Back in January, Honda's local operations in India, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd., unveiled the not-too-creatively named "New Small Concept" at the Delhi Auto Expo. The three-door, five-seat hatch adopts styling cues from the automaker's award-winning CR-Z hybrid. At the unveiling, Honda promised that a production version would be launched in Thailand and India sometime in 2011.
Now, as the Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 draws near, Honda is ready to drop the curtains on another minicar prototype. Honda says that this prototype, scheduled to hit the stage November 30th, represents vehicle packaging that's much closer to the mass-produced model planned for 2011. In addition, Honda revealed that two distinct versions, one focused on meeting Thailand's high fuel efficiency standards, and the other suited for entry into India's low-cost small car market, will be produced.
Honda to Exhibit World Premiere of New Small Vehicle Prototype at the 27th Thailand International Motor Expo 2010
November 9, 2010 -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to exhibit the world premiere of a prototype representing the direction of the new small-sized vehicle which is scheduled to be introduced to Thailand and India in 2011, at the 27th Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 starting November 30, 2010 (press day: November 30, public days: December 1-12.)
Building upon the Honda New Small Concept, which was showcased in India (January) and Thailand (March) in 2010, this prototype represents vehicle packaging that is closer to the mass-production model.
Based on this prototype, Honda will introduce two different versions of the small-sized vehicle, which will share the same basic design. In Thailand, Honda will introduce a model that complies with the country's high fuel efficiency standards. In India, Honda will introduce a model developed exclusively for the country's growing small car market.
In addition to the prototype, Honda also will exhibit a variety of automobiles such as Accord, City, Civic, Jazz (known as Fit in Japan), CR-V and Freed as well as motorcycles including CBR250R, a new global sports model, and PCX, a global scooter model, both of which are being exported from Thailand to global markets.