Scooters are making a strong comeback, capturing nearly a quarter of the domestic two-wheeler sales. Because of the congestion on the Indian roads, commuters find it easy to ride scooters. The rising fuel prices also make customers go for fuel efficient scooters for daily commuting. The 90s saw the introduction of gearless scooters which were lightweight, fuel efficient and easy to handle.
Consequently, the scooter segment became one of the most sought after segments of two-wheelers. Not only women, but also men started using them, pushing up the demand for them. Now more companies have introduced newer models and modified variants of the scooters. Currently, there are more than 20 types of scooters available in the Indian scooter market.
The brands like the ‘Hero’, the ‘Honda’, the ‘TVS, the ‘Yamaha’, the ‘Mahindra’ the ‘Vespa’ and the ‘Suzuki’ are fighting for the supremacy in the scooter segment.
Honda Activa, the model credited with reviving the dying scooter market after the exit of Bajaj Auto, emerged as the second largest-selling two-wheeler brand, behind only Hero Splendor. Priced around Rupees 49,843, this 110 cc scooter has a fuel efficiency of 55 kmpl. The Honda Activa-I priced Rupees 46,964 has a better mileage of 60 kmpl. The 125 cc Honda Activa 125 is priced from Rupees 56,060 onwards and gives mileages of 60 kmpl. The Honda Aviator is priced at Rupees 50,871 to 56,215 while the Honda Dio is priced Rupees 47,923.
Among these, the cheapest scooter, Mahindra Kine 80 cc, comes for a price of Rupees 34,785. The Piaggio Vespa VX 125 has a price tag of Rupees 75,520 and is the costliest of the lot.
From the Hero brand, the Pleasure and the Maestro are two popular scooters. The 100 cc Pleasure is priced at Rupees 46,800 and the 110 cc Maestro at Rupees 47,000. From Yamaha, the Yamaha Ray Z is a 110 cc scooter priced from Rupees 46,000 to 60,000. The Yamaha Alpha is priced at Rupees 48,584 and gives mileages of 47 kmpl.
The 110 cc TVS Wego is priced at Rupees 51,364 to 54050 and gives a mileage of 51 kmpl while the 110 cc TVS Jupiter is priced at Rupees 49,360 and has a better fuel efficiency of 60 kmpl. The recently launched TVS Zest is a 110 cc light scooter with mileages of 62 kmpl. The 90 cc TVS Scooty variants are priced from Rupees 41,000 to 48,000.
The Mahindra has the 125 cc Rodeo and is priced at Rupees 48,405 and has a fuel efficiency of 59 kmpl. The 110 cc Mahindra Gusto is priced at Rupees 45,000 to 49,000 and has mileages of 61 kmpl.
In a nut shell, one can choose a scooter according to his budget and tastes.