Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India has confirmed that it will not update all of its model to BS-6 engines. The brand has a total of 24 models for the Indian market, out of which 19 are manufactured in India.
Amongst all the models, we expect Honda Navi and Cliq to be discontinued in the Indian market. Owing to their poor sales over the past many months, they might not be equipped with BS-6 engines.
In a recent report, Honda stated that it is considering using Fuel Injection system to comply with the BS-6 norms. The prices of all the two-wheelers are set to increase post BS-6 norms.
For models which are not generating enough revenue, the investment of upgrading becomes useless. Because of this particular reason, many bikes and scooters will be discontinued post the deadline.
For the month of December 2018, Honda sold Zero units of Navi and around 177 units of Cliq. Navi remained unsold for the month of November as well and Cliq reported a sale of 96 units.
Navi was launched in 2016, while Cliq came out in 2017. For the first few months, Honda Navi and Cliq made good decent sales. While Navi is focused on the millenial, the latter was aimed towards the rural markets.
Honda Navi and Cliq both use the same 109.1cc engine, that delivers 8 BHP and 8.94 Nm of torque. The same engine is used in Honda Activa, Activa-i and Dio scooters.
In an interview to Moneycontrol, Minoru Kato, president and chief executive, HMSI, has also stated that Cliq would not be available further in its current form. It will be seen in a different form.
Honda Navi is priced at Rs 45,314 and Cliq goes for Rs 45,405 (prices ex-showroom). Despite being priced nearly Rs 10,000 cheaper than Activa, the sales of these scooters have been down.
Other scooters in the lineup of Honda include Activa, Activa-i, Activa 125, Aviator, Dio and Grazia. Activa is the best selling scooter in India, with sales nearing 2 Lakh units every month.