Hero MotoCorp is one of the largest two-wheeler manufacturers in the world and the Splendor has always dominated the segment in the Indian market. The Hero Splendor, like in the earlier month, continued to dominate the Indian two-wheeler market. The Honda Activa 5G scooter was its nearest competitor and has considerably narrowed the gap with each passing month.
Honda sold 2.18 lakh Activa 5G scooters in May while the Hero Splendor notched up 1.99 lakh units. This may surprise readers as to how then the Hero Splendor bagged the top spot in May. Considering the total sales of the entire Splendor series, which Honda does for the Activa, the motorcycle sold 2.67 lakh units in May. This has made the Hero Splendor retain the top spot in overall two-wheeler sales.
The overall sentiment in the Indian two-wheeler market for May remained negative and that was reflected in the Splendor’s performance. The bike witnessed a 29 percent drop in sales in May compared to the same month last year. The Honda Activa too failed to buck the trend and the scooter had a 20 percent decline in year-on-year sales.
Both Honda and Hero, meanwhile, have been working to introduce BS-VI compatible two-wheelers. Honda recently introduced the new Activa 125 which is the company’s first BS-VI two-wheeler. Hero, on its part, has claimed to have received the BS-VI certificate from the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for the upcoming Splendor iSmart.
The 2019 Honda Activa 125 has got a few changes in the design along with some new features. These include a new grab rail design, a semi-digital instrument cluster, more storage space on the front apron, and an external fuel-filler cap. The fuel-injected BS-VI motor gets and integrated start/stop system.
The Hero Splendor Plus is pegged at INR57,049 and is one of the most economically priced commuting bikes in India.