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Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Dilip_dmk, May 18, 2011.

  1. Dilip_dmk

    Dilip_dmk Superiore

    Delhi, India
    New Delhi
    Grande Punto 1.2

    The inevitable has happened. Honda has finally reacted to the cut-throat competition in the C-segment. According to Business Standard, Honda has planned a diesel powerplant to help the City fend off competition. ​

    Globally, Honda has only one diesel engine, developed for Europe. This 2.2-litre engine cannot be used as Honda City needs an engine of 1.4-1.6 litres.

    In the premium mid-size sedan segment, 65 per cent cars soldby City’s competitors run on diesel. The growing difference between petrol and diesel prices has seen newcomer Volkswagen Vento (which has both petrol and diesel versions) race ahead of City in the last two months. Volkswagen sold3,973 units of Vento in March, as compared to City’s 2,773 units.

    Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president (sales &marketing), HSCI, told Business Standard: “We are developing a diesel engine in Japan to power City. It could take us more than two years.”

    The C-segment is one of the fastest-growing, with salesrising 25 per cent a year on an average. About 140,000 units were sold in2010-11. Honda City has been the leader for a decade. Its share was 35 percent in 2010. Its nearest competitor, Hyundai Verna, sold half as many units. But last week, Hyundai has released the ‘Fluidic’ Verna that has clocked more than 5K bookings within days. So it’s high time Honda acted.

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  2. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Bhai, relax for 2 years. :) :p
    Sorry for the one liner, I have nothing valuable to add.
  3. amit

    amit Superiore

    Navi Mumbai
    What about price & features?

    - The City petrol is a overpriced car with basic features.

    - To add to that, Honda charges a hefty premium for anything that comes with their H logo.
    There are no features that can be removed from the car and a higher price then where it is now will only result in the car getting into Civic territory.

    - Anyone would rather buy a Cruze in that case!
  4. royj

    royj Esperto

    I have the same thoughts as amit. As of now City Diesel is poised to compete with Cruze, Jetta and the like.
    I will wait for two years to see how it fares.
  5. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

    MH 12
    No doubt it will be priced more than 11 lacs. After 2 years there will be lots of options available in INDIA, then who will buy this outdated car.

    Vento on Road price goes near about 11 lacs.
  6. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Diesel is the fuel of the near future and Honda have to realise that.

    The Germans have led the charge in cementing this fact. Which can be confirmed by their range and quality of diesel engines. Even Toyota, which has produced some masterpieces of diesel engines ,seems to be playing catch up to the Germans in this aspect.


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