Top 150cc Motorcycle Manufacturers in April-June 2017

Indian biking industry is the largest two wheeler market in the world. It’s because the majority of Indian population prefer to use two wheelers as their mode of transport for the daily commute.  Keeping that in mind, the manufacturers (domestic and international) too, prefer to produce commuter bikes in large volume. As it fulfills the requirements of all age group audience to a large extent. Even so, the premium commuter segment that falls in the vicinity of the 150-200cc segment is in great demand as in current era the huge part of the audience is youth and they don’t want to compromise on any aspect considering style, power, and performance.

So let’s have a look at the list of top motorcycle manufacturers in the quarter of April-June 2017 based upon sold units in the 150cc segment. The sales data here is revealed by the SIAM that clearly showcases, besides gaining almost half in amount sales on the YoY basis, Bajaj is leading the segment. In figures, Pune based bike maker managed to disposed of just 1,33,640 units in Q1 of 2017-18 in contrast to 2,23,267 units sold in the same period last year.

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The mentioned figures include players such as the Pulsar 150, Pulsar 135 and Avenger 150 from the stable, as they are in huge demand in the market. The Pulsar 150, is a top of the league bike in this 150cc category since its introduction around a decade ago. But the falling sales figures indicating the Pulsar 150 is losing its charm among youth owing to the presence of few new and modern motorcycles in the genre such as the Suzuki Gixxer and Honda CB Hornet 160R. Both are pulling the audience in a considerable sum. But, with the recently launched Pulsar 160NS, the bike maker is hoping for a better growth.

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Bajaj Pulsar 150

Other than Bajaj, the auto majors who got positioned in top three are Honda 2-Wheelers and the TVS Motors. They sold 1,08,045 motorcycles and 1,00,500 units respectively in Q1 of 2017-18 as compared to 77,285 units and 67,660 units sales in the same time period last year. Honda 2-Wheelers, which is renowned for its scooter under Activa moniker across the country, also not ignoring the 150cc segment as the revealed figures are the sales numbers of Unicorn 150, CB Unicorn 160 and CB Hornet 160R in the 150cc and 160cc segment. While the reintroduction of the CB Unicorn 150 has turned up as a blessing for the Japanese motorcycle maker as the bike is gaining the sales of 15000 plus unit in a month. All in all, the company gets the benefit of 40 percent growth in YoY sales in this quarter.

tvs apache rtr 160

TVS Apache RTR 160

TVS Motors that has the flagship Apache series includes the sales of the Apache 160, Apache 180 and Apache 200 in the earlier mentioned sales in Q1 of 2017-18. The overall growth for the Chennai based manufacturer is 50 percent in this quarter on the year-on-year basis. The Apache 200 which is a successful brand for the company, the delay in the introduction of its ABS and fuel injection system equipped trim is the biggest disappointment for the TVS fans and enthusiasts. The new Apache 160 and probably 180 that is expected to join others in the lineup in coming future, will help TVS in boosting its growth momentum.

Other brands which will follow the TVS Motors and leading ones are Yamaha, Hero Motocorp, and the Suzuki are in fourth, fifth and sixth place in rankings. However, Yamaha is stable to its same position besides witnessing a minor drop in sales. It has sold 63,503 units in the April to June quarter this year as against to 68,096 units in the same quarter last year. While the India’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, Hero Motocorp which has only two motorcycles comprising the Achiever and Xtreme Sports in the 150cc segment dispatched 25,545 units whereas Suzuki with only the Gixxer sold 16,799 units in the last quarter. Another manufacturer from Japan, Suzuki with a growth of 39 percent in YoY growth sold 16,799 units in the last quarter, with the help of its sole warrior, the Gixxer.