Honda is making progress in its research & development of products that achieve higher environmental performance and user-friendliness while maintaining an affordable price. In 2011, Honda renewed the engine for its 125cc scooters, ridden by a great number of people throughout the world, and further improved their durability, quietness and fuel efficiency. The Click 125i, a new scooter equipped with this new engine, went on sale in Thailand in 2012. Honda plans to install the engine in stages on a broad set of 125cc scooters that will go on sale in countries across the globe. In the area of sport models, Honda is promoting the New Mid Concept series in advanced countries to offer the new appeal of products in the midsize engine displacement class. In regions such as Japan, Europe, and North America, Honda launched the NC700X, NC700S and Integra, three models which share the newly developed 700cc engine that achieves both powerful output and high fuel efficiency. The Super Cub 50, a worldwide favorite, achieves a more affordable price while enhancing its features, by increasing the efficiency of all processes in China from procurement to production. Honda is also making progress in R&D of electric motorcycles. In 2011 Honda and the city of Barcelona began joint demonstration testing using the Honda EV-neo electric scooter.
Honda made its PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection) system more compact and less costly and began installing it not only on large motorcycles but also on small-sized motorcycles all around the world, making Honda motorcycles more clean and fuel efficient.
As a result of its research on airbags for motorcycles started in 1990, Honda succeeded in the development of the world's first motorcycle airbag system for mass-produced motorcycles and introduced the Gold Wing with an airbag to the market in 2006.