There is no doubt in the fact that Honda’s Activa is the country’s largest selling two-wheeler. It has been leading the Splendor in terms of monthly sales this whole year so far and looks set to continue with the feat. However, their brand is absolutely nascent in the niche territory of modern-classical and retro looking scooters.
Started by Vespa and taken forward by the Yamaha Fascino, the segment is now booming. The volumes may still be very low as compared to the rest of the scooter market, but that is not stopping Honda. As per a report in Motorbeam the Japanese manufacturer has patented a new scooter whose image has this characteristic classical appeal.
Matching with the entry level Metropolitan sold in their international markets, the scooter can be a fitting challenger to the Fascino which has been having a gala time at the helm of the segment. While internationally the Metropolitan is powered by a 49 cc single cylinder liquid cooled mill, if it actually hits our streets, expect it to be powered by the tried and tested 110 cc mill from the Activa.
What would be great though will be plonking in the 125 cc mill which at present does duty only in the Activa 125. A 150 cc though seems a bit unlikely. Honda of late has been a bit adventurous, the biggest example of which is the Navi. Well, if you are the segment leader by such a huge margin, you can definitely try out new things.