Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has reached a new milestone, with exports surpassing 30 lakh for the first time in the company’s 21-year history. With the legendary Honda Activa, the Japanese company began export operations in 2001 and reached the 15 lakh mark in 2016. Surprisingly, the corporation claims that its next 15 lakh exports arrived in the last five years, growing at a rate more than three times faster than before. The increase in exports comes as the company’s Indian-made model range continues to gain favour in other countries.
Speaking on the milestone, Atsushi Ogata – Managing Director, President & CEO, HMSI, said, “Such milestones are a shining testimony of HMSI’s sustained efforts in expanding Honda’s footprint in global exports. Last year we flagged off our global engine production line at the Vithalapur plant in Gujarat, thus strengthening our export capabilities further. As we make further inroads into developed markets, our reinstated focus on exports expansion takes HMSI one step closer to becoming a ‘Manufacturing Hub for the World’.”
Speaking on this achievement, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In the last two decades, Honda has delighted more than 30 lakh two-wheeler customers through exports. Led by Dio Scooter, we are expanding our export portfolio including both scooters & motorcycles. To establish high quality and efficiency, matching global standard, HMSI raised a dedicated Overseas Business vertical in 2020.”
Honda 2Wheelers India, formed a new ‘overseas business expansion’ vertical to expand its worldwide export footprint to developed markets such as the United States, Japan, and Europe, among others. Honda recently started producing global engines in India at its Vithalapur facility in Gujarat, which already produces motorcycle engines with displacements of 250 cc and higher.
HMSI exports to 29 destinations around the world, which includes 18 two-wheelers. The Honda Dio is the company’s most widely exported model from India. Last year, the Honda Navi, a model initially conceived and developed for the Indian market but a major seller in Latin America, began retail sales in the United States.
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