The Honda City has been given a facelift and was officially launched yesterday with two variants of Grade S and Grade E. This launch also marks the first ‘new’ model to be assembled at the Melaka factory after resuming operations in April 2012. The manufacturing plant was hampered by lack of parts due to the Thai floods last year. Speaking at the Launch of the New City, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia said, “Since the launch of the first generation Honda City in 2001, this model has been well received by the market. As at April 2012, Honda Malaysia has sold 113,005 units. In fact, the Honda City is our best selling CKD model in Malaysia. With our production currently operating at full speed, we are pleased to announce that we have cleared the 3,000 Honda City back orders that we received during the production halt.”
It may only be a facelift but the changes are more significant than expected. As far as the design elements are concerned, new items include a front grille; front and rear bumper; the cabin now sports new dashboard colour and a sleeker centre console. A new addition includes Isofix mounts.
Honda has retained the same 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine with 118bhp (6600rpm) and 145Nm (4800rpm) which is channelled out via the same 5-speed auto unit used previously. In order to maximise the City’s potential in saving fuel, an Eco lamp (located between the speedometer and revmeter) lights up when the driver is driving efficiently. Standard safety systems include dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and a rigid body that is the result of G-CON technology and Advance Compatibility Engineering body.
The lower-spec S Grade still has a long list of spec but misses out on the E Grade’s paddle shifter, steering mounted audio controls, 16 inch wheels (the S comes with 15 inch) and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The more expensive E Grade also comes with VSA system, a useful item to have when things get tricky and the quick electronics are your best hope.
As usual, the refreshed City was launched together with an extensive list of Modulo items. This includes more snazzy bodykit and navigation system. New to Honda is the inclusion of a 5-year warranty scheme, first being applied as an added benefit; this 5 year warranty initiative will start to cover the other models as well. However the time frame has not been decided.
The Grade E Honda City is priced at RM90,980 while the Grade S is RM85,980.
The launch of the New City coincided with the official opening of the new warehouse of Honda Malaysia in Shah Alam last Friday. The investment of RM50 Million in the warehouse marked a new beginning of a greater commitment from Honda to their customers in Malaysia.
Customers can test drive and place their booking for the New City at any authorised Honda dealers nationwide. For more information, please call Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020, or log on to www.honda.com.my.