New Honda City Showcased In China At Shanghai Auto Show

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.

New Honda City Showcased In China At Shanghai Auto Show

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).

New Honda Jazz Will Get CVT Automatic For India

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.

New Honda Jazz Will Get CVT Automatic For India

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.

New Honda Jazz Will Get CVT Automatic For India

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!

New Honda Jazz Will Get CVT Automatic For India

By the way, launch scheduled for June 2015!

Honda Concept D Crossover Revealed In China

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.

Honda Concept D Crossover Revealed In China

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.

Honda Concept D Crossover Revealed In China

Honda Jazz Based Wagon Spotted

Just like MPVs in India, international markets build wagon out of the hatchbacks or a sedan to get a new application of the model for utility. Honda no exception to such a trend is making a wagon on the platform of new Jazz, says the spy-shots.

This is a fourth model on the platform of Jazz after the Jazz hatchback, City sedan and Vezel SUV.

Speaking about the wagon from its cosmetic point of view, the Solid Wing appearance of the front grille is hereditary. Headlamps, door mirrors and front windows seem to have straightly lifted from Jazz. Moving towards the rear, the tapered roofline and wraparound tail lamps resembles the Civic Tourer sold in Europe.

Hence, such ergonomics seen will allow the vehicle to offer a spacious boot.

Honda Jazz Based Wagon Spotted

Markets like China and Japan are on its spearhead. Engines like 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre petrol are suitable for the home country of Honda (Japan). A hybrid may also make way to the list soon looking down to the rising demands in these markets with a dual-clutch transmission.

Honda Jazz Based Wagon Spotted

No plans for Honda to launch this wagon India. The reason, there is no demand for such cars in the country and often fails to attract buyers despite being heavy on the utility than sedans and MPVs.

Honda City VX(O) Launched At Rs 10.64 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

It’s habitual. Honda kept launching new variants after every interval. The City has remained long back in the tooth of Honda, received a new face lastly, is now added with a fresh variant in the lineup called VX(O).

Priced at Rs 10.64 lakh for petrol and Rs 11.83 lakh for diesel (ex-showroom Delhi), the mid-size sedan is available with manual transmission only. It will capture the level above VX and will turn out as the new top-end trim of the lineup.

The package of VX(O) will include 6.2-inch touchscreen system with sat-nav and infotainment, that will aid the Bluetooth connectivity, on-screen dialing, call answering, call log access and address book. The same screen will also portray the footages from reverse camera with guidance lines to improve the experience.

Honda City VX(O) Launched At Rs 10.64 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Commenting about the launch, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Honda Cars India Limited said, the company’s aim is  to offer the best-in class features and delight customers with such equations. Honda City with Touchscreen Audio Visual Navigation is a one example. Honda Car India Limited thanks customers for such immense responses which made the fourth-gen City the fastest mid-size sedan of India in achieving 1 lakh sales, that too within 15 months.

Honda City VX(O) Launched At Rs 10.64 Lakh

Hence, the launch of new Honda City VX(O) completes the lineup to 14 variants.

  • Prices of Honda City VX(O)

VX(O) i-VTEC MT (Petrol) – Rs. 10.64 lakh ex-showroom Delhi

VX(O) i-DTEC MT (Diesel) – Rs. 11.83 lakh ex-showroom Delhi

Honda Compact SUV To Get Seven Seats Option

Honda’s dream of SUV for India has started taking the shape. Though, we had seen a concept of the same at Delhi Auto Expo 2014 but nothing concrete since thendelivered. Now, a source claimed this mini SUV specially designed for India will have seven-seats.

To clear the disturbing thoughts of many who cite Honda too can bring the Vezel to this country available in international markets. Working on its cost, the costing is apparently discouraging the Japanese carmaker to do so.

However, this exciting news of seven-seat options broke when Honda traveled dealers of India to its R&D facility in Japan to show how this compact SUV is actually in real world. There, the maker also refined the fact this vehicle will have seven-seat option and will rival the Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV500.

Honda Compact SUV To Get Option Of Seven Seats

Although, it was just expected, the car will share its base with Mobilio, means it could pin that same of Brio. The upcoming SUV may see the raised height, SUV wheels, skid plates, plastic cladding and other such features of the segment. The cabin too will reflect plush tricks and treats.

Honda Compact SUV To Get Option Of Seven Seats

Hence, as based on the Mobilio, the company may not dare to bring the displacement above than the 1.5-litre to keep the cost in check, which means those petrol and diesel engine of City and Amaze may make their way here. It may turn out the chance for Delhi Auto Expo 2016 to rip off the Honda compact SUV from the suspicion.

