HMSI cut prices by up to Rs 7,600 while Hero MotoCorp reduced rates by up to Rs 4,500. "We have decided to pass on the entire benefit of the excise duty cut to our customers. We have judiciously spread out the price cut across our product portfolio ranging from 2 percent going up to 5 percent with the maximum reduction being Rs 4,500," Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) said in a statement.     

Hero MotoCorp's bike portfolio includes Karizma ZMR, Impulse, Splendor and Glamour. Welcoming the cut in excise or factory gate duty, HMSI said it has "decided to pass the full benefit of 4 per cent excise duty reduction on two-wheelers to its valued customers across India with immediate effect".
    
The price benefit starts from minimum of Rs 1,600 on Dream Neo motorcycle, priced between Rs 43,150 and Rs 47,289, and goes up to Rs 7,600 on CBR 250R performance bike tagged between Rs 1.58 lakh and Rs 1.93 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). HMSI sells a range of scooters including the Activa and Deo, and motorcycles such as Dream Yuga, CB Stunner, CB Unicorn and CB Twister among others.
    
Presenting the interim budget on Monday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced reduction in excise duty on small car, motorcycles, scooter and commercial vehicles to 8 percent from 12 percent, and on SUVs to 24 percent from 30 percent. In a bid to provide relief to the automobile industry, where sales have declined, the government had lowered excise duty till June 30.

(Agencies)