Suzuki’s 125cc Access
Suzuki launched in its much expected 125cc Variomatic scooter the ‘Access’ on september. Access is the third product from the Suzuki stable in India after Heat and Zeus motorcycles. 125cc Access is the third product from the Suzuki stable in India after Heat and Zeus motorcycles. 125cc Access is powered by a 125-cc air-cooled four-stroke engine with automatic transmission. Suzuki’s access features contemporary telescopic front suspension and a rust free body. 125cc access also features central locking system and provision for fitting a spare rear tyre at the back similar to the one found in Kinetic honda. Suzuki’s 125cc excess has an unique shutter mechanism for a single control point for the entire machine to avoid theft. Suzuki’s 125cc access is available in five colours – red, blue, black, grey and silver. 125cc Access will hit the stores by the first week of next October. Suzuki will announce the price after a pan-India roll out within two weeks time. According to Suzuki,125cc access scooter will give a mileage/fuel efficiency of 65kpl.
booming scooter segment:
Though indian motorcycle industry fell by almost 14.4 percent in the April-August period from a year ago. Scooters is witnessing a robust growth, it rose by 19 percent during the same period. On an average 40000 scootes are sold every month in india. TVS scooty plus, Honda Activa, Hero Honda pleasure and Bajaj kristal are prominent players in this scooter segment. Recently, TVS unveiled an electric variant of scooty. Yamaha is mulling seriously to foray into the scooter segment. TVS also plans a new scooter next year.
In August 2007, Kinetic Sym introduced india’s first 125cc scooter flyte. Suzuki’s access will compete with the flyte. The flyte is priced around Rs37000. Suzuki’s 125cc access is expected to be priced on a similar front.
Suzuki will introduce a 150cc motorcycle early 2008. Apart from the 150cc bike suzuki will launch another model next year(possibly a 175cc model). “Since sales of two models in the 100cc and 125cc segments have slumped, we are looking at the market for 150cc bikes now. We are also considering launching a 175cc bike, but it will depend on how the premium segment grows,” Suzuki said. Altogether a total of three launches in the next two years. With these launches, Suzuki plans to capture 4% market share(at present suzuki holds 1%) in the indian two-wheeler market in the next three years. Suzuki also plans to double its dealership network from its existing 145 in next two years.
Suzuki had already announced Rs 700 crore investment till 2010 for the indian market. Presently Suzuki sellss of 7,000 units of heat and zeus per month. Suzuki target sales of 5,000 units of 125cc access per month.
don’t expect the following from suzuki:
Suzuki ruled out any sales tie-up through the existing dealer network with Maruti. Suzuki says no to any product in the 100 cc category. Suzuki also ruled out a CNG variant in any of its products since it ”did not see the ability to house the CNG kit safely” in the two wheelers. . Suzuki also ruled out the commercial launch of the top-end Suzuki 1,000 cc bikes. ”The government policy is not suitable. We might get these bikes only as a representational model since the the roads are not suitable. Also the duties on the bikes are very high,” suzuki said.
Here’s photo of suzuki 125cc access
update: Suzuki access 125cc pictures
source: suzuki 125cc access pamphlet and photos from xbhp forum