Dealerships in Orange and Green zones have been given permission to operate while complying with strictest safety measures
The nationwide lockdown, that has been in effect since mid March to arrest the spread of COVID-19, has been lifted in areas of Orange and Green zones. Auto plants, dealerships and service workshops falling within these areas have resumed operations but need to follow strict guidelines in terms of safety and sanitization as per Government of India orders.
Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India (HMSI) has announced that sales of their popular scooters and motorcycles like Activa 6G, Activa 125, Dio, Dream, CB Shine, etc have now restarted. In addition to this, the company has released a detailed ‘Dealership Operations Resumption Manual’ along with a YouTube video highlighting precautions to be followed.
This is to ensure both the customer’s and worker’s safety during this pandemic. The workshops are to be thoroughly sanitized and each of the workers will have to wear a mask and carry sanitizers at all times. Thermal scanning will be done for all workers entering the workshop while all tools and equipment will be sanitized on a regular basis both before and after use.
Social distancing will be followed in all areas which will be a rule even in the customer lounge. Service appointments should be booked in advance so as to avoid overcrowding at the service workshops and all payments should be made digitally via digital wallet or online payments. Below is the Honda video message.
Along with restarting dealer operations in India HMSI is also working alongside to support the fight against COVID-19 in India. The company has actively donated towards the ‘PM CARES’ relief fund and has distributed free food packets, sanitizers, face masks and essential items to those in need.
Last month, the company had hiked prices of the BS6 Activa 6G and Activa 125 and has now also announced a hike in price of the 2020 Honda Dio which was launched a few months ago. This price hike is by Rs.542 and Rs.552 and now carries a price tag of Rs.60,542 for the standard model while the top end Dio Deluxe is now priced at Rs.63,892. With this price hike, the company has made its entire BS6 scooter portfolio costlier than before.
Honda Dio is a sporty scooter which has brought in good sales for the company. In its BS6 format, new cosmetic changes have been introduced with LED position lamps, new tail light and body graphics. It also receives a split grab rail at the rear, copper toned wheels and more floorboard space due to a longer wheelbase. It is powered by a 110cc engine that offers 8 bhp power and 9 Nm torque. It also gets fuel injection system for better power delivery.