The Honda City is a name all too familiar in the Asian region. Honda’s most successful sub-compact and model is getting ready for its world premiere in Thailand, on 25 November.

The 5th-generation Honda City, themed “REIMAGINE”, is re-imagined to better in every dimension and delivers new value beyond everybody’s imagination by crossing the boundaries of the existing sub-segments of city cars.

The New City has a new Turbo engine, much like the Civic before it. Honda claims despite the increased power, it’s got 33% better fuel efficiency. As always, the New City got a fresh exterior and a more spacious cabin.

The Honda City cult

The first generation of the City arrived in 1996 where it immediately captured the attention of plenty of Asian crowd with its stylish and modern interpretation of a small sedan. It began a sub-compact culture in the country it was manufactured and later the rest of South East Asia.

The second generation City came about in 2002. It boasted a fresh design with emphasis on passenger space. The City was so widely accepted by then that it gave Honda one of its stand-alone models. After six years of its cycle, the third generation City was the next phase. Honda again stepped up to the plate with another well-accepted look for the beloved sub-compact across the south east Asian region. Performance was one of the key factors of the 3rd-generation City, as well. This City was even more widely accepted that it led to the City amassing 1.5 million units sold and in over 40 countries around the globe. It was a game changer indeed!

Fourth-generation Honda City was introduced in 2014. It was one of the first Hondas to feature a push start switch and more contemporary technologies, at its time. It came up as top model in the sub-compact category in Thailand. Sales for the City kept on rising thereafter, thanks to further updated variants. All four generations have combined to tally some 4 million units in sales, worldwide.

On Malaysian shores, the City has been a major contributor to Honda’s rise to No.1 status as a non-National carmaker. More recently, Honda Malaysia debuted the special edition Honda City, with more added convenience.