India Bound Honda BR-V Compact SUV Officially Unveiled

Honda has lifted the curtains off its BR-V compact SUV at the ongoing GIIAS in Indonesia. The car will make its way into the Indian market early next year. This Brio based SUV, once launched in the Indian market, will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and the Renault Duster.

The BR-V, when it is launched in India, will be made available in both diesel and petrol versions. The petrol variant is slated to be powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 117bhp engine with peak torque of 145Nm. The diesel one, on the other hand, could be powered by a 1.5-liter i-DTEC 99bhp unit with peak torque of 200Nm. The cars will be fitted with either a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission option, with the diesel one getting the six-speed manual one fitted in it to compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta.

India Bound Honda BR-V Compact SUV Officially Unveiled

The safety features that BR-V in Indonesia comes with include ABS, dual front airbags, EBD Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and a hill start assist. The multi-functional display as well as a rear air-conditioner was also there in the current BR-V. The top end BR-Vs could get features like automatic climate control. Stop/start buttons and cruise control systems.

July Sees 18 percent Sales Increase for Honda

Seems Honda had a good run in the Indian market a far as July 2015 is concerned. The company has registered a growth of 18 percent in its overall sales for the month of July this year. In hard terms, the company sold 18,606 units in July this year compared to 15,709 units during the same time last year.

The most popular of Honda products in July was the Honda Jazz – 6766 units of which the company sold during the said period. Second most popular car the company during this time was the City sedan – 5180 units of which were sold. Sales figure for Amaze sedan and Brio hatchback stood at 4589 units and 1222 units respectively.
July Sees 18 percent Sales Increase for Honda

The disappointment for came in the SUV segment, where its CR-V did pretty badly and sold only 130 units for this month.

With the growth figure Honda officials in India and visibly happy and are planning to launch more vehicles in the Indian market in the days to come.

2017 Honda CR-V Will Be A 7-Seater – Report

Since CR-V was introduced to US market in 1997, Honda hasn’t grown all that much, but the Crossover Recreational Vehicle remained a solid seller for the automaker for quite some time. And if sources are to be believed, we got a scoop stating that next generation Honda CR-V will be available with seven-passenger seating capacity. Wah…really?

Leon Brannan, Honda’s UK Chief said: “The next generation Honda CR-V will grow in size, in a bid to distance itself from Honda’s new compact crossover, the Honda HR-V or Honda Vezel in some markets.” He also went ahead and said that the vehicle is a massive pillar for the automaker and will remain a two-wheel drive, thus creating space for CR-V in the market. Sounds right!

2017 Honda CR-V Will Be A 7-Seater

The interior of 2017 Honda CR-V will integrate a lot from HR-V; these include smaller car’s dashboard layout and touchscreen infotainment system. It will also borrow the engines – 1.6 liter diesel that’s good for 118bhp with 221 pound feet of torque and 1.5 liter petrol that produces 128bhp.

At present, the automaker competes with Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4. Whatever Honda comes out with should surely be well polished and top notch. Thoughts, anyone?

2015 Honda Jazz Launched In India, Priced At Rs 5.30 Lakh

Honda Cars India launched its much-awaited vehicle Jazz in India at the starting price of Rs. 5.30 lakhs. The automaker originally launched the vehicle in 2009, but they failed to live up to the competition, in spite of having a capable model. Unavailability and high pricing of diesel variant were the two main reasons for Jazz’s failure. Nonetheless, Honda has got over with it, by introducing the all-new Jazz.

With an attractive price tag, the 2015 Honda Jazz is motivated by one of the most fuel efficient diesel engines in the league. It is available in five different trim levels; these include E, S, SV, V and range-topping VX. Developed and designed on a fully new platform, the Jazz gets a larger wheelbase and is lil’ longer. Some of the exterior features include grille with chrome lining, piano black finish, little different side profile with blackened B and C pilars, front fascia gets city-inspired headlights with incorporated static bending lights, OVRMs (outside rear view mirrors) with turn indicators, 15-inch alloy wheels, roof-mounted spoiler, large windscreen with chrome bar and LED taillamps.

