Honda Cars India on Wednesday unveiled three new products, including the new generation of its entry-level sedan, Amaze. The car was first launched in 2013. Honda also unveiled all-new fifth-generation CR-V SUV and tenth-generation Civic sedan, as part of its plan to launch six new products in the Indian market by 2020. The CR-V, the company said, will come with a diesel engine, while the Civic will have both petrol and diesel variants. The Amaze will be launched in India in early FY19, while the CR-V and Civic will follow soon after. “We are committed to the Indian market and aim to launch six models in the coming three years. There three models will be launched in FY19,” Honda Motor Company president and representative director Takahiro Hachigo said. “The new launches will strengthen our presence in the premium segment in the Indian market.”
Honda Cars India president & CEO Yoichiro Ueno said the company’s sales grew 15% last year. “With the upcoming three cars, we are confident to grow further in the new fiscal.” Jnaneswar Sen, senior VP, sales & marketing, Honda Cars India, said the new Amaze will strengthen Honda’s presence in the mass segment, while the new CR-V and comeback of the Civic will help the company fortify its presence in the premium segment. The Civic was first launched in 2006 and discontinued in 2013, due to falling sales.
The company also showcased electric concept vehicles, but didn’t announce any plans for launching EVs. Sen said, “EV story is just a few months old in India. It is impossible to churn out India-centric EVs in a short span of time. A car is not a mobile phone — it takes years to develop a car. Also, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars make far better sense for a huge country like India where the charging infrastructure will take a long time to be set-up.”