Honda has launched the Activa-i scooter in India today, which uses the same 109cc, single-cylinder engine to produce 8 BHP of power and 8.74 Nm of torque (at 5500 RPM). This motor uses Honda’s Eco Technology (HET) which enables it to give a mileage of 60 km/l (claimed). The Honda Activa-i is priced at Rs. 44,200/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is offered in four colours namely white, purple, red and beige. Sales of the Honda Activa-i will start by the end of the month across all Honda dealerships in the country.
The Activa-i is Honda’s most affordable scooter and the company uses the tagline ‘Ready to Fly’. So what is so special about the Honda Activa-i? Well Honda has given the scooter quite a few feature like Combi Brake System (CBS), maintenance free battery, viscous air filter and tubeless tyres. The CBS reduces braking distance by 24% and the scooter comes with 18-litres of underseat storage. The company has reduced the weight and the Activa-i tips the scales at 103 kgs and has a ground clearance of 165 mm. The on-road Delhi price of the Honda Activa-i is Rs. 48,651/-. Honda plans to sell 1 lakh units of the Activa-i this fiscal and is targeting working people aged between 25-30 years.
Honda has also made some styling tweaks to the scooter (new instrument cluster and new tail light) and the grab rail has been modified to reduce force by 15% while putting the scooter on the main stand. The company claims that the Honda Activa-i is their first light weight personal compact automatic scooter, a segment which accounts for 25% of automatic scooter sales in India. Honda will start dispatches of the Dream Neo from the end of this month and the company’s annual capacity now stands at 46 lakh units from its three plants.