"This is the first diesel version of City introduced by Honda," senior VP (marketing and sales) of Honda Cars India Jnaneswar Sen said at the launch of fourth generation City in Kolkata on Tuesday.
    
Sen said that the car would be pitted against models of Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Swift Desire, where the diesel variants are available along with petrol versions.     

He said that the diesel version of City would help the company in gaining market share.
     
Sen said that the City model, which was launched 16 years ago, has already crossed the sales figure of 4.3 lakh units across the country, adding that Honda is expecting to generate 58 percent sales from Tier II and Tier III cities.
     
The company would also increase the dealership strength by 35 percent by 2015 to penetrate more into the Indian market.
    
Honda's Rajashthan manufacturing unit would start its assembly line from this quarter, while third shift would start at its Greater Noida plant.
     
Both plants are having a capacity of 1.2 lakh units each.
     
At present, the Amaze is the largest selling model of Honda.

(Agencies)