Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is ready to launch a new scooter with an engine which meets the Bharat Stage IV emission norms along with the Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature.
The new scooter from Honda will be the first from the company to meet both the BSIV emission norms and the AHO feature. The Indian government has set a deadline of March 31, 2017, for two-wheeler manufacturers to meet the new emission norms on all two-wheelers in the country.
As per carandbike team, Honda has not revealed details of the new scooter; however, HMSI officials say the new scooter will be launched as early as February 2017.
Yadvinder Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said "It will be launched very soon and what it is, is a surprise, so wait for the launch. We can't say anything more at this stage,"
The Honda Activa is still being manufactured at the company's plants and rolling out of the assembly lines. When queried whether the existing stock of scooters will be sold out by March 31, 2017, the company said that it working closely with dealerships to sell off the existing stock of scooters.
Mr Guleria said that "We are well prepared to meet the March 31 deadline and all our products across the board will be updated with BSIV ready engines and AHO,"
So what are the changes to two-wheelers to comply with BS IV emission norms? The majority of changes include changes to the carburettor, the exhaust system, and the settings of the catalytic converter. The power output though remains the same.
It is to be seen if Honda will launch an all-new scooter or will it be an upgrade with necessary changes.
Here are the photos of the Bajaj Dominar 400 which is BS IV emission norms compliant two-wheeler, click to view the images.