The Indian two-wheeler market is now busy fulfilling its promise to the commuter as manufacturers gear up to meet the deadline of April 1, 2019 by which time, two wheelers depending on displacement will feature CBS or ABS as standard fitment.
It’s safety first, as Aprilia and Vespa prepare for that journey. With dealership dispatches underway, the soft launch means sales are underway. already commenced. The 150cc scooters now feature a single-channel ABS, which obviously means price points are now inflated by a wee bit, a norm practiced by all manufacturers. The price hike for scooters with ABS from both brands will make the scooters costlier by about 10k. For scooters with CBS, the price hike is in the range of 3k.
Vespa VXL 150 ABS now costs Rs 98k, SXL 150 ABS Rs 1.03 lakh, SXL 150 Red Rs 1.04 lakh, and Elegante 150 ABS Rs 1.09 lakh. Aprilia SR 150 ABS is available at a price of Rs 81k. SR 150 Carbon ABS is listed at Rs 83k, and SR 150 Race ABS at Rs 90k.
The 125cc scooters with CBS sees Aprilia SR 125 CBS available at Rs 70k, Vespa VXL 125 CBS at Rs 88k, Vespa SXL 125 CBS at Rs 92k and Vespa SXL 125 Red at Rs 93k. And apart from the CBS or ABS feature, the Aprilia scooters now run on MRF tyres. Prices are ex-showroom.
While scooters enjoy a viable position in the Indian two wheeler market, the range from 110-125cc is largely tuned to cater to mass market commuter parameters, a winning formula for most manufacturers who enter the segment.
This large scale production makes possible economies of scale that results in fairly affordably priced scooters. This unprecedented demand, supply and growth has contracted the motoscooter market, and keeps the price of capable bikes on the higher end, especially when they have an overseas tag on them. But capable motoscooters with enjoyable power have no competition, and for those who enjoy the ride, this is a smooth one.