Ever since the news of Honda intending to release the first diesel run motion machine from its lineup of cars has hit Indian ears, the quest that whether this endeavor will prove a winning one or not has build up. And still the answer for the same is yet to surface. To put straightforwardly, the compact segment leader for Indian auto market, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire sits before Honda Amaze enters the arena. Dzire is already a very strong contender. Now to bring about its best maneuver, Honda has priced Amaze at Rs. 5.99 lakh. The pricing of all the ten variants, four petrol, four diesel and rest two petrol automatic was announced last day in Delhi. The car seems to be a true value for money, since the figures for torque and power are quite unmatched till date. Yes, the car delivers power of 98.6BHP measure, 25BHP more than does the Dzire and mileage is astounding simply at 25.8kmpl, even this figure is not yet delivered by Dzire and not even any other contemporary. Amaze has achieved the title, at its release of being the most fuel-efficient car for India, in the very segment. But competition for Honda Amaze doesn't only gets limited to Swift, Indian arm of General Motors has also released, another threat to Amaze. Chevrolet Sail Sedan is out in three attractive versions. The base diesel version is priced at Rs. 6.29 lakh, and is the most expensive of all the three.
Honda Amaze, the car that not only marks the first step of the famous Honda clan into the popular domains of compact sedans but also introduces the first diesel engine ever to have been manufactured by the makers of the finest automobile engines in the whole world (No wonder the car has been awaited so eagerly by the Indian crowds!), was finally launched yesterday at a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Built off the bubbly little hatchback, Honda Brio, Honda Amaze has been rolled out in a fleet of 10 amaze-ing variants, involving 6 petrol- and 4 oil-burners, so that the buyers can have a reasonably wide and varying streak of options to choose from. The Honda Amaze price for the petrol range starts at Rs 4.99 lakh for the base-end variant, the EMT, and goes up to Rs 7.50 lakh for the top-of-the-line VXAT version. The diesel models of the Amaze, in the meantime, have been positioned in the price bracket of Rs 5.99-7.60 lakh (All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).
Putting an end to the nail-biting awaitance for the car fanatics as well as aspiring car buyers, the Honda Amaze launch in India is just a few hours ahead. Frankly, this is literally a revolutionary phenomenon in the Indian automobile industry. Though its competitors have introduced quite a number of diesel models, Honda so far remained obstinate in abstaining from producing diesel cars. Just because of this factor, they have lost a considerable share of the potential customers who have gone for the diesel cars from other brands. Honda is back now, with its maiden diesel model – Honda Amaze.
Honda, the leading Japanese automobile manufacturer has revealed its plan to invest Rs. 2500 crore on a new car plant in Rajasthan. The Honda spokesperson also mentioned that it is going to drive in a few new models for the Indian automobile market, and it would double the production capacity to 2.4 lakh units per year. The new investment is meant for the construction of a car assembly as well as a diesel engine component production line.
So far as the location for this dream plant is concerned, Honda has chosen Tapukara in Alwar district, Rajasthan. If everything goes according to the plans, this dream plant is going to start operating by 2014. In that case, it is going to be the second manufacturing facility of Honda in India, the first and only one being located at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
There is no scope for denial to the fact that Honda has a very strong customer base in India. However, its plan for the new plant is starting to materialise at a time when records reveal a car sales crash in the Indian automobile market. This is the first time in last ten years that the car sales figures declined to negative in 2012-13.
It won’t be long now before the most eagerly awaited car of the year 2013, the spectacular Honda Amaze, is seen dashing across the Indian roads. Just a few days back, an official announcement made by the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese auto-giant revealed the company’s plans for bringing out their first ever diesel offering sometime during next month. And now, a report provided by AutoCar India, which came out yesterday, has ensured that the 16th of April is the exact date that has been chosen by the company to at last roll out the amazing Amaze in India. Although no official word from Honda India has been received on this Honda Amaze launch date, this new revelation has definitely provided a significant boost to the excitement levels of auto-enthusiasts across the nation.
