The latest generation Honda City is being sold alongside the earlier model, which enables the brand to cater to a wider range of car buyers
The most dominant trend in the car market at this point is the shift to the SUV segment. While SUV market stays in the limelight, the demand for other body types like sedans is affected to some extents. However, some preeminent sedans still manage to attract decent sales during these difficult times. In the mid-sedan segment in India, there are several options from Maruti, Honda, Skoda, Hyundai and Volkswagen. However, the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna remains to be the top-selling models in the segment. Last month, Honda City has registered 3,523 units sales, beating the Ciaz and Verna to become the best-selling model in the space.
Earlier this year, Honda City has launched the all-new Honda City which has garnered good sales momentum. The sales of the Honda City now accounts for 44 per cent of the segment. Compared to the same month last year, Honda City has recorded a sales growth of 135%. In November 2019, Honda sold only 1,500 units of Honda City.
Maruti Ciaz came second in the segment in terms of sales with 1,870 units sold last month, registering a year-on-year growth of 29 per cent. While both the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz gained a significant growth, the Hyundai Verna suffered a sale drop of 26 per cent, ranking third in the sales chart. In November, Hyundai sold 1,487 units against 2,010 units in the same month last year.
Skoda Rapid, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento claim the next positions in the sales chart. The sales numbers of these models are 813, 345, and 125 units respectively. Volkswagen Vento saw a significant sales decline of 75 per cent in a year-on-year comparison. On the other hands, the other two models have seen positive growth. Toyota Yaris in particular registers a massive growth of 222 per cent compared to last year’s sales performance.
In general, the mid-sized sedan segment has recorded a total sales of 8,163 units, which is higher than last year’s 6327 units. It means that this segment has grown by 29 per cent compared to the same month last year.
New-gen Honda City has received a comprehensive makeover with a completely new look as well as a host of new features. Honda City is also the first car in the segment to get Amazon Alexa support which allows car users to operate the AC system, the boot and more by voice commands. This mid-sized sedan also offers other premium features including a touchscreen infotainment system, multi-function steering wheels, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, and more. In terms of engines, the Honda City is available with both 1.5-litre petrol engine (121 PS/145 Nm) and a 1.5-litre diesel unit (100 PS/200 Nm). The only manual gearbox is available.