The Honda Civic might be on its last legs in India according to reports from Autocar India. The Civic is said to be a victim of the sudden spurt in demand for diesel cars in India. The Civic was once the leader in its segment but soon lost out in the sales race after rivals emerged with diesel engines.
Honda is yet to sell a diesel car in India and this has lead to a steep fall in Civic sales. Autocar India has stated that Honda has decided not to sell the Civic in India the sedan will be available in showrooms only until stocks last. The Civic was launched six years ago and has been considered as a great car to drive.
Honda had stopped production of the Civic in India a few months ago. Some had thought this was in anticipation of the launch of the 2012 Honda Civic in India. But if what reports say are true, the Honda Civic will no longer be available in India. The 2012 Honda Civic is said to be too expensive for the Japanese carmaker to sell and make profit in India.
Honda has shown no indications of launching the 2012 Civic in India. The new Civic which was unveiled in international markets has not received as much support from buyers in several countries. Further new Civic is slightly more expensive and this will be a deterrent in a price conscious market like India.
Honda was managing to sell just a handful of Civics per month and it is quite understandable that it will stop selling the sedan in India. With the Honda Civic facing an end in India the Japanese carmaker will be missing out of one segment in the market. It is highly unlikely that this gap will be filled soon. The only possibility for the Honda Civic's return to India will be when Honda adds a diesel engine to it.