New Delhi: Japanese car giant Honda will explore possibilities to bring in products powered by India-specific engines like it has planned with the small car -- Jazz, which will be launched in the country in June.
“The Jazz, which will be launched in India this June, has an engine, which has been specially developed for India keeping in mind the conditions here,” said Honda Siel Cars, India, vice president (marketing), Jnaneswar Sen.
The Japanese firm, which is present in India through a joint venture with the Siel Group, has already launched the Jazz in the UK with the same India-specific 1.2 litre petrol engine, generating 90 PS power, he added.
Asked if the company would develop more products specially meant for the Indian market, Sen said: “As and when the opportunity arises, we cannot rule out such a possibility. All our products are introduced after detailed study.”
He, however, said currently there were no plans to introduce more India-specific products apart from the Jazz.
Sen said as per Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) certification, the Jazz would give a mileage of 16.1 km per litre under standard testing conditions.
The new small car would be positioned as a premium hatchback as Honda looks to strengthen its presence in the Indian market. The company currently sells premium sedans -- City, Civic and Accord, alongwith sports utility vehicle CR-V.