Honda Cars India has announced that the 10th generation 2019 Honda Civic has come out as the bestseller in its segment within nine months of its launch. The 2019 Honda Civic has managed to earn a 53% market share in the executive sedan segment. In October 2019, the Japanese carmaker has witnessed a 30% month-on-month increment for the Civic. Honda sold 436 units of the Civic in October 2019 as compared to 336 units which were sold in the previous month. Since its launch in March 2019, Honda has sold a total of 4375 units of the executive sedan.
Speaking on the success of the new model, Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director – Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India said, “The comeback of the Civic this year has given the much needed boost to the executive sedan segment and its one of the few segments which have grown despite the current market slowdown. This reaffirms our confidence in the sedan category that there are customers who prefer sedans for their stylish looks and superb driving dynamics. We are thankful to our esteemed customers who have reaffirmed their love for Civic and helped it lead the segment sales.”
The 10th generation Honda Civic was reintroduced in India after seven years and it has been consistently contributing to sales since then. Honda says that the Civic is also contributing to the overall sales of the executive sedan segment that recorded a growth of 9.5% in the April – October 2019 period selling 4763 units as compared to 4350 units which were sold in the same period last year.
The Honda Civic competes against the likes of the Hyundai Elantra, the Skoda Octavia and newly facelifted Hyundai Elantra. As for the sales of these cars, the Hyundai Elantra sales went down by 37% at 59 units in October 2019 while Skoda sold 231 units of the Octavia – up by 40% – in the same month. Toyota sold 90 units of the Corolla Altis, recording an increment by 7%.
The Honda Civic has always been an icon among car enthusiasts for its design and performance. The 2019 iteration of the Honda Civic has only carried forward those traits. The Civic is powered by one diesel and one petrol engine. The diesel unit is a 1.6-litre engine that churns out 118 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine is a 1.8-litre unit that pumps out 139 bhp and 174 Nm of peak torque, paired with a CVT transmission.
The 2019 Honda Civic comes plenty loaded with features as well. The top-spec trims gets features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cruise control, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, electric sunroof, dual-zone climate control and smart key engine on and off feature. The instrument cluster is digital as well with a 7-inch unit, while you also get a push-button start system. On the safety features front, the new Civic comes loaded with six airbags, ABS, EBD, Agile Handling Assist, stability control and hill start assist along with some segment first features like the lane watch camera assist and electric parking brake.