The trust of Indian car buyers in Japanese automaker Honda can be judged by sales figures of the recently launched City which has outsold every other car in its segment. Launched in the first week of January, it has sold 14,397 units in two consecutive months (January and February), which is more than twice the sales of its closest competitor, Hyundai Verna which stood at a total of 7495 units for the same period.
Hyundai Verna had been leading the mid-size sedan segment since its launch in 2011 due to its fluidic design and potent diesel engine. But the introduction of the new Honda City has changed the situation in the market with its revised, more up-market styling and introduction of 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine under its hood. However, Hyundai has recently introduced a new cleverly packed CX variant of Verna to lure prospective buyers.
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The 2014 Honda City comes in two different engine as well as transmission options in the Indian market. Both diesel and petrol engines are 1.5-litre in size where the former produces 100 BHP, and the latter (petrol) motor generates 118 BHP . The diesel motor is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission whereas petrol model buyers also have the option of a CVT transmission. The City range starts from Rs. 7.19 lakhs and goes upto Rs. 10.89 lakhs for the top-end diesel variant (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). Honda has also recently started the production at its second assembly plant situated in Tapukara, Rajasthan.