Monday, May 16, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
Honda City Diesel to launch in 2013-14
Honda SIEL Cars India Pvt. Ltd., the 100 per cent subsidiary of Japan based Honda Motors is planning to launch a diesel version of its most popular sedan - Honda City. It is expected that Honda will launch these diesel engine equipped new car in India by the end of year 2013 or starting 2014.
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In the Indian market, Honda Siel Cars India has only petrol engine Honda City and the Indian Sedan market is dominated by it and getting buzz response by the customers, but after launching lots of another innovative features will be loaded diesel sedan cars in India the sales of the this popular car decreasing with unexpected marks. And Honda Siel Cars India has definitely losing its number one position in the Indian domestic market.So now the HSCI has planned to launch new Honda City which will be packed with a diesel engine and it is also is expected that the car would be more fuel efficient in the segment.
Presently Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Maruti SX4, Volkswagen Vento, Fiat Linea and Maruti Swift Dzire etc new cars in Indian which have diesel heart are beating the Honda City and Volkswagen Vento is on top position.
Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President (sales & marketing) Honda Motors India said that presently the craze of diesel cars has increased and these cars are getting good response from the market due to hiked prices of petrol. So now the company is also planing to launch a diesel version of its most popular cars in India.
As per some media reports first of all the Honda City will be powered by diesel engine. The company is developing new 1.4L and 1.6L diesel engines for their most popular cars. And these diesel engine cars would be launched in next two years.
On the other hand Honda Civic is another popular car in India by Honda. It is expected that it would also be integrated by diesel engine and it might come added 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine with maximum power of 100 BHP and top torque of 200 Nm.
The new Honda City diesel will be the answer to recently launched Hyundai Verna Fluidic. But It is also expected that it will be some more costly than petrol one.