Faced backlash due to the rising demand of diesel, Honda Cars India reverted with its first diesel engine for the country under Amaze. Followed by the launch in 2013, it used the same successful 1.5-L iDTEC diesel in the new City too.
Now, after gaining strong hold of both the segments, Honda is eying to apply the same formula in hatchback as well. The expensive Jazz which was discontinued for the lack of diesel engine, and some criticisms also reported for its expensive pricing, is now ready to venture into the market once again with a fresh look.
Reportedly, the launch of new-gen Jazz will take place on July 8, 2018, where numerous teasers have already flooded the social media platforms of Honda.
In the bay of this hatchback from Honda, two engine options are meant to take over, apparently lifted from the Amaze. A 1.2-L petrol and 1.5-L diesel will go strong in posting its sales over the chart, after mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard. CVT is speculated for the petrol strongly, but none of the concrete proofs had made to the desk until now.
Once launched, the new Jazz may take over Maruti Swift at the first sight, which will then eye the Hyundai i20 Elite, followed by Volkswagen Polo, Tata Bolt and new Fiat Punto Evo.
Well, the maker is serious about its cars in India, so this time a sensitive pricing strategy is expected from Honda with regards to the launch of Jazz. After all, the new machine with rich features like touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, and built on the emphasis of ‘max-man min-machine’, surely needs an attractive price tag (rather than premium segmentation) to make a gate-crashing entry into the segment.
‘New Honda Jazz reached dealerships’, is what all Indians were waiting to find out. And here it is. As spotted in a red shade standing stunningly in the parking lot, this car is the new Honda Jazz and is dispatched to a dealership for the preview.
Looking to its design, anyone can easily link it to the Honda repertoire. The familiar Honda face, with headlamps connected by the slat and a chrome strip underneath it highlight the cause. Turning to the rear, its tail lamps are unique and are quite distinct as per the older model.
However, the cabin is reported to remain spacious just like any other Honda cars, applied by the motto of maximum man-minimum machine. And with such nature, it is doubted to claim the hatchback with leading space in its class.
The engine bay is meant to sip power from a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine, where the former option may also get a CVT (automatic) transmission as optional.
Hence, the price strategy witnessed before made the Jazz to fall on the pricier side, which will get dropped this time. Instead, a very strategic pricing route will be followed with the hatchback strictly rivaling the likes of Hyundai i20, Swift and others. At last, it is the launch that will state its final verdict on July 8, 2015 with expectations ranging between Rs 5.2-5.5 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Thanks to the immense localization for the purpose, near to 90%.
Stay tuned to us for more details.
Renault India’s big name for the market is doing pretty well. It is better scaled when that MPV was pitted against the number of rivals. The Lodgy, in its first month of launch has taken over Honda Mobilio, leaving it scathed to look for something new to smooth the road.
For the month of April 2015, Renault rolled out 2032 units of the large MPV as against the paltry figure of 689 Honda. Reportedly, the month was proven a bad one for Honda, due to its own constraints in the production it didn’t managed to sell the max numbers of the model. Otherwise, in general condition, Mobilio rakes up to 2-3k units a month, which is quite satisfactory looking down to the market conditions. Thus, there was a juggle in the line of production of variants, which is why the Japanese carmaker lacked behind the French, where they managed to grab this chance and register better result on the sales sheet.
On another side of pond, Ertiga managed to whoop a decent figure of 4181 units, whereas Innova continues its offensiveness to onslaught others by its oppressive 5285 unit sales.
Hence, that was all to say about the sales of MPVs last month, but the interesting part is to see what this Renault MPV can do in the future where the Chevrolet is also trying to roll in the Spin MPV. And the figures it has cracked in the initial 30 days is rated below the good, and slightly above the poor, because the promotion and marketing strategies always end up in bringing good results to a new car, where they then settle for less in the coming days.
Don’t get excited, as Honda hasn’t confirmed to launch the new Civic in India. The latest spy-shot from factory of Honda Cars India in Rajasthan has raised the eyebrows, but since the maker is in a mood to focus on the launch of new Jazz, it has ruled out the possibility of the launch of Civic in this country.
The spotted test mule is the left-hand drive variant, and is a hatchback version. The model is actually imported in the country for R&D purpose, but not for the launch, said one of the sources. In fact, the Civic sedan was drawn off the sales floor India back in 2012 due to the reason it wasn’t bringing the needed sales to the book because of the lack of diesel engine. And the Accord too was rolled from the operations here due to the same reason. To counter the competition and push the drowning sales up, first diesel engine of Honda debuted with Amaze in 2013, followed by City, and now the Jazz will also bear a one underneath its hood, called 1.5-litre i-DTEC.
As of now, Honda is keen to focus on the mass sellers products to enhance its market share. For the same it seems to launch the new Jazz during the next couple of months. Jazz will pitch the sales against the likes of Maruti Swift, Tata Bolt and Volkswagen Polo. The enormous response from the market for such cars (hatchbacks), and the diesel engine proving worth to those aforementioned models of Honda – Amaze and City, it looks the new launch will become a cakewalk for the Honda sales persons to achieve their monthly targets.
However, it is very disappointing to see the new Civic standing on our shores but couldn’t lend a drive to the enthusiasts like us. Yet, at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 this maker will bring the new seven-seat crossover and the new Accord, with no provisions of Civic is announced to raise the bar.
Thus, if by any chance one may expect to see this Civic coming through, then may have got to wait for more two-three years to get the hands on.
