Honda`s 1000 cc petrol engine in the works for new small car
Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are going great guns in the small engine car segment with their 800-1100 cc engines. Honda is sitting up and taking notice. The company plans to introduce a small new car with a 1000 or sub 1000 engine in 2017. Honda’s smallest car on Indian roads today is the Brio which, along with the Amaze and City has helped the company garner 7% market share in two years, doubling from 3% in the previous year. For July, figures indicated a 39% rise in sales with 15643 cars sold. For the period April to July the company sold 56361 units.
The new car in the works will have two versions of the 1000 cc engine. One will be a turbocharged version and another will be a normally aspirated version. Honda plans to sell this small car in high volumes, probably produced from its plant in Gujarat. Honda’s success came as a result of shifting focus from high end models like Civic, CR-V and Accord to more affordable cars like the Brio, Amaze, Jazz and City. Introduction of 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine in the Amaze was largely responsible for the success. Both Amaze and City with diesel engines have proved popular with monthly sales touching 7000 cars.
When queried, a representative said that Honda does not have any plans for a car smaller than the Brio with its 1.2 litre i-VTEC engine, the same one that powers the Amaze. Honda has production capacity limitations. In order to meet rising demands Honda may start a second shift production, probably at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The company’s other manufacturing unit is in Greater Noida. Honda plans to increase its market share with the new Jazz powered by a diesel engine, a compact SUV with the Jazz or Brio lineage, a new Accord and a diesel CR-V.
Source : Financialexpress