Jan 18, 2012

16 Xtreme (Not CBZ Xtreme), HF Dawn/Deluxe (Not CD Dawn/Deluxe) & Karizma ZMR Fi (Not PGM-Fi) @ 2012 AutoExpo

Nobody has till now noticed that Hero has displayed a couple of models with changed names at the 2012 AutoExpo..!!

This indicates the beginning of the demise of a name (CBZ) which started the trend of 4-stroke, stylish + performance bikes in India..

Its very surprising that nobody, I repeat nobody (blogs, forums or mainstream auto journalists) have so far noticed that apart from removing the Honda name from all the vehicles that were displayed at the 2012 AutoExpo, Hero also displayed its 150 cc “CBZ Xtreme” model with just “Xtreme” branding..!!

Not just that, Hero also displayed it’s 100 cc “CD Dawn/ Deluxe” models with a new brand name as “HF-Dawn/Deluxe”. Also when observed closely the PGM-Fi letters from its Karizma ZMR model has been rewritten now just as “Fi”.

Xtreme Vs CBZ Xtreme

So why is Hero dropping it’s famous CBZ and CD brandings (and yes, also PGM-Fi)..??

Karizma ZMR with Fi Vs PGM-Fi

This is because the CB, CD and PGM-Fi are brand names that Honda has exclusive rights to and since the agreement between Hero and Honda is officially coming to an end by 2014, it is necessary for Hero to make this rebranding before the 2014 deadline.

HF-Dawn Vs CD-Dawn

It should actually sound music to the ears of Hero Moto officials that “Nobody” has so far noticed the changed brand names on the bikes at the AutoExpo..!! This means that even on the road the changed names should make not much of a difference to its customers.

But then this also means that it’s the start to an end of a name (just the name mind you and not the current model) which started the trend of 4 stroke stylish + performance bikes in India, i.e. the CBZ..!!




Photos [Courtesy: Team-Bhp/Motorbeam]

Hero Xtreme @AutoExpo 2012Hero Karizma ZMR @AutoExpo 2012 Hero HF-Dawn@AutoExpo 2012





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16 Comments:

Prakash said...

Along with the name, i hope they scrap the actual bikes (Xtreme & ZMR) as well. And hope they come up with something that's on the level of bikes like P220, R15, FZ-16, Duke200.
They have been selling bikes mainly due to the engines supplied by Honda. Without the Honda engine, they need to have a cracker of a product to sell in today's market. Wish to see another Bajaj like story in Hero (minus the Wave, platinas, BYK and other crap) :)

Anonymous said...

Good Job :)

Shaiju B said...

Well its inevitable that Hero has to remove all Honda related names from their bikes. They have started it from day one (when hero parted with honda). There is nothing much to surprise if we see only the Hero names appearing in their motorcycles. Hero has done a good job in rebranding the bikes. They have taken special care to name it similar to the old name. Take the case of Hero Moto, why not simply Hero. They want something similar to Hero Honda.

Shridharshan said...

Actually what is HF in HF Dawn and HF Deluxe....
I know H is for Hero, but what is F....

Anonymous said...

Excellent observation. This is because CBZ, PGM-FI and CD names right are owned by Honda Motor corporation of Japan.

Anonymous said...

What if honda brings the old "cbz"[1999] with an upgraded version as the brand and design was patented by them.
-Sanjiv

kamal said...

That was bound to happen,ain't it!

Vaibhav said...

Hi, Can anyone tell me, When Hero Xtreme Will be Launch?

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

Vaibhav

It will be just a change in branding from "CBZ Xtreme" to just "Xtreme". Therefore launch..??

parag said...

its excellent..............

Sujith Kumar said...

hero xtreme may be fails......... CBZ Xtreme engine will not placed on Hero Xtreme....... pls avoid Hero xtreme

Anonymous said...

cd deluxe bike was renamed as a hf deluxe... is it correct r wrong

Santu said...

is it the same Honda engine which is in Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme will be used in Hero Xtreme?

chirag dodiya said...

hf means hero family

Uday Pratap Tripathi said...

Dear both engine are same onely brand name are change, because CB &CD are the Honda 's brand name so, Do'nt confuse and make to other confuse.

Doitfirst said...

It is better to Honda who has patent rights on CBZ 1999 to Re-Introduce it in Indian market with their brand Styling ....:) we guys love to have fun on that ...:) lol

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