Bajaj has registered a 19 per cent drop in its domestic motorcycle sales in April 2017. The manufacturer sold 1,61,930 units in April this year compared to the 2,00,433 units sold in the corresponding month last year.
September has been a good month for the Indian motorcycle market. With the festive season and healthy monsoon bringing a positive outlook among buyers, the industry saw some interesting changes in sales numbers. Here are the motorcycles which made the most of the festive season and the ones who failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
Bajaj Auto has silently launched the refreshed Platina, called the Platina Comfortec and prices start from Rs 42,079 (ex-showroom Mumbai) onwards. The new Platina will be offered in two variants: kick-start (KS) and electric start (ES). The new bike comes with a few mechanical as well as cosmetic changes.
When we talk about the commuter motorcycle segment, fuel efficiency has one of the biggest impact on customers’ buying decisions. People buying into this segment are seldom bothered by the performance or the looks of their soon-to-be, as the biggest question lingering in their minds is ‘Kitna deti hai?’ The whole point behind manufacturers claiming astronomical efficiency numbers for their products is to catch the attention of the customers. We list out the top 5 most fuel-efficient commuter motorcycles that you can buy in India, in order of the figures released by the Automotive Research Association of India.
Bajaj has claimed an average of 96.9kmpl for the Platina ES, theoretically making it the most fuel-efficient motorcycle in Indian market. The Platina ES is a top-end variant of the Platina commuter motorcycle series, which was recently launched in India at Rs 45,431 (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Bajaj might reintroduce the new CT100 commuter motorcycle in the Indian market, with a price tag of Rs 35,801. The Pune-based manufacturer has already commenced the dealer despatch of the first batch of the new CT100, and deliveries are expected to commence in the second week of March.
Bajaj has silently launched the Platina ES in India at Rs 44,507 (ex-showroom Delhi). The Platina ES (electric start) is the updated version of its 100cc commuter motorcycle which gets a host of cosmetic and mechanical updates to set it apart from the standard motorcycle.
Bajaj is planning to increase the prices of its Platina and Discover commuter motorcycle range from next month onwards, to compensate for the increasing input costs. While the company hasn’t decided on the quantum of the price hike, Eric Vas, the president of Bajaj Auto Ltd’s domestic motorcycle business unit, revealed that they were going to make a decision depending upon the sales performance and the new excise duty structure.
Bajaj Auto has planned a series of launches for the coming 12months and we can expect a new Platina motorcycle to be launched in early 2015. With this bike, the company plans to revive the Platina segment which in a way was overshadowed by the range of Discover motorcycles.