Honda India could be another source of motorcycles for the Philippines market. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) announced the creation of a new division formed for the sole purpose of exporting Honda motorcycles to the world.
“Making in India for the World” is the ambitious expansion HMSI will undertake as it plans to export motorcycles to markets like the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere in the world.
“With an eye on the future, Honda 2Wheelers India aims to further consolidate its No. 1 position in Honda’s global motorcycle business while unlocking the next chapter of ‘Make in India, for India & the World’ in the BS-VI era. With this major organizational restructuring, the company is strengthening its business constitution and improving competitiveness to meet the high expectations from Global Honda,” said HMSI president and CEO, Atsushi Ogata.
This expansion is likely the result of good feedback that HMSI got for its CB350 H’ness, which was launched in September last year. The bike has been exported to Japan and has been on sale since last month.
While many of Honda’s imports (complete knockdown) here in the country come from its partners in Thailand or Indonesia, especially for the scooters and underbones, if ever they decide to import motorcycles from India, the most likely candidates will be motorcycles that are at least with 250 cc in displacement.
The Philippines is exporting its locally-made Hondas too. For now, it's just the XRM125 that's being shipped to New Zealand. We can only hope they'll want the Philippine-made BeAT or TMX 125 in the future.
With Japan no longer being the sole source for motorcycles exported to the rest of the world, it shines a ray of hope for third world countries like India and the Philippines to supply the world with our unique models.