The Honda City is classified as a subcompact car and is manufactured by Japanese carmaker Honda. Production of this vehicle started in 1981 and it was originally only released in the Japanese, Australian, and European markets and the City was discontinued in 1994 when it went into its second generation. The Honda nameplate was brought back for use with a series of compact 4-door sedans that were targeted at developing markets. These cars were first sold primarily within various Asian countries and later on in Australia and Latin America. This vehicle was sold as the Honda Fit Area in Japan from 2002-2008.
The first generation of this car, which started production in 1981 and ended in 1986, came in a few different versions, including the AA (sedans), VF (vans), and FA (Turbo II and Cabriolets), all of which were introduced in November of 1981 with the new and revolutionary “Tallboy” design. The City could also be purchased with the Motocompo, which was a special 50cc foldaway scooter designed to fit in the City’s luggage area which was quite limited. This vehicle was Honda’ smallest car when it was first introduced and still remains as one of their smallest ever produced.
The second generation of the Honda City, made between 1986 and 1994, replaced the original City series AA in November of 1986 with an updated GA2 which was produced up until 1992. When this car was remodeled, it had a completely different look as well as a much lighter design. There were a number of improvements made to this car and even the engine configuration underwent some vast improvements. The engine in the new City was similar to that of the Honda D-series, giving it a D12A 1.2 liter SOHC straight-four 16-valve unit that added more power than ever before.
The third generation Honda City, manufactured from 1996 to 2002, received the codename “SX8” before design and development on it was finished. This car was marketed as being very modern and “smart” for a new generation with a 1.3 liter version at launch as well as a 1.5 liter version which sent it to the top of its class. There were definitely some changes made to this vehicle, including bumpers which were built in three separate pieces so they could be easily shipped to Japan.
There was also a revised facelifted version of the third generation Honda City which was released in 2000 with the name “City type Z” in certain markets. By 2001, a there was a model powered by Honda’s 1.5 liter VTEC engines which appeared on the market, and it featured a rear-stabilizer for vastly improved handling. This model received brand new front taillights as well as one-piece bumpers. This generation vehicle has a fuel-injected SOHC 16-valve D-series engine, which was a variation of the D13B and D14B engines. The original engine that came in this vehicle was a 95 PS rated for 6,500 rpm with a top speed of 171 km/h.
The sixth and most recent generation of the Honda City had its debut in India on November 25, 2013 and is based on the new third generation Honda Jazz platform. This platform uses a longer wheelbase as well as enhanced ergonomics, which is something that consumers will definitely be happy about. The sixth generation model of this vehicle can be purchased with two different engines in India, including a 1.5 liter Earth Dreams i-DTEC turbodiesel and a refined version of the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol which comes from the previous generation. Overall, this vehicle definitely has its flaws but is still very popular as a whole.