Honda Amaze, the first car from the celebrated camp of Honda that will be driven by a diesel engine, will soon be seen zooming across the Indian roads. With its much-anticipated launch slated down for the next month, there is a lot of excitement amongst the car-enthusiasts of India for the dynamic compact sedan. Ever since the day when this launch was announced by the Japanese clan, a lot of speculations and rumours have been floating around, guessing at what exactly will this incredible ride have to offer its buyers. Putting an end to most, if not all, of those guessworks, a list of the specifications and features of the upcoming car have been revealed by Team-BHP. However, nothing has been disclosed regarding the Honda Amaze price, and it still remains restricted to the domain of speculations, which places it somewhere around the starting mark of Rs 5.50 - 6 lakh.
The wonderfully thriving segment of compact SUVs yesterday welcomed yet another smasher to their band when Honda, the celebrated car-manufacturer from Japan, launched the next generation CR-V in India. Walking the launch ramp in a group of four, the 2013 Honda CR-V stepped into its fourth generation yesterday, which is also being referred to as the Super CR-V by the creators. Cheaper in comparison to the outgoing model by a margin of about Rs 3 lakh, this new entrant has been made available at a starting price of Rs 19.95 lakh for the 2.0 MT variant. As for the remaining three variants, the 2013 Honda CR-V price has been marked at Rs 20.85 lakh, Rs 22.40 lakh and Rs 23.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 2.0 AT, the 2.4 AT 4WD and the 2.4 AT 4WD AVN models respectively. Two different makes of engines, both of which are petrol consumers, have been offered on this spanking Compact, leaving out the international oil-burner version due to its incompatibility with the Indian diesel.
The year 2012 may have passed but not before it established itself as a very significant juncture for the automobile industry of India, and for good reason too. All year round the Indian auto-market had been busy playing host to new variants, new models, new brands and new segments, arriving at the country's coast from all across the globe. And while every new arrival brought something new and charming for the car-enthusiasts to go crazy over, nothing could match the frenzy that followed the inauguration of the segment of compact cars. From compact SUVs to compact sedan cars, Indian buyers had eyes for none but these small and smart packages all through last year. But, while this newfound attraction proved to be nothing short of hitting a gold mine for the creators of these compacts, worries were all that it brought the investors of the mid-size segment. A hot favourite of a major part of the car-buying populace a couple of years ago, mid size sedans in India were a status symbol for the middle-class while the class of executives and young businessmen saw them as an easily affordable style statement. Last year, however, the automotive trends saw a conspicuous shift, and the classy mid-sized sedans were all of a sudden replaced by the energetic compact sedans.
The prolonged absence of a diesel power-mill in its otherwise exquisite fleet of cars has compelled the celebrated auto-maker from Japan, Honda, to experience some pretty low phases in India. With petrol price hikes making headlines almost every other day, the severe damage that this scenario could have caused the manufacturer in future became all the more evident over the past one year when the gap between the prices of petrol and diesel reached an all-time high. However, just when the situation seemed to be getting completely out of hand and flagship rides like Accord and Civic were seen headed towards the ultimate doom of discontinuation, Honda saved the day by finally announcing the arrival of a diesel power-house.
14 January marked the beginning of the celebrated North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan this year. Ranked amongst the biggest auto shows of North America, the NAIAS has been known to bring forward some of the most enthralling car concepts of all times every time it is put up. And this year is going to be no different. With the first two days being dedicated solely to Press Previews, followed by two days of Industry Previews and one of Charity Previews, the show will finally open to the public on the 19th.
Over the past couple of days of Press Previews, a huge crowd, comprising of as many as 6,000 media personnel from 68 countries of the world, has been subjected to endless projections of breathtaking charm and mind-boggling technologies in Detroit, helping them catch some extraordinary flashes from the future of the automotive industry. A few glimpses into that very remarkable future is what we bring our readers today, introducing them to those select few concepts that had every eye in the show on them.
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept
Hyundai Motor Company, the renowned car-manufacturer from South Korea, has put its magnificent HCD-14 Genesis Concept on display this year at the NAIAS. An exceptionally flamboyant luxury concept, this ride showcases state-of-the-art technologies like eye-tracking and gesture-based controls that are expected to show up in the company's future launches. Already claiming a considerable share of the luxury car market, particularly in China, US and the Middle East, Hyundai looks forward to magnifying its footprint even further with this amazing innovation.