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Modenas promised to release rebadged Kawasaki models starting from end of Q1 this year. Is this still happening?


Kawasaki Heavy Industries plans to convert all of its petrol-powered motorcycles to electric by 2035.

Although the global market was hit by Covid-19, there is a resurgent demand for motorcycles. This is partly because two-wheels are seen as the best transportation to move around and carries the lowest risk of infection.

In order to get things moving, Yasuhiko Hashimoto, president of KHI, reveals that the company is open to establishing a partnership with other companies to strengthen environmental efforts.

“Outdoor leisure activity has been popular during the COVID pandemic. We will strengthen our environmental efforts with our sights set on post-pandemic lifestyles.

“Partnerships with other companies may be possible in the future,” he said.

One of the main efforts of KHI via its spin-off motorcycle company, Kawasaki Motors Limited, is to set foot in introducing an electric range.

While there are no electric motorcycles with the Team Green badge, Kawasaki plans to launch ten electric-powered motorcycles by 2025. The main goal is to switch to electricity entirely by 2035 in Japan, Europe, U.S, Canada and Australia.

Interestingly, Kawasaki is one of a few companies that is currently working on a hydrogen-powered engine.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has recently announced Kawasaki Motors Limited as a new entity in charge of its motorcycle businesses.

KHI decided to introduce the spin-off motorcycle company after the brand witnessed an increase of 80 per cent sales since 2017.

Customers demographics are increasingly younger as well, as the Japanese firm revealed a number of riders in their 20s had grown significantly by 60 per cent within the same period.

Even before announcing Kawasaki Motors Limited, the company has already pushing to expand their factory in the US, including spending around USD265 million in global expansion projects.

To celebrate the new corporate identity, Kawasaki Motors Limited is branding itself with a new logo or an old one previously used on the H2 range.

The company decided to adopt the iconic River Mark as the official corporate logo. The design was conceptualized with the Japanese kanji for “kawa”, which means “river”. The logo was originally flown on the flags of ships owned by Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard, which later became KHI.

The new logo is a clear statement of intent that will shape the company moving forwards.

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Pendedahan itu dibuat sendiri Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) Modenas, Roslan Roskan, ketika sesi soal jawab di Hotel Thistle, Port Dickson, malam tadi.

Walaupun projek tersebut menyepi lebih tujuh tahun selepas model konsep pertama ditayangkan kepada umum namun pendedahan ini sedikit sebanyak membuka lembaran baharu.

Tahun lalu, Pengarah Urusan DRB-Hicom, Dato’ Syed Faisal Albar, sendiri memaklumkan bahawa projek itu telah terkubur namun kerjasama di antara Modenas dan Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) – yang memiliki 30 peratus pegangan saham dan mampu meningkat sehingga 48 peratus – seakan membuka semula projek menarik itu.

Malah, projek ‘supermoped’ itu akan turut sama dinilai oleh pihak KHI.

Pendedahan ini merupakan berita yang dinantikan rakyat Malaysia dan segmen supermoped yang popular dengan Yamaha Y15ZR, Honda RS150R, Benelli RFS150i dan SYM VF3i

Terdahulu, Roslan turut memaklumkan bahawa Modenas akan melancarkan beberapa jentera hasil kerjasama KHI dan difahamkan melibatkan model Versys dan Ninja.

  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. has increased their stake in Modenas.

  • Their current purchase will see them hold a 30% stake, up from 11%.

  • But converting the upcoming CPS will bring KHI’s stake to 48%.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) otherwise known as “Kawasaki Japan” increases their stake in Modenas from 19 to 30 percent.

KHI and DRB-Hicom Bhd. entered an agreement for KHI to purchase and additional 14.3 million shares which equals an 11 percent stake. The shares were valued at RM 40.3 million cash.

Additionally, KHI is also subscribing to 52 million convertible preference shares (CPS) that will be issued by Modenas. KHI’s stake in the company will rise to 48% upon conversion.

KHI’s larger equity means that will actively participate in Modenas’s operations, rather than just being a bystander. The two entities have been partners for more than 20 years and KHI has been a 19% shareholder in Modenas since the latter’s inception in 1995.

The first Modenas motorcycles were based on Kawasaki’s models, including the Jaguh 175 lightweight cruiser. Apart from producing motorcycles, Modenas also machines components for KHI.

Their production facility is based in Gurun, Kedah and has a capacity of 130,000 units per year.

It’ll be interesting to see what KHI has in mind for the Modenas-Bajaj partnership.

  • It looks like Kawasaki is currently working on a brand new 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

  • Documents were filed to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding the emissions output of the 2019 supersport machine.

  • The new ZX-6R is heading towards the Euro5 emissions regulations and it is said to produce only half of the emissions compared to the previous model.

Rumours on a brand new Kawasaki supersport machine is currently heating up as talks of the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is currently underway. Based on a few key sources, it’s not just talk but Kawasaki is walking the walk with this one. (more…)

  • Azlan Shah telah membawa pulang sebuah motosikal Kawasaki KX450F serba baru pada hari ini untuk kegunaan latihannya bagi tahun 2018.
  • Juara ARRC (Asia Road Racing Championship) 2017 itu akan mempertahankan takhtanya pada musim ini.
  • Motosikal Kawasaki KX450F ini cukup sesuai bagi mana-mana penunggang yang memperbaiki tahap kecergasan, ketahanan dan ketangkasan mereka.


Azlan Shah took home a brand new Kawasaki KX450F today to help with his training for 2018.

The 2017 ARRC (Asia Road Racing Championship) champion is looking to defend his crown this year.

The Kawasaki KX450F is perfect for any rider looking to improve their fitness, endurance and agility.

One of our national racing heroes who happens to be the 2017 ARRC (Asia Road Racing Championship) champion that is Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman has ‘adopted’ a new member into his ever-growing bike family in the form of the Kawasaki KX450F. (more…)


  • Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) telah secara rasminya melancarkan “Kawasaki Safety and Responsible Riding Course”.
  • Bersama dengan dokongan dari penaung mereka, Kawasaki Heavy Industries dan K-TEC Corporation Japan, program ini bertujuan secara muktamadnya mengurangkan jumlah bilangan kemalangan yang melibatkan penunggang motosikal di Malaysia.
  • Kursus ini akan ditawarkan kepada pemilik motosikal Kawasaki yang semasa atau pun baru bagi mempertingkatkan lagi kebolehan menunggang mereka melalui teori dan juga program praktikal.


Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) has officially launched the Kawasaki Safety and Responsible Riding Course.

Together with the support from their principal Kawasaki Heavy Industries and K-TEC Corporation Japan, the program is intended to ultimately reduce the number of accidents involving motorcyclists in Malaysia.

The course will be offered to new and current Kawasaki owners to further enhance their riding ability through theory and practical programs.

In an effort to further strengthen their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative here in Malaysia, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (KMSB) has launched a new program called the Kawasaki Safety and Responsible Riding Course (KSRR). The program was officially launched earlier today at the Sepang International Kart Circuit. (more…)


A new Kawasaki Ninja R2 supercharged superbike for the masses is reportedly under development for 2017.



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