Honda announced its plans to introduce in China 12 new models by 2015, including the locally produced hybrid models.
The 12 new models Honda plans to introduce in the Chinese market by 2015, include both facelift vehicles as well as new generations. The automaker will also introduce new engines in the country, among which the 1.5L i-DCD and a 2.0L i-MMD with both mid size hybrid vehicles.
Honda will also bring to China the Honda Link system that will allow for inter-vehicle technologies and which is similar to GM’s OnStar system. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, Honda unveiled the C-Rider model, which will hit the market on June 26th and which will be manufactured by Guangzhou Honda.
In March, Toyota, Nissan and Honda increased production in China for the first time since the territorial dispute sparked in September. Toyota announced that production in China increased 7.4% to 57,200 vehicles in January compared with the same period in 2012, while Nissan reported an increase of 3.88% and Honda 3.75%. Although Japan’s top three automakers have increased production, they are still cautious about how sustainable this rebound is.