If you check through the news postings for the last few weeks, you'll find that more than a fair share of them are relating to the 2009 Honda City. This is partly because there is virtually nothing else interesting happening in the Thai motoring industry right now. But the fact still remains that the City is a massively-important car for Honda.
Honda are building up for the Thai launch of the all-new 2009 Honda City with a teaser video available through their City micro-site.
The video details a launch event between 12th and 14th September at Siam Paragon, although the official launch is still set for 10th September.
According to Honda Thailand, this will also be the world debut for the new City.Click to view the video.
Updated : New images added.
The 2009 Honda City is one of the most talked about cars in Asia right now. With high global oil prices, the appeal of small cars is obvious.
The Honda City looks set to capture a large chunk of the small sedan market in this part of the world, and with just a couple of weeks left before the launch, there is still some mystery about the details of the car.
Let's have a look at what is known, or can be assumed about the new car, and try to fill in the blanks with some educated guesses. Hopefully we'll get close to reality.
Details on the 2009 Honda City are still hard to come by with just weeks left before the official unveil. Honda sales people are being very secretive, but gradually the pieces are starting to fall together. More credible images are starting to appear, and now the specification is starting to look sensible too.
Now is a great time to buy a new Toyota Vigo, assuming you are in the market for one of course. The reason is that Toyota Thailand are soon to update the Toyota Vigo with a "minor-change" version.
The update will, most likely, just involve a few cosmetic changes, and for those looking for a pick-up truck fashion usually isn't a top concern.
Alfa Romeo plans to import its Mi.To (say "me toe"), becoming the first to offer a serious challenge to the BMW produced Mini.
The Mini started a fashion trend towards small cars among the wealthy when it arrived in Thailand a few years back. Priced around the THB 2 million mark, there is no logical reason to buy one.
Hyundai joins Mercedes and Chevrolet by offering a CNG model in Thailand. Hyundai is now offering the Sonata 2.0 EL and 2.0 SP in bi-fuel variants, capable of running on CNG and Gasohol.
The factory fitted system comes with a shortened 3 year or 100,000 km warranty, down from the 5 year warranty offered on standard models.
Subaru are set to launch 3 new models in Thailand. The first being the all-new Exiga. This is billed as a 7-seater MPV and is expected to cost around THB 2 million for the base model when it arrives in Subaru showrooms.
Subaru will also be launching the sedan (4-door) version of the Impreza, although the appeal of the 5 door version is starting to catch on as the hatchback model gains fans. Subaru's decision to turn the Impreza into a hatchback was met with an initial wave of criticism, which seems to have mostly died out after people got a chance to get behind the wheel.
Apparently, the 2009 Honda City has been scooped testing in India. If these images are representative of the new fifth generation City, then it is a big departure from the current model.
The scooped images give us a pretty decent idea of what we can expect when the 2009 City reaches Thailand later this year.
The fourth generation City - currently on sale in Thailand - is based on the 1st gen Jazz platform, and shares many parts of the Jazz, including doors, door mirrors, interior trim.