Honda Activa HET: Road Test
Scooter and the name Activa are synonymous to each other. When all the two-wheeler manufacturers were closing down their scooter operations, Honda made their foray into the Indian market with a scooter. In fact the scooter market is present currently because of the Activa, which speaks volumes about the Activa. Since the time of its debut in 2000, the Activa has been numero uno in the scooter segment and in the due course of time it hasn’t been fiddled with much.
It was given a minor face lift both cosmetically and mechanically in 2009 but the basic DNA of Activa has remained intact. But times have changed much, since then and scooter sales have increased immensely. In fact sales of motorcycles have improved by just 1 per cent; whereas by contrast, the scooter segment has grown a tremendous 18 percent.
This has resulted in all the other two-wheeler manufacturers entering the scooter market aggressively and for the first time Honda was facing some kind of competition and it meant they have to up their game to maintain their reign. For this, the boffins at Honda tweaked the Activa’s heart with “HET” (Honda Eco Technology). Will the HET-update help the Activa in maintaining its supremacy? Let’s find out…