Honda Cars India has shown a negative growth of 36% this December.
Compared to the December 2018 sales figures of 13,139, Honda sold only 8,412 vehicles last month in the domestic market.
Almost all Honda cars have shown a decline in sales. The Honda WR-V started off well initially but did not perform to its expectations overall. Apart from the Honda Amaze, the performance of the other car models have not been satisfactory enough.
Honda Cars India is concentrating on upgrading its existing fleet to comply with BS6 norms. At the same time, the company is ensuring to liquidate its current stock of BS4-compliant models well before the deadline for BS6 standards. Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President of Honda Cars, displays a positive outlook when he states that the company has taken all steps to make the transition to BS6 norms as comfortably as possible. He further adds that the company had expected the sales figures to drop considerably. He also confirms that they have completed the despatch of the remaining stock of BS4-compliant vehicles to the dealers.
As on date, only two models, the Honda City (petrol) and the Honda Civic (petrol) comply with BS6 emission norms. The diesel variants are still far away from attaining compliance status. Therefore, the company might start introducing the BS6-compliant petrol variants of its popular models like Honda Amaze, Jazz, CR-V, and the WR-V.
It could also postpone the launch of the next-gen Honda City in India.