One of the most eagerly anticipated car launches of 2008, the Honda City was finally launched for the Malaysian market at Mandarin Oriental, KL on 18 Oct.
With dozens of cameras taking aim, the new City was driven onto the stage by Mr. Atsushi Fujimoto, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia. With him in the car were Mr. Takeshi Nakamura, Chief Engineer & Large Project Leader, Honda R&D Co. Ltd. at the front seat, and Honda Malaysia chiefs at the back seat: En. Azman Bin Idris (President & COO) and Mr. Ikuo Kanazawa (Vice President).
Powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, the City is available in two trim levels, both featuring a 5-speed automatic transmission in place of the outgoing model’s CVT.
The entry-level Grade S is priced at RM84,980, while the Grade E version would cost potential buyers an extra RM5k. Customers also have the option of specifying their City with Modulo accessories (read: skirts and spoilers) that adds RM4,750 to their purchase price.
Click here to read YS Khong’s report of the launch in the AW main pages. Scroll down for more pictures from the launch.
1,497cc i-VTEC powerplant produces 120PS @ 6,600rpm and 145Nm @ 4,800rpm sent to front wheels via a conventional 5-speed torque converter type auto transmission. Grade E gets paddle shifts for manual override.