Founded in 1999, Honda Two-wheelers India Pvt Ltd is a fully-owned Indian subsidiary of Honda Motor Company Ltd, Japan. The company is renowned for its build quality and refinement levels on their two-wheelers that include both – scooters and motorcycles.
Their first model for India was the Activa, which started production back in 2001 at its Manesar plant in Haryana. The brand made its foray into the segment with its first automatic scooter that happened to be a runaway success among the Indian masses. In the following year, the company began exporting as well. In 2004, Honda launched its first motorcycle – the 150cc CB Unicorn, followed by the 125cc CB Shine – that happened to be the best-selling bike in the 125cc segment back in 2006. The Activa was solely responsible for making it the No.1 brand in the scooter segment.
In its first decade of business, Honda two-wheelers eventually ramped-up production, which also led to the expansion of capacity at its Manesar plant from 55,000 units in 2001 to 16.5 lakh units of annual production in 2011. In 2009, Honda two-wheelers introduced the Combi-Brake system with Equalizer technology – the first in the industry. It also inaugurated its second manufacturing plant in Rajasthan with a capacity of 12 lakh units in 2011.
The Dream Yuga – its first 110cc motorcycle – had entered the market in 2012, and just a year later, the third manufacturing facility was set-up in Karnataka with a capacity of 12-lakh units. Between 2015 and 2016, the company not only launched 15 new models (including the CBR 650F), but also set-up its fourth manufacturing facility in Gujarat with a capacity of 12-lakh units. The company’s sales also crossed the 5-million mark annually for the first year in 2016.
Their 2018 model line-up of motorcycles includes the X Blade, CB Hornet160R, CB Unicorn160, CB Unicorn 150, CB Shine SP, CB Shine, Livo, Dream Yuga, Dream Neo, CD110 Dream DX, while the scooters are the Cliq, Dio, Aviator, Activa-i, Activa 5G, Activa 125, Grazia and NAVi 110. The big-bike line-up includes the Goldwing, Africa Twin, CB1000R, CBR650F, CBR1000R and CBR 250R. With as many as 24 models on the market, Honda is sure footed. And in 2018, the brand achieved a 35 million cumulative milestone.