Honda Amaze to launch in Nepal towards the end of June

Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 - 9:58am IST

Indian Autos Blog has learned that Honda Cars India is shipping the first lot of Honda Amazes to Nepal for a month-end launch. Company sources said less than 100 units, in petrol variants, were being sent to the neighbouring country. Nepal is Honda’s first export market for the Amaze.

Honda Amaze Delhi launch side view

The Amaze is powered by a 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine that outputs 88PS @ 6,000 RPM and 109Nm @ 4,500 RPM. Fuel efficiency for the 5-speed manual variant is 18 kmpl while the 5-speed AT variant returns 15.5 kmpl. The same specifications would apply to the Nepalese Amaze.

Honda is also studying the South African market for selling the India-made Amaze. It began exporting cars to South Africa last year with the Brio and should have acquired some knowledge of the local tastes. The Amaze could be a good partner to the little hatch and help in building up volumes of the Brio platform. Volkswagen and Toyota have used the Polo platform and the Etios platform respectively to get to the top of the South African car market with hatchback and sedan top-hats.

Unlike Ford or Maruti, Honda is a strong believer in local sourcing and production. It would prefer setting up plants in regions where it sells cars than intensively importing vehicles from other countries. However this doesn’t mean Honda would setup plants in Nepal or Zimbabwe as the minimum volume to justify the investment on a manufacturing facility may not yet be reached in these countries.

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2 thoughts on “Honda Amaze to launch in Nepal towards the end of June

  1. Sanjeev says:

    Yes, the delivery of Amaze petrol is getting extremely late. Even the cars booked in April have not been delivered. Honda has good reputation for its petrol engines and late delivery will damage the customer base. While enjoying the successful diesel launch, Honda should take the delivery schedule of petrol based Amaze seriously.

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  2. Gaurav says:

    This is just too much, and the behavior is not expected of Honda. Through a series of these events Honda is leaving a very bad taste for its customers here in India,
    1. They judged the customer response from Indian market wrong, making a production plan with 80% diesel Amaze compared to 20% Petrol Amaze, when the actual bookings are in ratio 50:50 atleast.
    2. They delay delivery on the prime colors, the Urban titanium, while stocking up the others. The April bookings are not yet delivered and are expected to take 2-3 months more.
    3. Now they want to divert the supply of Petrol cars to Nepal market instead of addressing the bookings in India.

    This is a very unpleasant experience for an Indian customer who books the sedan within 2 weeks of its launch. This is not the way to address the situation. With no Amazes on the roads yet and such bad delivery schedule, how do they expect the market drive to sustain.

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