Honda has sold 7 lakh units of the City sedan in India, cumulatively. The City sedan was first introduced in India during 1998, and since then has grown from strength to strength. Honda has sold four generations of the car in India and each succeeding generation has done better than its predecessor.
The latest (4th) generation of the City has been the most successful generation ever for Honda, and has sold 2.69 lakh units since its introduction in 2014. Globally, Honda has sold 3.6 million units of the car, with India accounting for nearly 25 % of the City’s overall sales. This makes India the most important market for the City.
Here is official comment from the CEO of Honda Cars India, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, on the City achieving this milestone,
Honda City is our bestseller model in India and the only premium sedan to achieve cumulative sales of 7 lakh units in the country. With a strong legacy of four generations, the City brand has evolved with the changing tastes and aspirations of our customers. We thank all our City customers for their patronage of the brand. India has always been a strong market for Honda City and currently accounts for 25% of its worldwide sales. It’s a complete package of sporty looks with advanced safety, superb driving performance, high fuel efficiency, best comfort and a rich equipment list. We hope the Honda City will retain its much-loved brand status in the years to come.
Generation-wise sales of Honda City in India
|Cumulative sales in India since launch||7 lakhs||Fuel Type|
|1st Generation City (1998 – 2003)||59,378||Petrol|
|2nd Generation City (2003 – 2008)||177,742||Petrol|
|3rd Generation City (2008 – 2013)||192,939||Petrol|
|4th Generation City (2014 – till current period)||269,941||Petrol/Diesel|
The City is available with two engine and three transmission options. The engines are 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC turbodiesel units. The petrol makes 117 Bhp and 145 Nm, and is offered with 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox. The diesel engine gets a 6 speed manual.
The fourth generation City is the first in the sedan’s history to be sold with a diesel engine. The availability of the diesel engine is a key reason for the car’s success. The City is also the highest selling car for Honda in India. The car competes in the C-Segment sedan space, and its rivals include the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna.
Prices of the 4th-gen City start from Rs. 8.71 lakhs, and Honda gave this car a facelift earlier this year. An all-new (5th generation) City will be launched in India during 2019, with a hybrid option. Currently, the car is being developed at Honda’s Japanese Research and Development center.