Top-end Honda City finds more takers in India

Friday 25 April 2014, 11:10 AM by

Honda City has been in the country for over a decade now. The first model was launched in the year 1996, the second model hit roads in 2002, whereas the third model made it in 2008. Over all these year, the sedan has evolved to be its best in every regard. Much to manufacturer's surprise, the top end of City sedan has reported more demand than the variants below it. Price seems to a be a key factor here, the VX variant of City petrol costs about Rs 9.85 lakh, the automatic costs is priced at Rs 10.9 lakh and the diesel City costs about Rs 10.99 lakh (All prices are Ex-showroom Delhi).

The new Honda City Petrol is powered by 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine that generates a modest power output of 119 PS at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm torque at 4600 rpm. Anticipated fuel efficiency for automatic and manual version is approximate 18 kmpl, but it is said that the manual version delivers slightly lower. The new diesel counterpart features a 1.5 litre –DTECH engine that powers the car with an output of 100 PS at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of Torque at 1750 rpm. The diesel engine is similar to the 6-speed manual transmission engine in the Honda Amaze, but the engine has undergone light modifications to deliver greater mileage. Based on ARAI reports, the Honda City diesel delivers an impressive 26 kmpl.

Top-end Honda City finds more takers in India |
Top-end Honda City finds more takers in India

For the interiors, the car gets an air conditioning vent for rear seat passengers. The new City features an armrest and bottle holder on each rear door for convenience. The sedan is now loaded with interesting features like info-rich instrument cluster, key-less push-button start, a sunroof, rear parking camera and foldable electric ORVM's.

Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India said, “We expected close to 20 percent of the customers to opt for the top-end City but we’ve received more than 50 percent bookings for it.” Due to demand, the production of the high-end variant has been doubled. In comparison to previous variants, the sale for the automatic has gone up by 20%.

Source: ZW

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