Honda start plans to launch a hybrid car in India in 2021

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GaadiAdvisor® - Honda start plans to launch a hybrid car in India in 2021

In spite of the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the auto sector, Honda’s plans to introduce a hybrid model in India, next year, are still on track.

With the next-generation Honda City launched in India, the Japanese car giant will be focusing its efforts on electrifying its range, starting with a new hybrid vehicle for India. Unlike South Korean manufacturers Hyundai and Kia, Honda won’t be focusing on battery-powered EVs, due to the lacking infrastructure in our country and low EV sales volume.

The company has stated that it’s expecting a rise in consumer demand by the end of this fiscal year. Even with such a slow expected recovery, Honda will review all its investments planned for the near future, which includes the introduction of hybrid EVs in India.

Gaku Nakanishi, president and chief executive, Honda Cars India, has stated that there has been no change in the company’s hybrid vehicle plans. The carmaker has already invested almost 3-4 years in this project and does not intend to postpone it.

The 2020 Honda Fit is available with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, paired to an eCVT and two electric motors. The maximum power is rated at 109 hp and peak torque is 253 Nm. This 1.5L i-VTEC is the DOHC ‘Earth Dreams’ engine, the same one that does duty in the new-generation Honda City in India.

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