The Indian two wheeler segment is all set to get a boost from new arrivals especially in the automatic scooter segment. Several new scooters have already been displayed at the recently concluded Delhi Auto Expo. The scooter segment has become immensely attractive to manufacturers and they are keen to cash in on the increasing consumer interest by launching several new models.
Some of the Notable new scooters will be the Mahindra Duro DZ, Suzuki Swish, Hero Maestro, Vespa LX 125, new redesigned Honda Dio, Yamaha Ray and and new 125cc scooter from TVS. The next year can be made even more exciting if Hero and TVS bring out their hybrid scooters Leap and Qube.
The first automatic scooter among the above mentioned ones is the Mahindra Duro DZ 125. It has been launched only in the southern states in India and will soon be available in the rest of the country too. It is powered by a strong 125cc engine that offers a powerful ride. The suspension has been tuned to offer the best ride possible and the increased ground clearance will help in handling rough road conditions.
The Honda Dio has been Honda's scooter for the youth. Its wacky design was appreciated by the college going crowd and an updated design was on show at the Delhi Auto Expo. While the technical details of the new Dio will remain the same, the most important aspect is the design. The frontal design including the handle, headlights and body has been refreshed. It is expected to reach showrooms soon.
Hero MotoCorp has launched its Maestro scooter. This is in fact the rebadged Honda Aviator with some extra stickering. The Maestro will offer the same levels of comfort, ride quality and mileage as the Honda Aviator but will carry the Hero Tag.
Another important scooter that we can discuss is the Suzuki Swish. Agreed, the Access 125 has been the unmatched leader in the 125cc scooter segment and creating a new scooter in the same segment might be considered adventurous. Suzuki has said orders for the Access has been so high that it had to create an alternative option on its own rather than allowing people to choose scooters from other manufacturers.