Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India (HMSI) has made its intentions for the Indian 2-wheeler market clear – beat their erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp in sales volumes, and claim the number one spot. To help them achieve their goal, the Japanese company today revealed the ace up its sleeve – enter the Dream Neo, Honda’s answer to the popular Hero Splendor. The Dream Neo is now Honda’s new entry-level motorcycle, priced at Rs 43,150, Rs 3000 lesser than the Dream Yuga, and only Rs 200 more than its main competitor (Hero Splendor Plus).
The Dream Neo is powered by the same 110cc engine used in the Dream Yuga, outputting 8.25 bhp @ 7500 rpm and 8.63 Nm of torque @ 5500 rpm, transmitted to the rear wheel via a 4-speed gearbox. The Dream Neo also incorporates the company’s new Honda Eco Technology, which helps it deliver a claimed mileage figure of 74kmpl. Other features include a five-way adjustable rear suspension, maintenance-free battery, and optional features such as an electric starter, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
Speaking to the media about Honda’s strategic direction, Mr. Keita Muramatsu - President & CEO, HMSI, said “Dream Neo is Honda’s next big leap towards creating deep inroads into the Indian commuter segment. Our new Technical centre overcame the challenge of improving mileage and meeting a competitive price point. Backed by our new product launches & network expansion, Honda aims to grow over 150% in 100-110cc motorcycle segment in the coming years. Overall, we are confident of customer demand for Honda 2Wheelers and eye 43% growth with 39.3 lac unit sales in FY’14.”
The Dream Neo is available in three variants, the base model with kick start, drum brakes, spoke wheels and tyres with tuff-up tubes, priced at Rs 43,150, a mid-range model with kick start, drum brakes, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres at Rs 44,150, and the top-end model with Electric started, drum brakes, alloy wheels and tubeless tyres at Rs 47,150.