Honda Motors of ‘Japan launched the new fourth-generation Honda City sedan in Delhi on Monday. Honda aims to increase its share in the country’s market by this new sedan.
The new City is a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder car which will be available in the Indian markets from January 2014 in both diesel and petrol variants. The prices have still not been revealed by Honda.
However, expectations are that the car will bear a competitive price as the parts used in the car are more locally manufactured compared to the model it will replace.
Hironori Kanayama, the president and CEO of Honda Cars in India has said that City has been Honda’s image leader in India since its debut in 1998 and Honda has aggressive plans and high expectations from the car in the future.
He also said that a lot is expected from the diesel model as the company’s first diesel car, Amaze, has received a lot of positive feedbacks and has good sales figures.
The car has a DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine, specifically designed for Indian roads and is the most fuel efficient engine in its class.
The production of the car will take place at the company’s Great Noida plant. With its new diesel engine technology and a crisp modern design, Honda expects the new City to win back Honda’s market share and its leadership position, which was lost to Hyundai’s Verna. The car also possesses 50 mm longer wheelbase and the most leg space in its class.
The length of the car remains the same, while the height has been increased by 10mm. Other features of the new City include touchscreen auto air-conditioning, a 5 inch audio monitor and an optional sun roof.