Honda Atlas should reduce price in accordance with duty reduction incurred between 1800cc and 1500cc tax brackets if feature count is kept the same. Higher cost does not equate to classier ride vis-a-vis Corolla and its cost. Driving pleasure wise, local Civic beats local Corolla hands down till 9th Gen is concerned. Considering American origin of the 10th Gen Civic, jury is out till one gets to drive it.
Atlas is taking the hit with decreased Civic sales locally even now with Corolla craze so why not introduce it in the same time frame as international launch date to capitalize on the hype and excitement of new model? Why delay it by an year and lose the advantage?
Their investors may not be too happy with them letting their competition take the better of them since by next year, the Nawaz+Dollar government may wise up and create a new tax bracket specifically for 1500cc 'luxury' cars :S plus extra tax for 'sports racing super duper luxury' car having turbo. :S :o