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NEW! Diesel Honda City on its way
Honda has planned a diesel powerplant to help the City fend off competition
By : Surajeet Das Gupta & Sharmistha Mukherjee | Published : May 13, 2011
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Admitting the shift was sudden, Sen said: “The rapid dieselisation of the market has happened only in the last one year, as the price difference between diesel and petrol has gone up from Rs 10 to Rs 21. We had to prioritise our efforts to be a big brand with big volumes, which will come from Brio.”

Sen ruled out importing diesel engines, as many others had done. “We believe we make the best engines and, therefore, there is no question of importing. Till then, we will continue to dominate the petrol segment.”

Key segment

The premium mid-sized sedan segment is one of the fastest-growing, with sales rising 25 per cent a year on an average. About 140,000 units were sold in 2010-11. Honda City has been the leader for a decade. Its share was 35 per cent in 2010. Its nearest competitor, Hyundai Verna, sold half as many units.

Honda is not the only company which has felt the need for a diesel variant in this category. A few years ago, Maruti Suzuki introduced SX4 petrol, but could sell 800-2,000 units a month. This February, it launched a diesel model. There have been over 10,000 bookings so far.

Honda will also face fiercer competition in this segment. Hyundai Motor, for instance, launched the new Verna this week, with diesel variants priced between Rs 8.09 lakh and Rs 10.75 lakh. Ford Global Fiesta’s petrol and diesel versions will be launched in July.


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  Posted by shrinivas at 27th March,2012
when will diesel honda city launch? is booking start?
  Posted by khuddus at 28th February,2012
Now I have Honda City ZX Vtech, Now I want to change it to another car but diesel. Do you have one in diesel i would like to change it today.
  Posted by Ravi Napoleon at 4th August,2011
Still Honda is not confirming up the timelines for their new CITY release.
  Posted by pranav at 18th June,2011
waiting for honda city diesel car with gooooood mileage as compare to SX4 and verna
  Posted by manoj vidyadharan at 19th May,2011
i am using a petrol Honda, but now i am expecting a diesel Honda
  Posted by Manoj Majeed , Blore at 18th May,2011
Alas ! This is like the tendulkar of yesteryears who found out one day that sweep shot is as productive as his other shots and added to her repertoire and never looked back. Honda who always maintained that it will make petrol engines which will beat diesel engines economy has forgotten that it does not call the shots when it comes to setting petrol prices. Now that they've finally woken up can we expect a diesel Civic and a CRV too. Honda folks let me assure you it will put the nails in the coffins of the competitors who eats into your market
  Posted by Vikram at 16th May,2011
Finally Honda wakes up and smells the coffee. Did you enjoy your sleep, Honda?
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