The 4th generation mid-size sedan City mad its world premiere in India. This move was influenced by the prominence of the Indian market, said Honda Motor Company managing officer (Asia and Oceania) Yoshiyuki Matsumoto. The new City will initially be manufactured and sold in India. Honda sells the City sedan in 55 countries. After launching the City in India, Honda plans to increase the number of countries to 60. The new City will reach the showrooms during the first week of January. Bookings have already begun.
The new City’s main attraction is a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine. It also has a petrol variant.
Meanwhile Honda new City maintains the same length and breadth as the old one and the increase is only in its height and wheel base. Yet Honda claims that among their other cars, the new City is most spacious and convenient for travelling. The company reveals that this space maximising was made possible by following Honda’s ‘Man Maximum, machine Minimum’ principle.
The new City was designed at Honda’s R & D Centre in Japan. The car’s interior and dash board is very attractive. The City’s diesel will be powered by the 1.5L 4 cylinder DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine and its petrol variant by the 1.5L 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine. The Honda City sedan was first introduced in India in January 1998. The 2nd generation City was unveiled in November 2003 while the 3rd generation was in September 2008. Honda sold around 4,30,000 City sedans in India so far.