While Honda leads the roost in terms of automatic scooters in India, their numbers in the 125 cc motorcycle had been sliding. Now the Shine had maintained a stronghold over the segment but it was displaced by Hero’s Glamour earlier this year. The Honda Shine is however, back in the numero uno position with 91,447 units sold in the month of September!
When we had last spoken to the management of Honda, they had informed us that sales volumes in the 125 cc had dropped due to the capacity restraints and allocation issues. With the new Gujarat plant fully operational, the 125 cc challengers by Honda, the CB Shine and CB Shine SP, seems to be back in action.
Hero’s Glamour, in comparison sold 80,742 units in September 2016. Now the gap between the two bikes may be just 10,705 units, but the tale is set to become more interesting in the near future. Hero, is all set to update the Super Splendor with i3S in the near future. The fuel efficiency boosting start-stop technology will definitely help them pull in a bigger crowd.
The Shine in the months of August and July 2016 sold 75,435 and 63,229 units respectively.
Just to give you a bigger picture of the segment, the Yamaha Saluto saw a movement of around 6,300 units while Bajaj’s 125 cc Discover retailed slightly more than 10,000 units. The segment as a whole has been shrinking but can this new fight between the erstwhile partners kick start the 125 cc territory again?