Image for referenceIn the next few years, most mainstream two-wheeler manufacturers are expected to launch their electric models
Although volumes are still low, things are moving in the right direction for electric two-wheeler segment. With huge subsidies, increased range and massive investment in charging infrastructure, consumers are willing to shift to electric. More momentum is expected in coming years, as established players like Hero MotoCorp, Honda, and Yamaha enter this space.
Honda new electric scooter
India’s second largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) is expected to launch their first electric scooter in India in 2022-23. Although details about the scooter are not available, the plans have been confirmed by HMSI president Atsushi Ogata. It is known that the company is currently testing the BENLY e electric scooter.
However, it is not certain if BENLY e is the product that will be launched in India. The scooter was showcased in 2019 at Tokyo Motor Show. BENLY e has been positioned as an electric two-wheeler for commercial use. So, the one meant for India could be an entirely new electric scooter. Globally, Honda Motor has plans to launch three new electric two-wheelers for personal use by 2024.
Eye on global markets
Along with domestic sales, Honda will be aiming to introduce its made-in-India electric scooter to international markets as well. The plan is to achieve a high level of localization. Honda is currently carrying out discussion with various component suppliers. Ogata said that due to its global plans, the launch has been shifted to next financial year. If the electric scooter was to be sold only in domestic market, it could have been launched this year itself.
Honda Benly e Electric scooter
An advantageous factor for Honda is that it already has the expertise and knowhow to develop an electric two-wheeler. The company is likely to use the Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) for its electric two-wheeler. MPP is environment friendly in the real sense, as it uses electricity produced though renewable energy sources such as solar power. MPP can also be used for other electric products such as e-rickshaws. Demand for the latter has consistently increased in India.
Talks with dealers
Honda is likely to hold discussion with its dealers to ensure that their business is not adversely impacted with the entry of electric two-wheelers. Since electric two-wheelers require relatively less service and maintenance, it could impact dealer profitability. To avoid such issues and protect its dealer network, Honda is working on various solutions.
One possibility is to equip dealer facilities with battery charging stations. This will create a new revenue source for dealers. It will be beneficial for users as well.
With localization, it is expected that HMSI will be able to launch its electric scooter at a competitive price point. If it has ample range and features, Honda electric scooter could emerge as another bestseller. The biggest success story so far in electric segment is that of Ola Electric. The company had registered bookings worth Rs 1,100 crore in just a 2-day sale period. Other scooters it will rival include Bajaj Chetak, TVS iQube, Ather 450X and many more. More
Image for referenceIn the next few years, most mainstream two-wheeler manufacturers are expected to launch their electric models
Honda ActivaHonda Activa scooter has played a crucial role in helping the company achieve this milestone
Honda Two-Wheelers has crossed the 5 crore / 50 million sales milestone in India. Having started its solo operations in 2001, following its separation from Hero MotoCorp, the company caters to a wide range of buyers with a host of motorcycles and scooters, each targeting a different customer base. Earlier this year, Hero MotoCorp celebrated 100 million sales milestone.
Honda has achieved this milestone over past 2 decades. The first 1 crore (10 million) customer base was in the initial 11 years to touch a 2 crore sales milestone in 3 years and then on to 2.5 crores in 16 years. The fastest growth, at triple the speed, has been reported in the past 5 years when the next 2.5 crore customers were added taking a total tally to 5 crores. Best sellers from Honda include offerings such as the Activa, CB Shine, Dio, Grazia, Unicorn, Dream, CB350, etc.
Honda Activa India’s Highest Selling Scooter
Helping Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) on this momentous journey has been the Honda Activa. Launched in 2001, this scooter has many feathers in its cap. It is the country’s highest selling scooter and has been receiving several updates over the years. The Activa range consists of Activa 6G and Activa 125.
The Dio scooter along with the Grazia have also added to the company success and both these models are set to get new variants as per documents filed with the RTO. Activa variants listed in the document include Activa 6G and Activa 6G LED. There will also be four variants of Dio listed as Dio, Dio with digital speedometer, Dio with 3D emblem, Dio with digital speedometer and 3D emblem, each of which get composite cast wheels.
