could this mean that Honda will perhaps be relaunching the new Civic once again?
Yes! I too have the same question in my mind. What is this new generation Civic doing at the Honda’s factory in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Now according to the reports on India today there is a possibility of Honda launching the new generation Civic in India within this year. The Civic introduced in 2006 and later discontinued in 2013 due to weak sales numbers. One of the leading causes of such poor sales figures was the lack of a diesel engine option.
Now that the new Civic was spotted recently at the Tapukara facility in Rajasthan could it mean that Honda is planning to relaunch the sedan in the Indian market once again?
Indian market will see the 10th generation Civic after skipping a whole generation
Honda Civic has been one of the iconic models from the Japanese automaker across the world for decades. In India Honda Civic has been present, but later discontinued due to lack of sales. Now with the market condition has improved and the Honda Motor Company has a strong grip in Indian market the Civic is all set to return. Therefore we are about to experience the return of the Civic in its tenth generation avatar after missing out a whole generation.
The new Honda Civic comes as a global model in India, which would enter the country market sometime around 2017. The car will be positioned between the Honda City and the Honda Accord, and it will attract the luxury seeking customers.
Honda Civic was first introduced in 1972, and since then it has been one of the very popular and important model for the Japanese automaker around the world. The car has gone through changes after changes and few months back the automaker unveiled the all new Civic in Los Angeles, which looks truly appealing with its crispy sharp styling and features.
Now before the car arrives in India, Honda has already launched the model in Malaysia in three different variants which are 1.8 L, 1.5 L Turbo and 1.5 L Turbo Premium. Here we will take a close look at the upcoming Honda Civic, which we think is going to be an interesting car in Indian automotive scenario.
Expect the car to reach Indian shores in 2017
The all new tenth generation Honda Civic might hit the Indian shores sometime in 2017, and before that a test mule was spotted completely undisguised in Indonesia. Earlier the tenth generation model of the Honda Civic was spotted once more in Indonesia. This might be an indication that the launch is imminent.
Compare to the outgoing Civic the new model looks more stylish and upmarket. It looks sportier. The front fascia gets a thick chrome bar holding the Honda logo at the centre, sharp sleek headlamps come with all LED appearance. The front bumper is restyled and delivers a muscular vibe. The air intake at the lower bumper gets honeycomb grille. The side turning lights are uniquely placed on the front wheel arches. The side profile gets sporty alloy wheels, ORVMs with LED side turning lights, chrome garnishing, all black B pillars and a nice curvy roofline. The rear gets crab claw like LED taillamps, sharp cuts and creases.
The interior sports a three spoke multifunction steering wheel with control buttons mounted on it. The instrument cluster and centre console also look sporty. The centre console gets a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Power source for the new Civic sedan is a 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine producing 158 hp peak power and a 1.5 litre DOHC diesel unit delivering 174 hp peak power. Transmission duty is done by a 6 speed CVT gearbox.
He is one of the biggest business tycoons of India, chairman of India’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. We have seen him very quiet at difficult times. As it seems he is a very private person, and world knows nothing about his life away from his office.
We are talking about Ratan Naval Tata, the ex chairman of Tata Group. For decades we have seen Mr. Ratan Tata pioneering the Indian automotive industry to a new dimension. It is no surprise, that Ratan Tata has been emotionally attached with Tata Motors. He made the impossible task possible with the Tata Indica and Tata Nano. To put it in a simple way, we can say, Ratan Tata is crazy about cars, in his personal life and professional life as well.
During his tenure as the chairman of Tata Group, he has been spotted many times behind his exotic car’s steering near his residence on South Bombay roads. It is also a known fact that every weekend he takes his cars for a spin. Now, as he has retired from the post, he invests more time for his exotic rides. He is also known as one of the few business tycoons around the world who loves to take the seat behind the steering wheel rather than being seated at the rear and driven by chauffeur. Inside Ratan Tata’s garage there are dozens of beautiful cars and we tried to bring you one look at them.
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Honda India is doing quite well, since they launched the premium hatchback Honda Jazz in July. Their sales have increased and the brand popularity has grown to a new level, which is definitely assuring as well as inspiring for the Japanese auto manufacturer. Inspired by the recent success and sales growth Honda India is all set to expand their car lineup in the country. Within a few months we are expecting to see some new models to gain sitting place in Honda India’s lineup which include compact SUVs, compact sedans, and compact hatchbacks.
