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Oh No! Honda relaunches last generation's City over in China

By Rigval on 01 Jan 2011

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China seems to be where old and previous models go and get rebadged, rehashed or to live on. So the ugliest looking Honda ever made, the previous generation Honda City, gets previewed as the Li Nian S1 at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition recently. I may be harsh on this Honda but I could be harsher as I also think that it was the ugliest car sold in the last decade.

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Anyway, what was supposed to be a very nicely drawn (and displayed at the Beijing Motor Show) Erevus concept car (photo above) turns out to be the Honda City Tadpole rehashed to target first time fish, I mean buyers. Li Nian is a joint venture between Honda and Guangqi Honda Automobile. I suppose China has such a vast market that anything with a decent badge would be snapped up by its consumers. Hence the tadpole rises up from the ashes like a Phoenix, reborn.

The car will come with a 1.3 and a 1.5 liter engine. The 1.5liter should be similar to the Honda City version sold here so performance figures should be similar.

And I thought it was the last Id have heard or seen about that Honda City.

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source:worldcarfans/li nian

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Pocus Jan 02 2011 12:33 PM
The car won't reach SG shores....why worry?
Rigval Jan 03 2011 10:50 AM
what if....some entrepreneur decides to follow the footsteps of Geely or Chery and bring it in?
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