One benefit of having a Honda plant in your own country is that the team there has a REAL understanding of your market; take Thailand for instance. The Honda Thailand factory is producing exactly what the population demands (a large number of big-wheel scooters in the 110 cc-150 cc range).
Last week Honda announced that they will begin sales of a new Cub-type automatic transmission (AT) scooter model, Wave110i AT, next month. This new Wave is based on the last series of Wave110i, which is highly acclaimed for its fuel efficiency, but the new Wave110i AT features a newly implemented CV-Maic transmission. The starting price will be 44,900 baht (about $1400 US), with an annual sales plan of 50,000 units.
We (or Honda America, rather) will also start selling $1,400 Honda scooters when Wyoming and Colorado begin selling 50,000 scooters a year, built in their Fort Collins manufacturing plant.
You can read all about the new, advanced Honda Wave 110i on the Honda Worldwide website.