Honda Compact SUV To Get Option Of Seven Seats

Honda Compact SUV To Get Option Of Seven Seats

New Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Tata Zest vs Hyundai Xcent: Specification Comparison

Things going the way too compact to save a lot of money but demands generous space, the sub 4-metre segment barges into the picture to save the grace of such buying ideologies. Though, the government shall be blamed for such unrealistic norms and standards set for the automotive horizon of the nation that drags ‘length’ of a car for taxation and segmentation. The makers here shall be praised for their noteworthy work on developing the sub-4 meters segment to counter the barriers and surge ahead with a challenging role. Another perception had also came to the mind, if the government had strapped the limit to 4-meters, certainly for the competitive reason cars in the compact-sedan segment has considerably increased, and the buying decision changes in its favour due to the very short price gap between the hatchbacks and bespoke. Recently, king of the segment Maruti Dzire rolls out with a facelift, and the whir in competition simultaneously went up. Tata Motors with the Zest claims itself as the only maker in the segment with a ‘diesel automatic’, and the cheapest options in India if wished to go gearless in the guise of oil-burners.  The others are first Honda diesel on Indian shores called Amaze, and the Xcent that promised Hyundai a helping hand in achieving its market shares. All of those will get chance to outdo each other for attaining a clear picture how anyone carmaker go this small and can also offer the right tweaks of selling it in the Indian market. Follow us to know more…

Dimension

Honda believes in the strategy of max-man and minimum-machine. To apply in real, it may have kept the length to its minimum at 3980mm, while the rest of three sedans scale at 3995mm from front to end.

New Maruti Swift Dzire

On other notes, Tata Motors offered the widest cabin (1706mm width) and longest wheelbase (2470mm); and Honda had fallen shorten on most of them (1680mm width & 2405mm wheelbase). Reasonably, the Dzire (1695mm width & 2430mm wheelbase) is up to the consideration, but Hyundai Xcent (1660mm width & 2425mm wheelbase) also lacks enormously spacious cabin in the league.

Features

Here, the Japanese had made a mark along with the Tata Motors for offering touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, the Tata is still a way ahead for offering the image display on the same screen from external devices.

Honda Amaze

All cars here are packs dual-airbags, ABS with EBD in the top-end variants. But Hyundai turns exceptional to offer the rear AC vents and rear parking camera in the segment. Apparently, Xcent is also the most features-packed car among the rest for offering push-start button, 1GB storage for the music system, and chrome finishes.

Engine

As already said, in terms of technical advantages Tata Zest owns a major of it with the 1.3-litre 89bhp diesel for offering automatic transmission, the only car to do so in the segment for such a low price tag. On the petrol side, this carmaker had also gained momentum with a 1.2-litre 89bhp turbocharged petrol motor that offers three driving-modes and the only turbocharged engine mated with the manual transmission.

Tata Zest

Alongside, the Amaze has the biggest displacement in the series of diesel, a 1.5-litre unit worth of 99bhp.

Hyundai Xcent has the thinly occupied engine bay, a 1.2-litre petrol of 82bhp with the five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearbox. The smallest of all, a 1.1-litre diesel churns out the least output of 71bhp.

Talking about the Dzire, engine options are from the past model where it now sells the car with a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine of 83bhp (lesser by 3bhp) and 1.3-litre Multijet of 73bhp. Both of them mate to a five-speed manual transmission. The only triumphant ace that it posses here is the fuel-efficiency, where diesel yields 26.5kmpl, followed by Amaze at 25.8kmpl. Hyundai’s effort this time hasn’t proven the worth here as offers only 24.4kmpl, and Tata propels to send 23kmpl from a single litre of fuel.

Overview

The entire cars of the fleet don one or another benefit over the other. It is just a matter of preferences that allows them to flourish with various set of buyers. Well, if talked about the new Dzire, it is has returned with a vengeance and claimed the max fuel-efficiency among the rest, where the Tata Motors stands alone with three driving modes for petrol and automatic gearbox for diesel. Honda owns the biggest and the most powerful displacement (in diesel). Hyundai not focusing on machine’s number had provided us the feature-loaded cabin.

Hyundai Xcent

Overall, it is a mix-match, but the proper test-drive will deliver a proper insight how they perform in real road conditions.

Expected D-Segment Sedan Launches In India For 2015

No longer had sedans in India remained a big-game changer for the automakers, as one and all are mostly clutched towards compact SUVs or crossovers. Still, some automakers managed to cup a number of them (from the D-segment) and are about to unleash them in the Indian terrain to at least give the slice of sophistication a new lease of life. Mentioned here is a list stating the possible launches of D-segment sedans in India during 2015.

  • Skoda Superb

Superb had given super performance due to a reason of being the only car with the diesel option available in its segment in India. The new replacement waived of coming soon to our shores at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, it will be a host to the features like electric sunroof, 12-speaker Canton music-system, 3-zone air-conditioning, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

Skoda Superb

  • Toyota Camry Facelift

The global success of this car was not replicated in India despite various attempts. A facelift debuted in the international markets is about to enter the country soon. Based on the same platform, it will use the ongoing engine options of petrol and hybrid. The cabin may see a sea of changes like 6.2-inch touchscreen, three-spoke steering wheel, new instrument cluster consisted of 4.3-inch screen and more. The styling modifications on outer concluded by brand new headlamps, tail lamps, front grille and some other nip and tucks.

