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  • Honda Dream Neo launched: 110 cc: Price 43,150 INR ex-showroom Delhi

    Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today 17th of April launched the a new 110 cc motorcycle the Dream Neo.








    Text: Sandeep Goswami/Old Fox

    Photos: Sunil Gupta and Sandeep Goswami

    So Honda decides another release in the econo-commuter category. 110cc, 8 and a half horses and promising three quarters of the magic 100 kms to a liter figure. Why? Because they are here to do business and not earn brownie points from a handful of 'we want more cc - more power' gang. According to their market research, more than 60% of two-wheeler sales lie in the 100-110cc category and the sales are mostly defined by initial cost, mileage, brand (which implies reliability and good post-sales experience) and utility. Looks and performance almost come as an afterthought as satisfying the 4 afore-stated conditions usually takes the wind out of looks and performance anyways. Feeding these last two in any case leads to an unacceptable increase in the first of the former 4 conditions - the initial cost.

    This particular segment in India is akin to the endless pit. Keep dropping models into it and it doesn't seem to fill up even one bit. The potential sales volumes are so massive that even a small percentage of them is enough to make the company cash registers ring loud and melodious. With good low-end torque @ a low 5500 rpm (perceived by the target market as good 'pick-up) and high ground clearance this bike is targetted as much at the urban commuter as it is for the semi-urban and rural buyer. Spreading the target market when allied with an expanding sales and service network will help Honda sell it well. There will be cannibalistic sales vis a vis the Dream yuga as even Mr. Guleria admitted during the question/answer session but also as he said that it doesn't matter much since Honda is happy when it is Honda that's selling. Hero in any case has been at it since donkey's years and earned its bread and butter on this very strategy.

    I see lots of comments that 'ridicule' any small capacity motorcycle launch. Such ridiculing usually fails to get in touch with the base engineering and market realities of the product and focus only upon the smallness, the ordinariness and the 'punyness' (to coin a new word here) of the product. There's an almost childish wish lurking behind it all that wants every new bike to be high-power/high-performance. Low volume sales will ever be a deterrent when it comes to performance bikes. But all said and done, things are changing for the better despite the feeling that all we are getting are weaklings on wheels by the supposed strongmen of the industry. The product portfolio expands to exploit market demand. Rarely is it the other way round when we see an addition to the product range meant to trigger demand. Such courage is left for bungee jumping or crocodile hunting There's nothing more real than money and every corporation planning to be around and grow has its finger stuck on that fact. They might 'sell' a dream but that selling is just to make sure they sleep well themselves. So do make space in your 'passionate' hearts for puny motorcycles not for the cause of the corporations but because your less financially endowed or more utilitarian brethren also need a set of good wheels with an engine in between to ride around on.

    The Dream Neo is of course another bike in a crowd. What it does to the sales charts is pure conjecture as of now. And even though it seems retrograde in a major safety aspect like brakes which happen to be small drums across the range without even an option of a disc up front, the rest of the engineering seems sound enough and should stand well to typical commuter use. The low initial price, the Honda assurance and the high claimed mileage are the more apparent 'selling points' here. Have deleted the 'unique' from USP as there's almost zilch possibility of being truly unique in this over-populated category while remaining within the low initial cost constraints. So in a nutshell the Dream Neo is another entry in a crowded class. Not great but not bad either. And in a class where function rules over form, being there at times is more than enough. One request to Honda though - please give us at least one performance bike for every 3 'Dreams'. Please! All right make it 4 Dreams if you want to but don't skew the ratios any further!! After all brownie points could be the seed for sales points someday huh? Goodwill IS afterall a vital organ in the physiology of a brand.

























































    With this launch it intends to "rewrite the commuter mass motorcycles equation" in India! This will be the most affordable two wheeler ever from Honda and will be sold under the 'Dream' series of motorcycles. With this motorcycle Honda aims for 150% growth in the commuter segment of motorcycles in India. Honda claims that the Dream Neo will give 74 kmpl!

    The bike will sport the Honda Eco Technology and claims to have the best in class performance.

