Indian 2 Wheeler Sales Figures – Feb 2016

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Source: AutocarPro

Feb’16 saw a positive surprise from the Two-wheeler stable as the industry grew a healthy 12.76%. As healthy monsoon is expected this year; we foresee the momentum to continue and build up strongly in coming months. Bajaj’s INS Vikrant byproduct V 15’s shipment started off last month and 1,442 units were shipped to dealers in the first lot. Also notable launch of February was the Street Twin from Triumph – it will be the entry level offering from Britain’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. Launched at Rs.6.9 Lakhs, this 900cc bike contributed to 76% of Triumph’s sale last month! A look at the model-wise sales –

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Royal Enfield, Yamaha & Bajaj led the pack with stupendous YoY growth figures. Also these statistics were quite trivial for Feb –

  • Hero Motocorp again emerged as India’s largest 2-wheeler manufacturer with a Market Share of 39.4%
  • Honda Motorcycles India was a close second with a 25.7% Market Share. Hence the Top 2 manufacturers (Hero+Honda) over 65% of 2-wheeler Market share in India!
  • Honda’s dependency on scooters still prevail – Activa alone contributes to 60% of Honda’s sale in India!
  • Yamaha slowly strengthening its foothold in scooters and is reaping benefits – Fascino becomes its 2nd best selling product (after the FZ) and the scooterette portfolio (Fascino+Ray+Alpha) overtakes the bike sales (Saluto+FZ+R15+SZ) in Feb’16! Scooters contribution to Yamaha sales was 50.3%!
  • Bajaj still sets benchmark in premium bikes category – the Avenger portfolio crossed 30k units in Feb’16 (more than the Discover sales)! No wonder it has been one of the most profitable 2-wheeler entities in India.
  • Bajaj also has the entry level CT making an entry into the Top 10 list!
  • Harley’s cheapest offering – the Street 750 contributes to over 58% of Feb’16 sales for Harley Davidson in India. Also notable was Fat Boy’s performance last month – hefty 161% YoY growth!
  • Hero’s 3 entry level bikes – HF Deluxe, Splendor & Passion contributed to over 70% of Hero Motocorp’s sales! Also these stand tall in the Top 5 selling 2-wheelers list as well.
  • Hero loses out in the scooters race and none of Hero’s scooter offering could make an entry to the Top 10 list. Also TVS’s Jupiter emerges as the only scooter apart from Activa to be on the Top 10 table!
  • Moped (XL Super) proves to be the unicorn in TVS’s stable and still lists as the 5th selling 2-wheeler in India. However, Honda hopes to turn things around in this segment with Navi (dispatches started from 19 Mar’16).  Interesting name (NAVI – New Additional Value for India) and an interesting concept indeed (India’s first crossover two-wheeler)!
  • Mahindra’s flagship offering Mojo could sell only 96 units in Feb’16 – the condition remains similarly concerning for its other siblings. M&M is trying to revive volumes with the new Gusto 125, but things remain hazy for this manufacturer.
  • Continental GT remains the only offering from RE to suffer continuous de-growth! The cafe racer concept is yet to catch the fancy of Indian biking enthusiasts.
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Honda Navi (Shot from the Auto Expo)

Top 10 models in Feb’16 v/s Feb’15 –

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Koenigsegg’s Regera – 2nd 1500 bhp Monster.

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Little was it know to the world that Bugatti’s Chiron will have a competitor ever so soon!! 2 days!!

Though we don’t have the luxury to drive these cars & really tell you how they feel to drive, We would like to present you with some Comparison about these  2  1500 bhp monsters.

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Both these cars take their owners for a Ransom.. Regerra – 12.71 Crore Rupees & Chiron – 17.4 Crore Rupees.

 

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Both these cars should be the Best of Production Hypercars the World has seen.

2017 Bugatti Chiron: The $2.6-Million, 1500-hp, 310mph Monster!

When Wolfgang Dürheimer (President, Bugatti Automobiles) was asked to plan a successor of Bugatti Veyron, he knew that he had to better the best and produce something invincible. Chiron was the outcome! So, do you think Chiron has all the ingredients to become the worlds fastest street-legal production car? The statistics on paper some how does –

  • Powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine
  • 1,500 Bhp
  • 1600 Nm torque
  • 310 mph speedometer (500 km/h)

The aforementioned specifications indeed has all the necessary hardware to outrun the outgoing Veyron and break the record for the fastest street-legal production car. The super car will cost a whopping $2.6 million (Rs.17.41 crores).

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This is what President Bugatti Automobiles had to say

Bugatti says the 2000kg Chiron is “the world’s first production sports car with 1500 hp.” It’s best to simply shelve any expectations of modesty on Bugatti’s part. After all, when the car you’re replacing produced 1200 horsepower, hit 258 mph, and cost more than 17 Crores , adding an extra 300 horsepower, 3 mph of governed top speed, and half a million to the window sticker matters. The Chiron’s redesigned 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine produces 1500 horsepower, 300 more than the outgoing Veyron Super Sport.

So wonderstruck! We are completely confident that the Chiron will trump the Veyron in all departments. It is undoubtedly an engineering masterpiece and the aficionados should be properly enthralled; atleast those who have the means to buy one!

So how does the Chiron sound? Play the video –

Source: Bugatti, CarandDriver & Motor Trend

uber MOTO – Bike Taxi!

