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Next-gen Honda City to make Philippine debut by mid 2014, sources say

Next-gen Honda City to make Philippine debut by mid 2014, sources say image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Honda | posted December 20, 2013 15:29

Newly launched Honda subcompact sedan to be offered soon

The 2014 Honda City, a car that recently made a surprise global debut in India last month, will be making its Philippine debut by mid next year, sources say. It was also relayed to us that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is planning to continue local assembly at their Santa Rosa plant for the new model as with the current City.

The next-gen City was developed at Honda’s Tochigi R&D center with inputs extensive market surveys to adapt to the needs of customers as part of the company’s new 'global reform program'. The City will be introduced in 60 markets globally with main selling points: 'Advanced Sporty Design, Best Comfort and Best Fuel Efficiency'.

The new model will feature Honda’s 'Exciting H Design' concept. It will be larger than the outgoing model measuring at 4440mm long, 1695mm wide, 1495mm high, with a wheelbase of 2600mm.

The interior features the 'man maximum machine minimum' concept is applied to optimize interior space for occupants promising itself as the most spacious and comfortable City ever.

The Indian-market Honda City debuted with a 1.5-liter diesel and 1.5-liter gas engine options, the Philippines will be getting similar engine options as the outgoing model; possibly improved versions of the 1.3-liter i-VTEC and 1.5-liter i-VTEC with 'Earth Dreams' technology.

Earlier reports indicated that the City would debut early next year, but the Board of Investment’s failure to come up with an auto industry roadmap this year which details incentives to local manufacturing has reportedly delayed this.