The Honda CB Shine is the undisputed king of the 125cc motorcycle space and sales are expected to get even better as the CB Shine SP has now joined the stable.
October 2015 saw Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) laugh all the way to the bank as it ruled the 125cc segment. While that may not be something new for those following our monthly sales reports, it was the ostentatious sales figure that you will find baffling. Just one glance at the CB Shine’s sales and you know the reason why Honda need not worry much about other segments. The 125cc motorcycle managed to retail 90,168 units this October with a 30 percent rise in sales.
This is even before the Shine SP was introduced in the market last month. Just to give you perspective, the Honda CB Shine clocked around 5000 units less than the country’s second best selling motorcycle, the Hero Passion while its immediate rival the Hero Glamour (essentially the Shine but with a Hero badge) was lagging behind by a good 28,000 units. The Glamour despite doing well with 62,482 units sold, could not match up to Honda’s best seller.
Further down the list, other 125cc motorcycles found moderate success in comparison as the Bajaj Discover 125 (now available in just one variant) clocked an 18 percent rise in volumes with 21,404 units sold. The feature loaded TVS Phoenix clocked consistent numbers with 5197 units moving out of showrooms while the Hero Ignitor saw an 8 percent rise in sales with 3123 units sold.
Existing at the bottom of the list, Suzuki’s Slingshot barely managed to scrape the surface with 118 units shipped. The Yamaha SS 125 was the only product to witness a negative growth of 12 percent with 5878 units sold in October. However, the Saluto is Yamaha’s new 125cc offering that is raking in positive numbers and is likely to make up for the slow selling SS 125. Sales figures for the Saluto though were not available.