Honda Amaze BS-VI Variant Launched, Prices Start At Rs 6.09 Lakh
Honda Cars India Pvt. Ltd. has launched its first diesel car compliant with Bharat Stage-VI emission norms. The car also happens to be its best-selling model.
The Honda Amaze BS-VI has been priced between Rs 6.09 lakh and Rs 9.55 lakh—ex-showroom Delhi. The 1.2 litre petrol variants of the model are priced between Rs 6.09 lakh and Rs 8.75 lakh, while the 1.5 litre diesel trims will cost Rs 7.55-9.95 lakh.
"Honda is committed to bring its latest and advanced environment friendly technologies to the Indian market and we have introduced BS-VI version of our largest-selling model Honda Amaze," Rajesh Goyal, vice president and director (marketing and sales) at Honda Cars India, said in a statement.
The sedan will be the company's first BS-VI diesel model in India, he added.
Honda has applied its advanced exhaust gas after-treatment system with NSC (NOx Storage Catalyst) and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) to meet the challenging target of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission in case of diesel engines, Goel said.
The petrol trims come with BS-VI compliant 1.2 litre petrol engine mated with both manual and continuously variable transmissions. The manual variants have a fuel efficiency of 18.6 km/litre while the automatics can travel 18.3 km in a litre of fuel.
The manual diesel trims are tuned to deliver fuel efficiency of 24.7 km/litre while the CVT variants have a fuel economy of 21 km/litre.
"From now, we will progressively shift towards BS-VI changeover for our entire model range by end of this fiscal," Goel said. The company has already finished despatches of BS-IV models by December-end and all the stock in the pipeline, including in the network, is expected to get over by the end of this month.
"There could be few units here and there but it is going to be miniscule," Goel said.
Honda Cars India cut production of BS-IV models in September 2019 when the market was reeling under a severe slowdown. "We decided at a time when the market was in a free fall in September to take this hit in terms of reduction in production and supplies to de-risk the business for ourselves as well as our network to avoid the risk of extremely high discounting and also the risk of leftover stock if any," Goel said.
The initiative to reduce BS-IV production has impacted the carmaker in terms of reduced sales volume in the near future. "It (production cut) has not come without cost. Because of this, our January and February numbers will be significantly lower as compared with last year," he said.
The company will take another couple of months to ramp up production. "In the next fiscal, our intent is to grow as compared to whatever we do this year," Goel said.