Globally, the trend is shifting from sedans to SUVs. Many manufacturers have already shifted their focus to SUVs as the competition is increasing in the market. Even during such times, there are some car manufactures in India who offer mid-size sedans which were loved and are still loved by the customers. In India, manufacturers like Maruti, Honda, Skoda, Hyundai and Volkswagen are offering models in this segment. According to a report, Honda City is currently the best selling sedan in the segment. Honda has sold 3,523 units of City sedan all across the country in the month of November 2020.
Honda cars India had launched the all-new fifth generation City sedan in the market earlier this year. The new generation City made such a huge difference in the sale that, it now commands 44 percent of the market share in the segment. In comparison to November 2019, Honda was able to sell 2,023 units more this year. Honda City recorded a growth of 135 percent in November 2020. Honda City has taken the lead by a huge margin. The second position is taken by Ciaz and Maruti Suzuki only sold 1,870 units of it in November 2020.
The other competitors in the segment are Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Toyota Yaris. Hyundai sold 1487 units of Verna, Skoda sold 813 units of Rapid, Toyota sold 345 units of Yaris and Volkswagen sold 125 units of Vento in November. The mid-size sedan segment has contributed a total sale of 8,163 units in comparison to 6,327 units in November 2019. The segment has seen an overall growth of 29 percent.
Honda had launched the all-new City in July 2020 and since then it had received an overwhelming response from customers. It is an all-new vehicle and is entirely different from the older generation. The all-new City looks a lot like baby Civic because of its nose and offers a lot more feature than before. All-new Honda City gets all LED headlamps, dual function DRLs and LED tail lights at the rear.
Fifth generation Honda City is longer and wider than the fourth generation City which translates to more space on the inside. It gets a premium looking cabin with decent list of features. Honda City is offered with industry first connected car feature that supports Amamzon Alexa. Using this connected car feature, one can turn on AC using voice commands, lock, unlock and even the boot. One can even turn on the car using this feature.
Other than this, City offers touchscreen infotainment screen, multi function steering wheel, electric sunroof, automatic climate control and so on. Honda City is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is powered by a 1.5 litre DOHC engine that generates 121 Ps and 145 Nm of torque. This engine is available with both manual and CVT gearbox options. The diesel engine is also a 1.5 litre unit that generates 100 Ps and 200 Nm of peak torque. It is available with a manual gearbox only. Honda has not discontinued the older generation City. It is still sold in the market with a petrol engine in SV and V trims with manual gearbox only.