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    The future on two-wheels


    The two-wheel sector is mirroring the car market with a host of new manufacturers challenging the established OEMs and launching a new generation of electric motorcycles and scooters. Nick Holt reports

  • BMW C Evolution

    Two-wheel e-mobility


    BMW’s e-mobility ambitions have not been limited to four wheels; Nick Holt visits the company’s Berlin plant to see how its sophisticated C evolution maxi scooter is built

  • Honda Abdul Monem

    Honda breaks ground at motorbike plant


    Bangladesh – The joint venture Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL) is building a factory on 101,171 sq.m of land at Abdul Monem Economic Zone in Munshiganj District, Dhaka Division. The investment for land purchase and construction amounts to 2.3 billion taka ($30m). “We believe the Bangladesh motorcycle market is ...

  • Honda Narsapura plant

    Honda India two-wheeler production boost


    India – The addition of a fourth assembly line at Honda’s Narsapura plant will add another 600,000 units capacity, increasing the facility’s annual production capacity to 2.4m units. This latest expansion increases Honda 2Wheelers India’s total annual production capacity to 6.4 million units from its four plants. With this capacity ...

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    Touch and go


    The diversity of parts produced by automotive tier suppliers sees them use both contact and non-contact measurement techniques Companies involved in contact and non-contact measurement operations have to make a fundamental decision about the type of coordinate technology they will utilise – either a contact technique involving a touch probe ...

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    KTM steps up the pace


    KTM has grown rapidly and is now looking to increase production volumes. Nick Holt visits the firm’s manufacturing facilities at Mattighofen, Austria Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has ambitious plans to increase output from its current 160,000 units to 200,000 units per year by 2020. As such, the vehicle-maker is ...

  • Vehicle Assembly (Pulsar200 RS)

    Small vehicles, big numbers


    Building motorcycles in India is all about high volumes. AMS takes a look at Bajaj Auto’s plant at Chakan The 1,400 employees at Bajaj’s Chakan plant produce around 80,000 bikes per month across five assembly lines in two shifts over six days a week. These are big numbers especially ...

  • Ford Sanand Vehicle Assembly and Engine Plant

    India: The last BRIC standing


    As other emerging markets decline, India is still seeing significant investment by global vehicle-makers Vehicle-makers are stepping up their campaigns to crack the difficult Indian automotive market after the country became the most promising of the emerging BRIC nations following market collapses in Brazil and Russia and a cooling in ...

  • China motorcycle production

    Two-wheeler troubles


    Restrictions in urban areas and a lack of brand clarity are threatening China’s two-wheeler dominance The once-mighty Chinese motorcycle industry is close to losing its title of the world’s biggest, as restrictions on sales bite at home and it fails to create memorable brands with which to expand abroad. The ...

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    India: Two wheels still good


    Unharmed by the economic downturn, manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters are now pressing ahead with plans to increase production – building new plants and expanding existing facilities The biggest motorcycle and scooter market in the world is back at full throttle after surviving India’s economic slump of the last couple ...