Kolkata/UNI: Post government relaxations in lockdown 3.0 and subsequently 4.0, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) recommenced two-wheeler dispatches in May and closed the month with total sales of 54,820 two-wheelers. This includes 54,000 domestic dispatches and 820 two-wheeler exports.
Honda also announced that its two wheeler retail sales in May’20 crossed the 1.15 lac unit-mark and over 10.5 lac two-wheelers were serviced at Honda workshops across India. Moreover, Honda BS-VI two-wheeler cumulative sales crossed a new high of 6 lac units during the month.
Elaborating on pick-up in business momentum, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd said, "May ’20 saw the wheels of business start turning slowly after the zero dispatch in the month of April’20. By now, a sizable 70 per cent of Honda dealerships have resumed their operations. With sufficient availability of six BSVI products at our network, our network was able to kick off initial sales momentum crossing over 1.15 lac retails in May’20. In the new Coronial Era, Honda dealerships are increasingly promoting digital contactless customer engagement. An early encouraging sign based on our survey is that close to 80 per cent of the intenders are looking forward to purchase their favourite Honda two-Wheeler within 3 months of the lockdown opening. Moreover, there is an increased propensity of the buyers preferring a two-wheeler over public transport for daily commuting, in this time of social distancing. Our network has swiftly realigned their operations to welcome them and meet new expectations of the Customers. On the BS-VI front, AQuietRevolution from Honda continues to change the game with over 6 lac BS-VI two-wheelers of Honda dispatched to the market. Parallely, Honda is accelerating its product development schedules to recover on the lockdown delays. We are happy to announce our first launch in FY’21 the all new CD 110 Dream BSVI (Honda’s 7th BS-VI model) at an attractive price starting from Rs. 62,729.
May 2020 saw Honda’s entire ecosystem including dealers and suppliers rebooting their operations. Over 70 per cent of Honda dealers have by now resumed sales and service operations.
Parallely, as 100 percent of Honda’s 308 supplier plants got approvals to restart operations, Honda also recommenced production at its Narsapura plant (Karnataka) from 25th May, with other 3 plants at Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan) and Vithalapur (Gujarat) following from the 1st week of June in a staggered manner.