Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), the local subsidiary of the Japanese carmaker giant and one of the leading carmakers in the country, has finally made an official announcement on the sale of the previous generation Honda City. While it’s been a while since we’ve known that the previous City will be sold alongside the recently launched fifth-gen model, it’s only now that the carmaker has given us a clear idea of how it has re-positioned the old model in harmony with the new version.
As revealed by the carmaker, the old City will be available only with the 1.5L i-VTEC Petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission being the only gearbox option. Moreover, the earlier version of the popular C2-segment sedan will be now sold only in two grades, both of which will cost less than Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). This has allowed the carmaker to have an offering just below the fifth-gen Honda City, which has been on sale in a price range of Rs 10.89 lakh to Rs 14.64 lakh. Prices of the two available trims of the earlier generation Honda City can be found below-
|Grade||Prices Ex-showroom Delhi|
|SV MT Petrol||Rs 9,29,900|
|V MT Petrol||Rs 9,99,900|
So far, the fourth generation Honda City, which used to be available in both petrol and diesel engine variants until a few months ago, has cumulatively sold over 3.5 lakh units since its launch in January 2014 in India. In India, the Honda City locks horns with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento, and Toyota Yaris. While it’s the first time that the carmaker will retail two generations of the Honda City together in our market, this strategy has not been unseen before. Earlier, several carmakers, like Skoda Auto India and Tata Motors, have sold old and new generations of its models together.
Speaking on the re-launch of the old-generation Honda City, Mr. Rajesh Goel, Sr. Vice President and Director, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “While the All-New 5th Gen Honda City has created a new benchmark of supremacy occupying the most premium position in the mid-size sedan segment, we had decided to continue selling the 4th Generation Honda City as it continues to be a popular model with its contemporary styling and is also BS-6 compliant. With the continuation of 4th Generation Honda City in SV and V grade, we have ensured that the City brand is available to a wider set of customers in terms of trims and different price points in the mid-size sedan segment.”
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