Hero MotoCorp is India’s leading motorcycle manufacturer, producing an average of 4 million bikes every year. The company was founded in 1984 as Hero Honda, a partnership with Hero Cycles and the Honda Corporation from Japan. In 1985, Hero Honda introduced the CD 100 motorcycle, a fuel-efficient 100cc commuter bike that revolutionized the Indian two-wheeler market. The company launched the CBZ in 1999, another bike that set the trend for performance biking in the country. In 2001, Hero Honda became the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India and the number one in the world in terms of volume sales in a year.
In December 2010, Honda split from the 26-year joint venture, and the company was renamed Hero MotoCorp. As of 2013, the company has acquired a 49.2% stake in Erik Buell Racing, an American sportsbike manufacturer, and has tied up with Engines Engineering, Italy and AVL, Austria, for developing their future products.