The 3rd Generation 2009 Honda City was launched early last month in Thailand and just last week in India. Taking after the Accord’s “arrow shot” profile, the new City looks like a mini-me of Honda’s highly successful luxury sedan. Its redesigned front grill which blends into sleek headlights gives the car a very aggressive character, while new tail lights and a shortened rear end give the car a sportier look. The 3rd Generation City, like the 2009 Honda Fit, is powered by a 1.5 Liter i-VTEC engine, capable of 118 hp at 6600 rpm.
The Honda City was the Indian car of the year in 2009. The i-VETC sedan sold in good numbers till the petrol hike and with no diesel engine to offer, sales have decreased dramatically. Sales of the Honda CR-V and Accord too have taken a hit. Honda has now reduced prices to boost sales. It competes with the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna Fluid, Chevrolet Aveo, Volkswagen Vento and Maruti Suzuki Swift.