Calendar year 2016 is clearly turning out to be the year of scooters in the Indian two-wheeler market. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI)’s popular scooter brand Activa, which not only refuses to age but is increasing gaining traction every passing month, has yet again surpassed Hero MotoCorp’s bestselling Splendor motorcycle brand in September.
Last month (September 2016) marks the Honda Activa’s ninth month in a row of being the top-selling two-wheeler brand in India. Achieving a monthly milestone of 300,000 unit sales for the first time ever, HMSI reported total sales of 301,529 units under its Activa brand in September 2016, up by 31.45 percent YoY (September 2015: 229,382 units).
Hero MotoCorp’s Splendor ranks second with total sales of 254,704 units, up by 4.73 percent (September 2015: 243,188 units). It was the top selling two-wheeler brand in September 2015.
Continuing to be a stable performer for Hero MotoCorp, the 100cc mass commuter motorcycle HF Deluxe is third on the list with sales of 131,867 units. The company had reported sales of 101,579 units of HF Deluxe motorcycles in September 2015 when it was No. 4.
The Hero Passion holds the fourth position in the Top 10 list with total sales of 92,378 units in September 2016. However, the brand continues to perform below its last year’s performance. Hero had reported sales of 108,395 units under its Passion brand in September last year, when it stood at number three slot in the Top 10 two-wheelers list.
Moving up the ranks at No. 5 and with growing sales is the Honda CB Shine, which regained its 125cc segment bestseller crown lost to Hero’s Glamour seven months ago in September 2016. Last month, it sold 91,447 units, a growth of 32.22 percent (September 2015: 69,162).
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At No. 6 is Hero’s Glamour with sales of 80,742 units, up 44.72 percent over September 2015 sales of 55,793 units, when it ranked eighth.
TVS’s moped, the XL Super ranked seventh with sales of 78,405 units during September 2016, which is a pointer to the fact that mopeds are not very much alive and kicking.
Eighth on the Top 10 list is Bajaj Pulsar with sales of 68,007 units. The celebrated brand reported flat sales growth of 1.86 percent YoY (September 2015: 66,765) and drops two places YoY.
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TVS Motor Company’s steady performer, 110cc Jupiter scooter model is the only other scooter to make it in the Top 10 bestselling two-wheelers’ list. The Jupiter sold 60,943 units in September 2016 and held the ninth position in the list.
Wrapping up the Top 10 for September is the CT100, Bajaj Auto’s most affordable mass commuter motorcycle, which ranked tenth with sales of 56,652 units in September 2016.
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