Not to be outdone by Toyota, Honda also introduced a compact concept in New Delhi today. We have photos of the Honda New Small Concept inside, but will it go into production?
Honda introduced a new concept car earlier today at the 10th Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi. The Honda New Small Concept is the automaker's first world premiere in India, and is an effort to fight off advances in the Indian market by rivals, particularly Toyota.
The five-seat, three-door concept car was designed under the principle, "Man Maximum - Machine Minimum," and was assembled in Japan. It has a large amount of cabin space, in part due to its wide platform. The concept uses, what Honda calls, an "Efficient Energetic Exterior." This is little more than an overly-sculpted shape emphasized by LED lights.
"India has been the hub for the compact car segment and is also the lead country for our research and development work on the New Small Concept," said Honda executive Koichi Kondo. "The new model based on this concept will be a global car with features to suit the needs of India customers."
Toyota, the largest automaker in the world, also introduced a compact car concept in New Delhi in hatchback and sedan form. The Toyota Etios will go into production by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the production version of the Honda New Small Concept will be launched by 2011.
Special thanks to IndianAutosBlog.com for the live photos.