Honda has quietly slipped in the S A/T variant of the City in India. The City automatic was earlier available only in V variant but now Honda is offering it in the lower S variant, thereby targeting a bigger share of the petrol automatic sedan market. The City S AT will be similar to the City S MT in terms of features and equipment. It is 50 kgs heavier than its manual counterpart. The vehicle has already reached dealerships and deliveries of the lower spec Honda City AT have already commenced in major cities across the country.
The Honda City S AT is priced at Rs. 9.09 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The on-road Mumbai price for the S AT is Rs. 10.85 lakhs, while the V AT is priced at 11.58 lakhs. It is powered by the 1.5-litre SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine which produces a peak power output of 118 PS at 6600 RPM and a peak torque output of 146 Nm at 4800 RPM. The 5-speed automatic gearbox is equipped with steering mounted paddle shifts on both the S and V variants. The manual variant of the Honda City boasts of a mileage og 16.8 km/l, while the automatic variant returns 15.6 km/l.
Honda has lost the number 1 position in the C-segment after dominating it for more than a decade. Last month Honda sold just 1843 units of the City in the Indian market. Its key competitors, the Hyundai Verna sold 5300 units, while the Nissan Sunny sold 2436 units. The lack of diesel engine in the City is showing affects in its sales performance and the Japanese automaker is working hard to bring a diesel-powered City to the markets in 2013.
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