The new Honda Activa 6G, it’s 125 cc sibling and the Dio scooters manufactured between February 14 to 25, 2020, are being recalled
These new Honda scooters are being recalled over a defective rear cushion. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) announced that it suspects a quality issue in the rear cushion which may result in oil leakage or breakage, and may lead to vehicle imbalance.
The authorized dealers will rectify and replace the rear cushion of the affected scooters starting from mid-March and if the concerned part belongs to the defective lot, it will be replaced at no cost to the customer irrespective of the warranty status. The owners of scooters covered by the recall campaign will be contacted by the company via email, phone call or SMS for inspection of their vehicle.
Both Activa 6G and 125 BS6 were launched in January 2020. It is to be noted that HMSI already recalled the Activa 125 BS6 a couple of weeks ago to fix a potentially defective cooling fan cover and oil gauge. The second recall comes just a few days later. In both cases, the two wheeler giant did not release the number of units affected by the recalls. Given that Honda has already sold over 1 lakh units of BS6 models (Activa 6G, 125 and SP 125), the recall campaign is expected to cover a sizable number of scooters.
The Honda Activa 6G which was launched at a starting price of INR 63,912 (ex-showroom) incorporates quite a few important changes compared to the 5th iteration it replaced. The most significant improvement is the addition of fuel-injection system to the time proven 110 cc air-cooled engine which is paired with a CVT. The engine now produces 7.6 bhp which is 0.4 bhp down on its predecessor.
Other noteworthy feature additions include Silent Start technology (auto start/stop), LED headlamp, revised front apron, external fuel filler lid, telescopic front suspension, 3-step adjustable rear shock absorber, new color options and USB port.
The Honda Dio BS6 was launched in early February at INR 59,990 (ex-showroom). The sporty scooter features significant design revisions. Not surprisingly, it borrows the fuel-injected 110 cc engine from the Activa 6G. Feature highlights include LED headlamp, external fuel-filler lid, side-stand indicator with engine cut off, fully digital instrument console, etc.
HMSI has been dominating the Indian scooter market for years now and things are expected to proceed unchanged in the BS6 era as well. The Honda Activa started this year as the best selling two wheeler in the country and the recall campaign is not expected to have a significant negative impact on its brand pull.