In a media session today, a new development has risen with regards to the 175 cc single-cylinder engine developed by Modenas. After a long wait for the engine to emerge in a new Modenas product in the supercub category – some seven years by rough estimate – it has been confirmed the engine project has been axed.
This was confirmed by DRB-Hicom managing director Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar on the cancellation of the Modenas 150 cc engine project. According to Syed Faisal, the engine was designed according to the emissions standards of the time and to bring the engine specification up to Euro 4 or Euro 5 level would not be cost effective.
With the cancellation of the engine project, what happens next for Modenas? No details were forthcoming save news of a RM1.3 million investment to establish 45 Modenas service centres this year.
Modenas is also evaluating incentives given to its dealers to ensure they remain competitive in the current motorcycle market. More importantly, after its collaboration with Bajaj in 2017 and the introduction of several rebadged models, Modenas is evaluating a new strategic partner to increase its competitiveness.
After the launch of the last rebadged model, the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400, Modenas has remained quiet of late. It was also announced a new chief operating officer has taken the helm at Modenas, Roslan Roskan, who reported for duty last week.