New Honda Jazz launched at Rs 5.31 lakh

On the inside, the 2015 Honda Jazz adds black dashboard, leather-wrapped gear lever, 12.7cm display for navigation and audio systems, steering wheel with audio and phone control buttons, instrument cluster with blue illumination and LCD, black/beige seat upholstery depending on the trim level. With the wheelbase of 2530mm, width of 1694mm, height of 1594mm and length of 3955mm, the all-new Jazz is the most spacious vehicle in its segment, offering 354 litres of boot space.

The 2015 Honda Jazz comes with two engine choices: i-VTEC 1.2 liter petrol and i-DTEC 1.5 liter diesel – both of which motivate the Amaze too. The diesel engine is teamed up with a six-speed manual transmission and pumps out 99bhp with 200 newton meters of torque, while the petrol version is mated to five-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission, generating 89bhp with 109 newton meters.

Aforementioned, the Honda Jazz is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class, delivering the fuel economy of 27.3 kilometers per litre. Standard safety features on Jazz include Antilock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution for petrol auto; passenger side and front airbags. The Jazz is offered with 7 color options, namely, Carnelian Red Pearl, Sunset Orange, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Tafetta White.

  • Variant-Wise Prices are as follows:
     
  • Petrol
  • E: Rs. 5.3 lakh
  • S: Rs. 5.94 lakh
  • SV: Rs. 6.44 lakh
  • V: Rs. 6.79 lakh
  • VX: Rs. 7.29 lakh
  • S (CVT): Rs. 6.99 lakh
  • V (CVT): Rs. 7.85 lakh
  • Diesel
  • E: Rs. 6.49 lakh
  • S: Rs. 7.14 lakh
  • SV: Rs. 7.64 lakh
  • V: Rs. 8.10 lakh
  • VX: Rs. 8.59 lakh

 

 

British-Built Honda Civic Type R To Be Exported To Japan

The decision to only develop and design the all-new Honda Civic Type R fro UK factory of Honda is a significant one for 3000 workers at the facility. Recently, Honda Europe announced a £200 million re-fit, and it would be an international hub for 2016 Honda Civic 5-door hatchback. The automaker is planning to export the British-built vehicle to Japan.

You heard it right! Takahiro Hachigo, New Chief Executive Officer at Honda said that the all-new Civic Type R will be engineered in Britain, but will be destined for Japan. Power for the Type R comes from a petrol 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that’s good for 306 horsepower. The vehicle is unrivalled against other models in terms of engine response, torque and raw power. It accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 5.7 seconds with the top speed of 167mph.

While power figures are impressive, the 2016 Honda Civic Type R gets a steering-column mounted button that offers the vehicle a dual character. The front suspension has been modified for cutting out torque steer, and Type R is offered only with 6-speed manual transmission. Some of the exterior features include ground-hugging, large front bumper with stunning LED lights and huge air vents, powerful brakes, rear arches for enhanced aerodynamics, extended wheelarches and 20 inch alloy wheels.

British-Built Honda Civic Type R To Be Exported To Japan

The sporty interior gets gear knob machined from aluminium alloy, sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, black trim with red double stitching and black headlining. The 2016 Honda Civic Type R faces stiff competition in the form of Volkswagen Golf R, Vauxhall Astra VXR, Ford Focus ST and SEAT Leon Cupra 280. While entry-level models will be available for £29,995, the GT variants that feature dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, Honda’s Connect infotainment system and rear and front parking sensors are offered for £32,295.

Honda Grace LX Launched In Japan

Honda City, officially called as Grace in Japan received new variant LX for the lineup.

The sedan enjoys its own popularity in the market. In the home country, Japan, its maker had powered with the 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine that sends the max power of 132PS to front wheels when paired to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). On such note, Grace LX officially delivers the fuel-efficiency of 4.5 L/100km.

However, Grace is very much well-known in the markets like India and neighbouring countries. But the twist to this new sedan is the option of AWD (all-wheel drive), which as guessed one can avail for an additional cost. One can also find features like smart keyless entry, auto mirrors that retract & protract in line with the opening and closing of doors.

