India is known to be one of the largest markets for two-wheelers. Scooter sales are not as high as budget commuter motorcycles, yet Honda has a stronghold in this segment. Honda has delighted the Indian scooter market with its Activa line of 110cc and 125cc scooters during its 22-year run.
Activa as a scooter has gained remarkable popularity among many buyers in India. The sales numbers reflect that sentiment perfectly. This also shows how popular Honda scooters are and how far ahead they are from their competitors.
History Of India’s Best-Selling Motorcycle
The first generation Honda Activa hit the Indian market in 2001, followed by its successor in 2008 with a larger 110cc engine. The Activa 3G arrived in 2014, as did the first Activa 125. This was the first time that Honda launched the 125cc Activa. LED headlights and DRLs were first introduced in 2017 with the Activa 5G. The Honda Activa 6G arrived in 2019 to celebrate its 10th year and then got a BS6 facelift and a silent starter. Honda has dropped the 6G suffix and called it the 2023 Activa. Honda’s first electric scooter is also likely to be named Activa.
Honda Activa Electric is expected to be launched in India in December 2023. The price of the Honda Activa electric scooter will be around Rs 1,20,000.
Honda Activa 3 Crore Sales Milestone
Honda launched its best-selling scooter in the Indian market in 2001 with a 100cc engine. The Honda Activa has reached a new sales milestone with the sale of over three crore units in India. The achievement comes 22 years after the launch of the original Activa. The scooter crossed the 10 million sales mark in 2015, and 20 million units were sold in the next seven years. In a later development, Honda upgraded the unit to a 110 cc mill in 2008, followed by the more powerful Activa 125 in 2014.
According to the Honda Motorcycles representative, Activa has changed several avatars since its inception, constantly being upgraded to cater to the customers. Thank you to 30 million Indian households for our dedication to driving the scooter revolution. Their trust in the brand Activa and Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI). We will continue to raise the bar to meet the growing demands of our customers. Introduce groundbreaking technologies and deliver an unmatched ownership experience.
This perfectly reflects the enormity of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s scooter operations in India. Mr. Tsutsumu Otani, President, CEO, and Managing Director of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, expressed his gratitude for achieving this historic milestone. We are proud of the incredible journey of Honda Activa to reach the milestone of 3 crore customers in just 22 years, which is a testimony to the unwavering support and trust shown in us by our customers. The brand is also working on Honda Activa 7G, which is expected to launch in India in October 2023.