Choosing between a hatchback, sedan or an SUV could be a task in itself. Well, here is the Honda Civic, a Coupe in design might make up your mind.
The Honda Civic is an icon in India and sought after by one and all in India, be it the youth or even if you are not and you have the motoring adrenalin in you, the Honda Civic is likely to make its way to India.
When the Honda Civic was launched in India, the most exciting part was it was the only car with paddle shifters, which was usually seen in a Formula Cars. It drove many to own the uniquely featured car.
Honda has moved slowly towards mass market oriented cars like the Amaze or the Mobilio, they moved away from performance cars only due to customers preference started to change and wanted a car which is more to do with the pricing and features.
Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said, "For a while, the current City can accommodate customers who own the previous models." When the time comes for the upgrade from the City, the Civic will be in India.
The New Honda Civic in the USA is powered by 2.0-litre, 4-cyclinder i-VTEC and a 1.5-litre i-VTEC turbo petrol engines, the 2.0-litre churns out 158bhp and 187Nm of torque; the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine develops 174bhp and 220Nm of torque. This will be mated to a 6-speed manual or CVT gearbox.
For India, there could be the option of the diesel engine of 1.6-litre i-DTEC that will produce 118bhp and 300Nm of torque.
Honda's premium segment took a beating and only the Honda City is still the best car around which takes care of performance and economical too.
What Honda thinks is that once the owners of the Honda City looks to upgrade and move up the scale, the Honda Civic is the best go-to-car. They feel that the Civic is now ready for its India entry by 2017 or even 2017, when customers will be more accepting of the current generation Honda Civic.
As of now, Honda has the 10th generation Civic and that could make its way to India in a couple of years. Honda will launch the Accord Hybrid in September, 2016 and they will need to plug the gap between the City and the Accord and gain the premium segment leadership in the market.
The 8th generation Honda Civic which was sold in India between 2006 to 2013 sold nearly 2500 units a month, however, the margin started to shrink for the Japanese automobile manufacturer. This led to the discontinuing of the Civic in India.