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Honda Jazz gets delayed; to launch in June

New Honda Jazz three quarters front view

Honda`s premium hatchback the Jazz has created quite a buzz in the Indian market even before its launch. The premium hatchback was supposed to be launched last year, but was postponed to make way for the Mobilio. Now, as per a report from Autocarindia Honda India has pushed back the launch to June this year! This is certainly not good news for Jazz fans.

The new Honda Jazz will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti`s upcoming YRA premium hatchback. As per reports the delay is due to some problems in production. Honda India`s manufacturing plants have a capacity of 2.4 lakh units per annum and most if it is being utilized by its existing models like the Honda City which has a waiting period of 2-4 months on some variants and the Amaze compact sedan which has an even greater demand in the market, is experiencing a delay of 5 months.

New Honda Jazz three quarter rear view

The earlier Honda Jazz which was launched in 2009 did not exactly set the sales charts on fire as the car commanded a high price tag and was considered very expensive for the segment. But Honda seems to have got its act right this time around, and with the heavy localization and part sharing with the Honda City sedan, one can expect the car to be priced competitively.

The Japanese automaker also has plans to launch the Accord in the Indian market in 2016. The company has made quite a comeback after the launch of the Amaze and Honda City diesel models. Honda has shown a strong and steady upward trend in terms of market share and could emerge as the third largest car seller in the country, if it pips Mahindra. The upcoming Honda Jazz will be powered by the 1.2 litre iVTEC petrol engine doing duty in the Brio and the 1.5 litre diesel motor, which powers the Amaze and Honda City.

The Honda Jazz is a very spacious hatchback with class leading features, and if priced aggressively, it could make a serious dent in the competition`s sales figures.