The Hero Splendor – which becomes smarting from its loss with the aid of simplest 2,716 units to its arch-wheeler rival, the Honda Activa, in FY2019 – has opened FY2020 by way of beating the popular scooter to the
No. 1 function.
What has helped Hero MotoCorp, and rivals like Bajaj Auto, is the resurgence in demand, albeit slow at that, for commuter bikes. The Splendor variety, which is understood for its frugality, ratings high on the standard commuter biker’s radar. In April 2019, a total of two,23,532 Splendors had been bought, comprising seventy-one,406 gadgets of the 110cc model and 1, fifty-two,126 of the 100cc version. The April 2019 total, although is sixteen percent down YoY (April 2018: 2,66,067 devices).
The Honda Activa offered a complete of 2,10,961 gadgets last month, a far cry from the robust 3,39,878 devices bought in April 2018, which marks 38 percent de-growth YoY. While the Activa bears the brunt of a slowing down of call for scooters, the high rate of income decline is traumatic. But the enterprise stays constructive about a return of call. As YS Guleria, senior vice-president (income and advertising and marketing), Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, informed our sister publication, Autocar Professional, in the latest interview, “Most of the primary towns (in India) are adopting scooters because of the preferred mode of commuting. Rural areas, however, are barely conservative. Whenever there’s rate warfare underway, customers in the conservative and fee-sensitive markets see extra prices in discounted products. Notably, this shopping for a sample has not unfolded to city markets, where scooters continue to grow (in demand).”
Hero MotoCorp’s 100cc mass commuter motorbike benefits from sustained buying within the marketplace—a sturdy No. Three stays the Hero HF Deluxe, with 1,82,029 units sent in April, which marks a boom of 5.62 percent YoY (April 2018: 1, seventy-two,340) and, along with the Bajaj Pulsar, is the opposite motorcycle to have bettered its year-in the past overall performance. With the Met predicting a normal monsoon this year, expect to look at the HF Deluxe recording more potent numbers inside the coming months. According to Hero MotoCorp, the HF Deluxe sees an uptick inside the rural and semi-urban markets bandits, likewise witnessing demand in urban India. After all, gasoline-sipping two-wheelers are continually high up at the customer’s priority listing.
The Honda CB Shine is at No. 4, with eighty-two,315 gadgets in April 2019. In reality, in FY2019 too, it became on the same function, offering 9, ninety,315 – 9,685 units brief of the million marks.
If Bajaj Auto goes excellent weapons within the market, it has more than one commuter motorcycle– the CT100 and Platina – and the ten-variants-sturdy Pulsar circle of relatives of bikes to thank. The agency, which changed into the most important market percentage gainer in FY2019, bought a total of 75,589 Pulsars in April 2019, up 11.63 percentage YoY, giving the Pulsar 5th region within the Top-10 rating. The version-wise cut-comprises 57, half units of the Pulsar 150cc variety, 10,049 units of the Pulsar NS one hundred sixty, one hundred eighty and 180F, and eight,485 devices Pulsar RS 2 hundred and 220F.
The Hero Glamour keeps the 6th region it held 12 months ago, most effective that the numbers are slightly down. This April, Glamour bought sixty-seven 829 gadgets, in comparison to sixty-nine 900 in April 2018. The 124.7cc motorbike becomes a sturdy buy within the market but is at risk of dropping its glamour. Expect Hero MotoCorp to provide you with a brand new strategy to re-introduce a few glamours into this govt commuter.
At No. 7 is the 102cc Bajaj Platina commuter which, along with the CT100, has given Bajaj Auto new verve inside the motorcycle marketplace, sudden the opposition and helping the organization carve out a new marketplace percentage. The Platina bought 67,599 gadgets in April 2019.
No. Eight belongs to that sturdy warrior on two wheels – the TVS XL Super moped. This regular within the Top 10 bestsellers’ listing bought 63,725 units in April 2019, which anyway changed into a tough month for the enterprise, according to se. Not sudden, when one considers that the corporation has sold a total of 7.65 million mopeds in India over a decade! Reason enough for TVS Motor Co, the sole moped maker in India, to affirm to Autocar Professional that it will make its mopeds BS6 compliant.
Still, the absence of clear differentiation in emblem perception of the Passion, Splendor, and the HF Deluxe inside Hero MotoCorp’s commuter motorbike portfolio seems to have impacted numbers. The Hero Passion bike is available in No—nine, with 59,138 devices, a full-size drop from the No. Five roles held a yr in the past with an income of 95,834 gadgets in April 2018. There changed into a time while the Passion used to promote greater than 1,00,000 devices according to month. Secondly, the upward push of the HF Deluxe has somewhat cannibalized demand for the Passion logo. But the Passion stays inside the bestsellers list and does now not look to be going out of adoring a hurry.
Wrapping up the Top 10 -wheelers for April 2019 is the TVS Jupiter, the constant No. 2 scooters in India, after the Honda Activa. The 110cc Jupiter has given TVS a robust charge within the two-wheeler market. In FY2019, it turned into a robust contributor to income and helped the enterprise expand its scooter marketplace share to 18.F nifty two percentage.