Honda December 2020 sales drop by 3%

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Honda sales of December 2020

Honda Cars India Ltd released its sales numbers for December 2020. The automobile manufacturer managed to dispatch 8,363 units last month. Last year, December sales accounted for 8412 units. So, there is a year-on-year growth of a mere 2.79 per cent. In November, Honda sold 9990 units, which means a sale decline of 13.53 per cent. Though year-on-year sales have not been affected much, the monthly sales show a significant drop.

Honda sales of December 2020

The Honda secured 7th position on the sales chart in December 2020. It was on the 6th position in December 2019. Year-end might be the biggest reason for the drop in sales in December, as most customers like to buy a new vehicle in the new year. This is to ensure an improved resale value of the car.

Honda discontinued Civic and CR-V in India.

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Honda shut down its manufacturing plant in Noida which was 23 years old. They also stopped production of the Civic and CR-V in India. So, there are all premium vehicles by Honda in the Indian market. Other cars in the brand’s line up are Amaze, Jazz, WR-V and City. Honda might launch two new SUVs in the Indian market. One will be a sub-4m SUV, that will replace the WR-V. This upcoming SUV is likely to come with the same engine options of WR-V. It will compete to take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Breeza, Kia Sonet and Tata Nexon. The other will rival Hyundai Creta/ Kia Sonet. The next-generation HR-V will make to this position. It has been spied multiple times and is larger in dimensions. It might come with the same engine options as the new-gen Honda City.

Honda cars in Indian Market

  • Honda City (1998- present): It is a subcompact car that made its entry in the Indian market in 1995. The carmaker first launched Honda City in 1998. Since then, it has remained the flag- bearer of the brand. The carmaker launched all-new Honda City in 2020. The 1998 Honda City came with two different engine options of 1.3 litres and 1.5 litres. The i-VTEC technology gave Honda City a minor facelift, and the round fog lamps on the bumper gave the car a more premium look.

The next Honda City model ( second generation) appeared in 2003, popularly called ‘Dolphin’ due to its shape. The straight lines in the previous model became more rounded. It has a 1.5-litre i-DSI engine, generating a maximum of 77Bhp. The second-generation Honda City was updated in 2005. The update involved design changes and the addition of ABS. After a year, the carmaker launched all-new Honda City in 2008. This time, the changes in the design were massive. It had larger headlamps and deep creases to give a sportier look.

 The third-generation Honda City update came with small changes in 2011. In 2012, Honda launched the CNG version as well. 2014 saw the fourth generation Honda City. And finally, the fifth-generation Honda is now launched in the Indian market. Honda City SV is the petrol version of Honda City. The car price is around  Rs. 9.30 lakh. The Honda City SV delivers a mileage of 17.4 kmpl. The engine pairs with manual transmission.

  • Honda Jazz(2009-present): The premium hatchback segment in India started with Honda Jazz. Honda launched Jazz in 2009. It had premium features like magic seats, big cabin space. The first innings of Jazz were not so successful because of the increased price of petrol. However, Honda again launched Jazz in 2015 with a 1.5 litre Diesel iDTEC engine. It definitely secured a demanding position in the market.
  • Honda Accord: This car entered the Indian market in early 2001. It is a sedan segment car. The second-generation Honda Accord came in 2004. The new accord had a 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine. It was sportier and spacious. The third-generation Honda Accord, 2008, had all-new proportions.  The engine delivered around 178bhp of power and 222Nm of peak torque. In 2009, Honda updated the third Generation Accord V6. It got a facelift in India from 2011 till 2014. The last generation of the Honda Accord in India was Hybrid, launched in 2016.
  • Honda Amaze: Honda Amaze is one of the best Honda cars in India. It is a compact sedan. The carmaker launched the first generation Honda Amaze in 2013. It came in four trim levels: E, EX, S and VX. They also added new trim, SX variant in January 2014. Honda unveiled its second-generation Amaze in 2018. The car offers four variants: E, S, V and VX. Honda Amaze offers two engine options- one 1498 cc diesel and one 1199cc petrol engine.
  • Honda Civic:  It is the second most loved Honda car in India. Honda Civic has 10 generation models. It is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The new Honda Civic launched in 2020 competes against the Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra. The exterior of Civic is quite good and sporty especially, the curves. The diesel engine paired with the slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is the strongest positive of the car.
  • Honda W-R: It is a subcompact crossover SUV. The carmaker launched the WR-V on March 16, 2017. The car resembled its sibling Jazz and shared the same platform. It had a sportier look compared to its hatchback sibling. The car is available in both petrol and diesel versions. It also shares its engine with Jazz. The petrol version has a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, and the diesel version has a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine.

Honda City RS hatchback

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The Honda RS hatchback launch in India mostly depends upon sales of the new Honda City. There also are probabilities that Honda RS hatchback launch in India is restricted to stay the hype, and maximise the sales. Honda City RS hatchback launch in India value will not be crucial as there is no competition. The Honda City RS hatchback is going to be an ideal method for Honda to take back its image within the Indian market. The City RS hatchback in India might share its body panels with the latest-generation town sedan. Both cars also use identical platform.  The new car has wide, horizontally placed tail-lamps, giving a rounded well proportionate look. If the automobile manages to enter the Indian market, City RS hatchback prize can sit at the highest of the line-up. Honda may charge Rs 75000 to Rs 1 lakh, over the regular CVT petrol model.

The City RS gets a classy bumper at the rear with vertically placed faux air vents. The faux air vents are successively placed along side a distinction black rear faux diffuser. The leaked photographs show a flashy style with a blacked-out grille and dark chrome-finished 16-inch alloy wheels. The inside is nearly almost like City RS Turbo sedan.  The interior embody new rear seats which will split 60:40, that’s collapsable to extend boot area. It has an 8- inch touchscreen Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include keyless entry, push-button start/stop, climate and controller, etc.

The safety features involves multiple airbags, rear camera parking sensors, ABS with EBD, seatbelt indicators and many more. City RS hatchback dimensions are 4,349 mm long, 1748 mm wide and 1488 mm tall. The bottom clearance of the hatchback is 200mm. The hatchback comes with a one.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. The engine delivers 122 H.P. All its power comes through a CVT casing. Honda may provide alternative powertrain choices depending on the market demand.

Honda Discounts Up To Rs 2.5 Lakh On The Civic, City 2020, WR-V In January 2021(Honda sales of December 2020)

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Honda now offers WR-V with benefits up to Rs 40,000. You can avail a cash discount of up to Rs 25,000 across all its models and a loyalty bonus or an exchange bonus of up to 15,000. Honda offers its premium hatchback model the Jazz with maximum benefits of Rs 40,000. The offer includes a cash bonus of up to 25,000. You can also get an additional loyalty or exchange bonus of Rs 15,000.

The biggest offer is on the Civic, Honda’s premium sedan model. It was recently updated to match BS6 standards of its new diesel engine variant. Honda offers a maximum cash discount of up to Rs 2.5 lakh on the diesel version and the petrol one with benefits up to Rs 1 lakh. Honda is very keen on boosting its sales during the festive season. But, its flagship model, CR-V and old Honda City do not include in the discount scheme. Honda December 2020 sales.

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