    Keita Muramatsu, President & CEO, HMSI -

    Dream Neo is Honda's next big leap towards creating deep inroads into the Indian Consumer segment. Our newly opened technical comprising of R&D, Engineering, Purchase & Quality team, overcame the challenge of improving mileage and meeting the competitive price point. Backed by our product launches & network expansion, Honda aims to grow over 150% in 100-110cc motorcycle segment YOY. Overall, we are confident of customer demand for Honda 2 wheelers and eye 43% growth with 39.3 lakh units sales in FY 14.
    YS Guleria, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMSI -

    Creating a new paradigm in mass mobility, Dream Neo is Honda's most affordable and most efficient 2 wheeler in India. While Dream Neo is loaded with attractive and best in class features like Top Mileage of 74 kmpl, it is being delivered at a truly aggressive pricing to delight Indian Customers. Finally Dream Neo is a package which is hard to resist by 100-110 cc mass motorcycle consumer market.
    Pricing of the bike will be Rs 43150/- ex showroom Delhi.

    The bike will have three versions -
    a. Self starter, drums, alloys and tubeless
    b. Drums, Alloy and tubeless
    c. Drums, spokes and tuff up tubes

    The bike will sport a dual tone colour scheme.

    The engine produces a claimed 8.25 bhp @ 7500 rpm and 8.63 Nm @ 5500 rpm.
    Wheelbase of the bike is 1258 mm. The rear suspension is a 5 step adjustable type. Frame will be a single down tube diamond frame.
    Last edited by The Monk; 04-17-2013, 07:01 PM.
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    Prices at the launch of the Dream Neo

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    • #3
      No pics yet??? Hope it won't be a Dream Yuga on a paintjob

      Edit: just got this one from motorbeam
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      Splendor 2.0, anyone? Can we all request Honda to rename it "Dream Retro"?
      Last edited by bbsrailfan; 04-17-2013, 01:47 PM.

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      • #4
        Honda India Website Says " Aa Raha hai Yahan Ka Superstar" on 17th April...

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        • #5
          so this is the competition to CD DAWN ...??
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          • #6
            IMO no fresh looks except the graphics.
            No harm to the well loved Splendor and Discover series.

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            • #7
              good gawd 110cc...
              the tree huggers choice...
              they shud bring back 50cc mopeds...
              i still miss those lunas & the hero puch [if anybody of my age here may recollect...]
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bbsrailfan View Post
                No pics yet??? Hope it won't be a Dream Yuga on a paintjob

                Splendor 2.0, anyone? Can we all request Honda to rename it "Dream Retro"?
                Dude, another bike added to the wish list of your wife's 1st bike. Enjoy....
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                • #9
                  dream neo....well it seems to me dream failure!!...splendor, passion , discover continue ruling!!!

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                  • #10
                    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.


                    The Dream Neo also gets features like maintenance free, viscous air filter and tubeless tyres (except kick, drum spoke variant)

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                    • #11
                      looks like a definite winner to me (in the splendor/cd dawn/passion etc.. segment), with the brand name honda and the 'orphaned' hero motor corp, this will make a dent to the already falling sales of hero motor corp.

                      and oh the luna.. loved riding it!! that's what i call 'puttering' (if you remember the exhaust note) around. and one of the most exciting thing to do on it was to use the horn you know what i mean! horns on those 50cc mopeds (tvs 50/sunny/lunas)

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                      • #12
                        Thought at first new that it will be a redesigned twister as recently they updated dazzler but the image says i was wrong...
                        it looks kinda similar to dream yuga..i.e. no great advancement here...

                        Note to Honda: we first thought that it was hero which was making same bikes with different design but it seems that it was your idea...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by manas34 View Post

                          Note to Honda: we first thought that it was hero which was making same bikes with different design but it seems that it was your idea...
                          Great find buddy I agree with you .so hero took all the beating.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by manas34 View Post
                            Thought at first new that it will be a redesigned twister as recently they updated dazzler but the image says i was wrong...
                            it looks kinda similar to dream yuga..i.e. no great advancement here...

                            Note to Honda: we first thought that it was hero which was making same bikes with different design but it seems that it was your idea...
                            Before seeing the pic, I too thought the same. On second thoughts, the 'Neo' monicker led me to thinking it was something futuristic.
                            One look at the pic and I could clearly see I was mistaken! It was only HMSI's copy of HH...or can we say, the original idea behind the HH bikes?

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                              Images of the new Honda Dream Neo

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