Back in 2011, when Honda Cars India confirmed the development of its Brio-based sub-4 metre sedan with diesel option, we reckoned it was easily going to be one of the top sellers in the country that year. And so came April 2012 and with it arrived the all-new Honda Amaze compact sedan fitted with a diesel powerplant for the first time.
As predicted, the company’s cash register bell kept ringing throughout the year and the next. So much so, that in August 2013, Honda reported to have registered sales of 30,000 units of the Amaze - making its the fastest 30,000 sales for any model in the company’s history. Forward to June 2014 and the Japanese automaker is now reporting to have sold over 88,000 units of the hugely popular Amaze sedan since its launch in India.
On the commendable success of the Honda Amaze, Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice president of marketing & sales remarked, “Honda Amaze has been a game changer in its segment and had enabled HCIL to reach out to so many new customers, bringing them into the Honda fold.”
As a refresher, the Honda Amaze diesel sedan is being powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that is rated at 100PS and 200Nm, while the petrol variants are being served by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine producing 88PS of max power and 109Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine can only be had with a 5-Speed manual transmission, while the petrol engine can be had with either a 5-Speed manual transmission or a 5-Speed automatic tranny.