Expected to be unveiled in October
Honda considers launching a natural gas variant of its City sedan in Indian market
The Japanese automaker subsidiary Honda Siel Cars India Limited (HSCIL) is planning to roll out a CNG option of this successful model. The company believes that the introduction of the automobile will help competing with its rivals such as Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.
According to sources, Honda has been working on the development of the CNG variant by making a few adjustments in the conventional petrol car: "The suspension of the car has been strengthened as the CNG tank will be housed in the boot of the car. Also, a few changes have been made to the engine of the car in line with the requirements of a CNG car."
As published by Times of India, Honda has decided not to install the CNG kit and cylinder at its factory premises but at the dealer-end. The factory will only produce a special ‘CNG variant’ of the City. The price of the NGV is estimated at Rs. 50,000-60,000 (USD 900 – 1,000) more than the current model available.
The compressed natural gas powered sedan is planned to be unveiled in a short time, just when Indian festivities are about to begin. The festival season represents auto manufacturers’ peak sales for the complete year.