It is not a secret that Honda Vezel has been selling like crazy in Pakistan and has gained a lot of traction in last two years. You probably also know the fact that Honda Atlas tried to steal a little bit of Vezel’s spotlight by introducing its non-hybrid sibling called the Honda HR-V at the start of this year.
And I am quite sure the new HR-V will be able to put even a dent in the sales of used and imported hybrid Vezel, which is in my humble opinion, an overall better car compared to the HR-V. But I do wonder, wouldn’t it have been better if Honda Atlas has brought a new generation Honda City? People I know, my friends and colleagues, we sit and talk about the same this. “When is the new City coming?” To which, unfortunately, I don’t have the answer.
There is no doubt that Honda City has done quite well in Pakistan since its launch. For whom the Civic is a tad out of budget, Honda City is a cheaper and viable alternative but after 8 years in production, Honda fans are just left wondering whether Honda Pakistan will provide the new City or not. On the other hand, Toyota managed to attract most of the buyers with their new Corolla, which is selling like hotcakes.
My point is, let’s be honest, HR-V was not the right decision as not only it is more expensive than the Vezel but Vezel also outshines the HR-V in almost every department. Only if Honda Pakistan had introduced the new City, I am sure we might have started to see them on the roads by now. Not only the City would have been cheaper to buy, compared to HR-V, but it’s a car with a huge fanbase in Pakistan. But unfortunately, the needs of few outweighed the needs on many. Although the new 2016 Honda Civic is around the corner and many are excited about it, but City fans have been left stranded.
What do you guys think about Honda’s decision to prefer HR-V over City? And yes, I know both are different cars and cater to the different market. But I think it was more about bringing a new car that would sell better, and not about bringing a car that would cater a certain market segment.
Do share your views in the comments section below.
Current Honda City in Pakistan:
New gen Honda City at 2016 Auto Expo: