Honda’s Activa brand creates new history in the Indian 2Wheeler Industry!

FIRST scooter brand to cross 2.5 crore customers mark in just 20 years!

Gurugram, 07 January 2021:  Honda 2Wheelers India today announced that India’s No. 1 selling scooter brand ‘Activa’ has now created new first as the only scooter brand in the history of Indian two-wheeler industry to achieve 2.5 crore customers mark.

Noteworthy, 20 years ago when the scooter market in India was fast declining, Honda made its solo entry with its first two wheeler – the 102cc Activa in 2001 and the rest is history! Over the years, Honda’s Activa brand accomplished many milestones on its way to achieve this remarkable feat in its latest BSVI avatar.

Activa’s journey of giving Wings to 2.5 crore Indian families & Activating India 

India’s love story with the Activa has only gained strength with every generation. In just 3 years of its debut in 2001, Activa became the undisputed leader in the scooter segment by 2003-04. The next 2 years saw it cross the 10 lac cumulative customers’ milestone too.

Powered by true technology leadership and evolution ahead of times, it took the Activa brand 15 years to achieve the initial 1 crore customers in 2015. As scooter acceptability continued to rise, Activa brand accelerated the Activation of India on the move, and become the first choice of India families. Such is the popularity of the brand that the recent 1.5 crore customers were added with 3 times the speed i.e. in just five years.

Expressing gratitude on achieving this historic milestone, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Since its launch in 2001, be it the 100-110cc engine or the new more powerful 125cc engine, the secret of success of Activa family is Leadership that builds Trust. Since 20 years, Activa is at the forefront of technological innovation, sometimes even decade before it became the industry norm. Be it the Honda patented tuff-up tube and CLiC mechanism in 2001, Honda’s Combi-brake system with Equalizer in 2009, revolutionary Honda Eco Technology (HET) for 10% mileage up in 2013, or even the smarter HET PGM-Fi engine powered by eSP and World First Tumble flow in BS-VI era; every generation of Activa brand continued to evolve, revolutionize the scooter segment and Activate India. We are happy to see that India’s love for the legendary Activa continues to reign supreme.”

Sharing the uniqueness of Activa brand’s 2 decades’ journey Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,”So much has changed around us during this period, but Activa still continues to remain the first love of Indian families, when it comes to owning a scooter. Very rarely does a two-wheeler transcend from just utility to an emotion which stirs and resonates with the soul of society, like Activa has. Honda is proud that Activa brand has been intrinsic to the activation of this great nation. Thank you India 2.5 crore times over, for making Activa the gold standard of your everyday ride”.

Noteworthy, this incredible growth came on the heels of technological advancements that positioned Activa as pioneer in the two-wheeler industry. With every new generation of the legend which was born 20 years ago, Honda Activa has introduced Indian riders to advance global technologies ahead of time – be it Combi-Brake System in 2009 (a decade before the norms), Honda Eco Technology (HET) in 2013 or the enhanced Smart Power (eSP) technology and 26 new patent applications in 2020 Activa 6G.

Infographic Activa Brand creates history with 2.5 Crore customers

Activa – The 20 year exciting Journey of the Legendary brand

Year Milestone Key Milestone


1 Crore



 15 years


Honda launches it maiden two-wheeler – the 100cc Activa in India.

Introduces INDUSTRY FIRST Tuff-up Tube (Honda’s patented puncture resistance technology to minimise sudden punctures upto 70%)

Introduces INDUSTRY FIRST CLIC (Convenient Independent Lift-up Cover) mechanism for easier maintenance

The unisex design, refined Honda V-matic transmission, superb mileage, added convenience and durability see Activa achieve 55,000 sales in 2001-02 itself!

2004-05 Activa becomes new Market leader of Indian scooter segment
2005-06 MILESTONE – Activa achieves 1 million sales in just 55 months!
2008-09 NEXT GENERATION Activa takes Joy On & On

New bigger 110cc engine with 15% mileage up!

FIRST IN INDIA TECHNOLOGY – Honda introduces Combi-Brake System with Equalizer technology – a decade before this technology later becomes a norm in India!


MILESTONE – From annual sales of 55,000 in 2001, the monthly Activa sales have now crossed 50,000 units mark!

2012-13 MILESTONE –  Activa’s cumulative sales breach the 5 million sales milestone, as monthly sales cross the 1 lac units mark in 2012-13
2013-14 TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION:  Honda Eco technology(HET) arrives in India. Optimising the trio of reduced friction, improved combustion and transmission, HET delivers Dream Mileage of 60 kmpl (on Honda mode).

Honda launches Activa I – its personal compact scooter for everyday commute.

2014-15 Honda launches its 1st 125cc scooter in India – Activa 125

Activa 3G arrives with dynamic design changes.

MILESTONE – Activa brand overtakes motorcycles to become No. 1 selling 2Wheeler of India!

2015-16 Brand Activa breaks the glass ceiling, becomes 1st scooter brand in India to achieve 1 Crore customer milestone
2016-17 Recent

1.5 crore



 5 years

Activa 125 becomes India’s 1st scooter which is AHO & BS-4 compliant.
2017-18 Activa 5G launched with new Deluxe Variant. Comes with Full LED Headlamp & position lamp – A First-in-110cc segment; Digital-analog meter

Added convenience with 4-in-1 lock with seat opener switch launched

2019 Honda takes first step into BS-VI era 6 months ahead of deadline. Unleashes AQuietRevolution with Activa 125 BS-VI followed by Activa 6G.

TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP – 26 new patent applications, 13% more mileage in Activa 125 BS-VI,

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION – New Silent Start with Patented ACG starter motor, World first tumble flow technology

NEW TECHNOLOGY– Idling Start Stop system, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor

INDUSTRY FIRST optional 6 year extended warranty

2020 20th Anniversary Limited Edition of Activa celebrates 20 years of the legend

Activa brand achieves 2.5 crore customer mark – the first ever scooter brand to achieve this feat, that too, in just 20 years!


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