Honda Two Wheeler Sales Sep 2021
Honda’s Journey 1999-2021
Starting with the company’s incorporation in 1999, HMSI set up its first production unit in Manesar from where the Honda Activa made its debut. Exports of the company commenced in 2002 while the Unicorn 150cc marked its entry in 2004 while in the same year, the Activa scooter emerged as the No.1 brand in the country.
In 2006, HMSI introduced the Shine 125cc motorcycle and in 2008, despite an economic slowdown, the company managed to sustain double digit growth. An industry first Combi-Brake System with equalizer technology was launched in 2009 and in 2011, the company opened its 2nd manufacturing unit in Tapukara, Rajasthan.
Following its entry into the mass motorcycle 110cc segment in 2012, the company also inaugurated a new technical center with integrated SEDBQ function while a 3rd plant in Narsapura, Karnataka was opened in 2013. HMSI also introduced Honda Eco Technology (HET) contributing to improved mileage and in 2014, Honda Gold Wing GL1800 was introduced into the country.
HMSI’s journey continued with more new models being introduced in 2015 while expansion with a 4th plant in Vithalapur, Gujarat was inaugurated in 2016. Honda Africa Twin came to India in 2017 and in 2018, the company achieved several milestones with 40 million sales, investment of Rs. 6.3 billion into the Vithalapur facility and exports crossing the 2 million mark. 2020 saw the introduction of a new lineup of scooters and motorcycles while in 2021, the company crossed the 5 crore unit mark in domestic markets among other achievements. More
Honda ActivaHonda 2Wheelers India reports decline in domestic wholesales and exports in September 2021
With Hero MotoCorp and Honda 2Wheelers competing at the top league in the domestic two wheeler market, September 2021 would have brought cheer to the latter. Sales look up. In a MoM comparison, Honda has bettered sales from the previous month. This has helped the manufacturer have its sight set on the omnipresent gap between both manufacturers’ monthly sales.
Honda Sales Sep 2021
Honda 2W reports domestic sales of 4,63,679 units, down 7.43 percent. Volume loss stands at around 37k units, down from just over 5L units YoY. Exports for the month are below 20k units. Volumes are down by about a quarter.
Down from about 26k units at volume loss of 6.9k units. Total sales fell to 4,82,756 units, down from 5,26,865 units. Sales decline is reported at 8.37 units at volume loss of about 44k units. Best sellers from Honda include Activa, CB Shine, Dio, Grazia, Unicorn, Dream, CB350, etc.
MoM domestic sales grew by over 15 percent to end the quarter on some positivity. Sales grew from just over 4L units at volume gain of just over 2k units. Exports were down by over third at volume decline of over 10k units. Total MoM growth is reported at 12 percent, up from 4,30,683 units at volume gain of about 52k units.
Honda Two Wheeler Sales Sep 2021
Honda two wheelers big bikes
As part of Honda’s commitment to empower India’s youth with their most iconic 2Wheeler, its product range capacity is being increased to cater to the growing demand of 2Wheelers. While India thrives on mass market small cc motorcycles and Honda’s ubiquitous Activa, the auto manufacturer has many an ace up its sleeve. Globally, the company offers a range of big cc motorcycles, and the company has only just begun exploring this avenue in a big way here recently.
Honda has successfully launched its highly acclaimed 350cc series here. The packaging brings together aerodynamic body design, performance-enhancing suspension, and great hope. Being among the best in its class, it’s now garnering rave reviews for its exceptional performance. It almost beggars belief that Honda waited for so long to determine that the market was ready for such a product range.
The effort has always been to offer complete value for money proposition to customers. With festive season fervour overhead, Honda 2Wheeler is geared up to monetise on big demand, typical of this period.
