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Honda teaser on new rollout

New Delhi, Nov. 25: Japanese auto giant Honda is studying the feasibility of launching its compact sports utility vehicle Vezel in India.

The car, which was recently unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show, is likely to compete with Renault’s Duster.

“We are still looking at the feasibility of bringing the Vezel to India,” said Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president (marketing and sales) at Honda Cars India Ltd.

Though the domestic car market is reeling under the impact of a slump, the compact SUV segment, ruled by the Duster and Ford’s EcoSport, has been on an upswing. The two models have sold around 1.2 lakh units since their launch in the middle of this year.

However, Honda played down market speculations. “We have a lot of vehicles in our portfolio and will choose those best suited for India. Whether it is Vezel or not is yet to be seen,” Honda Cars India president and chief executive officer Hironori Kanayama said.

Industry insiders believe that the Vezel will make its way into the country by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Honda has planned an impressive line-up for next year, starting with its latest City sedan, which it unveiled globally today.

The company will also launch a multi-purpose vehicle Mobilio. The new MPV will compete with Maruti’s Ertiga and Toyota’s Innova and will be priced attractively. It is likely to be launched by June.

The company is also planning to bring back the revamped variant of one of its bestsellers — the Jazz hatchback.

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