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|File:Honda City ZX Malaysia.JPG (2005 Face-lifted version)|
|Production||1981-1986, 1986-1994, 1996-2002, 2002-present|
|Class||Kei Car (1981-1994) Subcompact (1996-present)|
|Body style(s)||2-door convertible
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Engine(s)||1.3L - 1.5 L L15A VTEC/i-DSI N/A I4|
|Transmission(s)||CVT, 5-speed Automatic|
|Wheelbase||96.4567 in (2450 mm)|
|Length||172.8346 in (4390 mm)|
|Width||66.5354 in (1690 mm)|
|Height||58.4646 in (1485 mm)|
|Curb weight||2149 lb (975 kg)|
|Related||Honda Fit, Toyota Vios, Nissan Tiida|
First generation (1981-1986)
The first Honda City was launched in 1981 as a three-door hatchback. It was one of the first "tall" hatchbacks: to maximize interior room without occupying more road space, the body was taller than usual. At the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show, one gimmick was a folding 50cc motorcycle (also separately marketed under the name Motocompo) that could fit into the City's boot. A turbocharged version was added to the range in 1982 and a convertible version soon after.
In 1983, the Honda City replaced the Mini in New Zealand Motor Corporation's local assembly line-up. In that same year the car was also released in Australia, although only in a two-seater van variant, to get around that country's import taxes.
Second generation (1986-1994)
Honda replaced the original City in 1986 (designated GA1), with an update in 1989 (GA2). This model was produced until 1994. The Fit name also first appeared as a trim variant of the City. There was no convertible model. In most European and Australasian markets, the City's market position was filled by the Honda Logo in 1999.
Third generation (1996-2002)
The third-generation Honda City, codenamed SX8, was based on the EF Civic platform. It was designed for and sold in the South East Asian market only.
This City is still a subcompact slotting beneath the Honda Civic, but a four-door sedan model instead for developing markets in Asia, and was built in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Pakistan. A revised, face-lifted third-generation City was released in 2000, and included sports sedan models powered by Honda's 1.5 L VTEC engines.
In Thailand and the Philippines, this facelift's model was called Honda City Type Z powered by 2 Honda Engines:
- D15 Engine with VTEC LEV; Max Power = 85 kW (114 hp) @ 6800 rpm, Max Torque = 139 N·m (103 ft·lbf) @ 4600 rpm
- L15A without vtec; Max Power = 77 kW (103 hp) @ 6500 rpm, Max Torque = 134 N·m (99 ft·lbf) @ 4600 rpm
Fourth generation (2002-present)
In November 2002, the fourth generation City was released and included a four-wheel drive version. Like the contemporary Honda Jazz, the City is actually a rebadged Honda Fit, in the City's case a rebadged Fit Aria.
In September 2005, a face-lifted version of the City was launched in Thailand and in Malaysia in October 2005; it is known as the City ZX in Thailand, India, the New City in Malaysia and City in Pakistan. The most significant changes are a new exterior (new front grille, new headlamps, new fog lights, new taillights and bumpers). The front end has been extended forward by 65 mm (2.6 in) while the rear has been extended by 15 mm (0.6 in). The side mirror is electronically foldable. Both the i-DSI and VTEC trim levels have 15 inch alloy wheels as standard equipment. Interior changes are minor but it does include an armrest for the driver and additional map lights.
Honda City in Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia are using CVT gearbox for both i-DSI and VTEC variants. The CVT gearbox is equipped with a Simulated 7-Speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) using paddle shift buttons. This is very rare for a subcompact of its class.
The 2005 face-lifted Honda City i-DSI achieved an impressive 26.2km per liter of fuel consumption during a challenge in June 2007. The challenge requires the vehicle to be occupied by 4 persons (including the driver), air conditioning being switched on and a load of luggage. The whole route stretched more than 660km that consists of not only highway driving but also hill climbing.
The music group Madness appeared in a Japanese TV ad campaign for the Honda City. The jingle was written by the entire band, which also appeared in the TV ad, doing its famous "nutty walk". The band apparently liked the jingle so much that they expanded it into a three minute pop song and released it as a b-side (B/W "Cardiac Arrest") that reached #14 in the UK charts. It was also included on Complete Madness, the band's best-selling greatest hits compilation from 1982. The track version of "In The City" replaced the repeated brand name "Honda Honda Honda..." with the more generic "doomba doomba doomba". The TV advertisements were included (though not listed) on the Divine Madness VHS video in 1992.
- ^ "Honda City MMC - Mid-Term Face-Lift". TOVA. http://asia.vtec.net/Reviews/05CityMMC/index.html/. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
- ^ "Honda City i-DSI gets 26.2km per liter in fuel economy challenge". PaulTan.org. http://paultan.org/archives/2007/06/11/honda-city-i-dsi-gets-262km-per-liter-in-fuel-economy-challenge/. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
- Japanese Honda City site
- City Turbo site
- German site with a lot of Honda City details
- Used Car Safety Ratings - Honda City
-  - Malaysian version of Honda City
-  - TOVA's reviews on City 2003, 2004, and 2005 models in Malaysia
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