The Honda City seems to have recovered in sales post the price cut by the company. The City was the second highest seller in the segment (selling 4092 units aginst the Verna’s 4724 units). The Fluidic Hyundai Verna is available in both petrol and diesel versions with a wide range of variants, offering a variety of options to the buyers. The Honda City has managed to sell very good numbers in July, considering it is available only with a petrol engine. Now Honda plans to launch a facelifted version of the City in October this year. The Japanese automaker has all of a sudden become very aggressive about its plans for India. For instance, the company will launch the Jazz facelift this month, the Brio next month and the City facelift the month after that.
The Honda City facelift will feature slight changes to both the interiors and exteriors with the addition of new features. The new features will help the City rival the increasing onslaught from other automakers such as Volkswagen and Ford. These features will help Honda mask the lack of diesel option in the City, till a diesel variant comes along in 2013. The company is said to be developing a diesel engine for the City, which is also expected to power the Jazz and the upcoming Brio small car. A price hike is ruled out with the facelifted City, as every car in the segment offers a diesel option, making competition tough for the one time segment leader.