In­dia is Now World’s Big­gest Two-wheeler Mar­ket

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AC­CORD­ING TO THE SO­CI­ETY OF IN­DIAN Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers (SIAM) and China As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers, 17.7 mil­lion (1.77 crore) two-wheel­ers were sold in In­dia over the pre­vi­ous year. To put things in per­spec­tive, that trans­lates into about 48,000 units ev­ery day. This was a clear lead over the Chi­nese mar­ket which sold 16.8 mil­lion (1.68 crore) units dur­ing the same year. Although most of the growth is owed to bet­ter in­comes and a con­tin­u­ously de­vel­op­ing in­fras­truc­ture in the ru­ral ar­eas, sta­tis­tics show that woman rid­ers had a role to play as well. The num­ber of women adopt­ing a scooter for their daily com­mut­ing is now a con­sid­er­able piece of the pie. Honda have re­vealed that 35 per cent of their scooter mar­ket are women.

One of the rea­sons why the Chi­nese twowheeler mar­ket lags be­hind is be­cause of their fast-grow­ing car mar­ket and also be­cause of the num­ber of re­stric­tions they have placed on petrol-pow­ered two-wheel­ers. Two-wheel­ers in China are slowly turn­ing into bat­tery-pow­ered ma­chines in an ef­fort to curb the clear and present dan­ger of pol­lu­tion; a com­mend­able line of thought that the In­dian govern­ment should con­sider as well.

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