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Honda Civic launched

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FOR A SMOOTH RIDE: R. Balaji, vice-president (vehicles), Sundaram Motors (second from left), at the launch of Honda Civic in Vijayawada on Thursday. Chetan Sanghvi, area manager, is also seen. - Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

VIJAYAWADA: The new Honda Civic was launched by Sundaram Motors vice-president (vehicles) R. Balaji here on Thursday. Vijayawada is the third city in the State where the car was launched.

Addressing a press conference, Sundaram Motors Deputy General Manager (Honda Cars) P. Ilango said the Honda Civic was the only car in its segment to be equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission with a unique `paddle shift' option. The paddle shift provides the convenience of an automatic transmission (gear) system with the enhanced driving pleasure of a manual transmission.

The dashboard of the car is designed like the cockpit of an aircraft with multiplex meter located exactly in the line of vision of the driver, he said.

Mr. Balaji said Honda launched eighth generation Civic in India seven months after the global launch. During this period, the car was tested extensively to check if it suited Indian roads.

The suspension was changed and ground clearance increased. Honda Civic, first manufactured in 1972, had gone through several technological improvements. The eighth generation Civic launched here today was a combination of futuristic technology and state-of-the-art luxury, he said. Area Manager Chetan Sanghvi was present.

The car is available with manual and automatic transmissions, in six colours.

The on-road price of the car with manual transmission system is Rs. 12,17,075 and with automatic transmission is Rs. 12,97,060.

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