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Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), has announced that it will export its recently launched fifth-generation Honda City to left-hand-drive countries. The company is manufacturing and exporting left-hand-drive cars for the first time in the country. According to the company, the new export operations is in-line with the Government of India's 'Make in India' initiative.
The left-hand-drive new-gen Hond City cars will be initially dispatched to Middle East countries. The first batch of sedan models has been exported from the Pipavav port in Gujarat and Ennore port in Chennai.
The company have been exporting the right-hand-drive models of the all-new City from the Indian market. The sedan models are being exported to South Africa since August 2020 and our neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Bhutan from October 2020.
Speaking about the sedan itself, the fifth-gen Honda City will be offered with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre (DOHC) Double Over-Head Cam engine produces 120bhp and 150Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre diesel unit churns out 100bhp and 200Nm of torque. Both engines are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional CVT automatic transmission.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said, "Honda City has been the benchmark of sedans in India and addition of exports of its Left Hand Drive model to completely new destinations is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our India business. We have invested in creating an expansive world-class manufacturing facility at Tapukara which can produce both right-hand and left-hand drive models that allows us to manage demand for domestic and international consumers."
He further added, "The 5th Generation City has been very well appreciated in the Indian market and we hope that we will be able to replicate this success and satisfy our global customers with its best quality & performance. This is in line with our commitment towards ‘Make in India' where HCIL has been manufacturing all its volume models with more than 90% localization and has been integral in developing a strong ecosystem in the country."
Apart from the exports of new Honda City, The company is also exporting models such as the Amaze, WR-V & the old-gen City to Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa and SADC countries. The export of 5th Generation Honda City (both right-hand and left-hand drive) is the newest addition to the export business from India.
Thoughts About The Fifth-Generation Honda City Exports Commence From India To Left Hand Drive Markets
The Fifth-Gen Honda City exports will certainly strengthen the brand's commitment to the Indian market. The fifth-gen Honda City is certainly features packed is one among the most desirable sedan models across the globe. As a result, the increase in demand will also increase export operations, which will in turn help with the country economic growth.