In May 2016, the Maruti Ciaz outnumbered its rival by a large margin of 1803. While a total of 5188 Ciaz units were sold in the month, Honda could manage to sell only 3305 units of the City.
Rivalry between Maruti Ciaz and Honda City is getting quite intense with each passing month. The new-generation City that ruled the segment since its launch in 2014, has been facing some serious challenge for sometime now thanks Maruti Suzuki’s mid-sized sedan. Things started moving in favour of the Ciaz (sort of) as soon as the company rolled out the SHVS hybrid version of the last year. Due to the reduced excise duty the Ciaz received under the government of India’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMPP) and FAME schemes, it became an even more compelling buy.
It was February 2016, when Maruti Ciaz outsold the Honda City by a margin of 282 units. As against the City’s 4880 units in the month, a total of 5162 Ciaz were sold. Though the City made a comeback in March and retained its position in April, the margin was negligible. In April 2016, a total of 5793 Honda City units were sold against the Ciaz’s 5702 unit – a margin of just 91 units.
And in May 2016, the Ciaz once again outnumbered its rival and this time by a large margin of 1803. While a total of 5188 Ciaz units were sold in the month, Honda could manage to sell only 3305 units of the City. With constant month-on-month rise in the Ciaz’s sales, the battle between the two mid-sized sedans is expected to get even more fierce in months to come.
For people not in the know, Maruti Suzuki India slashed the prices of the Ciaz SHVS hybrid version in Delhi by up to Rs 69,000. The ex-showroom price of the Ciaz SHVS diesel hybrid in Delhi is now between Rs 7.68 lakh – 9.49 lakh. The Honda City diesel, on the other hand, is priced between Rs 9.3 lakh – Rs 12.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Brought as a replacement to the regular Maruti Ciaz diesel version, the hybrid model of the sedan’s 1.3L DDiS diesel mill now features Suzuki’s mild-hybrid system – SHVS. The mild-hybrid version of the Ciaz is claimed to return the best-in-class mileage of 28.09kmpl.