Having ended FY19 on a mixed note, performance of the best selling two wheelers through March 2019 has taken a hit for most in the top 10 list. Hero Splendor remained on top of the list as it did a year earlier. Sales volume though was down 6 percent at 2,46,656 units, down from 2,62,232 units sold in March 2018.
Honda Activa, a bestseller for the company has seen sales tumble 29 percent at 1,48,241 units sold, down from 2,07,536 units sold in March 2018. The Activa range is the only two-wheeler (scooter) from Honda in the top 10 list. Honda ended the FY at 4.41 percent sales decline 5,520,617 units sold, down from 5,775,287 units sold in FY18. For March 2019, Honda reported 47 percent sales decline. Hero HF Deluxe line remains firmly rooted to third spot, albeit at a 20 percent deline at 1,46,162 units sold, down from 1,83,162 units sold in march 2018.
For Bajaj, it seemed like a month where they could not do any wrong. Sales trends have been defied and both of the company’s bikes in the top 10 list have in fact posted fairly large growth numbers. Bajaj Pulsar range sales are up 154 percent at 83,228 units sold, up from 32,709 units sold in March 2018.
Bajaj Platina sales are up 80 percent at 62,519 units sold, up from 34,758 units sold in March 2018. While details are not available at the moment, Bajaj has hinted at doing ‘something remarkable’ with CT, Platina and Pulsar brands this June. This would in fact strengthen the brand’s strongest line-up, and could infuse further positivity. In the Bajaj Pulsar range, Pulsar 180F is on sale Pulsar 180 is now discontinued. Bajaj Pulsar 125 NS is expected to be launched by Sep 2019.
Hero covers two more spots in the top 10 list but with a poor showing. Sixth in the list is Hero Passion, sales of which has tumbled to 58,544 percent, down 44 percent from 1.05,214 units. Hero Glamour sales lost 21 percent in volumes at 56,658 units, dwon from 21 percent. In fact, all four of Hero’s bikes in the list have posted sales decline. Hero MotoCorp sales for March 2019 were down 21.5 percent at 5,53,302 units sold, down from 7,04,874 units sold in March 2018.
Suzuki Access scooter finds itself at ninth place in the list at 36 percent growth. Sales for its top scooter is reported at 49,875 units, up from 36,555 units sold in March 2018. For the month Suzuki sales were up 25.3 percent at 58,696 units sold, up from 46,848 units sold in March 2018.
TVS finds itself in eighth and tenth place on the list, both at a sales decline. TVS Jupiter scooter, the company’s bestseller lost 18 percent in volumes, down to 53,424 units from 65,308 units. TVS Apache series sales contracted 6 percent, down to 42,875 units, down from 45,644 units sold in March 2018. In all, the top 10 saw 9 percent shaved off from total sales volume at 9,48,272 units, down from 10,45,172 units sold in March 2018.