Honda rolls out first hybrid in India Civic Hybrid
New Delhi, June 18: Japanese car major Honda on Wednesday launched its first hybrid car in India, Civic Hybrid, priced at Rs 21.5 lakh. Masahiro Takedagawa, president and CEO of Honda Siel Cars India told reporters, the high price tag was partially due to the 104 per cent customs duty on the vehicle. The company is importing Civic Hybrid from Japan as a completely built unit. Takedagawa said they have approached the government through SIAM to clip the import duty.
“In other countries government subsidises such eco-friendly cars. We are hopeful that the government will also look at lowering the import duty,” he said. Takedagawa ruled out the possibility of manufacturing the car in India saying it was difficult to import the technology of the car from Japan.
The car is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that delivers 47 per cent enhanced fuel efficiency than a regular 1.8-litre Civic automatic transmission. The Civic Hybrid was developed way back in 1999 and has sold over 2,60,000 units across the world and India is the thirty third country where the company has launched it. It will be available in two colours — exclusive premium white pearl and alabaster silver.
“This is yet another step to strengthen Honda Siel’s presence in India in line with our long-term goal of bringing eco-friendly vehicles,” Takedagawa said launching the vehicle. He said that the company was not looking at volumes from the car but perceived it is an opportunity to offer to customers the premium technology. “It is a Honda statement to protect the environment,” said Takedagawa. The car company has a big manufacturing presence in India. It has sold 62,800 vehicles in last fiscal and this year the company is looking to push up to 1,00,000 units following the capacity expansion at its Greater Noida plant.
Takedagawa however ruled out the possibility of roping in a star to market the new car. He said the company had received over 100 inquiries from the 80 dealerships across the country, adding that bringing the car to India was a challenging task. The company plans to import 400 units in the next one year.
“We have to set an entirely new standard for testing and homologating this car in collaboration Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) as there were no regulations earlier,” he said.
The company also introduced a new range of its sedan Civic —1.8 Executive, which is priced between Rs 10.8 lakh and Rs 12.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) targeted at corporate customers.
Know your hybrid
A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to propel the vehicle. For example, a moped is a hybrid because it combines the power of a gasoline engine with the pedal power of its rider.
What is hybrid electric?
A hybrid-electric vehicle combines a conventional propulsion system with an on-board rechargeable energy storage system to achieve better fuel economy, unlike a battery electric vehicle which uses batteries charged by an external source.
What is in Civic?
Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that delivers 47 per cent enhanced fuel efficiency than a regular 1.8-litre Civic automatic transmission .1.3 L single overhead cam i-DSI lean-burn internal-combustion engine with VTEC Cylinder Cut-off System, which allows up to three cylinders to cease operation during deceleration. This decreases friction losses generated by engine aspiration and allows more effective regeneration of energy. 15 kW (20 hp) brushless, permanent magnet assist motor, which functions as a generator during deceleration and loads (recharges) batteries. 120 V Nickel-metal hydride batteries with 6.0 Ah capacity.
Rs 21.5 lakh
The price of Civic Hybrid. The high price tag is partially due to the 104 per cent customs duty on the vehicle. The company is importing the Civic Hybrid from Japan as a completely built unit…
|Honda Civic Hybrid|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Engine(s)||1.3 L I4 SOHC|
|Wheelbase||103.1 in (2619 mm)|
|Length||2003: 174.6 in (4435 mm)
2004-05: 175.4 in (4455 mm)
|Width||67.5 in (1714 mm)|
|Height||2003: 56.7 in (1440 mm)
2004-05: 56.3 in (1430 mm)
|Fuel capacity||13.2 gal. / 50 litres|
|Engine(s)||gas: 1.3 L I4 SOHC
electric: 156 volt 15 kW
|Wheelbase||106.3 in (2700 mm)|
|Length||176.7 in (4488 mm)|
|Width||69.0 in (1753 mm)|
|Height||56.3 in (1430 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||13.2 gal. / 50 litres|