(Riya Singh, Intern Journalist): Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) reported its cumulative two-wheeler BS6 sales have reached the domestic market mark of 11 lakh units. In September 2019, the manufacturer launched dispatches of its BS6 vehicles and in about nine months, the new milestone was reached. It should also be remembered that the last four months have been one of the toughest for the auto industry, making the accomplishment all the more remarkable. Conversely, Honda’s biggest rival, Hero MotoCorp, just moved earlier this year to BS6 emission requirements.

Honda claims the firm has already clocked over 6.5 lakh BS6 two-wheeler deliveries during the 2019-20 financial year between October and March. Over the last four months, the remaining 2.5 lakh dispatches have occurred in the midst of the lockdown. HMSI moved to the BS6 standards with the Activa 125, followed by the SP 125, Activa 6 G, Dio, CB Unicorn 160, and CB Shine 125. The firm also took advantage of this chance to discontinue some of its low-selling models including the Honda Activa-i, Aviator, CBR 250R, and Navi. However the latter is still being exported to Latin American markets from India.

During the last few weeks, Honda 2Wheelers India has been on a model offensive launching the BS6-compliant models of Livo 110, Grazia 125, CD Dream 110, and X-Blade 160. In June this year, the corporation also began delivery of the 2020 Honda Africa Twin 1100. With the introduction of technology such as Enhanced Smart Power (eSP), Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-Fi), and ACG starting motor, Honda’s BS6 compliant range has made extensive improvements to the power train. The latter, along with the engine kill turn, adds a one-touch silent start feature to the Honda offerings. Both two-wheelers received mechanical updates, too. Honda provides an optional six-year guarantee package with its BS6 portfolio which includes a regular 3-year warranty and a 3-year extended warranty.

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