Honda Cars Philippines is eager to show the market that it has left the troubles of 2011 behind and that 2012 will be a big one for the brand with the launch of the updated City subcompact sedan.
Now on its third-generation issue in the Philippines, the enhanced Honda City now sports a bolder yet more elegant look.
Up front, the updated City has a newly-designed chrome grille and a new bumper while out back, it sports new taillights and a more dynamic bumper with an integrated diffuser. Overall, the redesign given to the City gives it a more aggressive and sophisticated look.
The range-topping 1.5-liter variant now has five-split-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels, which enhance the side profile of the car.
The City's interior also received some much-awaited enhancements including the steering wheel-mounted audio controls, chrome accents on the center console, and white and blue illumination for the instrument cluster that includes an eco-drive indicator lamp in the 1.5-liter variant. This lights up whenever the driver is driving efficiently.
Honda also added a new color to the City lineup, which it calls Sparkling Brown, for those who want to veer away from old favorites like Habanero Red, Urban Titanium, Taffeta White and Crystal Black.
Powering the updated City are the same i-VTEC 1.5- and 1.3-liter engines and the same five-speed manual and automatic transmission choices found in previous editions of the subcompact.
The prices of the three available variants of the 2012 Honda City are P746,000 for the base 1.3-liter S manual transmission-equipped model, P786,000 for the 1.3-liter automatic transmission-equipped S model and P836,000 for the top-of-the-line 1.5-liter slushbox-equipped E variant.
Honda Cars Philippines has sold over 24,000 units of the City since its launch in January 2009.