The kindest cuts
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.