India is a large market for scooter brands, specifically because the economy here needs people and goods to move fast. Motorbikes are just fine, but not everyone is comfortable riding a motorbike because of the manual gear shifting and the seating position. Scooters are more comfortable in terms of seating and most of the latest models come with automatic transmission, enabling a lot more people to ride scooters. Those who are planning to buy a scooter soon might want to know about the rank of brands and how well they compete.
Thus, this article is about the brands that sell the most in Indian scooter market.
Hero MotorCorp Limited is supposedly the world’s largest two wheeler manufacturer company. The company began production long back, however achieved the title of being the world’s largest motorbike and scooter manufacturer in 2001. Their production facilities are located at Gurgaon, Dharuhera, Haryana and Haridwar in India. Currently Hero has around 6,000 customer touch points all across different states of India.
The Japanese giant started their journey in India as Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Private Limited – shortly abbreviated as HMSI. There had been three other Honda facilities in India before and HMSI currently bears the flag. The four manufacturing plants are located at Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Gujarat. The Karnataka facility is the largest among all. Honda Dio, Honda Activa I, Honda Aviator etc. are few very popular Honda scooters in the Indian market.
Suzuki’s motorbike division operates as a wholly owned Indian subsidiary named Suzuki Motorcycle India, Private Limited. The subsidiary began in 1982 via a joint venture with TVS motors, later on Suzuki split up with TVS in 2001 to operate alone and the full operations began on 2006. Suzuki Access 125, Suzuki Let’s, Suzuki Swish 125 etc. are the most popular Suzuki scooters in India.
TVS scooters, or Scooty as they brand these two wheelers are quite well known as they have made a pleasant appearance in the media scenario. A lot of Bollywood stars have endorsed these scooters, as well as used them in movies or TVCs. TVS Scooty lineup is targeted to provide women in India with comfortable and safe commuting facilities. Scooty Pep+, Scooty Streak, Scooty Teenz and Teenz Electric are the most popular TVS scooters in India.
India Yamaha Motors Private Limited is the Indian wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. Initially, Yamaha had a collaboration with Escorts Group. The current arrangement was initiated since 2008. Comparing to the number of popular motorbikes, Yamaha only has 4 scooter models in active sales in India, namely the Yamaha Fascino, Yamaha Alpha, Yamaha Ray Z and Yamaha Ray.
Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited (MTWL) is a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), founded in 2008. Mahindra has been contributing to India’s automobile scenario for a long time now, however the two wheelers manufacturing plants came into production not even a decade ago. Already few scooters have become people’s favorites, like the Duro DZ, Gusto, Kine, and Rodeo etc. models.
In comparison with other companies in the market, Palatino is a newer company. They are a non-government body for manufacturing 2, 3 and 4 wheeler vehicles. The Palatino scooter lineup is mostly e-bikes, all these scooters are powered by a battery and leaves no carbon footprint. The entire company is based on the principles of going green. Few popular scooters from this company in the market are Palatino Sunshine, Palatino Princess, Palatino Spyker and Palatino Angel. The company is still in the growth, and growing fast.
Piaggio manufactures the Vespa lineup of scooters, and they operate in India as a local subsidiary. However, initially Vespa entered the Indian markets through Bajaj Auto back in 1960s, later on they have had a partnership with LML as well. In 2012, Piaggio unveiled a new range of scooters in India where they appeared as an independent brand. LX 50, LX 125, LX150 etc. are the most popular Vespa models as of yet.
LML used to be known as Lohia Machines Limited. They have manufacturing plants at Uttar Pradesh and the ranking as a scooter and motorbike manufacturer is quite on the higher ends. The company started their initial journey back in 1978 and never stopped ever since. Few popular LML scooters are LML Star Euro 200, LML Select 4, LML Star Xpress etc. Although LML had been a very profitable venture ever since the beginning, but the company is now suffering from a loss in sales and income.
Electrotherm is the mother company that manufactures YObykes product lineup, and the manufacturing facilities are located at Gujarat, India. The company calls their scooter line Eco-Fleet due to the fact that they’re all electronic, and solar powered. Reducing the carbon footprint is the company’s ultimate goal. YO Exl, YO Spark, YO Electron ER etc. are few products YO markets in India.
All the scooters produced by these 10 companies are well equipped for the Indian roads, and priced very reasonably. If you want to buy a scooter soon, you would have to go through these brand titles.