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are gaining back the momentum with each passing month witnessing a rise in customer enquiries. The coming few months will be decisive in determining the growth forecast with the year’s most awaited time of festivals just around the corner. Our network across India is all geared up and ready to delight customers with their favourite Honda 2Wheeler.” More
Honda ActivaHonda domestic sales dipped 6.20 percent YoY while exports increased 98.08 percent in August 2021
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) domestic sales stood at 4,01,479 units, exports surged to 31,114 units. Taking domestic sales into account, it was a 6.25 percent YoY de-growth with 4,01,479 units sold in August 2021 as compared to 4,28,238 units sold in August 2020.
Top Selling Honda – Aug 2021
Once again it was the Activa scooter that ruled the domestic charts with a 50.98 share and 2,04,659 units sold, a 5.17 percent YoY growth over 1,93,607 units sold in August 2020. Following success of the Activa and with it the Dio scooter as well, the company is now set to introduce new variants ahead of the festive season. Honda Activa 6G will come in two new variants while Dio scooter will get four new variants as per documents filed with the Delhi RTO.
Next in line was Honda CB Shine with a 22.42 percent YoY growth to 1,29,926 units, up from 1,06,133 units sold in August 2020. These were the only two models along with the Honda Hornet 2.0 to post positive sales last month.
Dio sales dipped 37.39 percent YoY to 26,897 units, down from 42,957 units sold in August 2020. Upcoming variants of this scooter could include composite cast wheels, digital speedometer, composite cast wheel and 3D emblem, and digital speedometer and 3D emblem.
Honda Sales Aug 2021 vs Aug 2020 (YoY)
Lower down the order, Honda Livo, Dream, Grazia and Unicorn each posted de-growth on a YoY basis while H’ness 350 saw sales to the extent of 1,047 units while sales of Hornet 2.0 increased 3.50 percent YoY to 414 units from 400 units sold in August 2020. Sales de-growth was also reported in the case of the X-Blade and Africa Twin while sales of CBR650 and CB500 stood at 37 units and 6 units respectively.
Navi, Dio to Honda Exports in August 2021
In export markets, HMSI reported a 98.08 percent YoY growth to 31,114 units, up from 1,708 units shipped in August 2020. Every model, except for the CB Twister posted sales growth. It was Honda Navi scooter along with Dio that was most in demand. Navi exports stood at 5,570 units, up 143.66 percent over 2,286 units sold in August 2020. Dio scooter exports were up 191.83 percent to 5,212 units in the past month, from 1,786 units sold in the same month of the previous year.
X-Blade exports also increased substantially to 4,164 units, up 14964 percent over 1,668 units shipped in August 2020. Dream and CB Shine followed in quick succession with 155.37 percent and 23.68 percent growth to 2,832 units and 2,580 units over 1,109 units and 2,086 units shipped in August 2020.
Honda Sales Aug 2021 vs Aug 2020 (YoY)
While Grazia exports stood at 2,480 units, that of Hornet 160R increased 68.26 percent to 2,428 units from 1,443 units exported in August 2020. Unicorn 160 and Livo exports were at 2,112 units and 1,500 units respectively with the Unicorn 160 showing off a 340 percent growth in a YoY basis over 480 units shipped in August 2020. Exports of the CB Twister were down to 0 units as compared to 4,810 units exported in August 2020. More
New Honda CRF190LAs compared to recently launched CB200X, Honda CRF190L will have better off-roading capabilities
With growing interest in off-roading, there’s been an increased demand for adventure motorcycles. Newer riders usually prefer an affordable bike that can work as a commuter and tackle mild to moderate off-road tracks as well. For this segment, Honda will soon introduce CRF190L in China.
New Honda Adventure Motorcycle (Sub 200cc)- CRF190L design
The core silhouette and riding stance of Honda CRF190L looks familiar to that of Africa Twin. Some level of similarities can also be seen on the side fairing of both bikes. At the front, CRF190L has a flat-looking headlamp cowl. The front fascia looks a bit radical, as it’s quite different from conventional bikes. Other key features include a decent sized windscreen and circular rear view mirrors.
