A total of 1,15,31,359 two wheelers were sold during the period April to September 2018 as compared to 1,04,96,415 units sold in the same period of the previous year. Taking into account State wise sales data, the Western region, which consisted of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Goa noted maximum sales to the extent of 34,18,823 units in H1 FY19, a growth of 7% as compared to 31,81,056 units in the same period of the previous year. Sales in Goa however dipped 16% over the H1 FY19 as compared to sales of 25,930 units in H1 FY18.
The Southern region, comprising Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Pondicherry saw sales to the extent of 31,73,993 units during H1 FY19, a growth of 11% as compared to 28,71,924 during H1 FY19. While each of these States posted positive results, sales in Pondicherry dipped 19% from 20,833 units in H1 FY18 to 16,826 units in the same period of the current financial year.
Sales across North India increased 11% from 25,55,525 in H1 FY18 to 28,43,518 in H1 FY19. The Northern region, which included states such as UP, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttaranchal, J&K, HP and Chandigarh all noted an increase in two wheeler sales expect for Chandigarh where sales dipped 8% from 42,841 units in H1 FY18 to 39,489 in H1 FY19.
An 11% increase in two wheeler sales was noted across the Eastern states of India between H1 FY18 and H1FY19. A total of 20,95,025 units were sold during H1 FY18 as compared to 18,87,910 units sold in H1 FY18. West Bengal, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh noted a marginal dip in sales while Sikkim failed to record any two wheeler sales in both the periods in question.
Taking into account the overall ranking of State wise two wheeler sales, Uttar Pradesh ranked the highest with 16,23,947 units sold during the period April to September 2018. Top 10 states contributed to over 70% of India’s two wheeler sales. It may be also noted from the table below that Honda sales have surged over the past few years and is expected to near the gap with Hero MotoCorp during the current year.
Hero continues its command over northern India while the fact that Honda does not have any entry level motorcycles is a matter of concern for the company. However, it may be noted that Honda sales have surged past that of Hero MotoCorp in 19 out of 33 states while the market share difference between the two rivals is just 6%. Hero’s leader is Splendor, that of Honda is Activa.