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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Honda Cars PH Has Sold Over 1,200 City Sedans Already


Despite the onslaught of small Chinese SUVs, the reception towards the all-new Honda City remains strong. In a span of less than five months, the all-new sub-compact sedan has already moved more than 1,200 units.

From its market debut in October of last year to the third week of February, Honda Cars Philippines has already sold 1,251 City sedans. Out of this number, 43 percent (548 units) are the entry-level 1.5 S CVT (read our review here), followed by the 1.5 RS CVT at 376 units. The mid-grade 1.5 V CVT sold 262 units, while the sole manual transmission variant, the 1.5 S MT sold 65 units.

Developed under the grand concept of “Ambitious Sedan,” the fifth-generation City wants to take the lead in the sub-compact sedan in terms of design, comfort, technology, and convenience.

Longer and wider than the previous model, the all-new City has best-in-class interior space, backed up by advanced comfort and tech features. A one push start system is standard across the line as is a new air conditioning design with rotary knobs and digital display. From the 1.5 S CVT upward, it also has an 8-inch advanced touchscreen display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 1.5 RS CVT, meanwhile, features a 180-watt 8-speaker sound system.

The all-new City also boasts of the most powerful engine in its class: a 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve i-VTEC engine making 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. An enhanced body structure using high-strength steel not only improves safety, but increases rigidity for a smoother ride while reducing its curb weight for improved performance and fuel efficiency.

The all-new City was also recognized by the ASEAN NCAP for its consistent 5-star safety rating, a testament to Honda’s commitment towards “safety for everyone.”

Thanks to the success of the all-new Honda City, Honda Cars Philippines president Masahiko Nakamura has confirmed that the all-new City sedan will be joined by the City Hatchback later this year.

Nakamura-san said that despite the hatchback being a small market in the Philippines, he hopes to maintain Honda Cars Philippines’s leadership in that segment.

With that, he believes the all-new City Hatchback will bring more customers to Honda, particularly those who weren’t considering the City sedan in the first place.

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