Generally considered as a common family or utility vehicle, automatic scooters have created a niche in the Indian auto market this year.
The year saw some interesting products in this segment, increasing the user base of the scooters in the country. So, here we are with the best scooters launched during the year 2016.
5. TVS Jupiter MillionR Edition:
The TVS Jupiter MillionR edition launched in June to celebrate one million Jupiter's sold. Adding extra value to one of the most value for money product in the respective segment, the new edition received a much needed front disc brake. Complementing the unique paint scheme are beige inner panels and a dual-coloured seat and these additional features push cost to Rs 53,034 i.e. just Rs 2,000 more over the Jupiter ZX.
4. Suzuki Access 125:
Suzuki introduced its popular Access 125 scooter in an all-new avatar at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, followed by a launch in March. Taking design inspiration from some Italian scooters, the new Suzuki Access 125 gets a classy looking chrome headlight casing. The platform of the scooter in untouched as is the 125cc, air-cooled motor. However, the scooter gets Suzuki’s SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology that makes it one of the most fuel efficient scooters in the market with its claimed 64kmpl. Moreover, the scooter gets a larger front wheel and an improved suspension set-up, providing a better ride experience. Starting at Rs 53,887 (ex-showroom, Delhi), the scooter is also available in a disc brake trim at an additional cost.
3. Vespa 946 Emporio Armani:
The second most expensive production scooter on this planet, the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani launched in India with a price tag of Rs 12.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Powered by a fuel-injected 125cc engine, this Italian scooter was a shocker for everyone with respect to its pricing. What makes it exclusive is its retro-futuristic design along with features like a unique grey-green paint scheme, with galvanised satin treatment and a green shade visible only under certain light conditions. The scooter was introduced to commemorate the 130th anniversary of Piaggio and the 40th anniversary of Giorgio Armani fashion house. The Vespa 946 Emporio Armani gets many other premium bits as well.
2. Aprilia SR150:
It is something the young Indian riders were waiting for, - a 150cc Moto- scooter. The Aprilia SR150 fits the bill for those who were looking for something that can give them the convenience of a scooter along with the agility of a motorcycle. Powered by a 155cc, 3-valve motor, the sleek scooter gets a lightweight, aerodynamic design, which allows it to cross the 100kmph mark with ease. Other segment first features include 14” alloy wheels with wide performance tyres and a 220mm disc brake up front. Besides the premium features, the Aprilia SR150 gets an affordable price tag of Rs 65,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) that makes it the most affordable Italian two-wheeler on sale in the country.
1. Honda Navi:
The most interesting two-wheeler launched in India 2016 is undoubtedly the Honda Navi. It is a cross between a scooter, moped and a motorcycle, and based on the most successful scooter in the country, the Honda Activa. Having a light frame with nimble handling, it is targeted towards young buyers looking for a fun to ride scoot. Powered by an 110cc engine that powers the Activa 3G, the Navi gets the advantage of lesser weight and offers surprisingly sprightly performance for its size. The Navi looks inspired by the Honda Grom which isn't a bad deal at all. With a price tag of just Rs 39,648 (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is a good value for money deal as well.