Honda to Kawasaki inject 20 models in Japan, Indonesia, how?


Several motorcycle manufacturers in Japan, from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, to Kawasaki, will inject 20 motorcycle models that they currently market. This decision was taken due to the strict emission standards regulations in Japan. How about Indonesia?

Citing Nikkei Asia, the four manufacturers will cut 20 models by the end of 2022, or about 10% of the total 190 models sold by the four.

Honda itself will sell electric-powered motorcycles in 2040. Of the 80 Honda motorcycle models currently being sold, 10 of them will be discontinued. The affected models include the CB400 Super Four, several middle-class motorcycles, and the Gold Wing.

Meanwhile, Yamaha targets 90% of new motorcycles to be environmentally friendly by 2050. Yamaha is known to stop selling the FJR1300 series motorcycles. Suzuki will also stop production of five of the total 20 models in October, including the GSX250R.

Then Kawasaki Motor, which is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is said to have stopped sending motorcycles since the end of last year.

Japan has indeed set strict emission standards since the end of 2020. These standards will apply to all models in November. The regulation follows the Euro5 provisions adopted by the European Union as introduced in January 2020. In the regulation, it is mandated that nitrogen oxide emissions must be cut by 33%.

To meet those standards, Japanese manufacturers had to install catalytic converters or design completely new engines. Developing a new engine is certainly not cheap. On the other hand, the price of catalytic converters is also increasing due to the scarcity of the materials used.

When redesigning the motor that is now on sale, a source said it would increase the price by four times. The outlook looks unfavorable, so the choice might be to trim the existing model.

How about Indonesia?

Secretary General of the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), Hari Budianto, said that so far there is no plan from motorcycle manufacturers in the country to inoculate several models because there is no urgency. Motorcycles sold in Indonesia already meet the exhaust emission standards that have been set.

“Each manufacturer has policies and business plans that are adjusted to the applicable regulations in a country. AISI members will also comply with the policies imposed by the government in terms of developing the motorcycle industry in the country,” said Hari to detikOto, Monday (27/6/2022) .

“So far, there is no policy like the one above, regarding ICE vehicles, all AISI members comply with Indonesia’s emissions. So that’s fine (no need for a lethal injection),” added Hari.

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