Yesterday Uber announced its foray into bike taxi segment and have termed it Uber Moto. This move will make India as the second market where the world’s most valuable startup, Uber Inc will offer motorbike taxi! It is barely a week before that Uber had announced launch of its bike taxi service in Bangkok. Bangalore is chosen as the test city where the services will be initiated and the market will be explored. Uber has been very flexible in testing its India-centric innovations – earlier cash payments, later launching auto services and now bike taxis. Uber will be leaving no stone unturned to build India as one of its biggest market in terms of revenue. Just within few hours of announcement from Uber, India’s biggest taxi aggregator Ola declared its entry into bike taxis.

2UberMOTO, will have a base fare of Rs.15 and will charge Rs.3 per km apart from Rs.1 for every minute of the ride time. Ola will charge Rs.2 for every km apart from Rs.1 per minute ride time charge, on a base fare of Rs.30.

We had predicted the rise in trend of Bike Taxis previously here. Bangalore is seen as the breeding ground for bike taxi providers and is already home to over seven such start ups (Mu Ride, Pilot, Streetryderr, Rapido, HeadLYT, Hey Bob and Pillionaire). Bangalore is one of the most congested cities in India and two wheelers have earned their reputation as the fastest mode of transportation in the growing metropolitan. Bike Taxis have already tasted success in similar conditions in other Asian Markets (specifically Indonesia) and India seems to have a huge potential. The other city which has attracted service providers has been Gurgaon – Bikxie Pink, M-Taxi, N.O.W Bike Taxi, Rideji and Baxi have already established their operations here.

India’s infrastructure, road safety, weather conditions and government regulations will be the biggest challenges for these startups. However, we are sure that the consumer demand will slowly ward off these challenges and will nurture such initiatives. As per the state transport department, Bangalore had 3.8-million two-wheelers, including motor bikes, scooters and mopeds, compared to 1.1-million cars as of March 2015. India is also one of the largest markets for two wheelers with sales more than doubling to 16 million in 2015 up from 7 million in 2008. The availability of such numbers of two wheelers should enable easy access to bike drivers.

Indian Car Sales Figures – February 2016

February 2016 saw the hosting of  the biggest Automotive Exhibition in Asia with the hopes of spearheading the good times for the industry in the subcontinent. But, the absence of big (rather exciting) launches and the increased ‘cess’ proved to have an adverse effect on the consumer sentiment. The only notable showcases in the last month’s auto expo was the Brezza/Ignis from Maruti, BR-V from Honda and Hexa/Kite S from Tata.

The OEMs to taste growth in Feb’16 were primarily fueled with new ‘performing’ products in their portfolio – say Baleno for Maruti, Creta for Hyundai, KUV100 for Mahindra & Kwid for Renault. While other OEMs took the beating for not having a ‘FRESH’ offering! Renault & Honda have eventually launched refreshed avatars of their successful, yet currently ailing Duster and Amaze in Mar’16 – will the makeover help? Wait for Apr’16 for the answer.

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February 2016 car sales data
  • India’s largest car manufacturer – Maruti Suzuki again played all its cards and could successfully cross the 1 Lakh figure yet again! Though it saw a YoY decline in sales of its stalwart Alto, Swift, Celerio, Wagon-R & Ritz; additional numbers from its so called premium brand Nexa (Baleno & S-Cross) helped the Japanese car maker project growth in Feb’16. Rather surprising was the impressive growth in Omni & Eeco (8% & 13% respectively!). All this was attained even though the company’s production was disrupted from the Jat agitation (as the production was temporarily suspended).
  • Korean Major Hyundai is basking on the glory of Creta’s blockbuster success. Also to be appreciated is the OEM’s response to customer demand and manufacture >8000 units of Creta from its production line. It clearly exhibits the automaker’s seriousness for the Indian market and also the sensitivity to cater to the demand. i20 shows no sign of weakness from the stiff competition of Baleno/Jazz and proudly posts >10k sales figure yet again! However, Eon starts to face the heat from the French K(w)id! Renault is slowly eating into Eon’s sales (similar to what Creta did to Duster!).
  • Mahindra leads by example to define what ‘Jugaad’ really means! First develop a 1.99 L engine for its top selling market (Delhi), then build a compact SUV for Urban consumer and then offer a pseudo SUV-hatch for the mass buyer! The Indian OEM simply puts the global MNCs to shame in terms of its speed of market response and consumer demand. KUV100 has strongly placed the SUV-major in the hatchback race and the carmaker is slowly experiencing the taste of sales of petrol cars! M&M is now all set to revamp its ailing (or call it failing) Quanto and have termed it as Nuvosport! But the real concern lies in the fact that Mahindra would have experienced a de-growth of 13% if TUV & KUV wouldn’t be there in its portfolio this year!
  • Honda continues its fluctuating performance. Many-a-times it is difficult to assess on the month on month variance in their sales statistics. Ex: City’s performance in Feb’16 saw a YoY degrowth of 25% and MoM degrowth of 39%! (from a sales of 8037 units in Jan’16 to 4880 units in Feb’16). Also interesting is to see the lesser demand Amaze project a MoM growth (17% growth) and the newer sibling Jazz experiencing a MoM degrowth (-29%). In overall, the variance has costed the Japanese OEM its third position and seems that it’ll be unable to recover the loss and stay behind M&M for a while now.
  • Tata started shipping the Tiago from Feb’16. But yet the overall numbers decline! Even with the promising line up and impressive launches (Zest & Bolt) in the past year, the Indian consumer seems unforgiving for the past quality glitches and the brand fails to deliver. Can Zica finally change the game for Tata?

Lets look at the Top 25 selling cars of Feb’16 –

2TRIVIA – Maruti has 10 products in top 20 selling cars, Hyundai has 3 offerings in Top 10 & Renault has a formidable entrant in Top 10!

Sales Estimate of Luxury Brands for Feb’16 –

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