Honda's two-wheeler range to be ready for OBD-II and RDE compliance from April 1
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) two-wheeler range will be ready to comply with the OBD-II and RDE compliance norms from the April 1, 2023, deadline. The two-wheeler giant introduced the Honda Activa 6G H-Smart in January this year with new features and compliance with the latest regulations. However, the remainder of the mass-market models is yet to receive the update.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Honda Shine 100 launch, Yogesh Mathur, Operating Officer, Sales & Marketing, HMSI, said that the company is aiming to clear its current inventory by March 31, 2023, and switch to the OBD-II and RDE compliant models from April 1 onwards. Mathur also confirmed that the dealers have an inventory of just about two weeks, till the end of the month, ensuring that there is a minimal impact of the change in regulations on its dealer partners.
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Honda has so far updated the Activa 6G and the CB350 range to meet the latest emission norms. Both models arrived with value additions in the market including the anti-theft feature on the Activa, while the CB350 range received a host of customisation packages, in a bid to make the model more enticing for customers. The newly-launched Honda Shine 100 is also compliant with the latest regulations.
This leaves the 110-125 range of motorcycles and scooters, as well as models like the X-Blade, Unicorn, Hornet 2.0 and the like. Considering the manufacturer is not planning on axing any of its models, expect the two-wheelers to arrive with upgrades by April, along with a marginal price hike.
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Honda Two-Wheeler India will also announce its plans for electrification on March 29, 2023. The company is expected to announce its strategy for electric two-wheelers in India and possibly showcase its new electric scooter/motorcycle at the time. The company has also confirmed plans of introducing the Activa 6G with a digital console and Bluetooth connectivity later in the year.