The kind­est cuts

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

HONDAHAS taken the knife to pric­ing on its slow-sell­ing Ac­cord and City sedans.

The Ac­cord starts from un­der $30,000— its low­est ever price point— and the City is less than $20,000. The Ac­cord VTI, whose 2.4-litre four-cylin­der pro­duces 133kw/226nm, drops to $29,990 drive-away.

The VTI-L with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion has been cut by $2800 to $37,190 and the 202kw/342nm V6 Lux­ury model cut $2700 to $47,290.

The Ac­cord V6’s Vari­able Cylin­der Man­age­ment al­lows the en­gine to op­er­ate on six, four or three cylin­ders for greater ef­fi­ciency.

A $500 price cut to the City light car brings it down to $19,990 drive-away.

The City, in VTI and VTI-L vari­ants, has an ar­ray of em­bel­lish­ments, in­clud­ing thicker win­dow glass and car­pets to re­duce cabin noise.

The VTI man­ual is $19,990 drive-away. Add $2000 for the auto or step up to the VTI-L au­to­matic for $22,990.

With Honda fin­ish­ing 2011 about 25 per cent down on its 2010 sales tally— hav­ing been thumped by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Ja­pan and Thai­land— the cuts are seen as nec­es­sary to re­store vol­umes to pre-calamity lev­els.

Last month’s sales topped those of April 2011 but the pro­gres­sive tally year-to-date is down.

The new Civic sedan fared well on 908 sales, but the el­derly Jazz was Honda’s best per­former on 972. Honda’s next new model is the Bri­tish­built Civic hatch, which Cars­guide drives next week.

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