Here we tried to bring you a peek into the Honda’s upcoming cars lineup.
Talk about Honda, and you must talk about Civic, which is certainly the iconic model for the Japanese automobile giant. First introduced to the world in 1972, as Civic hatchback, it has been one of the most iconic models of all time in automobile history. This amazing car has gone changes after change, and finally the hatchback has evolved into a compact sedan which is gorgeous, stylish and appealing at the same time. With due course of time every automaker needs to make serious changes and as the new generation is rapidly getting attracted towards the sporty looking vehicles, Honda too couldn’t afford to lag behind.
Very recently Honda launched the 2016 Honda Civic compact sedan in Los Angeles. As we looked at the vehicle, it comes as vehemently sporty, and stylish. Presently, what we see in form of 2015 Honda Civic compact sedan, is the tenth generation of the iconic car and the 2016 Honda Civic compact sedan will come with bit of modifications, upgradation, restyled look. The ninth generation of this model didn’t go well in the market at all. So, Honda has launched the tenth generation with lots of expectations.
How well does the 2016 Honda Civic stand? Can it stand up to the expectations of Honda? Let’s take look in our review here.
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The 9th generation Honda Civic has been launched in Thailand and this is the same car we expect to see in India in the months to come. It has been six years since the Civic has been in our market and except for a minor facelift, the Civic has remained largely unchanged. The car that was launched in Thailand is similar to what is sold in the US market and only some minor design changes have been made for the ASEAN countries.
The two layer dashboard gets features like telephone connectivity, in-dash navigation system, push-button starter and there is also a reversing camera. The design of the dashboard is an evolution of the two-tier design on the current Civic. The steering wheel has a completely new design and the dash gets an ECON switch and the Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The top of the line variant is the sportiest with black leather interiors and paddle shifters.
Sales of the Civic have been poor in the recent past and we haven’t seen the manufacturer make any serious changes to the sedan. The lack of a diesel engine which clearly is the choice of engine for buyers in this segment too hasn’t helped matters.
These are troubled and desperate times and they require desperate measures. Oil is getting rarer to find and the automobile industry is getting its fair share of flak for what it’s doing to the environment. Hybrid and alternative fuels everyone says is the answer. But until alternative fuels become cheaper and are readily available we have to make do with using Hybrid cars. When Honda launched the Civic Hybrid in 2008, the Civic became the first real environmentally friendly sedan in the country. It was a step in the right direction but a step that was just too expensive for most. The Civic Hybrid initially cost 21.5laksh and then Honda slashed the prices by 8lakhs. The Hybrid variant then cost 13.5lakhs as Honda decided to absorb the full impact of the price cut. The car however failed to take off and the manufacturer eventually pulled the strings off the sedan in 2010. The Civic Hybrid nevertheless helped Honda improve its brand image.
Honda has unveiled its smallest diesel engine yet which could make its way in India as early as the middle of 2012 and power the Civic and the City. The 1.6-litre engine is the downsized 2.2-litre engine and Honda claims that it has extensively reduced mechanical friction which would make this engine as refined as a petrol. The aluminum engine is also claimed to be the lightest diesel engine in its class.
The Civic was the buzzword back in 2006. Anyone remotely interesting in automobiles was looking forward to the launch of the Civic. The sedan lived up to the hype, it looked smashing, won many awards and if you were young and wanted a car to showcase your sporty outlook, the Civic was it. Sales were strong and the futuristic looking Civic catered not only to the enthusiasts but also to those wanting to make a statement. The Civic has now been around for over five years and according to Honda standards this is too long a time for a car to remain unchanged. Take the case of the Accord and the City, both these sedans have been replaced with newer models before they completed five years in the market. The Civic’s arch competitor, the Toyota Corolla too has evolved since the Civic’c launch and this has put the Civic in a precarious position. So till the time Honda bring a new model into the market, buyers will have no choice but to consider the existing Civic. With prices starting from Rs12,21,550 to Rs14,41,600 for the petrol and Rs13lakhs for the Hybrid version ex-showroom New Delhi, can the Civic despite its age still manages to compete with the competition?