Exclusive: Honda Navi Dispatches Cross 10,000 Units
By Siddharth Vinayak Patankar
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Published on June 9, 2016
- Honda Navi sales are limited to 10 cities only as of now
- Total bookings for the Navi have exceeded 15,000 units
- Nearly 50 per cent of all bookings are for Navis with customisation pack
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Honda plans to make the Navi available in the top 35 cities by July-end. It is very clear about wanting to cash in on the college admissions period to catch a lot of the first-time buyers heading to higher studies - a key target demographic it sees for the bike. The Navi is what HMSI calls a new segment creator since it is seen as part scooter and part motorcycle in terms of size, build and functionality. In fact company officials have shared with me that the confusion has not only been at our end or the buyers'. Even the RTOs in various states across the country have faced a dilemma - with some registering the Navi as a scooter, some as a motorcycle, and the few even going so far as to call it a motorscooter! Similar was the case with us during our first ride review.
HMSI unveiled the Navi at the 2016 Auto Expo (at Rs. 39,500 ex-showroom Delhi) and also said it will offer plenty of customisation options. The Navi has a customisation kit that has 12 parts that can be changed. The kits are available in 3 colours - orange, green and red. This is why a lot of buyers are increasingly opting for the white stock bike and then adding in the colourful customisation options like the grab handle, leg guard, instrument cluster housing or decals. One needn't buy the whole kit and can also get just the individual features they like. The 12 part kit though retails under Rs. 5000.undefined
The company says nearly 50 per cent of all bookings are for Navis with customisation - with many buyers also further opting for after-market customising to enhance their bikes even more. This has led HMSI to initiate R&D to increase the customisation options in the Navi portfolio. It will introduce these options around August this year. It is also looking at increasing the sourcing of these products from its vendors, as the demand has far outstripped the company's internal estimates.
Navi buyers have been overwhelmingly younger than HMSI's other products have seen. 70% of buyers so far are 18 to 23 years old, with a quarter of the sales being accounted for by women buyers. Expect more Navi options/variants before the festive season as well. HMSI will also be updating its entire fleet to meet BSIV norms due by the year end, and so a full portfolio refresh will be the other big focus from the Japanese two wheeler maker for this fiscal.
Last Updated on June 9, 2016
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