Modern City

Honda's latest budget model hits the mark on styling, features and driveability

The Honda City is bigger than its predecessor, but its wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,600mm.
The Honda City is bigger than its predecessor, but its wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,600mm.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The Honda City has a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as keyless entry, start button and remote engine start.
The Honda City has a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as keyless entry, start button and remote engine start.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

When Honda unveiled its first Asian car - the City - in 1996, it was an austere no-frills vehicle made for the fast-motorising population of South-east Asia.

Today, the region of more than 650 million is seeing a middle-class growth surge. According to a Boston Consulting Group report, four of the biggest economies in the region had a middle class of 64 million in 2017. This is forecast to grow to 123 million by 2030.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2020, with the headline 'Modern City'. Print Edition | Subscribe