Honda City Released Locally
2009 Honda City is smaller|
yet more expensive than
the new Kia Cerato
8th February, 2009
Honda is introducing the Thai-built City to Australia to compete
in the light car class. This latest model introduces new levels of styling, performance, driving dynamics and ride
quality combined with outstanding packaging, functionality and versatility.
The City has been a sales success for Honda with over one million units sold in 39 countries since its debut.
Two models are offered; the VTi and the VTi-L.
The VTi is equipped with power windows and mirrors, central locking and an iPod ready single in-dash CD stereo
with MP3 compatibility. It has, as standard, ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake
Assist, dual front, side and curtain airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners. ESP isn't available, despite the
$20,490 (RRP) starting price.
Both models are powered by a 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that has an output of 88 kW and 145 Nm (identical to
the Jazz VTi and VTi-S). Fuel economy is frugal, the manual transmission version is rated at 6.3L/100 km (on the
The VTi-L gains tilt and telescopic steering, 16 inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, fog lights, higher grade
trim and a leather bound steering wheel.
Both variants are available with either a 5-speed manual or Honda’s new 5-speed automatic transmission.
Like the Jazz, the City has employed the same suspension layout, (MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear) for
maximum packaging efficiency, providing high overall ride quality, sure-footed handling, agility and ultimately an
enjoyable driving experience. The turning radius is 5 metres at wheel centre and power steering is standard.
A key feature of the City is its overall interior spaciousness. It can accommodate five adults and has a bigger
boot (506 litres VDA) than the Honda Accord (450 litres) and Honda Accord Euro (467 litres).
Honda Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Yasuhide Mizuno, said the arrival of the City has been welcomed by
Honda and its dealers.
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“From my previous experience in the Asia-Oceania region, I am very confident the new City will have universal appeal
for buyers of all ages. It has the edgy styling that young people seek with plenty of room for those who frequently
travel with friends. Added to that is the class-leading power, exceptional fuel economy, top-shelf quality and
tremendous value-for-money that only Honda can provide. It sets a new benchmark for light sedans.” claimed Mr Mizuno
without making any reference to the new Kia Cerato's value being enhanced by a $18,990 starting point!
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