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At the Delhi Auto Expo in India this week, Honda's local operation is showing off a concept creatively named "New Small Concept." Hopefully they didn't pay some overpriced marketing company much for that one. Regardless of what the car is called, it's actually an interesting design for a low-cost, five-door hatchback, adopting many of the styling cues found on the new CR-Z hybrid coupe. The windshield and side glass, as well as the side character line, echo the hybrid that debuts in production form next week in Detroit.

Honda has yet to release any detailed specs other than seating for five. A production model based on the concept will debut in India in 2011, but so far there is no news on whether it will be available elsewhere.

[Source: Honda]

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

January 5, 2010 - Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. unveiled 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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