Honda has recorded an year-on-year growth of 18 per cent. The company had sold 15,709 cars in July, 2014. The biggest contributors in the growth have been the new-generation Honda Jazz, City and Amaze. Interestingly, the Jazz replaced the City to become the top-selling Honda Car in July, 2015. While the company sold a total of 5,180 units of the City, it managed to sell 6,676 units of the Jazz. That said, the Mobilio’s sales continued to dip as only 909 units of the Mobilio were retailed in the month.
The early success of the Jazz must have surely given the confidence to the Japanese carmaker as the vehicle had failed miserably in its first inning. The new-generation Jazz was launched in India on July 8, 2015 with an all-new design and a diesel powertrain. The vehicle’s diesel engine is the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that powers other Honda diesel cars including the City, Amaze and Mobilio. The petrol engine, 1.2-litre i-VTEC, however was carried forward from the old model and received a CVT automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters.
These impressive sales figures also helped Honda Cars India outsell Mahindra & Mahindra in July to become the third largest selling carmaker in India. Mahindra & Mahindra sold a total of 14,556 units in July, 2015.
Speaking on the company’s performance Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We are extremely delighted to receive a great consumer response for all new Jazz. We would like to thank our customers for the continuous support to all our models and are confident that we will continue to do well in respective segments.