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Last Updated: 2015-04-14
Honda has 50 cars models available in India out of which 8 are hatchbacks, 29 are sedans, 3 are SUVs and 10 are MUVs/MPVs. Honda has total of 32 petrol cars and 18 diesel cars. There are 8 automatic cars and 42 manual transmission cars to select from. Brio is the most economical car with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 4,46,938/- and the most expensive model is CR V with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 22,32,340/-. Mobilio is the latest car by Honda launched on 2014-07-23 and priced at Rs. 7,15,732/- (ex-showroom price, Mumbai) - Read Expert Review on Mobilio. Civic, XS-1 and TIF are some of the upcoming Honda cars in 2015. Popular Honda cars in Apr-2015 are Amaze, Brio and City. Find details on 144 Honda new car dealers across India.
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) is the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese manufacturer, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. HCIL is responsible for production, marketing and selling of Honda Car models in India. Earlier named as Honda Siel Cars India Ltd, the Japanese maker entered the Indian market in December 1995. The company began its operations with Usha International of Siddharth Shriram Group. However in 2012, the company bought the 3.16 percent stake of Usha International for Rs 1.8 billion and its name was changed to Honda Cars India Ltd. The City sedan was the first Honda Car model launched by the company in India, which still is the country's top-selling model.
Indian Operations and Executive Managements
Honda Cars India is headed by Mr. Hironori Kanayama, President and CEO. The company's headquarters are located in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Honda has two manufacturing units in the country - Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Tapukara, Rajasthan. The first manufacturing unit of the Japanese maker in India was set up at Greater Noida, U.P in 1997. This unit is spread across 150 acres, and has an annual production capacity of 120,000 units. Its second manufacturing unit in Tapukara, Rajasthan is spread over 450 acres and has an annual production capacity of 120,000. While the car manufacturing began in 2014 at the company's Rajasthan facility, the powertrain and press shops were operational since September 2008.
Products & Services
Honda Cars India Ltd., has a strong sales and distribution network in both urban and semi-urban regions across the country. The Japanese maker currently has 215 authorized dealerships in 140 cities. Based on “3S Facility” format, the company’s dealerships offer sales, service and spare services to customers. HCIL has also introduced an Insurance initiative ‘Honda Assure’ to further improve ownership experience for customers. This program will benefit customers with a more transparent, hassle-free transaction and quick procedure on their claims. The company’s exchange and pre-owned car division - the Auto Terrance, is also present at all major Honda dealers across the country. This is the perfect destination for the customers looking to exchange their existing cars for new Honda models.
On June 18, 2008, Honda, the Japanese car manufacturer, launched the country’s first hybrid car - the Civic Hybrid. The vehicle was launched under Honda’s long-term commitment to offer advanced and environmentally-friendly technologies. Despite being a hybrid, the Civic hybrid provides a perfect amalgamation of fuel efficiency, high on performance, environment friendly and fun-to-drive element. However, the vehicle failed to create volumes for the maker and eventually got discontinued from the market. At the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, Honda Cars India showcased the Accord hybrid which is likely to make its way to our market in near future. The company has recently introduced the CNG variant of the Amaze compact sedan in the country.
Founder & First Car
Soichiro Honda is the founder of Honda, which was hugely interested in automobile technologies and had worked as a mechanic at a Japanese tuning shop - Art Shokai. At this tuning shop, he tuned cars and presented the models in races. Later he started manufacturing piston rings for Toyota, but his first contract was cancelled due to poor quality. With improved quality, he again won a contract with Toyota and started a new construction company for pistons. Mr. Soichiro Honda established the Honda Technical Research Institute in Hamamatsu, Japan, where the company develops small 2-cycle motorbike engines. With positive growth, Scoichiro received good capital to manufacture his first motorcycle - the Honda Cub. This marked the initialization of Honda Motor Company, which became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer by 1964. The T360 mini pick-up truck is Honda’s first production automobile, which was propelled by a small 356cc straight-4 gasoline engine. The S500 sports car was the company’s first production car.
