Honda launches 'Aviator' priced at Rs 39,675

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) Leading two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India (HMSI) today unveiled its new automatic scooter, Aviator, priced at Rs 39,675 (ex-showroom Delhi).

''We expect to sell about one lakh units of the Aviator in the next fiscal,'' HMSI Head (Sales and Marketing) N K Rattan told reporters at the 9th Auto Expo.

The 102cc powered scooter will be available across the country from March onwards, in two variants viz Standard and Deluxe.

Deluxe variant has front disc brake and 12-inch alloy wheels.

''It will be available in five colours-Rebel Red, Berry Purple, Space Silver, Monson Gray and Pearl Igneous Black,'' said Mr Rattan.

The standard version is priced at Rs 39,675 (ex-showroom Delhi), Rs 40,730 (Pune), Rs 40,900 (Bangalore) and Rs 41,150 (Kolkata).

The Deluxe variant is available at Rs 42,680 (Delhi), Rs 43,775 (Pune), Rs 43,920 (Bangalore) and Rs 44,155 (Kolkata).

The scooter is equipped with tuff up tube and telescopic front suspension and comes with a two years/24,000km warranty and three years optional extended warranty for complete peace of mind.

''The financial year 2007-08 has been very remarkable for us.

In November 207, we have already crossed the three million customers mark. Going forward, we will add another million customers in 2008-09,'' said HMSI President and CEO Shinji Aoyama.

Mr Rattan informed that the company's market share stood at 11 per cent in 2007-08. Currently, the annual sales of scooters stands at 10 lakh units, which the company forecasts will grow to 16.2 lakh by 2010-11.

The company had earlier said it expects its sales to touch the three lakh mark in 208-09, while the motorcycle segment is expected to account for about seven lakh units.

Scooter sales in the country have gone up 9.82 per cent to 77,494 in December 2007 as compared to 70,563 during the same period a year ago.

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