It is no secret that the automatic scooter segment of Indian two wheelers market is fast heating up. Yamaha recently launched the Ray Z and TVS will be soon seen launching a Wego based scooter that could rival the Honda Aviator. Talking about Honda, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese biggie can easily be credited with being among the most popular automatic scooters manufacturer in India. Honda Motorcycles And Scooters India (HMSI) started its Indian innings with the Activa and the Dio.
While the former spelled terror among the makers of geared scooters, the latter became a rage among teeny bloppers. The Aviator, which came some years later, became a more premium offering from Honda and brought along features like disc brake along with it.
The Indian automatic scooter segment can be divided in 3 broad categories – Moto Scooter, Family Scooter and Personal Compact scooter. Till date, Honda was present in only first 2 categories and with the new Activa-i, Honda has now entered the personal compact category which contributes almost 25% of automatic scooter sales in India. The Honda Activa-i goes on sale with a price tag of INR 44,200 (ex-showroom Delhi) and becomes the most affordable scooter from HMSI.
In Personal Compact Scooter category, Customers desire an automatic scooter for daily commute which is lightweight, compact and easy to handle yet comfortable for both genders. Thus was developed Activa-i, Honda’s First ever “Light weight personal compact” automatic scooter and it is Most Affordable too. The ultimate answer to every young professional’s daily commuting needs as they get “Ready to Fly” on ACTIVA-I and express their own Independence in Life.
Honda Activa-i might be the entry level scooter in HSMI’s scooter line-up but has a long list of features which include – Combi Brake System (which reduces braking distance by 24% compared to conventional brakes), tubeless tyres, maintenance free battery, viscous air filter, comfortable seating posture and maximum storage space of 18 litres.
The compact and lean design is easy to handle in traffic by both male and female riders. At 103kg, the scooter is among the lightest scooters in its segment. .
Commenting on the launch of the new model, HMSI president and CEO Keita Muramatsu said: “As a leader in the automatic scooters segment, Honda’s entry into the personal compact segment with Activa-I is its next strategic step towards reinforcing its market leadership.”
Honda Activa-i goes on sale with 4 colour options:
Pearl Sunbeam White
Honda Activa-i Specifications:
4 Stroke air cooled engine
109.2 CC Displacement
Peak power of 8 BHP @ 7500 RPM
Peak torque of 8.74 Nm @ 5500 RPM
V-Matic automatic Transmission
Self-Start and Kick start option
Spring loaded hydraulic suspension at front
Spring loaded hydraulic suspension at rear
Other Specifications & Features-
Battery MF-12V 3Ah
Headlamp- 12 V 55W
Underbone type Frame
Dimensions- 1795mm x 705mm x 1115 mm
Wheelbase of 1238 mm
Seat height of 765mm
Front and rear tyre size of 90/100- 10 53J
Both front and rear tubeless tyre
Front and rear drum brakes with diameter of 130mm
Viscous paper air-filter