Cars India Ltd (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, has
kick-started its celebrations to commemorate 25 successful years of Honda City
in India. Honda City started its journey in India in 1998, and now in its fifth
generation avatar, has remained the longest running mainstream model in the
Indian automotive history.
since the inception of the company, has cumulatively sold more than 9 lakh
units in India as well as through exports. India is the largest and most
important market for Honda City sedan, currently accounting for over 28% of the
car’s sales in Honda’s Asia Oceania region (Jan-Aug’22). The cumulative sales
of City series are currently 4.5 million units globally. In line with the
Honda’s global vision to realize carbon neutrality and zero collision
fatalities by 2050, HCIL launched the Honda City e:HEV in 2022, which marked
the beginning of Honda’s electrification journey in India.
Tsumura, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Limited said, “This is a
landmark year for Honda brand in India. Our most successful model Honda City is
among the most loved car brands in India. As the model turns 25 years young, we
express our gratitude to all our customers and partners who have supported us
over the years and invite everyone to continue to be with us on the journey
ahead. Honda City’s Silver Jubilee celebrations are being organized across our
pan-India dealer network of 330 facilities in 242 cities and we are taking this
opportunity to engage with our consumers and Honda City fans. A communication
campaign around this special milestone will also be promoted extensively on
digital and social mediums.”
to the launch of the 5th generation City in 2020, we also introduced Honda City
e:HEV this year as India’s first mainstream model with Strong Hybrid Electric
Technology. This model will play a key role in Honda’s electrified vehicle
plans in the country going forward,” he added.
1ST GENERATION: 1998 - 2003
City’s first-generation model was sold in India between 1998 -2003 and was
based on sixth-generation Honda Civic (FERIO). The VTEC Hyper 16 valve engine
that produced a 106hp of peak power in first gen City was one of the fastest
machines of its time and it instantly struck a right chord both among the
general consumers and racing enthusiasts.
2ND GENERATION: 2003 - 2008
second-generation Honda City was conceptualized on the Honda Jazz platform
which was designed with fuel-tank being at the center of the car known as
'Centre tank-layout.' Due to this innovation, the second-generation model was
more spacious, comfortable and fuel-efficient. It also got a new 1.5L i-DSI or
“Intelligent Dual & Sequential Ignition” engine that offered ease of
driving, enhanced comfort levels and high fuel economy. The second-generation
City also saw the introduction of a CVT variant – a first for any car in India.
It was also equipped with ABS - a novelty during that time which made Honda
City far ahead from its competitors in the same segment.
3RD GENERATION:2008 - 2013
third generation was launched with a completely new look. The radical,
Arrow-Shot styling was accepted very well by the customers. The all-new 1.5L
i-VTEC engine became the biggest selling point. It also offered the best
standard safety in its segment. With Dual Front Airbags and ABS with EBD as
standard in all variants – it was far ahead of its times in the year 2008, 11
years before regulation came in for all cars to be equipped with the same. With
this generation, Honda provided yet another compelling product that offered
more power, comfort, refinement, efficiency while sporting good looks.
4TH GENERATION: 2014 - 2020
the 4th-gen City, launched in 2014, Honda introduced the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel
engine along with the 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine. A new generation CVT was also
introduced in this City, offering better fuel efficiency than the manual
variant. This generation offered more powertrain options, innovative equipment
and more spacious interiors than ever before.
5TH GENERATION: 2020 onwards
fifth generation of the Honda City was introduced in July 2020. The new
Generation City is outfitted with tremendous improvement making it a segment
leader, with its superior technology, comfort & design. The car took a huge
leap in Connected Car Services as standard offering and became India’s First
Connected Car with Alexa Remote Capability. The newest edition to the
aspirational brand in terms of technology is the City e:HEV, India’s first
Supreme Hybrid Electric model, which is poised to revolutionize the Indian
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