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Old 8th April 2010, 10:26   #1
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In the month of March while most of the auto companies showed a positive growth in the sales, Honda’s cumulative sales dropped by about 20%. There are cash discounts being offered on the Jazz thanks to its low sales, the Altis is clearly ahead of the Civic, the once popular Accord has been overtaken by the more value for money option-the Skoda Superb, the CR-V too is selling in minuscule numbers thanks to its steep price tag. It is only the city that is garnering sales for Honda.

This could have prompted Honda to rethink the launch of its small car (codenamed 2CV). If rumors are to be believed, Honda is planning to bring forward the launch of the small car. The company is aware of the fact that this car can fire up its’ sales charts.

The Beat has helped GM cross the 10k mark in cumulative sales, the Figo has helped Ford overtake Honda & Toyota in terms of sales, the Polo has been a huge hit for VW with 5,000 confirmed bookings. Nissan will roll out the Micra in July & Honda’s arch rival, Toyota plans to launch the hatch variant of the Etios in the month of December. Honda sure wants to speed up & does not want to be overshadowed by the bevy of hatches hitting the Indian market.

Even at the Auto Expo in January Honda brought in the small car concept at the last moment because it did not want Toyota to steal all the limelight with the Etios concept. This time around too Honda does not want to leave any stone unturned & is pulling up its’ socks for the launch of the car.

Sources say that Honda might just launch the car at the end of this year or early next year. The car will roll out from Honda’s Greater Noida Facility & will be powered by a 1.2-litre engine which would be a tuned-down version of the Jazz’s 1.2. Honda is targeting a price tag of 5 lakh or maybe even below as the starting price. Knowing fully well Honda’s frugal engineering skills, the car should be best in class in terms of fuel efficiency, refinement, ease of driving & reliability.

It seems like the Honda small car will come sooner than expected
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It seems like the Honda small car will come sooner than expected

Hopping for the same. Not found any scoop snap or specification of this car. searched all over internet
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i'm not sure if its called 2CV. (remember citroen 2cv).
on the other hand, Honda has a plan to launch Honda TIF.
But again, they might not score that well, as its steeply priced, about Rs.500,000, which is an estimated price!

the engine too doesnt sound juicy, 1.2ltr., oops, not very optimistic there Honda Siel!!
Anyway, you guys can have a look at the website that shows the 'specs'!!

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I want Honda's small car ASAP! The hatchback segment is seriously hotting up and Honda should be here ASAP or be left behind and find themselves with a lot of catching-up to do
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What's the point in bringing the car at 5Lakh segment, Price is the key factor in Indian market. Rather waiting for so long Honda can bring down Jazz price by 1 or 1.5 L lesser and then see the response. Jazz fully loaded doesn't worth more than 6 here, not sure how Honda guys do pricing. They must have learned till now.
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Where did that rendering come from?The front looks a lot like the Nissan micra,does not look anything like the car shown in the expo.
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I learnt recently that the Honda operation in India is an assembly line setup and that's why prices are on the high side. Does Honda partner with an Indian company here?. If so, it must be an entity that learnt how to operate the business from Hindustan Motors!.
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Honda should have learnt from the debacle of their Civic in India and priced Jazz accordingly. Or is it that they were already thinking that they will be bringing in a small car at a subsequent date so no point in working out too much for Jazz prices? Anyway all the best to Honda with the new car

Except for Maruti, it seems, for all other companies pricing is a hit and miss affair. Maruti price the product based on the numbers they want to sell and then subsequently increase the price slowly as the product is accepted by the market. This helps them rake in profits through economy of scale. I think others look at the profits even before deciding the variant to launch
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Honda 2CV concept car looks amazing. Hope Honda will not endup like A-star
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Where did that rendering come from?The front looks a lot like the Nissan micra,does not look anything like the car shown in the expo.

Says SRK designs. We have member in that name right?

I'd be surprised if the car comes within a year!
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Looks like no scoop found yet... :(

Note from Mod : Closing thread, being discussed here (Honda does the Jazz...again. New Small Car to be Priced at Premium)

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