Honda recently launched the tenth-gen Civic in India with prices starting from Rs 17.70 lakh (ex showroom India). The Japanese carmaker also revealed that they have already received 1,100 bookings for the 2019 Honda Civic since it began accepting pre-launch bookings for a sum of Rs 31,000. Our sources in Delhi and Pune dealerships have confirmed that the Civic has a waiting period ranging from 15 days to one month, depending on the variant, colour and engine option chosen.
Honda officials claim that the new Civic’s booking numbers in 20 days were equal to two months of total segment sales volume. So let’s take a look at the sales numbers of its primary rivals – the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis- in the month of January and February.
February 2019: 115
January 2019: 172
February 2019: 82
January 2019: 68
Toyota Corolla Altis
February 2019: 197
January 2019: 190
Overall, the three sedans accounted for a cumulative sales figure of 825 units. Hence Honda’s claims don’t seem as far fetched as they sound. This also speaks volumes about the cult following that the Honda Civic has gathered over the years.
The Honda Civic is available with a choice of two engines. The petrol version is powered by a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC unit that churns out 141PS of power with 174Nm of torque, coupled to a CVT. The diesel version is powered by the Honda CR-V’s 1.6-litre,4-cylinder i-DTEC engine that churns out 120PS and 300Nm. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual. Honda claims the petrol and diesel engines have a fuel efficiency of 16.5kmpl and 26.8kmpl, respectively. The sedan is available in a choice of three variants -V, VX and ZX.