Toyota Camry Facelift

  • New Honda Accord

Honda Accord, the car that stays deep inside the heart of sedan buyers, and sometimes do give complex to the niches like BMW, Mercedes and Audi, will once again return to the Indian shores, exceptionally with a diesel engine this time. Undoubted, a hybrid version will occupy the list for some exclusive buyers, but the performance seekers who withdrew adrenaline earlier from a 3.0-litre V6 will now be disappointed.

New Honda Accord

  • New Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai this time wants to play risky. The carmaker rolled off this model from India due to the lack of sales with regards to only petrol option available on the sales floor, is again bound of launching soon with ‘petrol motor’. Yet, no diesel this time even. The carmaker is about to work on the bridging gap between petrol and diesel fuel prices which may work for them positively. Endless list of features would include 8-inch touchscreen mounted on central console, voice recognition, panoramic sunroof, heated seats and so on. Buyers may also experience lower NVH (noise, vibration and harness) levels inside the cabin. The styling on outer may see the brand new front grille, updated fog lamps, LEDs daytime running lights, spanking new tail lamps, and more.

New Hyundai Sonata

New Honda Jazz India Launch Delayed Till June

If someone had thought the best of Honda is already delivered with the first diesel car ‘Amaze’ and the new ‘City’, think again! The mass oriented category hatchback too is about to see something new from the carmaker. Jazz that served the purpose for many years and was meant to receive a major upgrade this month, is now delayed till June for some production issues at the manufacturing facility.

On board, City and Amaze both holds vast waiting period, which reflects the hatchback still needs to some more months to hit the assembly line at production. International markets got this new Jazz way back, but since the company was aiming huge and was in the process of immense localization for competitive pricing, it took these many years for it to see the dawn on our shores.

New Honda Jazz India Launch Delayed Till June

Under the bonnet, new Jazz would use the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel of City and 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol of Amaze and Brio. As per to some rumours, company is also in the process of bringing Accord sedan here, but no concrete confirmation is lent on this. Hence, once launched, hatchbacks like Hyundai Elite i20, New Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo even the upcoming Maruti YRA shall better take care of.

Top Five Fuel-Efficient Diesel Cars In India

Though, certain criteria explains petrol option is pocket-friendly if wished to own the car in small size, or if had bought the just for weekend trips; but certainly the diesel had always topped the sales chart. After all, who wished to care about the fuel prices once after buying a car in India, and diesel always delivers more kilometers per litre in any condition, so the most of Indians tend to go with the said option. After the launch of Maruti Swift Dzire facelift, variation between petrol and diesel has risen to an all new level, with this compact sedan delivering max fuel-efficiency as per ARAI in India from a single litre of diesel. To work out the rankings which are just scuffled to accommodate this newbie, here is the fresh list with all the details to know about the top-five fuel-efficient diesel cars available on sale in this country.

Maruti Swift Dzire

The Maruti’s favourite horse to bet even at the dead of a race, has delivered the carmaker to serve more than expected, and is the only model to be sold this widely in the segment. Swift Dzire with its minute cosmetic changes hasn’t raised eyebrows, but the tweaked fuel-efficiency figure claims it to the crown of most fuel-efficient car on sale in India. At 26.59 kmpl it dethroned the Ciaz to sit on the second position. Power delivery is as usual of 74bhp and 190Nm of torque from a 1.3-litre DDIS engine.

Maruti Swift Dzire

Maruti Ciaz

An all new car for the Maruti to experience and gauge the segment rightly which has been delivering failed results to them for past by the means of SX4 and Baleno, is accessed rightly with the claimed fuel-efficiency of 26.21kmpl. This high fuel-economy from the car so long and heavy was unexpected from the maker which stands neck to neck with the magnificent examples like Honda City and so on. The package with numerous new features along with 89bhp and 200Nm of torque from the Dzire’s 1.3-litre engine is enough to keep the foot dabbed on accelerator.

Maruti Ciaz

Honda City

Honda City is sold in immaculate numbers since the launch, all thanks to the diesel trim added to the list, where earlier buyers were able to buy only petrol based versions. Now, the 1.5-litre engine under its bonnet delivers the whopping 99bhp and 200Nm of torque with fuel-economy of 26kmpl.

Honda City

Honda Amaze

The amusement of max fuel-economy in India started with the Amaze, which was the first Honda on the shores to get a diesel engine. Planted with City’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC (of 99bhp and 200Nm) it delivers the fuel-economy of 25.8kmpl, slightly lower than the City despite weighing lesser.

Honda Amaze

Chevrolet Beat

Chevy’s Beat is one of the favourite cars to drive on India roads due its small dimensions that aide in tweezing through the corners. But what’s more exciting is the fuel-economy of 25.44kmpl, which it delivers from a 936cc three-cylinder engine worth of 57bhp and 150Nm of torque.

Chevrolet Beat