The sales report for November 2015 was disappointing in the 125cc and 150cc segments with only the newly launched Bajaj Avenger 150 making its presence felt with healthy numbers.
The year is coming to a close and the almost every manufacturer has consumed all its sales tricks during the festive season. Hence, it shouldn’t be surprising that November 2015 saw some really disappointing sales figures across the two-wheeler sector. Starting with the capable 150cc motorcycles, things remained dull on all grounds here as the setback was extensive on this one. Bajaj continued to lead the segment as the Pulsar clocked 36,669 units last month, but witnessed a drop of 26 percent over October 2015.
The very popular TVS Apache could not garner positive numbers either with a 19 percent drop and 20,577 units sold. At almost half the numbers, the Yamaha FZ clocked a paltry 12,552 units over October this year, but still retained its title of being the third best selling model in the segment. Yamaha’s other offerings the SZ-RR and R15 were equally down on their luck with around 50 percent decline in numbers.
The biggest drop though was seen on the Honda CB Unicorn 160 with sales down by a whopping 61 percent. Buyers were waiting for the CB Hornet 160R we hope. The drop did cost the Unicorn its position on the list as the Suzuki Gixxer rose to the fourth spot with 6483 units sold, albeit with a drop of 38 percent in sales. Hero MotoCorp has the largest range in the segment but only the Xtreme made a sizeable contribution with 4922 units moving out in November 2015.
The Hero Achiever clocked 3338 units, down by 20 percent while sales for the Hunk dropped by 41 percent with 1489 units moving out. One person bought the Impulse and that is something we are happy about. Making its presence felt, the Bajaj Avenger Street 150 saw healthy numbers with 4278 units sold in November 2015. It will now be interesting to see if the automaker can sustain the same in the long run. Lastly, the Bajaj Discover 150 saw a new low in terms of volumes with just 558 units sold last month.
Talking about 125cc motorcycles, sales continued to be disappointing here as well as the entire segment struggled to gain positive numbers. On a month-on-month basis, the Honda CB Shine saw volumes drop by a whopping 31 percent, likely the highest ever over the years. This also comes as a shocker since we were expecting the newly launched CB Shine SP to help retain the growth momentum. The second best selling Hero Glamour witnessed a decline of 26 percent last month, but like the CB Shine , it too garnered fatter numbers than the rest of the segment.
Over six months since its launch, Yamaha finally released monthly sales numbers for the new Saluto that clocked a decent 3858 units in November 2015. With the SS 125 no more listed on the automaker’s website, the Saluto is the only contender from the Japanese automaker in the segment. The feature loaded TVS Phoenix was up next with 3663 units sold last month and saw a 29 percent depreciation in numbers over October this year. Things remained the same for the Hero Ignitor as well with 2311 units sold and a drop of 26 percent whereas the only model to garner positive numbers was the forgotten Suzuki Slingshot having clocked 144 units, a jump of 22 percent.