Honda to roll out diesel cars in India by 2013
The Japanese car maker is likely to roll out diesel models of compact hatch Brio and Brio sedan during the first half of next year. Following the two, a Honda City diesel version will also be launched in October, 2013.
May 25, 2012: Honda Siel Cars India is likely to launch its first diesel car during the first half of the next year. The company is taking such a move mainly because the rising petrol price is expected to bring down the demand for the petrol cars, said sources familiar with the development.
According to the sources, the company was planning to introduce the diesel car in the year 2014, but the increasing disparity in the prices of the petrol and the diesel compelled the car maker to bring its diesel car models earlier.
The auto maker from Japan is likely to roll out a diesel version of the hatchback Honda Brio and a Brio sedan during the first half of thecoming year. Codenamed as 2TP, a sedan version of Honda Brio is under production. Following these two models, the sources said that the diesel version of Honda City will be launched in the next half of 2013 during the month of October. In fact, the next gen Jazz hatch is also expected to come with a diesel drivetrain. It is to be noted that the next generation Jazz hatchback is most likely to be launched at the Auto Expo of 2014. The sources have also revealed that these cars will either boast a 1.2-litre or 1.5-litre diesel powertrain.
Contrary to this, the senior vice-president Mr. Jnaneswar Sen of Honda Siel Cars India has denied of any change in the company’s plan and considers all these claims as mere media speculations. “Our R&D team is currently developing a diesel engine, however, no decision has been taken about the models in which it would be introduced or the timelines thereof,” said Mr. Sen. Irrespective of whether the claims made by the sources were mere speculations or fact, the auto industry experts and even some of the car buyers believe that the diesel cars is significant for the growth of Honda in a country like India.
Apart from all this, the car maker Honda is reportedly looking forward to double its sales to 1.2 lakh units during this fiscal despite a competitive environment in the Indian auto industry. Moreover, the people close to the development claim that the car maker is also establishing a manufacturing unit at Tapakura in Rajasthan making use of its new products and capacities funds of Rs.3,000 crore.
Moreover, the auto maker is all set to launch six new cars by 2015. So, we can really expect some good moves related to cars launches and development of plants as well as components from Honda in the coming years.