Honda City 2020 debuted in India, without turbocharged engines

After Thailand, India is the next market in Asia preparing to welcome the new generation Honda City with 6 versions and does not use a turbocharged engine.

The fifth-generation Honda City was unveiled in Thailand in November 2019. After its launch, City 2020 has become one of the most interested models in Southeast Asia, competing with Nissan Almera and Toyota Yaris Ativ. Special for City 2020. It is expected that the B-class car will launch in India by the end of this month. According to the leaked information, City 2020 will have 6 versions using gasoline engines in India, comes with a manual gearbox or CVT. All are locally assembled.

It is worth noting that the 1.0L turbocharged engine version will not appear in India, but instead is the 1.5-liter naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine. This engine produces 120 horsepower (equivalent to 1.0 liter turbocharged engine power in Thailand) and meets India’s Bharat 6 emissions standards.

Besides the petrol engine, Honda City 2020 in India will also have a 1.5L i-DTEC diesel version similar to the previous generation. This version will have the option of a CVT gearbox, next to the manual gearbox.

In the new generation, Honda City retains the old design but is made more bold and modern. The lines on City 2020 are heavily influenced by the two older models, Accord and Civic.

Honda City 2020 has dimensions of length x width x height of 4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467 (mm), wheelbase of 2,589 mm. Compared to the previous generation, City 2020 is 113 mm longer, 53 mm wider, 10 mm lower and 11 mm shorter wheelbase. The new generation City uses a chassis technology that reduces noise, bringing a sense of comfort to the cabin when operating.

City’s front is similar to a miniature Accord. Vehicle ownership LED system connected by a metal bar in the middle. Fog lamp sockets are shaped more sporty, simulating aerodynamic wings.

At the rear, the LED taillight system is sharply shaped with a lightning pattern. However, turn signals are still halogen but not upgraded to LED.

As dimensions increase, City’s cabin space is also more spacious. City’s interior is designed with personality and a cleaner layout. It is equipped with a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel, sharper electronic dashboard and larger air vents. The RS version has an 8 inch touch screen.

In the Thai market, City 2020 has been removed the naturally aspirated engine, replaced by a turbocharged VTEC 3-cylinder engine, 1.0L capacity. The engine produces 120 horsepower and 173 Nm of torque, comes with a CVT gearbox and front drive system.

The safety technologies on the new City are similar to the current version, including 6 airbags, ABS / EBD brakes, body stabilization system, support for steep departure and reversing camera. Honda Sensing safety package has not been applied to the new City generation.

Chinese auto sales dropped by 92% due to the coronavirus

The corona virus seriously affected China’s auto industry when sales dropped to a record.

In the first half of February, the country’s auto sales decreased by 92%. Particularly, this figure increased to 96% in the first week of February when only 811 cars were sold nationwide.

According to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), this serious sales decline comes from the fact that the majority of auto dealers are closed due to corona virus concerns. Besides, consumers are also afraid of going out and few people are interested in buying a new car in the middle of a pandemic.

Most of the auto dealers closed in the first week of February. The reason was that no one dares to go out. Only a few dealers were still open and of course, sales were not significant, the General Secretary CPCA said.

In response to this situation, Geely has launched a contactless sales service. In fact, this is a form of online car buying, customers choose cars online and the company will deliver them to home. Honda and Nissan also closed factories in China until March 11, according to the latest local government notice.

The corona virus affects not only China’s automobile industry but also the global supply chain. Many firms do not produce vehicles in a given country but assemble parts manufactured in different countries and China is the largest supplier.

Fiat Chrysler Group was forced to stop production of the Fiat 500L at its plant in Serbia while Jaguar Land Rover began to run out of models because it could no longer be assembled.

The corona virus (Covid-19) began an outbreak in mid-December 2019 in Wuhan City, China. Currently, the corona virus is detected in more than 29 countries and territories with more than 78,000 cases. Incubation period ranges from 2 to 14 days with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath.