The globally popular premium hatchback, Honda Jazz, might not come to India with a facelift. Currently, Honda is focusing more on the extended version of Jazz – Honda W-RV – and the soon to launch, 2018 Amaze compact sedan.
The new Honda Jazz was launched in 2015. However, since its launch, its sales is declining given to the stiff competition from i20 and Baleno. According to livemint.com, the sales figure of April – February 2018 of Honda Jazz fell by 13.8% to 24,995 units. Despite a small recovery on renewed customer interest of the car, the sales figure fell.
The new and upgraded Jazz was showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. Jazz never performed well in the market because of the stiff competition it received, reports live mint.com. However, the performance of Honda Motors India is declining lately. The reason speculated is because of heavy pricing and hard competition available.
Most of their cars including Honda City, W-RV, B-RV have not been performing well lately. W-RV, which was the latest launch in small SUV segment, has failed to create the expected mark. Honda City, their most selling car, is now declining due to the edge given by Maruti Ciaz. On the other hand, B-RV never worked out in the market.
Amidst these speculations, Honda has started its work on the new variant of Honda City. The car will be launched by 2020 with a thorough facelift. It will be produced at Honda’s Greater Noida plant after the Bharat VI emission norms are introduced. Honda has also decided to make its top cars like City, C-RV and the upcoming Civic Sedan at the Greater Noida plant. The other cars including Amaze, C-RV, B-RV and W-RV will be made at the Tapukara unit in Rajasthan.
According to livemint.com, Honda fixed a target of manufacturing around 195,000 cars in the current year which is more than that decided in 2017-18, on the back of the new Amaze, scheduled to hit the market in the next two-three months.
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