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2009 Honda City Launched - (Australia)

February 6th, 2009
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Honda is introducing the all-new third-generation City to Australia. This latest model introduces new levels of styling, performance, driving dynamics and ride quality combined with outstanding packaging, functionality and versatility.

The City has been a sales success for Honda with over one million units sold in 39 countries since its debut in 1996.

Two models are offered; the VTi and the VTi-L.

The VTi is comprehensively equipped with power windows and mirrors, central locking and an iPod ready single in-dash CD stereo with MP3 compatibility. It has a raft of safety equipment as standard - ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, dual front, side and curtain airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners.

Both models are powered by a 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that has an output of 88kW and 145Nm (identical to the Jazz VTi and VTi-S). Fuel economy is similarly frugal, achieving a combined 6.3L/100km and just 148g/km in manual form.

The VTi-L gains tilt and telescopic steering, 16 inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, fog lights, premium grade trim and a leather steering wheel.
Both variants are available with either a 5-speed manual or Honda’s new 5-speed automatic transmission.

Like the Jazz, the City has employed the same suspension layout, (MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear) for maximum packaging efficiency, providing high overall ride quality, sure-footed handling, agility and ultimately an enjoyable driving experience. The turning radius is 5 metres at wheel centre and Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard across the range.

A key feature of the City is its overall interior spaciousness. It can easily accommodate five adults in comfort and has a bigger boot (506 litres VDA) than the Accord (450 litres), Accord Euro (467 litres) and even a Holden Commodore.

Honda Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Yasuhide Mizuno, said the arrival of the City has been welcomed by Honda, its dealers and customers alike.

“From my previous experience in the Asia-Oceania region, I am very confident the new City will have universal appeal for buyers of all ages. It has the edgy styling that young people seek with plenty of room for those who frequently travel with friends. Added to that is the class-leading power, exceptional fuel economy, top-shelf quality and tremendous value-for-money that only Honda can provide. It sets a new benchmark for light sedans.”

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