Up until now, it was believed that the new Honda Civic 2016 car will be launched in the month of September of this year like it has been for previous generations of Honda Civic. But then there were rumors that Honda Atlas might move the launch to the end of 2016 or the start of 2017. And now, according to latest reports, Honda Atlas has decided to delay the launch of the new car by December 2016.
The delay can be attributed to the launch of Honda HR-V that was launched just a couple of months back in January. Maybe the company is focusing its full energy to market its new mini-SUV. But for now, there is no confirmed statement from Honda Atlas about why the delay has been proposed. The sales of brand new ninth generation Honda Civic had already lessened. But even in the used car market, the sale and purchase of 2014-15 Honda Civic has reduced due to the expected launch of the new model. Those who were interested in new or a year old Civic have halted their purchase in the anticipation of the new model. On the other hand, Toyota Indus Motors is also bringing several upgrades to their already quite successful Corolla sedan.
The Philippines is the first Asian country to receive the 2016 Honda Civic. The car has been launched with a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine (most probably a variation of the current R18 engine), and the new 174 bhp 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. There have been several arguments going around about the possibility of no turbocharged Civic in Pakistan. What Honda Atlas decides, is yet to be seen. Also, it will be interesting to see the impact of delay on the current sales of Honda Civic and its demand in the used car market.