While the ranking does not change, sales have seen a significant hike for all manufacturers, except for the Honda Unicorn 160 and TVS Apache models.
With a plethora of offerings to choose from, the 150cc motorcycle segment buyer is spoilt for choice in every way possible. For the month of September 2015, sales have been positive throughout the segment doing a cumulative volume of 1,27,129 units in the month. The major contributor was most naturally the Bajaj Pulsar 150 (including 135 LS) that continues to hold onto the numero uno position and sold 46,040 units during the previous month.
The festive season is working in favour of Bajaj Auto as sales for the Pulsar grew by a healthy 31 percent as compared to August 2015. The automaker’s dud seller the Discover 150 still hasn’t been able to bounce back in the segment and sold a bare 1134 units in September, albeit growing by 4 percent. Retaining the second spot, the TVS Apache 160 and 180 cumulatively sold 21,979 units in September this year, witnessing a decline of 8 percent over the previous month.
Up next, Yamaha India is consistently doing well with the FZ selling 20,287 units, R15 selling 2925 and SZ-R retailing 1992 units in the previous month. All three products recorded positive numbers over August with the FZ inching closer to the Apache’s territory. Moving to the other Japanese offerings, Honda India has been surprisingly losing out on the numbers for the Unicorn 160 after the model had a positive start in the first half of the year. Still the fourth best selling model in the segment, the Unicorn 160 has seen sales decline consecutively month-after-month.
The Honda CBR150R however, picked up on sales in September to 1088 units, witnessing a rise of 34 percent over August this year. Moving to the bottom, Hero MotoCorp despite a host of offerings still hasn’t been able to cut through the competition with only the Xtreme being its top seller with 5354 units sold, a rise of 23 percent. Sales for the Achiever doubled during the previous month retailing 3671 units, while the Hunk sold 2584 units, a month-on-month growth of 47 percent. Suzuki keeps its head high with the Gixxer that consistently sold 8630 units in September, while the long forgotten GS150R clocked a bare minimum of 108 units.