The 7th generation Honda City car, which made its debut in the world on November 25, 2019, in Thailand, has now lived for three years on the globe.
The City hatchback model then debuted on November 24, 2020, about a year after its initial release, along with the e: HEV hybrid sedan model, which was unveiled in the Thai market. Currently, the 7th generation City is offered in many important markets worldwide in both sedan and hatchback configurations.
One of the first markets to receive a Honda City of a newer generation was Pakistan. The City SX8 (Hyper-16), which was introduced in Pakistan in January 1997, debuted in April 1996, or almost 8 months earlier. The fourth generation City (iDSI) was then unveiled in Pakistan in August 2003, just nine months after making its global premiere at the Bangkok International Motor Show in November 2002. In September 2008, the fifth-generation City (iVTEC) was presented in Thailand. It was then released in January 2009, only four months later. But from that point on, Honda dragged the 5th generation model for an extended period because Suzuki Liana had already dropped out of the contest and the City had almost no rivals in the sector. Even though the 6th generation had already taken its position in other markets by 2014, Honda continued to sell the 5th generation model for a considerable amount of time—more than 12 years, to be exact.
After receiving harsh criticism, Honda Atlas finally replaced the 5th generation City in July 2021. Still, instead of introducing the most recent 7th generation model, it introduced the 6th generation City in Pakistan, adding yet another name to the list of models that have been globally discontinued in Pakistan. Nearly 20 months after the 7th generation Honda City sedan's international premiere in Thailand, the 6th generation Honda City made its "debut" in our market. The sixth generation City was introduced in April 2014, had a redesign in 2017, and was replaced by the seventh generation model in November 2019. Technically, Pakistan adopted the 6th generation City 7.3 years after it was introduced and, more critically, 1.8 years after the current 7th generation model took its place.
Due to its dismal sales figures, Honda Atlas has been reluctant to share specific Civic and City sales since 2014. Nowhere else does a manufacturer combine the sales statistics of a B-segment sedan with those of a C-segment vehicle to provide a single number.
As of the first four months of the current fiscal year, City & Civic (combined) have experienced an alarming 38% fall in sales. Between July and October 2021, Honda Atlas sold a total of 10,444 units of the two sedans, compared to only 6,416 units during the same period of FY22-23.
The design, fuel economy, and comfort of the 7th generation Honda City have all contributed to its popularity. It is selling incredibly well for Honda in the areas where it is available and is going to get a facelift as well. It is quite doubtful that we would accept the 7th generation model anytime soon, though, given that Honda Atlas prefers the 6th generation City for Pakistan and given their current track record & poor sales success in our market. Only time will tell how long we will have to wait for this Honda City.