As compared to CB200X that was recently launched in India, CRF190L has distinctive styling and features. For example, CB200X has a wider visor as compared to that of CRF190L. CB200X is essentially a road-biased off-roader, whereas CRF190L could deliver a much better off-roading experience. Making it possible are features such as long-travel suspension at the front, wire spoke wheels, and chunky dual purpose tyres.
CRF190L has been equipped with standard telescopic forks whereas CB200X comes with USD forks in golden shade. Users can expect comfortable ride experience with the wide and ergonomically placed handlebar and curved seat design. At the rear, CRF190L has dedicated rack for carrying luggage.
New Honda CRF190L
In the image, the bike can be seen in dual-tone colour theme. At the time of launch, the bike could be offered in multiple single tone and dual-tone colour options. Sporty graphics in contrasting shade work to enhance the bike’s attractiveness. A number of parts have been blacked-out such as handlebar, levers, engine and swingarm.
Honda CRF190L engine and specs
Honda is yet to reveal details for CRF190L. It is likely that the bike will be using the same 184.4 cc, single-cylinder, air cooled motor as that of CB200X. It is capable of generating max power of 17 bhp at 8500 rpm and peak torque of 16.1 Nm at 6000 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. This engine also does duty on made-in-India Honda Hornet 2.0.
CRF190L could get features such as all-digital instrument cluster. It could also be equipped with a range of smartphone connectivity features. Users can pair their smartphone with the console to access features such as navigation. The bike appears to have disc brakes at both ends. Single-channel ABS is expected to be offered as standard.
It is expected that Honda CRF190L will be launched in China later this year. Based on response, it could be introduced in other markets as well such as Indonesia. Honda has already launched CB200X in India, so CRF190L is unlikely to make it here. More
Image for referenceRTO documents reveal two new Honda Activa variants and four variants of Dio scooters have been homologated
Honda Activa and Dio scooters have long been hot favourites in the company lineup. Scaling the company’s sales charts each month, these two scooters are set to receive new variants, if RTO leaked documents are anything to go by.
As per a recent type approval document filed by Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) with the RTO, Honda Activa and Dio will receive two and four new variants respectively. Honda Activa is currently presented in 6G and Activa 125 variants. The listed variants include Activa 6G and Activa 6G LED.
Honda Activa New Variants
As on date, the Honda Activa is offered with all LED lighting on the DLX variant. The STD variant gets LED DRLs, LED turn indicators along with LED tail lamps. Hence what the new variants will bring in is yet unclear. Honda Activa is currently priced from Rs. 69,080 to Rs. 72,325 (ex-sh).
As per RTO documents filed, there are also four variants scheduled for the Dio scooter. Honda Dio is currently available in two variants. The STD variant is priced at Rs 64,510 while the Dio DLX variant is priced at Rs 67,908.
Honda Activa, Dio scooter – New variants homologated
The listed document indicate the Honda Dio, Dio with digital speedometer, Dio with 3D emblem and Dio with digital speedometer and 3D emblem each of which get composite cast wheels. The new variants could see some change is design and features once launched. Expect launch of these new variants to take place ahead of the Diwali 2021 festive season, when sales are at peak.
Honda Dio scooter currently sports alloy wheels on the Repsol edition while other variants get pressed steel wheels. It also gets a digital instrument cluster on DLX and Repsol variants while STD variant gets an analogue setup.
No Change in Engine Specs
New variants of Honda Activa and Dio could continue to be powered by the same engine lineup. This 109.51cc, single cylinder engine makes 7.68 hp power at 8,000 rpm and 8.79 Nm peak torque at 5,250 rpm. On the Honda Dio, these figures stand at 7.76 hp and 9 Nm respectively. The engine is mated to a CVT.
The engine has recently received some updates which include new friction reduction technology, enhanced Smart Power (eSP), along with Honda Eco Technology (HET) for enhanced fuel efficiency. Suspension stands at telescopic suspension in the front and 3 step adjustable suspension at the rear.