Honda Grace LX Launched In Japan

Honda Grace LX Launched In Japan

Honda priced Grace LX starting at ¥1,750,000 in Japan.

Honda Grace LX Launched In Japan

Honda Grace LX Launched In Japan

Discover The New Honda Jazz In Detail: Preview

If Jazz was a car of your choice, but you missed out due to the lack of diesel engine. Here is a second chance for all buyers who loved the Jazz but couldn’t own a one due to the only petrol machine fitted in the bay during that time of rising petrol prices.

For a second inning, the new Jazz had not only coughed up the diesel motor but also sports new attire on outer and interior. The feature list is more equipped. Honda claimed the engineering perspective is completely refreshed for this new hatchback under the banner of Jazz. Summing every aspect of the new Jazz, we sovercratched our mind and sources to pen down what one can expect from this new Honda which is going to launch in the coming few weeks.

  • Outer crust

The design of new Honda Jazz improved by notches, H logoed family face isn’t going to turn an exception here carried  from new-gen City. Fresh set of tail and head lamps, air vents on the front, and surprisingly new lines resembling the City are mere hints that will make a one glow on seeing the car. There are speculations that India-spec Jazz will draw 15-inch wheels, whereas top-end buyers may get the alloy wheels against standard ones flanked with wheel-caps.

Discover The New Honda Jazz In Detail

  • On inside

Evident from the past, cabin of Honda cars are full of space, and only space; because Honda believes in the strategy of max-man min-machine. For this given reason designers work meticulously to save every inch of millimeter which can benefit the occupants in direct or indirect manner. A hint that will bring this clause on a more realistic note, the wheelbase grown longer than the previous car offers rear passenger to enjoy the benefits of additional 30mm.

Thus, engineers hadn’t ruled out new Jazz battling with the Swift on a very strict note, in addition to the Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto, Ford Figo and many others. Advancements in the list of features need to get the statement right from the first look. Touchscreen infotainments placed do the job finely, whereas the most expensive trim bound to hit the showrooms may pamper, or can say spoil, its owners with the touch-based climate control system.  This time, the maker has played a lot with the seats. Someone from the industry had touted them as Magic Seats. And it continued to say further, there are modes related to the folding of seats where one can bend and lift the back or base of seats to suit their needs. Even they say there will not be a problem for tall passengers from now onwards inside the new Jazz.

At last, the boot is class-leading with 363-litres on offer.

  • Stay safe

Japanese, very precise about their machines just like Germans, left no stone to offer maximum safety inside the cabin of new Jazz. Crumple zones, central-lock, child-lock and seat-belt pretensioners are available on all model as standard, whilst the top-of-line variant will get to drive its buyers in the safest lap – added by ABS, airbags, fog lamps, parking sensors, remote locking system, and Hill Start Assist for CVT versions. Some said the Emergency Stop Signal will also hug the new Jazz in India which will display the hazard braking lights in case of hard braking.

Discover The New Honda Jazz In Detail

  • What’s in the engine?

The bay under bonnet is about to receive the power from petrol and diesel engines both. The former options will pick up a 1.2-litre i-VTEC motor from the Amaze sedan, while the latter may carry a trusted and proven 1.5-litre i-DTEC from Mobilio, Amaze and City delivering the max output of 99PS. And if that output of diesel will make to the sales floor, then Jazz will make itself count as some of the most powerful hatchbacks available in the country. Apparently, there aren’t any chances for the diesel to get a CVT transmission option other than the standard 5-speed manual.

  • Pricing

The ‘Make in India’ concept initialized by the new Prime Minister of India had taken its toll on new Jazz soon before it sets it foot out on the shores. The localization of 90% will make the car quite competitive in the race against the rivals. However, there aren’t any light specifications where this car will hit the market at. But one can expect a healthy chase towards the entire segment.

New Honda Jazz Bookings To Open On June 20, 2015

As Honda very serious about the new Jazz, it has silently announced to a source the bookings of this new hatchback in India will commence from June 20, 2015. However, the launch is still a distant dream, as scheduled to happen on July 8, 2015. With bookings commencing this earliest, the Japanese carmaker wants to keep the excitement going which it has created using the various means of media from now onwards.

