Honda Jazz and City. The first, a premium hatchback that received much positive reviews, but did not sell well due to premium positioning. The second was one of the best selling Honda cars in India, but the lack of a diesel engine and supply chain problems forced the automaker to stall production of the sedan.
Meanwhile, the Brio small hatchback and its compact sedan version, Amaze took precedence. But those who never got to experience the City or the Jazz when they were available now a reason to smile. Both models will be making a comeback in 2014. While this is not a revelation, it's good to hear when a company executive confirms the matter, which is sort of reassuring.
Speaking to Business Standard, Honda Car India senior vice president, sales and marketing, Jnaneswar Sen confirmed that the company will reintroduce the City and Jazz brands in the country. The City sedan will be the 2014 model year that is expected to debut internationally in November. The most important thing about the sedan will be the introduction of a diesel engine.
The 2014 MY Jazz, meanwhile, has already been launched in Japan where it is called the FIT. The 2014 Fit bears a brand new look, including Honda's next gen ‘Exciting ‘H' Design' front grille. To be profitable in its second innings in India the most important aspect will be its pricing.
Honda does not intend to make any compromises when it comes to the diesel engine that will power the new City. Mr Sen has confirmed that the 1.5 liter diesel unit from the Amaze will not be used to power the 2014 City, rather a brand new unit.
Apart from the Jazz and the City Mr Sen also told the publication about the prospects of re-introducing a hybrid model. Honda Civic Hybrid was the first hybrid car in India, but it had to be discontinued since it was expensive. Honda is willing to launch a hybrid car in India provided it receives leeway from the government in the form of tax relaxation.