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Honda Australia rules out the possibility of returning to the light car segment

The Honda Jazz will not be performing encore in Australia.

“I will be clear: Jazz is not in our plans,” said Honda Australia boss Carolyn McMahon.

“But that’s not to say as we go ahead and look at what the market is doing and what types of vehicles are available to us.

“We continue to look for opportunities. But it was not in our plans.”

The Jazz production was discontinued in 2020 with the discontinuation of the third-generation model. Honda Australia has also withdrawn City sedan, its other vehicle in the light vehicle segment.

The latest, fourth-generation Jazz is offered not only in Japan and Europe, where it was first launched in 2019, but also on a short trip to New Zealand.

Our Kiwi friends can pick up the crossover-styled Crosstar, which starts at NZ$30,700 before on-road costs (AU$28,700), while the cheapest hybrid of the two starts at NZ$36,700 (AU$34,310).

The standard naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder produces 89kW of power and 145Nm of torque, while the hybrid also has a 78kW/127Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine but with two electric motors generate 90kW and 253Nm.

No combined system output figures are available, but the announced WLTP fuel economy figure for the Jazz hybrid is 3.8L/100km.

All New Zealand spec models come standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, just like the latest Australian model Toyota Yaris.

The old Jazz was priced between $18,690 and $24,490 before last year’s on-road costs in the local market and lacked these features, and the new generation is likely to be more expensive if it’s offered here.

However, the light car segment in the past few years has seen many significant changes, with familiar names such as Hyundai Accent, suzuki balenoand such) Kia Rio take ax and models like Mazda2 and Toyota Yaris significantly increase in price despite correspondingly higher safety equipment.

These changes have seen aging Grade 3 has a market share of more than a third of the segment, showing that there is still a market for a simple, affordable light vehicle without the latest safety technology.

Honda switched to a dealership model in July 2021, which sees it own all of its own inventory – instead of franchised dealerships – and sell cars nationwide for a discounted price. permanent.

This transition also saw Honda slash its dealer network and vehicle lineup to focus on higher-spec vehicles.

With the new 11th generation citizenfor example, the base price has increased by more than $15,000, while the latest price HR-VAT entrance price increased by more than $5000 to $36,700 when driving away.

No more City or Jazz, the cheapest of the brand is now the upcoming product CR-V Position for $35,900 to drive – although the next-generation CR-V will almost certainly have a higher base price.

The company says the Civic and Accord are currently “supporting” players and their focus is on SUVs this year, but to exclude, to expel switch to an SUV-only lineup in Australia.

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