The two best-selling two wheelers in FY19 have been the Honda Activa and Hero Splendor. Honda Activa sales stood at 30.08 lakhs in FY19 while that of Hero Splendor stood at 30.05 lakhs in the same period. The difference between the two is 2,716 units over the period from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
Honda managed to beat Splendor in FY19, in spite of registering negative growth for the Activa scooter. There was a drop in sales by 5 percent with a total of 30,08,334 units sold in the FY19 period as compared to 31,54,030 units sold in FY18. Hero Splendor sales stood at 30,05,618 units in FY19 as compared to 27,33,586 units sold in FY18, an increase of 10 percent.
Entire two wheeler industry is battling low buyer sentiment. Hero, which is the largest two wheeler brand, reported a decline in earnings growth by 7.5% last fiscal. Honda, which is the 2nd largest, registered a decline of over 45% in March 2019, slipping to 3rd spot for the monthly sales.
Honda is now working on the Activa 6G which has been spied testing in a production ready format in the country. The Honda Activa 6G is expected to launch later this year, just ahead of the festive season.
It will come in with significant changes in style and performance, as compared to its current counterpart. Design changes could include a new front fender, redesigned body panels and black finished alloy wheels. It will get telescopic forks in the front, offering better handling and stability on bad roads. Braking will be via disc brake in the front and drum brake at the rear along with CBS braking system.
Honda Activa 6G will come in powered by the existing 109cc engine, which would be updated to comply with BS VI emission norms. The engine currently offers 8 bhp power at 7,500 rpm and 9 Nm torque at 5,500 rpm mated to an automatic gearbox. The BS VI engine will be more efficient than the outgoing engine. It will also deliver more power.