New Car: 2012 Li Nian S1


Automakers have been scrambling to gain a sizable piece of the Chinese auto market as the nation’s thirst for new cars has boomed in the last few years. Honda is no exception. In fact, after hinting at a value-driven model range for China earlier this year, the company rolled out the first example — the Li Nian S1 — at the 2010 China International Automobile Exhibition.

Although nowhere as sophisticated as the Everus concept shown at the 2010 Beijing auto show, the S1 does allow Honda to start making further inroads into the Chinese market. While the aggressive-looking concept appeared to be based off the current Honda City (which, in turn, shares its platform with the Fit hatchback), the S1 is essentially a gussied-up version of the previous-generation City sedan, albeit with a few cosmetic tweaks.

Honda has yet to reveal any firm specifications on the car, but did note that powertrain would essentially mirror the last iteration of the City. Both 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter I-4 engines have been confirmed, although power ratings are still under wraps. Transmission offerings will likely include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, although a CVT — which was previously offered in select markets — could potentially serve as another option.

According to Honda, the Li Nian S1 is aimed specifically at young Chinese buyers, many of whom are shopping for their first vehicle. As a result, we wouldn’t be surprised to see an aggressive price tag on the S1, especially since it has to counter rivals like the BYD F3 and L3. Honda hopes such a model is key to expanding its footprint in China, but we’ll know for certain come spring, when the S1 rolls into Honda showrooms across China.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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