The TVS Apache was surprisingly the only product to have seen a drop in sales in September 2015, while every other manufacturer clocked positive numbers during the month.
September 2015 turned out to be a rather positive year for two-wheeler manufacturers in the performance bike space as sales for their offerings were largely positive. With the festive season here, all manufacturers are working hard to capitalise on the buying sentiment in the market and today we list down which performance motorcycle made the cut in numbers during the previous month. Starting with the undisputed leader, the TVS Apache 160 and 180 which continue to lead the sales chart with 21,979 units sold but saw a drop of 8 percent in volumes.
In fact, TVS was the only manufacturer to have witnessed a drop in numbers last month while each of its rivals witnessed positive sales figures. With three offerings in the performance motorcycle space, Bajaj Auto is at its dominant best as the Pulsar 180-200 clocked 12,675 units in September, an increase of 18 percent over the previous month sales while the 220F clocked a healthy 8050 units, a month-on-month increase of 23 percent. The consistent Avenger too did well with 4732 units sold, a 15 percent increase in sales over August this year. With Bajaj all set to launch two new versions of the cruiser, the automaker is optimistic of doing even better.
Moving down, Yamaha’s gamble to bring back the pre-facelift YZF-R15 (now R15-S) has worked it seems as the model saw sales escalate month-on-month by 11 percent in September 2015 to 2925 units. The numbers are further expected to rise for the R15 this month as more buyers will fancy the S version for its practicality. Moreover, it will also help the performance offering combat more effectively against the new Pulsar family in the same price bracket.
Moving down, ex-partners Hero MotoCorp and Honda saw volumes rise for their slow-selling products as the Karizma R and ZMR clocked 394 units last month, an 18 percent gain over August 2015 but barely pocket change when compared to the 4444 units sold in September 2014. Sales for Honda’s CBR twins were rather positive as the CBR150R clocked a decent 1088 units last month, a stark rise of 34 percent, whereas the CBR250R did a maximum of 441 units, a significant hike of 54 percent over the previous month. Having said that, it will be interesting to see the Mahindra Mojo’s entry as a rival to the CBR250R and will it affect sales of the quarter-litre Honda.