Hero MotoCorp To Launch Around 10 BS-VI Bikes And Scooters By February
A pedestrian passes signage for Hero MotoCorp Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)  

Hero MotoCorp To Launch Around 10 BS-VI Bikes And Scooters By February

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India’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp Ltd. plans to launch BS-VI versions of around 10 products, including five top-selling bikes and scooters, by February 2020.

The Bharat Stage-VI emission norms come into effect from April 1.

Hero MotoCorp plans to showcase the upgraded products at an event in February 2020 at its R&D Centre (Centre of Innovation and Technology) in Jaipur.

"Within the next 4-8 weeks, the company will launch about 10 BS-VI products including its key products such as Splendor, HF Deluxe, Glamour motorcycles and Maestro Edge scooter”, a company source said.

Hero MotoCorp commenced retail sales of its first BS-VI motorcycle, the Splendor iSmart, in November 2019.

The transition to the stricter emission norms for the company is being driven at its R&D centre in Jaipur, which was commissioned in March 2016. Since then, Hero has further enhanced its in-house R&D capabilities by setting up Hero Tech Center GmbH near Munich, Germany.

Apart from the BS-VI transition, the company's is also focusing on a range of new premium products and accessories to increase its market share in such verticals.

At the recent EICMA Motor Show in Milan, Hero MotoCorp had showcased the Xtreme 1.R Concept, which is expected to hit the roads soon.

"The XPulse Rally Edition that Hero will launch soon has been developed basis the learnings from the company's motorsport team and will open up a new segment for biking enthusiasts in the country," the source said.

When contacted for comment, a company spokesperson said, “We have already launched Splendor iSmart in the market, which is the country's first BS-VI motorcycle."

“As stated earlier, we have also stopped production of more than 50 variants of our BS-IV range, and now aggressively working towards complete migration of our entire range to BS-VI norms. We will make the announcements on specific products at an appropriate time closer to their market launch,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, the company announced a price hike of up to Rs 2,000 across its product range, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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