Report – Honda Mobilio production to begin in India in March, market launch in April

Posted on: Nov 28, 2013 - 10:40am IST

Honda India’s second car factory located in Tapukara, Rajasthan will begin functioning in March to manufacture the Mobilio, a Financial Express report claims.

A month after operations kick off, Honda would begin dispatch and deliveries. Another source revealed to the newspaper that by June, the Mobilio would grace showrooms.

Honda Mobilio front three quarters at the Twin Ring Motegi
The Mobilio is a top-hat on the elongated Amaze platform.

That would make the Mobilio the second launch for Honda in 2014 following the City in January. While the City is made at the company’s primary plant in Greater Noida, it will share core components such as the engine and gearbox with the Mobilio.

The new Jazz would be the third, and possibly the last all-new launch for Honda in 2014. All three cars were confirmed by official sources to Indian Autos Blog as exhibits at the Auto Expo in Noida next February.

The Mobilio measures 4.4 m long (and therefore cannot get excise benefits) and shares its underpinnings and interior with the Amaze. The dashboard, switchgear, seats and trims are straight from the Amaze to save cost and reduce development time. The vehicle was developed at R&D facilities in Thailand and Japan, and premiered at the Indonesia motor show in September.

Honda Mobilio at IIMS 2013 - Rear three quarters
The Moblio would be showcased at the Auto Expo in February in the Indian specification.

Though the newspaper report claims that the Indian Mobilio would come with a 1.2-liter petrol engine, we suspect Honda India will use the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC as that used by the City. Even in the car’s debut market of Indonesia, the Mobilio is powered by the 118 PS 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine. India will also see the Mobilio powered by the 1.5-liter EarthDreams diesel engine.

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The Mobilio competes in the light multi-utility vehicle market which is currently populated by the Maruti Ertiga, Mahindra Xylo and the Chevrolet Enjoy.

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3 thoughts on “Report – Honda Mobilio production to begin in India in March, market launch in April

  1. Manish says:

    Maruti desire had nightmares in day after launch of Amaze launch n I am sure after launch of Mobilio, Ertiga will feel the heat ,now from more stronger Honda, in India. When we see both Ertiga and Mobilio live, then we can decide on the looks part, however for people like me, who give my more importance to driving pleasure and performance, looks come later. Not to mention that Honda Mobilio will be miles ahead from Maruti Ertiga.

    The way Honda has understood the pulse of Indian customer after Amzaze launch. And now Mobilio, I am sure they are sure going for top 3 slots in India.

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  2. Dhananjayan says:

    Looks ugly

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  3. Ayyappan says:

    Honda has 3 confirmed Super Hit sales machines due for release in 2014-New Honda City, Mobilio and the new Jazz. With the Amaze clocking great numbers (close to 10,000 per month), Honda will threaten Hyundai for the second position in the next 2-3 years for sure. Great time for Honda and great machines in the pipeline for India…

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