Honda launched CBF 190 TR Neo-Retro bike in China, will it do the same in India?
Honda’s motorcycles sales have been affected a lot by this slowdown in the automotive industry. If we look at the sales of its 160cc bikes – Hornet 160R and XBlade 160, the sales are down by 52% and 66% respectively. In the month of July 2019, Hornet 160R posted 3004 unit sales which is down from 6281 last year in the same month. X-Blade 160, last year registered 8495 units sale sin July 2018 whereas time it managed to find just 2858 homes in July 2019.
This is happening because customers are moving towards Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 160 as they re cheaper alternative to the Honda’s offering or any other Japanese bike for that matter. So what Honda can do? Before that let me tell you Honda launched a neo-retro scrambler motorcycle in the Chinese market. The Honda CBF 190 TR looks like a mini CB300R from the design front.
This bike is made by Sundiro in China which is a Honda’s sub-brand in the country. It is powered by a 184cc (I don’t know which category it fits in) and pumps out 16 bhp. The CBF 190 TR has priced at Rs 1.7 lakh in China however if launched in India, it could be priced a couple of thousand rupees above the Hornet 160R which carries a price tag of Rs 95,000 for the deluxe ABS variant. However, if EFI is included, the price will easily breach the 1 lakh mark.
Previously there were speculations that Honda is planning to launch CB150R in the Indian market, however, there is not a single word heard from the company regarding the same. The Honda CB150R is already on sale in Indonesia with its rival being the Yamaha MT-15. Let’s wait and watch what strategy Honda will follow for India in the Performance segment.
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