Honda India is in the process of getting necessary approvals done from the government of South Africa as the company is planning to export its latest MPV, the Mobilio, to the country in the coming few months. Once the process of approval is done, the company will start exporting the MPV from India.
The sources from Honda India have confirmed that it has already made around 7,000 bookings in the sub-continent and the counting is still in progress. The Japanese manufacturer has sold even more than 46,000 units in Indonesia since its launch in January 2014.
“We are trying to create a new segment through this vehicle, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga being the closest competition. We will start exports in some time from now, the exact time is not yet decided,” said Shigeru Yamazaki, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Honda Cars India.
The Honda Mobilio is engineered on the Brio hatchback’s versatile platform on which the Amaze compact sedan was designed. The Japanese manufacturer has made a lot of effort in the design department to ensure that the Honda Mobilio gives look and feel of a compact MPV, but the dimensions reveals a different story altogether. At 4.4 metres, the Mobilio is longer than both its rivals, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Chevrolet Enjoy.