Honda Cars India has finally planned to bring in the Diesel cars to India which has enabled them to set-up the manufacturing facility in Rajasthan during the current fiscal. The company is also mulling to bring in the entry-level sedan ( Honda Brio Sedan ) based on Brio hatchback like the Etios twins and the upcoming Chevrolet Sail twins. Honda is planning to launch its first car during end of Q1 or beginning of Q2 2014 and then launch a series of cars thereafter along with the diesel engine variants.
Honda Cars India will patch up the diesel engines across all models under its portfolio after it suffered with absence of diesel cars available in India. The company's Global CEO Takanobu Ito said that the Honda's diesel engines are highly-fuel efficient and are products of local production to keep the cost low to compete against the rivals like the Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai in India.
Apart from all these, the surprise from Honda was to bring a Utility vehicle model based on Brio platform which will surely give a run not only for Money but will be offered with highest quality as that's what Honda stands for.
The company will not launch diesel variant on the current models like the City, Jazz and the Brio hatchbacks and will only be introduced on the new models when they will be launched in India.
According to Honda, the New Jazz will be launched in 2013 and within two years that is till 2015, Honda will launch three new models on the platform which includes the birth of new Mini SUV based on Brio platform, apart from the next-generation City sedan and Jazz hatch that will be equipped with diesel engines.
Honda's main objective is to get back the market share which they have been continously loosing since rivals were launching their cars in both the petrol and diesel variants.