Honda has been rapidly increasing its market share in India. The Japanese automaker is now the number 3 car manufacturer in India, ahead of Mahindra and Tata Motors. The company’s new found success can be attributed to the addition of the 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine to the car range. Recently, Honda launched the Ertiga rivaling Mobilio MPV, which has been received pretty well by car buyers in India. The MPV has bagged 13,800 bookings within a month of its launch and the number is inching northwards with each passing day.
Honda even managed to deliver 3,365 units of the Mobilio within just a week of the MPV’s launch on Indian roads and is currently struggling to keep pace with demand. The automaker had to halt the production of the City sedan at the Greater Noida facility for a while to make way for the Mobilio, at a time when the City is clocking about 7,000 units/month on an average. Honda recently shifted the production of the City sedan to its Tapukara facility in Rajasthan, and actual production will commence in September.
The Mobilio has been slightly higher than its arch rival, the Ertiga. The Mobilio’s pricing begins at Rs. 6.49 lakhs for the base petrol variant and goes up to Rs. 8.76 lakhs for the top end variant. As far as the diesel variants’ pricing is concerned, it begins at Rs. 7.89 lakhs, and goes up to Rs. 10.86 lakhs for the top end RS variant. The India-made Mobilio will also be exported to South Africa, which will further push Honda to increase its production capacity.
The petrol powered Mobilio is powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC motor that propels the City too. The engine has a power output of 119 PS while peak torque is rated at 145 NM. The diesel engined variants of the Mobilio get a 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged unit that churns out 100 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. Both engines are mated to 5-speed manual transmissions. The petrol Mobilio has an ARAI rated efficiency of 17.3 kmpl while diesel powered one has an ARAI certified efficiency of 24.2 kmpl.