There was a time when people talked only of Bajaj scooters. Then, there came Kinetic Honda to give a tough competition to Bajaj. Kinetic gave Indians the gearless, strong and sturdy scooter. The time changed and it is now the turn of Honda Motors and Scooters India Limited, to gain popularity in this segment. Three gearless 110 cc engine scooters of Honda HMSI are already popular in the market. These models of Honda scooters are popular with the names Dio, Activa and Aviator. They are priced between Rs. 44,718 and Rs. 53,547 (Ex-showroom Delhi). Another name can now be added to this trio, since Honda Motors and Scooters India Limited has launched the new Honda Activa i on June 12, 2013. Priced at Rs. 44,200 (ex-showroom Delhi), this will be the most affordable and competitive model in this segment of scooters. The new model will be available for sale throughout the country by June end. The Honda Motors has strategically categorized this scooter as a personal compact scooter.
The President and CEO of Honda Motors and Scooters (HMSI) Limited, Keita Muramatsu hinted at the company's strategy in the following words commenting on the launch of the scooter: "As a leader in the automatic scooters segment, Honda's entry into the personal compact segment with ACTIVA-I is its next strategic step towards reinforcing its market leadership." According to the CEO of HMSI, the company is now engaged in the development of a new two wheeler, which will be a hundred percent indigenous product. However, it was not disclosed whether the new product will be a motorcycle or a scooter. The new product is likely to be completed within a year. Honda has already captured 50 per cent of the scooter market in India. The company now aims to be the largest two-wheelers manufacturer in India by 2015. Let us now discuss, the features and specifications of Honda Activa i.
Engine and performance of the new Honda Activa i
Honda Motors and Scooters India Limited did not make changes in the engine of the new model. It has used the same 109.2cc 4-stroke air cooled engine by which its earlier version Honda Activa has been powered. This engine produces power of 8.15 PS @ 7,500 rpm. The torque is of 8.74 Nm @ 5,500 rpm. The best thing to talk about its performance is the new Combi Brake System (CBS). This has greatly reduced the braking distance by 24%, as compared to the traditional braking system. The scooters mainly suffer from their low fuel economy. However, Honda Activa i is a marvellous scooter in the matter of fuel economy giving the user a mileage of 60 kmpl. This is a great change brought in the scooters by the use of Honda Eco Technology (HET).
Tubeless tyres, viscous air filter and maintenance free battery
Another great feature of Honda Activa i is its tubeless tyres. The viscous air filter and the maintenance free battery give the rider of this wonderful vehicle a pleasurable riding experience.
Storage space, fuel tank, ground clearance and ergonomic grab rail
There is quite a large storage space of 18 litres, which is conveniently located under the seat. The fuel tank capacity is 5.3 litres. Fill and forget strategy of Honda can be applied here. You can have a tension free ride for hundred of kilometres by just filling the tank once. There is a good clearance of 165 mm from the ground. This, in fact, is 12 mm more than what is provided in the former versions of Honda Activa. The women riders will feel the new scooter very convenient to use, when they have to put the scooter on its main stand. The new Honda takes 15 percent less force to be used when putting it on the main stand, thanks to its ergonomic grab rail.
Appearance and style
The new indicators and the new tail lamp gives very good appearance to your new Honda Activa i. The new scooter has slim and sleek design, which is one of the best among the scooters available in the industry. The company has lifted the superb design from its already existence Honda Aviator.
Signal to a price war among 110 cc scooters
Honda Activa i has given a green signal to ensuing price war among scooters with 110 cc engine. This will benefit the buyers of scooters in this segment. The new Honda is priced lower than the earlier 110 cc engine scooters like Honda Activa and Honda Dio. Honda Activa i has been given a lower price tag than TVS Wego110. This is certainly going to increase rivalry in the scooters manufacturers as far as the price of the scooters in this segment is concerned.
Price, availability and colours
Honda Activa i is likely to put for sales throughout the country by this month end. The basic price of the scooter is kept at Rs. 44,200 (ex-showroom Delhi). Like its predecessor Honda Activa, the new Honda Activa i is surely to be one of the best selling scooters in the market. The company has already established a new factory near Bengaluru for the assembly of this scooter and there is no likelihood of delay in the delivery of this scooter. The new scooter will be available in Beige, White, Red and Silver colours.
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Conclusion and review
To push up the sales of Honda scooters in the gearless scooters segment, the new model has been priced about Rs. 5,000 less than the regular Activa. This will result in a price war among the scooters in this segment. The new scooter is by far the cheapest version of the company's Activa scooter, which has already become a best selling brand scooter of Honda. The new scooter has been designed for comfort and convenience of the user. It has been appropriately called a personal compact computer. The scooter will be known for its combi-brake system (CBS), which reduces braking distance by 24 percent, when compared to the conventional braking system. The fuel economy of 60 km per litre is a marvellous development among scooters. The scooter will be a boon to the women riders, since it will need about 15 per cent less force to be used when putting the scooter on its main stand. This has been achieved by its ergonomic grab rail. Its tubeless tyres and maintenance free battery is going to make the new Activa Honda i as the scooter of the year.
Read more about Honda Activa-i here - www.activa-i.in
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