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Honda Hybrid to grace Indian roads soon

By Motortrend India Staff   |   27 February,2008

Those who have been waiting for the Honda Hybrid cars could see the cars on road. If the news from Honda Siel Cars India is to be believed, the Civic hybrid could get a green signal from a government body in the next 10 days.

The company said that it was awaiting clearance from the Automotive Research Association of India within the next 10 days.

Mr Masahiro Takedagawa, President and CEO of Honda Siel Cars India said that they did not expect large number of hybrid cars to sell initially. He said that sales of Hybrid cars could just however around 500 units per annum.

However, the car will be a testimony to the fact that Hybrid technology does exists and is functional.

If launched it could be the first hybrid car launched in India. It could also herald a debate on the green cars in India, amidst and flood of small cars and luxury cars to India over the next two years. The advent of Tata Nano, the world cheapest car, has created intense discussion on need for green technology to control green house gas emission. The Civic Hybrid could be priced around Rs 20 lakh, which much higher than the Rs 12 lakh dealer price in the country.

The 2008 Civic Hybrid will be equipped with 1.3 engine. Honda currently holds at least 4 percent of the car market in India. Among its models the City formed large chunk of the sales while the remainder was formed by Civic and Accord.

Honda is going al out to promote the hybrid cars.

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