CARPEDIA – HONDA CITY
Carpedia is a new section in TSM blogs featuring all you need to know about cars and their history. We start the first edition of Carpedia featuring the much loved Honda City.
Honda City has been the darling of the sedan segment in India, since its launch in 1998 and has been consistently in the top 10 cars by sales volume. But Honda had originally launched the City as a sub-compact hatchback in 1981 for the Japanese and European markets.
The sub-compact was discontinued in 1994 but the City name was reused to launch the 4-door sedan for Asia and Australia. Honda first set up its manufacturing plant in Noida, India in 1997 and launched the sedan in 1998 for the Indian market.
The Honda City ( Ballade) was launched in 1998 in India and took the sedan segment by storm. Rivals for the City at that time were the Opel Astra (which does not sell in India anymore) and the Ford Fiesta. Both the cars quickly lost market share to Honda and the City became the numero Uno among sedans.
The first gen City was soon upgraded to the 2nd gen Honda City ZX in 2004, which had an upgraded sleek look. This was followed by the 3rd gen Honda City in 2003, which had some premium feature options added in like the sunroof and automatic gear shift.
The 4th gen Honda City, launched in 2014, features a diesel engine variant for the first time. It is amazing to note that the model ruled the sedan segment despite being available only as a petrol variant until 2014. With the addition of the fuel-efficient diesel variant, the Honda City completely dominated the sedan segment until recently. The entry of Maruti Ciaz has given some competition to the model in 2016.
The 4th gen Honda City also has premium features like sun roof, reverse camera, climate control, button start, auto locking doors, leather seats, infotainment system with bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, keyless entry, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors etc.
The car is also hailed for its stable performance at high speed and a responsive braking system.
At TSM, the Honda City remains one of the most frequently traded sedans and gives both the seller and buyer of used cars good value for their money.