The Indian two-wheeler industry is experiencing a major shift in its shape and structure.
The established players in the industry are taking a hard look at their portfolio of products and are in the process of reshuffling them to meet the expectations of customers. The beneficiary is of course the consumer, who has an increased array of products to choose from. The last four-five years have brought about a great change in the consumer preferences for two-wheelers. The market leaders of yesteryears are being driven to maintain their leadership position in the forthcoming years. Those who have had a great going in the last few years are fighting hard to retain their new supremacy. The two-wheeler industry is perhaps the most happening place in terms of new models launched, upgraded products and innovative marketing techniques. Gone are the days of regulation when the production of scooters and motorcycles was limited to two or three brands and the number of products produced was decided by the Government; today the Indian two-wheeler market is highly competitive with numerous players who offer anything and everything a consumer demands and that too at affordable price. From a sellers market where one had to wait for a scooter for 12 years to the days when you can just walk into any showroom and drive out in the vehicle of your choice, the market of two-wheelers in India has come a long way. But this is only the beginning of the transformation.
The Indian two-wheeler industry is dominated by three players, Bajaj, Hero Honda and
TVS Suzuki, who account for 80 percent of the total two-wheeler market. The other players including Kinetic Engineering, LML and others account for the remaining 20 percent of the market. The industry can be divided into three broad segments: Scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. In the scooters segment Bajaj is the market leader, Hero Honda is the