Honda Car India has introduced a new antivirus cabin air filter as an official accessory for its cars on sale in India. The special filter is jointly developed by Honda and Freudenberg, a global technology group. The new air filter will keep the harmful germs, pollutants and even viruses out of the vehicle to keep the occupants safe.
The new Antivirus air filter has multiple layers. The first layer is coated with an active substance of leaf extract that blocks allergens and bacteria to enter the cabin. The second layer is made up of activated carbon that filters out particulate matter and harmful acidic gases. There are more layers that filter out pollutants, viruses, ultra-fine aerosols, dust and even pollens. The Japanese car manufacturer also adds that the new antivirus filter is capable of trapping minute particles in the air to create a much healthier car enviroment.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director – Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd said,
“With increasing concerns around germs, viruses and cabin air quality, it is our conscious effort to provide an active solution and a defense mechanism to mitigate possible health hazards caused by compromised air quality. This Anti-allergen & Antivirus Cabin Air-filter is a fine example of Honda working diligently with its suppliers towards delivering a product that improves the health and safety of driver and co-occupants of the car. We expect the demand for such protective solutions to increase rapidly in future.”
Honda claims that with the new filter, the passengers travelling will get added protection compared to standard air filters.
Honda cars in India
Honda Cars India recently launched the facelifted version of the Amaze in the Indian market. The manufacturer also discontinued the CR-V and the Civic from the Indian market and shut down production operations at its Greater Noida facility. Currently, Honda is exclusively using the Tapukara plant to manufacture Jazz, Amaze, WR-V and the City.
The brand plans to launch the hybrid version of the City in the Indian market next year. However, the manufacturer has not confirmed the same officially. The Honda City hybrid will come powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine with an electric motor. The petrol engine produces a maximum power of 98 PS between 5,600 and 6,400 rpm while the electric motor produces a maximum of 109 PS between 0 and 3,000 rpm. The petrol engine produces a maximum of 127 Nm of torque while the electric motor produces a maximum of 253 Nm of peak torque. The car comes with e-CVT transmission only.
Honda will launch the new City Hybrid sometime in 2022 in the Indian market and it will become the most expensive car from the brand in India.