Honda saw growth in sales having clocked 7252 units of the City in November this year, while the Ciaz saw a drop in sales with 5232 units sold.

Honda City Long Term Review
The second shift in production at the Tapukara facility resulted in faster deliveries

Having lost its throne to the newly launched Maruti Ciaz in October, the Honda City made a big comeback in the C-segment sedan space outselling the Ciaz during the month of November this year. The previous month saw the City’s sales appreciate from 5120 units in October to 7252 units, while sales of the Maruti Ciaz depreciated by 17 percent to 5232 units from 6345 units in October. Issuing a statement, Honda Cars India said that the main reason for City’s spontaneous revival has been the second shift of production started at Honda’s Tapukara facility in Rajasthan that has ensured better availability of the sedan.

While the month of October saw Honda’s sales decline with each of its products, the company was quick to come back up with sales rising for all of its models right from the Brio up to the flagship CR-V. Out of the 15,263 total units sold by the Japanese automaker in the country, the City continued to remain Honda’s bestselling model contributing 47 percent to total domestic sales. In addition, the Amaze clocked 3310 units, while the Mobilio did reasonably well with 3589 units. The slow selling Brio too accounted 1050 units in the last month, while the CR-V did a meagre 62 units during the same period.

Coming to the Maruti Ciaz; while the mid-size sedan did start on a good note, the marginal dip in sales speaks otherwise for the product. A clear perspective on the success of the Ciaz is expected in the next 2-3 months, once sales stabilise. Maruti is also planning to introduce a sportier version of the Ciaz in a few months time that will come with an additional body kit and is expected to make the model further appealing for younger buyers. Prices for the Ciaz start at Rs. 6.99 lakhs, while the City range starts at Rs. 7.20 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Studio Shot
The feature rich Ciaz saw a drop in sales with just 5232 units sold in November