The automotive industry is entering a transition period towards the era of electric vehicles. Not only cars, a number of motorcycle manufacturers will change their strategy on a large scale regarding the development of environmentally friendly vehicles.
It is known that four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki, will cut their line of flagship products related to emission regulations.
Launching Nikkei Asia, the four manufacturers will cut 20 models by the end of this year, or about 10 percent of the total 190 models sold by the four.
Honda itself will sell fully electric motorcycles by 2040. Of the 80 Honda motorcycle models currently being sold, 10 of them will be discontinued. The models affected include the CB400 Super Four, and some of the best-selling motorcycles in the middle class. Reportedly, a Honda motorcycle from the Gold Wing family was also one of the victims.
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.
Kawasaki Motor, which is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is said to have stopped sending motorcycles since late 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 Euro 5 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 these standards, Japanese manufacturers had to install catalytic converters or design entirely 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 being sold, one source said it would increase the price by four times. The outlook looks unfavorable, so the choice might be to trim the existing model.
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