Honda City Review
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Honda Motor Company, Limited is a world famous public multinational corporation from Japan which works mainly in the manufacturing of motorcycles and automobiles. It was founded on September 24, 1948 by Takeo Fujisawa and Soichiro Honda in Hamamatsu, Japan. Over the years, Honda has established itself as the topmost manufacturer of motorcycles and internal combustion engines. It also excelled its work in the manufacturing of scooters, electrical generators, water pumps, lawn and garden equipment, tillers, outboard motors, robotics, jet aircraft and engines, thin film solar cells, inter-navi and many more. It became the second largest Japanese manufacturer of automobiles in 2001 and eighth largest of the world in 2011. It has its current headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan with its manufacturing plants and subsidiaries all over the globe.
Honda Cars India Ltd. was established as a joint venture with Usha International of Siddharth Shriram Group in December 1995 and was formerly named Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. This joint venture was ended in August 2012 when Honda took over the company and changed its name to Honda Cars India Ltd. to make it a 100% subsidiary of Honda. It has its headquarters in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh where also located their manufacturing facility. They also have a manufacturing plant in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan.
Recently, the all-new 2014 Honda City was unveiled by Honda Cars India Ltd. at a World Premiere event in New Delhi, India on November 25, 2013. This is the 4th Generation City which also marked the advent of a diesel engine in this fabulous sedan and will be launched in January 2014 ahead of 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. However, the bookings have been started for this stunning and superb piece of machinery which dominated its segment since its introduction in the Indian market in January 1998. The 2nd and 3rd generation were launched in November 2003 and September 2008 respectively, but City was losing its initial charm due to an increasing competition from other brands, hiking of petrol prices which marked an extraordinary need for a diesel variant which was missing in City and growing old features of this sedan as compared to the other new machines. Thus, it is a great move by Honda to retain their dominion over a segment that they hold so preciously for a decade.
2014 new Honda City is based on the same platform as 2014 Jazz and Vezel and follows Honda's H Design Concept (Human Centric Design Element). It has got the sleek cross-motion exterior styling which includes a familiar arrow-head shape of the front sill, chrome accentuated prominent front grille, a low front face, stylish front bonnet, a sharply extended body colored front bumper with an aggressive air scoop surrounded by sporty trapezoidal housings for round fog lamps, sharp twin-barrel headlamps, a solid wing face, 15-inch alloy wheels with tubeless radial tires, body colored ORVMs with integrated turn signals, chromed outside door handles, shark fin antenna at rear, a stylish sunroof, both sides having the strong character lines, rear tail lamps extending into the boot lid and dynamic rear fenders showing a much wider stance. This beautiful sedan has a length of 4440mm, a width of 1695mm and a height of 1495mm as its dimensions along with a large wheelbase of 2600mm for a comfortable and stable ride.
All You Need to Know about New Honda City
The interior of 2014 new Honda City follows Honda's man maximum machine minimum concept which aims to maximize the space available for passengers while minimizing the space available for machine parts. It has also included a lot of praiseworthy features to turn the driving experience into a dream come true. This includes a high-quality usage of plastics, flat floor, Piano Black finished instrument panel, dashboard with sturdy air vents, a large and high-tech multifunctional 5.0-inch LCD touchscreen with in-built hands-free telephony and air-con controls, one push smart entry system, Honda smart key with proximity sensing, a chunky steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls and mesh finishing on one of the spokes, a leather-clad gear lever and a high dashboard cowl.
New Honda City comes equipped with an 8-speaker sound system with CD, MP3, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, AM/FM radio and a total of four power outlets on front and rear seats, cruise control, a rear view camera with 3 modes which includes wide, normal and top down, a 3-pod instrument panel with digital analogue combination meter having tachometer with gear shift indicator at left, an analogue speedometer at center and a multi-information display featuring a clock, fuel gauge, temperature and cruising range at right with illumination light adjustment dial and an instrumentation display switch above it, HVAC with Automatic Climate Control, adjustable seats, added shoulder, leg and knee space by 40mm, 60mm and 70mm respectively as compared to the previous model, keyless start, power windows and many more features.
2014 new Honda City has got the all new high-balance chassis with 24% increase in structural rigidity. It has now got both the petrol and diesel engines. Both the engines are tweaked to give a better performance and matchless fuel economy. The 1.5L, 4-cylinders, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine from the previous City with increased power, torque and mileage figures and a plastic intake manifold for weight reduction is a world famous one. Also present the 1.5L, 4-cylinders, DOHC, i-DTEC diesel engine from Amaze with increased power, torque and mileage values too and is also based on Honda's newest Earth Dreams Technology. The petrol engine will get both the manual and automatic transmissions, while the diesel engine will get a manual transmission only. Also, both the engines are blessed with lightweight all aluminium crankshaft and piston and are environmental friendly too.
2014 new Honda City has got disk brakes at front while drum brakes at rear wheels. The suspension system consists of a new MacPherson strut at front and new H-shaped twist beam at rear. For the safety of its passengers, it includes dual SRS airbags, rear parking sensors with camera, keyless entry system, fog lights at front, ABS with EBD and BA, seat belts for every passenger and many more features which will be disclosed soon.
2014 new Honda City is expected to be available in nine variants which include Petrol E Manual, Petrol S Manual, Petrol V Manual, Petrol S Automatic, Petrol V Automatic, Petrol VX Manual, Diesel S Manual, Diesel V Manual and Diesel VX Manual. However, the shades, variants and prices are not yet disclosed but it is expected to be available at an expected ex-showroom, Delhi price range of INR 8.25-11.25 lakhs which may vary. Overall, 2014 new Honda City is a complete blend of stylish design, extraordinary features, large and comfortable space, innovative and advanced technology, power-packed performance, high fuel economy, great safety features and mouth-watering price.