Most variants of the Honda Amaze petrol/diesel are now available with short waiting periods of about a week. Earlier, waiting periods between 2-4 months for the Amaze were not uncommon. Base variants of the petrol and diesel engined Amaze continue to command waiting periods ranging between 2-3 weeks.
Honda has made a solid comeback in India through the Amaze compact sedan, a car that is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Both engine options for the Amaze have been well received in the market, with the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine powered Amaze selling very briskly. In fact, with the Amaze, Honda has been faced with the problems that most automakers love to have, of that of selling as much as it can make.
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Waiting periods are a big bane among top selling cars in India, both for car buyers as well as automakers. Car buyers, impatient to wait for months on end for the cars of their choices, often switch to cars that can be bought off the shelf/or with minimum waiting periods. To avoid losing prospective buyers, Honda has added an additional shift to its Greater Noida facility, off New Delhi.
While the first two production shifts at Honda’s Greater Noida facility churn out 440 Amaze compact sedans each day, the third shift produces an additional but undisclosed number of Amazes each day. However, the third shift’s capacity is less than the 220 cars/shift capacity of the first and second shifts. Both petrol and diesel engined variants of the Amaze are made as per the order book’s requirement.
The Amaze is sold with a 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine outputting 88 Bhp-110 Nm and a 1.5 liter turbo diesel i-DTEC engine outputting 98 Bhp-200 Nm. Both engines get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while a 5 speed automatic gearbox is offered on the petrol engined model as an option. Production of the Amaze, along with that of the Brio, will shift to Honda’s upcoming Tapukara factory, in Rajasthan.
From the middle of next year, cars based on the Brio platform, including the Mobilio MPV will be built at Tapukara, while the Jazz platform based cars (City and Jazz) and CKDs such as the Accord and CR-V will be built at Greater Noida.