Honda Cars India announced another milestone of selling more than 1 lakh cars powered by its revolutionary 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine in the country. The diesel variants of the Amaze, City and Mobilio have sold over 1 lakh clocking over 90 crore kms cumulatively as per service data.
First introduced in India in April 2013 with Amaze, the advanced 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine was sequentially introduced in 4th Generation City in January 2014 and the recently launched mid-size stylish MPV Mobilio in July 2014.
The Honda City with 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine is the most fuel efficient car in the country with industry best fuel efficiency of 26 kmpl as per test data. The certified fuel efficiency for Amaze and Mobilio is best in their segments at 25.8km/l and 24.5km/l respectively.
The1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine has been developed exclusively for India considering Indian driving conditions and is based on the Honda’s latest ‘Earth Dreams Technology’. With an all aluminum cylinder head, it is the lightest engine among the engines with similar torque configuration.
The use of lightweight crankshaft and a number of friction-reduction technologies helped to reduce friction in the diesel engine to petrol engine levels and achieve greater cooling efficiency, enabling dramatic fuel efficiency improvements.
Announcing the new milestone, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine was Honda’s first step into the diesel market and we have come out with exceptional results. The i-DTEC diesel engine revolutionized the diesel engine technology by offering outstanding fuel efficiency & amazing power delivery. It has been well accepted in the country and is attracting new customers to the Honda brand every day. The 100,000 sales of i-DTEC powered cars is a major milestone for us and we are really proud of this achievement.”