New Delhi, Feb 5, IBNS | 11 months ago

Automobile manufacturer Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) on Wednesday unveiled its Mid-size Stylish MPV Honda Mobilio and the all-new 3rd generation Honda Jazz at the 12th Auto Expo in presence of Takanobu Ito, President and CEO Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Japan.

The India premiere of Mobilio and Jazz at the Auto Expo is significant as both the cars will be launched in the Indian market during 2014-15.

HondaMobilio is the new mid-size MPV developed by Honda exclusively for the Asian markets after comprehensive research and customer feedback.

The Mobilio features sporty styling and a spacious cabin, which can seat seven occupants in three-row configuration.

Showcased in the Indian market for the first time, the all new 3rd generation Honda Jazz will revolutionize the premium hatchback segment in India. The all-new Jazz builds on the original model's innovative packaging, flexible cargo capability and fun-to-drive character with spirited new styling, an even more spacious and refined interior to give a whole new level of comfort, styling and performance, the company said in a statement.

Speaking on the occasion Takanobu Ito, President and CEO, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Japan said, "India is one of the most important markets for global Honda. We have set a challenging sales target of reaching 300,000 units annually by FY'17 in India and we are committed to support this expansion of Honda business by introducing new products and technologies that fit the needs of our Indian customers. "

Hironori Kanayama, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd, said, "2013-14 has been a great year for Honda in India in terms of growth, expansion and performance. With excellent response to the all-new City and two big launches planned during 2014-15, we expect the momentum to continue. To be geared up for our future growth, we will expand our dealership network by over 35pc to 230 facilities in 150 cities by the end of March 2015."

Honda will bring alive the theme of its booth "Step into the Future"through an attractive range of displays with cutting edge futuristic and environment friendly technologies.

As a World Premiere, Honda on Wednesday unveiled the Honda Vision XS-1, which is a creative study model of a new crossover utility vehicle. Based on Honda's original MM (Man Maximum, Machine Minimum) philosophy, Honda Vision XS-1 fuses together two different values of sporty exterior styling and amazing spaciousness, in a compact body.

Honda Vision XS-1is the proposal for next generation vehicle featuring 3-row seating arrangement for 7-passengers and sliding doors with large opening in a compact cross-over utility vehicle body.

The other exhibition model Accord Hybrid features the SportHybrid i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive).

HCILalso displayed their current production models including the newly launched 4th Generation all-new City, sedan Honda Amaze , hatchback Honda Brio and premium SUV Honda CR-V at the Auto Expo.

(Posted on 05-02-2014)

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