I guess kids will soon replace their toy cars from Maruti to Honda as the new “petrol khatam hi nahi hota hai” (Petrol doesn’t get over) vehicle. The latest, fourth generation Honda cars, with huge petrol savings figure, have replaced Maruti as the most fuel efficient vehicles.
In a list of top 15 fuel-efficient cars made by Economic Times, Honda’s newest generation City stood first as the most fuel efficient among the cars manufactured and sold in India, followed by Amaze, the compact (under four-metre) sedan from the Japanese auto maker.
Once the leader of fuel efficient carmakers in India, Maruti Suzuki, failed to have even a single product on the list of the top 15 fuel-efficient cars.
Honda managed to climb up the list because of its diesel-powered City that gives 26 kilometers (under standard conditions) to a litre. Powered by an all-new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, City’s mileage claim is certified by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). The diesel version of the Amaze delivers 25.8 kms (under standard conditions) .
Honda arrived late at the diesel engine party but caught up quickly. Expressing his views on the topic, Jnaneswar Sen, Honda’s senior vice-president of marketing and sales said, “As a latecomer to the diesel market, we had set the goal of delivering highest mileage. We were able to achieve it by innovation that is also in line with Honda’s global philosophy to make environment-friendly and mileage conscious cars.”
Honda managed to rise its sales figure to 1.34 lakh cars, a whopping 83 percent jump over last year.
However, although Maruti Suzuki falls behind in the diesel engine race, the company has an upper hand in terms of a huge service network and easy availability of parts helping it stay ahead in the competition.
Source: Economic Times