Bought the new 09 honda city last week. Sadly had to get the automatic transmission one as mother and sisters cannot drive manual. By far the worst thing you can do is get a 1.3 automatic. Car has absoutely no acceleration due to the ridiculous factory gearing on it. The car shifts to second gear at 10kms and 3rd at 20!!....Started manually shifting transmission throught first 2 gears to get it moving though the upside is 11kms per liter with full AC on. Btw this car's AC is on par with the CL9...never once had to use it on its 2nd air setting on the dryest hottest khi day!
Due to new govt crash safety for pedestrians, the engine is moved a long way into the engine bay. there is a good 4-6 inches of clear air between exhaust manifold and radiator to cushion the blow in case of an accident. This means the dash is a lot longer (like the civic reborn) to accomodate the pushed in engine. Good for safety. Also the car is a lot taller than the CL9 which explains the ample leg room it has as we sit taller in it. Lovely car though acceleration is feeble (though it might be down to using the CL9 as a daily driver for past year). Excellent AC but the price was too much for it...paid 1.5 million for a 1300cc car!...absolute criminal!!
Here are some pics...enjoy
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