Honda 100cc commuter motorcycle to be launched soon

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is working on a new 100cc commuter motorcycle which will position itself as an affordable product with fuel economy and will be the company’s next new product launch. Speaking to carandbike on the sidelines of 62n/a annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Atsushi Ogata, President, CEO and Managing Director of HMSI, said Honda’s next product launch will be a 100cc motorcycle.

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Atsushi Ogata, Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) in conversation with Preetam Bora on the sidelines of the 62nd SIAM convention in New Delhi on September 15, 2022.

“The motorcycle industry is still growing, especially the 125cc segment. Luckily we have the Shine and the SP125 in this segment. This customer segment lives mainly in rural areas, and some of them in big cities so they need longer distance use.In this case the electric battery system is not so much in demand.We need to keep the momentum going, especially with our engine range, 125cc and 100cc. We don’t have it (100cc) now, but we’ll implement it sooner rather than later,” Ogata said in an exclusive interaction with carandbike.

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The Honda CD110 Dream DLX is currently the most affordable Honda motorcycle, priced at Rs. 70,315 (Ex-showroom).

Honda currently has two 110cc commuter motorcycles in its product portfolio, the Honda CD110 Dream DLX and the Honda Livo. The CD100 Dream is the most affordable Honda motorcycle currently on sale, priced at Rs. 70,315 (Ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Livo is priced at Rs. 75,002 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base drum brake variant. Both bikes are built around the same 109.51cc single-cylinder engine that develops 8.7bhp at 7,500rpm and 9.3Nm at 5,500rpm.

The new 100cc commuter motorcycle is likely to have a smaller engine and will directly compete with India’s best-selling motorcycle, the Hero Splendor. The Splendor was a bestseller for Hero MotoCorp and is powered by a 97.2cc engine, and has built a reputation for being frugal and India’s best-selling motorcycle.

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The Hero Splendor is India’s best-selling motorcycle and accounted for sales of over 26.66 lakh units in the financial year 2022.

In the financial year 2022, the Hero Splendor held the top spot as the top selling motorcycle and two-wheeler in India with sales of over 26.66 lakh units. Sales of Hero motorcycles under 100cc account for nearly 80% of the company’s overall volumes, including the Splendor and HF Deluxe. And this segment has an average monthly volume of almost 3.5 lakh units. In comparison, Honda’s best-selling scooter, the Activa was behind the Splendor’s overall sales in FY 2022 with over 17 lakh in unit sales, while the 125cc Honda CB Shine (11 lakh in unit sales) was even below the Hero HF Deluxe which recorded sales of 11.65 lakh. units.

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Clearly, for Honda, the 100cc commuter segment offers a great opportunity, to attempt Hero MotoCorp’s dominance in the segment, and the new Honda 100cc motorcycle will likely boast an attractive price, economy of fuel, as well as good suspension and handling, built for use on rough terrain, to make it attractive to consumers whose choice has so far turned to the Splendor and HF Deluxe. We expect the new 100cc motorcycle to be launched in the coming months in India.

HMSI is also working on an electric moped with a top speed of 50 km/h that will be competitively priced and likely to be launched in 2023, Ogata added, but said Honda’s first launch will be the new 100cc motorcycle.

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