7 bikes go missing from Hero MotoCorp website – Including Karizma
Hero MotoCorp discontinues production of Karizma R, Xtreme, Hunk, Old Glamour Fi, Ignitor, Passion X Pro and Passion Pro TR.
Karizma R, Xtreme, Hunk, Old Glamour Fi, Ignitor, Passion X Pro and Passion Pro TR have been listed among Hero MotoCorp’s slow selling models and is the primary reason behind the company discontinuing their production. With 13 motorcycles in the company lineup, it is only Splendor, HF Deluxe, Glamour and Passion that are noting good sales.
Earlier in May, the company had pulled out Splendor iSmart, Splendor Pro Classic and HF Dawn from its line-up while now, Xtreme and Hunk have been axed. It is rumored that the company could launch BSIV versions of these motorcycles sometime later this year.
Even as these commuter bikes have been discontinued due to poor sales, the company lineup of scooters such as Duet and Maestro are doing well. Pleasure scooter, which is a female focused vehicle has been facing serious competition from rivals such as Yamaha Fascino, Honda Activa i and TVS Scooty Zest.
Hero MotoCorp could be bringing in its own technical know-how and doing away from Honda derived engine technology. 6 new models are poised for launch sometime during the coming year with an investment to the tune of INR 2,500 crores. Hefty investments are being made in the areas of product development, capacity installation and expansion of the company plant in Gujarat with production units in Andhra Pradesh and Bangladesh. A sum of INR 850 crores was also being invested in the R&D facility in Jaipur.
At the Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp had showcased some really interesting concepts. One of them as the Hastur, which was a performance naked street bike, much like the Duke’s. It is not clear whether Hero is working towards launching this product in the future or not.