The new Honda Civic is expected to be reintroduced in India sometime next year in an attempt to take advantage of the brand’s premium image in the Indian mass market segment. The modern design, more equipment and a diesel variant should make the new Civic more attractive to Indian customers than its ancestor.
Economic Times reports that Honda Cars India has a sales forecast of 30,000 units per year for the new Civic in India.
The publication also reports that the entry level D segment sedan will be made locally. Honda might use a significant amount of local content to get the prices attractive.
The forecast of 30,000 units per annum translates into 2,500 units per month. Considering that the D-Segment in India is currently titled heavily in favor of SUV, it would be a challenge for the Civic to meet the forecast. To put it into perspective, all the entry D sedans in India together clocked sales of less than 1,000 units in April 2016.
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The 10th generation of Honda Civic is based on an improved and lighter platform. In the international markets, the sedan’s powertrain lineup includes naturally aspirated petrol, turbocharged petrol and turbo diesel engines.