Honda’s announcement comes two days after market leader and rival Hero MotoCorp said it has become the first two-wheeler manufacturer to get BS-VI certification.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, the country's second largest two-wheeler maker, on June 12 took the curtain off its first Bharat Stage VI-powered vehicle, which is slated to hit the streets in September quarter.
The Activa 125 will be the first two-wheeler from Honda that will be powered by an engine which will meet BS-VI emission standard. Honda though did not disclose pricing details of the Activa 125 BS-VI. Activa is the largest selling two-wheeler brand for Honda and the second largest-selling brand in India.
"The price gap between BS-VI and BS-IV products approximately will be 10-15 percent. Mileage and performance will also be better than BS-IV," said Minoru Kato, President and CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India.
Honda's announcement comes two days after market leader and rival Hero MotoCorp said it has become the first two-wheeler manufacturer to get BS-VI certification for the Splendor iSmart.
The certification was awarded to the Splendor iSmart commuter bike, one of nearly two dozen models that the market leader intends to shift to BS-VI before the deadline of April 1, 2020. The current BS-IV version of the iSmart is priced at Rs 56,000.
The new Activa will sport a quieter start motor than the current generation Activa. It will also have a new digital analogue meter which will help share real-time informatics such as range display, mileage, service due indicator, diagnostic feature of malfunction light.
A new side stand indicator comes with engine inhibitor which prevents engine start while the side stand in engaged. The Activa also gets front glove box, an 18-litre under seat storage. The Activa will be available in six colours.
Europe took 14 years to move to Euro 5 from Euro 3 but India took only three years to move to BS-VI from BS-IV. All auto manufacturers are keen to keep the cost rise under check for the transition to BS-VI for fear of hurting demand.
Pricing will not just include the technology cost of BS-VI but also take into account the price position chosen by rivals. This is because some manufacturers, especially non-Indian brands have been selling BS-VI vehicles since past few years while for Indian manufacturers this is the first time.
For Honda the company is taking BS-VI as an opportunity to push up the overall appeal for its products. As per company executives its BS-VI products will generate 10 percent more mileage than BS-IV products.As per street estimates, prices of two-wheelers could go up by Rs 5,000-15,000 for models priced under Rs 1 lakh for BS-VI variants.Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, exclusive trading recommendations, independent equity analysis, actionable investment ideas, nuanced takes on macro, corporate and policy actions, practical insights from market gurus and much more.