Honda Cars India starts exports of new Jazz to South Africa ahead of Indian launch – IAB Report

Posted on: Jan 28, 2015 - 5:23pm IST

Available with 2 petrol engines.

Honda Cars India has indeed started manufacturing the new Jazz at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, but the initial units have not been dispatched to local dealerships. Instead they have been exported to the South African market, where the launch has also been conducted.

2015 Honda Jazz front quarters South Africa
The Honda Jazz is available with a 5MT and a CVT in South Africa.

The India-built Jazz is available in South Africa with 1.2- and 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engines with prices ranging from 179,900 Rand to 264,900 Rand (INR 9.54 lakhs to INR 14 lakhs). Bear in mind that these prices will have no influence on the Indian car’s pricing as the duty structure varies.

The 1.2-liter petrol, borrowed from the Brio and Amaze, makes 88 PS (86.76 bhp) and 110 Nm of torque, and is available with 5-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions. The manual is good for a 0-100 km/h dash in 13.4 seconds while the automatic takes 14.3 seconds.

2015 Honda Jazz rear quarters South Africa
The new Jazz was launched first in Japan in 2013, and finished as the 5th best selling small car in the world in 2014.

The more powerful, City-loaned 1.5-liter engine is paired to a 5-speed manual and CVT as well. The manual hits 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds with the automatic taking 10.6 seconds.

According to local South African reports, the hatch measures 3,955 mm in length, 2,530 mm in wheelbase and comes with a 253 liter boot.

On all models, Honda is offering dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and EBD, vehicle stability control and remote central locking. Furthermore, a multi-function steering wheel, USB connectivity and Bluetooth are also part of the standard kit.

2015 Honda Jazz dashboard South Africa
All variants gets ABS, EBD, dual front side and curtain airbags as standard.

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The new Jazz is expected to launch in India in the first half of this year. For the Indian market, the hatchback will be equipped with the 1.2-liter petrol and the 1.5-liter diesel engine. Honda India currently also exports the Brio, Brio sedan (Amaze) and the Mobilio to South Africa, but these commenced months after the domestic launch.

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12 thoughts on “Honda Cars India starts exports of new Jazz to South Africa ahead of Indian launch – IAB Report

  1. KAPIL says:

    It will be tooo late to wait till july. And where is it fix that it will come july.i think they are happy selling ut to south africa.

  2. raj shah says:

    It looks like they will release Jazz only in July

  3. KAPIL says:

    Really very sad to know that jazz is delayed in india. What us honda doing. Stop selling in south africa start selling in india.

  4. raj shah says:

    Any new updates?

  5. tony mont says:

    Well, Its a strategy play by most….”there is always a chance of maiking some profits, Launch in India at last.” After India, it goes nowhere…may be some 4th world countries…Not to blame manufacturers…Our policies favour them…

  6. raj shah says:

    Indeed heartbreaking and so sad and so selfish of Honda. Manufacture in India and release in SA. God knows when they will be releasing Jazz in India..all those talks of no capacity due to City and Amaze orders are totally baseless….they just want to make profit in other countries and corner India….sic…

    1. KAPIL says:

      Yes its very disturbing that they are not launching jazz in india. What us the problem. They say there is production issues. But they are sending jazz to south africa.

  7. Gaurav says:

    On the serious note, At the moment Maruti is selling around 15k Swifts in a month & Hyundai is catching up with around 9-10k i20s. I’ll be very interesting to see how this senerio takes shape when Honda shakes the segment with Jazz. Any guesses?

    1. abhimanyu says:

      maruti and hyundai are already in the state of fret.
      time for honda to play some jazz 😉

  8. Gaurav says:

    What a heartbreaking news! Oh c’mon Honda don’t steal it away from us.


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