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

Honda Cars India Introduced Any Time Warranty Scheme

Service aspect is another quotient which nowadays automakers are pushing themselves hard into the context for achieving straight sales in their pockets with better ownership experience. Reportedly, Honda Cars India finally announced to provide the buyers ‘extended warranty’ with their products. Conventionally, Honda cars do come with 2-years standard warranty, whereas the company has now offered ‘Any Time Warranty’ scheme, under which warranty can be extended for up to 7-years after the date of purchase. As per their guidelines, owners of Honda can gain the benefit of this scheme under two conditions: the car should not be older than 7 years, and should have not have clocked more than 100,000 kms on the odometer. Owners fitted into these conditions can go into dealerships and walk out with an additional warranty of year or 20,000kms at a time. The warranty can be purchased anytime under the 7-years of purchase.

Under ‘Any Time Warranty’ service Honda Cars India promised to cover the replacement cost or repair cost of the parts that are subjected to warranty if found faulty. The cost of owning this service from Honda depends upon the car models, previous service records and condition of the car. Hence, the warranty scheme isn’t applicable only to newbies or current lined up models of Honda, for e.g. Amaze, City, Mobilio, CR-V and Brio. Instead the owners of discontinued models like Civic, Accord and Jazz too can avail it if they fall under the aforementioned conditions. It is advisable to visit the nearest Honda dealerships for better details and terms and conditions.

Honda City

Cars To Gift Your Girlfriend On Valentine’s Day

When it comes to the gifting, gifts to loved ones don’t match the usual standard of a purchase. After all, when the idea is taken into consider of gifting a car to the girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, certainly, it has to be something she may have desired for past many years. In other worlds one can say, those models should be the girl’s most loved cars. Mentioned here is a list of models which one shall refer to gifting his better half on February 14.

Mini Cooper

On the top of this list appears Mini Cooper. The convertible version of it is the top pick if buyer is endowed to spend more than Rs 3 million (or Rs 30 lakh) at least.

Volkswagen Beetle

Another girl’s favourite is Volkswagen Beetle. The most loved car around the world and seriously looked upon as the best gift a girl may receive in her lifetime, with regards to its image it carried over for years. VW Beetle is also famous for being gifted to celebrities by their husbands, intentionally lists it on the priority list.

Cars To Gift Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

Ford EcoSport

Girls nowadays are admiring this compact SUV a lot. For the chunky appeal and multi-purpose application, EcoSport happens to be an all-rounder, where the women will never complain after receiving it, and it even falls worthy on the pocket for as low as a shade more than Rs 6 lakh, at a price of hatchback.

Chevrolet Beat

The most affordable option for everyone: Chevrolet Beat is the small car that comes handy to cruise in the city, looks appealing yet aggressive, falls in the budget car category of Rs 4 lakh, and comes with the diesel engine. Ultimately, the bowtie logo on its wide grinning face has been polishing its aesthetics since long back.

Nissan Micra

Nissan’s MIcra failure may have many reasons, but the cars which it has sold have a one strong reason – it appeals the fairer sex a lot. To say it precisely, that Beetle-ish looks and staying friendly to pockets, staring at more than Rs 5 lakh (approximately) this is a cool option to look at amongst the hatchbacks. Additionally, the company also offers the Micra ‘Active’ version for the cost-conscious buyers where it comes for as low as Rs 4 lakh (approximately).

Range Rover Evoque

Niches had taken the toll here. Range Rover Evoque is the most admired SUV by ladies around the world. With cutesy design and a lot to offer of the luxury inside, it is handy to drive. And being Range Rover from its gene, no worries come across the makeup of lady drivers at climbing a hill or crossing a river sitting in this ultimate luxury.

Honda Mobilio

Honda’s Mobilio is for those who love to go with space but in the size of compact sedan. Mobilio marked its success with great numbers being sold month after month. The tug of price was had concluded Honda to sell it for lesser than Rs 6 lakh (approximate) in the starting variant. The diesel option is also available.

Volkswagen Polo

The Polo of VW makes sense for a brilliant gifting idea. Combined with the German engineering, and sheer driving pleasure, asks it to deliver a complete peace of mind every time the buyer steps in.

Datsun GO

The most looked car in the budget category which offers the comfort of a hatchback. The car hits three digit-speed without taking a hitch, as other cars does of this segment. The control and agility to maneuver over every patch of road makes it to stand aggressively on this list. Though, we miss a diesel variant for the GO, but its fuel-efficiency makes up the mood everytime after leaving the petrol station.

Honda Brio

Here, the Brio is just another fine option to look for if sworn to buy a car for the ladies. Hence, this compact Honda is fun to drive and the confidence of Japanese engineering is worth talking of even in this small package.  Although, no diesel option given, makes some buyers turned away from the showrooms, but if like to choose as a gift it will sprung the receiver with joy after driving it.

Honda Amaze CNG Launched In India For Rs 6.53 Lakh

Honda Amaze CNG, the model to go by if lived in the metro cities of India, is launched for a price of Rs 6.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Based on the S MT Plus variant which is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, the company seems of charging an additional Rs 54,315 for fitting and installing the CNG in its sedan.

Reportedly, there aren’t changes made in the technical guise, except for the tweaked suspension and wiring to holds that additional bulge of CNG kit.

Housing under the hood, it adopts the same 1.2-litre petrol engine of 87bhp and 109Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The factory fitted CNG with Amaze is bound to be a hit amongst the metropolitan buyers for its low running cost. To serve peace of mind Honda also offers two-years of warranty with this CNG variant.

Honda Amaze CNG Launched In India For Rs 6.53 Lakh

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Honda Amaze Spotted With Body Kit

Amaze’s vision surely looks to amaze in 2015, just as it had already did since the launch till date. Now, a body kit added to this small sedan of Honda, spied at its testing facility in Noida, had sparked rumours of getting launched with the RS badge apparently.

The success of Honda Mobilio RS must have been the real culprit of challenging the Japanese automaker for bringing up this new creation for Amaze as well.

Well, the smoke of this fire conveyed only minute but important cosmetic changes with that rear spoiler, exhaust finisher and side skirts. Eventually, the City too was made available at a dealership with additionally accessories (matching to RS badge). Now, the company wants to take on that trend official pocketing some additional cash apart from the standard revenue generated.

Honda Amaze Spotted With Body Kit

Last week, the Brio and Amaze both got engulfed with Honda’s AVN (Audio Video Navigation) system, where the official also cited to bring the most competitive Amaze ‘CNG’ as well. However, the diesel Amaze already delivers whopping mileage, but still a CNG could be a justified option for those thrifty urban buyers who don’t wished of spending much on the diesel trim and even gaining better bargains passing through the fuel-stations.

Hence, admitted, a good effort from the side of Honda, but the competition isn’t settled yet, as Maruti is reported of developing a Dzire facelift for the India launch soon, where no spy-shots have arrived yet.

It will be interesting to see the Amaze adding numbers to sales report just with the addition of accessories, where the nail seems to have been hammered rightly in the tug of war.

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