Honda has launched its most affordable commuter bike Dream Neo, priced at Rs 43,150 (ex-showroom Delhi), to take on the current commuter segment king, Hero Splendor
Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) had made no bones about its intentions to dislodge its erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp from the top and take the crown of the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the country. But it still was waiting for waiting for the right ammo in its portfolio -- one that could compete with Hero’s bread-and-butter bike, the Splendor. Though the Dream Yuga does fall in the commuter segment, it is considerably expensive than the Splendor and locks horns with the Passion XPro. To take the battle head on with Hero, Honda today launched its latest commuter bike, Dream Neo. Also Read: Honda may reveal Hero Splendor competitor today
Powering the Dream Neo is the same 109cc engine as on the Dream Yuga but it has been slightly de-tuned for better efficiency and produces 8.4PS of power and 8.63Nm of torque. The new bike also features Honda’s patented HET (Honda Eco Technology) update which helps in reducing friction among the mating parts and claims that it is the most fuel efficient bike in its segment by boasting a claimed mileage figure of 74kmpl.
On the occasion of the launch, Keita Muramatsu (President and CEO, HMSI) said, “Dream Neo is Honda’s next big leap towards creating deep inroads into the Indian commuter segment. Our newly opened technical center comprising of R&D, engineering, purchase and quality team, overcame the challenge of improving mileage and meeting the competitive price point. Backed by our new product launches and network expansion, Honda aims to grow over 150 per cent in 100-110cc motorcycle segment YoY. Overall we are confident of customer demand for Honda two-wheelers and eye 43 per cent growth with 33.39 lakh unit sales in FY 14.”
Keeping in mind the needs of the commuter bike segment customers, Honda have equipped the Dream Neo with long comfortable seat, long suspension travel, upright seating posture and wider handle bar. To make the new bike more nimble and agile Honda has extended the wheelbase to 1258mm and has equipped it with a five-step adjustable suspension. The Dream Neo also gets features like maintenance free, viscous air filter and tubeless tyres (except kick, drum spoke variant.
Honda has launched the Dream Neo in six dual tone shades which are, Black and Red stripe, Black with Violet stripes, Force Silver Metallic, Monsoon Grey Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic and Alpha Red Metallic. Keeping the price of Splendor in mind Honda has priced the base Dream Neo at Rs 46,140 (ex-showroom Mumbai) which is just Rs 200 more than the base variant of Splendor.