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In the first year, the output was bicycles. They started exporting bicycles in The Munjals also incorporated several bicycle component manufacturing units, which included Rockman Cycle Industries for manufacturing bicycle hubs and chains, and Highway Cycles for making freewheels.
ByHero had become the largest manufacturer of bicycles in India. InMajestic Auto Limited, was incorporated. The first product from this venture was Hero Majestic Moped, a motorized two wheeler.
InHero became the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world. In the early s, Japan-based Honda was looking at entering the Indian two wheeler market both scooters and motorcycles through joint ventures 7.
Honda had been the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world since In terms of automobile manufacturing, it was the sixth largest in the world.
Initially, Honda intended to partner with the then market leader Bajaj Auto Ltd. But the venture did not work out, and Honda partnered with Kinetic Engineering Ltd. Kineticwhich manufactured the Luna brand of mopeds. Both the companies entered into a joint venture, with each company holding The venture, Kinetic Honda Motors Ltd.
Kinetic Honda opted to produce scooters through the joint venture, as the scooters were highly popular at that time. Then for the motorcycle venture, Honda approached Hero. Hero's bicycle business, mopeds, and wide distribution network attracted Honda. Both the companies started negotiating in and entered into a joint venture in The joint venture agreement was for a period of ten years.
As per the deal, Honda agreed to provide the technical know-how, set up manufacturing facilities, and carry out Research and Development activities. On the board of Hero Honda, Honda appointed four members and the Munjal family had four representatives.
Employees from Honda, Japan, were brought to take care of the quality and engineering functions. Other functions like marketing, finance, HR, and daily operations were managed by the local staff.
Hero Honda announced that it would launch a cc motorcycle the next year. At that time, industry observers were of the view that consumers would reject motorcycles as they were more used to and preferred scooters.
Hero Honda set up a factory in Haryana, North India. The company launched its first bike - the Hero Honda CD - in The CD was designed completely by Honda.
The four stroke motorcycle was equipped with an electronic ignition system, illuminated speedometer, and 4-speed gear box. The bike set very high standards of fuel efficiency, promising a mileage of 80 km per liter.
The Hero Honda CD was launched with the campaign - 'Fill it, shut it, forget it' that highlighted the mileage that it provided. The motorcycle became highly popular owing to its mileage and the fact that it was the only four stroke engine motorcycle at that time in India.Established Act Trading Corporation, capitalized at five million yen, invested solely by Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Developed import/export of overseas/domestic products through international distribution networks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Increased capital to 20 million yen. Hero vs Honda – The Race After Divorce. November 27, The End of Advantage.
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