After teasing us with a video of a pin falling with text that read: “Please hold a pin- drop silence.”, Honda has revealed its first – and India’s second – BS6-compliant two-wheeler – the fuel-injected Activa 125. This is the first of many models that'll be part of the company’s ‘quiet revolution’.
Honda has said the all-new Activa 125 BS6 is developed with as many as 26 new patent applications. While it still uses a 125cc motor, the Activa 125 now features the company’s PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) and Honda’s Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) tech that the company claims ‘optimises energy output by maximising efficient combustion’.
Along with the new motor, the Activa 125 gets a starter system that is said to have silent, digi-analogue instrumentation, idle-start stop system and more. The new instrument cluster also displays real-time fuel efficiency and distance-to-empty. An idle start-stop system, similar to that seen on Hero’s new scooters, makes it to the new Activa 125. Other updates include a side stand indicator, an LED headlight, and an external fuel filler cap.
The Honda Activa 125 also gets a segment-best warranty period of six years (three years standard + three years optional extended).
Speaking at the event, Noriaki Abe, manging officer and chief officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor, said: "Creating new value for people worldwide through unique mobility solutions, Honda is committed to spread the joy of buying for customers globally. In India, Honda's two-wheeler business is considerably large and we will continue to innovate for a higher level of customer satisfaction. Today, I am glad with all new Activa BS VI, we bring our global benchmarks to India."
Commenting on the unveiling of Honda's first BS VI two-wheeler, Minoru Kato, president and CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, said: "Honda's global vision is to lead advancement of mobility and enable people to improve their daily lives worldwide. As the forerunners of innovation and technology, we are yet again ready to lead the next revolution powered by superior technology. With the unveiling of new Activa 125 BS VI, Honda will begin this transition to BS VI emission norms in a unique 'quiet way'."
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, said: "Leading the transition towards a pollution free India, we are delighted to present today — the new Activa 125 BS VI. The impressive pace at which the automatic scooters have gained popularity in India, gave us a strong conviction to lead this transformation with a scooter. Adding another surprise for our customers, for the first time in the Indian two-wheeler industry, Honda will offer a special 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years option extended warranty) on Activa 125 BS VI."
Interestingly, Hero announced its first BS6 product, the Hero Splendor iSmart just two days ago, making it the first two-wheeler manufacturer in the country to introduce a BS6 model.
The BS6-compliant Honda Activa 125 will go on sale by September 2019.
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