From once upon a time a luxury the scooters have now become an integral part of the Indian middle class families; it will not be an exaggeration if it said that people who would want to marry their girls look for a boy’s job and attach a status and check him if he possesses at least a scooter. From mere commuting vehicle to a style statement, scooter has evolved a lot in the course of time.
The ‘Hamara Bajaj’ ad campaign of Bajaj Auto is still afresh in the memories of Indian riders. But with time the geared scooters seem to have lost the ground paving way to the gearless scooters and as of now the geared scooters surely are suffering from identity crisis and you will hardly find people using one of the old scooters such as LML Vespas or the Bajaj Chetaks.
Gradually, the geared scooters are fading off our sight; and many Indian and International motors have a line up of gearless scooters that have created a niche for themselves among the Indian consumers that include men, women, young boys and girls.
So, let’s check out some of the big players and names in the gearless scooter market:
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd has a range of gearless scooters and the most popular one is Honda Activa, which is known for user-friendly qualities, pick-up and reliability. Honda Dio came later and this scooter was a modified version of Activa with a sporty look and there is Honda Aviator and Honda Eterno, which made their mark for good pick-up and comfortable riding experience.
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer of the country. The TVS Scooty was an instant hit among youngsters and especially young girls/ladies loved the vehicle because of its easy, safe and efficient riding features. TVS Scooty has three variants Scooty Pep, Scooty ES and Scooty Pep+ and the scoters come in different attractive colours & technical specifications, which sets the vehicle apart from the other scooters in this segment.
Hero Honda Pleasure
Hero Honda Pleasure is very much similar to Honda Activa in terms of technical specifications. It has ABS body, variomatic transmission system and a trendier look that offers comfortable and pleasurable riding experience.
The Kinetic Group were the leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India, which introduced scooters featuring electric start and variomatic gearless transmission, which became an instant hit the two-wheeler market. Kinetic Flyte is a strong competitor to TVS Scooty, which looks sleeker and stylish. The Kinetic Zx Zoom, Kinetic Nova and Kinetic Zing are among the other variants of the Kinetic Group.
That said, Kinetic is now not existent and Mahindra owns it. Mahindra is now in the process rebrandizing the Kinetic name and even trying to focus on taking top position in the gearless scooter market. They have recently launched two new gearless scooters; Rodeo and Duro that are powered by 125cc engine and the company has independently manufactured these scooters after acquiring Kinetic Motors.
Suzuki Motors rolled out their scooter Suzuki Access 125 and the scooter has a good feature of hassle-free start that outclasses even the Honda Activa. The vehicle is superior and reliable but is a little expensive than the vehicles under the same segment.
There are many small independent electric scooter brands which are also coming into picture. They promise to do a bit to the environment and also do not call for a license to drive. EKO has several variants already launched. Yo bikes are another brand that’s quite old and popular, so is Ultra Motors Company which has several variants in the electric scooters. It recently launched 2 electric scooters. Then TVS Motors contemplating on its electric scooter variant named TVS Scooty Teenz Electric. Luminous electric group is also planning of an electric scooter and there are many in the line up. Although the electric scooters aren’t a big hit, they are definitely claiming their spot in the gearless scooter segment.
With such a huge range of gearless scooters in the Indian market one can hardly doubt their existence; on a lighter note they do bring in dilemma in the minds of the buyers.
The scooters are a must for every Indian middle class family and with such large consumer base the scooters are here to stay for a very long time. To testify the fact we are seeing furious competition between independent motor companies that are coming up with different models of gearless scooter to cater to the needs of the masses.