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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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Base models will get beige interior while the top range models will get black trimmings.
According to MTM, it is unlikely that the City will make its Malaysia debut within this year as the City is a locally assembled model, thus it will need sometime for local suppliers to get up to speed and also to prepare the necessary jigs and tooling required to accomodate the new model. Singapore should be getting the model soon as Singapore imports its cars in CBU form. Kah Motor Singapore will be importing them from Thailand. Introduction in India is expected to begin by November this year.
Honda fanboys have been raving that this car will be a "Vios-killer." Though I personally never liked the Vios, I am also very well aware that 90% of the general public looks at cars very differently from the way I do. Thus I highly doubt the Vios will be facing threats of such cataclysmic as the naysayers put it. I say this because judging by Thailand market's pricing, the new City will see a price increase of at least 8%. The base model current Vios already significantly undercuts the base model City by a significant margin with its base model 1.5J manual. In this segment of the market, price is an extremely crucial factor.
For all the criticisms on its design, Vios has been consistently outselling the City by comfortable margin for many years. In fact, I remember this funny conversation I have with a Toyota employee - notice that most people who criticise the Vios for its ungainly "dugong" looks are those that are neither driving a City or a Vios, but those that can't afford either. So what can we conclude? Judging by their sales figures those that can afford these cars don't consider the Vios as ugly?
Related link :
Honda City First Impression
Honda City Unmasked.
JDM Belta (Vios) and Vitz (Yaris) Facelift
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