The waiting period for the Honda Amaze diesel variant has hit FIVE months in the Delhi NCR region. This is what we have corroborated from three Honda dealers we spoke to. On the petrol Amaze, dealers have a waiting period of between six to eight weeks (two months). If you want to buy a Honda Amaze in the upcoming festive season, book now!
The Honda Amaze was launched on April 11, 2013, at a starting price of Rs. 4.99 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 5.99 lakh for the diesel. These prices were squarely targeted at the Maruti Dzire, which has been selling an average of 15,000 cars a month, and also has a waiting period of between two-three months. Bookings of the Honda Amaze have reportedly crossed 10,000 within 10 days (although Honda does not disclose official figures). One Delhi dealer said he had already clocked over 500 confirmed bookings on the Amaze. ALSO WATCH: Honda Amaze diesel and petrol video review – Amazing twins
A problem of plenty
Honda has a problem of plenty on their hands and a serious task of trying to ramp up production as fast as possible. The issue it has is that its total monthly production capacity at its plant in Greater Noida is 10,000 cars a month (or 440 cars per day at the most). This capacity is mainly divided between production of the Honda Amaze, Honda Brio and Honda City, while the CR-V and Accord too take up some space for assembly.
Honda has a second plant in which it is investing Rs. 2,500 crore coming up at Tapukara in Rajasthan, about a 100 km from its existing plant. This plant will mainly make engines for now, before also starting car manufacture from next year, with another 120,000 units a year capacity. Also see: Honda Amaze VX Diesel vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire ZDI: Features and specs compared!
All Honda cars waiting period to rise
Earlier Honda had a production issue with the now-discontinued Honda Jazz, as it was assembled locally from kits imported from Thailand. Honda could not make more than 600 odd cars a month, while bookings for the Jazz were more than three to four times that, leaving some buyers with over six months waiting periods on the Jazz.
Since Honda will now have to utilize a significant amount of its production capacity for the Honda Amaze, it will have to cut down on production for the Honda Brio and Honda City, leaving buyers of those cars too with a waiting period of a few months. There is already nearly a two-month waiting on certain variants of the Honda Brio too!
And now that Honda has launched its first diesel engine in India at a time when diesel demand is still nearly three times that of petrol, it has probably hit the jackpot as far as the company’s sales are concerned, but it doesn’t bode well for buyers, who will have to wait months on end for their cars.
The saving grace is that even Honda’s competitors are in similar positions – with Maruti experiencing over three months waiting period for the diesel Dzire, while Chevrolet has about two months waiting on the Chevrolet Sail sedan diesel. However, buyers who are in a hurry may switch to brands like the Ford Classic, Tata Manza or Toyota Etios where waiting periods are much lower.
For you, the car buyer, this is a big decision to make – are you willing to wait it out for a car like the Honda Amaze, whose prices may also go up slightly over the next few months if input costs or fuel costs rise, or do you want to settle for a car that has a lower waiting period? Share your thoughts.
Inputs from: RushLane