Finally Honda has reclaimed the top spot from its rival, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna Fluidic after almost a gap of one year. Since March 2011 Honda got back the production to its normal frequency and sold 6,052 units in February2012. This was 30 per cent more than what was observed of the segment leader of that time, Hyundai Verna with its sales of 4,500 units. It is important to mention here that Volkswagen Vento won over the 13 years of dominance by Honda City in its segment last year majorly because of its availability in diesel version.
The new design which makes it dissolve in the air with the wind while it moves is in the form of an arrow shot. Electric sunroof is one of the major attractive add-ons to it compared the previous models. The three slate premium chrome front grille has the Honda’s signature emblem. The ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirror) has turn indicators embedded on them. Sparkling Brown Metallic and Carnelian Red Pearl are among the two body colors added to the list of Honda City in 2012, which makes it a total of 6 colors now. What makes it look luxurious is the 10 spoke alloy wheels when it’s on the move.
The company sold 6052 units of Honda City in February 2012 in comparison to Hyundai Verna’s sales of 4500 units every month. As Mr. Janeswar Sen, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Honda Siel Cars India told the correspondents that it is a fact that Honda city has always been a favorite, inspiring and desirable car in the country. The launch of the 2012 Honda City last year in December saw a commendable response from its customers.
Honda City was supposed to bring in its diesel version long back as it was getting a tough competition from the diesel variants of other sedan making automobile giants in the market and so it came out with two variants in its diesel version. Both 2012 New City Diesel S and 2012 New City Diesel V has a 1.4 Liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine generating a maximum power of 110 Bhp. Here an improvement in the engine is required to make it at par or more advance than the diesel engines of its competitors.
The Petrol version has as always been attracting the customers towards its sheer style and prowess. The high-end variant of the petrol version is Honda 2012 New City V Exclusive AT, which is priced at around Rs.12 lakh. It has a 1497cc, i-VTEC petrol engine which gives a maximum power output of 116 Bhp at 6600 rpm, whereas the maximum torque is at 146 Nm at 4800 rpm. In this C+ segment car you will get great looks, ABS, EBD, Integrated Music System (USB/AUX/MP3/AM/FM), two standard airbags on the front. It is also very relieving to know that on an average, under standard conditions it gives 16 kmpl on the highway and 11 kmpl in the city. Pretty descent for a sedan in its luxury version, I would say.