WR-V has surpassed City last month to become the bestselling Honda vehicle in India; 3,829 units were diesel and 1,065 were petrol
Honda Cars India had its sales grow by an appreciable 22 percent last month. The Japanese auto major recorded a total of 17,085 units which is over 3,000 higher than what it had managed to achieve in the same month in 2016. Riding on the momentum, Honda’s export level increased by over 35 percent at 350 units in July 2017 as compared to 212 in the same month last year.
Putting them together, Honda witnessed a total surge of 18 percent with 17,435 units as opposed to 14,254 units last July. The brand cites the price benefits incurred following GST, arrival of festive season in some parts of the country from August as well as productive monsoon for the sales growth.
It has been a good start to the financial year for Honda as over 55,000 units were sold between April and July 2017 with an overall increase in sales of 21 percent. The turnaround in sales meant the company registered nearly 10,000 units more than what it could garner in the first quarter of last fiscal.
Honda launched the WR-V compact SUV in March and it has excelled itself to become the bestselling model within the range – 40 units more than City. A total of 4,894 units, 651 more than last month, is the highest for the WR-V so far in the Indian market.
The upcoming Tata Nexon court hurt its sales when it goes on sale by the end of September but the good reception it has had among customers is there to stay with more bias on top-spec trims. Taking design inspiration from the Jazz premium hatchback and sharing underpinnings, the WR-V gets power from the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.
The 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol makes 90 bhp of maximum power at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm while the Earth Dreams diesel churns out 100 bhp of power at 3,600 rpm and a meaty 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm.
The petrol’s mileage claim of 17.5 kmpl is assisted by a five-speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a six-speed manual with rated fuel economy of 25.5 kmpl. The diesel variants of WR-V accounted for 3,829 units of sales as the popular oil-burner is the preferred choice of buyers. The petrol models had endured 1,065 units in the total deliveries.