The government of India set the deadline of 1st April 2017 as the date to ban the sales of BS III vehicles in India. Many manufacturers rushed to launch their updated products with new pollution compliance. Hero MotoCorp, on the other hand, has dropped as many as 10 motorcycles from the line-up post the deadline.
Hero MotoCorp is India’s largest motorcycle seller and yet, the brand has a few offerings that were not doing well in the market. Hero took the opportunity to streamline the product lineup. Hero has discontinued the Karizma R, which previously had drawn criticism for its design but the other version, Karizma ZMR is still available. There have been rumours that Hero has been working on a new quarter-litre motorcycle that can fill the void left by the discontinued Karizma.
Other motorcycles that have been culled are Hero Hunk and Hero Xtreme. Other smaller capacity motorcycles like HF Dawn, Splendor iSmart, Splendor NXG, Splendor Pro Classic and Passion Plus have been discontinued. These were the motorcycles that were powered by Hero’s 97.2cc engine, which is the best-selling engine in India. Premium commuter motorcycles powered by 110cc engines have been discontinued too. Low selling Ignitor and Passion XPro have been dropped from the line-up.
There has been no discontinuation from the scooter line-up though. Hero offers Maestro Edge, Duet and Pleasure in the scooter segment and all three of them have been updated to BS-IV engines.
Hero is yet to communicate the changes officially but the models have been removed from the website. It may also mean that Hero is working on newer products that will replace the discontinued motorcycles in the coming time. Hero is world’s largest motorcycle seller and exports its products to many international markets. However, few products have not been receiving the kind of response the brand hoped for.