The top 10 motorcycles sold in June 2020 collectively contributed 6,12,531 units in sales compared to 8,79,123 units back in June 2019
As India’s automotive industry makes a slow recovery from COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdown protocols, monthly sales charts are witnessing higher numbers. However, the figures are much lesser than pre-COVID trends. Globally, automotive businesses have started working at nearly their full potential in a safe, sanitised and socially distanced environment.
Several automakers have opened online sales platforms to boost sales amid these difficult times. Important events such as auto shows, launches, unveils and media drive/ride have been either cancelled or postponed depending on guidelines issued by local health authorities. On the other hand, deliveries and test drives are conducted following all safety measures.
The new ‘online showrooms’ mentioned above have gained substantial popularity in the past few months thanks to the level of convenience offered. Furthermore, they do not affect the business of existing dealerships in any manner since the user would be directed to the nearest or preferred outlet at the end.
Top 10 Motorcycles
Last month, the top 10 motorcycles sold in the country contributed 6,12,531 units to the overall two-wheeler sales chart. In comparison, the top 10 from June 2019 collectively garnered 8,79,123 units. This is a sales decline of 2,66,592 units or 30.32%.
Hero Splendor comes at the top with 1,80,266 units in sales compared to 62,477 units more in June 2019. Following it is another budget commuter motorcycle from Hero MotoCorp. Hero HF Deluxe hit 1,29,602 units in June 2020 as against 1,93,194 units back in June 2019. Bajaj Pulsar (entire range) comes third with 80,822 units; just 2.63% down from the market performance in the same month, a year before.
Hero Glamour returned 45,252 units in June 2020 or in other words, 24,626 units less than June 2019. It is followed by Honda CB Shine at 40,316 units (-52.50%). The popular commuter from Honda Motorcycle India beat Hero MotoCorp’s Passion (now available only in ‘PRO’ format) that collected 39,900 units in June 2020 in comparison to 56,947 units last year.
June 2020 saw Bajaj Platina hit 35,277 units. This translates to a sales drop of roughly 38%. Meanwhile, Bajaj CT hit only 22,762 units as against 38,720 units in June 2019. Sales have gone down by over 41%. Royal Enfield Classic 350, the most popular choice in the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer’s lineup, follows close at 22,699 units compared to 33,790 units last year. Finally on the list comes Honda CD110 Dream with 15,635 units (-21.15%).
All these motorcycles were updated to BS6 emission norms from the start of 2020. To cut down emissions, they are mostly equipped with fuel injection or at least an electronic carburettor. Power figures have slightly varied as well.