Honda slashes prices

10 June 2012
, CarsGuide
Honda slashes prices
The Civic hatch will arrive here in late June / early July.

The natural disasters in Japan and Thailand that ripped its production facilities, and those if many suppliers, to threads.

So Honda’s accountants have ripped into the price list, trimming a little off the recommended retail price of the City sedan, and trimming a lot off the upcoming Civic hatchback. City is on sale now, the Civic hatch will arrive here in late June / early July. The big news on the City is a $19,990 driveaway price tag, making it several thousand dollars under its price during its 2009 introductory period.

The 2012 Honda City sedan has a new look, with a bright chrome grille, and redesigned front and rear bumpers to create with Honda describes as a more streamlined look. The rear lights have also been reshaped. Honda City VTi now has a ‘micro’ radio aerial, while the VTi-L gets a new design of 16-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the City has aluminium-look details on the interior panels. The audio and climate controls in the VTi-L receive a chrome treatment. A new seat fabric, with blue stitching on the VTi-L works nicely. The City still has a more conservative look than the Honda Jazz on which it’s based, but that probably goes with the nature of the owners of small sedans.

Thicker window glass and enhanced carpet on the floor are claimed to significantly improve cabin quietness, we will comment on this when we borrow a car for a road test review shortly. The first Citys from the Thailand factory since the devastating floods are rolling of the ships onto Australian docks as we write this.

The 2012 Honda City range with manufacturer’s list prices and previous model prices in brackets is: VTi manual: $18,490 ($18,990); VTi automatic: $20,490, ($20,990); VTi-L: $22,990 ($23,490). The VTi manual and automatic are available at driveaway prices of $19,990 and $21,990 respectively.

We recently visited the Honda factory in the UK to have a sneak peek at the Honda Civic hatches that are built there, and came away impressed with the quality and driving dynamics of the car.

Now Honda Australia has just released the prices of the new model. Though these can’t be directly compared with the prices of the superseded Civic hatches due to slightly different specification levels, they are many thousands of dollars under the old prices, which were close to $30,000 last year and - it’s hard to believe - almost $40,000 when first launched in 2009.

Prices for the 2012 Honda Civic hatch are: VTi-S manual: $22,660; VTi-S automatic: $24,950; VTi-L automatic: $29,990. The VTi manual and automatic are available at driveaway prices of $24,990 and $27,290 respectively.