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The new Jazz is ready to jazz up the scenario for Honda Cars India as soon it will launch by July 2015. For the overflowing demand, Honda has readied manufacturing facility to cope up with them. The facility at Rajasthan has seen the huge investment of Rs 380 crore to pace up the number of cars rolled out from 120k units to 180k units every year from 2016. Another facility at Noida too is running at full force, and the maker is operating two shifts to manage the production in either of the manufacturing units. So, as a result to make slot for new Jazz, Honda will prioritize the model against the existing one to serve the purpose. Apparently, it seems the Brio will get set at backburner to accommodate the new Jazz, as the maker sold only 800 units of this compact car during the past month due to lack of diesel engine.
For the launch of new Jazz, Honda Cars India said to boost the localization up to 90% for saving the costs, which the same strategy will paint every model of Honda available in the country, except for CR-V.
Under the hood, new Jazz will use the same engine of Amaze and City. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol both shall make to the list. The latter must get a CVT transmission at a later stage to beat the heat of competition in the market of hatchbacks from the likes of Hyundai i20, Maruti Swift, VW Polo and Tata Bolt.
Hence, it seems the preparation of Jazz is in full swing at Honda, we expect to see some great sales this year with the launch of the new Jazz dipped in diesel.
Late is never too late. Honda Cars India had finally realized a mistake of their when of those models that are near to the extinction. Reportedly, the maker has called 2004 CR-V and 2003-2007 Accord for replacing the faulty airbag inflator of passenger side.
The statistics of Honda replicates, there are 575 CR-Vs produced in 2004 and 10,805 Accrods manufactured during the year 2003-2007. A one 2004 Civic is also a part of the recall. The carmaker will replace the faulty part for free of cost.
However, it is been more than a decade since Honda had deployed this faulty component on the cars, but thankfully no accidents are reported due to it. This replacement is a part of the global recall that affected many other cars in various countries.
One can get his Honda sorted off this replacement at Honda dealerships across India from June 4, 2015, onwards. For getting it done, car owners can submit the VIN number on the microsite across Honda’s website to know the status about their car. However, the company also said to contact the customers directly, but since it is better to get safe on our own.
Since the recalls are increasing in the country, government is planning to prepare a policy regarding to keep a check on them.
Since, we don’t have Accord on sale in India, as Honda discontinued it due to under performance of petrol engine and no availability of diesel to sustain the falling numbers. Other countries like US still use this sedan with great enthusiasm. Posted here are the first images clicked by spies of the next-model that those markets will soon see across the showrooms.
As viewed, there are numerous changes witnessed on front. Grille is the major one to name, where others that follow the pursuit are headlamps, bumper, decklid garnishes and tail lamps.
Due to very scarce details about the powertrain, it is believed the V6 variant shall receive some minor amendments like direct fuel-injection and 9-speed auto transmission in the 2016 model. The other models in lineup must conclude only minor bump of power if needed.
Thus, as per to a source, four-cylinder engine is going to occupy the start of pricing list with the favorite manual transmission. Though, the new face of Honda Accord is quite late to the market as its immediate rivals like Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry and others received it way back.
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Honda couldn’t hold back the excitement at Shanghai, as unveiled the next-gen City in the People’s Republic. It rolled out this new model in joint venture with the Guangzhou Auto Corporation (GAC).
The car seen there was similar to the model sold in India, except for the design of wheels. Measuring 4440mm at length, 1695mm at width and 1495 mm at height, the wheelbase is spawned over 2600mm. The new platform, prominent front fascia, large front grille, sporty roofline and extended taillights are the major highlights.
Hence, unlike India, China will receive only a 1.5-litre petrol unit sending 117bhp and 145NM of torque, with no option of diesel. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and CVT placed in the option list.
Though, the car is a huge hit in India, we expect the same may also see a replication of the success in China, with the prices expected to start from upwards Rs 9 lakh (as converted from Yuan).
It’s visible that new Honda hatchback is awaited to break the previous records of other carmakers, apparently leaving behind the Swift as well. Now, adding more oomph to that excitement, a rumour filed on the internet summed up claiming the hatchback will get a CVT transmission for India.
For the country, new Jazz will hold engine option of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The latter will arrive only with the manual gearbox, while the former will get a CVT automatic transmission along with the manual.
However, the compact hatchback of Honda in India uses five-speed automatic gearbox; the maker will use a CVT from the new City. Thus, on the counts of previous experience, CVT enhances the fuel-economy due to high final drive ratio, but fails to deliver the responsive driving experience especially at low speeds.
In fact, Honda has sorted the problem by deploying a torque converter with the gearbox, which is the reason City offers a peppy drive even at the low revs.
Hence, Honda Jazz remained a bestseller for its maker around the world, which it just got slightly hindered in India due to the lack of diesel engine at the time of rising fuel prices. Now, sleeves rolled up and shoe laces tied, Honda is on the verge of striking back with a vengeance. Jazz packed with the diesel engine, and priced competitively due to local assembly, will rock the market like never before and may shatter the rivals into bits. Just wait and watch!
By the way, launch scheduled for June 2015!
Honda – as got very serious with its SUV and crossover business after shedding the attention from sedans – has brought the Concept D at Shanghai Auto Show. Designed exclusively for the People’s Republic, its production version will definitely lose most glitter from now. Golden is used to mimic the taste of locals there.
Though, no concrete information is exclusively available at the moment from official channel of Honda. Judging on the basis of appearance as visible across images, Concept D got number of angles, sharp edges, raked rear window and a huge wing to highlight the texture. Obviously, LEDs and prominent face aren’t making an exception here.
Hence, Chinese joint venture of Honda – Guangqi Honda and Dongfeng Honda – will set the matter straight for its production and even the car to roll across the sales floor.
Commenting about this concept, Seiji Kuraishi, President of HMCI replied, this Concept D crossover in China will act as a pioneer of Honda for its SUV business. A new value proportion will take a shape soon after the launch. Production of Concept D in this country will allow the maker to surge ahead with more localization. And the trait of offering products with latest technologies will be continued by Honda.