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post Jun 7 2003, 04:51 PM
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Something that I`m not quite sure but base on the reading I`ve made from
the net, both car was design for almost different target market or
countries at the first place. Of course I believe the car company hope
that cars should be accepted thru out the world but the facts is, is not
as simple and easy as that.
For the new Honda city, as I red, it was first introduce in Japan as Honda
Fit Aria following its successor Fit or Jazz in other countries. These 2
cars are still a hit in Japan breaking Toyota all time record the
corollas. The car exterior and interior looks similar with the one sold in
Malaysia and it does it have the same quality, well according to some
news, it does. That is a very good news for Honda City owner to be as we
are going to have what Japanese built quality. I was told also that the
engine assemble in Japan but not sure how true is that. I was once in
Japan before and when they meant quality they are very serious is detail.
I was talking to a Quality Manager in Japan before and he says that, if
you cant do a good job on small thing such as a sticker, we don’t believe
you could do any better on large thing like an engine or car. Lets hope
that stays in the economy we are in today and no double standard by this
Japanese company. Also, it seems that the 8 valve thingy didnt worry the
Japanese but accepting the car with flying colors. With Japanese
technology and knowledge a few years a head of us, I beleive I`ve made a
right decision to own one base on these Japanese populations and brain.

As for Vios, as what I`ve red again. Was firstly deployed in China, It was
jointly develop with a China company in Tianjin China. These actually
explain the ???? That appear at our head for some of Vios weirdly design
inside the cabin of the car. The 2 small cabin for h/p which actually fits
perfectly for flip type h/p which is very popular in China. The small
cabin size which also perfectly nice for China market, is interesting that
I didn’t see Vios is introduce in Japan or India since they already have
Vitz/platz anyway. But then, why new name but base on older platform?
Well, I guess is to fight against VW which is very popular there. Anyway,
Toyota focus on China market is a good idea. Many company do that. Imagine
the amount of people in Shanghai City only, is equivalent with the number
of people in the whole Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak.
Interestingly, I don’t See any news says that the new Honda City is
introduce in China, anybody know? On one of Honda site, they only offer up
to Civic.

Anyway, anybody could drop a note or 2 on what do you think about this?
What will the effect of moving from market the other such as City from
Japan to Thai, Philippine and Malaysia as well as Vios from China to these
countries as well? Will the quality Design for Japan customer same as
those in other country? How about China develop cars, will it be any
different with Japanese one such as Vios vs Yaris/Platz/Vitz and how the
effect when they bring them to Malaysia which will be a country that car
company eyeing for as 2005 comes….

Chips, lets hear whats is going on in your brain as well…he he he
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