The 2020 fourth-gen Honda Jazz made its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 held in October. The new Jazz was supposed to replace the 3rd-gen Honda Jazz which has been for sale in India since 2015. The Jazz is Honda’s cheapest car on offering after the discontinuation of the Honda Brio.
2020 Honda Jazz India Plans Cancelled | Insights
- The official stats for the Jazz rank it at 963 units per month. According to Honda, there is no business sense in launching the fourth-gen Honda Jazz in the volatile Indian hatchback market.
- The sales volume is too low to justify the huge cost of development required to ready the 2020 Honda Jazz for the Indian market.
- The new Honda Jazz isn’t just a cosmetic facelift like the previous generation, but a complete model change from tip to toe.
- The highest, Honda ever sold the Jazz was in 2016 counting 3,450 units in a month. And Honda is pretty sure, that will not be able to recreate that number with the 2020 Jazz.
- Moreover, the Indian automotive sector is going through its worst phase since decades and Honda very much realises that this isn’t the right time to experiment with an all-new car.
- The premium hatchback segment (to which the Honda Jazz belongs) witnessed a slump of 13%.
- Honda has never considered India as an export hub for its car models and it is very unlikely that Honda will be manufacturing the new Jazz in India for the global market.
- The Honda Jazz is sold as the Honda Fit in some foreign markets across the globe.
What is the future of the Honda Jazz?
Honda has instead decided to extend the lifecycle of the 3rd-gen Jazz after 2020 in India. Honda will be putting in resources to upgrade the Jazz to meet the upcoming BS6 emission norms. More safety features will be added to the Jazz for occupant and pedestrian safety.
In other news reports, Honda similarly axed the launch of the Honda Breeze and the Honda HRV that was bound for India.