New Honda cars set for release

Honda is busy planning the release of several new models in the coming months with a particular focus on the growing Chinese car market.

And the Japanese car giant got tongues wagging at the Auto Shanghai 2013 event as it unveiled a new concept vehicle known as Concept M that could be rolled out as early as next year.

Concept M is aimed at the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) segment of the market, which in China is largely dominated at present by commercial vehicles.

Honda's new offering, however, boasts the features of a passenger car but with added cabin space thanks to the company's innovative design methods.

The car maker says it is well on track for a vehicle based on Concept M to enter mass production in 2014.

Meanwhile, Honda's Concept C, which was introduced at last year's Beijing Motor Show, has materialised as the mass-production Crider model.

A middle-class sedan also aimed at the Chinese market, the Crider has roomy dimensions and boasts class-leading design and performance.

The Crider is scheduled to go on sale in China from June this year.

In a busy period for the car maker Honda has also introduced a new model known as the Jade, which is based on its Concept S and aims to offer value to Chinese customers.

Honda may be hoping the Jade will appeal to motorists in China who do not want to take out too much car finance, yet want a desirable new model, as it offers a distinctive design which the firm hopes will appeal to a wide range of consumers.

The Jade is lined up for a September release.

Finally Honda has announced a minor change to the Li Nian S1 in China.

The Li Nian S1 was launched back in April 2011 and was the first entry into the mass market by joint venture company Li Nian (Everus).

Honda revealed the new update to the model includes a refresh to its interior and exterior design as well as a technological renewal.

The new Li Nian S1 is due to go on sale in May this year, Honda confirmed.

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