In view of social distancing and fear of the pandemic, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter in India launched Honda BigWing virtual showrooms earlier this month. Set to enhance digital customer interface and to offer contactless services, this digital showroom offers customers a 360 degree virtual product range along with online documentation and direct to home delivery. Buyers can select their preferred dealership as per their location and customize their vehicles as per their choice. More
2021 Honda CBR150RWhile Honda CBR150R makes less power Yamaha R15, the former makes more torque than the latter
Honda has launched the updated CBR150R in Malaysia at a starting price of RM12,499 (approx. INR 2.21 lakh). Like the global market, the entry-level superbike from Honda competes against Yamaha YZF R15 in Malaysia. The updated CBR150R went on sale in Indonesia in January earlier this year.
The latest iteration of the fully-faired motorcycle gets a host of updates over its predecessor both in terms of styling and specifications. Starting with its design, CBR150R could be mistaken for the larger CBR250R at first glance as most of the design cues of the former are borrowed from its larger quarter-litre sibling.
Design & Features
Upfront, CBR150R gets a similar set of dual-beam LED headlights like the quarter-litre sports bike. Design elements such as a sharper front fairing, a muscular fuel tank and a neater tail section also mimic CBR250R.
Other styling highlights include a split-style seat with a raised tail section, arrow-shaped split tail-lamps, upswept exhaust canister, exposed rear subframe and a clip-on handlebar. Overall, the motorcycle looks more aggressive than its predecessor.
2021 Honda CBR150R
For the Malaysian market, the latest iterations of the sports bike will be available in two colour options namely Matte Charcoal Grey Metallic and Candy Scintillate Red. In terms of features, 2021 CBR150R is equipped with a fully digital LCD instrument console that reads out information from the gear position indicator and fuel consumption meter.
Coming to its hardware, suspension setup of CBR150R consists of upside-down telescopic forks at front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at rear. The gold-finished front forks from Showa also enhance the overall look of the motorcycle.
Braking duties are carried out by single rotors at front and rear assisted by a dual-channel ABS as standard. It tips the weighing scales at 139kg which is 2 kilos lighter than its nearest rival.
2021 Honda CBR150R
Powering the updated CBR150R is the same 149 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine which delivers a slightly less output. The Malaysia-spec CBR150R produces 16.09 bhp at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque of 13.7 Nm at 7,000 rpm which is 1 bhp and 0.7 Nm less than the Indonesia-spec model. Honda has equipped CBR150R with its PGM-Fi fuel-injection system and eSP technology.
This unit is coupled with a six-speed gearbox with a slipper and assist clutch with a chain drive which not only reduces rear-wheel locking and hopping during aggressive downshifts but also brings down lever effort by 15 percent. Launch of the new CBR150R in India looks highly doubtful at the moment. More
Honda CB200X Delivery Starts. Image – Ride With TusharHonda CB200X comes in with superior technology and dynamic performance setting a trend in the 180-200cc segment
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India recently launched the new CB200X adventure tourer. Priced at Rs 1.44 lakhs, this new CB200X is the affordable adventure Honda motorcycle which will rival the likes of Hero XPulse 200. Deliveries of the motorcycle have now started in select cities.
Presented in three colours of Pearl Nightstar Black, Matte Selene Silver Metallic and Sports Red, the Honda CB200X, true to its adventurous stance, borrows inspiration from Honda CB500X with a taller windscreen, knuckle guards and bash plate.
Features and Equipment
Honda CB200X boasts of a sporty and muscular design and carries efficient riding ergonomics. It offers the rider an upright riding position with raised and swaged handle bars, a comfortable split step seat and visor that not only protects the rider but also enhances aerodynamics and reduces wind resistance.
At 810mm, seat height is the same as that seen on the Hornet 2.0. Knuckle guards with integrated LED blinkers, an LED headlamp unit and alloy wheels are fitted with special tread pattern tyres measuring 110mm front and 140mm rear. In terms of dimensions, the Honda CB200X stands 2,035mm in length, 843mm in width and 1,248mm in height with kerb weight of 1,248mm, ground clearance of 167mm and fuel tank capacity of 12 liters. Watch the first owner of new Honda CB200X taking delivery in the video below by JS Xtreme.
