The Bharat Stage VI, or BS6 emission regulations have commenced from April 1, 2020. And while the country is locked down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court has relaxed the cut-off for registration of BS4 two-wheelers, and other automobiles, saying that 10 per cent of remaining BS4 stock can be registered till 10 days after the lockdown ends. Under the current lockdown deadline, some existing stock of BS4 two-wheelers will be permitted to be registered till April 24, 2020. After that deadline, only BS6 models will be sold.
Many two-wheeler brands have decided not to upgrade scooters to the BS6 regulations. The reason - some of these products were not hot sellers, and also updating them to BS6 would have meant a hike in the price and the update itself would have meant introduction of new technology translating to higher costs. While bestselling models have been retained by brands, some like Yamaha, have decided to focus on a segment above, introducing new BS6 technology, in the form of electronic fuel injection. Here's a look at the scooters which will not be available with a BS6 engine.
1. Honda Activa i
The Honda Activa-i is based on the bestselling Honda Activa, sharing the same engine, dimensions and basic platform, but with some cosmetic changes, including new colours and body graphics. It was positioned as a more affordable and lighter version of the Activa, but the Activa-i failed to even come close to the popularity of the standard Honda Activa, or even the Honda Activa 125. In the BS6 era, it has been discontinued, and the Activa range will just have the Honda Activa 6G, and the new Honda Activa 125 FI.
2. Honda Cliq
The Honda Cliq was launched in 2017, and was positioned as one of the most affordable scooters from Honda. Again based on the Honda Activa, the Cliq was positioned for the rural market, with Honda hoping to replicate some of the success of the Honda Activa in urban and semi-urban areas. However, it's the standard Honda Activa which proved to be the bestseller, even in rural areas, and the Cliq failed to 'click', and so it was decided to axe it altogether in the BS6 era.
3. Honda NAVI
The Honda Navi was a fun scooter, launched in 2016, and was much talked about as a completely made in India product, which was conceptualized, designed and completely developed in India. Initially, the Honda Navi became quite the rage, but soon its sales started falling. Even with an update to the BS4 emission regime, the Honda Navi failed to set the sales charts on fire. Eventually, Honda stopped manufacturing the Navi altogether, and it was only logical that it was given the boot during the transition to BS6 regulations.
4. Hero Maestro Edge
The transition to BS6 also meant that certain scooters which were decent products overall, but failed to make any headway in sales volumes had to be discontinued. Hero MotoCorp's 110 cc scooter, the Hero Maestro Edge, also faced the same fate. In the transition to BS6, Hero MotoCorp decided to introduce a 125 cc Hero Maestro Edge, and the 110 cc version has been discontinued for now.
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5. Hero Duet
The Hero Duet, the other 110 cc scooter with an all-metal body, which was introduced along with the 110 cc Hero Maestro Edge, also faced a similar fate in the move to BS6 regulations. Hero MotoCorp retained the styling of the Duet in the 125 cc Hero Destini 125, but the 110 cc Duet has also been given the boot.
6. Yamaha Ray-Z, Ray-ZR
India Yamaha has also decided to go for a complete revamp in its scooter portfolio in the BS6 era. In the Ray-Z and Ray-ZR, Yamaha had decent products, but with bestsellers like the Honda Activa 6G and TVS Jupiter ruling the roost in the 110 cc scooter segment, looks like Yamaha decided to quit the entry-level scooter segment altogether, and with it, the Yamaha Ray-Z and Ray-ZR have also been discontinued.
7. Yamaha Fascino
The Yamaha Fascino was one of the more popular scooters from India Yamaha. But with cost considerations in the upgrade to BS6 emission regulations, Yamaha has decided to axe the 110 cc Fascino from its line-up as well. India Yamaha now only has 125 cc scooters in its portfolio in the BS6 era.
8. Yamaha Alpha
The third 110 cc scooter from India Yamaha, the Yamaha Alpha, also faced a similar fate, and did not see a BS6 upgrade. In fact, Yamaha India now has a new strategy in place, and has decided to exit the entry-level commuter segment altogether, in both scooters and motorcycles. So, BS4 stocks of the Yamaha Alpha were also liquidated and the model discontinued.
9. Hero Pleasure
When Hero MotoCorp introduced the 110 cc Hero Pleasure Plus in 2019, it was only a matter of time when the 100 cc Pleasure was going to get the boot. It's no secret that the 100 cc Pleasure was going to be replaced by the Pleasure Plus, and BS6 regulations or not, Hero decided to exit the 100 cc scooter segment altogher, and the entry-level Hero scooter now is the BS6 Hero Pleasure Plus with a 110 cc engine.