More than a dozen of bike and scooter brands will not be seen at this year’s auto show
Year 2019 proved to be one of the pale-most in the past couple of decades for the auto industry. The steep fall in sales shook even the biggest of the bike and scooter brands. Owing to which many two-wheeler manufacturers – including domestic and international – have decided to bunk the upcoming event. Here is the list of two-wheeler brands that won’t be present this time at the Asia’s biggest auto extravaganza venued at Greater Noida from 5-12 Feb, 2020.
We have to start with a shocker. You read it right, the largest two-wheeler brand in India and, the one which used to have the largest pavilion in the expo is skipping the event this time. The massive economic crisis and the commitment to migrate to the latest emission standards have caused the brand to pull out of the auto show.
Yes, you heard that right. With the gigantic youth following, the Japanese brand is always anticipated especially amongst the enthusiasts. The continued slowdown in sales and the cost of participation in the event has led the premium bike and scooter brand to withdraw from the show.
It’s a kind of similar story here as well. The stringent regulatory norms and the piling BS4 inventory has caused the biggies like Honda to back out of the event. The Japanese automaker was expected to showcase its products such as Honda CBR300R, Honda CBR500R and the Honda PCX 125.
The homegrown two-wheeler brand is also struggling to release itself from the shackles of the current economic slump. Chennai-based TVS was expected to unveil the much-awaited TVS Zeppelin 220 cruiser which remains uncertain as of now.
Bajaj & KTM
The company seems to less assertive and ambitious especially in terms of showcasing its products at Auto Expo. Repeating its 2016 and 2018 stance, the homegrown automaker and its Austrian brand KTM has once again decided to back off from the Greater Noida Expo.
The ‘oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production’ known for producing classics and cruisers in India will skip the event this time again. The regal brand was expected to showcase new versions of its popular Royal Enfield Bullet, Royal Enfield Classic and various variants of Royal Enfield Thunderbird cruiser motorcycles.
Other prominent names which will be amongst the absentees consist of Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Triumph Motors, Kawasaki, JAWA and BMW-Motorrad. In a slowdown country, all roads don’t lead to Auto Expo 2020. This boils down to the fact that upcoming auto event may not be as grandiose as it used to be in 2018 and before.