Honda is an automaker that has been struggling a lot lately due to its outdated portfolio and the lack of a powerful SUV in its Indian lineup. Aside from the fifth-generation City and Amaze, Honda’s other offerings are struggling to gain a foothold due to increasing competition. And now, according to a source, Honda is considering scrapping those remaining offerings, which include the Jazz hatchback, WR-V crossover and fourth-generation City.
According to the source, Honda will stop selling the Jazz from October 2022, while sales of its crossover derivative, the WR-V, will stop after March 2023. Meanwhile, the fourth generation City will not be sold after the end of December 2022. All these three cars were revised after the BS6 emissions standards came into effect. While the Jazz and WR-V received mild facelifts and a number of new features, the fourth-generation City lineup was limited with only two petrol-manual variants on sale.
However, Honda Cars India officials deny these market speculations and refuse to comment on this development. With the discontinuation of Jazz, WR-V and the fourth-generation City, Honda’s lineup in India will be limited to just two cars, Amaze and the fifth-generation City, both of which are sedans.
Honda confirms Jazz shutdown
Honda has already confirmed that the all-new-generation Jazz, which hit global markets in 2020, will not come to India due to cost constraints. Meanwhile, the WR-V, which was introduced as a crossover derivative of the Jazz currently for sale in India, has no successor planned for India either. The fourth-generation City had already been replaced by the fifth-generation version, which, along with the first, is on sale in India as a more premium and larger sedan.
Over the past few years, Honda has also discontinued its premium offerings such as Civic and CR-V and also closed its manufacturing facility in Greater Noida. With the departure of Jazz, Honda now has a vacuum in the compact hatchback segment, which automakers rely on for volumes. All these actions also fueled rumors that Honda would be exiting the Indian car market in phases, like Ford.
Not all is bleak at Honda, however, as the Japanese automaker is reportedly working on two new SUVs, which are also expected to come to India. While the first SUV is a compact SUV under four meters that could replace the WR-V in India, the other is a mid-sized SUV that sits alongside the fifth-generation City in India.