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Honda Lead 125 Released

Honda Vietnam announce the release of a newly developed Lead 125. Engine coming directly from the PCX 125.

Allen Drysdale




Honda Lead 125

Honda Vietnam has just released the all-new Honda Lead 125. In Australia, Honda's current range jumps from Dio($2490*) to PCX 150($4050*). The Dio 110 has been a very popular entry level commuter here. The PCX-150 has a reputation for being the best in class. Both are market leaders, both are very good at what they do. What raises our interest in the Lead 125?

Well, here's a scooter that could fill a nice gap for Honda in the Australian market. It does state in the press release below that 200,000 units are being built for the local market and exports to the Japanese market will shortly follow. What's wrong with a few units making the journey to Australia?

The Vietnam built Lead 125 looks like a good thing. The 125 cc engine from the PCX is one of the best lower capacity scooter engines available. Add in mega storage, a small easy to manage chassis and typical Honda build quality. Performance would be exceptional given its size and the Lead has even been fitted with a clock on the dash. If the price was competitive, no doubting this scooter has all the ingredients to make it a market leader.

We will keep you informed, for now, read Honda Worlds official presser below. (unedited)

Honda Australia -

http://motorcycles.honda.com.au/

* plus rego and dealer delivery charges


 

Honda World Official Press Release

Hanoi, Vietnam, March 22, 2013 - Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. (President: Masayuki Igarashi), a Honda joint venture in Vietnam for production and sales of motorcycles and automobiles, today announced the release of the LEAD125, a liquid-cooled 125cc single-cylinder scooter.

LEAD125


The LEAD125 is equipped with a liquid-cooled 125cc single-cylinder engine "eSP*1" with high fuel efficiency incorporating low-friction technology, that have boosted the popularity of the PCX. The idling stop system was also adopted to further improve fuel economy. The model adopts Programmed Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI*2) delivering stable engine performance while also contributing to the high fuel efficiency.

Underneath the seat lies a large 37L space able to store two full-face helmets*3. Meanwhile, LED's adopted for the tail and position lights make the vehicle highly visible. The fuel lid and seat are opened through use of a rocker switch added to an easy-to-reach combination switch operated by the main key.

A wide variety of enhancements improve usability, including the addition of a clock and use of highly visible illuminated pointers in the LCD meters. As a scooter that brings together running performance and utility at a high level, the LEAD125 is suited for a wide variety of uses.

Honda Vietnam will produce 200,000 units of the LEAD125 annually. The vehicles will be sold in Vietnam, and expected to start exporting to Japan in early summer. These activities will make Vietnam the fourth Asian country to provide global production and export, following China, Thailand and India, as it takes on a vital role in Honda's global business.

*1
Stands for "enhanced Smart Power," a collective term for engines intended for scooters and having enhanced environmental and dynamic performance as a result of adopting advanced technologies such as fuel efficient technology and the ACG starter.
*2
PGM-FI is a Honda registered trademark.
*3
It may not be able to store depending on the size or shapes.



published 27/03/2013

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