The CB200X also gets a blue backlit LCD instrument cluster, also borrowed from the Hornet 2.0 display information on gear position, digital clock and service due indicator. It is however, devoid of Bluetooth connectivity and navigation, a feature which is vital in today’s age and which is available on its rivals.
Engine, Braking and Suspension
The new Honda CB2000X gets its power via the same engine that powers the Hornet 2.0. This 184.4 cc, single cylinder, BSVI, PGM-FI engine is rated at 17.23 hp power at 8,500 rpm and 16.1 Nm torque at 6,000rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox.
Based on a diamond-type steel frame, the CB00X gets golden upside down forks in the front, 276mm disc in the front and a 220mm disc at the rear with ABS and monoshock at the rear offer better handling and comfort over long distance rides. Engine start switch offers convenience during shorter stops while hazard switch is ideal for both emergency stops and lower visibility conditions.
Honda is offering a special 6 year warranty package on the CB200X which includes 3 years standard and 3 years optional extended warranty. The Honda CB200X is on sale via the company’s regular dealerships and not through the BigWing dealerships.
In our market, Honda CB200X will primarily take on Hero XPulse 200 while it will also compete with Royal Enfield Himalayan and KTM 250 Adventure. At Rs 1.44 lakhs, the Honda CB200X is more expensive as compared to the Hero XPulse 200 (Rs 1.20 lakhs) but cheaper than the RE Himalayan priced at Rs 2.05-2.13 lakh. More
2022 Honda CB500XNew components of all these models are sourced from larger siblings Honda CB650R and CBR650R
Honda will be introducing a series of upgrades on its CB500 lineup in Europe. These include the naked streetfighter CB500F, the supersport CBR500R and the adventure tourer CB500X. Out of these, only CB500X is available in the Indian market which was launched earlier this year.
These motorcycles have been hugely popular across Europe. The Japanese brand claims to have sold over 106,000 units of CB500 ever since they were launched back in 2013. Out of these, CB500F accounts for nearly half of those sales. The track-friendly CBR500R has accounted for almost 18 percent of the total sales.
On the other hand, the adventurous CB500X accounts for 35 percent of the total sales volume. The new set of updates primarily focus on the dynamics of the motorcycles which involves its suspension and braking setup. Additionally, minor updates have also been made to their powertrain.
New Riding Dynamics
For starters, Honda has equipped the 500cc motorcycle with new Showa 41mm SFF-BP inverted forks at front which has been derived from their more powerful middleweight siblings CB650R and CBR650R. This is said to improve ride and handling of the bikes.
2022 Honda CB500X
Stopping power has been enhanced with new dual 296mm wavy front disc brakes powered by radially mounted Nissin calipers. Handling has also improved thanks to lighter Y-spoke aluminum wheels on CB500F and CBR500R.
The adventure tourer gets larger 19-inch light wheels at front and also receives longer front suspension travel to assist it while traveling on undulated paths. Further, Honda has added a new and lighter swingarm which is said to be stiffer rotationally on all three motorcycles. This has resulted in improved handling and cornering performance, by adding more lateral flexibility to the swingarm.
Coming to the powertrain, all three bikes are still powered by the same 471cc parallel-twin motor which continues to produce 47 bhp and 43.2 Nm of peak torque. However, after the latest update, this unit now features new PGM-FI settings to further enhance both torque feel and overall character. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed transmission with an assist and slipper clutch.
2022 Honda CBR500R
Honda has also made updates to the colour schemes on the three bikes. For 2022, the naked CB500F will be available in three paint schemes including Pearl Dusk Yellow, Pearl Smoky Gray and Mat Axis Gray Metallic. The fully-faired CBR500R will be offered in a single colour option- Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic with new graphics signifying the brand’s racing heritage.
The CB500 adventure bike will also be available in the same colour as CBR500R. In addition, it also receives Honda’s classic Grand Prix Red. This set of updates are not expected to be carried forward to the India-spec CB500X anytime soon. CB500X is currently priced at Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom). More