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Honda Cars India Ltd. released its sales figures for December 2017 and reported a jump in sales by 26 percent compared to the same month in 2016.
The Japanese car manufacturer registered monthly domestic sales of 12,642 units in December 2017 compared to 10,071 units in December 2016.
During the calendar year 2017, Honda's sales grew by 15 percent selling 178,755 units compared to 156,107 units in 2016. Honda's highest-selling car was the new Honda City which recorded cumulative sales of 62,573 in 2017. The sedan also became the highest-selling mid-size sedan during the calendar year 2017.
|Honda Models||Sales In December 2017|
The Honda City also led the sales in December 2017 for Honda selling 4,365 units while the Honda WR-V was the second highest-selling Honda vehicle during the same month.
The Honda City has managed to outperform other rivals such as the newly launched Hyundai Verna, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the elegant Volkswagen Venta as well as the Skoda Rapid. The new City facelift was launched in India in 2017 with a host of upmarket features.
The Honda City is available in 1.5-litre petrol and diesel versions. While the petrol engine produces 117bhp with a reported mileage of 17km/l in the manual gearbox variant, the diesel engine develops 99bhp and returns a fuel efficiency of 25.6km/l in the manual gearbox version.
Dual front airbags and ABS with EBD is available as standard fitment across variants of the Honda City, while front side and side curtain airbags are available in the top variant.
Mr Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, "2017 has been a milestone year for Honda Cars in India, as our best seller Honda City completes 2 decades of unparalleled success in India. Honda City has emerged as the highest selling mid-size sedan during 2017. I would like to thank our customers for their strong support to the model."
"HCIL experienced robust growth during 2017 backed by good demand for all our products across segments, especially the Honda City & WR-V. As we welcome the New Year 2018 we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for the continued support to the Honda brand, and look forward to another fruitful year ahead," he added.
The Honda City has managed to become the highest-selling mid-size sedan in 2017; however, the newly launched Hyundai Verna is fast catching up to the leaders in the segment. Honda should take note of the popularity of the Verna and is expected to bring the next-generation City by 2019.