By: ThaiDesign (offline) Friday, 08 February 2013 @ 08:52 AM ICT
Of course the biggest beneficiary of this new agreement is Honda who manufacturers the CBR500R, CB500F, and CB500X in Thailand. This models officially did not meet the criteria for BoI incentives under the previous rules as they are in fact equipped with a 471cc engine.
The Thai Board of Investment (BoI) has finally agreed that all motorcycles larger than 250cc will apply for BoI incentives.
Previous this incentives only applied for motorcycles up to 250cc and motorcycles bigger than 500cc, leaving a gap from 250 to 500cc.
With the new agreement we hope that Kawasaki also starts manufacturing the Ninja 300 in Thailand.
... is it really worth for Kawa manufacturing the Ninja 300 when the new Ninja 250 is already available in Thailand and looks like +/- the same ?...
I have seen some tests comparing the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with the new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300, and the extra 50cc has apparently a very big influence on the handling and performance of the motorcycle.
Of course the Kawasaki Ninja 300 will always be more expensive than the Ninja 250. In some countries, like the USA, both the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 are currently available…
So if both the 250 and 300cc Kawasaki Ninja is available in the USA (and other countries) there is also a market in Thailand.