Honda is globally known for making world’s most reliable engines. The company’s i-VTEC petrol engines are highly fuel efficiency, easy to maintain and fun to drive. Similarly i-DTEC diesel engines are one of the most fuel efficient engines available in our market. Though Honda Cars India was doing pretty good business in its early years, customers’ interest toward diesel engine, due to their high fuel efficiency, affected the sales of Honda Cars that didn't have diesel models in its line-up till the arrival of Amaze. It was 2013 when Honda launched its first diesel car - the Amaze that became an instant hit. Later the company launched the Honda City and Honda Mobilio in both petrol and diesel powertrains. These fuel efficient Honda cars played a crucial role in the high growth recorded by Honda in last two years. Though almost all the Honda cars are known for offering high mileage, the most fuel efficient Honda Cars are - Mobilio, Amaze and City.
Honda models have good resale value, thanks to good quality interiors, exteriors and fuel efficiency. The City sedan is the country’s top-selling mid-sized sedan, which is also among the few cars with high resale value in the market. Other than the City, other fuel efficient Honda Cars too fetch a good value upon reselling.
Honda Car India is currently the country’s third largest car manufacturer; however, the maker is getting tough competition from the homegrown automakers- Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors.
Honda's first sub-compact hatchback, the Brio, was launched in 2011 in India along with other two growing Asian markets - Thailand and Indonesia. This 5-seater small hatchback is known for its excellent drivability and high fuel efficiency. Powering the vehicle is a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol unit that is good for 86.8bhp and 109Nm. The car can be bought either with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The similar engine also powers the Amaze - Honda's first diesel vehicle in India.
Launched in 1998, the City has always been appreciated for its premium design, interior comfort and drivability. It has always been among the top-selling Honda cars in India. The company introduced the fourth-generation of the sedan, in 2014, with significant exterior and interior updates and a new diesel engine option. Wearing all new panels and lots of chrome and styling elements, it looks more premium than the outgoing model. Interior, too, is completely changed with improved quality, comfort and rich features.
The CR-V has seen its four generation in India. The SUV was once among the top-selling Honda cars in India, but its sales started falling due to consumers’ growing preference for diesel models. The company introduced the fourth-generation of SUV, in 2013, with significant exterior and interior updates. Wearing a new chrome grille, dual-tone theme, swept back HID headlamps with washer, prominent wheel arches and other styling elements, the SUV looks more aggressive and sportier than the old model.
The Mobilio, Honda’s first-ever MPV (Multi-purpose vehicle), is known for its strong performance and excellent driving dynamics. The MPV, launched in 2014, is the third product built on the Brio platform. The second product, based on the Brio, was the Amaze that became one of the best-selling Honda cars in India soon after the launch. The front-fascia of the MPV looks identical to the Brio. However, the large chrome grille, black finishing on front bumper and headlights with new details distinguish both the cars.
Honda Accord is the luxury sedan offered by the Japanese car maker in the Indian market. This car is desired by many for its majestic looks, spacious interiors and excellent performance, a winning combination for the company. The model is available in the market in two petrol-powered variants that exude elegance and class to their cores.
Honda Civic is one of the highest selling premium sedans in India, mainly due to its looks and interiors. However, the highlight of the car is its performance and it remains untouched in the department. Buyers in the country can choose between three petrol variants that are available with manual and automatic transmission options.
Honda Civic Hybrid is the eco-friendly version of the popular Civic that boasted of a petrol+electric engine. The model has been discontinued in the country due to a small market for hybrid cars and high price. This environment friendly sedan had a unique mechanism that cut off power to the engine when it came to a halt and recharged the electric battery through regenerative braking technology.
The premium hatchback in Honda`s Indian portfolio, Jazz is one of the most spacious cars currently present in the country. The aerodynamic design of the car is its most distinguish feature, while its opulent interiors also draw many buyers. The model is available in India in three variants Jazz, Jazz Select and Jazz X.
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