Dream was introduced as a bare bones model which was too utilitarian for the way it was presented. To freshen up its appeal, Honda recently gave a midlife facelift to the motorcycle, which has seen the addition of a couple of new features and a minor revision in overall performance. Let’s find out what all changes Honda carried out for the new CD 110 Dream, which is now termed as CD 110 Dream DX:-

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2017 Honda Activa i

2017 Honda Activa i

The entry-level scooter from Honda gets new paint scheme and a mobile charger unit. And that is about it.

Honda might have struck gold with the now legendary 110cc Activa (now called Activa 4G) unisex family scooter, but apart from this, there has been no other scooter from Honda which has set the sales charts on fire. The Dio now feels too long in the tooth and feels dated even after having much sportier design as compared to its competition. On the other hand, the Activa 125 and Aviator appear to be priced in the premium range and are out of the radar of most of the prospected buyers in the scooter market, who put value for money over everything else on their need list.

Like the aforementioned three scooters of Honda, the little 2015 launch Activa i too has received the same fate of very few units rolling out of the showroom floors. Honda has been trying its best to make this scooter a star player, as big as the Activa 4G. In doing so, Honda has given the scooter a couple of cosmetic facelifts in a very short span of time. And now, the Activa-i is up in the market with its third update. Here’s our take on the all new Activa i:-

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2017 Honda Dream Neo

2017 Honda Dream Neo

Honda’s entry-level commuter ticks all the right boxes.

With its ‘Dream’ range of 110cc commuters, Honda has tried everything to dethrone the likes of Splendor and Passion from Hero MotoCorp in the segment of entry-level premium 100-110cc commuters. The range, which made its debut with the premium 110cc commuter Dream Yuga, went off with a flying start with excellent sales, surpassing other rivals, but not the Splendor. Sooner than later, Honda realised that only Dream Yuga is not enough to fulfil its aspiration of becoming the segment leader, a segment which churns out the maximum number of sales for every manufacturer in the country offering in this category. Thus, the more economic in comparison Dream Neo came into the picture.

In comparison to the more stylish Dream Yuga, the Dream Neo was more basic and utilitarian, which was designed keeping in mind the audience of Tier II and Tier III cities. But since the growth rate of these cities is also on a higher side, the Dream Neo soon began to seem a bit pale and expensive for what it offered, considering that the rivals offered more.

Hence Honda, to make the Dream Neo a bit more serious player, gave the motorcycle a mild update, both cosmetically and mechanically, which has made the motorcycle much more appealing than before. So let’s have a look on the all new Dream Neo:-

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