The two-wheeler segment in the country accounts for the biggest share in the automobile industry in India. Buyers are preferring scooters over motorcycles which has been witnessed in the recent trend of the buying pattern of customers.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has continued its success run with the sales of the Activa scooter. The Honda Activa has remained in the top spot for the ninth consecutive month beating traditional rival Hero MotoCorp.
The Japanese automaker has sold 301,529 units of Activa for the month as compared to 229,382 units sold in September 2015. A significant increase of 31 percent comparatively.
Honda had introduced the Activa 15 years ago and there has been turning back as it went on to revolutionize the two-wheeler industry. Traditionally India has been a motorcycle driven state, but there has been a change in preference over the years.
Among the top selling two-wheelers, Hero MotoCorp's Splendor dropped to the second position as against in September 2015.
The sales of the Hero Splendor has increased from 243,188 units during September 2015 to 254,704 units in September 2016, an increase of 5 percent.
Coming third is the Hero HF Deluxe which climbed one position from the previous fourth in September 2015 with an increase in sales of 30 percent. Hero MotoCorp sold 131,867 units this month.
The fourth spot continues to see Hero Passion hold on to its position; however, it has witnessed negative sales of 15 percent. The company sold 92,378 units of Hero Passion as against 101,579 units during September 2016.
Honda CB Shine reclaimed the fifth spot in September 2016 after trailing in the seventh position for seven months. The increase in sales of 32 percent has resulted in reclaiming the fifth position. The company sold 91,447 units for the month of September 2016.
The Hero Glamour has shown a significant increase in sales and has climbed from the eighth position to sixth in September 2016 compared to previous year. The Hero Glamour is the best performer in the top 10 selling two-wheeler with 45 percent increase in sales against last year's sales.
Another performer is the TVS XL Super moving from ninth to the seventh spot with an increase in sales of 44 percent. TVS sold 78,405 units in September 2016.
At the eight position, Bajaj Pulsar took a dive from sixth; however, it did increase in sales by 2 percent with 68,007 units being sold. Bajaj Auto will be revamping the entire range in 2017.
TVS Jupiter moved from tenth to the ninth spot with sales of 60,943 units in September 2016 against 48,866 units in the same month in 2015.
Lastly, the tenth position was taken by Bajaj CT with negative sales of 5 percent, the company sold 56652 units in September 2016 against 56,406 units in 2015.
The two-wheeler industry is shifting focus in scooter rather than a motorcycle especially in the entry level commuter segment. However, this is confined to just two players in the industry - Honda and TVS. This reflects the customer's faith in quality products and value for money proposition.