History of Honda City – 1981 to present
Ever owned a Honda City? The beautiful mid-range sedan has quite some history. So if you wanna know about it, here is the History of Honda City.
First Generation City 1981-1986:
The first generation Honda City came into market in November 1981. Due to its unusual height, four adults can easily fit in this car. The height of the car was about under 3.4metres. The 1981 City was available in variety of body styles like hatchback, van, 2-door and 3-door convertible. At that time 1981 City was smallest car built by Honda. It was 171mm shorter than first generation Honda Civic. It was front-wheel drive. The 1982 model was upgraded to turbocharged version of 1231 cc engine which could take the car from 0-100km/hr in 15.6 seconds and top speed of 141km/hr. The design of the car was changed with front bumpers. Van version of the 1982 City had 10cm taller roof than the old version.
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Second Generation City 1986-1994:
The second generation was in the market of the globe in November 1986. There was major change in body style of the car which was known as crouching form or Super mini which makes its weight to 680kg less than first generation. There were improvements in driving performance. The second generation City shared the appearance of Honda Accord AeroDeck third generation car. The car had 3-door hatchback body style. This car was introduced with single carburetor 1.2-litre four cylinder 16 valve D12-A type engine. 4-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions were optional.
In October 1988 the car’s engine was upgraded to 1.3-litre SOHC engine which was type D13C. Instead of using single carburetor Honda introduced fuel injection technology. With 1.3-litre SOHC fuel injection engine, the car took from 0-100km/hr 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 176km/hr. The 1988 City was discontinued in 1993.
Third Generation City 1996-2002:
Honda City third generation was produced in 1996. Rather than older hatchback models it was changed to 4-door compact sedan model. This generation was sold in Japan dealerships alongside Honda Donami. The 1996 City had 1.3-litre engine with manual 5-speed transmission. 5- speed automatic transmission was optional. With 1.3-litre engine, the 1996 City could reach speed from 0-100km/hr in 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 171km/hr. The revised version of City in 2001 had a face uplift body style with new front and taillights. A well one piece bumper was also introduced.
Engine in third generation 2001 City was upgraded to 1.5 litres VTEC which took City 2001 from 0-100km/hr in 10 seconds.
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Fourth Generation City 2002-2008:
The fourth generation City first appeared in Thailand International Motor Expo in November 2002. It was introduced as a four-wheel drive car. It was imported from Thailand and launched in Japan domestic markets in December 2002. As compared to City 1996, it had significantly more interior space
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Honda City 2002 was first introduced with i-DSI engine to provide excellent fuel efficiency. The VTEC version of Honda City 2002 was later introduced. With this engine the alloy wheel size increased to 15 inch. Drum brakes were used in i-DSI version while VTEC version got disc brakes in all four wheels.
Face lift version was introduced in December 2005. New front bumper grills, headlights and fog lights were also installed. The side mirrors were automatic. Interior changes were minor. VTEC version’s interior got black color tone. It did include map lights and arm rest for the driver. Suspensions were upgraded as well. It had 5- speed manual transmission. VTEC version could reach 100 km/hr in 11 seconds and a top speed of 179km/hr.
Fifth Generation City 2008-Present:
The fifth generation Honda City was released in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. The 2008 City was introduced with ranges of engine and specification levels in markets. It came with 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engine versions. The 1.3-litre version is available with 5-speed both manual and automatic transmissions. While full specification version has 5-speed automatic paddle shifters.
Since its launched, the Honda City became the best selling car in India, more than Thailand selling market. In September 2011, Honda introduced face-lift version of the Honda City 2011 model. The new 2011 model got new front grille design, new front bumper, new taillights, dual front airbags and ECO driving indicator. Road clearance was increased to 165mm. Alloy wheels were changed. With 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine, the Honda City 2011 had 117 BHP and with 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine, the Honda City got only 94 BHP.
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