Honda has reportedly once again delayed the launch of their premium hatchback Jazz in India. The car was, first expected to be launched late last year but was postponed to accommodate the Mobilio. Now a report in AutocarIndia says that the company has pushed off the launch to June this year!
The new Jazz will pick-up fight against the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming YRA (iK-2). The report claims that the reason for delay is some problems with production. Honda currently has a production capacity of 2.4 lakh units per annum and most of this is being pulled to the limits by its existing models, especially the mid-size sedan City which has a waiting period of 2 to 4 months on some variants and the compact sedan Amaze which is experiencing an even greater delay of up to 5 months!
After the Jazz, Honda intends to re-launch the executive sedan Accord in the Auto Expo early next year. The company has been recording steady growth and is trying to jump over Mahindra in terms of market share and emerge as the third largest car seller in India. The updated Jazz is expected to house the 1.2 Liter petrol engine from the Brio and the 1.5 Liter Earth dreams diesel engine, a first for the car in India!