Honda has launched the Navi in the country, a new domestically produced model that is presented as one of more productive and economical from the Japanese brand.
And he ninth model that the company produces in the country and is part of the investment of 15 million dollars announced in 2023 to increase the production and localization of domestic auto parts.
Urban, lightweight and with an innovative design, the Navi has arrived to create a new category in the country. Its concept combines the comfort and handling of a scooter with the dynamic behavior and performance of a motorcycle.
Despite being new in our market, the model has achieved excellent sales levels in several Latin American countries and in the United States, where it is the cheapest (costs about $1,800).
Here, despite not being the cheapest motorbike, it is proposed as Honda’s second cheapest modelbehind the successful Wave 110, the best-selling on the market in recent years.
The launch price of the Navi is located at $1,565,000just above the $1,489,700 cost of the Wave 110 with drum brake (entry level).
Characteristics of a unique motorbike
The Navi has a 4-stroke engine (109 cc.) powered by a carburettor, which delivers a power of 8 HP and can travel for approximately 100 kilometers with two liters of petrol. The transmission is automatic (V-Matic).
In terms of dimensions (1,808 mm long, 748 mm wide and 1,039 mm high) and weight (104 kilos), it is a light motorcycle, easy to handle, maneuver and park. Plus, the seat height is low, at 762mm, for a greater feeling of control, and it features an integrated boot for added convenience.
“This is a motorcycle that will create a new segment: it is designed for recreational use and is ideal for everyday use in the city. It is aimed at all types of audiences and in other markets it has real tribes of fans, generating a great sense of belonging. This is why we are very confident that it will truly revolutionize the market, both among the male and female public, and above all among young people”, explained Alejandro Modica, commercial manager of the Motorcycle Division.
Among the safety features present is the Combined Brake System (CBS), mandatory from 1 January this year.
At the same time, the wheels have a smaller diameter than that of a scooter, are equipped with storage compartments, footrests “surround” the motorcycle and the fuel tank, with capacity for 3.5 litresis located in front of the pilot.
As for the suspension system, at the front it uses a telescopic fork with 89 mm of travel, while at the rear it is a monoshock with 70 mm of travel.
Honda offers up to eight customization kits so that each customer can customize the Navi to their liking.
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