Honda City registers 7 lakh unit sales in India cumulatively in under two decades as the market attributes to over 25 percent of sedan’s global sales
The City sedan has been responsible for Honda laying its foot firmly on the Indian market ever since it first went on sale in January 1998. In a recent statement released from the Japanese company, the C segment model has been announced to have reached a new landmark of 7 lakh cumulative sales. With India being the biggest market for Honda in the Asia-Oceanic region, large chunk of sales can be attributed to the success of the City.
Honda has registered a total of 3.6 million unit sales for the City globally and more than one-fourth of that number goes to the credit of the domestic customers. In less than two decades, the City sedan has achieved the massive feat of seven lakh units in India. First launched back in January 1998, it took just over 7 years for Honda to reach 1 lakh milestone.
However, with the arrival of second and third generations, the cumulative sales doubled to 2 lakhs by October 2007. The latest generation City entered India in the beginning of 2014 and addressed customers with a brand new diesel engine that helped in ramping up the sales numbers further. Amidst Maruti Suzuki Ciaz giving tough rivalry to the City over the last few years, its selling figures are still steady.
Honda applied a facelift to the City earlier this year and is currently priced between Rs. 8.58 lakh and Rs. 13.62 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The two engine options on offer are the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The petrol mill produces a maximum power of 119 bhp and peak torque of 145 Nm while the diesel motor kicks out 99 bhp and 200 Nm.
While the petrol engine gets five-speed manual as standard and CVT automatic as option, the diesel version is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. As for the safety, the City features dual airbags and ABS as standard across the range.