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Honda New Small Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

India's Auto Expo 2010 kicked off this week and the first major concept to come out of New Delhi is this: the Honda New Small Concept.

Befitting its name, the New Small Concept is both compact and rather bland – particularly when compared to Honda's recent stylistic endeavors – but the five-door hatch is sure to find budget-minded buyers when it arrives in both India and Thailand in 2011.

Unfortunately, details on the proposed powertrain and interior are all but nonexistent, with Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (Honda's Indian arm) simply stating that the HSC can fit five people and benefits from an "Efficient Energetic Exterior." For an inexpensive runabout, the HSC has potential to be a hit in emerging markets, but don't expect it to hit U.S. or European shores anytime soon. Make a break for the brief press release after the jump.

UPDATE:
Live pics added to the gallery below thanks to Indianautosblog.com.
UPDATE 2: Reports indicate (Automotive News - Sub. Req.) that Honda will sell the compact hatch for around 500,000 rupees (a little over $10,000) and power will be provided by a range of engines, maxing out at 1.2-liters.





PRESS RELEASE

Honda to Exhibit the Honda New Small Concept at Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi

January 5, 2010 --- Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (HSCI), a leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today unveiled the world premiere of the Honda New Small Concept, a concept model for a new small-sized vehicle, at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi. HSCI also announced plans to begin sales of a new model in 2011 based on this concept model.

For the Honda New Small Concept, a wide platform with a stable center of gravity was adopted to create a highly efficient compact size with seating for five people. With the "Efficient Energetic Exterior" design, the dynamic design of the Honda New Small Concept with front forward fenders highlight the presence of the vehicle.

Honda is planning to introduce a new model based on the Honda New Small Concept in 2011, in India and also in Thailand.

Honda will strive to provide a new small-sized vehicle that is beyond the expectations of customers in rapidly growing markets and offer it at an affordable price by leveraging Honda's global parts sourcing network.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Much, much better than the sad and droopy looking CR-Z.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS is bland? It isn't pretty, but it is a LONG, LONG way from being bland. I want what you're smoking Autoblog.

      That said, it is an extremely fussy design, and I can't say that I'm fan. I much prefer the Fit, and I'm pretty sure it'll be a much better car. Keep in mind this is being designed for developing markets, so it'll be built to a price. Inevitably things like build quality, design, and safety will suffer as affordability, fuel economy, durability, and space are more important to consumers in the target markets.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        THANK GOD !


        I thought I was the only one who thought this thing looks bad. What the hell is up with that rear end? One of the worst rears I have ever seen in my life. It starts out decent from the front but as you go to the back everything falls apart.

        The front looks decent...not good decent.No way this is better looking then the fit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a three door Fit with the Accord coupe's taillights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like your garden variety SEAT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks pretty good. I'd like to see it here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS is what Honda needs to bring to North America. It's a great looking car—I certainly like it better than the CR-Z—and it would be great competition for the Yaris and others like it. Yet, we get the Fit. The ugly little Fit. Honda, leave the CR-Z in the museum and turn this thing into a little pocket-rocket for N.A.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. Bring it, Honda. This is exactly the kind of car that made Honda, and is, incidentally, exactly the car my wife would want.

        It makes me wonder if the CR-Z is so droopy because of the pedestrian safety standards. This car may be meant for other markets only...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would think that if the Matrix can pass, this would. I use to own a CRX and loved it. I traded it for a 5th Gen Prelude and still have it with 350km and still going strong. But Honda has nothing I'd be happy to replace it with. I was holding out for the CR-Z, but that's a no-go for me. They've lost that sporty edge. Although it's a little bit of a thing, this would be a great car for them to have fun with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look's a little like the Hyundai Genesis...which is a good thing!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the New Small Concept is both compact and rather bland"..... Best looking car that company has designed in a long time... Obviously an Indian is involved with the design!!! Japan can't figure out the car design 'Thing' yet....
      • 5 Years Ago
      agreed - this has better styling cues than most models in the USDM from Honda right now. I see a little bit of Fit/Jazz in it - but that's not a bad thing for a car in this segment.

      For a concept - this really looks production-ready.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like a jdm nissan march
      • 5 Years Ago
      $100 says this is a cheaper version of the Fit (don't think Honda is making too big of a margin on the Fits as is). Although a bit awkward in parts, I like the simple looks/design though.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody remember when they used to call this the Civic?
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