With an average monthly sales of around 7000 in the calendar year 2015, the City became the quickest vehicle in its segment to cross 1 lakh sales mark. In January 2016 as well, Honda sold a total of 8037 units of the City, but couldn’t maintain that in February. As a result, its sales in February came to almost half of what it did in the previous month. Maruti Ciaz too has been doing really well for the company with an average monthly sales of over 5,000 units.
The Indo-Japanese carmaker launched the Maruti Ciaz SHVS last year, which became the first product to get benefited from the government’s FAME scheme that promotes hybrid and electric vehicles. And since it’s a hybrid vehicle, it will be exempted from the recently announced infrastructure cess as well. Now with infra cess exemption benefit that the Maruti Ciaz will enjoy, there could be a rise in its sales further. The reason Honda City‘s sales came down is possibly due to production issues that the Japanese carmaker has been facing for quite a long time. Despite working both the plans of Honda working on full capacity, the company has not been able to bring down the demand and supply gap of the City.
The Maruti Ciaz has picked up pace in terms of sales, and made a comeback in the list of India’s top 10 selling cars in February, 2016. With a total sales of 5,162 units in the previous month, the mid-sized sedan from the Indo-Japanese carmaker outsold its closest rival – City – that clocked 4,880 units sales. The Ciaz is the first Maruti to receive the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid technology, followed by the 2015 Ertiga facelift. The vehicle has everything it takes to become an all-round package with premium styling, great suspension set-up, superb ride quality, the most importantly, a cabin with lots of comfort and safety features.
Just so you know, the Maruti Ciaz is available with petrol and SHVS hybrid engine options. Powering the petrol variant of the car is a 1.4-litre, K14B VVT engine that is good for 91.1bhp and 130Nm of torque. On the other hand, the diesel model derives its power from a 1.3-litre DDiS Multijet mill with SVHS technology. This hybrid powertrain pushes out a maximum power of 88.5bhp and 200Nm of torque. While the petrol model is claimed to return a fuel efficiency of 20.73kmpl, the SHVS Hybrid version delivers the best-in-class mileage of 28.09kmpl.