The new Jazz is bringing the clouds of hope for Honda Cars India to strike back with a vengeance. The previous tussle of war in the hatchback segment was lost by the Jazz due to lack of diesel engine.

New Honda Jazz Bookings To Open On June 20, 2015

Now, in this new avatar the hatchback looks serious to take on the competition. One can find the top-end variant completely loaded with goodies, where the maker now fitted a touchscreen infotainment system as well. Roomier cabin can have turned Roomiest with regards to the ‘Magic Seats’.

Under the bonnet, options of petrol and diesel both will follow the launch of new Jazz. A 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol lifted off the Amaze and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel which one can find underneath the City, Mobilio and Amaze are going to make to the launch. Thus, a 5-speed manual transmission is the only transmission provided standard for diesel, while the petrol owners are said to soon own a chance of shifting to CVT (automatic) transmission in the future.

Hence, everyone knows the car is quite late to the party. So, abundant of competition is about to happen around, and its major rivals like Swift and i20 Elite are already making moves to keep their sales floated. The price tag of new Jazz is bound to go easy and competitively on the pockets (expectedly starting from Rs 5-6 lakh) because of the previous interaction with the audience where it lost huge sales also due to the overpricing strategy.

Sporty Honda Jazz With Full Bodykit Spotted In Indonesia Before Launch

Still in the waiting lounge for India, the new Jazz that was introduced in Indonesian in June last year will soon receive a sportier version, as conveyed a spy-shot. The hatchback of Honda with its new face had created benchmarks in the markets. Soon, after rolling down in India, similar effects are expected to be experienced by the likes of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Elite i20, each of the hatchbacks facing a severe blow.

The sporty version of new Jazz seen in Indonesia is actually spotted during a TVC shoot, which meant, the launch is nearby and the marketing campaigns are on the front foot. Aggressive air dams, chin spoiler, side skirts and roof spoiler were found on its body kit. Lowered suspension sparks fury about the sports-tuned suspension setup. Thus, as the speculations are concerned, no change in performance may have taken place, it’s the cosmetic changes that are evolved on the car for a better appeal to push the sales since one year of launch.

Sporty Honda Jazz With Full Bodykit Spotted In Indonesia Before Launch

In Indonesia, Honda uses a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol lifted off the City to produce max power of 120PS and peak torque of 145Nm, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, where CVT lugs the optional list. But for India, the scenario is quite distinct; Japanese carmaker is expected to use a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine of 88PS and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel of 100PS, both mated to a manual gearbox. CVT may go with the petrol option in future.

Sporty Honda Jazz With Full Bodykit Spotted In Indonesia Before Launch

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Honda Cars India Confirmed New Accord Launch For 2016

Since the shrinking demand of petrol had made Honda to drop many models from its India lineup for a couple of years, it even dropped the Accord back in December 2013 to manage a reasonable portfolio with more concentration like mass sellers. Like now, when the line is filled up to the brim with diesel options, Amaze, City and Mobilio to name a few and Jazz one the way for its launch, it is confirmed by a source the maker will now move-in new Accord soon after the launch of 2.4-L petrol engine.

Above that, this Japanese carmaker for its Indian subsidiary is also thinking about the hybrid version of Accord, which will straightly target the Toyota Camry Hybrid. As Camry Hybrid now constitutes 70% of the total Camry’s sales, it seems feasible to bring down such an option to entice the new-age buyers.

Honda Cars India Confirmed New Accord Launch For 2016

However, Hyundai had also withdrawn Sonata from the Indian market back in Feb this year due to low demand from the sedans’ segment. It apparently seems to have made more space for the Accord to spawn into. Thus, the exact date of launch is not confronted. One can expect it to happen at the time when new Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb will launch their sedans (including diesel versions) in India.

Hence, it is not easy for a carmaker to earn the profits from selling those sedans in India. After all, they are launched to mark a very aggressive brand image in a country like India. Otherwise, the sedans are already having their fair share from the current trend, leaving behind the sedans way far than ones’ thought.