Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has announced the launch of a new two-wheeler on the 23rd of January 2023, stating that ‘a new smart’ is soon coming. Honda is the top scooter manufacturer in India and it is expected that a new hybrid tech may be introduced, most likely, in the most popular scooter in Honda’s lineup, the Activa. A teaser also states the term ‘H-Smart’.
Honda may be introducing a new hybrid tech that’s aimed at improving efficiency and lowering the running cost for the customers. Some reports also speculate that it may be a hybrid system that uses a separate battery that is recharged through regenerative tech like that found on an EV.
While there has been no word about the hybrid tech if Honda comes up with one that allows 10-15 km of electric-only riding at limited speeds, it could prove to be a game-changer. More will be known on 23 January. Watch this space for all details.
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In related news, HMSI revealed its total sales figures for the month of December 2022 recently. The Indian subsidiary of this Japanese automaker sold 2,50,171 two-wheelers last month, recording a 11 percent YoY growth. While 2,33,151 units were retailed in the domestic market, the remaining 17,020 units were exported to other countries.
In the same period last year, Honda sales figures stood at 2,23,621 units. In December 2021, the company’s domestic sales and exports were 2,10,612 and 13,009 units respectively. Compared to December 2022 sales performance (MoM), however, it dipped by a massive 32.9 percent as in November 2022 it sold 3,73,221 units.