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5 cars Honda plans to launch in India

October 21, 2013 13:32 IST

5 cars Honda plans to launch in India

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Honda's latest stint in the Indian market, Amaze, has given it ability to leapfrog and grab the third position in the Indian car market.

When fuel prices in the Indian market started going high, Honda India fans waited to see diesel motor under the hoods of their favourite models.

The Japanese auto major took a long time to bring in an oil burner. In the meanwhile people speculated that every model the company was about to introduce, will be diesel-powered.

The wish was fulfilled in April 2013 when Honda introduced the Brio based sedan, christened Amaze.

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Image: Honda Mobilio.
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This entry-level sedan was launched against the segment ruler Maruti Swift Dzire and therefore, was rendered with the much-awaited first diesel motor of the company in the Indian car market.

Honda Amaze did not just set the sales figures soaring high, but also managed to claim Tata Motors position of the third largest passenger car seller in India.

Honda has sold 58,977 vehicles in the April-September slot and in the month of April, the company has achieved sales of 10,354 units, which sums up to a 88 per cent hike when compared with the sales figure of September 2012.

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This is quite an achievement by the company but can it keep the momentum going? Apparently, the Japanese auto major is all set with new arsenal for its Indian portfolio.

There are about four to five models, refreshed as well as brand new vehicles, which are slotted to be introduced in the Indian market.

Honda will also be taking advantage of the gestation period before Tata Motors introduces any new vehicle in the market to strengthen and take a lead against rivals.

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The upcoming Honda cars in India include the refreshed Honda City sedan, the all new Jazz along with Brio based MPV which is christened as Mobilio.

The line-up also includes the Jazz based compact SUV and an all-new compact hatchback which is going to be launched in the sub 4-meter segment.

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The 2013 Honda City, the iconic sedan in its new avatar will be titivated with a diesel variant, after seeing the huge success of Amaze.

Honda City diesel variant will be launched around 2014 after its roll out in Japan in November 2014.

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The Japanese auto major now has the technology to develop oil burners but then the Amaze diesel engine was not suitable for the requirements of the City sedan and that explains the gap before the launch.

Just like the City sedan, the next generation of Honda Jazz is scheduled for launch in the foreign markets at around 2013 end; its entry in India will be around 2014 and it will also be rendered with a diesel engine.

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Honda is likely to put in the 1.5-litre i-DTEC powertrain in the diesel version of City but as explained earlier, the company needs to change the engine tunes to make it compatible with the City sedan.

Therefore, some alterations are expected in addition to the engine getting more fine-tuned.

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Honda Jazz will be a new product in the Indian market and will be introduced at the 2014 Auto Expo where along with it, the Brio based MPV, Honda Mobilio and the City sedan will also be unveiled.

Honda Jazz will be developed locally at the company's Rajasthan manufacturing unit and this will help the company to price it competitively.

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The Honda Brio based MPV, was unveiled at the 2013 Indonesia Motor Show and is now in the test runs. This low cost MPV is specifically built to lure the audiences in emerging economies.

The four-metre plus MPV will come with capacious cabin space with three row seating configuration and will be powered by 1.5L petrol and diesel power trains.

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Honda is likely to offer both manual and automatic transmission in the petrol run Mobilio MPV whereas the diesel run has to be content with the manual five-speed gearbox only.

The hatchback market does not feel left out as Honda India is mulling about bringing in a new entry-level small car aka World A-Entry hatchback.

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The space has been dug below the Honda Brio hatch to accommodate this new small car which will be priced between Rs 300,000 - 400,000 and will go against the likes of Eon, Nano and Alto. Honda’s new compact hatch will be launched around 2017 and will be developed here in India.

Apart from these usual models, Honda is also likely to enter the thriving compact SUV segment and will be launching a compact SUV based on the new Honda Jazz.

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The company has started the test runs and the market speculation says that the SUV will come with modernised interiors and exteriors which will vary according to the market.

The diesel motor again, will be 1.5L; at the manufacturing unit, the Jazz SUV is dubbed as the “younger brother” of the new Honda CR-V.

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Image: Honda Brio.
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